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Inspiring curated pages with Oumayma
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Inspiring curated pages with Oumayma

Style Getting inspired during quarantine can be a struggle. Thank god there are plenty of inspiring curated pages that you can find on Instagram. I've made a selection of visual pages to give you an inspirational boost:   TWOARABMINDS / https://www.instagram.com/twoarabminds A page that really reminds me of my childhood with a lot of nostalgic vibes and creative images to get inspired.   STYLE ME FRESH / https://www.instagram.com/stylemefresh Need some style inspiration? Make sure to follow Style Me Fresh for some fresh ideas and inspiring looks you can copy.   NEONTALK / https://www.instagram.com/neontalk Take me back to the 80’s! This page has all the 80’s and early 90’s aesthetics I’ve been looking for. From classic commercials to crazy interior ideas, they have it all.   VIRGOMOOD / https://www.instagram.com/virgomood This page is all about body inspiration from different models from the 90’s and 00’s. This page does not only feature all type of bodies but also remind us of how beautiful women from all around the world are.   SOMEWHEREIWOULDLIKETOLIVE /https://www.instagram.com/somewhereiwouldliketolive Dreaming away during quarantine is OK, let this page help you with that. They share the most extraordinary and beautiful living spots all around the world. I’m a huge fan.   FASHIIONGONEROUGE / https://www.instagram.com/fashiiongonerouge Simplicity is key. This page reminds me that with only key basic items I could create a variation of different kinds of looks.   JACQUEMUS https://www.instagram.com/jacquemus He is not only a designer as it turns out that he has a talent for creating mood boards as well. I’ve been a fan since the beginning and I’ve started loving him even more when he used his platform to call out different artists all around the world. Getting inspired during quarantine can be a struggle. Thank god there are plenty of inspiring curated pages that you can find on Instagram. I've made a selection of visual pages to give you an inspirational boost:   TWOARABMINDS / https://www.instagram.com/twoarabminds A page that really reminds me of my childhood with a lot of nostalgic vibes and creative images to get inspired.   STYLE ME FRESH / https://www.instagram.com/stylemefresh Need some style inspiration? Make sure to follow Style Me Fresh for some fresh ideas and inspiring looks you can copy.   NEONTALK / https://www.instagram.com/neontalk Take me back to the 80’s! This page has all the 80’s and early 90’s aesthetics I’ve been looking for. From classic commercials to crazy interior ideas, they have it all.   VIRGOMOOD / https://www.instagram.com/virgomood This page is all about body inspiration from different models from the 90’s and 00’s. This page does not only feature all type of bodies but also remind us of how beautiful women from all around the world are.   SOMEWHEREIWOULDLIKETOLIVE /https://www.instagram.com/somewhereiwouldliketolive Dreaming away during quarantine is OK, let this page help you with that. They share the most extraordinary and beautiful living spots all around the world. I’m a huge fan.   FASHIIONGONEROUGE / https://www.instagram.com/fashiiongonerouge Simplicity is key. This page reminds me that with only key basic items I could create a variation of different kinds of looks.   JACQUEMUS https://www.instagram.com/jacquemus He is not only a designer as it turns out that he has a talent for creating mood boards as well. I’ve been a fan since the beginning and I’ve started loving him even more when he used his platform to call out different artists all around the world.

At home with Marcos Fecchino
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At home with Marcos Fecchino

Men Exclusive images captured via Zoom by Zeb Daemen and a great conversation with Marcos Fecchino.   Who are you and what do you do?   Who I am? That’s a good question. I am Marcos Fecchino a passionate Argentinian living in New York who loves Art, Fashion, Architecture and Nature. I’m a sensitive, good friend who loves to dance. On the work side I’m a Producer and Creative Director in fashion. My job is basically to take a concept and, working together with a team, transform that concept into a unique final result.    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?   This Virus unfortunately is affecting all of us in the fashion industry in a big way. The affect is particularly dramatic in Fashion because it’s often considered a non-essential, and during an economic crisis consumers are saving money they’d typically spend on fashion in order to purchase essentials.  I think things will slowly pick up, and fashion will come back in force. It’s a durable industry and we’re survivors. There will definitely be a new normal – it’s not going to be the same. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I think we should embrace change and focus on building a better and more sustainable industry.    How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   During quarantine I’ve been taking time to think about my priorities, how I’ve been distributing my time and my energy. It’s an opportunity to stop and think in depth about our lives and ask ourselves if there are ways we can improve and live a healthier and better life.  Normally I travel almost every week and it’s hard to find time to think about these things when you’re constantly on the run, so having this break has been a blessing in certain ways.   What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   Career wise, I had many projects lined up, both short term and long term, but the pandemic has forced every single project to be canceled or postponed.  There is still uncertainty around how we will move forward and when, which makes my job very difficult. Many of my clients are in Europe and I think they might start working more locally and not traveling across the Atlantic for 24 / 48 hours for a shoot. Basically I’m having to assess changes in both my professional and personal life month to month, and I’m trying my best to exercise patience and be prepared when things start to open back up.    What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   Well . . . In the morning I wash my face with iS Clinical Cleansing Complex, then I use Hyaluronic Acid and a moisturizer with SFP(very important). At night I wash my face again, apply Vitamin C Serum and eye cream both from iS Clinical and last but not least a few times a week I use a toner from Biologique Rechere called P50 1970. When I am on the beach or during summer time I minimize the products I use, because skin typically doesn’t need too much in hot or humid climates, but washing your face during this time is so important.      What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   I’ve learned a few things during Quarantine, including some new cooking skills, sewing, and even cutting hair.  It’s been fun. We’ve been sewing masks for a local hospital, and I’ve been cutting hair for family members which is exciting but definitely nerve-wracking.     Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your CV?   I smile more than people think. Also I used to compete in downhill skiing (my favorite sport!) when I was growing up in Argentina.   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?   Japan! I’ve been planning a trip there for a long time, and had to reschedule because of the virus.    What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   “How Long” by Paul Carrack has been stuck in my head recently. I’ve also been listening a lot to Chet Baker and Stan Getz.     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 need to shower or wash my face right away. Before bed I like to read a book or a mindless article to calm my mind.     Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.   I haven’t and I cannot believe it due to how much I travel. I’d love to go though!    What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   My go-to workout is a mix between weights and cardio, because I like the balance. Working out for me means that I am putting work into myself, both my body and my mind. Staying in shape is about more than having a good body. It keeps me balanced and reduces stress from work and travel.   What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   I don’t really have a favorite painting. I love art from all different periods and places. But I will say that one painting that changed the way I see things is “The Girls of Avignon” by Picasso. I saw this painting when I was a kid and it was my introduction to understanding and appreciating Art. It made me realize there is much more than what you see at first sight. The painting shows so much about what was going on during that period and why. Looking at art for me It’s like you traveling in time.   Can you please share with us  your social media:   WEBSITE:www.marcosfecchino.com          INSTAGRAM: @marcosfecchino Exclusive images captured via Zoom by Zeb Daemen and a great conversation with Marcos Fecchino.   Who are you and what do you do?   Who I am? That’s a good question. I am Marcos Fecchino a passionate Argentinian living in New York who loves Art, Fashion, Architecture and Nature. I’m a sensitive, good friend who loves to dance. On the work side I’m a Producer and Creative Director in fashion. My job is basically to take a concept and, working together with a team, transform that concept into a unique final result.    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?   This Virus unfortunately is affecting all of us in the fashion industry in a big way. The affect is particularly dramatic in Fashion because it’s often considered a non-essential, and during an economic crisis consumers are saving money they’d typically spend on fashion in order to purchase essentials.  I think things will slowly pick up, and fashion will come back in force. It’s a durable industry and we’re survivors. There will definitely be a new normal – it’s not going to be the same. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I think we should embrace change and focus on building a better and more sustainable industry.    How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   During quarantine I’ve been taking time to think about my priorities, how I’ve been distributing my time and my energy. It’s an opportunity to stop and think in depth about our lives and ask ourselves if there are ways we can improve and live a healthier and better life.  Normally I travel almost every week and it’s hard to find time to think about these things when you’re constantly on the run, so having this break has been a blessing in certain ways.   What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   Career wise, I had many projects lined up, both short term and long term, but the pandemic has forced every single project to be canceled or postponed.  There is still uncertainty around how we will move forward and when, which makes my job very difficult. Many of my clients are in Europe and I think they might start working more locally and not traveling across the Atlantic for 24 / 48 hours for a shoot. Basically I’m having to assess changes in both my professional and personal life month to month, and I’m trying my best to exercise patience and be prepared when things start to open back up.    What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   Well . . . In the morning I wash my face with iS Clinical Cleansing Complex, then I use Hyaluronic Acid and a moisturizer with SFP(very important). At night I wash my face again, apply Vitamin C Serum and eye cream both from iS Clinical and last but not least a few times a week I use a toner from Biologique Rechere called P50 1970. When I am on the beach or during summer time I minimize the products I use, because skin typically doesn’t need too much in hot or humid climates, but washing your face during this time is so important.      What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   I’ve learned a few things during Quarantine, including some new cooking skills, sewing, and even cutting hair.  It’s been fun. We’ve been sewing masks for a local hospital, and I’ve been cutting hair for family members which is exciting but definitely nerve-wracking.     Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your CV?   I smile more than people think. Also I used to compete in downhill skiing (my favorite sport!) when I was growing up in Argentina.   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?   Japan! I’ve been planning a trip there for a long time, and had to reschedule because of the virus.    What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   “How Long” by Paul Carrack has been stuck in my head recently. I’ve also been listening a lot to Chet Baker and Stan Getz.     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 need to shower or wash my face right away. Before bed I like to read a book or a mindless article to calm my mind.     Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.   I haven’t and I cannot believe it due to how much I travel. I’d love to go though!    What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   My go-to workout is a mix between weights and cardio, because I like the balance. Working out for me means that I am putting work into myself, both my body and my mind. Staying in shape is about more than having a good body. It keeps me balanced and reduces stress from work and travel.   What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   I don’t really have a favorite painting. I love art from all different periods and places. But I will say that one painting that changed the way I see things is “The Girls of Avignon” by Picasso. I saw this painting when I was a kid and it was my introduction to understanding and appreciating Art. It made me realize there is much more than what you see at first sight. The painting shows so much about what was going on during that period and why. Looking at art for me It’s like you traveling in time.   Can you please share with us  your social media:   WEBSITE:www.marcosfecchino.com          INSTAGRAM: @marcosfecchino

