FUR YOUR EYES ONLY
By Sara Darling
It's not very often that a fashion designer becomes a reality TV star, but designer Ollia Tzarina has dressed so many celebrities, it is no wonder she is hot property in TVLand, and is set to star in her own show tracing her day to day life for Dutch TV.
Her unique and controversial brand was launched in 2015 and has been snapped up by the Jenners, Kardashians, J.Lo and Rita Ora who seem to set the ground rules with choices of what they promote on Instagram.
Using real fur and faux fur, the designer says she started 'Tzarina By Ollia' as a personal project after not being able to find a fur coat of a specific colour that she wanted. Since then, being in the right place at the right time has meant her en trend designs have sky rocketed in the celebrity circuit.
If you don't agree with real fur, the faux fur options are equally as fashionable and come in a vast range of colours and styles so there is something to keep you cosy whatever your standpoint.
Shop the range here
G-SHOCK WATCHES- THE WORLD'S TOUGHEST TIMEPIECE?
BY SARA DARLING
Everyone of a certain age is familiar with the classic Casio G-Shock watch. But who would have thought that, 35 years later, the teenage staple would still be the name to know?
To launch the latest shock-resistant member of the family, the ingenious marketing bods at Casio decided to test the craftsmanship, and prove its credentials by sending the newest model into space!
Check out the journey here
Tim Gould, deputy managing Director of Casio UK, said “G-Shock was born from a desire to create the world’s first unbreakable watch, that could resist gravity, magnetic fields, extreme high and low temperatures and the highest of g-forces. We’re proud this mission into space has once again proved that these watches are the toughest on earth, able to survive and operate in the harshest conditions known to mankind.”
What goes up, must come down right?
Well, you would hope so! And the fact that this sturdy timepiece came back to earth in one piece, and still ticking away to the second is astounding in itself. Never mind the fact it survived a 123-metre free fall to earth, at speeds of 65km per hour....
Using the latest NASA-approved space balloon, the watch’s galactic journey included travelling to 44.1km above the earth, surviving temperatures of minus 58 degrees, and travelling 25km past the limit where human blood boils- and not many watches can say they have been tested quite so stringently.
Even if you don't have any plans to walk on the moon, the watch is bound to keep you on your toes. Or at least on time!
Shop yours here
Pioneering French electronic outfit KCPK unveil the visuals for their new single ‘The End’ directed by Loïc Andrieu and produced by Soldats. The epic electro dark-wave track is taken from the group recently released EP ‘Critics'.
This odd journey through adolescent angst bathed in underlying sexual tension, depicts the inevitable end of youth and purity.
Something Funky - Fresh and Urban to get your swing on.
Take Back Time is the debut single from London collective, FAUX, a collaborative project centred around producer and songwriter, Josef Page. Featuring vocals from Sherry Davis (Netsky). Take Back Time is out now via One Two Many Records.
The first of three singles to drop over the coming months, Take Back Time is a supremely confident debut; a hypnotic, 80s infused jam that demands movement and motion.
‘Glamazon' Victoria Wilson James’ sparkling new track “Pray”, is a call, for all who have eyes to see and heart and ears to hear, to channel our collective energies and hence, change the current planetary vibrational frequency.
“With planetary events being as chaotic as they currently are, it’s important that we use our co-creator abilities and Pray, Meditate and Shine together, to collectively BE the positive change that we seek.” - I just wanted to give the world a gift!”
BAGS FOR JOCKS AND GIRLS!
By Sara Darling
You can always spot a sports star. Used to performing for the masses, it is no wonder that they are at home in front of a camera too. So when luxury luggage brand TUMI teamed up with NBA basketball star Russell Westbrook to create an exclusive collection, the result is partly his fashion forward personality, fused with Tumi's hardwearing practicality.
The limited edition collection consists of six practical and highly durable pieces, with a satchel, sac, daybag, carry on and case making the cut- all in an in-your-face red camo.
Taking inspiration from Russell's own journeys, you might be tempted to globe trot with the International Expandable Carry-On, or maybe the Smith Jetsetter (aka real man's briefcase)... but which ever you choose, rest assured theyare all are constructed to Tumi's superior standards in high-performance ballistic nylon.
I think girls will love them too!
ARTICLE BY SARA DARLING
Funky shoes and edgy leather ware- a match made in heaven right?
