Azzedine Alaïa, the French-Tunisian couturier, has passed. As reported by French newspaper Le Point, the 77-year old designer died peacefully this week, leaving behind an incredible oeuvre of wildly fantastical fashion creations from the past 50 year career.
Despite ever-changing trend currents, music merchandise remains a timeless category of fashion commodities. Some of us remember queuing up at the Nirvana concert to snatch the famous smiley t-shirt; the iconic Joy Division soundwave graphic has been a marker of Nietzschean malaise of youth for over twenty years; and who, across the board, doesn’t like to recontextualize a vintage Madonna tee sourced off E-bay? Merging the world of fashion and music, merchandise has a way to summon the energy of both, particularly when it’s well-designed. This is very much the case with the new merchandise by Scarlet Pleasure, the Danish R&B/Funk band formed in New York, consisting of the three beauxs Alexander, Emil, and Joachim. This drop is not just an illustrated tee ordered off Fruitoftheloom – rather, the trio has teamed up with trailblazing Danish menswear brand Tonsure, who previously won our prestigious DANSK Design Talent Award. It was on this occasion that Tonsure first encountered Scarlet Pleasure, tasked as they were with designing a collection for the aspiring musical group. Two years later, a new collaboration is available for consumers and fans, featuring t-shirts, hoodies, and scarfs that echo the personal style sensibility of the three members, all staying in line with Tonsure’s eclectic approach to contemporary fashion silhouettes. A highly limited edition, you’ll be able to catch the Scarlet Pleasure merch via Tonsure’s website starting today, or at future SP concerts around Denmark.
After months of lead-up, celeb photo-shoot, and high-profile receptions, the winner of this year’s CDFA/Vogue Fashion has finally been found: Telfar! The New York brand is an underground icon, established in 2005 by designer Telfar Clemens who reigns from New York’s Queens borough. Telfar is known for his intellectual approach to utilitarian style of clothing, spun with a certain post-gender sensibility and radical politics. As a stable of New York’s downtown scene, he has become a favorite among NYC’s art world, particularly with his parties and shows that often take place in outlets of fast food chain White Castle. The prestigious grant includes mentoring from a top industry person of choice as well a $400,000 cash prize, and will without a doubt catapult the designer into a market of fans and audience of whole new dimensions. Launched in 2003 to cultivate the next generation of emerging American design talent, past winners include Alexander Wang, Derek Lam and Public School. Clemens received the award by the foundation’s chairperson Diane Von Furstenberg Monday night, the latter of which reflected on this year’s line-up: “Diversity is very important. This year I’m proud to say our group of finalists is the most diverse it’s ever been since we started 14 years ago.” Telfar, meanwhile, took this moment to thank the many friends and family “for being down,” he said. “I know it’s been a hard, long road but that’s what pioneers do. This is coming back to Queens.” Congratulations to Telfar, who we look forward to following in the near future.
An ocean of shimmering verdure; a mild sea breeze grabbing your hair; a faded blue sky right before a glorious sunset. It might sound like the wedding day you never had, but it’s actually the new cmpaign by Louis Vuitton. The French fashion and accessory house have championed the art of luxury travel for well over a hundred years, and through their ongoing photographic series The Spirit of Travel by photographer Patrick Demarchelier, it doesn’t look like they’re stopping anytime soon.
Rarely do we find it necessary to devote the pages of DANSK to music; perhaps we’re getting old, but we find ourselves dismayed by most contemporary pop music; and the good stuff, we like to keep between ourselves, our friends, and our favorite dance-floors. But today’s an exception. Just after announcing that she’s working on the follow-up album to her critically-acclaimed ANTI, the Barbadian super-performer, singer, and pop-cultural behemoth Rihanna just dropped a single with the canonical duo N.E.R.D. The duo, consisting of producers Shae Haley and the omnipresent Pharrell Williams, rose to fame in the late 90s and 2000s as the experimental side-project of The Neptunes, and were celbrated for their rock-infused take on funk, making their mark on the decade through hits like “Provider” and “She Wants to Move”. Despite their success, a prolonged hiatus have caused N.E.R.D to fall into the cracks of recent musical history – so who better, then, to revive them than the Princess herself? Entitled “Lemon”, we can’t help but wonder if it’s some kind of stab at Beyoncé and her latest album Lemonade…. But that’s all guess-work. For now. Watch this space for more, and meanwhile, enjoy a rapping Rihanna and a buzz-cut Mette Towley giving all she’s got.
