Tim Coppens: Skateboarding, Music, Fashion

Five years ago, a colleague of mine told me about a young Belgian designer in New York who worked at RLX, the Ralph Lauren’s technical sportswear collection, and who was showing his first collection under his name at his apartment. I made an appointment, which got derailed by a blizzard. The designer’s name was Tim Coppens, and though we didn’t meet then, I have closely followed evolution of his work.

Maison Mihara Yasuhiro F/W17 Men’s – London

We would like to present to you Maison Mihara Yasuhiro’s Fall/Winter 2017 men’s London collection.

This season the designer pursues “Simplicity”. Challenging the interpretation of the word meaning “basic” or “standard”, Mihara approaches simplicity as complexity through deformed detailing and silhouettes built up from classic styles, such as a seven layer military coat.

Photos courtesy of Maison Mihara Yasuhiro.

Iris van Herpen: Backstage

The intrepid Dutch designer Iris van Herpen, well known by now for pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, has released her third book, Iris van Herpen: Backstage. Unlike her two previous books and as evident from the title, this time we get a chance to peek into what’s going on backstage before van Herpen’s shows. The soft cover 144-page tome (EUR 29.50) with photos by Morgan O’Donovan is published by Wilteveen+Bos and is available on the designer’s website.

Give Good Gift 2016

Believe it or not once in a while we like to have fun here, and dreaming of what we’d like to gift (and be gifted) to our loved ones is one of those instances.
Below is the 2016 edition of our holiday gift guide. Happy Holidays!

Deborah Turbeville at Deborah Bell

As you might know if you follow the output of this magazine closely, the photographer Deborah Turbeville holds a special place in our hearts. I interviewed her for the second print volume of this magazine, and we published the profile posthumously on our website, with a slew of original photographs of her apartment. So, I was delighted to see a new exhibit of her photographs in New York, in the gallery of Deborah Bell, no less.

Shop:Case – Calculus, Victoria

Calculus is a concept store on Vancouver Island, a passion project of the Canadian born couple Graham & Ashleigh Newmarch.

Inspired by the live/work ateliers of its most admired designers, Calculus eschews the conventional structure of investor, creative director, buyer – and various associated staff.

Alexander McQueen: Unseen

This hasn’t been the case with fashion designers until the 2010 suicide of Alexander McQueen. And while you couldn’t exactly sell his artwork at inflated prices, an entire post-mortem cultural industry sprang up around his legacy. This is a testament not so much to McQueen’s unquestionable genius, but to how much more central fashion has become to the contemporary cultural experience. (We did not see such an explosion of media after the murder of Gianni Versace, for example.)

Poise in the Poisonous

In 1977, Yves Saint Laurent released his Opium perfume for women, taking a risk by basing a perfume on a poisonous flower, not exactly an alluring concept. The gamble paid off and Opium became one of the most successful fragrances ever produced (Dior followed suit almost a decade later with Poison.). Jean-Louis Sieuzac was the nose behind Opium, and his apprentice was Emilie Copperman, who went on to become a nose for Symrise, one of the leading producers of flavors and fragrances in the world.