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SHINSUKE NAKADA – Beams Plus

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Beams, founded in 1976 in Tokyo’s Harajuku district, is one of Japan’s most successful and respected fashion empires with around 140 stores spread right across the country. The Beams Plus line was started in 1999 as a purveyor of American heritage clothes, producing both rugged workwear and Ivy League-style classics. Mr Shinsuke Nakada, 37, started out part-time on the Beams shop floor in 2000, and in less than 15 years worked his way up to the Beams Plus director and Beams chief buyer positions. “The Beams Plus line specialises in American casualwear from the 1940s to the mid-1960s, which [in style terms] was America’s golden era,” he says. “Since I started working for Beams Plus my everyday life has been influenced by American culture. One of the reasons I chose to live in Kamakura is for the surfing, and I also collect American mid-century furniture and home wares.”

YOSUKE AIZAWA – White Mountaineering

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After graduating from Tama Art University in 2001, Mr Yosuke Aizawa, 37, worked as an assistant to Mr Junya Watanabe. A lifelong passion for outdoor pursuits including mountain climbing, snowboarding and fishing led him to create White Mountaineering in 2006. The brand’s use of heritage and technical materials, from corduroy and tweed to Gore-Tex and Windstopper fabrics, soon established Mr Aizawa as one of Japan’s new fashion innovators – his streetwear creations being as wearable in the city as they are in much harsher environments. “A fusion of outdoor style and fashion is what I aim to express,” he says.

CELEBRATING A FORGOTTEN ART WITH HERMES

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Pierre-Alexis Dumas and Robert B. Chavez Host the U.S. Unveiling of the New HERMES Writing CollectionAtmosphere-9-1024x731New York, NY October 28, 2014

Hermès is known for pure classic elegance, a decades-old maison that has never slowed nor slouched when it comes to producing some of the most luxuriously rich products esteemed collectors vie for today. It only seems obvious then, for the distinguished brand to debut a most gorgeous new writing collection, appeasing those old souls that still cherish the loveliest, forgotten art in modern times: the handwritten note.Artistic Director of Hermès, Pierre-Alexis Dumas, along with President and CEO, Robert B. Chavez, held a quaint cocktail reception Wednesday evening in Manhattan to unveil and celebrate the newest Hermès Writing Collection and its centerpiece: The Nautilus Pen. Attendees gathered in the gorgeous Madison Avenue salon to explore interactive experiences from automatic writing to that ancient art of classic handwritten notes.

When asked about the inspiration for the latest writing collection, Dumas told us, “Hermès is freedom in movement, elegance in movement. At Hermès, we have been turning around the project of an instrument for writing for a long time. I associate writing, at Hermès, with the spirit of the nomad. Being able to capture one’s emotions or ideas on the move, and jot them down in a notebook.”

We applaud the brand for keeping this lost art alive and exotic again, especially as we, a society obsessed with technology and agility, are frighteningly capable of losing this art almost completely. With this, Dumas went on to say, “The pen has a natural place at Hermès as the house has been making diaries since the 1930s. It is a real tradition that is received by a wide public and the diaries are edited in several languages. We want to increase awareness of this tradition, as well as of our collection of writing tools.”

The Nautilus Pen is an important induction to the Hermès writing collection and “the hero of this collection of writing objects, very tactile. Through it, the most beautiful kind of metamorphosis takes place, the metamorphosis of thought, of the mind,” as Dumas explained.

The new series contains writing requisites, cases, and cartouchieres in leather, paper, or silk-covered notebooks, writing pads, and even airmail paper pads. The centerpiece being the Nautilus Pen, is uniquely Hermès after a three-year-long design process and collaboration between Dumas and industrial designer Marc Newson. The gorgeous writing instrument features a retractable nib or ballpoint with a genius self-closing rotating mechanism. Solidify your importance, intelligence, and steal the most stylish hearts with anything from this collection, available at select Hermès boutiques.

 

FAENA BUENOS AIRES CELEBRATES 10 YEARS WIYH A ROLLER DISCO BY AVAF

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Recently the Faena District in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a series of art installations and events. Founded by Alan Faena in 2004, the area began with construction of the Faena Hotel, and quickly transformed the area into a thriving community with the ensuing addition of four residential projects and finally an arts center in 2011. To celebrate this growth, the Faena Arts Center commissioned a site-specific installation by the contemporary artist duo Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide Pierson, who together make up assume vivid astro focus (avaf). Entitled ángeles veloces arcanos fugaces, the work was a sort of rehashing of another installation by the duo, fittingly completed in 2004, of a neon disco-inspired roller rink. The rink was indoors, open to the public, and featured music by comedian, drag artist, and DJ, Lady Bunny. In addition, the hotel featured a retrospective of photographs documenting the its conception and history.Faena Group plans to expand internationally in 2015, beginning with a series of projects centered in Miami Beach, FL. Faena Miami Beach will include Faena House, a complex of luxury oceanfront homes designed byBrandon HawFaena Hotel Miami Beach, with design by Baz Luhrmannand Catherine Martin; as well as Faena Arts Center, Artists Residencies, Park, Marina and Bazaar all designed by Rem Koolhaas with OMA. The group hopes to foster a renaissance of creative life and activity in the area, similar to that achieved in Buenos Aires.

 

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This year’s Viktor & Rolf spring/summer 2015 collection was hosted at the Dutch ambassador’s house in Paris, a sumptuous location that added a touch of ancient glamour to the show. The show began with models moving down the mansion staircase, giving them more than a hint of the regal. It was a surprise to witness the opening looks as a number of the more experimental items appeared first.

The collection derived a share of its inspiration from sportswear. Cycling shorts and tracksuit pants, combined with couture tops, created a tantalizing paradox of glamorous grunge. This deliberate mismatching took hold as it evolved into various degrees of harmonious interaction. At times, the 3D floral patterns of the crinkle print tops appeared on the fabric of the cycling shorts, making them look decidedly sweet and enticing rather than merely sporty; both bucolic and urban at once.

The floral dresses were particularly winsome, being roomy and angular in places, taken in and puckered in others. The outlines of the dresses provided asymmetrical imitations of the petals displayed in the floral printing. The influence of abstract art in the blossoming shapes was tangible from start to finish. Heavily outlined in black, the floral printing added the somewhat mesmerizing effect achieved by stained-glass windows.

 

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