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Lardini's Spring & Summer 2020 sustainable t-shirt project
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Lardini's Spring & Summer 2020 sustainable t-shirt project

Fashion Lardini pays homage to Cuba and five hundred years of Havana, creating a collection suspended between present and past. Over five hundred artists from forty-nine countries paid tribute to the Caribbean capital with an art biennial. As part of the collection, four organic cotton T-shirts were also presented in fully sustainable and recyclable cylindrical packaging, reminiscent of the kind used for rum. The t-shirts feature illustrations created in collaboration with the illustrator Andrea Mancini, inspired by timeless images of Havana: marvellously decadent corners of the city, its colours, flavours and emotions. Available in four different illustrations: an elderly woman, a street lined with typically colourful buildings, a man playing the double base and a local car. Available on the e-commerce website Lardini.com Lardini pays homage to Cuba and five hundred years of Havana, creating a collection suspended between present and past. Over five hundred artists from forty-nine countries paid tribute to the Caribbean capital with an art biennial. As part of the collection, four organic cotton T-shirts were also presented in fully sustainable and recyclable cylindrical packaging, reminiscent of the kind used for rum. The t-shirts feature illustrations created in collaboration with the illustrator Andrea Mancini, inspired by timeless images of Havana: marvellously decadent corners of the city, its colours, flavours and emotions. Available in four different illustrations: an elderly woman, a street lined with typically colourful buildings, a man playing the double base and a local car. Available on the e-commerce website Lardini.com

At home with Alexander DiPersia
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At home with Alexander DiPersia

Men In New York City with Alexander DiPersia, captured by Kat Irlin.   Who are you  and what is your profession?   It likely says this above somewhere but for the record, I am Alexander DiPersia, called Alexander by some, Alex by others, and AJ since I was a kid and my brother couldn’t pronounce Alexander. I am, according to google, an actor but I am also a writer and in fact most of my time is taken up but what was once my side-gig, art dealing and curation. I collect art passionately (addictively) and fund that by placing art in both private and public collections across the world. It allows me to have an element of control and input that simply sitting back and waiting for meetings and auditions to work out doesn’t. Plus I constantly get to see beautiful things, which is an absolute must to keep me happy and engaged.       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?    I think short term we’ve already seen less spending by consumers across all brand price points and obviously a lot less parties and hulabaloo around fashion week’s and shows and who gets to go where and why. I think parts of this will last long term and maybe that’s for the better. Less buying of things we don’t need but think we do because other’s have them, and less FOMO from an exclusive and exclusionary world that everyone gets a peek into via social media. In regards to the general perception of fashion I don’t think too much will change, what’s cool will be cool, as long as we can wear it comfortably while at home binge-ing our favorite tv show ;)     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   Like most everyone I’ve been doing a lot of cooking, that’s not new, but I certainly have been doing it more now than ever before. I love thai food and have never tried cooking it, so that has been a fun and very spicey experiment. I also have picked up a love for the bow and arrow. I now spend my afternoons in the backyard pretending I’m a much less talented Robin Hood. From a work perspective, I am working more than ever as we are expected to have our phones on us at all times. I really don’t mind it. It’s nice to keep things moving.      What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid -19 effect that?   Right now I don’t have any plans. I’m not one for plans ever but I am usually on a plane 2/3 times a month nomad style. I most likely would be somewhere else right now if not for Covid, but it’s been quite a relief just staying in one place and being content with that. The first thing I will do when I am allowed to and am comfortable doing so is to go and visit my 7 moth old niece in London. I miss her every second of every day.   What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   I truly never thought I’d be asked this question. I’m honored. It has certainly changed a bit during covid as I’m likely not showering as much as I should be. But that will change (I think.) When I shower in the morning (again that has changed) I wash my face with la roche posay facewash and then moisturize with embryollise moisturizer. I found out about both of these during my time on film sets not by trial and error, they were entirely someone else’s idea and the face wash smells nice. At night I wipe my face down with witch hazel which my dad used to use. Simple and clean.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   The coolest thing I’ve learned, as I said above, is the bow and arrow. I learned it by watching countless youtube videos, practice, and reading Herrigel’s ‘Zen in the art of Archery,’ which is the book credited with introducing Zen to Western audiences. It’s both fun and peaceful and makes me feel a lot cooler than I am. Though it’s not new I’ve really learned to appreciate sunsets and flowers and animals and all that comes with long walks and being upstate. I’m slowly turning into my mother.     Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   I paint my toe nails. They are currently purple.       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?   As I said above I can’t wait to see my niece in London and give her a big squeeze. Second to that it’s seeing my parents and family members and friends I’ve been so distant from. I really just want some hugs. I’d go anywhere and do anything for a nice big hug right now. I really hope those come back soon. I’ll pay. A lot.     What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   At the moment my songs and playlists are very classical. Bach’s Goldberg Variations as played by Glenn Gould and the Phantom Thread soundtrack by Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead keep me calm and collected though feeling slightly melancholic. I’m listening to nothing too new or exciting, just things that make me feel comforted and ok with being alone.       What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   When I wake up, I go straight to the coffee machine, make a pot, then go sit outside and listen to the birds while I read the news and have way too many cups of coffee. It has been tough lately with what’s been going on in my country and across the world. For months the day’s were met by grim covid numbers and now the morning’s are greeted by sad but important images of the anger spreading throughout my country due to the racial inequalities that have existed for far far too long. Those stick with me throughout the day so before bed, I read the news one more time and then I plug my phone in across the room and set my alarm. I put water and a little snack next to my bed as I inevitably wake up at some point in the night needing something sweet. That’s probably an unhelathy habit.     What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   This is a tough one. I worked out every single day my entire teenage and adult life; boxing, running, swimming, yoga, everything under the sun. As I’ve gotten older I’ve developed some very bad back problems so my ‘workouts,’ if you can call them that, resemble a form of pilates now. Lots of rubber bands and stretches and very light isometric movements. It’s brutal not really being able to really break a sweat, but life is all about adapting. Working out has always been a means of escape for me, so now I just have to face a lot of things head on. TERRIBLE.     What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   My favorite painting, since I was a kid, is Jean-Michel Basquiat’s (untitled) 1981. It is in the collection of Eli and Edith Broad and is in their museum on display in Los Angeles. It’s the painting that first got me interested in art in general, and I had a poster of it on my wall as a child. It shows his focus on anatomy (he was in a car accident as a young guy and became obsessed with the book ‘Gray’s Anatomy’ and mortality), his love for showing both the inside and outside of somene (possibly himself), and it shows both life and death which I think had to do with his fear of dying young which indeed happened at 27 from a heroin overdose. He made so many paintings I love like ‘Defacement’ and that are so important right now, showing that 40 years later the police in America are still brutalizing the Black population. I can’t say either work has directly inspired my work but it has driven me to work hard and keep my head up despite how grim some things may look at times. Basquiat made this painting at 21 and died at 28. A masterpiece as a child and an ending that came way too early. My hope that stems from this is to live a long life and one day create something, anything, that inspires someone else as much as these painthing have inspired me.           INSTAGRAM: @alexanderdipersia In New York City with Alexander DiPersia, captured by Kat Irlin.   Who are you  and what is your profession?   It likely says this above somewhere but for the record, I am Alexander DiPersia, called Alexander by some, Alex by others, and AJ since I was a kid and my brother couldn’t pronounce Alexander. I am, according to google, an actor but I am also a writer and in fact most of my time is taken up but what was once my side-gig, art dealing and curation. I collect art passionately (addictively) and fund that by placing art in both private and public collections across the world. It allows me to have an element of control and input that simply sitting back and waiting for meetings and auditions to work out doesn’t. Plus I constantly get to see beautiful things, which is an absolute must to keep me happy and engaged.       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?    I think short term we’ve already seen less spending by consumers across all brand price points and obviously a lot less parties and hulabaloo around fashion week’s and shows and who gets to go where and why. I think parts of this will last long term and maybe that’s for the better. Less buying of things we don’t need but think we do because other’s have them, and less FOMO from an exclusive and exclusionary world that everyone gets a peek into via social media. In regards to the general perception of fashion I don’t think too much will change, what’s cool will be cool, as long as we can wear it comfortably while at home binge-ing our favorite tv show ;)     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   Like most everyone I’ve been doing a lot of cooking, that’s not new, but I certainly have been doing it more now than ever before. I love thai food and have never tried cooking it, so that has been a fun and very spicey experiment. I also have picked up a love for the bow and arrow. I now spend my afternoons in the backyard pretending I’m a much less talented Robin Hood. From a work perspective, I am working more than ever as we are expected to have our phones on us at all times. I really don’t mind it. It’s nice to keep things moving.      What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid -19 effect that?   Right now I don’t have any plans. I’m not one for plans ever but I am usually on a plane 2/3 times a month nomad style. I most likely would be somewhere else right now if not for Covid, but it’s been quite a relief just staying in one place and being content with that. The first thing I will do when I am allowed to and am comfortable doing so is to go and visit my 7 moth old niece in London. I miss her every second of every day.   What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   I truly never thought I’d be asked this question. I’m honored. It has certainly changed a bit during covid as I’m likely not showering as much as I should be. But that will change (I think.) When I shower in the morning (again that has changed) I wash my face with la roche posay facewash and then moisturize with embryollise moisturizer. I found out about both of these during my time on film sets not by trial and error, they were entirely someone else’s idea and the face wash smells nice. At night I wipe my face down with witch hazel which my dad used to use. Simple and clean.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   The coolest thing I’ve learned, as I said above, is the bow and arrow. I learned it by watching countless youtube videos, practice, and reading Herrigel’s ‘Zen in the art of Archery,’ which is the book credited with introducing Zen to Western audiences. It’s both fun and peaceful and makes me feel a lot cooler than I am. Though it’s not new I’ve really learned to appreciate sunsets and flowers and animals and all that comes with long walks and being upstate. I’m slowly turning into my mother.     Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   I paint my toe nails. They are currently purple.       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?   As I said above I can’t wait to see my niece in London and give her a big squeeze. Second to that it’s seeing my parents and family members and friends I’ve been so distant from. I really just want some hugs. I’d go anywhere and do anything for a nice big hug right now. I really hope those come back soon. I’ll pay. A lot.     What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   At the moment my songs and playlists are very classical. Bach’s Goldberg Variations as played by Glenn Gould and the Phantom Thread soundtrack by Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead keep me calm and collected though feeling slightly melancholic. I’m listening to nothing too new or exciting, just things that make me feel comforted and ok with being alone.       What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   When I wake up, I go straight to the coffee machine, make a pot, then go sit outside and listen to the birds while I read the news and have way too many cups of coffee. It has been tough lately with what’s been going on in my country and across the world. For months the day’s were met by grim covid numbers and now the morning’s are greeted by sad but important images of the anger spreading throughout my country due to the racial inequalities that have existed for far far too long. Those stick with me throughout the day so before bed, I read the news one more time and then I plug my phone in across the room and set my alarm. I put water and a little snack next to my bed as I inevitably wake up at some point in the night needing something sweet. That’s probably an unhelathy habit.     What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   This is a tough one. I worked out every single day my entire teenage and adult life; boxing, running, swimming, yoga, everything under the sun. As I’ve gotten older I’ve developed some very bad back problems so my ‘workouts,’ if you can call them that, resemble a form of pilates now. Lots of rubber bands and stretches and very light isometric movements. It’s brutal not really being able to really break a sweat, but life is all about adapting. Working out has always been a means of escape for me, so now I just have to face a lot of things head on. TERRIBLE.     What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   My favorite painting, since I was a kid, is Jean-Michel Basquiat’s (untitled) 1981. It is in the collection of Eli and Edith Broad and is in their museum on display in Los Angeles. It’s the painting that first got me interested in art in general, and I had a poster of it on my wall as a child. It shows his focus on anatomy (he was in a car accident as a young guy and became obsessed with the book ‘Gray’s Anatomy’ and mortality), his love for showing both the inside and outside of somene (possibly himself), and it shows both life and death which I think had to do with his fear of dying young which indeed happened at 27 from a heroin overdose. He made so many paintings I love like ‘Defacement’ and that are so important right now, showing that 40 years later the police in America are still brutalizing the Black population. I can’t say either work has directly inspired my work but it has driven me to work hard and keep my head up despite how grim some things may look at times. Basquiat made this painting at 21 and died at 28. A masterpiece as a child and an ending that came way too early. My hope that stems from this is to live a long life and one day create something, anything, that inspires someone else as much as these painthing have inspired me.           INSTAGRAM: @alexanderdipersia

