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At home with Sam Way
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At home with Sam Way

Men Last week we had a chance to spend some time with top model and musician Sam Way.  Photographed exclusively via Zoom by Zeb Daemen.   Who are you  and what is your profession ?   In a way I'm more interested in the question. Everything in us changes, I don't want to define myself as 'this' or 'that'  -  I have certain patterns, passions, interests and failings. Does that make me who I am? Who is the 'who' that is even asking the question? Is that me? The one that questions? Something more constant that lies deep down. - But yeah I bet you wish you never asked. So my name is Sam, my last name is Way, I don't have a middle name. I'm seemingly compelled to make music and sing songs. I'm a male model, have worked prolifically in the industry with everyone from Nick Knight to Bruce Weber, Hugo Boss to Kate Moss, I also love chocolate milk, making things with my hands, and my mates...who I'm missing a lot right now in lockdown.    How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   I don't know really. I can only make massive sweeping generalisations and guesses. But here's my guess just cos you asked. Short term, online business and certain categories of clothes are going to do surge. Companies will strip the fat from wherever they can and come out operating more efficiently and will wonder why they didn't do this sooner, People will lose jobs, more people in the entire sector will work from home and they will enjoy it. Masks are now the latest fashion statement. A lot of brands will fold, or downscale operations to survive. Customer confidence to be back in the retail space will slowly, slowly return, but it's going to feel weird for a while, and some people are going to find it more challenging than others. There will be less people on fashion shoots, maybe there will br tests as a requirement to make sure everyone there on set is healthy. Rates will be cut. In the long term, fashion and the creatives working in it, will just find a way, or give up. You cannot stop creation, and innovation. Fashion should be at pinnacle of this. I cannot not think that the industry will find a way and adapt. It may also completely implode on itself as we know it and maybe nothing will ever be the same again...but there will still be fashion...we will still need to shield our soft skin in the rain, or want adorn ourselves with clothes that make us feel more than we are. Whatever happens - will will rise to the occasion.    How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   A creator, will compulsively create. Look at us now and what me made. Zeb shot me and directed me on the floor of my mums house through a ZOOM call! That being said, I've been keeping super busy, recording, speaking to clients, writing songs on my mums beat up piano. However, all this time alone in the home studio I've set up downstairs has made me realise how much I'm inspired and motivated by working with other people. Sometimes always driving the bus, just makes my engine give out.    What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   I had gigs planned. Travels. Tours. Friends weddings. I can so music from home and collaborate remotely. But I just feel like life so much life as I knew it is on hold.    What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   I have to shout out the guys at Decorte here - who gifted me the most beautiful set of face creams and tonics at the beginning of lockdown. My skin, and indeed the whole familes, is looking so good because of it. However, in my opinion, there is nothing better (or more tightening for the skin) than a cold shower. Not everyones jam. Only the brave.    What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   My girlfriend Lisa King has took it upon her self to teach online Art classes every week on Zoom. I've been taking part every Thursday sat with my mum in the room next door. We've been loving it and have been learning how to 'commit to our lines' when drawing, make repeat prints, work with watercolours and incorporate text as a form of inspiration for our work. Get involved and see you there.    Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   I make the best Vegan - Mocha - Espresso Martinis - dayum, I wanna make one now.    What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   I run the risk of sounding terribly British with this one...but here goes - (please imagine me shouting this) THE PUUUUUUUUUUUUBB.   What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   Hmm not one song. But you can find a few of my playlists here. 'Music to Dream to' is my go to at the moment.    What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   I mean if I can have the discipline to do some yoga or gentle stretching in the am or the PM - then I know I'm either going to have a great day, or sleep like a log.    Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.   I have :) This is what I make of your fair city from my very terrible memory = People outside small bars and restaurants by the canals, renting bikes or just walking looking for things to munch on, street art, vibes, a general ease and lightness in it's character.    What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   I used to be a total gym head, but I've completely converted to self practising yoga most days. It keeps me lean, supple and strong without building tension. Working out to me means a space you but yourself in to challenge yourself and push your edges.     Tell us about your newest music single.    The latest release is right here  and it's called 'Made of Clay.' For me this song relates to the first question you asked me 'Who are you?' or maybe more - Who are you going to be?   How did you start with music and at what age?   I was always super into music as a teenager and would spend all my money on CDS and mixtapes. It wasn't until I moved up to London however that I began writing songs in the manner I do now. So I guess my conventional standards, I started late, when I was 23 ish? I wasn't one of these people that knew they wanted to be a singer their whole lives. I feel if anything, that it wasn't me who found music, but music that found me.    You can follow Sam on:   WEBSITE: http://www.samwaymusic.com   INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/iamsamway/ Last week we had a chance to spend some time with top model and musician Sam Way.  Photographed exclusively via Zoom by Zeb Daemen.   Who are you  and what is your profession ?   In a way I'm more interested in the question. Everything in us changes, I don't want to define myself as 'this' or 'that'  -  I have certain patterns, passions, interests and failings. Does that make me who I am? Who is the 'who' that is even asking the question? Is that me? The one that questions? Something more constant that lies deep down. - But yeah I bet you wish you never asked. So my name is Sam, my last name is Way, I don't have a middle name. I'm seemingly compelled to make music and sing songs. I'm a male model, have worked prolifically in the industry with everyone from Nick Knight to Bruce Weber, Hugo Boss to Kate Moss, I also love chocolate milk, making things with my hands, and my mates...who I'm missing a lot right now in lockdown.    How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   I don't know really. I can only make massive sweeping generalisations and guesses. But here's my guess just cos you asked. Short term, online business and certain categories of clothes are going to do surge. Companies will strip the fat from wherever they can and come out operating more efficiently and will wonder why they didn't do this sooner, People will lose jobs, more people in the entire sector will work from home and they will enjoy it. Masks are now the latest fashion statement. A lot of brands will fold, or downscale operations to survive. Customer confidence to be back in the retail space will slowly, slowly return, but it's going to feel weird for a while, and some people are going to find it more challenging than others. There will be less people on fashion shoots, maybe there will br tests as a requirement to make sure everyone there on set is healthy. Rates will be cut. In the long term, fashion and the creatives working in it, will just find a way, or give up. You cannot stop creation, and innovation. Fashion should be at pinnacle of this. I cannot not think that the industry will find a way and adapt. It may also completely implode on itself as we know it and maybe nothing will ever be the same again...but there will still be fashion...we will still need to shield our soft skin in the rain, or want adorn ourselves with clothes that make us feel more than we are. Whatever happens - will will rise to the occasion.    How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   A creator, will compulsively create. Look at us now and what me made. Zeb shot me and directed me on the floor of my mums house through a ZOOM call! That being said, I've been keeping super busy, recording, speaking to clients, writing songs on my mums beat up piano. However, all this time alone in the home studio I've set up downstairs has made me realise how much I'm inspired and motivated by working with other people. Sometimes always driving the bus, just makes my engine give out.    What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   I had gigs planned. Travels. Tours. Friends weddings. I can so music from home and collaborate remotely. But I just feel like life so much life as I knew it is on hold.    What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   I have to shout out the guys at Decorte here - who gifted me the most beautiful set of face creams and tonics at the beginning of lockdown. My skin, and indeed the whole familes, is looking so good because of it. However, in my opinion, there is nothing better (or more tightening for the skin) than a cold shower. Not everyones jam. Only the brave.    What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   My girlfriend Lisa King has took it upon her self to teach online Art classes every week on Zoom. I've been taking part every Thursday sat with my mum in the room next door. We've been loving it and have been learning how to 'commit to our lines' when drawing, make repeat prints, work with watercolours and incorporate text as a form of inspiration for our work. Get involved and see you there.    Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   I make the best Vegan - Mocha - Espresso Martinis - dayum, I wanna make one now.    What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   I run the risk of sounding terribly British with this one...but here goes - (please imagine me shouting this) THE PUUUUUUUUUUUUBB.   What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   Hmm not one song. But you can find a few of my playlists here. 'Music to Dream to' is my go to at the moment.    What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   I mean if I can have the discipline to do some yoga or gentle stretching in the am or the PM - then I know I'm either going to have a great day, or sleep like a log.    Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.   I have :) This is what I make of your fair city from my very terrible memory = People outside small bars and restaurants by the canals, renting bikes or just walking looking for things to munch on, street art, vibes, a general ease and lightness in it's character.    What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   I used to be a total gym head, but I've completely converted to self practising yoga most days. It keeps me lean, supple and strong without building tension. Working out to me means a space you but yourself in to challenge yourself and push your edges.     Tell us about your newest music single.    The latest release is right here  and it's called 'Made of Clay.' For me this song relates to the first question you asked me 'Who are you?' or maybe more - Who are you going to be?   How did you start with music and at what age?   I was always super into music as a teenager and would spend all my money on CDS and mixtapes. It wasn't until I moved up to London however that I began writing songs in the manner I do now. So I guess my conventional standards, I started late, when I was 23 ish? I wasn't one of these people that knew they wanted to be a singer their whole lives. I feel if anything, that it wasn't me who found music, but music that found me.    You can follow Sam on:   WEBSITE: http://www.samwaymusic.com   INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/iamsamway/