Copenhageners, rejoice! If you haven’t noticed, shopping is getting persistently better in the Danish capital. As reported by several media, Copenhagen has in recent years seen an influx in tourists with heavy wallets and a taste for luxury, particularly Chinese, as they decide to swap Paris for a more quaint Scandinavian adventure. Strøget, the main shopping street of the inner city, has seen a recent boost in high-profile fashion players, from Prada to Hermès opening prominent stores around the iconic Storkespringvandet. High street fashion, meanwhile, continues to thrive in what is perhaps the most democratic fashion country in the world, accurately exemplified in the popularity of COS, the Swedish high end high street chain and little sister of H&M, lauded for their timeless designs and respect for quality. It was a blow when COS temporarily closed down their Østergade flagship location earlier this year, but as promised, it was only to return in a much more spectacular manner. The building has undergone a full renovation in recent months, and have resulted in even more space to dynamically explore the world of COS. Particularly the menswear floor is hard to recognize, now boasting bigger lounge and fitting areas wherein to make up your sartorial mind. All held in strict aesthetic codes with respect to the Nordic minimalism for which the ever-evolving brand is known and loved. “We launched COS in Copenhagen with the Østergade location 10 years ago, and now we’re very excited to present this newly revitalized space,” commented Marie Honda, CEO of COS, last week.
It’s fair to say that menswear is having a moment: in a time when womenswear seems hard to break out of silhouettes recycled from recent fashion history, menswear is still uncovering new formal and stylistic ground. London is the epicentre of this trend, spearheaded by London Fashion Weeks Mens, who with a roster of names including Charles Jeffrey, Cottweiler, Craig Green, and Joseph, is slowly overtaking its older sister. Retail, too, have been swift to followed suit, most apparently with the rise of Mr Porter, the e-retailer and lifestyle platform celebrated for its original editorial content, great customer service, and impeccable buying skills. Expanding in this field, Mr Porter recently announced the launch of a new in-house brand, Mr P, launching on the platform this November. Rather than participating in the accelerated schedule of the mainstream fashion industry, Mr P is committed to offer a stable of “future classics” through their debut collection, consisting of 24 essential styles and 29 season styles. The creation of the brand is the result of careful attention paid to the 600,00 hoppers who have gone through Mr Porter since its launch, which boils down, they state, to the following: Easy pieces. Smart details. Enduring style. “We like to think we have an unparalleled view of the male wardrobe, garnering the combined knowledge of our buyers and editors, and MR P. is ultimately the result of that,” Toby Bateman, Managing Director at MR PORTER recently stated. “At MR PORTER, we are – first and foremost – product people. This passion for quality, uniqueness, style and versatility has been the backbone to developing our business for the past seven years.” Stay tuned for the collection, which launches internationally November 7th.
Shamballa Jewels is by far the most successful luxury export coming out of Denmark in the last decade. The bespoke jewellery brand by brothers Mads and Mikkel Kornerup gained a cult following shortly after their launch in 2005, adorning the wrists of Jay-Z, Carine Roitfeld, and Giorgio Armani, not to brag. Fusing Eastern spiritualism with a Nordic design ethos, their unique vision for mens and womens jewellery have continued to attract clients from across the world. Entering their next chapter with the launch of a flagship store in New York, we sit down with the Kornerup brothers to discuss how it all started, and how we can expect to be “Shamballized” in many years to come.
The basic white tee is despite its simplicity one of the most classic pieces out there – all the way up next to the little black dress and pair of 501′s. First embraced by American seamen in the 1940s, the tee was wildly popularized through Marlon Brando, who in his role in The Wild One showed that all you need to be the sexiest man on earth is some cotton around your pecks. Since, from Juliette Greco and James Dean, to Brigitte Bardot and Calvin Klein-era Brooke Shields, the simple garment has cemented itself in our collective unconscious as the best example of casual cool. Acclaimed fashion photographer Mario Testino has been celebrating the white tee through his T-Shirt Collection, a photographic series he recently took to our side of the world, to Copenhagen and its many tender-looking faces. In total, nine Danish models – including Klara Kristin, Olivia Therese, and DANSK alum Kirstin Liljegren and Sylvester Ulv – features in the series, which was revealed on Testino’s personal platform Mira Mira today. “It begs the question,” he notes on his site – “when everyone has a white tee, what makes you stand out?” Find out here.
There’s nothing quite like home – after years on the road, we’ve come to appreciate the sense of comfort and origin that your birthplace provides. Whereas some spend years escaping where they’re from, others spend years trying to return – and this comes to show also in fashion, which is still a relatively young cultural phenomenon, at least in its current shape. Louis Vuitton were certainly some of the first kids on the (literal) block, established as a small leather travel gear manufacturer in 1854 on Rue Neuve des Capucines, just off of Place Vendôme in Paris’ 1st arrondissement.