#N°22, Spring Issue #2/17 is out now, starring Mari Bel on the cover, photographed by Nacho de la Fuente. Contributions and features on + through Wolfgang Tillmans, David Hockney, Harf Zimmermann, Pello Irazu, Jaap Bräutigam, Renzo Piano, William Klein, Trevor Brady and more.
Marina Chedel created a collection both savage and urban by borrowing the vocabulary of mountain equipment and Swiss materials such as ash, suede, rabbit fur and goat hair applied on leather and synthetic foam. The strong and bold impact of her shoes collection and the use of asymmetrical platforms, heavy outer soles and crampons convinced the jury.
Mary Ellen Mark: Eternal iconic photography that speaks the voice of truth in frame
In the evolution of photography, experienced by our social culture, from analog to digital, to handheld "phone-tography", the bar has been ‘lowered’ to a playing field without borders, where anyone can snap a photo. But what distinguishes a great photo is something that speaks, something eternal. Mary Ellen captured the honesty of what is, the actuality of a subject from a perspective lens. Not through manipulation of image and representation, but through a focused aspect of perception through lens, Mary Ellen Mark gripped at the core of photography, allowing art to be formed in a still image within a frame, iconic. Mary Ellen Mark died on age 75 one year after our interview.
Exclusive: Limited Edition of 20 Catalogs of Alexander Minor´s series "Check out".
LE MILE Studios has released a limited edition of 20 catalogs of Alexander Minor´s series "Check out", presenting 26 photographs. Edited by Alban E. Smajli, the catalog includes an introduction by Mirjam Bayerdörfer and an interview by Annika Hatje.
"After staying in a hotel, Minor leaves his hotel room in an altered state. Shortly before checking out, he uses the objects at hand (towels, bathrobes, etc.) to build an installation on the bed; he then photographs the bed and leaves the room. The first person to enter the room is from the cleaning staff."
Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between
Costume Institute Benefit on May 1 with Co-Chairs Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Anna Wintour, and Honorary Chairs Rei Kawakubo and Ambassador Caroline Kennedy.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute spring 2017 exhibition, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, on view from May 4 through September 4, examines Kawakubo’s fascination with interstitiality, or the space between boundaries. In Kawakubo’s work, this in-between space is revealed as an aesthetic sensibility, establishing an unsettling zone of oscillating visual ambiguity that challenges conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability. A thematic exhibition, rather than a traditional retrospective, this is The Costume Institute’s first monographic show on a living designer since the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition in 1983.
American painter and poet Marsden Hartley (1877–1943) was born and died in Maine, and his personal and aesthetic engagement with the state shaped his art. Hartley embarked on his artistic career in the early 1900s by painting the western Maine mountains, eventually becoming a member of the circle of artists promoted by the gallerist and photographer Alfred Stieglitz.
In celebration of the launch of the DK88 bag collection, Burberry will be transforming its Spring Street store to bring all facets of the new bag to life in the heart of Manhattan’s SoHo, from 3–14 May. The space will be transformed with bursts of colour, and will include a set of installations and interactive displays, designed to reflect the new bag’s painterly colour palette.
Named after the house code for the brand’s signature honey-coloured gabardine fabric. DK88 collection of bags features styles in Burberry’s new Trench Leather, paying tribute to the abric at the very centre of the Burberry brand. Timeless styles form a new permanent bag collection for the brand, expanding its range of iconic products. Full DK88 collection will be available globally in store and on Burberry.com on 3 May, and will evolve with new sizes, styles and colours.
Lake Como may be known as a playboy playground and favorite of George Clooney, but it makes a surprisingly international holiday destination, full of historical treasures. One of them – Villa del Balbianello in Lenno. The Villa and the Loggia were built in the last years of the 1700s when Cardinal Durini acquired the Punta di Lavedo, a romantic peninsula on the shoreline of lake Como. The place was meant to be a quiet summer residence where Cardinal could indulge in literary pastimes. Years went by, and the villa had become a prestigious summer salon with breath-taking views from each window. One of the most remarkable owners of the villa was Guido Monzino, a prominent Milanese businessman who was also a fervent collector and an explorer.
SUN RECORDS: Where does our story begin? At Season One, where events pilot a full picture narrative of life? Or, is it at the intermission — where characters face a change of events that redirect their lives? It is here we meet Christian and Jonah Lees, twin brothers who made their start in classic musicals such as Les Misérables and Mary Poppins in London. Thirteen years later, the boys take their talents in a new market of storytelling: television.
On Tuesday, April 11, the Kunsthalle Muenchen celebrated an exclusive preview of the exhibition "Peter Lindbergh: From Fashion to Reality".
>From fashion to reality< is a tribute to Peter Lindbergh's oeuvre from 1978 to today, starring Supermodels, Couturiers, Zeitgeist, Dance, The Unknown, Darkroom, Silver Screen and Icons. Premium partner of the show is Swarovski. The exhibition will take place from April 13 to August 27, 2017 and was developed by Kunsthal Rotterdam in collaboration with curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot and Peter Lindbergh.
