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Hugo Comte's first photo exhibition at Tase Gallery
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Hugo Comte's first photo exhibition at Tase Gallery

Photography Image-Maker Hugo Comte, launches his first collective works this February in the form of a curated book of imagery. The book is accompanied by an exhibition at the Tase Gallery, LA, where Comte will be exhibiting in the form of a one-week show of seven selected works in the brand new gallery space ( February 25th – March 3rd).     Intending to bring together women who’ve inspired him, the artist has created an object where all of his portraits can be viewed in one place. A combination of existing and never-before-seen imagery, featuring muses such as Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Irina Shayk, as well as Dua Lipa, for whom Comte shot her latest album imagery. The book is a celebration of women who have always been at the centre of his artistic vision. Commanding the camera, these women aren't merely subjects; Comte aims to capture their thoughts, emotions and desires... They are watching us, allowing the viewer to gaze whilst they remain completely in control. The subjects featured all possess marked differences but each becomes synchronised, encompassed in Comte’s cinematic and dreamlike spaces and creates an intimacy between the subject and the person viewing – we become a part of their dreams. This is, in no small way, due to his meticulous creative process and almost architectural approach to space, light and atmosphere. The book also showcases never before seen works including special pieces made in collaboration with airbrush artists to repaint his imagery, as well as unique CGI pieces, designed in a similar grained texture and culminating in the recognisable style for which he’s best known. The works are extremely realistic whilst retaining an air of mystery. The book itself is paired back and minimal in approach, remaining all white externally and nameless. The aim is for the book to live and be used, the white changing with time and age. Hugo worked with Art Director David McKelvey on the 200-page collection, which boasts 85 images and has only a sole barcode on its front cover, which is a symbol of huge significance to Comte. In the similar way in which artists’ name their most famous pieces, Comte has always bestowed a barcode upon each of his images; turning something digital into a more physical and material piece. When used in the book, the barcode is given more space and importance, becoming an artwork in itself and very much a symbol of the artist's work.     We had a chance to speak with Hugo about his new exhibition and book.     Tell us about your new book, what inspired it and what is your message with the newly launched book?   'The book is a hybrid retrospective; putting into perspective archives and new work together, in order to create a new narrative and narrow my identity into a precise vision of attitudes, atmosphere and colours. Creating new narratives between the muses themselves, as well as between the muses and the viewer. The book becomes an object of synchronisation, affirmation and contemplation. A style and design manifesto defining an era for the artist and whoever projects their dreams into his imagery.    The book doesn't have a given title because I didn’t want people to associate any particular thought around this vision of women or the object itself. I wanted it to remain completely neutral and feel the collection of images are the title and don't require an additional label. The barcode is the symbol of the book, which in itself is unpronounceable and is its own language, much like Prince’s love symbol .      What is it like for you personally to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic? Have you been able to stay creative during these times? Perhaps you developed new dreams, projects, or discovered new passions?   The process of creating, selecting, and narrowing my work for this project has really highlighted what is the most exciting and important part for me and that is my process of working with these models, as well as the importance of colour. By creating a book it has made me realise who I am as an artist, and how I want to represent myself by translating my identity through design, art and communication which is very interesting.     What do you think is the most important thing about the current times? What positive aspects can we draw from this difficult period?   'I think the entire industry started to give real credit to new creatives right away; giving a voice to new creatives with way more diversity because they want to hear new thoughts and vibes, and not waiting for validation. I think this is very beautiful and exciting and very motivating for everyone'       Tell us about the inspiring people photographed for your new book. What are some of your personal highlights?   My first thought was to use only portraits of women as I feel it is the most intimate part of my work and where I express myself the best.  Groups wouldn’t allow such intimacy as a portrait does, where it's the viewer and the woman only. When I shoot an image I always try to give the feeling that the woman is not being photographed but that she is looking through the camera, which gives a direct contact between the watcher and the muse.   A model’s depth, the intensity in her intention, and the ability to synchronise this with the way she looks is the most important thing for me.   I dedicate my entire being, energy and focus to making these women as beautiful as possible. Not just a universal vision of beauty but in a very personal way. I really look at them constantly and am very present, I am completely involved and hands-on in every part of the process, and they know that my intention and only concern the whole day is to dedicate myself to them.       We also had a delight speaking with Jessie Andrews, founder of Tase Gallery in LA.     What exhibitions  do you have planned for in Tase Gallery for the coming months?   Hugo is the first exhibition outside of my own. For the month of March for Women’s Month we have rotating female artist each week that will be featured, and in April we have Claude Home who is a NYC based mid-century furniture collector who will replicate her studio at Tase. In May we’re working with ‘Structure’ a segment of Better Shelter — the Ikea Foundation and the UN created a humanitarian innovation project which finds housing solutions for refugees — they will be building a structure inside of the gallery and we will allow people to come see and donate to the NFP.        With your new opening of your own gallery, what inspired you to open it?     I wanted to change the way people interact with fashion and art. More communal than cold. Life is about community and supporting each other and now I have a space where I can do that!         Tell us something that is not on your resume.   Coffee connoisseur.      What is your biggest lesson learnt from 2020?   2020 for me was the year that made me dive deeper into what I was already doing and take time for myself. I learned who I really wanted to spend time with, what projects I actually cared about and what excites me. It helped me refine the gallery project. Made me create sustainably initiatives for Bagatiba. Plan further ahead for my ready to wear project Jeu. Now in 2021 I must put them all into effect!  