Bang & Olufsen introduces the new Beosound A1
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Bang & Olufsen introduces the new Beosound A1

Design Bang & Olufsen today released the second-generation Beosound A1, the Danish luxury audio brand’s award- winning portable Bluetooth speaker, which has been redesigned to include a whole raft of performance and design improvements. Beosound A1 2nd Gen comes with a refined, slimmer design that is fully dust and waterproof, has a significantly improved battery life with up to 18 hours of play time at typical volume, an overhauled user interface and - a first for a Bluetooth only speaker - a built-in Alexa voice assistant. More powerful and easier to use - the best just got better.   “Our first A1 speaker was loved by customers for its combination of minimalist design, portability, powerful sound and the built-in speakerphone that made it easy and fun to speak with friends and family. The new Beosound A1 builds on these characteristics and improves them in every way that matters”, says Christoffer Østergaard Poulsen, Bang & Olufsen VP of Product Management.   Beosound A1 retains its elegant shape and unique contours, brought to life in collaboration with renowned Danish industrial designer. The second-generation is 7 percent lighter than the original and has a fresh take on the hole pattern, with a slightly lighter casing and a tapered base giving the speaker a more weightless floating impression even though only 0,85mm lower. The leather strap – a stylish key feature that adds to its easy portability – now has a new tag to ensure that Beosound A1 remains one of the most versatile products for hanging options. Buttons have been redesigned and repositioned to improve overall user interaction. Now placed nearer to the strap for easier location, the buttons also have bigger and clearer symbols and at the same time, the LED indicator has also been moved to the top of the speaker making a significant improvement on its visibility from all angles. Inside Beosound A1 you will find two re-designed drivers for an even clearer 360-degree sound: a 3.5-inch aluminum cone mid woofer using a powerful neodymium magnetic system, a silk dome 3/4 inch dome tweeter and advanced DSP filtering powered by a pair of 30-watt class D amplifiers. The speaker now comes with aptX adaptive codec for an even better wireless listening experience.   Beosound A1 (RRP 250 EUR, 200 GBP, 350 CHF, 2000 DKK) launches in Black Anthracite and Grey Mist and is available online, in select retailers and in Bang & Olufsen stores from May 14, 2020. To find out more, follow the conversation at @bangolufsen on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube using #BeosoundA1 Bang & Olufsen today released the second-generation Beosound A1, the Danish luxury audio brand’s award- winning portable Bluetooth speaker, which has been redesigned to include a whole raft of performance and design improvements. Beosound A1 2nd Gen comes with a refined, slimmer design that is fully dust and waterproof, has a significantly improved battery life with up to 18 hours of play time at typical volume, an overhauled user interface and - a first for a Bluetooth only speaker - a built-in Alexa voice assistant. More powerful and easier to use - the best just got better.   “Our first A1 speaker was loved by customers for its combination of minimalist design, portability, powerful sound and the built-in speakerphone that made it easy and fun to speak with friends and family. The new Beosound A1 builds on these characteristics and improves them in every way that matters”, says Christoffer Østergaard Poulsen, Bang & Olufsen VP of Product Management.   Beosound A1 retains its elegant shape and unique contours, brought to life in collaboration with renowned Danish industrial designer. The second-generation is 7 percent lighter than the original and has a fresh take on the hole pattern, with a slightly lighter casing and a tapered base giving the speaker a more weightless floating impression even though only 0,85mm lower. The leather strap – a stylish key feature that adds to its easy portability – now has a new tag to ensure that Beosound A1 remains one of the most versatile products for hanging options. Buttons have been redesigned and repositioned to improve overall user interaction. Now placed nearer to the strap for easier location, the buttons also have bigger and clearer symbols and at the same time, the LED indicator has also been moved to the top of the speaker making a significant improvement on its visibility from all angles. Inside Beosound A1 you will find two re-designed drivers for an even clearer 360-degree sound: a 3.5-inch aluminum cone mid woofer using a powerful neodymium magnetic system, a silk dome 3/4 inch dome tweeter and advanced DSP filtering powered by a pair of 30-watt class D amplifiers. The speaker now comes with aptX adaptive codec for an even better wireless listening experience.   Beosound A1 (RRP 250 EUR, 200 GBP, 350 CHF, 2000 DKK) launches in Black Anthracite and Grey Mist and is available online, in select retailers and in Bang & Olufsen stores from May 14, 2020. To find out more, follow the conversation at @bangolufsen on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube using #BeosoundA1

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At home with Pietro Boselli
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At home with Pietro Boselli