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Archaeologists discovered recently in Shoreditch the foundations of The Theatre in which Shakespeare’s first plays were performed. We are talking about the most creative part of London, Shoreditch. Originally a suburb outside of the City of London, this area was the place where culture, arts and other outsiders banned by the city fathers could find a place to be. Shoreditch has been and is a place for making things happen.
Ace Hotel London, the White House in the middle of everything, connecting everyone, is the Mecca of creative visions, thoughts and actions. Here, Le Mile Magazine team decided to meet, celebrate its belated 5th anniversary and discuss all things important and necessary, on the 5th floor of course.
SPECIAL PROJECT// Discover the new YUN collection and explore the art of London based artist Tagen Donovan. In collaboration with LE MILE Studios, YUN will present a collection of 8 artworks by collage artist Tagen Donovan. Each of her works will be available in a limited edition of 10 prints online and exclusively in the YUN Store in Berlin.
Digital Art, Editorial and Graphic Design are the core competencies of Tagen Donovan. She is a modern successor of pop-art pioneer Richard Hamilton, because just as he has used images of past icons to abstract them, Donovan adapts such and puts it into today´s social context. She is considered as a permanent contributor to LE MILE Magazine and enchants our readers with her fervent colors within forms and textures.
SPECIAL PROJECT// Stutterheim embodies “swedish melancholy at its driest” as the corporate slogan of the brand says. The raincoat company Stutterheim was founded in 2010 by designer Alexander Stutterheim. The history behind the brand began by discovering a beautiful old raincoat in his grandfather´s seaside barn in Stockholm. Mister Stutterheim was inspired to create a new generation of simple, functional classics based on its design. He worked with local craftsmen to rework the fit and Stutterheim raincoats were finally born. Its philosophy emphasizes to not fight the melancholy inherent to wind, grayness, and rain, but to advocate and embrace it as an essential part of human life. Stutterheim taps into the poignant nature of Swedish gloom with its weak winter light and hovering atmosphere and connects melancholy and creativity with an essential “Swedishness”. Melancholy is seen as a positive aspect in human experience, as a wellspring of imagination, innovation, individuality and creativity.
EXCLUSIVE// Ski alpin inspired by winter sport elegance from the mid 20th century throws you back into wistful memories of snowy cold winter days. Sportive elements meet fluffy fur and ultra smooth velvet. Checked tweed reminds you of woolen blankets in front of the open fire. Meet the man who sports the fomme look most gracefully on europe’s legendary ski pistes. Fun and Ski from Germany. The campaign has been shot by German fashion photographer Elizaveta Porodina, which was shot in the Alps.
The February collection of Burberry is inspired by the work and personal style of British artist Henry Moore. His take on scale, shape and texture is translated into sculptural silhouettes and asymmetric designs. The new campaign has been shot by British photographer Josh Olins, Burberry’s February collection has been captured in a new ad campaign, which launches in full and features up-and-coming models: Nora Attal, Jess Cole, Maya Gunn, Sophie Hamilton, Ella King, Tamara Long, Elfie Reigate, Amber Witcomb, Myles Dominique, Tom Fool, Alex K, Henry Kitcher and Tom Walmsley. The campaign was shot on location at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Hertfordshire: the artist’s former home.
`MISBHV´ has become one of the most anticipated names below the surface of the international fashion industry in recent years since making the leap from its native Warsaw to the international markets. Based in Poland it is a forerunner amongst the current wave of Central and Eastern European designer brands bubbling within the international markets. Fronted by designer Natalia Maczek it was founded to create clothes “their friends would like”, aiming to break the cycle of imitation and emulation in fashion they create clothing for the style confident individual.
SPECIAL PROJECT// The white or black marble that includes the dial with black hands and index hour markers is being produced from a raw stone and is presented like an art object within a black or golden stainless steel case with a black leather strap in a round shape. Designed as a tribute to one´s uniqueness for every lady, every piece of marble is one of a kind with a natural veining pattern, which makes each watch from the La Roche series timepiece entirely unique.
EDUN continues its collaboration with South African photographer, Kristin-Lee Moolman, with a video and photo series shot in Roosevelt, Queens. Together with Moolman, EDUN maintains the theme of empowerment and youth in a surreal, almost elusive suburban space to showcase their heroines. The 70's atmosphere of this quiet neighborhood - its graphic houses and winding sidewalks - is used as a blank canvas where the EDUN Girls, driving a classic Pontiac Firebird, pop with their girl gang attitude and urban styling.
A mix of separates that is like the perfect vintage finds combined with pieces of character, creating a universal look. The silhouette is long and lean. Leather trench coats have a fitted waist and slight A-line shape, falling to the knee. Meanwhile, vinyl trench coats in khaki green also have an A-line shape and a high gloss finish. The long lines of a tailored suit are accentuated by the golden vertical stripes of a double-breasted blazer and trousers, with a constructed shoulder and long length to drape the foot. Satin shirts are fluid, with scarf plackets that loop the neck and then drape down the front.