Image-Maker Hugo Comte, launches his first collective works this February in the form of a curated book of imagery. The book is accompanied by an exhibition at the Tase Gallery, LA, where Comte will be exhibiting in the form of a one-week show of seven selected works in the brand new gallery space ( February 25th – March 3rd).     Intending to bring together women who’ve inspired him, the artist has created an object where all of his portraits can be viewed in one place. A combination of existing and never-before-seen imagery, featuring muses such as Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Irina Shayk, as well as Dua Lipa, for whom Comte shot her latest album imagery. The book is a celebration of women who have always been at the centre of his artistic vision. Commanding the camera, these women aren't merely subjects; Comte aims to capture their thoughts, emotions and desires... They are watching us, allowing the viewer to gaze whilst they remain completely in control. The subjects featured all possess marked differences but each becomes synchronised, encompassed in Comte’s cinematic and dreamlike spaces and creates an intimacy between the subject and the person viewing – we become a part of their dreams. This is, in no small way, due to his meticulous creative process and almost architectural approach to space, light and atmosphere. The book also showcases never before seen works including special pieces made in collaboration with airbrush artists to repaint his imagery, as well as unique CGI pieces, designed in a similar grained texture and culminating in the recognisable style for which he’s best known. The works are extremely realistic whilst retaining an air of mystery. The book itself is paired back and minimal in approach, remaining all white externally and nameless. The aim is for the book to live and be used, the white changing with time and age. Hugo worked with Art Director David McKelvey on the 200-page collection, which boasts 85 images and has only a sole barcode on its front cover, which is a symbol of huge significance to Comte. In the similar way in which artists’ name their most famous pieces, Comte has always bestowed a barcode upon each of his images; turning something digital into a more physical and material piece. When used in the book, the barcode is given more space and importance, becoming an artwork in itself and very much a symbol of the artist's work.     We had a chance to speak with Hugo about his new exhibition and book.     Tell us about your new book, what inspired it and what is your message with the newly launched book?   'The book is a hybrid retrospective; putting into perspective archives and new work together, in order to create a new narrative and narrow my identity into a precise vision of attitudes, atmosphere and colours. Creating new narratives between the muses themselves, as well as between the muses and the viewer. The book becomes an object of synchronisation, affirmation and contemplation. A style and design manifesto defining an era for the artist and whoever projects their dreams into his imagery.    The book doesn't have a given title because I didn’t want people to associate any particular thought around this vision of women or the object itself. I wanted it to remain completely neutral and feel the collection of images are the title and don't require an additional label. The barcode is the symbol of the book, which in itself is unpronounceable and is its own language, much like Prince’s love symbol .      What is it like for you personally to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic? Have you been able to stay creative during these times? Perhaps you developed new dreams, projects, or discovered new passions?   The process of creating, selecting, and narrowing my work for this project has really highlighted what is the most exciting and important part for me and that is my process of working with these models, as well as the importance of colour. By creating a book it has made me realise who I am as an artist, and how I want to represent myself by translating my identity through design, art and communication which is very interesting.     What do you think is the most important thing about the current times? What positive aspects can we draw from this difficult period?   'I think the entire industry started to give real credit to new creatives right away; giving a voice to new creatives with way more diversity because they want to hear new thoughts and vibes, and not waiting for validation. I think this is very beautiful and exciting and very motivating for everyone'       Tell us about the inspiring people photographed for your new book. What are some of your personal highlights?   My first thought was to use only portraits of women as I feel it is the most intimate part of my work and where I express myself the best.  Groups wouldn’t allow such intimacy as a portrait does, where it's the viewer and the woman only. When I shoot an image I always try to give the feeling that the woman is not being photographed but that she is looking through the camera, which gives a direct contact between the watcher and the muse.   A model’s depth, the intensity in her intention, and the ability to synchronise this with the way she looks is the most important thing for me.   I dedicate my entire being, energy and focus to making these women as beautiful as possible. Not just a universal vision of beauty but in a very personal way. I really look at them constantly and am very present, I am completely involved and hands-on in every part of the process, and they know that my intention and only concern the whole day is to dedicate myself to them.       We also had a delight speaking with Jessie Andrews, founder of Tase Gallery in LA.     What exhibitions  do you have planned for in Tase Gallery for the coming months?   Hugo is the first exhibition outside of my own. For the month of March for Women’s Month we have rotating female artist each week that will be featured, and in April we have Claude Home who is a NYC based mid-century furniture collector who will replicate her studio at Tase. In May we’re working with ‘Structure’ a segment of Better Shelter — the Ikea Foundation and the UN created a humanitarian innovation project which finds housing solutions for refugees — they will be building a structure inside of the gallery and we will allow people to come see and donate to the NFP.        With your new opening of your own gallery, what inspired you to open it?     I wanted to change the way people interact with fashion and art. More communal than cold. Life is about community and supporting each other and now I have a space where I can do that!         Tell us something that is not on your resume.   Coffee connoisseur.      What is your biggest lesson learnt from 2020?   2020 for me was the year that made me dive deeper into what I was already doing and take time for myself. I learned who I really wanted to spend time with, what projects I actually cared about and what excites me. It helped me refine the gallery project. Made me create sustainably initiatives for Bagatiba. Plan further ahead for my ready to wear project Jeu. Now in 2021 I must put them all into effect! 