FENTY launches new styles of sunglasses
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FENTY launches new styles of sunglasses

Accessories FENTY launches three new styles of sunglasses to suit every high, low and incognito mood of summer.   An immediate expression of style confidence, eyewear is one of our CEO and Artistic Director’s favorite categories. Since our launch in May 2019, FENTY has pushed the boundaries on every aspect, creating new techno shapes, rainbow lenses and fusion jewelry-eyewear with crystal ear cuffs. Whether classic, retro or futuristic, each design plays with signature detailing and has a distinct FENTY attitude.   ‘Coded’, the first design in the summer release, is a modern take on a vintage shape with rectangular frames and super subtle cat-eye lenses, cut out at the edge in true FENTY style. Available in Jet Black or Milky Way with matching colored lenses, this style features gold detailing and FENTY monogrammed tips. Rihanna debuted both colorways at the inaugural Fenty Social Club.   The second style, ‘Off Record Sunglasses’ is our most vibrant design yet, delivering ultimate summer vibes. The cat-eye shape of the lens is accentuated, set in Candy Pink, Acid Green, Cosmic Blue and Black acetate frames. Clashing animal print temples add an 80s flair to the uptempo design, perfect for a summer of camera-ready digital fun.   The final style, the ‘Classified’, will be released on May 27th. The design follows the shape and cut-out lenses of the first two, with additional features of metal clasps on the cut-outs and metal plates on the temples – another signature detail evolved from the Blockt and Antisocial frames. Cutting an overall more dramatic silhouette in high impact Black Gold and a softer Rose Havana, the soon to be released design has an air of old school glamour and mid-summer romance.   The Coded and Off Record Sunglasses styles are available now at Fenty.com FENTY launches three new styles of sunglasses to suit every high, low and incognito mood of summer.   An immediate expression of style confidence, eyewear is one of our CEO and Artistic Director’s favorite categories. Since our launch in May 2019, FENTY has pushed the boundaries on every aspect, creating new techno shapes, rainbow lenses and fusion jewelry-eyewear with crystal ear cuffs. Whether classic, retro or futuristic, each design plays with signature detailing and has a distinct FENTY attitude.   ‘Coded’, the first design in the summer release, is a modern take on a vintage shape with rectangular frames and super subtle cat-eye lenses, cut out at the edge in true FENTY style. Available in Jet Black or Milky Way with matching colored lenses, this style features gold detailing and FENTY monogrammed tips. Rihanna debuted both colorways at the inaugural Fenty Social Club.   The second style, ‘Off Record Sunglasses’ is our most vibrant design yet, delivering ultimate summer vibes. The cat-eye shape of the lens is accentuated, set in Candy Pink, Acid Green, Cosmic Blue and Black acetate frames. Clashing animal print temples add an 80s flair to the uptempo design, perfect for a summer of camera-ready digital fun.   The final style, the ‘Classified’, will be released on May 27th. The design follows the shape and cut-out lenses of the first two, with additional features of metal clasps on the cut-outs and metal plates on the temples – another signature detail evolved from the Blockt and Antisocial frames. Cutting an overall more dramatic silhouette in high impact Black Gold and a softer Rose Havana, the soon to be released design has an air of old school glamour and mid-summer romance.   The Coded and Off Record Sunglasses styles are available now at Fenty.com

The floral inspiration for the Spring & Summer collection of Dior
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The floral inspiration for the Spring & Summer collection of Dior

Fashion An ode to the infinite diversity of nature, the bucolic wardrobe designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri for her Spring-Summer 2020 fashion show is elevated by a selection of accessories also inspired by delicate plant life.     Like subtle treasures preserved in the heart of a spring herbier, wildflowers mingle whimsically on a silk scarf and on emblematic scarves in the Mitzah collection. The must-have D-Connect sneakers are sprinkled with a pastoral motif that contrasts with its neoprene upper and rubber details, for a resolutely contemporary look. Daisies and thorny thistles flourish on the iconic Lady Dior, Dior Book Tote and Saddle bags.   Alongside these Dior symbols, jewelry punctuates the Creative Director’s silhouettes:  gold-finish petals embellish Dior Tribales earrings, blending the brilliance of blue amazonite with the depth of violet rhodonite, transposing into precious talismans with a dazzling finish on rings and chokers strung with jasper or unakite. These creations speak in a poetic dialogue, a testament to the rich botanical heritage that must be preserved. An ode to the infinite diversity of nature, the bucolic wardrobe designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri for her Spring-Summer 2020 fashion show is elevated by a selection of accessories also inspired by delicate plant life.     Like subtle treasures preserved in the heart of a spring herbier, wildflowers mingle whimsically on a silk scarf and on emblematic scarves in the Mitzah collection. The must-have D-Connect sneakers are sprinkled with a pastoral motif that contrasts with its neoprene upper and rubber details, for a resolutely contemporary look. Daisies and thorny thistles flourish on the iconic Lady Dior, Dior Book Tote and Saddle bags.   Alongside these Dior symbols, jewelry punctuates the Creative Director’s silhouettes:  gold-finish petals embellish Dior Tribales earrings, blending the brilliance of blue amazonite with the depth of violet rhodonite, transposing into precious talismans with a dazzling finish on rings and chokers strung with jasper or unakite. These creations speak in a poetic dialogue, a testament to the rich botanical heritage that must be preserved.