ə’kadəmē
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ə’kadəmē

Fashion  ə’kadəmē opened its doors in the summer of 2019. The store, located in the picturesque streets of Utrecht carries brands such as Thom Browne, Loewe, Sacai, Jil Sander and many more. ə’kadəmē is an outcome of retail space that represents both traditional values and a new unique way of consumer experience.     The store was born when four friends decided to put their passion for design, fashion and retail into realisation. The concept came to life on the base purpose of pushing ideas and design as a spectrum. With its key elements  fashion, lifestyle, art, design, architecture & technology, ə’kadəmē merges its core and visual identity:     With its 160m2 the space is a commixture of exactly that. The carefully selected collaborations with Bang & Olufsen, Vitra, Kvadrat and Flos ensures an exclusive and modular experience throughout the store. The space therefore acts as an exposition of ideas.   www.ekademe.com  ə’kadəmē opened its doors in the summer of 2019. The store, located in the picturesque streets of Utrecht carries brands such as Thom Browne, Loewe, Sacai, Jil Sander and many more. ə’kadəmē is an outcome of retail space that represents both traditional values and a new unique way of consumer experience.     The store was born when four friends decided to put their passion for design, fashion and retail into realisation. The concept came to life on the base purpose of pushing ideas and design as a spectrum. With its key elements  fashion, lifestyle, art, design, architecture & technology, ə’kadəmē merges its core and visual identity:     With its 160m2 the space is a commixture of exactly that. The carefully selected collaborations with Bang & Olufsen, Vitra, Kvadrat and Flos ensures an exclusive and modular experience throughout the store. The space therefore acts as an exposition of ideas.   www.ekademe.com

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Exclusive editorial "That Night"
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Exclusive editorial "That Night"

Accessories Exclusive editorial captured by Denis Koval.     Team credits: Styling and Art Direction: Analik Brouwer Photography: Denis Koval @ Unit CMA     Exclusive editorial captured by Denis Koval.     Team credits: Styling and Art Direction: Analik Brouwer Photography: Denis Koval @ Unit CMA    

At home with Mads Mullins
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At home with Mads Mullins

