Op-Ed: The Return of Ugliness

This past summer a pretty girl in her twenties I know cut her shoulder-length dark hair to military grade shortness, which made her look decidedly less attractive. When I remarked on this to another friend, also in his twenties, he said without hesitation that unattractiveness has become a trend among his peers. You can also see it quite clearly in fashion, especially in the rise of brands as seemingly disparate as Hood by Air, Vetements, Gosha Rubchinskiy, and Gucci, and their calculated ugliness and awkwardness.

BORIS BIDJAN SABERI FRAGRANCE RELEASE

This month the Barcelona-based designer Boris Bidjan Saberi launched his first fragrance. Saberi is best knows for his intricately constructed leather jackets, and it was no surprise to learn that the fragrance is inspired by the smell of vegetable tanned leather. Saberi also wanted the fragrance to reflect the sensory imprint of his daily work routine, the scents of raw materials that surround him in his atelier that at the end of the day mix with the odors unique to his body. This is how Saberi thinks of his work; each product he produces inevitably contains a part of himself as a designer and artisan.

StyleZeitgeist 10th Anniversary Party Portraits

Last week we celebrated StyleZeitgeist’s tenth anniversary at Flash Factory in New York City with a live concert by Cold Cave and music by .thejass., Black Asteroid, and Joseph Quartana. In lieu of the usual party shots, we invited the brilliant photographer Dusan Reljin to take some portraits. Wesley Eisold, Eugene Rabkin, Amy Lee Wesley…

WERKSTATT:MÜNCHEN Sunglasses Collection 2016/2017

We would like to present to you WERKSTATT:MÜNCHEN’s 2016/2017 sunglasses collection. Designer and master jeweler Klaus Lohmeyer reimagines sunglasses as an elementary piece of jewelry for your face. Every component of the frame is entirely made of sterling silver, down to the nose pads. The glasses feature Rodenstock lenses that are capable of sensing and reacting to different light conditions. Each piece is created through 3D wax prints, and then finished by hand

Tatsuo Kawaguchi “Land and Sea 1970”

Taka Ishii Gallery New York published “Land and Sea 1970” to accompany an exhibition by Tatuso Kawaguchi in September 2015. Since that time his book has consistently stood out from the other gallery publications and art books on my bookshelf as being an exceptionally good one. It manages to function not only as documentation of a specific show but, in a sense, is practically a work in its own right. In that regard, we could refer to it as an artist’s book though it was not intended as such.