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HUGO x Liam Payne release the second collection
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HUGO x Liam Payne release the second collection

Fashion   After the success of their first capsule, HUGO and Liam Payne go back to their roots this season.      HUGO and Liam Payne unveil their second collaborative effort, a capsule of menswear pieces in a signature palette of black, white, navy, and red. This season celebrates the HUGO ambassador’s fast-track journey from teen pop sensation to established solo artist. Comprised of apparel, accessories, and an exclusive new sneaker style, each piece features a “go fast” chevron motif inspired by a tattoo on the global brand ambassador’s right arm.    The new collection brings together the brand’s unconventional style and Liam’s sporty aesthetic, as HUGO’s signature slim-fit jeans blend with athleisure-inspired sweaters and track pants. Nodding to the origins of HUGO and the year in which Liam was born, the brand’s logo is reinvented as ‘HUGO93.LP’ boldly printed or embroidered across all 14 pieces.   “I’ve learned so much about my own style over the past two years and I’m so grateful to continue to design clothes that I love to wear,” Liam says. “This season is very me. It’s all about easy styles that are perfect for the weekend.”   Shot by British photographer Tom Craig, the campaign features Liam in edgy, head-to-toe looks from the capsule. The setting for the shoot, an abandoned rooftop in the heart of London, makes for a stark contrast against the iconic red, white, and blue colors of the pieces.   The new collection will be available to shop online and in the HUGO store in Amsterdam from 13 May onwards.   After the success of their first capsule, HUGO and Liam Payne go back to their roots this season.      HUGO and Liam Payne unveil their second collaborative effort, a capsule of menswear pieces in a signature palette of black, white, navy, and red. This season celebrates the HUGO ambassador’s fast-track journey from teen pop sensation to established solo artist. Comprised of apparel, accessories, and an exclusive new sneaker style, each piece features a “go fast” chevron motif inspired by a tattoo on the global brand ambassador’s right arm.    The new collection brings together the brand’s unconventional style and Liam’s sporty aesthetic, as HUGO’s signature slim-fit jeans blend with athleisure-inspired sweaters and track pants. Nodding to the origins of HUGO and the year in which Liam was born, the brand’s logo is reinvented as ‘HUGO93.LP’ boldly printed or embroidered across all 14 pieces.   “I’ve learned so much about my own style over the past two years and I’m so grateful to continue to design clothes that I love to wear,” Liam says. “This season is very me. It’s all about easy styles that are perfect for the weekend.”   Shot by British photographer Tom Craig, the campaign features Liam in edgy, head-to-toe looks from the capsule. The setting for the shoot, an abandoned rooftop in the heart of London, makes for a stark contrast against the iconic red, white, and blue colors of the pieces.   The new collection will be available to shop online and in the HUGO store in Amsterdam from 13 May onwards.

At home with ballet dancer Rhys Kosakowski
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At home with ballet dancer Rhys Kosakowski

Men We are delighted to share our latest collaboration with incredibly talented ballet dancer Rhys Kosakowski.   Exclusive images and a short film by Zeb Daemen.   Who are you  and what is your profession?   Well... My name is Rhys Kosakowski, and I'm a professional dancer with the Sydney Dance Company and former Ballet Dancer with The Houston Ballet Company. I am a fiery, creative and forward thinking person always looking to push myself artistically and physically. I have been merging my dance career with the fashion industry for about 5 years now and love the way movement and fashion go hand in hand. Its a beautiful thing to see all Artistic Art forms come together to make even more diverse and interesting ART.     How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   ​I don't know too much about the entire Fashion Industry but I know that it has struggled through this time with getting materials from overseas, struggling to promote labels with out being able to shoot clothes on models and have new campaigns out and just the overall loss of money most brands are facing. Knowing how fast the world moves I'm pretty certain things will go back to normal in 6 months or so but you never know. People will always love fashion, because everyone desires to look good and fantasize's about luxury products.    How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I consider myself very lucky to be an artist because it means i can stay creative no matter where I am stuck in isolation... Lately to keep myself happy and motivated I've been doing repertoire memory and ballet class every morning with my Company and occasional yoga and stretching classes to maintain my body. Working out in the sun on my rooftop has been extra special because I've just moved into my new apartment and I have never had a rooftop before so very exciting. Also been doing things like potting plants, making macrame planters, drawing, cooking and self care.      What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   It is my first season with The Sydney Dance Company and we had about 19 tours planned this year, Nationally and Internationally. The Government has said Performances of all kinds will not take place for another 4 months. We are all hoping that we can get on stage soon after September.    What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   Water and Avocados are definitely my number one beauty products, but lets talk about face products as well because i love self care especially when its to do with my skin. ​I cleanse my face with Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash and tone straight after with Ursa Major Face Tonic. Then to hydrate i use Savant Apothecary Face Lotion. These three products i have been using for two years and could not live with out.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   When i was a young kid i used to draw and sketch a lot, but haven't picked up a pencil and paper in about 10 years. My sister is an amazing artist and draws beautiful sketches of fairies and creatures covered in plants and flowers. I got inspired and started draw again during isolation and realized.... i still got it! I have fascination and love for plants so I've been enjoying sketching them on paper and taking the time to imagine what plants might look like in another world.   How old were you when you first started dancing ballet and what made you start?   ​My Mum put me into tap lessons when i was 4 and got obsessed with performing. So when i turned 9 I started Jazz and Ballet. My first professional job as a dancer was when i landed the role of Billy Elliot in Billy Elliot the Musical when i was 12 years old.     Describe to me your favourite thing about dancing. How does it make you feel when you dance?    Its a really out of this world, euphoric sort of feeling. No one can really describe it unless they experience it. The way my body feels when I'm dancing is like small vibrations or electricity connecting and moving and feeling at one with the music I'm dancing to. Its so beautiful and very addictive, clearly very addictive as i haven't been able to stop dancing for years. ​The feeling i just described and being able to portray music through my body would be my favorite thing about dancing.     What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   ​Would have to be Salvador Dali ' DREAM CAUSED BY THE FLIGHT OF A BEE AROUND A POMEGRANATE A SECOND BEFORE AWAKENING'   ​Its my favourite because of the way his mind wanders to other places, its definitely fictional to us but makes you think twice about what could be out there in other dimensions or other planets in the universe we have not yet discovered. This keeps me inspired because it reminds me there is always something new to discover and create.      You can follow Rhys on instagram: @rhyskosakowski We are delighted to share our latest collaboration with incredibly talented ballet dancer Rhys Kosakowski.   Exclusive images and a short film by Zeb Daemen.   Who are you  and what is your profession?   Well... My name is Rhys Kosakowski, and I'm a professional dancer with the Sydney Dance Company and former Ballet Dancer with The Houston Ballet Company. I am a fiery, creative and forward thinking person always looking to push myself artistically and physically. I have been merging my dance career with the fashion industry for about 5 years now and love the way movement and fashion go hand in hand. Its a beautiful thing to see all Artistic Art forms come together to make even more diverse and interesting ART.     How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   ​I don't know too much about the entire Fashion Industry but I know that it has struggled through this time with getting materials from overseas, struggling to promote labels with out being able to shoot clothes on models and have new campaigns out and just the overall loss of money most brands are facing. Knowing how fast the world moves I'm pretty certain things will go back to normal in 6 months or so but you never know. People will always love fashion, because everyone desires to look good and fantasize's about luxury products.    How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I consider myself very lucky to be an artist because it means i can stay creative no matter where I am stuck in isolation... Lately to keep myself happy and motivated I've been doing repertoire memory and ballet class every morning with my Company and occasional yoga and stretching classes to maintain my body. Working out in the sun on my rooftop has been extra special because I've just moved into my new apartment and I have never had a rooftop before so very exciting. Also been doing things like potting plants, making macrame planters, drawing, cooking and self care.      What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   It is my first season with The Sydney Dance Company and we had about 19 tours planned this year, Nationally and Internationally. The Government has said Performances of all kinds will not take place for another 4 months. We are all hoping that we can get on stage soon after September.    What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   Water and Avocados are definitely my number one beauty products, but lets talk about face products as well because i love self care especially when its to do with my skin. ​I cleanse my face with Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash and tone straight after with Ursa Major Face Tonic. Then to hydrate i use Savant Apothecary Face Lotion. These three products i have been using for two years and could not live with out.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   When i was a young kid i used to draw and sketch a lot, but haven't picked up a pencil and paper in about 10 years. My sister is an amazing artist and draws beautiful sketches of fairies and creatures covered in plants and flowers. I got inspired and started draw again during isolation and realized.... i still got it! I have fascination and love for plants so I've been enjoying sketching them on paper and taking the time to imagine what plants might look like in another world.   How old were you when you first started dancing ballet and what made you start?   ​My Mum put me into tap lessons when i was 4 and got obsessed with performing. So when i turned 9 I started Jazz and Ballet. My first professional job as a dancer was when i landed the role of Billy Elliot in Billy Elliot the Musical when i was 12 years old.     Describe to me your favourite thing about dancing. How does it make you feel when you dance?    Its a really out of this world, euphoric sort of feeling. No one can really describe it unless they experience it. The way my body feels when I'm dancing is like small vibrations or electricity connecting and moving and feeling at one with the music I'm dancing to. Its so beautiful and very addictive, clearly very addictive as i haven't been able to stop dancing for years. ​The feeling i just described and being able to portray music through my body would be my favorite thing about dancing.     What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   ​Would have to be Salvador Dali ' DREAM CAUSED BY THE FLIGHT OF A BEE AROUND A POMEGRANATE A SECOND BEFORE AWAKENING'   ​Its my favourite because of the way his mind wanders to other places, its definitely fictional to us but makes you think twice about what could be out there in other dimensions or other planets in the universe we have not yet discovered. This keeps me inspired because it reminds me there is always something new to discover and create.      You can follow Rhys on instagram: @rhyskosakowski

