PHOTOGRAPHY: Stiletto Magazine Editorial | Quentin Shih

Quentin Shih is a self-taught photographer who is currently living and working in between New York and Beijing. In college, Shih started out shooting for local underground musicians and artists. After he graduated, he decided to move to Beijing to hone his skills and his career as an artist. Shih is known as one of the leading Chinese photographers, with works featured in the Danforth Museum of Art as well as the Worcester Museum of Art. Having fleshed out his career, Shih is now returning to fine art photography, incorporating it into his commercial and fashion photography to achieve a unique symbiosis. 

ART: Fashion meets digital | WEARESELECTERS x David Marinos

Born in the late 90s to Greek and Ukrainian parents David Marinos has started traveling to Germany, Spain, Russia, France, USA & Greece at a very young age. Embedding classical imagery which he then transforms and enlivens with vivid colors, Marinos’ work is solid, fresh and dynamic. David works with various brands and magazines, one of his latest project was a collaboration with We Are Selecters, where they gave him a ‘carte blanche’ to illustrate images of the brands SS14 collections that are currently available in their Stores - Bibi Chemnitz, Boys Left Girls Right, DIM. E CRES., Vidur., Mandarin & General, 91,2 Nineone Two, Meshit, YESIMFRENCH, Yulia Yefimtchuk+, Maid in Love. To complete that, he drew inspiration from the brands and models themselves, trying to fulfill the composition with colors and various textures, he remixed the garments with colorful patterns that creates a completely new image.

FASHION: I am everybody. I am nobody | Sabinna

Russian-born Sabinna is a young fashion designer who is traveling around Vienna, the city where she grew up, and London, where she is currently finishing the last year of training at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Sabinna have a vast professional experience, which varies from working as a stylist at the atelier of Schella Kann, to her job at the leading Parisian fashion house, Christian Dior in 2012, also for the London based label Mary Katrantzou in 2013. Her latest collection is called “I am everybody. I am nobody” and is inspired by her mother’s young years, who lived in USSR, between the years 1975-1982. Concentrating her research in young people who struggle with a political system of Soviet communism, which forced them to be like everyone else, Sabinna decided to emphasize that defense of personal identity and the sense of belonging to a group, designin a sportswear white basic look that is completed with vivid details and manufactured with high quality materials from Austria and Italy. 

FASHION: Fall/Winter 2014 Lookbook | Radha Dumra

After finishing her studies at College of Fashion in London and the National Institute of Design in New Delhi, Radha Dumra launched her first knitwear collection. Dumra is looking forward into gathering together an emotional and intellectual response from the wearer, rather than going after the recent trends and tendencies in fashion. Her Autumn/Winter 2014 ‘Eco’ collection brings out the image of an inner eco-warrior and invites you go back to the essentials of the nature roots with fashion forward sports sleek looks, inspired by tropical nature and plants, seen in details such as laser cutting, perforations, cutouts, mesh panelling and quilting.

DOCUMENTARY: Internet Machine – Invisible infrastructures of the internet | Timo Arnall

Produced by Timo Arnall, Internet Machine is a three-screen documentary about the invisible infrastructures of the internet. The film was made to bring out the hidden reality of our data by exploring some of the machines that are transmitting and transforming the internet cloud. The documentary was shot in one of the biggest, most secure and ‘fault-tolerant’ data-centers in the world, run by Telefonica in Alcalá, Spain. It was filmed by using a 3D mapping technique, where photographs and video are mapped to a simulated 3D environment, which practically makes it possible to create of camera-rig-like movement of the camera without resorting to actual rig equipment.

Internet machine is part of BIG BANG DATA, open from 9 May 2014 until 26 October 2014 at CCCB (Barcelona) and from February-May 2015 at Fundación Telefónica (Madrid).


FASHION: Pre-Fall 2014 | Roksanda Ilincic

There is no place like home. The not a single one. The mere idea of wrapping yourself in the coziness of home, appears to be more delightful that wrapping yourself head to toes in haute couture. For her Pre-Fall collection Roksanda Illincic seized her inspiration from cozy blankets and other domestic accoutrements. The bold, colorful and linear quality of her designs bring out the homely elegance of Soviet constructivist artist. The collection is all based on contracts whimsical vs. hard-edged—defined lines. There is everything: huge coat cut from the actual mohair fur from real teddy bears, dress adorned with big, industrial, rubberized flowers. Balancing between soft and stiff, casual and formal, fit and flare, the result is more than striking, incorporating her signature elongated monumentalism the Pre-Fall 2013 collection is rendered in juicy seventies palette of jade, purple, orange, maroon, and royal blue, the looks were finished by men’s shoes from designer Nicholas Kirkwood.