CHANEL PRESENTS THE SPRING & SUMMER 2021 READY-TO-WEAR CAMPAIGN
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CHANEL PRESENTS THE SPRING & SUMMER 2021 READY-TO-WEAR CAMPAIGN

Fashion A very special emotion arises when CHANEL welcomes a long-time friend. Charlotte Casiraghi, the new CHANEL ambassador and spokesperson, illuminates the campaign for the Spring-Summer 2021 Ready-to-Wear collection, shot in the legendary principality of Monaco by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.      “The story around Charlotte’s life in Monaco started with the cinematic idea of day for night”, explain the Dutch photography duo. “Staging the set ups in similar locations both at night and during the day was the starting point for this series in which Charlotte fluctuates between dream and reality. Is she real, we wonder, or is she an apparition wandering in a place she might not fully belong to?” An ode to the seventh art where enchantment competes with fascination. “Charlotte has a mysterious quality, a push-pull duality that emphasizes our play on the merging of reality and dream,” they add.      Day and night, in black and white or in colour, by a swimming pool or in the privacy of a bedroom, Charlotte Casiraghi embodies, in this mythical Monaco, a specific idea of cinema that inspired Virginie Viard for the collection.      Certain words come to mind when contemplating these silhouettes, like the flashbulbs on a red carpet. Starting with glamour: a long, sleeveless black tweed gilet decorated with bows worn over flowing trousers, a suit in iridescent black tweed with a satin collar and cuffs, a chiffon ensemble embroidered with sequins, a leather jacket and skirt, a black strapless dress in tweed and chiffon. Then sophistication: a long dress in pleated chiffon printed with the letters "CHANEL", a pink and navy blue dress belted like a cardigan, an ecru dress in cotton tweed emphasised with braid, a long dress in crêpe de Chine printed with small flowers. Finally, joy and colour: a red cashmere embroidered sweater over a pair of capri pants, a striped tweed dress adorned with jewelled buttons.      The CHANEL Spring-Summer 2021 Ready-to-Wear collection will be in boutiques from March 2nd 2021.      #CHANELSpringSummer A very special emotion arises when CHANEL welcomes a long-time friend. Charlotte Casiraghi, the new CHANEL ambassador and spokesperson, illuminates the campaign for the Spring-Summer 2021 Ready-to-Wear collection, shot in the legendary principality of Monaco by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.      “The story around Charlotte’s life in Monaco started with the cinematic idea of day for night”, explain the Dutch photography duo. “Staging the set ups in similar locations both at night and during the day was the starting point for this series in which Charlotte fluctuates between dream and reality. Is she real, we wonder, or is she an apparition wandering in a place she might not fully belong to?” An ode to the seventh art where enchantment competes with fascination. “Charlotte has a mysterious quality, a push-pull duality that emphasizes our play on the merging of reality and dream,” they add.      Day and night, in black and white or in colour, by a swimming pool or in the privacy of a bedroom, Charlotte Casiraghi embodies, in this mythical Monaco, a specific idea of cinema that inspired Virginie Viard for the collection.      Certain words come to mind when contemplating these silhouettes, like the flashbulbs on a red carpet. Starting with glamour: a long, sleeveless black tweed gilet decorated with bows worn over flowing trousers, a suit in iridescent black tweed with a satin collar and cuffs, a chiffon ensemble embroidered with sequins, a leather jacket and skirt, a black strapless dress in tweed and chiffon. Then sophistication: a long dress in pleated chiffon printed with the letters "CHANEL", a pink and navy blue dress belted like a cardigan, an ecru dress in cotton tweed emphasised with braid, a long dress in crêpe de Chine printed with small flowers. Finally, joy and colour: a red cashmere embroidered sweater over a pair of capri pants, a striped tweed dress adorned with jewelled buttons.      The CHANEL Spring-Summer 2021 Ready-to-Wear collection will be in boutiques from March 2nd 2021.      #CHANELSpringSummer

BURBERRY REVEALS ITS SPRING/SUMMER 2021 CAMPAIGN
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BURBERRY REVEALS ITS SPRING/SUMMER 2021 CAMPAIGN

Fashion ‘For the Spring/Summer 2021 show, I wanted to create this incredible experience bringing together fashion, art, music, technology, live performance and to then explore the dialogue they have with each other. I have always been inspired by the concept of duality, so it was amazing to see the unique energy and dynamic tension that was found in the fusion of all these worlds. This campaign is all about continuing that examination of different perspectives, contrasting the rawness of the internal environment with the ever-blooming nature of the outdoors.’ Riccardo Tisci, Burberry Chief Creative Officer     Today, Burberry reveals its Spring/Summer 2021 campaign, bringing together contrasting worlds in an exploration of differingperspectives and viewpoints.     Photographed by Juergen Teller, the campaign presents a dichotomy between images: two different realms, indoors and outdoors, nature and fashion. Images captured within the scenography of the Spring/Summer 2021 show, with models immersed in nature, are juxtaposed with classical raw studio shots. Through these opposing lenses, the collection is presented from different viewpoints, transforming with the environment around them. Playing upon the overarching theme of the collection, rooted in a modern love story between a mermaid and a shark, the Spring/Summer 2021 campaign continues to expand on one of Burberry’s signature house codes: duality – constantly exploring the fusion of romanticism with innovation, form with function and past with future.     The Spring/Summer 2021 collection remasters the iconic emblems and hallmarks of the luxury fashion house – its character, nature and unique British DNA – with a modern free energy. A spirit of rebellion re-energising tradition. Natural canvas, denim and industrial, rubberised fabrications combine with delicate chiffon and crystal embroideries – streetwear meets classic.     Alongside Juergen Teller, Riccardo gathered a team of iconic talent including stylist Katy England, Burberry Global Beauty Director Isamaya Ffrench and hair stylist Gary Gill. The cast includes models He Cong, Tyler Forbes, Khali Ghani, Kayako Higuchi, Tashi Kwaiye, Reece Nelson, Yiorgos Paraskevas, Aylah Peterson, Claus Royo, Liv Walter, Anok Yai. ‘For the Spring/Summer 2021 show, I wanted to create this incredible experience bringing together fashion, art, music, technology, live performance and to then explore the dialogue they have with each other. I have always been inspired by the concept of duality, so it was amazing to see the unique energy and dynamic tension that was found in the fusion of all these worlds. This campaign is all about continuing that examination of different perspectives, contrasting the rawness of the internal environment with the ever-blooming nature of the outdoors.’ Riccardo Tisci, Burberry Chief Creative Officer     Today, Burberry reveals its Spring/Summer 2021 campaign, bringing together contrasting worlds in an exploration of differingperspectives and viewpoints.     Photographed by Juergen Teller, the campaign presents a dichotomy between images: two different realms, indoors and outdoors, nature and fashion. Images captured within the scenography of the Spring/Summer 2021 show, with models immersed in nature, are juxtaposed with classical raw studio shots. Through these opposing lenses, the collection is presented from different viewpoints, transforming with the environment around them. Playing upon the overarching theme of the collection, rooted in a modern love story between a mermaid and a shark, the Spring/Summer 2021 campaign continues to expand on one of Burberry’s signature house codes: duality – constantly exploring the fusion of romanticism with innovation, form with function and past with future.     The Spring/Summer 2021 collection remasters the iconic emblems and hallmarks of the luxury fashion house – its character, nature and unique British DNA – with a modern free energy. A spirit of rebellion re-energising tradition. Natural canvas, denim and industrial, rubberised fabrications combine with delicate chiffon and crystal embroideries – streetwear meets classic.     Alongside Juergen Teller, Riccardo gathered a team of iconic talent including stylist Katy England, Burberry Global Beauty Director Isamaya Ffrench and hair stylist Gary Gill. The cast includes models He Cong, Tyler Forbes, Khali Ghani, Kayako Higuchi, Tashi Kwaiye, Reece Nelson, Yiorgos Paraskevas, Aylah Peterson, Claus Royo, Liv Walter, Anok Yai.

