Hjalte Ross is a Danish singer-song writer who with his debut album Embody – produced in collaboration with the famous British producer John Wood – has won critics’ hearts across the globe, as well as several awards. DANSK sat down with the rising star about his work and the experience of being an artist.
At last year’s Copenhagen Fashion Week, there was one moment in particular that left the roaming clientele gagging. The newly revived Designer’s Nest, showcasing the best of Nordic fashion graduates, opened its show with a large, unassuming textile pattern placed on a metal stretcher, when suddenly, a model literally walked through it, arms first, effectively ripping it down and transforming it to a wearable garment in a manner of seconds. The author behind the genius gesture was Marie Sloth Rousing, a graduate from KADK in Copenhagen – and unsuprisingly, she was named as the 1st prize recipient only a few minutes later. 6 months later, Rousing is one again ready to present her defiant fashion sculptures – this time in an exhibitionary context.
With London Fashion Week just wrapped up, we head directly to Florence, where Pitti Uomo 95 is already in full action. The men’s fashion and trade week has been going on since the early 1970s, and has in the recent decade of menswear galvanization, become the most important event for men’s fashion globally. Perhaps, then, it’s not ideal to go if you, like us, are a bit tired of fashion; or rather, not ready for the endless desert walk that is fashion season. But fear not; there’s other things to do in Florence than eating pizza and watching Chinese tourists hurting each other with selfie sticks. For example, head to Museu Marino Marini, where the Italian art/design company Slam Jam will be celebrating its 30th anniversary with a grandiose program of exhibitions and events – including a show curated by the Milan-based art magazine KALEIDOSCOPE with the French/Danish design duo OrtaMiklos.
Arguably, the two most fetishized design traditions are those of Scandinavia and Japan – both cherished for their stylish minimalism, humble luxury, and utmost craftsmanship. But although far removed from one another geographically, the two countries have more shared design history than you might think – and thanks to a new exhibition, we’ve come to understand it better. “Learning from Japan,” currently on display at the Danish Design Museum, charts the specific influence of Japan on Danish artistic culture through art, design, architecture. Japan’s rich symbolic universe, including insects, patterns, and the mythical “wabi-sabi” aesthetic philosophy of imperfection have had fundamental influence on Danish modernism – in fact, constitutes one of its fundamental cornerstones. Dive into the museum’s sizable collection of Japanese art – including some seriously stunning woodcuts –as well as graphic works and ceramics. A perfect pallet-cleanser for the folkloric Nordic Christmas, in which stylishness can sometimes be hard to spot.
Working between Copenhagen and Greenland, Bibi Chemnitz has pioneered a design identity for the people of the world’s biggest island, and given a unique creative voice to a community often neglected in the mainstream political conversation. As she continues to grow her vision of political streetwear internationally, we caught up with the designer and her partner David Røgilds – discussing Arctic summers, cultural heritage, and how to make it at Paris Fashion Week.
Photographer Hördur Ingason – Creative Director Uffe Buchard – Fashion Coordinator Line Dalgaard – Fashion Editor Emilie Guldbrandsen – Unique Creatives – Make-up Anne Staunsager – Hair Marianne Jensen – Photographer Assistant Anders Philip – Fashion Assistant Marta Perez Almazan – Hair Assistant Andrea Hansen – Talents Catharina Pedersen – Le Management – Jeppe Julius & Louie Frandsen – Scoop Models – All Clothing & Accessories Calvin Klein Jeans
Creative Director Uffe Buchard – Fashion CoordinatorLine Dalgaard – Make-up Kolbrun Ran – Tomorrow Management
Hair Marianne Jensen – Hair Assistant Linh Nguyen – Production Assistant Julie Poulsen – Talent Clara McNair – Unique Models – All jewellery by Pandora
How does a beauty brand take over the fashion world? Contrary to what you might think, high-profile fashion week sponsorships and celebrity endorsements are not the only thing that grabs the attention of the industry– particular when its members prioritize quality, style, and aesthetic sensibility. Aesop embodies all of these elusive qualities, and in the last decade, the Australian beauty company has slowly taken over as the treasured label of the creative industry. From their lush body soaps and face serums, to their cheeky “post-poo”-drops and truly luxurious animal shampoo, Aesop is a total aesthetic solution to the maintenance of your body. Add to this an subtle design profile, a slow growth model and a long-standing love affair with next-level interior architecture, and you’ve got a real recipe of success. But how did a small beauty range launched by a Melbourne hairdresser in the late 80s become a global sensation? We sat down with Suzanne Santos, the brand’s general manager who has been overseeing its steady growth since the very beginning.
While the rest of the global North moves one inch closer to SAD every day, the global art elite is partying in Florida. Yes, it’s that time of the year: Miami Basel. The only time when you’ll see the world’s most famous art critics queue up in the same bar as guest stars of Keeping up with the Kardashians. An art heaven, Miami has in recent years become a treasured spot for fashion and design events, who see the point in promoting their projects on a small peninsula packed with HNWIs. What not to miss this year, beyond the art fair itself? A few tips below!
As the European fashion week scene faces its trinity days between S/S and F/W 2019 shows, a young but impactful fashion event has just taken place for the third time in Calgary, Alberta. Not only does this event present us to talented designers and new collections, it also challenges our ideas of what a fashion week is and can be. The Otahpiaaki Indigenous Beauty, Fashion and Design Week was founded three years ago at the Mount Royal University in Calgary AB, Canada. The idea came from a group of young, female fashion students, and the first show took place in the hallway of the business school. Last year the project had matured and gone from two designers in one night to fifteen designers from fifteen different nations spread over three nights of fashion. A few weeks ago, the third event was held in City Hall, Calgary, with returning artists as well as sixteen new designers. The show isn’t dictated by international fashion rules, but build on a Black Foot world view. And so Otahpiaaki is more than three days of spotlights and runway walking. A research unit of students and professors, indigenous and non-indigenous people are working together on various projects associated with the event, with the common aim to decolonize the runway. A few months ago DANSK met up with Mount Royal professor and co-founder of the event, Patricia May-Derbyshire, to learn more.