Fashion At home with Mads Mullins at IMG, captured by Alex Cruz.     Who are you and what is your profession?    My name is Mads Mullins, I am an artist, a self proclaimed weirdo, and very eclectic.  My profession is a creative visual artist (model) I make art by using my body in ways that create a story.       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 believe that the fashion industry won’t change that much once we get past Covid-19. If the virus doesn’t go away anytime soon the effects on the fashion industry will be more on the side of restricted travel but that’s all I see changing. Artists always find a way to continue to create.     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?    I spend most of my time with my family or playing video games. I do try to continue making art and keeping my creativity thriving      What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modeling?   My first memory is when I was 4 years old in England in a little market, I saw a long pink coat with fur around the edges that I just fell in love with, the coat made me feel expensive and pretty. I started modeling around two years ago when I saw my mother agents ad on Facebook, I contacted her and got signed immediately.      What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   I wake up and brush my teeth and I exfoliate my face with the milk makeup cleanser and then I moisturize and do a lip scrub so I can put on my lip moisturizer.  I can’t go without my milk moisturizer and lip gloss, they make my skin so glowy.      Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.    I used to be an animal care technician at my local SPCA, I love animals so much.  I also know how to weld metal.      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 just want to get back to work so either back to Paris or New York.      What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   Right now I am obsessed with the song strawberry kisses by Olivia Herdt, this song just makes me happy and relaxed. It’s a bit different then my usual rock and 80s style.      What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   When I wake I grab my switch and play animal crossing, the last thing I do is either play more animal crossing or play Call of Duty on Xbox.      Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.    Sadly I have not been to Amsterdam yet but I hope I can go very soon.      What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   This is a hard question because all art speaks to me in different ways, but if I had to say it would be the beautiful works of Hanna Jaeun in particular the painting called “past memories”. In my art I have been inspired by her but I would like to do more works like her style.      What make-up products do you swear by?   I live for milk makeup products. They make my sensitive skin feel so smooth and nice     What is your favorite shade of lipstick and why?   I love a sheer pink glossy lipstick or a dark classic red.  At home with Mads Mullins at IMG, captured by Alex Cruz.     Who are you and what is your profession?    My name is Mads Mullins, I am an artist, a self proclaimed weirdo, and very eclectic.  My profession is a creative visual artist (model) I make art by using my body in ways that create a story.       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 believe that the fashion industry won’t change that much once we get past Covid-19. If the virus doesn’t go away anytime soon the effects on the fashion industry will be more on the side of restricted travel but that’s all I see changing. Artists always find a way to continue to create.     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?    I spend most of my time with my family or playing video games. I do try to continue making art and keeping my creativity thriving      What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modeling?   My first memory is when I was 4 years old in England in a little market, I saw a long pink coat with fur around the edges that I just fell in love with, the coat made me feel expensive and pretty. I started modeling around two years ago when I saw my mother agents ad on Facebook, I contacted her and got signed immediately.      What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   I wake up and brush my teeth and I exfoliate my face with the milk makeup cleanser and then I moisturize and do a lip scrub so I can put on my lip moisturizer.  I can’t go without my milk moisturizer and lip gloss, they make my skin so glowy.      Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.    I used to be an animal care technician at my local SPCA, I love animals so much.  I also know how to weld metal.      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 just want to get back to work so either back to Paris or New York.      What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   Right now I am obsessed with the song strawberry kisses by Olivia Herdt, this song just makes me happy and relaxed. It’s a bit different then my usual rock and 80s style.      What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   When I wake I grab my switch and play animal crossing, the last thing I do is either play more animal crossing or play Call of Duty on Xbox.      Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.    Sadly I have not been to Amsterdam yet but I hope I can go very soon.      What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   This is a hard question because all art speaks to me in different ways, but if I had to say it would be the beautiful works of Hanna Jaeun in particular the painting called “past memories”. In my art I have been inspired by her but I would like to do more works like her style.      What make-up products do you swear by?   I live for milk makeup products. They make my sensitive skin feel so smooth and nice     What is your favorite shade of lipstick and why?   I love a sheer pink glossy lipstick or a dark classic red. 

CHIMI x H&M announce a collaboration
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CHIMI x H&M announce a collaboration

Accessories With summer around the corner, H&M announces a collaboration with CHIMI, the Stockholm-based brand known for their colorful and creative eyewear. The collection features unique sunglasses, but also stylish clothing and accessories – the first ever by CHIMI. Retro-inspired silhouettes get a modern streetwear update, while the signature colour choices of CHIMI include a range of edgy pastels and classic black. The CHIMI x H&M collection is a global online exclusive and will be available on hm.com from 4 June 2020.       The CHIMI x H&M collaboration is a capsule collection featuring three unique styles of sunglasses, each made from chunky acetate. There is also a short-sleeved shirt, drawstring shorts and bucket hat in linen-Tencel blends and sporty polyesters, plus pool slides and a bag. Details such as wider shirt collars and slightly higher hem on the shorts show a sense of playfulness while being fashion-forward. Designed together by H&M and CHIMI, all pieces in the collection have the distinctive CHIMI color choice – pastel yellow, blue, pink and purple. A cool grey for the clothes and accessories, pastel yellow, green, purple, and black for the sunglasses.      “With this H&M collaboration, we wanted to encourage people to see beauty in places around them, creating good summer memories in a joyous way. In these peculiar times, we thought this positive message could give an extra spark to people’s lives. Each piece in the collection puts a twist on an iconic item, from our signature sunglasses to bowling shirts, and we believe that with H&M we’ve created something new and exciting.” - Charlie Lindström and Jonas Löhr, Co-Founders of CHIMI.     “We’ve always admired CHIMI for their vibrant spirit, versatility and eye for color so it’s fantastic that we could join forces to collaborate on this capsule collection. It feels great to offer our customers both iconic eyewear and clothes in this range, but mostly to introduce a little happiness through fashion and colour during this extraordinary time. The design process with CHIMI was a lot of fun and I think that really comes through with each piece in the collection – it’s upbeat, accessible style for all.”- Ross Lydon, Head of Menswear Design at H&M     With summer around the corner, H&M announces a collaboration with CHIMI, the Stockholm-based brand known for their colorful and creative eyewear. The collection features unique sunglasses, but also stylish clothing and accessories – the first ever by CHIMI. Retro-inspired silhouettes get a modern streetwear update, while the signature colour choices of CHIMI include a range of edgy pastels and classic black. The CHIMI x H&M collection is a global online exclusive and will be available on hm.com from 4 June 2020.       The CHIMI x H&M collaboration is a capsule collection featuring three unique styles of sunglasses, each made from chunky acetate. There is also a short-sleeved shirt, drawstring shorts and bucket hat in linen-Tencel blends and sporty polyesters, plus pool slides and a bag. Details such as wider shirt collars and slightly higher hem on the shorts show a sense of playfulness while being fashion-forward. Designed together by H&M and CHIMI, all pieces in the collection have the distinctive CHIMI color choice – pastel yellow, blue, pink and purple. A cool grey for the clothes and accessories, pastel yellow, green, purple, and black for the sunglasses.      “With this H&M collaboration, we wanted to encourage people to see beauty in places around them, creating good summer memories in a joyous way. In these peculiar times, we thought this positive message could give an extra spark to people’s lives. Each piece in the collection puts a twist on an iconic item, from our signature sunglasses to bowling shirts, and we believe that with H&M we’ve created something new and exciting.” - Charlie Lindström and Jonas Löhr, Co-Founders of CHIMI.     “We’ve always admired CHIMI for their vibrant spirit, versatility and eye for color so it’s fantastic that we could join forces to collaborate on this capsule collection. It feels great to offer our customers both iconic eyewear and clothes in this range, but mostly to introduce a little happiness through fashion and colour during this extraordinary time. The design process with CHIMI was a lot of fun and I think that really comes through with each piece in the collection – it’s upbeat, accessible style for all.”- Ross Lydon, Head of Menswear Design at H&M    

Notes from the silence by Alessandro Michele
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Notes from the silence by Alessandro Michele