Men Italian born Pietro Boselli started his modeling career early, becoming the face of Armani Junior at an early age. Throughout his career, Pietro has been a favorite of Giorgio Armani, shooting campaigns for its underwear and sportswear line, as well as campaigns with Bruce Weber for Abercrombie and Fitch. We had a delight speaking with Pietro during quarantine time.    Who are you and what is your profession ?   I made my life about versatility and exploring different talents at the same time. I have been a model practically all my life, since I was 6 years old. So, I would definitely define myself as a model. But for many years I didn’t really think about it. I always loved learning and studying. In school already, and then at university. I studied engineering at UCL, and I was so crazy about it. I had the highest grades in the whole faculty. It is difficult to understand how hard I worked. I really belonged to academia.  Then I started my PhD, and I became a lecturer of mathematics at age 21. I wasn’t there just to get a degree; I was there because that’s who I was. My life was all about work and training, and the precision of engineering. I used to swim, run, cycle, lift weights, twice or even three times a day, and still pack in 10-12 hours a day of research work or study. Funnily enough, I did not have social media, I was kind of against it, I thought of it as a waste of time. Then, because of the many fake pages using my modelling pictures, my friends at dinner set up an Instagram for me and suggested I give it a go. Few months later, I was an “influencer”. It took me a while to transition, as I had just finished my PhD and was still teaching. But it opened so many new doors, and I’m now so glad to have such a platform. I travel, I meet creatives. It broadens my perspectives. I am glad I could do both engineering and modelling, it made me into who I am. So, it is difficult to pinpoint what my job is. “Model, engineer, fitness athlete, influencer”?    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 fashion will definitely be affected in the short to medium term, as it is linked to the current zeitgeist of the moment, and to people’s needs, and most importantly it will be impacted by the economic climate, as it is a big industry. In the long term, fashion is here to stay, it is a way in which we express ourselves as individuals and a society, it will be shaped differently as trends and beauty standards change, as we become more aware of sustainability, but in general things will bounce back. It is the nature of progress, it is not a straight line, there are occasional setback, and as humanity we can only learn, adapt and improve.     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I believe in adapting and making the most of any situation, and this quarantine was the perfect occasion for me to sit down and work on so many things that were latent due to my “normal” schedule, which included a lot of travel. I actually am very happy and productive in my own company, and I get more creative when I have time to sit and think. I have been reading, writing, planning new content for my platforms, a lot of which will be educational. I have been working out every day, cooking, and talking to people on the phone, I love that everyone is now available.    What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modelling?   My first job was an Armani Junior campaign in 1995. I still remember the first “casting”, I had to try on some t-shirts and take some polaroids. I also remember being introduced to Mr Armani who, to 6-year-old me, was just a kind gentleman with white hair sitting at a large table with some people in a meeting room.    What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   It is as minimal as it gets, I literally brush my teeth, shave and shower, trying to keep products to a minimum. I like a good shave gel, but nothing more. Let the skin and hair do their thing and be nourished from the inside.  I work out every day so I already shower once or twice a day, water should be slightly warm or sometimes cold. Nothing else.    What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   More than a new thing, it was a rediscovery. For years I have been working independently on my PhD, which is practically like being quarantined: hours upon hours of unsupervised work. It was good to see I have still got it in me. I always wake up early and I am very disciplined, I get ready, my house is spotless, and I can focus on anything I want to do with my day. I think the new thing now is that I am a bit more relaxed. I appreciate time off, just thinking, meditating, creating ideas.   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your CV.    I never make posts on my social media about food or what I eat (perhaps because I cannot see one more post about people’s food, I really don’t care). However, food is probably my number one pleasure in life. Even more than training, and that is saying a lot. I cook so much, and I always cook for my friends. I learned at a young age from my mother, she’s obsessed with cooking. And I guess I am too.    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 have been really craving to take my motorbike and go on a long trip somewhere. I love road trips, it is my favourite form of travel, whether by car or motorbike. I don’t think we will suddenly be allowed to go far. But I guess I could start from here in England, perhaps ride to the coast, see the ocean. Something easy.    What is your favourite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?    I listen to a lot of minimal techno music, for focus and meditation, I have made a playlist called “1 trip” on Spotify you can check it out. I also listen to rock music, like the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin and metal music, like Metallica. One song I am learning on the guitar right now is “Pneuma” by Tool, which is contemporary metal.    What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   In all honesty, the first thing is I pick up my phone, check IG to see what my friends are up to or Twitter for news. It is a new quarantine habit. I put some music on, I eat something, and I get ready, like always. Before going to bed, I also put on music. Lights are off in the house, but music still playing. Such an important component of my day.    Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.    I have been only once, I was riding my motorbike around Europe, I had to get a ferry from Rotterdam to Harwich (this was years ago, this ferry no longer exists). And I had a few hours to wait so decided to see Amsterdam, but it was too short. But Holland seems like a pretty country, I’ve crossed it a few times. And I really like the people and the mentality.    What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   Working out means a lot to me. It is an essential part of my life and of who I am. It always has been. Right now, I train in my home gym, I have a squat rack and a bench, I think it is the most important piece of equipment. I also train at the park; I have a big tractor tire that I pull as a sled. It is a very intense training. Being in shape is great, and most importantly my mind is sharper, and my mood lifted after each and every workout.    What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   So difficult to answer this, I love art and I have so many paintings I like. I have spent many years working on really specialised engineering, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mathematics. So, I used to go to a gallery as often as twice a week, to disconnect from the science and enjoy the art. Life is about balance. So indirectly, a lot of my work is influenced by art and also architecture and poetry. If I had to recommend one paining on the top of my head, that you can see in London after quarantine, is a set of 6 paintings by Rothko at the Tate Modern (they take up a whole room). These must be seen in real life to be appreciated, like all abstract expressionism. It is about their size and how they change the ambiance of a room.    What inspired you to start your own clothing line called Petra?   I wanted to combine all the different aspects of my life into a brand: fashion, fitness and engineering, with a spirit of adventure and of course, sustainability. I engineer all the garments myself combining technicality and aesthetics, and they are made in Italy to the highest specifications and with state-of-the-art sustainable technical fabrics. If there is a product that encapsulates who I am, this is it.  Italian born Pietro Boselli started his modeling career early, becoming the face of Armani Junior at an early age. Throughout his career, Pietro has been a favorite of Giorgio Armani, shooting campaigns for its underwear and sportswear line, as well as campaigns with Bruce Weber for Abercrombie and Fitch. We had a delight speaking with Pietro during quarantine time.    Who are you and what is your profession ?   I made my life about versatility and exploring different talents at the same time. I have been a model practically all my life, since I was 6 years old. So, I would definitely define myself as a model. But for many years I didn’t really think about it. I always loved learning and studying. In school already, and then at university. I studied engineering at UCL, and I was so crazy about it. I had the highest grades in the whole faculty. It is difficult to understand how hard I worked. I really belonged to academia.  Then I started my PhD, and I became a lecturer of mathematics at age 21. I wasn’t there just to get a degree; I was there because that’s who I was. My life was all about work and training, and the precision of engineering. I used to swim, run, cycle, lift weights, twice or even three times a day, and still pack in 10-12 hours a day of research work or study. Funnily enough, I did not have social media, I was kind of against it, I thought of it as a waste of time. Then, because of the many fake pages using my modelling pictures, my friends at dinner set up an Instagram for me and suggested I give it a go. Few months later, I was an “influencer”. It took me a while to transition, as I had just finished my PhD and was still teaching. But it opened so many new doors, and I’m now so glad to have such a platform. I travel, I meet creatives. It broadens my perspectives. I am glad I could do both engineering and modelling, it made me into who I am. So, it is difficult to pinpoint what my job is. “Model, engineer, fitness athlete, influencer”?    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 fashion will definitely be affected in the short to medium term, as it is linked to the current zeitgeist of the moment, and to people’s needs, and most importantly it will be impacted by the economic climate, as it is a big industry. In the long term, fashion is here to stay, it is a way in which we express ourselves as individuals and a society, it will be shaped differently as trends and beauty standards change, as we become more aware of sustainability, but in general things will bounce back. It is the nature of progress, it is not a straight line, there are occasional setback, and as humanity we can only learn, adapt and improve.     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I believe in adapting and making the most of any situation, and this quarantine was the perfect occasion for me to sit down and work on so many things that were latent due to my “normal” schedule, which included a lot of travel. I actually am very happy and productive in my own company, and I get more creative when I have time to sit and think. I have been reading, writing, planning new content for my platforms, a lot of which will be educational. I have been working out every day, cooking, and talking to people on the phone, I love that everyone is now available.    What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modelling?   My first job was an Armani Junior campaign in 1995. I still remember the first “casting”, I had to try on some t-shirts and take some polaroids. I also remember being introduced to Mr Armani who, to 6-year-old me, was just a kind gentleman with white hair sitting at a large table with some people in a meeting room.    What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   It is as minimal as it gets, I literally brush my teeth, shave and shower, trying to keep products to a minimum. I like a good shave gel, but nothing more. Let the skin and hair do their thing and be nourished from the inside.  I work out every day so I already shower once or twice a day, water should be slightly warm or sometimes cold. Nothing else.    What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   More than a new thing, it was a rediscovery. For years I have been working independently on my PhD, which is practically like being quarantined: hours upon hours of unsupervised work. It was good to see I have still got it in me. I always wake up early and I am very disciplined, I get ready, my house is spotless, and I can focus on anything I want to do with my day. I think the new thing now is that I am a bit more relaxed. I appreciate time off, just thinking, meditating, creating ideas.   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your CV.    I never make posts on my social media about food or what I eat (perhaps because I cannot see one more post about people’s food, I really don’t care). However, food is probably my number one pleasure in life. Even more than training, and that is saying a lot. I cook so much, and I always cook for my friends. I learned at a young age from my mother, she’s obsessed with cooking. And I guess I am too.    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 have been really craving to take my motorbike and go on a long trip somewhere. I love road trips, it is my favourite form of travel, whether by car or motorbike. I don’t think we will suddenly be allowed to go far. But I guess I could start from here in England, perhaps ride to the coast, see the ocean. Something easy.    What is your favourite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?    I listen to a lot of minimal techno music, for focus and meditation, I have made a playlist called “1 trip” on Spotify you can check it out. I also listen to rock music, like the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin and metal music, like Metallica. One song I am learning on the guitar right now is “Pneuma” by Tool, which is contemporary metal.    What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   In all honesty, the first thing is I pick up my phone, check IG to see what my friends are up to or Twitter for news. It is a new quarantine habit. I put some music on, I eat something, and I get ready, like always. Before going to bed, I also put on music. Lights are off in the house, but music still playing. Such an important component of my day.    Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.    I have been only once, I was riding my motorbike around Europe, I had to get a ferry from Rotterdam to Harwich (this was years ago, this ferry no longer exists). And I had a few hours to wait so decided to see Amsterdam, but it was too short. But Holland seems like a pretty country, I’ve crossed it a few times. And I really like the people and the mentality.    What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   Working out means a lot to me. It is an essential part of my life and of who I am. It always has been. Right now, I train in my home gym, I have a squat rack and a bench, I think it is the most important piece of equipment. I also train at the park; I have a big tractor tire that I pull as a sled. It is a very intense training. Being in shape is great, and most importantly my mind is sharper, and my mood lifted after each and every workout.    What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   So difficult to answer this, I love art and I have so many paintings I like. I have spent many years working on really specialised engineering, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mathematics. So, I used to go to a gallery as often as twice a week, to disconnect from the science and enjoy the art. Life is about balance. So indirectly, a lot of my work is influenced by art and also architecture and poetry. If I had to recommend one paining on the top of my head, that you can see in London after quarantine, is a set of 6 paintings by Rothko at the Tate Modern (they take up a whole room). These must be seen in real life to be appreciated, like all abstract expressionism. It is about their size and how they change the ambiance of a room.    What inspired you to start your own clothing line called Petra?   I wanted to combine all the different aspects of my life into a brand: fashion, fitness and engineering, with a spirit of adventure and of course, sustainability. I engineer all the garments myself combining technicality and aesthetics, and they are made in Italy to the highest specifications and with state-of-the-art sustainable technical fabrics. If there is a product that encapsulates who I am, this is it. 