Daily Paper and KOMONO Unveil Their First Eyewear Collaboration
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Daily Paper and KOMONO Unveil Their First Eyewear Collaboration

Accessories   Leading into summer, Amsterdam-based clothing brand Daily Paper and Belgian accessory brand KOMONO today announce a special eyewear capsule fusing Daily Paper's mix of African heritage aesthetics and contemporary design, with KOMONO's expertise in innovative eyewear. Just in time for warm weather season, the unisex styles ensure you match the heat in style whilst being protected with these 100% UV protection shades. This collaboration came on very naturally, through an already existing friendship and mutual interest of each other's brand. We finally found the right time to create something together, where we could intertwine KOMONO's clean aesthetic with our distinctive bold branding. - Abderrahmane Trabsini (Co-Founder, Daily Paper)    Daily Paper is all about authenticity, a sense of community and a strong drive towards creating contemporary and bold products. We’re very much kindred spirits and what better way to acknowledge this than to create a product together. - Anton Janssens (Founder and Managing Director, KOMONO)   Daily Paper tapped familiar face Ottawa Kwami alongside Akon Changkou for the Daily Paper x KOMONO campaign, which reinterprets the glasses through Daily Paper’s futuristic signature style. Featuring sleek edges, dark shapes, and elegant silhouettes, the visuals embody sophistication and modern flair with a bold twist.   CREDITS CAMPAIGN Photographer: Ottilie Landmark Talent: Ottawa Kwami and Akon Changkou  Art direction: Beri Dalgali and Dennis Schreuder Make up: Anita Jolles Hair: Bianca van Zwieten   Introducing a fresh new eyewear style in a range of colorways for both men and women, the glasses combine a rectangular frame and oval lenses with an extra-wide silhouette for a surprising effect. Next to a clean aesthetic, the lenses do not sacrifice on functionality. With 100% UV protection and polarized lenses, the glasses give optimal visual clarity and comfort.    The design is derived from one of our most celebrated styles, the Avery. These then got enhanced with a bold Daily Paper logo and a completely new lens shape, making this collaboration into a unique stand-out piece. The strong colorways reflect both Daily Paper’s and KOMONO’s passion for striking design. - Anton Janssens (Founder and Managing Director at KOMONO). Stand-out details include broad temples with a silver-plated Daily Paper logo and a lens in a striking Dark Smoke. Made from Italian acetate, the style will be available in three colorways; Black, Tortoise, and Racing Red.    Leading into summer, Amsterdam-based clothing brand Daily Paper and Belgian accessory brand KOMONO today announce a special eyewear capsule fusing Daily Paper's mix of African heritage aesthetics and contemporary design, with KOMONO's expertise in innovative eyewear. Just in time for warm weather season, the unisex styles ensure you match the heat in style whilst being protected with these 100% UV protection shades. This collaboration came on very naturally, through an already existing friendship and mutual interest of each other's brand. We finally found the right time to create something together, where we could intertwine KOMONO's clean aesthetic with our distinctive bold branding. - Abderrahmane Trabsini (Co-Founder, Daily Paper)    Daily Paper is all about authenticity, a sense of community and a strong drive towards creating contemporary and bold products. We’re very much kindred spirits and what better way to acknowledge this than to create a product together. - Anton Janssens (Founder and Managing Director, KOMONO)   Daily Paper tapped familiar face Ottawa Kwami alongside Akon Changkou for the Daily Paper x KOMONO campaign, which reinterprets the glasses through Daily Paper’s futuristic signature style. Featuring sleek edges, dark shapes, and elegant silhouettes, the visuals embody sophistication and modern flair with a bold twist.   CREDITS CAMPAIGN Photographer: Ottilie Landmark Talent: Ottawa Kwami and Akon Changkou  Art direction: Beri Dalgali and Dennis Schreuder Make up: Anita Jolles Hair: Bianca van Zwieten   Introducing a fresh new eyewear style in a range of colorways for both men and women, the glasses combine a rectangular frame and oval lenses with an extra-wide silhouette for a surprising effect. Next to a clean aesthetic, the lenses do not sacrifice on functionality. With 100% UV protection and polarized lenses, the glasses give optimal visual clarity and comfort.    The design is derived from one of our most celebrated styles, the Avery. These then got enhanced with a bold Daily Paper logo and a completely new lens shape, making this collaboration into a unique stand-out piece. The strong colorways reflect both Daily Paper’s and KOMONO’s passion for striking design. - Anton Janssens (Founder and Managing Director at KOMONO). Stand-out details include broad temples with a silver-plated Daily Paper logo and a lens in a striking Dark Smoke. Made from Italian acetate, the style will be available in three colorways; Black, Tortoise, and Racing Red. 