EVENTS: Unedited History: Iran 1960 - 2014 | Musée d’Art Moderne
“Unedited History: Iran 1960–2014” exposition is not set to build a certain history but to refurnish the major social and political ‘issues’ that shaped the country’s visual culture between the 1960s and the present day. The exhibition includes works and collated material which are divided into three chapters: before, after, and during the Iranian Revolution of 1979 through 1988. Camera-based mediums dominate, and the collection is closely manifested aiming to inform viewers about a history of cultural aspirations fueled by an agenda to be modern. The show brings out the country’s previously pursued and inflicted modernist legacy, that is represented by a calm, small presentation of graphic posters and vitrined press. One of the standout pieces of the exhibition is Bahman Kiarostami’s video Flowers, 2013, which sampled TV reports from April 1, 1979, the day the revolution was announced, and acts as a sort of portal to the feverish on-air, off-the-cuff experience of that particular time and place.“Unedited History: Iran 1960–2014”MUSÉE D’ART MODERNE DE LA VILLE DE PARIS (MAM)11 avenue du Président WilsonMay 16–August 24

EVENTS: Unedited History: Iran 1960 - 2014 | Musée d’Art Moderne

“Unedited History: Iran 1960–2014” exposition is not set to build a certain history but to refurnish the major social and political ‘issues’ that shaped the country’s visual culture between the 1960s and the present day. The exhibition includes works and collated material which are divided into three chapters: before, after, and during the Iranian Revolution of 1979 through 1988. Camera-based mediums dominate, and the collection is closely manifested aiming to inform viewers about a history of cultural aspirations fueled by an agenda to be modern. The show brings out the country’s previously pursued and inflicted modernist legacy, that is represented by a calm, small presentation of graphic posters and vitrined press. One of the standout pieces of the exhibition is Bahman Kiarostami’s video Flowers, 2013, which sampled TV reports from April 1, 1979, the day the revolution was announced, and acts as a sort of portal to the feverish on-air, off-the-cuff experience of that particular time and place.

“Unedited History: Iran 1960–2014”
MUSÉE D’ART MODERNE DE LA VILLE DE PARIS (MAM)
11 avenue du Président Wilson
May 16–August 24

LOOKBOOK: Spring Summer ‘14/15 Collection | Josh Goot

Australian designer Josh Goot has decided to switch from vivid digital prints and abstract floral prints that were present in his previous collection, and introduced a completely monochrome, geometric designs for SS14/15. Inspired by the conceptual works of artist Robert Morris, the collection comes along in clean and minimalist forms, that incorporate comfortable folds, oversized pieces completed with layers of patterns. The collection brings out the contrast between the structured and simple clothing — combining 20th century futurism with internet era ideals. Shallow, yet well-mastered, Josh Goot’s new collection is unexpected in all possible ways.

FASHION : Resort 2015 Collection | SUNO

Solid and substantial. Those are two words that are fully describing what Erin Beatty and her partner Max Osterweis created for their Resort 2015 collection. With an emphasis on durable fabrics such as denim or a wool-nylon blend, the collection stands out with its sense of elevation. The perfectly tailored pieces show up a very functioning, minimalist forms along with some heavy hand-embroidered crystal bling. According to Beatty and Osterweis, the main goal was to bring out more handwork to all these pieces, which will in a way, make them feel more personal and special. The denim was by far the most evident example of that, along with some few designs in coated terry and in bouclé that was also covered in handmade embroidery. Boasting a unique textural opulence alongside with the diversity in patterns and prints, SUNO combines it with masterful tailoring of the perfectly fitted knit dresses. As a result, the collection perfectly combines the chic and down-to-earth clothing.

PHOTOGRAPHY : Waska Tatay | Thomas Rousset + Raphaël Verona

Emphasizing the tension between old and new, kind and evil, spiritual and physical Thomas Rousset and Raphaël Verona created a book about their recent trip to Bolivia, focusing on a mystical world of doctors, spiritual healers and medicine men. By applying a beautiful mixture of photojournalism and staged photography the photo book follows them to Altiplano, Bolivia; revealing the rites and rituals of these ancient tribes.