Fashion ROME - 29 MARCH, 2020 - WE TURNED OUT TO BE SO SMALL These days of confinement, in a suspended time that we can hardly imagine as free, I try to ask myself what is the meaning of my actions. It’s a vital and urgent questioning for me, which demands a careful pause and a delicate listening. It’s trying to name, with the precision of love, my fears and my desires. It’s the possibility to face the aphasia that every trauma provokes. After all, the tragedy we are living is providing new reflections. We could never have imagined to feel so connected to life through a bond of trembling and heartbreaking tenderness. We could never have thought to reconnect, so deeply, with the fragility of our creatural destiny. Our need for reciprocity. We turned out to be so small. A miracle of nothing. Above all, we understood we went way too far. Our reckless actions have burned the house we live in. We conceived of ourselves as separated from nature, we felt cunning and almighty. We usurped nature, we dominated and wounded it. We incited Prometheus, and buried Pan. So much haughtiness made us lose our sisterhood with the butterflies, the flowers, the trees and the roots. So much outrageous greed made us lose the harmony and the care, the connection and the belonging. We ravaged the sanctity of life, neglectful of our being a species. At the end of the day, we were out of breath.     ROME - 7 APRIL, 2020 - ABOUT WHAT WE WOULD NOT WANT TO BE THE SAME AS IT WAS Now that the devastation caught us unprepared, we have to think about what we would not want to be the same as it was. Because the greatest risk, for our tomorrow, is abdicating our responsibility for a true and necessary discontinuity. Our history is littered with crises that taught us nothing. With economic collapses and social devastations that were tackled by imposing the same recipes from which they originated. With wounds that were not able to regenerate our minds. With a mourning that we were not able to live in order to change ourselves and our relationships. This crisis represents a fundamental test for us all. It’s a test, because there is sorrow, exertion, danger. But also because there is an evaluation and a judgment. Through sorrow we can look at our recent past with a critical eye. At our list of debts, misunderstandings, false notes, mistakes. At our missteps and recklessness. At the thunderous absence of thoughts we dared not express. This present, then, entrusts us with important responsibilities. Everyone can take on responsibilities, according to one’s role and actions, to play a part in a constellation of molecular and widespread changes. As for me, in my own small way, I feel the urgent need to change a lot of things in the way I work. I have always been professionally inclined to change, after all, bringing with me a natural and joyful creative restlessness. But this crisis has somehow amplified such transformative urgency, which can’t be deferred anymore.     ROME - 27 APRIL, 2020 THE MOTIVE OF A CHOICE The change I imagine involves the capacity to reconnect with the deepest reasons that inspired my entry into the fashion realm. I feel the need to renew a bond, purifying the essential by getting rid of the unnecessary. I crave the authentic motive of a choice. The full set of reasons that set me on my way. I understood, as time went by, that these motives have different names and different intensities, but they inevitably gather around the same urgency: the possibility to tell. This possibility, so ancestral and powerful, always gave me the chance to build expressive passages, to make room for that core of the unspeakable that shakes my dreams, to celebrate the nostalgia for the imperfection, to praise the beauty that blossoms from shape to shape. This possibility allows me to catch, with bites of infinity, the daily falling in love with the existence.   ROME - 2 MAY, 2020 - A NEW CREATIVE UNIVERSE I am fully realizing though, that this possibility to tell cannot be constrained by the tyranny of speed. Now we know that too furious was our doing, too insidious was our ride. In this renewed awareness, I feel the need of a different time, released from other-imposed deadlines that risk to humiliate creativity. A time that can stand still, awaiting; that can go through the gift of inactivity, slowly. A time that can bring forth the promise of an epiphany, and that can linger on the dream, on the play, on the prefiguration. A time that now, more than ever, is necessary to build new and more powerful narrations. That is why I decided to build a new path, away from deadlines that the industry consolidated and, above all, away from an excessive performativity that today really has no raison d’être. It’s a foundational act, audacious but necessary, that aims at building a new creative universe. A universe that essentialises itself in the subtraction of events and that oxygenates through the multiplication of sense.     ROME - 3 MAY, 2020 - THE SACRED POWER OF PRODUCING REVERBERATIONS Therefore, I will abandon the worn-out ritual of seasonalities and shows to regain a new cadence, closer to my expressive call. We will meet just twice a year, to share the chapters of a new story. Irregular, joyful and absolutely free chapters, which will be written blending rules and genres, feeding on new spaces, linguistic codes and communication platforms. And beyond. I would like to leave behind the paraphernalia of leitmotifs that colonized our prior world: cruise, pre-fall, spring-summer, fall-winter. I think these are stale and underfed words. Labels of an impersonal discourse that lost its meaning. Containers that progressively detached themselves from the life that generated them, losing touch with reality. I believe that we can build our tomorrow also starting from a renewed capacity of denomination. Here comes the desire to baptize our new encounters by naming them after a language that has marvelously ancient roots: classical music language. Accordingly, there will be symphonies, rhapsodies, madrigals, nocturnes, overtures, concerts and minuets in the constellation of my creative path. Music, after all, has the sacred power to produce reverberations and connections. It travels beyond the borders, reconnecting the fragility to the infinity.     ROME - 5 MAY, 2020 - COMMUNITY OF PURPOSE In this silence, that is a living thing, my listening embraces all the extraordinary people that I’m connected with. Recalibrating time, to set the pace at a human level, wants to be a promise of revived care towards this amazing community of purpose I proudly belong to. It’s my project, pro-jectum: the art of extending the existence in the future. A plural future, where “we” provides a foundation. A future that contains the hug that today we cannot give each other, but to which we will return with an expanded comprehension. With a herd understanding and recovered breath. It will be the time when we will learn to listen for the sound of the forest growing, at night.     ROME - 16 MAY, 2020 - IN THE THROES OF WHAT IS MISSING Now that we are still apart, my love for fashion burns. Our species, after all, is like that: we love like crazy in the throes of what is missing.     Images courtesy of GUCCI ROME - 29 MARCH, 2020 - WE TURNED OUT TO BE SO SMALL These days of confinement, in a suspended time that we can hardly imagine as free, I try to ask myself what is the meaning of my actions. It’s a vital and urgent questioning for me, which demands a careful pause and a delicate listening. It’s trying to name, with the precision of love, my fears and my desires. It’s the possibility to face the aphasia that every trauma provokes. After all, the tragedy we are living is providing new reflections. We could never have imagined to feel so connected to life through a bond of trembling and heartbreaking tenderness. We could never have thought to reconnect, so deeply, with the fragility of our creatural destiny. Our need for reciprocity. We turned out to be so small. A miracle of nothing. Above all, we understood we went way too far. Our reckless actions have burned the house we live in. We conceived of ourselves as separated from nature, we felt cunning and almighty. We usurped nature, we dominated and wounded it. We incited Prometheus, and buried Pan. So much haughtiness made us lose our sisterhood with the butterflies, the flowers, the trees and the roots. So much outrageous greed made us lose the harmony and the care, the connection and the belonging. We ravaged the sanctity of life, neglectful of our being a species. At the end of the day, we were out of breath.     ROME - 7 APRIL, 2020 - ABOUT WHAT WE WOULD NOT WANT TO BE THE SAME AS IT WAS Now that the devastation caught us unprepared, we have to think about what we would not want to be the same as it was. Because the greatest risk, for our tomorrow, is abdicating our responsibility for a true and necessary discontinuity. Our history is littered with crises that taught us nothing. With economic collapses and social devastations that were tackled by imposing the same recipes from which they originated. With wounds that were not able to regenerate our minds. With a mourning that we were not able to live in order to change ourselves and our relationships. This crisis represents a fundamental test for us all. It’s a test, because there is sorrow, exertion, danger. But also because there is an evaluation and a judgment. Through sorrow we can look at our recent past with a critical eye. At our list of debts, misunderstandings, false notes, mistakes. At our missteps and recklessness. At the thunderous absence of thoughts we dared not express. This present, then, entrusts us with important responsibilities. Everyone can take on responsibilities, according to one’s role and actions, to play a part in a constellation of molecular and widespread changes. As for me, in my own small way, I feel the urgent need to change a lot of things in the way I work. I have always been professionally inclined to change, after all, bringing with me a natural and joyful creative restlessness. But this crisis has somehow amplified such transformative urgency, which can’t be deferred anymore.     ROME - 27 APRIL, 2020 THE MOTIVE OF A CHOICE The change I imagine involves the capacity to reconnect with the deepest reasons that inspired my entry into the fashion realm. I feel the need to renew a bond, purifying the essential by getting rid of the unnecessary. I crave the authentic motive of a choice. The full set of reasons that set me on my way. I understood, as time went by, that these motives have different names and different intensities, but they inevitably gather around the same urgency: the possibility to tell. This possibility, so ancestral and powerful, always gave me the chance to build expressive passages, to make room for that core of the unspeakable that shakes my dreams, to celebrate the nostalgia for the imperfection, to praise the beauty that blossoms from shape to shape. This possibility allows me to catch, with bites of infinity, the daily falling in love with the existence.   ROME - 2 MAY, 2020 - A NEW CREATIVE UNIVERSE I am fully realizing though, that this possibility to tell cannot be constrained by the tyranny of speed. Now we know that too furious was our doing, too insidious was our ride. In this renewed awareness, I feel the need of a different time, released from other-imposed deadlines that risk to humiliate creativity. A time that can stand still, awaiting; that can go through the gift of inactivity, slowly. A time that can bring forth the promise of an epiphany, and that can linger on the dream, on the play, on the prefiguration. A time that now, more than ever, is necessary to build new and more powerful narrations. That is why I decided to build a new path, away from deadlines that the industry consolidated and, above all, away from an excessive performativity that today really has no raison d’être. It’s a foundational act, audacious but necessary, that aims at building a new creative universe. A universe that essentialises itself in the subtraction of events and that oxygenates through the multiplication of sense.     ROME - 3 MAY, 2020 - THE SACRED POWER OF PRODUCING REVERBERATIONS Therefore, I will abandon the worn-out ritual of seasonalities and shows to regain a new cadence, closer to my expressive call. We will meet just twice a year, to share the chapters of a new story. Irregular, joyful and absolutely free chapters, which will be written blending rules and genres, feeding on new spaces, linguistic codes and communication platforms. And beyond. I would like to leave behind the paraphernalia of leitmotifs that colonized our prior world: cruise, pre-fall, spring-summer, fall-winter. I think these are stale and underfed words. Labels of an impersonal discourse that lost its meaning. Containers that progressively detached themselves from the life that generated them, losing touch with reality. I believe that we can build our tomorrow also starting from a renewed capacity of denomination. Here comes the desire to baptize our new encounters by naming them after a language that has marvelously ancient roots: classical music language. Accordingly, there will be symphonies, rhapsodies, madrigals, nocturnes, overtures, concerts and minuets in the constellation of my creative path. Music, after all, has the sacred power to produce reverberations and connections. It travels beyond the borders, reconnecting the fragility to the infinity.     ROME - 5 MAY, 2020 - COMMUNITY OF PURPOSE In this silence, that is a living thing, my listening embraces all the extraordinary people that I’m connected with. Recalibrating time, to set the pace at a human level, wants to be a promise of revived care towards this amazing community of purpose I proudly belong to. It’s my project, pro-jectum: the art of extending the existence in the future. A plural future, where “we” provides a foundation. A future that contains the hug that today we cannot give each other, but to which we will return with an expanded comprehension. With a herd understanding and recovered breath. It will be the time when we will learn to listen for the sound of the forest growing, at night.     ROME - 16 MAY, 2020 - IN THE THROES OF WHAT IS MISSING Now that we are still apart, my love for fashion burns. Our species, after all, is like that: we love like crazy in the throes of what is missing.     Images courtesy of GUCCI