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..  

COLMAR Originals by Originals for Spring & Summer
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COLMAR Originals by Originals for Spring & Summer

Fashion The sporty Originals by Originals collection by the Italian heritage label Colmar is made to steal the show (at home). Comfortable and colourful athleisure wear for the summer - from sweatpants to sweaters and tees to shorts. This collection brings a fresh sparkle to appropriate garments for life indoors, but just as easily transition to impress on a sunny stroll through your hood. The seventies inspired colourblocking combined with a printed design of the original Colmar logo, brings out nothing but happy feelings.     more on: www.colmar.it The sporty Originals by Originals collection by the Italian heritage label Colmar is made to steal the show (at home). Comfortable and colourful athleisure wear for the summer - from sweatpants to sweaters and tees to shorts. This collection brings a fresh sparkle to appropriate garments for life indoors, but just as easily transition to impress on a sunny stroll through your hood. The seventies inspired colourblocking combined with a printed design of the original Colmar logo, brings out nothing but happy feelings.     more on: www.colmar.it

At Home with Maggie Maurer
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At Home with Maggie Maurer

Fashion During these crazy times and being at home quarantined we had a delight speaking and creating an exlcusive story with top model Maggie Maurer.   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)?   Joy is my middle name.  I am from a small town in Northern New York state called Potsdam. I was born and raised there with my 2 brothers and 4 sisters . We were all home schooled. I never went to college , I started modeling when I was 25 , after a friend sent some photos of me to an agency without telling me.  I am a Model and I believe my job in to bring to life the idea from the minds of all the different creatives I have had the pleasure to work with.   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?   Let's wait and see , shall we ?   How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I feel like I have just moved into my flat in London , even though I have lived here for 5 years. The slow pace has been very welcome on my end. I am with my boyfriend ( Scott Archibald ) and we have been working on some really amazing stuff. Thankfully for me he is a photographer and I have not had to succumb to  a "Zoom " or " Facetime " shoot. The voyeuristic nature of it I find disturbing.     What is in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   I  did plan to split my time half here (London ) and half in the states. Proved to myself yet again not to make plans.    What is your daily beauty routine like?    Same as it ever was! Apple cider vinegar mixed with water for toner, rose water, aloe vera, coconut oil with 2 drops and lavender essential oil. In that order.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined?   I am in the middle of my first batch of Matza ball soup. It's my favorite soup. And the mere thought of it could bring a tear of joy to my eye.   What's your work-from-home style like during these times?   Do you mean what I wear ? When I shoot at home skin is always better, so I guess naked.  Any other time I'm always in a hoodie.   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume (a secret skill, a hobby, a previous job or fun fact about you).   I hate to cook the same thing twice.      What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes?   Local meaning London? I guess the pub with my mates. Travel wise I really miss LA .   What inspired you to start working in the fashion industry? And what are you most proud achieving of thus far?   Nothing really inspired me but when the opportunity came along I saw it was something that could change my life. The Years I spent working at CÉLINE will always be the thing that shaped me and gave me the understanding of the industry as a whole. You have to know what you do to be good at what you do.    What is your favourite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   I do yoga to my Friend Mona Matsuoka's DJ sets ( find on soundcloud )  April 8  Spring mix is a fav.  Where is the cool playlist on spotify , Anderson Paak  Malibu , Childish Gambino " Awaken , My love! " Nirvana Unplugged and Etta James Radio. Most of the time though I listen to whatever my boyfriend is playing.    What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   This is going to be super cringy but I never get up or go to sleep without a cuddle from Scott , human contact is so important. Second thing is a cuppa tea and cigarette out on the front steps, in the sun or rain.   PHOTO CREDITS: model: Maggie Maurer @d’management  Story Title: P(L)ANTS. Photographer: Scott Archibald @archiegram Location: Home -  Communal Back Garden, London. Wearing: Peter Do Pants @thepeterdo During these crazy times and being at home quarantined we had a delight speaking and creating an exlcusive story with top model Maggie Maurer.   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)?   Joy is my middle name.  I am from a small town in Northern New York state called Potsdam. I was born and raised there with my 2 brothers and 4 sisters . We were all home schooled. I never went to college , I started modeling when I was 25 , after a friend sent some photos of me to an agency without telling me.  I am a Model and I believe my job in to bring to life the idea from the minds of all the different creatives I have had the pleasure to work with.   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?   Let's wait and see , shall we ?   How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I feel like I have just moved into my flat in London , even though I have lived here for 5 years. The slow pace has been very welcome on my end. I am with my boyfriend ( Scott Archibald ) and we have been working on some really amazing stuff. Thankfully for me he is a photographer and I have not had to succumb to  a "Zoom " or " Facetime " shoot. The voyeuristic nature of it I find disturbing.     What is in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   I  did plan to split my time half here (London ) and half in the states. Proved to myself yet again not to make plans.    What is your daily beauty routine like?    Same as it ever was! Apple cider vinegar mixed with water for toner, rose water, aloe vera, coconut oil with 2 drops and lavender essential oil. In that order.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined?   I am in the middle of my first batch of Matza ball soup. It's my favorite soup. And the mere thought of it could bring a tear of joy to my eye.   What's your work-from-home style like during these times?   Do you mean what I wear ? When I shoot at home skin is always better, so I guess naked.  Any other time I'm always in a hoodie.   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume (a secret skill, a hobby, a previous job or fun fact about you).   I hate to cook the same thing twice.      What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes?   Local meaning London? I guess the pub with my mates. Travel wise I really miss LA .   What inspired you to start working in the fashion industry? And what are you most proud achieving of thus far?   Nothing really inspired me but when the opportunity came along I saw it was something that could change my life. The Years I spent working at CÉLINE will always be the thing that shaped me and gave me the understanding of the industry as a whole. You have to know what you do to be good at what you do.    What is your favourite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   I do yoga to my Friend Mona Matsuoka's DJ sets ( find on soundcloud )  April 8  Spring mix is a fav.  Where is the cool playlist on spotify , Anderson Paak  Malibu , Childish Gambino " Awaken , My love! " Nirvana Unplugged and Etta James Radio. Most of the time though I listen to whatever my boyfriend is playing.    What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   This is going to be super cringy but I never get up or go to sleep without a cuddle from Scott , human contact is so important. Second thing is a cuppa tea and cigarette out on the front steps, in the sun or rain.   PHOTO CREDITS: model: Maggie Maurer @d’management  Story Title: P(L)ANTS. Photographer: Scott Archibald @archiegram Location: Home -  Communal Back Garden, London. Wearing: Peter Do Pants @thepeterdo