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In conversation with Halina Reijn
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In conversation with Halina Reijn

Design We had a delight speaking with Halina Reijn about her work and experience with the new Xiaomi Mi 11.       How did the current strange times influence your creativity and development of your artistic work?   Due to the pandemic as an artist,you are thrown back more onto yourself, now more than ever. You are writing ideas alone and developing them by yourself. I miss working the dynamic of working a team, the physical presence and feedback from the team, creating the end product together. I really miss this.        What are your first experiences and memories with art and music? And what made you embark on a profession in this industry?   I was six when i saw the movie "annie". that world appeared to me, when i got home i said to my parents that i wanted to be an actress, later i find out that actors didn't make the film but a giant team behind it. from this moment my dream began to be a maker.         What is the biggest lesson you have learnt in 2020? What is your outtake on 2020?   To make decisions and be fearless.The message we want to bring is that the true beauty of life is in the details; as in creativity, challenging yourself, you have to create the cinematographic magic yourself. The short movie is about the transition from myself as an actress to a director.     How does your research process work when preparing for a new role or a new production?     It starts with in-depth studies. understanding the personality, script. my goal is to bring everything taboo and hidden to the light. For instance, with one of my latest films, it’s about the seksworkers industry. I had to visit the neighbourhoods where this happens, see the environment and understanding the scenery better.     When I got a call about this, I immediately thought it was a very nice project. This was kind of a cool, tantalizing challenge to make something cinematographic, cinematic with very limited resources. The idea was to create a cinematographic whole with limited resources, in a simple way, appealed to me. Normally we work with a whole crew of up to 50 people, and it takes months, sometimes years to complete a production and this was actually a completely different way of making film.       How do you think Covid-19 will affect the film  industry long-term?   The film industry will become more agile and lean. At the moment all the productions have to be done with limited people, more regulations so it is really testing the possibilities and making something with very few resources and manpower. With the Xiaomi Mi 11 project you can see that for a large production, you don’t need that many people but you have to be willing to take the challenge.      Tell us more about your collaboration with Xiaomi and your experience with the new Mi 11?    - When I got a call about this, I immediately thought it was a very nice project. This was kind of a cool, tantalizing challenge to make something cinematographic, cinematic with very limited resources. The idea was to create a cinematographic whole with limited resources, in a simple way, appealed to me. Normally we work with a whole crew of up to 50 people, and it takes months, sometimes years to complete a production and this was actually a completely different way of making film.   - I immediately called Jasper Wolf, called one of the best cameramen, called internationally, one of the best directors of videography / videographers. He immediately said yes and so I immediately thought this will work.   - The Mi 11 is a great device, it is a phone with which you can make real movies without a crew. You can film at 8K and capture literally every detail.     Tell our readers about your favourite features of the new Mi 11.   - That 8K is completely unique. We did need some extra memory because it is a heavy format and if you can do that, you have beautiful details and that is very cool and unique. That means that the cinematic comes much closer than on a normal smartphone.   - What I also like very much, the shots made on the roof and in the metro, and the shots that you still have a very beautiful image with less light     What is the message and story behind  your direction and filming of a short movie on a 8K smartphone?   The message we want to bring is that the true beauty of life is in the details; as in creativity, challenging yourself, you have to create the cinematographic magic yourself. The short movie is about the transition from myself as an actress to a director. The final shot on the roof terrace is when I relax again and have found my happy place and overview.   I made the short film as a real day in my life as a creative person, filming, acting, writing, painting and directing. That is, if you can capture the right details with the right equipment. I decided to direct, play and film with my Mi 11 to show the capabilities of the device, along with my message.     Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY-qSu9T_dA&feature=youtu.be     The Mi 11 will be available for pre-order in the Netherlands from February 26 for a price starting at EUR 849 for the 8GB + 256GB variant. The pre-order will run until March 14 through registration. When pre-ordering the Mi 11 at KPN in the Netherlands, consumers will receive, after registering for the pre-order, a Mi Smart Compact Projector worth € 499. With the pre-order on the sales channels Belsimpel, Coolblue, Bol.com, MediaMarkt and Mobiel.nl  customers receive, after registering for the pre-order, a Mi Watch wearable worth € 129. On Xiaomi's own channel mi.com/nl, the Mi 11 4GB + 128GB version is available and the pre-order, after registration, is the choice of a Mi Smart Band 5 or the Mi True Wireless Earphones, plus a voucher for the next purchase worth € 150.     