Christian Louboutin expands the Nude Collection for 2020
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Christian Louboutin expands the Nude Collection for 2020

Accessories Widely regarded as a pioneering act in the world of fashion, the Nudes collection has always embodied the ever-present idea of diversity in Christian Louboutin’s designs. For the designer, Nude isn’t just a colour – it’s a concept. Originally launched in 2013 with five shades, the collection has steadily evolved into something much bigger, becoming an ode to inclusivity, regardless of gender, and a core part of the Maison’s values.        “The Nudes shoe doesn’t dress the leg but continues to undress it. The shoe disappears in favor of the silhouette of the leg, like an illusion. The leg is no longer wearing a shoe: it simply dissolves into a shoe and that’s what gives it its radiance.” -Christian Louboutin     From five shades to eight, the Nudes family is now bigger than ever, with Spring-Summer 2020 introducing new styles for women and for the first time ever, a selection of men’s pieces, including two unisex models. Designed to make the perfect companion for this year’s summer adventures, the first is the Pool Stud, its thick rubber soles and signature studs ideal for pool-side lounging. Back in the city, the Louis Jr low top sneaker keeps things chic with its pared back lines and sleek contours. Over on women’s, the Cheeky Point booty is sure to win hearts over with a mesh upper, patent toe cap and dainty bow, its ladylike appeal an elegant twist on the Nudes theme.      No collection would be complete without a range of bags for stashing those all-important essentials, and this year there’s something for everyone. Designed for both the masculine and the feminine wardrobe, you can always count on the Nude LoubiLab bag to provide style on-the-go with its signature studs and contrasting Louboutin red body strap. Broadening the offer further, three of the Maison’s most iconic women’s styles including the Elisa, have also been given the Nudes treatment.     Launching exclusively online worldwide from May 27th , the Nudes collection will be available on Christian Louboutin’s European and US online boutiques, as well as in the new boutique opening in mid-July in rue Saint-Honoré, in Paris. And believe us when we say, everyone will be welcome! Widely regarded as a pioneering act in the world of fashion, the Nudes collection has always embodied the ever-present idea of diversity in Christian Louboutin’s designs. For the designer, Nude isn’t just a colour – it’s a concept. Originally launched in 2013 with five shades, the collection has steadily evolved into something much bigger, becoming an ode to inclusivity, regardless of gender, and a core part of the Maison’s values.        “The Nudes shoe doesn’t dress the leg but continues to undress it. The shoe disappears in favor of the silhouette of the leg, like an illusion. The leg is no longer wearing a shoe: it simply dissolves into a shoe and that’s what gives it its radiance.” -Christian Louboutin     From five shades to eight, the Nudes family is now bigger than ever, with Spring-Summer 2020 introducing new styles for women and for the first time ever, a selection of men’s pieces, including two unisex models. Designed to make the perfect companion for this year’s summer adventures, the first is the Pool Stud, its thick rubber soles and signature studs ideal for pool-side lounging. Back in the city, the Louis Jr low top sneaker keeps things chic with its pared back lines and sleek contours. Over on women’s, the Cheeky Point booty is sure to win hearts over with a mesh upper, patent toe cap and dainty bow, its ladylike appeal an elegant twist on the Nudes theme.      No collection would be complete without a range of bags for stashing those all-important essentials, and this year there’s something for everyone. Designed for both the masculine and the feminine wardrobe, you can always count on the Nude LoubiLab bag to provide style on-the-go with its signature studs and contrasting Louboutin red body strap. Broadening the offer further, three of the Maison’s most iconic women’s styles including the Elisa, have also been given the Nudes treatment.     Launching exclusively online worldwide from May 27th , the Nudes collection will be available on Christian Louboutin’s European and US online boutiques, as well as in the new boutique opening in mid-July in rue Saint-Honoré, in Paris. And believe us when we say, everyone will be welcome!

At home with Alessandro Calzoni
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At home with Alessandro Calzoni