The book ‘Waska Tatay’ may be purchased from IDPURE.

EVENTS : Smart New World | KUNSTHALLE DÜSSELDORF
"Smart New World” brings out the а curious topic: an information society equals a surveillance society, and Big Data means data capital. Navigating across different ethical aspects of information control, the show successfully avoids an impasse of truisms. Taking into account the recently popular idea that the private sphere is dead and that the computers nowadays know more about people than they do, the show concentrates on the point of no return: where a person eventually falls under suspicion, even if it’s by a wrong call, where the system can go back in time and scrutinize every decision they’ve ever made, every friend they’ve ever discussed something with, and attack them on that basis to sort of derisive suspicion from an innocent life and paint everyone in the context of a wrong-doer.Smart New WorldKUNSTHALLE DÜSSELDORF Grabbeplatz 4 April 5–August 10

EVENTS : Smart New World | KUNSTHALLE DÜSSELDORF

"Smart New World” brings out the а curious topic: an information society equals a surveillance society, and Big Data means data capital. Navigating across different ethical aspects of information control, the show successfully avoids an impasse of truisms. Taking into account the recently popular idea that the private sphere is dead and that the computers nowadays know more about people than they do, the show concentrates on the point of no return: where a person eventually falls under suspicion, even if it’s by a wrong call, where the system can go back in time and scrutinize every decision they’ve ever made, every friend they’ve ever discussed something with, and attack them on that basis to sort of derisive suspicion from an innocent life and paint everyone in the context of a wrong-doer.

Smart New World
KUNSTHALLE DÜSSELDORF
Grabbeplatz
4 April 5–August 10

EYEWEAR : MYKITA + Maison Martin Margiela 2014

Bringing up some sort of creative freedom to the world of fashion and design, Mykita and Maison Martin Margiela presented recently their new joint eyewear collection. The collaboration takes the aesthetics of both brands, with an emphasis on reducing historical eyewear shapes down to their basics, in a self-claimed historical, but innovative way. With both brands’ focus on a rather futuristic design, the collection presents frames that are beautifully different from what you have seen before.

PHOTOGRAPHY : Digitally Enhanced Photos | FUKE

Japanese photographer FUKE P-San transforms his photos into an amazing experiences by applying various color enhancing techniques. Photographing the world around him, FUKE works with digital color and light effects to give the photograph a different aesthetic, one that showcases the beauty he notices and feels when looks at a new scenery.

"Snow of the candy country, What is Kawaii? Kawaii contains the meaning of non-aggressiveness like the baby animals, especially of the mammal, which should be loved. Kawaii contains the meaning of die when there is no help like the baby animals, which should be loved. Kawaii contains the meaning of to attract people in charm, which should be loved. Kawaii contains the meaning of non-aggressiveness for the good friend, which should be loved each other. What is hakanai? Hakanai contains the meaning of transient existence. I decided to have the "love" in my theme of my art works. Because most of the contemporary arts avoided it in last century. And I think I had better to think about it with people. "all artificial lights are the love" Fireworks are the love for the festival from the fireworker to the watching people. And I make the firework’s detail clear to see. All the lights of the town are for the people who live there. Handy lights are the love for oneself without fell down. The inventor invented the lights so that people are easy to come to live. It must be the love for everybody. I want to use the lights in my photos so that I want all of you to feel some kind of happiness. I thought about this, when I answered that I sometimes use the artificial lights in the snowy landscapes. I noticed that the face of the person who asked that to me shows the disappointment. He expected it was made by only the natural lights, I thought. I will give him the next answer: all artificial lights are the love."

FUKE

FASHION : Resort 2014 Collection | LANVIN

Looking at Lanvin’s latest Resort Collection one can notice that there’s no single inspirational background, or central message. Elbaz took a wide-ranging approach to his 2014 Resort collection, which was also seen for Fall. It was seen on some various types of flats, like the pair of holographic sneakers worn with a draped jersey dress, Elbaz brings out a rather carefree vibe. It was an attitude that was also seen on the stretch neoprene that according to him was developed by a bra company, which Elbaz used for all sorts of details, including the eye-popping red cocktail dress that is able to hide all kinds of things, and show off everything else. Each look is different, tailored to that one unique moment in your life when you step through the door and into different settings.