The Mi 11 will be officially for sale from March 15 through the following Dutch channels: Mi.com, Vodafone, KPN.com, Belsimpel, Coolblue, Bol.com, MediaMarkt en Mobiel.nl.         We had a delight speaking with Halina Reijn about her work and experience with the new Xiaomi Mi 11.       How did the current strange times influence your creativity and development of your artistic work?   Due to the pandemic as an artist,you are thrown back more onto yourself, now more than ever. You are writing ideas alone and developing them by yourself. I miss working the dynamic of working a team, the physical presence and feedback from the team, creating the end product together. I really miss this.        What are your first experiences and memories with art and music? And what made you embark on a profession in this industry?   I was six when i saw the movie "annie". that world appeared to me, when i got home i said to my parents that i wanted to be an actress, later i find out that actors didn't make the film but a giant team behind it. from this moment my dream began to be a maker.         What is the biggest lesson you have learnt in 2020? What is your outtake on 2020?   To make decisions and be fearless.The message we want to bring is that the true beauty of life is in the details; as in creativity, challenging yourself, you have to create the cinematographic magic yourself. The short movie is about the transition from myself as an actress to a director.     How does your research process work when preparing for a new role or a new production?     It starts with in-depth studies. understanding the personality, script. my goal is to bring everything taboo and hidden to the light. For instance, with one of my latest films, it’s about the seksworkers industry. I had to visit the neighbourhoods where this happens, see the environment and understanding the scenery better.     When I got a call about this, I immediately thought it was a very nice project. This was kind of a cool, tantalizing challenge to make something cinematographic, cinematic with very limited resources. The idea was to create a cinematographic whole with limited resources, in a simple way, appealed to me. Normally we work with a whole crew of up to 50 people, and it takes months, sometimes years to complete a production and this was actually a completely different way of making film.       How do you think Covid-19 will affect the film  industry long-term?   The film industry will become more agile and lean. At the moment all the productions have to be done with limited people, more regulations so it is really testing the possibilities and making something with very few resources and manpower. With the Xiaomi Mi 11 project you can see that for a large production, you don’t need that many people but you have to be willing to take the challenge.      Tell us more about your collaboration with Xiaomi and your experience with the new Mi 11?    - When I got a call about this, I immediately thought it was a very nice project. This was kind of a cool, tantalizing challenge to make something cinematographic, cinematic with very limited resources. The idea was to create a cinematographic whole with limited resources, in a simple way, appealed to me. Normally we work with a whole crew of up to 50 people, and it takes months, sometimes years to complete a production and this was actually a completely different way of making film.   - I immediately called Jasper Wolf, called one of the best cameramen, called internationally, one of the best directors of videography / videographers. He immediately said yes and so I immediately thought this will work.   - The Mi 11 is a great device, it is a phone with which you can make real movies without a crew. You can film at 8K and capture literally every detail.     Tell our readers about your favourite features of the new Mi 11.   - That 8K is completely unique. We did need some extra memory because it is a heavy format and if you can do that, you have beautiful details and that is very cool and unique. That means that the cinematic comes much closer than on a normal smartphone.   - What I also like very much, the shots made on the roof and in the metro, and the shots that you still have a very beautiful image with less light     What is the message and story behind  your direction and filming of a short movie on a 8K smartphone?   The message we want to bring is that the true beauty of life is in the details; as in creativity, challenging yourself, you have to create the cinematographic magic yourself. The short movie is about the transition from myself as an actress to a director. The final shot on the roof terrace is when I relax again and have found my happy place and overview.   I made the short film as a real day in my life as a creative person, filming, acting, writing, painting and directing. That is, if you can capture the right details with the right equipment. I decided to direct, play and film with my Mi 11 to show the capabilities of the device, along with my message.     Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY-qSu9T_dA&feature=youtu.be     The Mi 11 will be available for pre-order in the Netherlands from February 26 for a price starting at EUR 849 for the 8GB + 256GB variant. The pre-order will run until March 14 through registration. When pre-ordering the Mi 11 at KPN in the Netherlands, consumers will receive, after registering for the pre-order, a Mi Smart Compact Projector worth € 499. With the pre-order on the sales channels Belsimpel, Coolblue, Bol.com, MediaMarkt and Mobiel.nl  customers receive, after registering for the pre-order, a Mi Watch wearable worth € 129. On Xiaomi's own channel mi.com/nl, the Mi 11 4GB + 128GB version is available and the pre-order, after registration, is the choice of a Mi Smart Band 5 or the Mi True Wireless Earphones, plus a voucher for the next purchase worth € 150.     The Mi 11 will be officially for sale from March 15 through the following Dutch channels: Mi.com, Vodafone, KPN.com, Belsimpel, Coolblue, Bol.com, MediaMarkt en Mobiel.nl.        