Exploring Morocco with Oumayma
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Exploring Morocco with Oumayma

Travel We would like to introduce to you our new contributor Oumayma Elboumeshouli.   Oumayma is a fashion influencer and all-round creative from the Netherlands. She lives in between Amsterdam, The UAE and Marrakech. From a young age she knew what she wanted and pursued her dream of creating creative content and strategies for different kinds of brands. With her Arabic heritage she often uses the Moroccan scenery as a great source of inspiration. Oumayma knows how to tell a story and creates mind blowing images. Her style can be described as ‘urban chic’ as she knows how to combine high-end fashion with street style items. Oumayma has an eye for detail and a talent for styling, photography and art direction. Brands love to work with Oumayma as her content is a real piece of art. She is professional, driven, creative and carefully selects the brands she wants to work with.     I would like to dedicate my first article to my heritage: Morocco. A country that has a special place in my heart. After every visit I leave more inspired. I’m sharing some locations which are worth visiting when you are in Morocco.   RIAD EL FENN https://www.instagram.com/p/BvCdUocnPal/ One of my favorite places to stay in Marrakech is Riad El Fenn in the Medina. What I love most about this Riad is not only the location (which is super easy reachable by car) but also the surroundings. All the touristic attractions are a few minutes away on walking distance. Also the interior game of this Riad is super strong.   THE MEDINA https://www.instagram.com/p/B5Zz_UNBKaX/ If you want to experience the real authentic Morocco make sure to bring your most comfortable shoes and prepare yourself your long and inspiring strolls in the medina. It doesn’t matter how many times I have visited, I always manage to find some hidden gems such as authentic Moroccan restaurants and shops.   HOTEL MAMOUNIA https://www.instagram.com/p/BkVPF9qn0eU/ One of the most luxurious destinations in Morocco and hotels in Africa. Another favorite for me when it comes to having ‘me-time’. I love to visit the hotel just to enjoy some Moroccan tea and sweets in the famous garden. The hotel has also a selection of luxurious brand boutiques with the latest runway collections.    AGAFAY STONE DESERT https://www.instagram.com/p/B5Zz_UNBKaX/ When in Marrakech it is an absolute must see, to visit the Agafay stone dessert which is located 20 miles outside the city centre. Make sure to plan an entire day in the dessert or even spend the night. The Agafay desert has literally everything you desire in the middle of nowhere. For me as a creative it’s an absolute source of inspiration and a huge set to create content. Most people like to visit and do activities such as quad biking and camel rides.   HUGGING GOATS ON YOUR WAY TO ESSAOUIRA https://www.instagram.com/p/BvQ3iFKnU8w/ If you love goats, make sure to stop on the road when you’re on your way to Essaouira from Marrakech. You can spot different Argan trees with goats in it. Sometimes if you ask the farmer nicely they will let you hug one of the goats and have a photo moment with them just like I did.   LIKE A MOVIE STAR https://www.instagram.com/p/BpU5jx5iuxI/ I travel a lot to the south of Morocco because that is where most of my family lives. My dad was born In Ouarzazatte which is an absolute must visit when you’re on your way to the south. Another hidden gem is Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a old town which is now mostly used as a movie set and decoration. The little town is 5 miles on your left before you reach Ouarzazatte.    SAHARA AROUND THE CORNER https://www.instagram.com/p/BpT7L4ai9iX/ Zaggoura, to me one of the most magical places in Morocco where you could see the skies full of stars in the night and enormous palmtree fields for the best dates. This city is also called the gate of the Sahara because it’s basically around the corner.   For more images check out her profile on instagram @oumaymaboumeshouli We would like to introduce to you our new contributor Oumayma Elboumeshouli.   Oumayma is a fashion influencer and all-round creative from the Netherlands. She lives in between Amsterdam, The UAE and Marrakech. From a young age she knew what she wanted and pursued her dream of creating creative content and strategies for different kinds of brands. With her Arabic heritage she often uses the Moroccan scenery as a great source of inspiration. Oumayma knows how to tell a story and creates mind blowing images. Her style can be described as ‘urban chic’ as she knows how to combine high-end fashion with street style items. Oumayma has an eye for detail and a talent for styling, photography and art direction. Brands love to work with Oumayma as her content is a real piece of art. She is professional, driven, creative and carefully selects the brands she wants to work with.     I would like to dedicate my first article to my heritage: Morocco. A country that has a special place in my heart. After every visit I leave more inspired. I’m sharing some locations which are worth visiting when you are in Morocco.   RIAD EL FENN https://www.instagram.com/p/BvCdUocnPal/ One of my favorite places to stay in Marrakech is Riad El Fenn in the Medina. What I love most about this Riad is not only the location (which is super easy reachable by car) but also the surroundings. All the touristic attractions are a few minutes away on walking distance. Also the interior game of this Riad is super strong.   THE MEDINA https://www.instagram.com/p/B5Zz_UNBKaX/ If you want to experience the real authentic Morocco make sure to bring your most comfortable shoes and prepare yourself your long and inspiring strolls in the medina. It doesn’t matter how many times I have visited, I always manage to find some hidden gems such as authentic Moroccan restaurants and shops.   HOTEL MAMOUNIA https://www.instagram.com/p/BkVPF9qn0eU/ One of the most luxurious destinations in Morocco and hotels in Africa. Another favorite for me when it comes to having ‘me-time’. I love to visit the hotel just to enjoy some Moroccan tea and sweets in the famous garden. The hotel has also a selection of luxurious brand boutiques with the latest runway collections.    AGAFAY STONE DESERT https://www.instagram.com/p/B5Zz_UNBKaX/ When in Marrakech it is an absolute must see, to visit the Agafay stone dessert which is located 20 miles outside the city centre. Make sure to plan an entire day in the dessert or even spend the night. The Agafay desert has literally everything you desire in the middle of nowhere. For me as a creative it’s an absolute source of inspiration and a huge set to create content. Most people like to visit and do activities such as quad biking and camel rides.   HUGGING GOATS ON YOUR WAY TO ESSAOUIRA https://www.instagram.com/p/BvQ3iFKnU8w/ If you love goats, make sure to stop on the road when you’re on your way to Essaouira from Marrakech. You can spot different Argan trees with goats in it. Sometimes if you ask the farmer nicely they will let you hug one of the goats and have a photo moment with them just like I did.   LIKE A MOVIE STAR https://www.instagram.com/p/BpU5jx5iuxI/ I travel a lot to the south of Morocco because that is where most of my family lives. My dad was born In Ouarzazatte which is an absolute must visit when you’re on your way to the south. Another hidden gem is Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a old town which is now mostly used as a movie set and decoration. The little town is 5 miles on your left before you reach Ouarzazatte.    SAHARA AROUND THE CORNER https://www.instagram.com/p/BpT7L4ai9iX/ Zaggoura, to me one of the most magical places in Morocco where you could see the skies full of stars in the night and enormous palmtree fields for the best dates. This city is also called the gate of the Sahara because it’s basically around the corner.   For more images check out her profile on instagram @oumaymaboumeshouli