LV² BY NIGO
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LV² BY NIGO

Fashion Squaring: the multiplication of a number by itself. The acknowledgment that one idea can co-exist with another.   For the Pre-Fall 2020 season, Louis Vuitton launches LV2 – ‘Louis Vuitton squared’ – a standalone collaboration between men’s artistic director Virgil Abloh and Nigo. The capsule collection encompasses ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes and accessories and features dedicated graphics and interpretations of the Louis Vuitton signatures. Borne out of a longstanding camaraderie, Virgil Abloh invited the Japanese designer and founder of Human Made to partner on a one-off line fusing their individual approaches under the guise of Louis Vuitton.   Celebrating the travel-centric core of the house, LV2 observes the London Mod-era dandy through a Tokyo lens. The cross-pollination sets the tone for a tailoring-focused collection, evoking chapters in the formative years of Nigo – who found much of his early inspiration in the subcultural history of London – while honing the traditional sartorial values proposed in the men’s Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2020 collection by Virgil Abloh. A nod to Human Made, the Japanese brand founded by Nigo, a flight jacket features the graphics ‘LV Made’ alongside a Mount Fuji graphic.   A cropped Mod suit adapts and magnifies the Louis Vuitton Damier check. The motif is echoed in a double-faced duffle coat with micro-check lining, while a black fishtail parka morphs values from the dandy and sports wardrobes. Patchworking appears throughout in a meeting between the Louis Vuitton Monogram and the Damier check rendered in denim.   The LV2 patchwork is repeated in bags based on classic Louis Vuitton shapes: the tote, the keepall, and the money bag, adorned with animal charms familiar to the world of Nigo. A formal steel toe-cap derby cements the Mod spirit alongside a tasselled loafer in Monogram. The Damier check is interpreted in an ankle boot in suede Damier, a hiking boot in sporty Damier leather, a shearling boot in blown-up Damier or in denim, and a mule in the same motifs. Rectangular sunglasses feature trunk clip detailing while jewellery carries the LV2 logo.   Nigo is the founder of the brand Human Made. He formerly founded the brand BAPE, and co-founded the brand Billionaire Boys Club. Squaring: the multiplication of a number by itself. The acknowledgment that one idea can co-exist with another.   For the Pre-Fall 2020 season, Louis Vuitton launches LV2 – ‘Louis Vuitton squared’ – a standalone collaboration between men’s artistic director Virgil Abloh and Nigo. The capsule collection encompasses ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes and accessories and features dedicated graphics and interpretations of the Louis Vuitton signatures. Borne out of a longstanding camaraderie, Virgil Abloh invited the Japanese designer and founder of Human Made to partner on a one-off line fusing their individual approaches under the guise of Louis Vuitton.   Celebrating the travel-centric core of the house, LV2 observes the London Mod-era dandy through a Tokyo lens. The cross-pollination sets the tone for a tailoring-focused collection, evoking chapters in the formative years of Nigo – who found much of his early inspiration in the subcultural history of London – while honing the traditional sartorial values proposed in the men’s Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2020 collection by Virgil Abloh. A nod to Human Made, the Japanese brand founded by Nigo, a flight jacket features the graphics ‘LV Made’ alongside a Mount Fuji graphic.   A cropped Mod suit adapts and magnifies the Louis Vuitton Damier check. The motif is echoed in a double-faced duffle coat with micro-check lining, while a black fishtail parka morphs values from the dandy and sports wardrobes. Patchworking appears throughout in a meeting between the Louis Vuitton Monogram and the Damier check rendered in denim.   The LV2 patchwork is repeated in bags based on classic Louis Vuitton shapes: the tote, the keepall, and the money bag, adorned with animal charms familiar to the world of Nigo. A formal steel toe-cap derby cements the Mod spirit alongside a tasselled loafer in Monogram. The Damier check is interpreted in an ankle boot in suede Damier, a hiking boot in sporty Damier leather, a shearling boot in blown-up Damier or in denim, and a mule in the same motifs. Rectangular sunglasses feature trunk clip detailing while jewellery carries the LV2 logo.   Nigo is the founder of the brand Human Made. He formerly founded the brand BAPE, and co-founded the brand Billionaire Boys Club.

G-Star RAW releases the new Fall & Winter collection
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G-Star RAW releases the new Fall & Winter collection

Fashion For Fall/Winter’20, G-Star RAW shows their continuous commitment to challenge the industry, representing Hardcore Denim with Denim-on-Denim. This season’s collection highlights the inventive and pioneering nature of the brand, with an expansive set of styles designed for limitless denim combinations, even down to the smallest detail.   With a strong RAW denim focus, this Fall/Winter season is all about transforming utility garments into something new and edgy, looking at uniforms as a sign of rebellion instead of conformity. Using hunting gear, biker outfits and military uniforms as inspiration, G-Star returns to the heart of their design process, taking elements from hero pieces in their world-renowned archive that the brand has been known for since it began in 1989. The brand translates these utility uniforms that have been worn with confidence, into modern designs and styles that express confidence whilst being worn in a non-uniform way.   Still keeping innovation at its core, the G-Star Fall/Winter’20 collection introduces three new denim blueprints: the Stringfield Jeans for Women, the C-Staq Jeans for Women and the Scutar 3D Jeans for Men.   C-STAQ The C-Staq is a new denim hybrid blueprint for women that combines two well-known G-Star blueprints: the D-Staq and Type C jeans. Whilst keeping original features such as the typical D-Staq Chino Pocket, the C-Staq introduces a new Ultra-High Boyfriend fit, which allows the jeans to be worn either high or low depending on the size that is purchased.   SCUTAR 3D SLIM TAPERED   The G-Star Scutar 3D is the new denim blueprint for men and is a modified version of the highly known G-Star Citishield Jeans. Inspired by the motor cycle pants of a dispatch rider, the Scutar features room space at the knee and a worn in look over time whilst still upholding a pristine appearance. For Fall/Winter’20, G-Star RAW shows their continuous commitment to challenge the industry, representing Hardcore Denim with Denim-on-Denim. This season’s collection highlights the inventive and pioneering nature of the brand, with an expansive set of styles designed for limitless denim combinations, even down to the smallest detail.   With a strong RAW denim focus, this Fall/Winter season is all about transforming utility garments into something new and edgy, looking at uniforms as a sign of rebellion instead of conformity. Using hunting gear, biker outfits and military uniforms as inspiration, G-Star returns to the heart of their design process, taking elements from hero pieces in their world-renowned archive that the brand has been known for since it began in 1989. The brand translates these utility uniforms that have been worn with confidence, into modern designs and styles that express confidence whilst being worn in a non-uniform way.   Still keeping innovation at its core, the G-Star Fall/Winter’20 collection introduces three new denim blueprints: the Stringfield Jeans for Women, the C-Staq Jeans for Women and the Scutar 3D Jeans for Men.   C-STAQ The C-Staq is a new denim hybrid blueprint for women that combines two well-known G-Star blueprints: the D-Staq and Type C jeans. Whilst keeping original features such as the typical D-Staq Chino Pocket, the C-Staq introduces a new Ultra-High Boyfriend fit, which allows the jeans to be worn either high or low depending on the size that is purchased.   SCUTAR 3D SLIM TAPERED   The G-Star Scutar 3D is the new denim blueprint for men and is a modified version of the highly known G-Star Citishield Jeans. Inspired by the motor cycle pants of a dispatch rider, the Scutar features room space at the knee and a worn in look over time whilst still upholding a pristine appearance.