Moose Knuckles SS21 "Arise" Campaign
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Moose Knuckles SS21 "Arise" Campaign

Fashion After a long, stagnant winter, luxury outerwear brand Moose Knuckles takes a moment to exhale as it extends a warm welcome to spring with its SS21 campaign aptly titled ARISE.     For almost a year, life on earth has come to a crashing standstill. As the mercury fell, options evaporated, and the realities of our "new normal" set in. With nowhere to go and nothing to do, hundreds of thousands put their lives on pause. Things got bleak, but a brighter day has finally arrived. Survival is no longer enough. Press play, get up, and start living.     "We saw this as a huge opportunity to let our consumer know we’re paying attention. Weknow they've been through the wringer. We went through it too. Our message to them isthere’s a light at the end of the tunnel." - Dominique Lagleva, Global Marketing Director.     To Moose Knuckles, SS21 represents a long-awaited breath of fresh air. One last moment to unwind before the world gets back up to speed. It's a homecoming marking the return of good weather, good company (outdoors and socially distanced of course), and good vibes.     Photographer Hugo Comte's masterfully arranged composition accentuates each subject's individuality without undermining the group dynamic. Each shot a reminder of the balance between our shared humanity and the diversity that makes the world so interesting.     "I wanted to express the symbiotic nature of individuality. The idea that everyone can be unique without letting their differences divide them." Hugo Comte, Photographer     Stylist Alex Harrington set out to illustrate the shifted perspectives developed by the onslaught of idle time that was 2020. Adroitly employing the collection's distinct silhouette and bold pops of color with unique yet purposeful layering and a wardrobe that reflects the creativity and vibrance of someone fresh off a year spent in hibernation.     "We put together an all-star team to help bring this concept to life. And everyone left their mark. Nothing feels better than seeing an idea evolve as the creative baton was passed from hand to hand. I couldn't be any happier with the way things turned out." - Brody Baker, Creative Director     As always, Moose Knuckles delivers a versatile collection of comfortable sportswear and transitional outerwear, all designed to promote freedom from the elements. The season also debuts Pack Your Moose, a range of unstoppable rainwear that takes a new approach to solve spring's unpredictable weather. If you've got a questionable meteorologist, this is the collection for you. On top of the unlined recycled nylon shells, bonded seams, and recycled hardware that provide our signature Moose Knuckles protection, each coat features a packable design and fastening system so you'll never get caught unprepared for the rain again.     The campaign launches Feb.23 2021 and will be available for purchase at Moose Knuckles stores, mooseknucklescanada.com, and luxury retailers worldwide. After a long, stagnant winter, luxury outerwear brand Moose Knuckles takes a moment to exhale as it extends a warm welcome to spring with its SS21 campaign aptly titled ARISE.     For almost a year, life on earth has come to a crashing standstill. As the mercury fell, options evaporated, and the realities of our "new normal" set in. With nowhere to go and nothing to do, hundreds of thousands put their lives on pause. Things got bleak, but a brighter day has finally arrived. Survival is no longer enough. Press play, get up, and start living.     "We saw this as a huge opportunity to let our consumer know we’re paying attention. Weknow they've been through the wringer. We went through it too. Our message to them isthere’s a light at the end of the tunnel." - Dominique Lagleva, Global Marketing Director.     To Moose Knuckles, SS21 represents a long-awaited breath of fresh air. One last moment to unwind before the world gets back up to speed. It's a homecoming marking the return of good weather, good company (outdoors and socially distanced of course), and good vibes.     Photographer Hugo Comte's masterfully arranged composition accentuates each subject's individuality without undermining the group dynamic. Each shot a reminder of the balance between our shared humanity and the diversity that makes the world so interesting.     "I wanted to express the symbiotic nature of individuality. The idea that everyone can be unique without letting their differences divide them." Hugo Comte, Photographer     Stylist Alex Harrington set out to illustrate the shifted perspectives developed by the onslaught of idle time that was 2020. Adroitly employing the collection's distinct silhouette and bold pops of color with unique yet purposeful layering and a wardrobe that reflects the creativity and vibrance of someone fresh off a year spent in hibernation.     "We put together an all-star team to help bring this concept to life. And everyone left their mark. Nothing feels better than seeing an idea evolve as the creative baton was passed from hand to hand. I couldn't be any happier with the way things turned out." - Brody Baker, Creative Director     As always, Moose Knuckles delivers a versatile collection of comfortable sportswear and transitional outerwear, all designed to promote freedom from the elements. The season also debuts Pack Your Moose, a range of unstoppable rainwear that takes a new approach to solve spring's unpredictable weather. If you've got a questionable meteorologist, this is the collection for you. On top of the unlined recycled nylon shells, bonded seams, and recycled hardware that provide our signature Moose Knuckles protection, each coat features a packable design and fastening system so you'll never get caught unprepared for the rain again.     The campaign launches Feb.23 2021 and will be available for purchase at Moose Knuckles stores, mooseknucklescanada.com, and luxury retailers worldwide.

DIOR presents the new campaign for Spring & Summer
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DIOR presents the new campaign for Spring & Summer