As a big fan of both labels, I might be biased, but the combination of shoe visionary Ganor Dominic and Pritch London who have come together to launch a luxury lifestyle destination is enough to make me dribble!
Located at 41 South Molton Street, ART HOUSE 41 is a six month pop-up, and plans to offer a selection of names to watch alongside their own evocative high-fashion content, which is set to contribute to an immersive design experience.
Alongside up and coming talent, the store will also provide a platform for emerging guest designers and new upcoming artists each month. Perfect for gift ideas- and there's always an excuse to spoil yourself!
For more information check out Arthouse41.com
Created with London-based studio Kellenberger-White, Elephant magazine’s new design marks the next chapter for the global quarterly art and culture magazine, with a change to the logo, page design and paper stock. The logo was the starting point for the new art directors, who took a decidedly literal reading of the magazine’s title and visited the elephant enclosure at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire for inspiration.
“We watched how they move, how they behave together, how they use the trunk as a tool,” the designers say. “Naughty Elephants Squirt Water—not only a mnemonic (NESW), perhaps. We took this as a suggestion for our approach to designing Elephant’s new graphic identity. Later that day, on a building site near our studio in East London, we tried to create letterforms by squirting water on the ground. After a few days of experimenting and elephant-infused acting, we’d found our direction.”
Issue 32, which launches on 6th October, the first to be art directed by Kellenberger-White, takes perfection as its research subject, speaking with artists such as Kate Cooper, Jo Longhurst and Eva O’Leary—whose Redhead (Amie) was selected for the cover—about the hooks and pitfalls of perfection. For Perfect Me, Perfect You the magazine asks: “Is perfection troubling us now more than ever?”
“Artists are well placed to explore this ideal,” it continues, “offering us glossy images of the perfection we crave and revealing the trick for what it is. In these images, we see acts of violence, oppression and pure emptiness. We see the human falling short again and again. But we also see moments of hope. If we aren’t chasing perfect, what possibilities are we free to chase?”
Frieze Week Events
On Sunday 1 October, Elephant launches elephant.art, a global new website that will feature many regular features—including 5 Questions, Studio Visits and Sunday Read—alongside video interviews, digital image galleries and new series that explore artist process and art scenes in different cities around the world.
Elephant celebrates the launch of one of the first Elephant books, Nicola Hicks’s Keep Dark on Monday 2 October at Flowers Gallery in London. The book launch coincides with the artist’s solo exhibition at the gallery, which brings together her commanding large-scale sculptures, drawings and smaller models. The artist will be present.
On Thursday 5 October, Kellenberger-White will be speaking at magCulture in Clerkenwell about the new design of the magazine.
After previewing the magazine in Chicago and Berlin in September, Elephant will officially launch the issue on Friday 6 October at Parasol unit in North London. In the morning, the gallery will host an Instameet, offering the chance to view the current exhibition in an intimate group, hear more about the show from the gallery and speak with some of the Elephant team about the new design (there will be elephant-themed baked goods). From 6:30 - 9pm, Elephant will hold their annual Frieze week party at the gallery. The event will coincide with Parasol unit’s exhibition of American artist Martin Puryear, his first solo exhibition in the city that will span forty years of his career.
Turn on, tune in and take a flight with uplifting beats, soulful lyrics and a dash of ‘alien-rap’ - Johny Dar’s original vocal expression that delivers a sonic experience like no other…
Designer and artist Johny Dar has been redesigning art music and fashion! 'Be Free' his progressive house sounds and new single has been described as a musical language in the form of ‘alien-rap’.
'Be Free' will be available for digital download from the 6th October.
The Saatchi Gallery opened its doors for a new exhibition exploring the works of thirteen experimental artists.
We selected to showcase three of these for the human instinct of emotions and social documentary.
Producing large-scale paintings derived from situations he has directly observed; his works are epic yet understandable, brutal and compassionate. Referring to classical works in the structure and composition, they reference raw scenes of the urban environment of British culture.
Depicting the human body in a contorted, devouring spirit of men and women. Referencing the expressionism of French painter Jean Dubuffet and the Art Brut style. Using strong references and influences to primitive art and ancient rituals, Chubb's works are hypnotic.
Realism and urban sleaze are some of the subjects captured in his works! Translating emotion feelings in situations of mundanity. Portraying a narrative in his naive style is riveting and arresting.
Iconoclasts: Art Out of the Mainstream
27th September 2017 - 7th January 2018