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  • agata-mayer-stephane-duroy-lodz-polish-manchester-of-the-1990s-english-version.html POLISH MANCHESTER OF THE 1990s

    Hans Magnus Enzensberger, a prominent German poet and writer, said during his brief visit to Łódź in 1986 that the city should become a media hub of the East. This daring prospect never came to fruition. Three years later, the Eastern market crumbled and Łódź was among the most affected vicitms. After all, it was the city’s ties with Russia that once catapulted it to prosperity. At the end of the 19th century, Łódź was a veritable promised land, attracting people from all parts of Europe in search of a place to live, and a cultural enigma for Polish elites... Read more »

  • CONTEMPLATING THE GEORGIAN SOUL

    Her foremost artistic interest are Georgian villages. Through her photos, she narrates a personal and intriguing story about rural communities, their joys and sorrows, traditions and customs, work and everyday life, an account of a rich and beautiful culture on the brink of extinction. In the course of her travels over many years, leading her to regions stricken with hardships and poverty, Natela Grigalashvili has produced an extensive photographic collection depicting geographically and socially remote populations and ethnic minorities, Georgia’s last nomads.…Read more »

  • BOOK OF MY MOTHER

    Whenever she has some time on her hands, she takes a bus to the all-familiar place, her native village, returning to people she grew up with and her mother, the two bonded in an uneasy relationship. In a struggle to tear down the barrier of indifference and deeply rooted accusations, Natela started the touching photo project “Book of My Mother”. She kept on taking pictures of her mother until she realized that the mutual anger and… Read more »

  • THE LIGHT OF THE NORDIC NOIR

    The contrasting depiction of the North by John Bauer, a masterful illustrator and champion of children’s imagination, features both the fairy tale-like scenery, populated by strange creatures derived from Swedish folklore, and its more sinister, dark and mystical counterpart, bringing to mind Nordic shamanism and ancient Scandinavian sagas.…Read more »

  • NORDIC NOIR PHENOMENON

    Nordic noir, also known as Scandi noir or Cold noir, has now gone beyond its original status of a Scandinavian narrative genre encompassing crime novels, movies and TV series. Having penetrated deep into the mainstream, it is an essential part of popular culture and Scandinavia’s claim to global fame…Read more »

  • Erïk Bjerkesjö

    Stockholm-hailed Erïk Bjerkesjö is making waves on the design and broadly understood fashion scene. Polimoda graduate Bjerkesjö stepped into the artistic world with his personal footwear concept of post-modern craftsmanship for men. Each pair of shoes is produced entirely by hand in Tuscany, made of organic, environment friendly materials. Bjerkesjö also works with production for tailoring menswear at Acne Studios and holds a position of the creative mind behind DRKN….Read more »

  • THE ART OF FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS

    Megan Hess is one of the most identifiable fashion illustrators and print designers, working with Chanel, Dior, Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Montblanc, Balenciaga, Guerlain YSL, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Fendi, Ladurée or even Michelle Obama. The list is long. Her drawing style seems so effortless and radiates luxurious elegance and beauty…Read more »

  • BOHEMIAN ELEMENTS

    Boho is all about looking individual and natural. It is a lifestyle drawing on various traditional bohemian and hippie influences with a touch of contemporary culture. Bohemians may be wanderers, adventurers, vagabonds or surfers practicing an unconventional way of living outside of the mainstream. In a modern context, the term Bohemian applies to…Read more »

  • MAYLA STOCKHOLM

    Originally known for luxuriously crafted silk dresses, the popularity of Mayla has allowed the brand to quickly expand into outerwear, cashmere knitwear, my favorite flared denims, shoes and other classy accessories. It's the French luxury combined with Scandinavian simplicity that has found a loyal clientele from around the world including Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Hollywood actresses…Read more »

  • PRACTICAL MINIMALISM

    Her well-thought handmade 'hangers', stylish magazine holders, modern decorations and accessories, lighting and furnitures can also be used as unique sculptural art. I would describe her style as 'asymmetrically symmetrical' and structural. Clean designing and fresh approach towards aesthetic details reminds me of Ingo Maurer, Tom Dixon or Shigeru Uchida to name a few. They traced the history of…Read more »

  • THE NEXT GENERATION IN FASHION

    At the beginning I was quite critical watching one collection after the other. I didn't see anything new. I didn't see anything that stuck in my mind. For sure I was impressed by the well prepared video effects and the well selected music. Without exception, music plays a vital role in the interactive process of audience behavior …Read more »

  • GREY IS THE NEW BLACK

    Surveys in Europe and America show that grey is associated with boredom, uncertainty, solitude, emptiness and old age. How positive! During the Renaissance and the Baroque, grey started to play an important role in fashion and art. It became a highly fashionable color in the 18th century, both for women's dresses and for men's coats. In the 19th …Read more »