Louis Vuitton re-purposes its French workshops to make non-surgical face masks
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Louis Vuitton re-purposes its French workshops to make non-surgical face masks

Design Louis Vuitton has launched the production of hundreds of thousands of non-surgical protective masks, re-purposing its French workshops in Marsaz and Saint-Donat (Drôme), Saint-Pourçain (Allier), Ducey (Manche) and Sainte-Florence (Vendée), where three hundred artisans are mobilised in response to the French government’s plea for the increased production of alternative non-surgical masks to aid in the battle against Covid-19.     Michael Burke, Louis Vuitton Chairman and CEO, formalised the start of production by visiting the Sainte-Florence workshop, where twenty-two artisans are voluntarily stationed and already making masks that will be provided to protect frontline healthcare workers.     Mrs. Correira, Director of the Marpa nursing-home in Sainte-Florence and Mr. Gaborieau, Director of the Saint-Vincent de Paul care home in Essarts, Bocage, both being among those receiving the newly created masks, joined Michael Burke in greeting the volunteers. These non-surgical masks have been approved by the di erent governing bodies and are created in collaboration with Mode Grand Ouest, a regional network of the textile industry who are supplying one of the main materials.     In appreciation of the volunteers’ exceptional contribution, upon visiting the Sainte- Florence workshop, Michael Burke, thanked them, declaring: “As an important French House, Louis Vuitton wishes to commit at its level to producing many thousands of masks that will be distributed within the region, at no charge, to protect those who are most exposed. This production is the fruit of a wonderful collaboration with the regional sector of the textile industry.” Louis Vuitton has launched the production of hundreds of thousands of non-surgical protective masks, re-purposing its French workshops in Marsaz and Saint-Donat (Drôme), Saint-Pourçain (Allier), Ducey (Manche) and Sainte-Florence (Vendée), where three hundred artisans are mobilised in response to the French government’s plea for the increased production of alternative non-surgical masks to aid in the battle against Covid-19.     Michael Burke, Louis Vuitton Chairman and CEO, formalised the start of production by visiting the Sainte-Florence workshop, where twenty-two artisans are voluntarily stationed and already making masks that will be provided to protect frontline healthcare workers.     Mrs. Correira, Director of the Marpa nursing-home in Sainte-Florence and Mr. Gaborieau, Director of the Saint-Vincent de Paul care home in Essarts, Bocage, both being among those receiving the newly created masks, joined Michael Burke in greeting the volunteers. These non-surgical masks have been approved by the di erent governing bodies and are created in collaboration with Mode Grand Ouest, a regional network of the textile industry who are supplying one of the main materials.     In appreciation of the volunteers’ exceptional contribution, upon visiting the Sainte- Florence workshop, Michael Burke, thanked them, declaring: “As an important French House, Louis Vuitton wishes to commit at its level to producing many thousands of masks that will be distributed within the region, at no charge, to protect those who are most exposed. This production is the fruit of a wonderful collaboration with the regional sector of the textile industry.”

Dekmantel Festival 2020
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Dekmantel Festival 2020