Palm Angels for Pre Fall 2020
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Palm Angels for Pre Fall 2020

Fashion Palm Angels releases the new Pre Fall collection.   @palmangels Palm Angels releases the new Pre Fall collection.   @palmangels

Naive Transparency by Arkan Zakharov
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Naive Transparency by Arkan Zakharov

Fashion Exclusive digital editorial, captured by Arkan Zakharov.   TEAM: Photographer – Arkan Zakharov  Stylist – Jèss Monterde @ Bernstein & Andriulli Model – Anna Rubin @ Next Models NY  Makeup – Deanna Melluso @ L’Atelier NY Hair – Jerome Cultera @ L’Atelier NY  Props – Elisia Mirabelli  @ Bernstein & Andriulli  Photo assistant – Marysia Schultz Stylist assistant – Inès Itsaso Exclusive digital editorial, captured by Arkan Zakharov.   TEAM: Photographer – Arkan Zakharov  Stylist – Jèss Monterde @ Bernstein & Andriulli Model – Anna Rubin @ Next Models NY  Makeup – Deanna Melluso @ L’Atelier NY Hair – Jerome Cultera @ L’Atelier NY  Props – Elisia Mirabelli  @ Bernstein & Andriulli  Photo assistant – Marysia Schultz Stylist assistant – Inès Itsaso

At home with Lou and Nils Schoof
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At home with Lou and Nils Schoof