Men   At home with Alessandro Calzoni, exclusively photographed by Zeb Daemen.   Who are you and what is your profession?   Who am I ahah, the most difficult question you can ask to a person. It reminds me a bit of the first days at university when in order to impress your classmates or the professor you had to come up with something cool, but at the end you always start with your name and conclude with a clumsy “that’s it ahah”.  Generally speaking I don’t like to define myself but I’ll give you few adjectives my closest friends used to describe me, should I consider that cheating ahahah? They see me as an honest person, a loyal one. Extremely stubborn and determined. Too altruist, I usually tend to not put myself first and yes, it can be good but it has its side effects.  What I can tell you from my side is that I’m a kind of a mixture between a strategic mind and an aesthete. This caused lot’s of trouble in my life but I’m so grateful to be who I am and to had to deal with this kind of a contrast. It shaped me, it pushed me to explore. I have started university 3 years later compared to my peers, I never believed in it’s entity, in it’s structure. I’m not saying that studying is not fundamental of course. It’s more a critique to the system. I come from a small village in Umbria, Italy, composed of 1000 souls maybe even less. I couldn’t find my way.  So at a certain point of my life, 6 years ago, also due to lot’s of health problems that were hitting my family, I decided to leave Italy, I needed to breath fresh air. I didn’t know a word of English. It was my first time taking a flight (I was 19) and I could have lost my hearing due to problems I had when I was a child, so I called my doctor few moths before and I said, “I have to take a flight to go to London”. Of course he was quite concerned but I decided to rick it and.. yeah it was quite painful for 4 days I could barely hear people talking. But that’s another long story. After years of attempts now I’m working at Startupbootcamp FashionTech in Milan while I’m attending my last year at university. I’m focusing on Marketing and Business Development and now you may ask yourself where’s creativity in all this and to reply to that question I will ask the help of a superior entity: Albert Einstein “Creativity is intelligence having fun”. I love what I do and considering that I’m just at the beginning I’m sure it will get better and better every day.      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 guess there are already lot’s of people heavily expressing themselves on this topic, everyone from Fashion “experts” to politician trying to predict, trying to say something, but the funny thing is that nobody knows what the future will look like I’m not talking about weeks, moths I’m talking about seconds.  I don’t want to add another prediction or opinion on that pile.  I can maybe tell you what are my wishes, what I will try to sustain in the future through my work and my projects, what I believe could be a great ecosystem to live in. I was walking to meet a manager from Prada 2 year ago and I was listening to the words of Kate Raworth, professor at Oxford University, on a TED talk titled “A healthy economy should thrive not grow”.  That morning I understood what leader should do, what visionary leaders do. I understood how badly involved we are in this system built upon consumerism and false values. I understood how dependant we are from growth, financially, politically and socially speaking. I believe now we have the chance to restart from zero. Now that we are experiencing the cracks in our society. Now that we are rediscovering the human value. We should stop treating economy and finance as a science. We should stop depending on growth. We should choose a higher ambition, as Kate R. says: “humanity's 21st century challenge is clear: to meet the needs of all people within the means of this extraordinary, unique, living planet so that we and the rest of nature can thrive”. I strongly believe we need a financial, political and social innovation in order to overcome this structural dependency on growth and instead focus on finding the right balance between us and this planet.     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   Before the lockdown started I moved back to my hometown, I was going through a though time personally and professionally speaking and I could have never stand the life in Milan. This months have been crazy. Work and my last exams are taking it all, but I promised myself that as soon as I finish my thesis I will restart to dedicate more time to my creative side and my body.  I kind of need it.      What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   Luckily, my plans didn’t change that much. Apart from the fact that I will have a digital graduation ceremony, nothing really changed. I’m trying to focus on what I have and thankfully I’m surrounded by nature and so when I have 10 free minutes I just get out and enjoy it.      What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   Ahaha I guess you will be disappointed by this but, I do not have a specific beauty routine and I don’t use any product apart from lukewarm water 2/3 times a day to deterge my face. I have a close friend that works as beautician and well, she tried multiple times to give me advices and tips but.. still, I toil on.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   I don’t know if we can define it cool, but.. I’ll leave it to you to judge. As I was saying before, few months ago I started to face quite a though period, but though from my point of view doesn’t mean negative, it’s just part of the game of life.  In the past 4 years I have been sacrificing a lot. I never went on vacation and I didn’t get out on Friday nights just to have fun. It sounds surreal and you may not believe me but that’s what happened. I have dedicated every second I had to accomplish good results in my professional career, zeroing my personal life.  This past December I was quite exhausted, so I decided to spend 4 days with few friends and my former partner in Corvara in the Dolomites. I promised I wouldn’t have touched anything regarding work or university. So I did. It was good being there, but at the same time I felt more like a “spectator” of the scene instead of “character”. I wasn’t active, it wasn’t me. I wasn’t able to be silly, to be light. I was trapped in the cage of duty.  This and other events made me think a lot. …and to go back to your question I guess during this quarantine I’m learning how to balance my professional and personal life. I’m reshaping my way of intending success.  I’m defining what I would love my future to look like, but this time including also my personal life. I’m rethinking my way of approaching life.        Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   Mmmm I guess I have to think about this one. I’m really good at gardening ahaha. Since I was a child I’ve always been close to nature, I lived most of my childhood with my grandparents and they plunged me in their world that was composed for the 98% of agriculture.  My uncleenvy me so much because he says everything I plant, even a dry branch come to life ahah.  He doesn’t know the trick: I just exchange the almost dead wood with a new one after few weeks that nothing happens ahaha.     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 guess I will not value the physical place that much.  I want to meet again with people I haven’t met in a while.  I also hope to meet a special person that lives a bit more far from my hometown.  Instead if we want to talk about places I want to visit in the future, I love to go and explore those places where nature is extreme, in colors, shapes and weather. I would love to visit Shiprock,  New Mexico – Wadi Rum, Jordan – the Namib desert.  But I guess I will have to wait a bit more for all this.     9. What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   Few weeks ago I was writing the first part of my thesis and I bumped into an album from Milky Chance, called Mind the Moon. Since then I never stopped listening to it. Go check it out.      What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   First thing I do when I wake up, even before breakfast, I try to understand how I will split my time in relation to my to do list. So I take a peace of paper and I start to separate it in 3 columns, one is about university, another one about work and the third one is about my IG profile and everything that’s related to that.  But if I have to stick to the question “what I would LIKE to do..” everything changes: I would love to wake up, maybe close to someone special, eat something and then workout before the day starts. At night, before bed time, I usually dedicate what’s left of the day, so between 8.30 and 10.30, to my close friends. I’m not the most social person on earth even if I know lot’s of people I have the tendency to get quite close just with the chosen few ahah. These are the people who pushe me to do always better, the ones I’m working hard for, the once I would love to share the best and the wort of my entire life.       Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.   Unfortunately not! But I would love to. Soooo.. I’ll wait for your invitation now.        What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   It can have so many meanings. I believe it really depends on the mood and on the phase of the life you are in.  Usually for me it’s a mixture of personal aesthetic and a way to get distracted. Let’s say 80/20%.  I don’t enjoy it that much but I know it’s important in order to balance myself and given my nature I can’t stand my body falling apart. It’s been 4 years since the last time I worked out properly, consistently.     What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   I have discovered just 2 years ago this New York based artist: Leonardo Drew. I love his way of juxtaposing materials. It’s exactly what I usually try to express through my aesthetic.  I love everything that’s raw.        