Music This summer, Dekmantel Festival returns for the 8th year running. The Dutch event enters a new decade by continuing to deliver five days of performance in and outside of Amsterdam – occurring day and night, drawn from all corners of the musical spectrum – while also pushing its programming out to further reaches and new heights. It takes place from 29th July to 2nd August.   Some standout bookings for Dekmantel Festival 2020 include a highly rare joint performance from afrobeat great Seun Kuti and firebrand poet Yasiin Bey, EBM originators Front 242, Dutch hard acid hero Miss Djax, Shangaan disco king Penny Penny, and a 10-hour marathon set from Theo Parrish. Also on offer at the festival will be the first Robert Hood live show in six years, Balearic demigod DJ Harvey, devious electroclash duo The Hacker & Miss Kittin, IDM scientist Objekt teamed with cutting-edge designer Ezra Miller, and veteran noisenik Nurse With Wound. Futher highlights are Laurel Halo performing both live and DJing, a full A/V show from electronica genius Floating Points, Berlin’s queer rave supergroup Herrensauna XXL (SPFDJ, CEM, Héctor Oaks and MCMLXXXV), and a one-off performance of Philip Glass and Rob Malasch’s 1982 work “The Photographer”, as well as new Glass compositions, by the American Philip Glass Ensemble and other special guests. Close to 150 artists will be a part of Dekmantel Festival 2020. They are spread across Wednesday’s tentpole Opening Concerts; Thursday’s extensive programme of talks, film screenings, radio shows, club events, split across venues either side of Amsterdam’s IJ river; and the Friday to Sunday daytime festival, encompassing eight stages in the leafy and spacious Amsterdamse Bos. On display at Dekmantel Festival will be a broad sound-world, free from conventions and limits. Unique combinations of musicians will flourish. Genre-defining veterans flank young DJ talents. Major stars can, and will, appear in any place, at any time of day. Bold electronic music of all shades once again makes up the core of Dekmantel Festival. Whether it is the steamy Greenhouse, the monolithic UFO, last year’s new deep listening realm The Zone, or stately theatres around Amsterdam, electrifying artists from across the globe will converge on the festival. Amongst them are Almaty’s techno jewel Nazira, Shanghai’s beat conceptualist 33EMYBW, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo’s funky diggers Carrot Green & Trepenado, Osaka’s freeform drone unit Goat, Winnipeg’s breakcore goliath Venetian Snares and Kampala’s polyrhythmic troupe Nihiloxica. Returning favourites include Batu, DJ Stingray, Parrish Smith, upsammy, OKO DJ, re:ni, Oceanic, David Vunk, object blue, Roza Terenzi, Interstellar Funk and Helena Hauff. An overview of the line-up can be found on the festival website.    Dekmantel Festival aan ‘t IJ (Wednesday-Thursday): Muziekgebouw / Bimhuis / Shelter / Tolhuistuin / Eye Filmmuseum Dekmantel Festival Amsterdamse Bos (Friday-Sunday): Main Stage / UFO / UFO II / Greenhouse / Selectors / Boiler Room / Red Light Radio / The Zone   Tickets & Info: 4 Day Ticket Dekmantel Festival (July 30 - August 2): € 182,- excluding service charges 3 Day Ticket Dekmantel Festival (July 31 - August 2): € 149,- excluding service charges Wednesday Ticket – Philip Glass & Rob Malasch present The Photographer (July 29): € 29,- excluding service charges Camping Ticket (5 Nights) (July 30 - Aug 2): € 56,- excluding service charges Camping Ticket (4 Nights) (July 29 - Aug 2): € 46,- excluding service charges   Dekmantel Instagram: www.instagram.com/dkmntl Dekmantel Facebook: www.facebook.com/dkmntl This summer, Dekmantel Festival returns for the 8th year running. The Dutch event enters a new decade by continuing to deliver five days of performance in and outside of Amsterdam – occurring day and night, drawn from all corners of the musical spectrum – while also pushing its programming out to further reaches and new heights. It takes place from 29th July to 2nd August.   Some standout bookings for Dekmantel Festival 2020 include a highly rare joint performance from afrobeat great Seun Kuti and firebrand poet Yasiin Bey, EBM originators Front 242, Dutch hard acid hero Miss Djax, Shangaan disco king Penny Penny, and a 10-hour marathon set from Theo Parrish. Also on offer at the festival will be the first Robert Hood live show in six years, Balearic demigod DJ Harvey, devious electroclash duo The Hacker & Miss Kittin, IDM scientist Objekt teamed with cutting-edge designer Ezra Miller, and veteran noisenik Nurse With Wound. Futher highlights are Laurel Halo performing both live and DJing, a full A/V show from electronica genius Floating Points, Berlin’s queer rave supergroup Herrensauna XXL (SPFDJ, CEM, Héctor Oaks and MCMLXXXV), and a one-off performance of Philip Glass and Rob Malasch’s 1982 work “The Photographer”, as well as new Glass compositions, by the American Philip Glass Ensemble and other special guests. Close to 150 artists will be a part of Dekmantel Festival 2020. They are spread across Wednesday’s tentpole Opening Concerts; Thursday’s extensive programme of talks, film screenings, radio shows, club events, split across venues either side of Amsterdam’s IJ river; and the Friday to Sunday daytime festival, encompassing eight stages in the leafy and spacious Amsterdamse Bos. On display at Dekmantel Festival will be a broad sound-world, free from conventions and limits. Unique combinations of musicians will flourish. Genre-defining veterans flank young DJ talents. Major stars can, and will, appear in any place, at any time of day. Bold electronic music of all shades once again makes up the core of Dekmantel Festival. Whether it is the steamy Greenhouse, the monolithic UFO, last year’s new deep listening realm The Zone, or stately theatres around Amsterdam, electrifying artists from across the globe will converge on the festival. Amongst them are Almaty’s techno jewel Nazira, Shanghai’s beat conceptualist 33EMYBW, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo’s funky diggers Carrot Green & Trepenado, Osaka’s freeform drone unit Goat, Winnipeg’s breakcore goliath Venetian Snares and Kampala’s polyrhythmic troupe Nihiloxica. Returning favourites include Batu, DJ Stingray, Parrish Smith, upsammy, OKO DJ, re:ni, Oceanic, David Vunk, object blue, Roza Terenzi, Interstellar Funk and Helena Hauff. An overview of the line-up can be found on the festival website.    Dekmantel Festival aan ‘t IJ (Wednesday-Thursday): Muziekgebouw / Bimhuis / Shelter / Tolhuistuin / Eye Filmmuseum Dekmantel Festival Amsterdamse Bos (Friday-Sunday): Main Stage / UFO / UFO II / Greenhouse / Selectors / Boiler Room / Red Light Radio / The Zone   Tickets & Info: 4 Day Ticket Dekmantel Festival (July 30 - August 2): € 182,- excluding service charges 3 Day Ticket Dekmantel Festival (July 31 - August 2): € 149,- excluding service charges Wednesday Ticket – Philip Glass & Rob Malasch present The Photographer (July 29): € 29,- excluding service charges Camping Ticket (5 Nights) (July 30 - Aug 2): € 56,- excluding service charges Camping Ticket (4 Nights) (July 29 - Aug 2): € 46,- excluding service charges   Dekmantel Instagram: www.instagram.com/dkmntl Dekmantel Facebook: www.facebook.com/dkmntl

LIU JO releases the new Sport collection for Spring & Summer
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LIU JO releases the new Sport collection for Spring & Summer

