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Shop:Case – DAAD DANTONE, MILAN

Dear readers,

We’ve been getting a lot of requests to highlight some of our favorite shops around the world. We heard you and we begin our series with DAAD-DANTONE in Milan.

DAAD DANTONE is a multibrand boutique for men and women, as well accessories, shoes, jewelry, and fragrances from the likes of Rick Owens, Boris Bidjan Saberi, Deepti, m.a.+, Layer 0, Gareth Pugh, Damir Doma, Undercover, Jan Jan Van Essche, and others.

The shop, founded in the 1960s, showcases women and men’s collections in an refined and minimal monochrome display. Since the beginning, the boutique was based on an intimate lounge, an alternative concept for Milan’s “Quadrilatero” fashion system.

Video: Iris Van Herpen x Russell Maliphant

This video with clothes by Iris van Herpen and choreography by Russel Maliphant was shot by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, who have collaborated with Bjork and Alexander McQueen, for AnOther Magazine. The music is by Salvador Breed, who has done all the music for Iris van Herpen (and not just because they are a couple!).

Martin Margiela: The Artist is Absent

One of the premieres at the current TriBeCa Film Festival is a mini-documentary on Martin Margiela, “The Artist is Absent,” directed by Alison Chernik. How do you make a documentary about a designer notoriously recluse? You interview other important people.

Among them, Jean-Paul Gaultier, the designer who gave Margiela his first job, the fashion critic Suzy Menkes, Raf Simons, who credits seeing a Margiela show for the first time with his desire to become a fashion designer, and our dear friend, the Belgian makeup artist Inge Grognard, who did the makeup for those iconic early Margiela’s shows.

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Sacai: A to Z

Despite her commercial success and critical acclaim Chitose Abe and her Tokyo label sacai are still a pretty well kept secret among the fashion industry’s cognoscenti. A product of the Comme des Garcons design lab that is adept at turning out prodigies, Abe has launched sacai in 1999, while she was at home nursing her child (Chitose is married to Junichi Abe, also a CdG alumni, whose label is kolor).