Fashion Symbols of a committed reflection on fashion’s origins and the significance of the cut, Spring-Summer 2021 ready-to-wear looks by Maria Grazia Chiuri are revealed in a series of striking photographs. Celebrating excellence in savoir-faire and creation in all its forms – from Virginia Woolf’s feminist essays to militant collages by Lucia Marcucci that enhanced the staging of the show –, the collection is captured in a campaign brimming with the unique power of painting. Inspired by Caravaggio’s mastery of chiaroscuro, these photos highlight silhouettes with an almost sacred aura of mystery, like icons in a painting, punctuated with shimmering shades of blue, red and gold. Captured by the photographer Elina Kechicheva, these images sublimate Dior codes reinvented with a new language, combining precious embroideries with paisley motifs and floral designs that blossom on dresses and trousers, as well as the essential Dior BookTote. Light, fluid pieces take on the deep blue of denim, while the revisited men's shirt is combined with the Dior Palto jacket, freeing movement with grace and elegance, alongside the irresistible Dior Caro bag. Virtuoso compositions that reveal and exalt the infinite possibilities of the art of couture.   Symbols of a committed reflection on fashion’s origins and the significance of the cut, Spring-Summer 2021 ready-to-wear looks by Maria Grazia Chiuri are revealed in a series of striking photographs. Celebrating excellence in savoir-faire and creation in all its forms – from Virginia Woolf’s feminist essays to militant collages by Lucia Marcucci that enhanced the staging of the show –, the collection is captured in a campaign brimming with the unique power of painting. Inspired by Caravaggio’s mastery of chiaroscuro, these photos highlight silhouettes with an almost sacred aura of mystery, like icons in a painting, punctuated with shimmering shades of blue, red and gold. Captured by the photographer Elina Kechicheva, these images sublimate Dior codes reinvented with a new language, combining precious embroideries with paisley motifs and floral designs that blossom on dresses and trousers, as well as the essential Dior BookTote. Light, fluid pieces take on the deep blue of denim, while the revisited men's shirt is combined with the Dior Palto jacket, freeing movement with grace and elegance, alongside the irresistible Dior Caro bag. Virtuoso compositions that reveal and exalt the infinite possibilities of the art of couture.  

Exclusive editorial by Fee-Gloria Groenemeyer
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Exclusive editorial by Fee-Gloria Groenemeyer

Fashion Exclusive new digital editorial by Fee-Gloria Groenemeyer.     TEAM CREDITS: photographer: Fee-Gloria Groenemeyer @feeglory photo assistant: Lars Alexander Beppler @lab_conception stylist: Veronica Bergamini @veronica_bergamini styling assistant: Elvis Keda Chen @elvisckd, Wendy Truong @hybhrid hair artist: Eduardo Bravo @eduardobravohair hair assistant: Hyacintha Faustino @hairbykalhya make-up: Annabelle Petit @annabelle___petit @ Wise and Talented, using M.A.C Cosmetics make-up assistant: Sarah Courroy @sarahshimakeup models: Clara Benador @clarabenador, Anne-Lise Maulin @annelise.maulin,  Ichti Sonia  @itchisonia, Djamila Latifa Imani @djaian_ Exclusive new digital editorial by Fee-Gloria Groenemeyer.     TEAM CREDITS: photographer: Fee-Gloria Groenemeyer @feeglory photo assistant: Lars Alexander Beppler @lab_conception stylist: Veronica Bergamini @veronica_bergamini styling assistant: Elvis Keda Chen @elvisckd, Wendy Truong @hybhrid hair artist: Eduardo Bravo @eduardobravohair hair assistant: Hyacintha Faustino @hairbykalhya make-up: Annabelle Petit @annabelle___petit @ Wise and Talented, using M.A.C Cosmetics make-up assistant: Sarah Courroy @sarahshimakeup models: Clara Benador @clarabenador, Anne-Lise Maulin @annelise.maulin,  Ichti Sonia  @itchisonia, Djamila Latifa Imani @djaian_

DIESEL CELEBRATES REAL LOVE THROUGH DEEP PERSONAL  CONNECTION IN ITS LATEST CAMPAIGN,   “WHEN TOGETHER”
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DIESEL CELEBRATES REAL LOVE THROUGH DEEP PERSONAL CONNECTION IN ITS LATEST CAMPAIGN, “WHEN TOGETHER”

Fashion A portrait of desire, with absence fueling the fire.    DIESEL presents “When Together,” a short film featuring eight real-life couples physically and emotionally reconnecting in bliss following periods of absence from each other’s lives. Whether isolated from one another by walls, streets, borders, or seas, it is time apart that has fueled longing, desire and the subsequent ecstasy of being back together. Something captured here through DIESEL’s daring lens: real, raw and intimate. Combined, they embody every form of love. “When Together” is the first campaign formulated under DIESEL Creative Director Glenn Martens. Deep down, it’s about looking forward to a world in which true connection may occur once again, without fear and without angst. A portrait of desire, with absence fueling the fire.    DIESEL presents “When Together,” a short film featuring eight real-life couples physically and emotionally reconnecting in bliss following periods of absence from each other’s lives. Whether isolated from one another by walls, streets, borders, or seas, it is time apart that has fueled longing, desire and the subsequent ecstasy of being back together. Something captured here through DIESEL’s daring lens: real, raw and intimate. Combined, they embody every form of love. “When Together” is the first campaign formulated under DIESEL Creative Director Glenn Martens. Deep down, it’s about looking forward to a world in which true connection may occur once again, without fear and without angst.

Louis Vuitton unveils its Spring-Summer 2021 campaign creatively directed and shot by Nicolas Ghesquière
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Louis Vuitton unveils its Spring-Summer 2021 campaign creatively directed and shot by Nicolas Ghesquière