INSTAGRAM: @alessandrocalzoni    At home with Alessandro Calzoni, exclusively photographed by Zeb Daemen.   Who are you and what is your profession?   Who am I ahah, the most difficult question you can ask to a person. It reminds me a bit of the first days at university when in order to impress your classmates or the professor you had to come up with something cool, but at the end you always start with your name and conclude with a clumsy “that’s it ahah”.  Generally speaking I don’t like to define myself but I’ll give you few adjectives my closest friends used to describe me, should I consider that cheating ahahah? They see me as an honest person, a loyal one. Extremely stubborn and determined. Too altruist, I usually tend to not put myself first and yes, it can be good but it has its side effects.  What I can tell you from my side is that I’m a kind of a mixture between a strategic mind and an aesthete. This caused lot’s of trouble in my life but I’m so grateful to be who I am and to had to deal with this kind of a contrast. It shaped me, it pushed me to explore. I have started university 3 years later compared to my peers, I never believed in it’s entity, in it’s structure. I’m not saying that studying is not fundamental of course. It’s more a critique to the system. I come from a small village in Umbria, Italy, composed of 1000 souls maybe even less. I couldn’t find my way.  So at a certain point of my life, 6 years ago, also due to lot’s of health problems that were hitting my family, I decided to leave Italy, I needed to breath fresh air. I didn’t know a word of English. It was my first time taking a flight (I was 19) and I could have lost my hearing due to problems I had when I was a child, so I called my doctor few moths before and I said, “I have to take a flight to go to London”. Of course he was quite concerned but I decided to rick it and.. yeah it was quite painful for 4 days I could barely hear people talking. But that’s another long story. After years of attempts now I’m working at Startupbootcamp FashionTech in Milan while I’m attending my last year at university. I’m focusing on Marketing and Business Development and now you may ask yourself where’s creativity in all this and to reply to that question I will ask the help of a superior entity: Albert Einstein “Creativity is intelligence having fun”. I love what I do and considering that I’m just at the beginning I’m sure it will get better and better every day.      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 guess there are already lot’s of people heavily expressing themselves on this topic, everyone from Fashion “experts” to politician trying to predict, trying to say something, but the funny thing is that nobody knows what the future will look like I’m not talking about weeks, moths I’m talking about seconds.  I don’t want to add another prediction or opinion on that pile.  I can maybe tell you what are my wishes, what I will try to sustain in the future through my work and my projects, what I believe could be a great ecosystem to live in. I was walking to meet a manager from Prada 2 year ago and I was listening to the words of Kate Raworth, professor at Oxford University, on a TED talk titled “A healthy economy should thrive not grow”.  That morning I understood what leader should do, what visionary leaders do. I understood how badly involved we are in this system built upon consumerism and false values. I understood how dependant we are from growth, financially, politically and socially speaking. I believe now we have the chance to restart from zero. Now that we are experiencing the cracks in our society. Now that we are rediscovering the human value. We should stop treating economy and finance as a science. We should stop depending on growth. We should choose a higher ambition, as Kate R. says: “humanity's 21st century challenge is clear: to meet the needs of all people within the means of this extraordinary, unique, living planet so that we and the rest of nature can thrive”. I strongly believe we need a financial, political and social innovation in order to overcome this structural dependency on growth and instead focus on finding the right balance between us and this planet.     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   Before the lockdown started I moved back to my hometown, I was going through a though time personally and professionally speaking and I could have never stand the life in Milan. This months have been crazy. Work and my last exams are taking it all, but I promised myself that as soon as I finish my thesis I will restart to dedicate more time to my creative side and my body.  I kind of need it.      What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   Luckily, my plans didn’t change that much. Apart from the fact that I will have a digital graduation ceremony, nothing really changed. I’m trying to focus on what I have and thankfully I’m surrounded by nature and so when I have 10 free minutes I just get out and enjoy it.      What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   Ahaha I guess you will be disappointed by this but, I do not have a specific beauty routine and I don’t use any product apart from lukewarm water 2/3 times a day to deterge my face. I have a close friend that works as beautician and well, she tried multiple times to give me advices and tips but.. still, I toil on.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   I don’t know if we can define it cool, but.. I’ll leave it to you to judge. As I was saying before, few months ago I started to face quite a though period, but though from my point of view doesn’t mean negative, it’s just part of the game of life.  In the past 4 years I have been sacrificing a lot. I never went on vacation and I didn’t get out on Friday nights just to have fun. It sounds surreal and you may not believe me but that’s what happened. I have dedicated every second I had to accomplish good results in my professional career, zeroing my personal life.  This past December I was quite exhausted, so I decided to spend 4 days with few friends and my former partner in Corvara in the Dolomites. I promised I wouldn’t have touched anything regarding work or university. So I did. It was good being there, but at the same time I felt more like a “spectator” of the scene instead of “character”. I wasn’t active, it wasn’t me. I wasn’t able to be silly, to be light. I was trapped in the cage of duty.  This and other events made me think a lot. …and to go back to your question I guess during this quarantine I’m learning how to balance my professional and personal life. I’m reshaping my way of intending success.  I’m defining what I would love my future to look like, but this time including also my personal life. I’m rethinking my way of approaching life.        Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   Mmmm I guess I have to think about this one. I’m really good at gardening ahaha. Since I was a child I’ve always been close to nature, I lived most of my childhood with my grandparents and they plunged me in their world that was composed for the 98% of agriculture.  My uncleenvy me so much because he says everything I plant, even a dry branch come to life ahah.  He doesn’t know the trick: I just exchange the almost dead wood with a new one after few weeks that nothing happens ahaha.     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 guess I will not value the physical place that much.  I want to meet again with people I haven’t met in a while.  I also hope to meet a special person that lives a bit more far from my hometown.  Instead if we want to talk about places I want to visit in the future, I love to go and explore those places where nature is extreme, in colors, shapes and weather. I would love to visit Shiprock,  New Mexico – Wadi Rum, Jordan – the Namib desert.  But I guess I will have to wait a bit more for all this.     9. What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   Few weeks ago I was writing the first part of my thesis and I bumped into an album from Milky Chance, called Mind the Moon. Since then I never stopped listening to it. Go check it out.      What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   First thing I do when I wake up, even before breakfast, I try to understand how I will split my time in relation to my to do list. So I take a peace of paper and I start to separate it in 3 columns, one is about university, another one about work and the third one is about my IG profile and everything that’s related to that.  But if I have to stick to the question “what I would LIKE to do..” everything changes: I would love to wake up, maybe close to someone special, eat something and then workout before the day starts. At night, before bed time, I usually dedicate what’s left of the day, so between 8.30 and 10.30, to my close friends. I’m not the most social person on earth even if I know lot’s of people I have the tendency to get quite close just with the chosen few ahah. These are the people who pushe me to do always better, the ones I’m working hard for, the once I would love to share the best and the wort of my entire life.       Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.   Unfortunately not! But I would love to. Soooo.. I’ll wait for your invitation now.        What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   It can have so many meanings. I believe it really depends on the mood and on the phase of the life you are in.  Usually for me it’s a mixture of personal aesthetic and a way to get distracted. Let’s say 80/20%.  I don’t enjoy it that much but I know it’s important in order to balance myself and given my nature I can’t stand my body falling apart. It’s been 4 years since the last time I worked out properly, consistently.     What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   I have discovered just 2 years ago this New York based artist: Leonardo Drew. I love his way of juxtaposing materials. It’s exactly what I usually try to express through my aesthetic.  I love everything that’s raw.        INSTAGRAM: @alessandrocalzoni 