SPECIAL PROJECT// The izzy speakers play your music via Bluetooth technology and with a tap of button, music from your smartphone will play simultaneously to any izzy speaker in any room. This wireless technology uses a specific standard to enable the link-up of multiple speakers and connects up to five speakers without the need of a router, any wifi-passwords, or smart device apps to set up the connection. So if you´re a music lover, a party maker, or you just have a big apartment and enjoy loud movies, you can easily add izzy speakers to your group mode for multiroom music and have the sound played in all the corners of your space, at the same time.
When a generation is in search of a cultural identity, symbols are everything, where fashion reflects feminine contradictions and describe the different dimensions of today’s women. Cuts, bows and pleats become symbolic of stylistic communication. A coded message that takes an introspective journey through the fragments of Marianna Rosati’s dark romanticism for her DROMe, a´ la David Lynch, but with a fresh appeal and playful image. Between sartorial skill, technology, traditional roles and nuances of gender, the thread running through the collection is deconstruction. Starting from very lightweight leathers which become as fluid as silk, forming fine bows, asymmetries, crimping them in a patchwork of different rouches, creating unexpected movements.
SPECIAL PROJECT// Dedicated to pure luxury, the collection of Barton Perreira is presented in a special branding project by + in LE MILE Magazine. Perreira´s approach to high fashion redefines style and elegance to a new level. The language of inspired design of Patty Perreira focuses on the evolution process and continues to challenge the industry + unveiling the next new thing.
Through a movement of any kind, different approaches, shapes and stories develop to last yet aim at modifying again. In lieu of such fast-framed processes, today’s change seems to appear just a little bit faster than it did yesterday. To catch up with this dynamic, the individual needs to think in- ventive, adapt quickly, be aware of the situation finding oneself in and evolve upon such – Editor at Large Annika Hatje visited KOSTAS MURKUDIS in his atelier in Berlin and talked with him about his current collection, the inspiration resources and paradigms in fashion.
Ann Kuen, since recently the new muse of international artist Anselm Kiefer, working with him in his Atelier close to Paris, is herself artist, model and muse in one person. We talked to her on a very late evening about being a muse and an artist at the same time and the threshold between art and fashion. It is the simplicity, her down-to-earth attitude, maybe also her vigorous Austrian German that makes her a very authentic individual, who seems to reflect sensibly on life, providing a feeling of why she is so inspiring to people.
SPECIAL PROJECT// Back in the 90s, digital designers and brothers Markus + Daniel Freitag were looking for a functional, water-resistent and robust backpack to hold their graphic works. By seeing the heavy multicolored trucks that rumbled infront of their apartment, they got inspired and created a bag from used truck tarpaulins, discarded bicycle inner tubes, and car seat belts. The Freitag backpacks were born, taking their shape in the living room of their apartment in Zurich. Each one recycled their unique Freitag bag.
LE MILE presents a collection of four different pieces placed in an environment of sculptures and statues.
As the world’s oldest documentary film festival, DOK Leipzig is a platform for international artists, undivided by geography and creative pursuits since 1955. Located in Leipzig, East Germany the event has evolved into the center for animated and documentary showcase. With a full calendar of events throughout the year — including projects and media research, partnership events and trainings for young artists, the festival seeks to support filmmakers in every aspect of their vocation. Since the festival’s establishment at the time of the Cold War Era, the event has become a worldwide event where creative experts share their depth of knowledge. What began as a gathering among filmmakers from different cultures and countries around the world “exchanging DOK Leipzig,” still today remains at the heart of this film festival’s function.
SPECIAL PROJECT// Tel Aviv based Menswear fashion designer Eliran Nargassi established his label in 2013. Taking an active part in the renaissance of the Menswear fashion scene in Nargassi´s homeland, catering the modern individual who’s on the search for innovative fashion with a personal touch and attention to details. Clean-cut & minimalistic design blended in with contrasts and graphic cuts & geometrical forms, the label's lines are highly wearable and functional keeping the commercial value a secondary feature. Nargassi’s inspiration derives from his personal biography & inner world, born to a Jewish orthodox family but leading a secular lifestyle, drawn to the conflicts & tension between religion & secularism, issues of gender and it’s interpretation. LE MILE presents a special branding project in cooperation with Eliran Nargassi and fashion photographer Alban E. Smajli.
“I still think I’m a kid,” said Edward Granger with a laugh. The New York based visual artist just turned 25 this year; his demeanor often suggests he’s much younger, while his art speaks with the vibrancy and understanding of an old soul. Granger speaks slowly, deliberately, then all at once, often in repetition. He’s charming and relaxed, with a lilt of a southern accent. Best known for his colorful multimedia, bold murals, and excellent bone structure, Granger’s world is one of candy-colored confections and loud geometry. Recycled art supplies, most famously crayons and colored pencils, find a home on his canvases, forming swirling masses of organic pattern, heavily textured and multi-dimensional.