Fashion For his new Louis Vuitton campaign, Nicolas Ghesquière, the House’s Artistic Director of Women’s Collections, once again embraces his role as a photographer and showcases a cast of Louis Vuitton’s ambassadors and friends to embody the Spring-Summer 2021 Collection.     In a spirit of freedom and boldness, athletes, models, actors and musicians, were all chosen by Nicolas Ghesquière for their personality and uniqueness. They include Grammy Award-nominated singing duo Halle and Chloé Bailey, Oscar-winning actresses Jennifer Connelly and Emma Stone, tennis champion Naomi Osaka, as well as Sophie Turner, Cody Fern, Laura Harrier, Carolyn Murphy and Jaden Smith, to name but a few.     These talents pay tribute to the latest leather bags from the Spring-Summer 2021 Collection, the Coussin and the Rendez-vous. Worn in a variety of ways, these bags of multiple compartments challenge the boundaries of both style and gender. The Coussin’s suppleness and look are embodied by Jaden Smith, Jennifer Connelly, Sophie Turner and Angelica Ross. The refined Rendez-vous is shown off to perfection by Emma Stone, Halle and Chloé Bailey and Laura Harrier. Louis Vuitton’s leather icons, such as the Capucines and the Twist, are worn by the actress Liu Yifei and the model Carolyn Murphy. For his new Louis Vuitton campaign, Nicolas Ghesquière, the House’s Artistic Director of Women’s Collections, once again embraces his role as a photographer and showcases a cast of Louis Vuitton’s ambassadors and friends to embody the Spring-Summer 2021 Collection.     In a spirit of freedom and boldness, athletes, models, actors and musicians, were all chosen by Nicolas Ghesquière for their personality and uniqueness. They include Grammy Award-nominated singing duo Halle and Chloé Bailey, Oscar-winning actresses Jennifer Connelly and Emma Stone, tennis champion Naomi Osaka, as well as Sophie Turner, Cody Fern, Laura Harrier, Carolyn Murphy and Jaden Smith, to name but a few.     These talents pay tribute to the latest leather bags from the Spring-Summer 2021 Collection, the Coussin and the Rendez-vous. Worn in a variety of ways, these bags of multiple compartments challenge the boundaries of both style and gender. The Coussin’s suppleness and look are embodied by Jaden Smith, Jennifer Connelly, Sophie Turner and Angelica Ross. The refined Rendez-vous is shown off to perfection by Emma Stone, Halle and Chloé Bailey and Laura Harrier. Louis Vuitton’s leather icons, such as the Capucines and the Twist, are worn by the actress Liu Yifei and the model Carolyn Murphy.

Exclusive editorial by Vincent Merino in collaboration with OMNIÅ
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Exclusive editorial by Vincent Merino in collaboration with OMNIÅ

Fashion Brand new exclusive digital editorial captured by Vincent Merino.   OMNIÅ to Introduce S1 Collection : Meet the Modern Militants building an underground luxury accessories brand wanting to sew the edges of humanity together, through a multi-faceted collective of forward thinkers, encouraging one another to stay “woke.” OMNIÅ was born through the simple encountering question “Heb je een vuurtje?” - translated to “Do you have a lighter?” this moment sparked highly diverse creatives to go on a mission to break the boundaries created by modern day society. Et voilà : S1 Modern Militant, was weaved from the reality of 2 strangers falling in love, and how it only takes a moment for the lovers to turn one another's world’s upside down. Nevertheless, the utopia of being together is really the catalyst of a movement known as “strength in numbers”. The bags; their armor - initially, until they let their guards down - toned in militant greens, a touch of ultra-marine blue and the mystery of a black beauty colourway.  Let’s make the world fall in love, again.     In collaboration for bags: OMNIÅ (@omnia_worldwide) for more information: https://www.fouramsterdam.com/brands/omnia/ Art director: Anyah Sealey (@blackthecreator) On set producers: Diek van der plas (@dirkadondirka) + Liz Bykov (@supwithliz) Photographer: Vincent Merino (@vmerinoph) Videographer & editor: Firginio Arlaud (@Firginio) Gaffer & lighting editor: Jerliena Roosblad (@rosefeuilles) Videographer & editor: Firginio Arlaud (@firginio) Sound engineer: Daniel Berends (@shakedmusic) Music & Voice over: Joiah (@__joiah___) Gaffer & lighting editor: (@rosefeuilles) MUA: Jazz Ben Khalifa (@itsmua.khalifa) Hair: Haka (@hakahair) Models: Lou van Hoff (@louvanhoff) & Marcus Hansma (@marcus.hansma) at The Movement Location: Venu (at_venu) Casting director: Timotej Letonja (timiletonja) Stylist: Gino (@Ginogurrieri)           Brand new exclusive digital editorial captured by Vincent Merino.   OMNIÅ to Introduce S1 Collection : Meet the Modern Militants building an underground luxury accessories brand wanting to sew the edges of humanity together, through a multi-faceted collective of forward thinkers, encouraging one another to stay “woke.” OMNIÅ was born through the simple encountering question “Heb je een vuurtje?” - translated to “Do you have a lighter?” this moment sparked highly diverse creatives to go on a mission to break the boundaries created by modern day society. Et voilà : S1 Modern Militant, was weaved from the reality of 2 strangers falling in love, and how it only takes a moment for the lovers to turn one another's world’s upside down. Nevertheless, the utopia of being together is really the catalyst of a movement known as “strength in numbers”. The bags; their armor - initially, until they let their guards down - toned in militant greens, a touch of ultra-marine blue and the mystery of a black beauty colourway.  Let’s make the world fall in love, again.     In collaboration for bags: OMNIÅ (@omnia_worldwide) for more information: https://www.fouramsterdam.com/brands/omnia/ Art director: Anyah Sealey (@blackthecreator) On set producers: Diek van der plas (@dirkadondirka) + Liz Bykov (@supwithliz) Photographer: Vincent Merino (@vmerinoph) Videographer & editor: Firginio Arlaud (@Firginio) Gaffer & lighting editor: Jerliena Roosblad (@rosefeuilles) Videographer & editor: Firginio Arlaud (@firginio) Sound engineer: Daniel Berends (@shakedmusic) Music & Voice over: Joiah (@__joiah___) Gaffer & lighting editor: (@rosefeuilles) MUA: Jazz Ben Khalifa (@itsmua.khalifa) Hair: Haka (@hakahair) Models: Lou van Hoff (@louvanhoff) & Marcus Hansma (@marcus.hansma) at The Movement Location: Venu (at_venu) Casting director: Timotej Letonja (timiletonja) Stylist: Gino (@Ginogurrieri)          

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