At home with McKenna Hellam
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At home with McKenna Hellam

Fashion At home with McKenna Hellam at IMG, exclusively photographed by Xavier Avery.     Who are you  and what is your profession?   I am mckenna Hellam, a typical southern girl next door. I also am an independent business woman that is in fashion marketing by playing dress up!   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 think things in th fashion world will change and lead more toward social media and creative type shoots from a distance. Face masks will become a fashion accessory for sure! I think the world return to a new normal-I’m not sure what that will look like but I hope the distancing rules lighten some, I’m going to an aunt and I want to be there for everything!     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I have been spending my time quarantined with my best friend and my family. Ive been able to do a few FaceTime photoshoots! While they are a great way to still create, they don't compare to shooting in person.      What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modeling?   My first memory of fashion is playing dress up in my mom and older sisters clothes. Especially trying on their heels if they had any.     What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   My beauty routine is fairly simple. I wake up wash my face, moisturize, and put sunscreen on. Sometimes ill put makeup on for something to do. I wash my face at night and then moisturize. If I'm feeling like wanting to do a little more I'll put on some type of face mask.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   In quarantine I have kinda learned how to do a headstand. I learned by watching someones video on instagram and just kept practicing. I'm still not very good at it yet.      Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.    I can do voices, especially a really good stitch impersonation.     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?   Back to my apartment in Brooklyn. I'd go back there because I'm starting to miss NYC and my comfortable bed!     What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?    One of my favorite songs at the moment is Freakin' Out On The Interstate by Briston Maroney. I just love the way it sounds and it's just super cute. I have a few playlist on Spotify of my favorite songs and artists!     What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?    The first thing I like to do when I wake up is make coffee! Before bed I like to try and read a book!     Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.   I have been to Amsterdam a couple of times but unfortunately it was just a fly into a job then leave right after, but I definitely want to return and explore it more!     What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   My favorite painting is the creation of man by Michaelangelo. Soft colors and the simple suggestion of human touch and beginning of time with way bigger implications.     What made you start creating masks with your mother for the nurses and everyone on the front lines?    We started creating masks because my mom came home from her doctors office where she works and said that they were have to reuse masks and protective gear. So, we took it upon ourselves to help and makes some masks to temporarily use! At home with McKenna Hellam at IMG, exclusively photographed by Xavier Avery.     Who are you  and what is your profession?   I am mckenna Hellam, a typical southern girl next door. I also am an independent business woman that is in fashion marketing by playing dress up!   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 think things in th fashion world will change and lead more toward social media and creative type shoots from a distance. Face masks will become a fashion accessory for sure! I think the world return to a new normal-I’m not sure what that will look like but I hope the distancing rules lighten some, I’m going to an aunt and I want to be there for everything!     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I have been spending my time quarantined with my best friend and my family. Ive been able to do a few FaceTime photoshoots! While they are a great way to still create, they don't compare to shooting in person.      What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modeling?   My first memory of fashion is playing dress up in my mom and older sisters clothes. Especially trying on their heels if they had any.     What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   My beauty routine is fairly simple. I wake up wash my face, moisturize, and put sunscreen on. Sometimes ill put makeup on for something to do. I wash my face at night and then moisturize. If I'm feeling like wanting to do a little more I'll put on some type of face mask.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   In quarantine I have kinda learned how to do a headstand. I learned by watching someones video on instagram and just kept practicing. I'm still not very good at it yet.      Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.    I can do voices, especially a really good stitch impersonation.     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?   Back to my apartment in Brooklyn. I'd go back there because I'm starting to miss NYC and my comfortable bed!     What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?    One of my favorite songs at the moment is Freakin' Out On The Interstate by Briston Maroney. I just love the way it sounds and it's just super cute. I have a few playlist on Spotify of my favorite songs and artists!     What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?    The first thing I like to do when I wake up is make coffee! Before bed I like to try and read a book!     Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.   I have been to Amsterdam a couple of times but unfortunately it was just a fly into a job then leave right after, but I definitely want to return and explore it more!     What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   My favorite painting is the creation of man by Michaelangelo. Soft colors and the simple suggestion of human touch and beginning of time with way bigger implications.     What made you start creating masks with your mother for the nurses and everyone on the front lines?    We started creating masks because my mom came home from her doctors office where she works and said that they were have to reuse masks and protective gear. So, we took it upon ourselves to help and makes some masks to temporarily use!

#ProudInMyCalvins
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#ProudInMyCalvins

Fashion Pride isn’t just a month, it’s a year-round celebration.   For Pride 2020, Calvin Klein will have an ‘always on’ approach. As brands continue to saturate Pride, we aim to break throughthe rainbow clutterwith an authenticcampaign that engages, inspires and supports conversion through a multi-channelprogram. They are excited to launch #PROUDINMYCALVINS together with an authentic, personal and motivating year-round storytelling. #PROUDINMYCALVINS   CALVIN KLEIN is excited to closely collaborate with the LGBTQIA+ community highlighting individuals who are writing their own story and reshaping the industry in their own right.     CALVIN KLEIN’s latest campaign #PROUDINMYCALVINS, is a celebration of self-love and identities across the gender spectrum. It encourages unfiltered self-expression and embracing each person’s interests, quirks, passions, personalities, flaws, beauty, sexuality, gender, and pride.     The campaign features many cool  talents: Pablo Vittar, Chella Man, Mary V, Reece King, Jari Jones, Gia Woods, Tommy Dorfman, Mina Gerges, Ama Elsesser.   Shop the collection now on calvinklein.nl - https://www.calvinklein.nl/pride   “Calvin Klein, Inc. partners with a consortium of LGBTQ+ organizations around the world both in celebration of its Pride collection, and in an ongoing capacity.” Pride isn’t just a month, it’s a year-round celebration.   For Pride 2020, Calvin Klein will have an ‘always on’ approach. As brands continue to saturate Pride, we aim to break throughthe rainbow clutterwith an authenticcampaign that engages, inspires and supports conversion through a multi-channelprogram. They are excited to launch #PROUDINMYCALVINS together with an authentic, personal and motivating year-round storytelling. #PROUDINMYCALVINS   CALVIN KLEIN is excited to closely collaborate with the LGBTQIA+ community highlighting individuals who are writing their own story and reshaping the industry in their own right.     CALVIN KLEIN’s latest campaign #PROUDINMYCALVINS, is a celebration of self-love and identities across the gender spectrum. It encourages unfiltered self-expression and embracing each person’s interests, quirks, passions, personalities, flaws, beauty, sexuality, gender, and pride.     The campaign features many cool  talents: Pablo Vittar, Chella Man, Mary V, Reece King, Jari Jones, Gia Woods, Tommy Dorfman, Mina Gerges, Ama Elsesser.   Shop the collection now on calvinklein.nl - https://www.calvinklein.nl/pride   “Calvin Klein, Inc. partners with a consortium of LGBTQ+ organizations around the world both in celebration of its Pride collection, and in an ongoing capacity.”

Gucci announces a partnership with the world's favorite mobile tennis game: Tennis Clash.
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Gucci announces a partnership with the world's favorite mobile tennis game: Tennis Clash.

Things to do Created by Wildlife, Tennis Clash is the closest mobile game to the real experience of playing tennis. Through this new collaboration, starting from June18th, players will discover exclusive Gucci outfits and be able to participate in a special Gucci tournament.   In an innovative move, Tennis Clash fans will also be able to buy for themselves outfits that mirror those on screen for themselves from the Gucci website, which brings the virtual and real worlds together.   Wildlife will create outfits for two characters based on Gucci designs; there will be two looks for ‘Diana’, and two for ‘Jonah’, which players can adopt for these virtual competitors. The special Gucci wardrobe will include shoes, socks, headgear, and clothing. From the Tennis Clash game, players will be allowed to directly land on Gucci.com where they will be able to discover and buy the garments.     Users will be able to play in a new in-game tournament branded as the Gucci Open. Tournaments are a limited-time game mode where you compete against other players to score the most points in a series of matches. To complete the experience, during these tournaments, players will also be able to use a new Gucci branded tennis string. Tennis Clash is consistently featured in the Top 5 Sports Games on the App Store and was recently selected as one of Google Play’s ‘5 Best Competitive Games of 2019’. Tennis Clash is available for download on the App Store and Google Play.   The House already pioneered the relationship between the world of fashion and that of gaming through Gucci Arcade, a section of the Gucci App launched in July 2019 which is dedicated to games – such as Gucci Bee, Gucci Ace and Gucci Grip, Gucci Lips, GG Psychedelic and Gucci Mascara Hunt - that allow users to play with the brand’s characters. Created by Wildlife, Tennis Clash is the closest mobile game to the real experience of playing tennis. Through this new collaboration, starting from June18th, players will discover exclusive Gucci outfits and be able to participate in a special Gucci tournament.   In an innovative move, Tennis Clash fans will also be able to buy for themselves outfits that mirror those on screen for themselves from the Gucci website, which brings the virtual and real worlds together.   Wildlife will create outfits for two characters based on Gucci designs; there will be two looks for ‘Diana’, and two for ‘Jonah’, which players can adopt for these virtual competitors. The special Gucci wardrobe will include shoes, socks, headgear, and clothing. From the Tennis Clash game, players will be allowed to directly land on Gucci.com where they will be able to discover and buy the garments.     Users will be able to play in a new in-game tournament branded as the Gucci Open. Tournaments are a limited-time game mode where you compete against other players to score the most points in a series of matches. To complete the experience, during these tournaments, players will also be able to use a new Gucci branded tennis string. Tennis Clash is consistently featured in the Top 5 Sports Games on the App Store and was recently selected as one of Google Play’s ‘5 Best Competitive Games of 2019’. Tennis Clash is available for download on the App Store and Google Play.   The House already pioneered the relationship between the world of fashion and that of gaming through Gucci Arcade, a section of the Gucci App launched in July 2019 which is dedicated to games – such as Gucci Bee, Gucci Ace and Gucci Grip, Gucci Lips, GG Psychedelic and Gucci Mascara Hunt - that allow users to play with the brand’s characters.

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