Fashion A collection made to dress a cosmopolitan, ironic and feminine woman, who has made a perfect balance between comfort and style her signature: this is the Liu Jo Sportcollection that, in the Spring/Summer 2020 season, is focussed on the development of new fits, colours and shapes, on unusual combinations and on colour. And colour is just the star of the next season: from the softer shades of the first pieces to the vibrant, rich shades of summer, it tells about the many sides of a femininity that unleashes its full potential in the warmer months. So, in Spring, we find a mix of black and white (also featuring on the entire collection), Lotus and red, while, as the season goes on, it is pink, purple and fuchsia that take centre stage and are lit up with touches of Verde Germoglio – the shade that also closes the last part of the range, in tune with Belize and Verde Salvia.    In the early season, pride of place is given to sweatshirts, especially a range that combines cotton and viscose with lace in matching shades, the surface (like the T-shirts) dazzling with a special all-over frostedfinish; they should be worn with a pleated lace skirt. There are also plenty of clothes in super-trendy neoprene, softened by a silver chain piping, to be matched with T-shirts with or without fringes and logos, and with pieces where viscose is mixed with satin – also available on pants and shorts – with a multi-logo made of embroideries, glitters or metallic threads. The world of metals also thrives in a capsule of shiny, engineered items, for an unmistakable sparkling effect, while knits in viscose blend, tulle and jacquard complete everything. For the early Spring, outerwear includes comfy, super-light quilted jackets with metallic details: a long jacket with a sparkling glittery back and a quilted jacket with details of metallic rings and a matching jacket case.   As the season goes on, the world of pinks – from pale pink to bright purple – steals the limelight: here, again, there are plenty of cotton sweatshirts in block colours with sequinned details and an iconic logoed tape, or viscose pieces trimmed in striped ribs and full-studded details. Research in new volumes is key: the cotton sweatshirts that steal the show are the most innovative ones, those that look like kaftans, or the super-comfy oversized sleeveless ones; both are decorated with shiny trimmings. Now, the pieces in Milano ribs, the collection’s must-have pieces, see special combinations with mesh in matching colours and details of iridescent rhinestones, while there’s a profusion of photographic prints that thrive on ironic, colourful oversized versions. This inspirational world is ideally finished off by rib-knit pants, a pair of shorts and a blouse, while the matching knits include a mix of colours, mesh and metallic yarns, playfully lighting up the first sunny days; outerwear includes a parka jacket with rhinestone details, a coloured nylon set, oversized rain jackets in block colours or in ‘running’ style, and a sparkling jacket with full-sequinned details on one side. Lastly, the special pieces include T-shirts with new volumes and above all a new tulle skirt (with shorts underneath) and a full-sequinned leotard, available in different colours: to shine, every single day. With the arrival of the fine season, the most vibrant, lively colours tinge the collection with a tough attitude. The fabrics get even lighter, and there’s a riot of light cotton, organza, jersey and mesh, here. Clothes keep shining with fully sequinned sections and ombre prints, while attention is focussed on tropical-inspired pieces in cotton interlock (a pattern that recurs in a special Active capsule) and light, summery stretchy jersey. Here, metallic knits can be found on the most special pieces, paired with jersey, such as cotton matched with organza, so light and dreamlike. In addition, the hot summery days are dressed in a plethora of cotton and viscose jersey dresses, the most outstanding ones being striped with lace details.    In addition, as many as three different sets have been built around the more ‘Active’ world, which is going stronger than ever: in solid Lycra mixed with tulle and a matt material, in Lycra mixed with stretchy lace – plain or printed –, in stretchy jersey decorated with embroidered sequins. Engineered fabrics are also used for the world of « bottoms », which includes six high-tech stretchy pants, either ‘thick’ or loose, as well as a few pieces in eco-sustainable cotton and recycled polyester; the same focus on the world of eco-sustainability also looks to the world of sweatshirts and T-shirts, in organic cotton and natural materials.    Lastly, the entire collection is completed by ironic, trendy accessories to be worn every day with a casual attitude: belt bags, mesh and sequin backpacks, a bag that can double up as a backpack, transparent and colourful shoppers, satin and mesh totes and shoulder bags, and even coloured neoprene bags; this is a truly wide range and can be matched with anything, and it has been designed for women who love to play with their outfits, adding an ironic touch with baseball caps with rhinestones, in nylon or with fun brims, to face the sunny days in style.  A collection made to dress a cosmopolitan, ironic and feminine woman, who has made a perfect balance between comfort and style her signature: this is the Liu Jo Sportcollection that, in the Spring/Summer 2020 season, is focussed on the development of new fits, colours and shapes, on unusual combinations and on colour. And colour is just the star of the next season: from the softer shades of the first pieces to the vibrant, rich shades of summer, it tells about the many sides of a femininity that unleashes its full potential in the warmer months. So, in Spring, we find a mix of black and white (also featuring on the entire collection), Lotus and red, while, as the season goes on, it is pink, purple and fuchsia that take centre stage and are lit up with touches of Verde Germoglio – the shade that also closes the last part of the range, in tune with Belize and Verde Salvia.    In the early season, pride of place is given to sweatshirts, especially a range that combines cotton and viscose with lace in matching shades, the surface (like the T-shirts) dazzling with a special all-over frostedfinish; they should be worn with a pleated lace skirt. There are also plenty of clothes in super-trendy neoprene, softened by a silver chain piping, to be matched with T-shirts with or without fringes and logos, and with pieces where viscose is mixed with satin – also available on pants and shorts – with a multi-logo made of embroideries, glitters or metallic threads. The world of metals also thrives in a capsule of shiny, engineered items, for an unmistakable sparkling effect, while knits in viscose blend, tulle and jacquard complete everything. For the early Spring, outerwear includes comfy, super-light quilted jackets with metallic details: a long jacket with a sparkling glittery back and a quilted jacket with details of metallic rings and a matching jacket case.   As the season goes on, the world of pinks – from pale pink to bright purple – steals the limelight: here, again, there are plenty of cotton sweatshirts in block colours with sequinned details and an iconic logoed tape, or viscose pieces trimmed in striped ribs and full-studded details. Research in new volumes is key: the cotton sweatshirts that steal the show are the most innovative ones, those that look like kaftans, or the super-comfy oversized sleeveless ones; both are decorated with shiny trimmings. Now, the pieces in Milano ribs, the collection’s must-have pieces, see special combinations with mesh in matching colours and details of iridescent rhinestones, while there’s a profusion of photographic prints that thrive on ironic, colourful oversized versions. This inspirational world is ideally finished off by rib-knit pants, a pair of shorts and a blouse, while the matching knits include a mix of colours, mesh and metallic yarns, playfully lighting up the first sunny days; outerwear includes a parka jacket with rhinestone details, a coloured nylon set, oversized rain jackets in block colours or in ‘running’ style, and a sparkling jacket with full-sequinned details on one side. Lastly, the special pieces include T-shirts with new volumes and above all a new tulle skirt (with shorts underneath) and a full-sequinned leotard, available in different colours: to shine, every single day. With the arrival of the fine season, the most vibrant, lively colours tinge the collection with a tough attitude. The fabrics get even lighter, and there’s a riot of light cotton, organza, jersey and mesh, here. Clothes keep shining with fully sequinned sections and ombre prints, while attention is focussed on tropical-inspired pieces in cotton interlock (a pattern that recurs in a special Active capsule) and light, summery stretchy jersey. Here, metallic knits can be found on the most special pieces, paired with jersey, such as cotton matched with organza, so light and dreamlike. In addition, the hot summery days are dressed in a plethora of cotton and viscose jersey dresses, the most outstanding ones being striped with lace details.    In addition, as many as three different sets have been built around the more ‘Active’ world, which is going stronger than ever: in solid Lycra mixed with tulle and a matt material, in Lycra mixed with stretchy lace – plain or printed –, in stretchy jersey decorated with embroidered sequins. Engineered fabrics are also used for the world of « bottoms », which includes six high-tech stretchy pants, either ‘thick’ or loose, as well as a few pieces in eco-sustainable cotton and recycled polyester; the same focus on the world of eco-sustainability also looks to the world of sweatshirts and T-shirts, in organic cotton and natural materials.    Lastly, the entire collection is completed by ironic, trendy accessories to be worn every day with a casual attitude: belt bags, mesh and sequin backpacks, a bag that can double up as a backpack, transparent and colourful shoppers, satin and mesh totes and shoulder bags, and even coloured neoprene bags; this is a truly wide range and can be matched with anything, and it has been designed for women who love to play with their outfits, adding an ironic touch with baseball caps with rhinestones, in nylon or with fun brims, to face the sunny days in style. 

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