Photography We spent some quality time and had a great conversation with Lou & Nils Schoof during these quarantine times.   Who are you (the long answer, no cheating by just giving your name!) and what is your profession (as in, how do you define it, rather than just the job title it has)?   L&N: We are siblings. We share a lot of main elements in our lives such as the house we live in when we have time off work, the passion for food, sustainability and nature. Also, we love creating things together. We are in constant exchange, shoot eachother, give ideas, work on projects. That's what drives us!    L: It feels interesting to me, how this answer never is easy to answer on. Im ever changing and it is hard for me to define myself. Also typical for our time, where we want all doors to be open and the future to be unwritten. What is a red thread in my life is curiosity, I guess. Modeling brought me to the creative industry and I love finding new perceptions, projects and elements to play with.    N: Nils Schoof is my name, my life is built out of many facets. One of them is taking pictures and getting pictured. I try to learn and to live most of the time, but that does not work out all the time.   How do you think Covid-19 will effect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   L: We live in an overly informed, yet quite hesitant and passive society when it comes to acting upon information. Humans, I read, are good at deciding and acting when consequences lie in the near future. The urgency of climate change action for example - a relatively slow and long termed process- is harder to understand for the human brain.  Covid sets things in perspective.  The unimaginable all of a sudden becomes reality. People have to act now, change happens fast and as a direct reaction to information.  The unimaginable such as not flying, reduction of work and consumerism, focus on the presence and the direct world around us.  This all is doable, we experience.  Experience teaches. Change happens.  Personally, I made my decision about leaving the norm in the fashion industry last year, while actually spending some weeks in isolation in my northern german eco home. I since then only work with brands and on projects with authentic sustainable commitment. Slowing down processes and raising their quality is another big theme for me.      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   L: I create nonstop and photograph so much since being quarantined. I love the process of finding inspiraton in solitude.  I spend quarantine riding my racing bike, jumping into lakes and baking bread. Also I lay around in the fields, the garden, the woods and on the beach with a book in my hands.   N: I spend most of the time studying for the university. In the end, I think that gives me even more drive to create. It is the same as with laughing in a church -if you are not allowed to or can not, you ABSOLUTELY have to! So in that way quarantine is pushing me in a very nice direction and brings back a natural force.    What is in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   L : I had plans before lockdown happened, but I guess my job is the best training to become a person living the moment and taking life day by day. Things change and that is good - if you are willing to do so too.  The last weeks have not been planned, yet been filled with unexpected and gamechanging experiences. I have grown without pursuing growth. Thats wonderful to realise.    N: I planned to go to several concerts this year and a bicycle tour from Germany to Italy with my bicycle i designed and built from scratch - if I cant do that, I will for sure find other things to do. In general, I don’t have big plans because I prefer to live now and not tomorrow   What is your favourite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   L: We have in fact been inspired by old angelic paintings for this shoot, such as Michelangelo's unimitable artwork in the sistine chapel.  Creating modern day paintings with a camera is a beautiful approach.    -What keeps you rooted?    L: To observe and re-experience the well known. to go deeper, basically like roots digging their way down to stand stable - and know their origin and surrounding.    N: What keeps me rooted is the knowledge that there are people who I love and they love me. Love and trust are fundamental things in my life.   -What gives you wings?    L: Ideas! New opportunities I create for myself, for the world around. The unexpected, the butterflies in the belly.    N: Two things on this earth let me take off from the ground. 1. People or myself burning for something and learn from each other- sharing moments - sharing point of views 2. Nature which is so old and powerful. You can go with every intention into nature and you will come back satisfied.   -What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined?   N: I learned to press myself out of the L-sit into the handstand-  I have been training for a while!   L: I will have my first ever singing lesson tonight! I am so excited!   What's your work-from-home style like during these times?   L: Summer has arrived so I am barefoot and in my favorite shorts and tank tops.  Still wearing my favorite jewellery. My german countrylife uniform!    N: I join the uniform!   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume (a secret skill, a hobby, a previous job or fun fact about you).   L&N: We grow our own vegetable garden. You can harvest pumpkin, herbs, zucchini, beans, potatos,  fennel, carrots, salad, garlic and a lot of fruits and nuts from the trees! Everything tastes so much better when fresh and plucked with your own hands.    What inspired you to start working in the fashion industry? And what are you most proud achieving of thus far?   N: Before I started working in the fashion industry, I never thought about working there. I was always interested in dressing myself and try new things. At this point I am proud of having workded with some of my idols in fashion, art and phtography and having learned and observed people  working in such different and inspiring ways.    L: I have always been interested in photography and art, yet this world seemed very distant and abstract to me when I was younger. I got scouted and went straight to New York after finishing high school.  Im proud of that my life makes me reconsider, find new paths and truth now and then, grow in creativity. What makes me truly grateful are the unique people around me, the beauty of nature and my own strength.   What is your favourite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   L: Some days ago, a friend sent me a small, self-written song that is about visiting and staying at our country home. Listening to it while sitting in my living room made me extremely happy.   N: The last weeks I really liked B2 from Bladehouse, it’s a small label which I found on soundcloud while working out. It is hard for me to find music which I can do sports to. This one allows me to think and focus, yet it is there for giving me motivation for the next sprint, set or jump!     What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   N: In the morning I have a quick snack and a coffee, then the day starts and I go from where I have to. Before going to bed I write my diary.    L: I have a coffee and then I do my yoga workout. Every morning.  Laying in bed at night, i prepare my wings to lift me up high, fly over the experienced day, create new realities. All night long and to inspire the next day.    How is it like being models and photographers both?   L&N: It adds so much! You get a deeper understanding for the different elements and people that only together make a good picture.  Capturing and being captured  Also, you start being more playful and open for perspectives, angles. Also shooting each other has given a new language to our siblings relationship.    You can follow them on instagram: @louschoof & @nilsschoof We spent some quality time and had a great conversation with Lou & Nils Schoof during these quarantine times.   Who are you (the long answer, no cheating by just giving your name!) and what is your profession (as in, how do you define it, rather than just the job title it has)?   L&N: We are siblings. We share a lot of main elements in our lives such as the house we live in when we have time off work, the passion for food, sustainability and nature. Also, we love creating things together. We are in constant exchange, shoot eachother, give ideas, work on projects. That's what drives us!    L: It feels interesting to me, how this answer never is easy to answer on. Im ever changing and it is hard for me to define myself. Also typical for our time, where we want all doors to be open and the future to be unwritten. What is a red thread in my life is curiosity, I guess. Modeling brought me to the creative industry and I love finding new perceptions, projects and elements to play with.    N: Nils Schoof is my name, my life is built out of many facets. One of them is taking pictures and getting pictured. I try to learn and to live most of the time, but that does not work out all the time.   How do you think Covid-19 will effect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   L: We live in an overly informed, yet quite hesitant and passive society when it comes to acting upon information. Humans, I read, are good at deciding and acting when consequences lie in the near future. The urgency of climate change action for example - a relatively slow and long termed process- is harder to understand for the human brain.  Covid sets things in perspective.  The unimaginable all of a sudden becomes reality. People have to act now, change happens fast and as a direct reaction to information.  The unimaginable such as not flying, reduction of work and consumerism, focus on the presence and the direct world around us.  This all is doable, we experience.  Experience teaches. Change happens.  Personally, I made my decision about leaving the norm in the fashion industry last year, while actually spending some weeks in isolation in my northern german eco home. I since then only work with brands and on projects with authentic sustainable commitment. Slowing down processes and raising their quality is another big theme for me.      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   L: I create nonstop and photograph so much since being quarantined. I love the process of finding inspiraton in solitude.  I spend quarantine riding my racing bike, jumping into lakes and baking bread. Also I lay around in the fields, the garden, the woods and on the beach with a book in my hands.   N: I spend most of the time studying for the university. In the end, I think that gives me even more drive to create. It is the same as with laughing in a church -if you are not allowed to or can not, you ABSOLUTELY have to! So in that way quarantine is pushing me in a very nice direction and brings back a natural force.    What is in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   L : I had plans before lockdown happened, but I guess my job is the best training to become a person living the moment and taking life day by day. Things change and that is good - if you are willing to do so too.  The last weeks have not been planned, yet been filled with unexpected and gamechanging experiences. I have grown without pursuing growth. Thats wonderful to realise.    N: I planned to go to several concerts this year and a bicycle tour from Germany to Italy with my bicycle i designed and built from scratch - if I cant do that, I will for sure find other things to do. In general, I don’t have big plans because I prefer to live now and not tomorrow   What is your favourite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   L: We have in fact been inspired by old angelic paintings for this shoot, such as Michelangelo's unimitable artwork in the sistine chapel.  Creating modern day paintings with a camera is a beautiful approach.    -What keeps you rooted?    L: To observe and re-experience the well known. to go deeper, basically like roots digging their way down to stand stable - and know their origin and surrounding.    N: What keeps me rooted is the knowledge that there are people who I love and they love me. Love and trust are fundamental things in my life.   -What gives you wings?    L: Ideas! New opportunities I create for myself, for the world around. The unexpected, the butterflies in the belly.    N: Two things on this earth let me take off from the ground. 1. People or myself burning for something and learn from each other- sharing moments - sharing point of views 2. Nature which is so old and powerful. You can go with every intention into nature and you will come back satisfied.   -What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined?   N: I learned to press myself out of the L-sit into the handstand-  I have been training for a while!   L: I will have my first ever singing lesson tonight! I am so excited!   What's your work-from-home style like during these times?   L: Summer has arrived so I am barefoot and in my favorite shorts and tank tops.  Still wearing my favorite jewellery. My german countrylife uniform!    N: I join the uniform!   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume (a secret skill, a hobby, a previous job or fun fact about you).   L&N: We grow our own vegetable garden. You can harvest pumpkin, herbs, zucchini, beans, potatos,  fennel, carrots, salad, garlic and a lot of fruits and nuts from the trees! Everything tastes so much better when fresh and plucked with your own hands.    What inspired you to start working in the fashion industry? And what are you most proud achieving of thus far?   N: Before I started working in the fashion industry, I never thought about working there. I was always interested in dressing myself and try new things. At this point I am proud of having workded with some of my idols in fashion, art and phtography and having learned and observed people  working in such different and inspiring ways.    L: I have always been interested in photography and art, yet this world seemed very distant and abstract to me when I was younger. I got scouted and went straight to New York after finishing high school.  Im proud of that my life makes me reconsider, find new paths and truth now and then, grow in creativity. What makes me truly grateful are the unique people around me, the beauty of nature and my own strength.   What is your favourite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   L: Some days ago, a friend sent me a small, self-written song that is about visiting and staying at our country home. Listening to it while sitting in my living room made me extremely happy.   N: The last weeks I really liked B2 from Bladehouse, it’s a small label which I found on soundcloud while working out. It is hard for me to find music which I can do sports to. This one allows me to think and focus, yet it is there for giving me motivation for the next sprint, set or jump!     What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   N: In the morning I have a quick snack and a coffee, then the day starts and I go from where I have to. Before going to bed I write my diary.    L: I have a coffee and then I do my yoga workout. Every morning.  Laying in bed at night, i prepare my wings to lift me up high, fly over the experienced day, create new realities. All night long and to inspire the next day.    How is it like being models and photographers both?   L&N: It adds so much! You get a deeper understanding for the different elements and people that only together make a good picture.  Capturing and being captured  Also, you start being more playful and open for perspectives, angles. Also shooting each other has given a new language to our siblings relationship.    You can follow them on instagram: @louschoof & @nilsschoof

In conversation with Marie-Paule Minchelli
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In conversation with Marie-Paule Minchelli

