9 March 2020

The Instagram exposing fashion subcultures

Whether you’re a nicotine-addicted ‘Hedi-boy’ or a Margiela worshipper trying to cop vintage Tabis in your free time, no one is safe from @raf_semens. The cutting Instagram account trolls drop culture, hypebeasts and anyone who takes their love of fashion too seriously. A high school student from Texas, Max Womack, 18, is the creator of the irreverent meme account. Upon quitting his part-time job in March 2019, Womack earned himself some free time, out of which the page was born. 

27 January 2020

10 MoMA Exhibitions I'd Time Travel For

I only just discovered the Museum of Modern Art's free, digital exhibition history cataloguing every show it has ever mounted. This archive includes original press releases, exhibition checklists, scanned copies of out-of-print... everything you need to transport yourself back to exhibitions that took place long before you were born. These are the MoMA shows worth jumping in your Tardis for.

13 January 2020

Horsing Around

Since the beginning of Alessandro Michele’s tenure at Gucci, the house’s campaigns have transported viewers from outer space to a 1940s Hollywood soundstageDisneyland to the 7th century BC Greek city of Selinunte, all the while featuring an eclectic line-up of starlets, Harry StylesTippi HedrenCourtney LoveGucci Mane and Iggy Pop among them. Equally eclectic have been the photographers, from longtime Michele collaborator Glen Luchford to seminal street photographer Bruce Gilden, and filmmakers Harmony Korine and Yorgos Lanthimos.

16 December 2019

Meet Me Under The Disco Ball

You can't deny that the disco ball is the most treasured party symbol. Reflecting fractals of light from above the dancefloor and pulling our focus to the center of it, the mirrorball tells everyone: this is where the action is. There is no more reliable witness to the ups and downs of clublife than the disco ball, omnipresent and omniscient. As Tracey Thorn sings in "Mirrorball," the 1996 tune from her group Everything But The Girl, "the lovely mirrorball reflected back them all, every triumph, every fight under disco light."

25 November 2019

Unpicking Wim Wenders’ rare documentary on Yohji Yamamoto

Wim Wenders’ 1989 Notebook on Cities and Clothes is a series of philosophical musings with the revered Japanese designer at its heart.  The documentary was originally commissioned by the Centre Pompidou, who approached Wenders to make a film about fashion and its connection to identity and urban living. Knowing nothing about fashion and generally sceptical of its materialist values, the approach prompted Wenders to famously remark: “Fashion. I got nothing to do with that,” in his narration of the film. Wenders referred to it as a “diary film”, and over the course of one year, followed Yamamoto as a one man crew, eventually befriending the man who had, at the beginning of the decade, shaken the fashion world with his anachronistic designs.

4 November 2019

5 fashion podcasts to listen to now

When it comes to podcasts, fashion might not be your go-to choice when there are so many juicy true crime and insightful current affairs options out there, but hear me out. You might not believe it but those wonderfully gratifying, highly addictive and delightfully smart fashion podcasts do actually exist. From Sophia Amoruso’s informative talks with seriously cool women, to John Galliano’s inspired rants about his collections for Maison Margiela, I've selected five excellent fashion podcasts to listen to now.

21 October 2019

The Instagram showcasing delightfully extra ’80s interiors

While the ‘80s might be known as the ugly era of decor, London-based retail manager Simon Knight is working hard to change people’s perceptions with his delightfully garish interiors Instagram account,@the_80s_interior. Showcasing the maximalist design of the era—think gaudy neons alongside nauseating pastels, chunky TV sets, garish tiles, and a lush abundance of tropical palms—the account is the antithesis to the contemporary obsession with clean white-walled minimalism.

7 October 2019

Ten of the most exciting exhibitions arriving this Autumn

Autumn is always a great time for exhibitions. This year, the art capitals of London, Paris and New York are promising to see in the season with a hefty roster of new exhibitions to get your teeth stuck into. From Bridget Riley’s disorientating patterns to Soho’s seedy underbelly, I’ve done some digging to unearth the must-see exhibitions keeping you cosy this Autumn. So without further ado…

23 September 2019

Prada's Mosaic Runway

While the Prada show was filled with 1920s-inspired ladylike beach attire with drop waists and deconstructed snakeskin cloche hats, the seemingly computer-generated runway set was enough to inspire serious tile-envy in the most carpet-loving of hearts. For the SS20 show, called Premonition, the Italian luxury house turned once-again to the Dutch design studio AMO—who transformed a Shanghai grain silo into a neon temple for Prada’s menswear runway this summer—to create a geometric catwalk and seating installation in their Milan museum Fondazione Prada.