Fashion During this long lasting quarantine time we had a delight speaking with Marie-Paule Minchelli about the corona crisis as well as her newest activewear collection for Eres.    How do you think Covid-19 will effect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term? One thing is certain, there will be a before and after Covid-19, even in the fashion industry. At least in the next few months things will have to change. I think there is a general awareness on a lot of subjects... And the way of consuming is one of them. We are all currently dependent of factors that we cannot control.  The idea is to refocus the economy on local shops and for fashion it' s going to be, I think, a major idea: Consume less but better with good basics and think about our fashion fundamentals.   How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? I think the general perception of fashion is about to be turned upside down.  Digital will play an increasingly important role in the years to come. Especially in the way we present our products. Maybe there will be fewer fashion shows and we will have to find new ways to present the collections, and I believe strongly in digital for that.  I think we will also have to think about new customer experiences, perhaps with services that are closer to our customers, more personalized.   Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be ? As I said previously, I think we will see real changes. This period is so special and unprecedented, it is impossible that nothing change after this. Sometimes I wonder if our usual methods were "normal" after all ?   How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? I try as much as possible to establish a kind of "routine" for my days by keeping a daily work flow. A coffee to start my day, depending on my mood I do a sports class, either elliptical or a live one on Instagram.  Of course, on Wednesdays i'am used to follow  Julie Granger for her live performance on Eres Instagram.  In the meantime, every morning I take care to prepare myself as if I was going to the office: I dress, do my hair and make-up and above all I continue to wear my jewellery. I respect work days and weekend days, this is my "containment routine". As far as creation is concerned, the process is a little different. There are a lot of questions about current processes: the durability of products or collections over time. I think that today, more than ever, creativity lies in reflection. That's why I read a lot, both recent books and books from my personal archives. This has even allowed me to find hidden treasures at home! On the other hand, there is also the importance of keeping in touch with my team, it encourages creativity and reinforces cohesion within the studio. To do this, I receive a lot of fabrics and prototypes at home to share with my team.    What is in your planning for this year?  Firstly, I look forward to our collaboration with Bonpoint, just in time for the end of the lockdown. I can't wait to unveil our first children's model capsule. In June, we will be launching a collaboration with Palorosa to offer three models of baskets.  Then will follow the launch of our "Sunwear" line, a top-of-the-range line of swimwear and beachwear with exceptional materials. Everything is designed to match the colour scheme of the collaboration with Palorosa. I first made the baskets which then inspired me to create different models of bathing suits. Then I imagined a complete wardrobe by working on kaftans and dresses. The idea was to offer a complete high-end wardrobe, chic and full of savoir-faire.   What is in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that? I always had a passion for the Impressionists, but I have a particular admiration for Monet. I love his poetry and his work on colour.  I also love Klint in the Viennese art.  That inspired me the tachist side for some of my prints: shapes without really being able to see them.   Tell us about your latest ERES Activewear collection ? This is a collection that was very important to me. The first line was launched in January 2019. The products have been thought as a meeting between the world of bath and lingerie. Two emblematic ERES universes. The iconic ERES « Peau Douce », the technicality of the materials and the refinement of details, such as lace braids worked for sport, in technical materials. This collection has been designed for the practice of soft sports, particularly for sports such as Bikram Yoga. To tell you the truth, some of our customers were already using our "Aquarelle" swimsuit as a sports body. So the idea remains to appropriate the pieces and turn them away from their initial uses. For example, I very often wear my activewear brassiere with my cashmere sweater.   What are the key items and materials in the collection? The key materials are our iconic Peau Douce and our technical lace logoed ERES. The main products are the high waist leggings with lace insert and the brassiere.  Personally, I have a big crush on the suit which I find very fashionable. I also had fun to decline our famous wild print to this line of activewear to  put it in a fashionable approach.    Do you practice yoga? I practice several sports including yoga and pilates. That's why the creation of this line was dear to me. I also like to discover new sports, combined with cardio..   During this long lasting quarantine time we had a delight speaking with Marie-Paule Minchelli about the corona crisis as well as her newest activewear collection for Eres.    How do you think Covid-19 will effect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term? One thing is certain, there will be a before and after Covid-19, even in the fashion industry. At least in the next few months things will have to change. I think there is a general awareness on a lot of subjects... And the way of consuming is one of them. We are all currently dependent of factors that we cannot control.  The idea is to refocus the economy on local shops and for fashion it' s going to be, I think, a major idea: Consume less but better with good basics and think about our fashion fundamentals.   How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? I think the general perception of fashion is about to be turned upside down.  Digital will play an increasingly important role in the years to come. Especially in the way we present our products. Maybe there will be fewer fashion shows and we will have to find new ways to present the collections, and I believe strongly in digital for that.  I think we will also have to think about new customer experiences, perhaps with services that are closer to our customers, more personalized.   Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be ? As I said previously, I think we will see real changes. This period is so special and unprecedented, it is impossible that nothing change after this. Sometimes I wonder if our usual methods were "normal" after all ?   How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? I try as much as possible to establish a kind of "routine" for my days by keeping a daily work flow. A coffee to start my day, depending on my mood I do a sports class, either elliptical or a live one on Instagram.  Of course, on Wednesdays i'am used to follow  Julie Granger for her live performance on Eres Instagram.  In the meantime, every morning I take care to prepare myself as if I was going to the office: I dress, do my hair and make-up and above all I continue to wear my jewellery. I respect work days and weekend days, this is my "containment routine". As far as creation is concerned, the process is a little different. There are a lot of questions about current processes: the durability of products or collections over time. I think that today, more than ever, creativity lies in reflection. That's why I read a lot, both recent books and books from my personal archives. This has even allowed me to find hidden treasures at home! On the other hand, there is also the importance of keeping in touch with my team, it encourages creativity and reinforces cohesion within the studio. To do this, I receive a lot of fabrics and prototypes at home to share with my team.    What is in your planning for this year?  Firstly, I look forward to our collaboration with Bonpoint, just in time for the end of the lockdown. I can't wait to unveil our first children's model capsule. In June, we will be launching a collaboration with Palorosa to offer three models of baskets.  Then will follow the launch of our "Sunwear" line, a top-of-the-range line of swimwear and beachwear with exceptional materials. Everything is designed to match the colour scheme of the collaboration with Palorosa. I first made the baskets which then inspired me to create different models of bathing suits. Then I imagined a complete wardrobe by working on kaftans and dresses. The idea was to offer a complete high-end wardrobe, chic and full of savoir-faire.   What is in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that? I always had a passion for the Impressionists, but I have a particular admiration for Monet. I love his poetry and his work on colour.  I also love Klint in the Viennese art.  That inspired me the tachist side for some of my prints: shapes without really being able to see them.   Tell us about your latest ERES Activewear collection ? This is a collection that was very important to me. The first line was launched in January 2019. The products have been thought as a meeting between the world of bath and lingerie. Two emblematic ERES universes. The iconic ERES « Peau Douce », the technicality of the materials and the refinement of details, such as lace braids worked for sport, in technical materials. This collection has been designed for the practice of soft sports, particularly for sports such as Bikram Yoga. To tell you the truth, some of our customers were already using our "Aquarelle" swimsuit as a sports body. So the idea remains to appropriate the pieces and turn them away from their initial uses. For example, I very often wear my activewear brassiere with my cashmere sweater.   What are the key items and materials in the collection? The key materials are our iconic Peau Douce and our technical lace logoed ERES. The main products are the high waist leggings with lace insert and the brassiere.  Personally, I have a big crush on the suit which I find very fashionable. I also had fun to decline our famous wild print to this line of activewear to  put it in a fashionable approach.    Do you practice yoga? I practice several sports including yoga and pilates. That's why the creation of this line was dear to me. I also like to discover new sports, combined with cardio..  

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