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“Georgia O’Keeffe” Exhibition Review by Ludovica Colacino

Georgia O’Keeffe. It’s part of the human nature to try and categorize a subject in order to understand it in depth. Though, there is an exception to this unwritten rule of human behavior: rationalization, however, it may increase the separation between a subject and its viewer – which will inevitably lead to only a projection of what we think it’s real. Georgia O’Keeffe was an artist that critics have struggled to put in a determined artistic movement – today we refer to her as the American icon of modernism, even if it covers over one hundred years from the 1850s to roughly the 1960s. O’Keeffe’s extensive archive and studies show how she kept herself distant from the majority of the artistic movements and groups, but only channeled her true self in company of her partner, the American photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Alfred and Georgia’s intimacy is reflected in the works of both of them: Stieglitz would often ask Georgia to pose for him and focused his attention on her hands, face, or her body as whole. …

“Performing for the Camera” Essay by Ludovica Colacino

The performance, usually, is thought as something with no aim apart from the reaction of the public to it. Tate Modern, however, changes our perspective upon the performance – as something that is staged purposefully to be recorded, in this case with photography, with the exhibition Performing for the Camera. The camera is the conducting thread through the all fourteen rooms of the exhibition, representing the only stable part of the performance itself. However, even if the look of the camera is ‘fixed’ upon reality we can see how, sometimes, photographers twisted the final result and its credibility by working in the darkroom; this concept is evident as soon as we walk in the first room. Yves Klein’s ‘Leap into the Void‘ is the final result of two images merged together. In the first one Yves, the performer, shot by Harry Shunk, leaps into a bed-sheet held by a group of men to soften his fall while in the second picture there’s the same environment, but empty, with only a cyclist in the distance. Shunk …

#throwback – London Collections: Men AW16

With London Fashion Week AW16 shows beginning in just 12 hours, we wanted to bring you a short article featuring some of our most favourite collections seen at London Collections: Men this January. This is our Thursday’s #throwback. Barbour Keeping up with the British heritage, Barbour kept the ‘country boy’ style vibe with casual and laid back details. Looking at ancient tartans, the collections keeps the cream, yellow and green shades within the colour palette. The garments are still kept very practical but sophisticated as Barbour classic aesthetic. Universal Works Setting the scene in funfair style, the attire at Universal Works was very layered and a mixed colour palette of dark, everyday colours. Loose-fitted trousers, shirts with layered workwear jackets, and turtle necks – keeping to the traditional vibe of the brand. Joshua Kane Each season Kane brings new tailored suits to the table. This season there were a lot of dark colours, embellished zips, furs, prints, buttons, gloves – all very detailed and tailored garments. The collection fit perfectly together and around with the detailing …

Exhibitions [London] – February Edit

New Exhibitions/What’s On, February in London. Royal Academy of Arts * Painting the Modern Gardens – Monet to Matisse, 30 January — 20 April 2016. The representation of the modern garden is the conductor thread that connects all the paintings exhibited – starting from the early impressionism of Monet and – chronologically speaking – ending with Matisse. This major RA exhibition is recommended to those interested in the history of art and painting. Thinking Through Drawing, 03 September 2015 — 14 February 2016. Premiums: Interim Projects 2016, 12 – 21 February 2016 (annual) [free admission]. Ai Weiwei 360, 20 January – 20 November 2016. Tate Modern * Alexander Calder, 11 November 2015 – 3 April 2016. Abstract art acquires fluidity and movement with Alexander Calder’s sculptures – conveying a sense of lightness within the viewer. Recommended to those interested in sculpture, history of art, and modern art. Performing for the Camera, 18 February – 12 June 2016. Somerset House * Big Bang Data, 03 December 2015 – 20 March 2016. Big Bang Data unveils how internet data is created …

Chanel: Mademoiselle Privé

Written by Ludovica Colacino, photographed by Dominika Wojciechowska. Mademoiselle Privé. In case we needed another proof of Karl Lagerfeld’s incredible sense of aesthetic and understanding of Chanel – Saatchi Gallery hosted an exhibition about it – curated by the German designer himself. However, once we step into the first room, we do not intend it anymore as an exhibition alone, but rather a retrospective on Gabrielle Chanel and how her brand came to life. The first thing we see is Lagerfeld’s life-sized sketch of the woman behind the brand: it is almost as if she’s waiting for us at the door, welcoming to her home. The exhibition begins in the living room, giving us a sense of familiarity as we see the iconic mirror stairs, and books about Chanel on a few shelves; around them, a few camellias – the signature flower of the brand – are decorating the scene. We keep on walking through what was Gabrielle Chanel’s life as we enter the room designed to resemble her first boutique at the number 18 Place Vendôme. The sketched outlines of the dresses and …

AW’15 shoe-edit: Sophia Webster

Written by Abi Buchanan, featuring photographs from I-D, and Idol Magazines. Product shots sourced from Sophia Webster site. Among a classic cape and ‘fun-fur’, bold and statement shoes are happening this Autumn/Winter season. As would be expected, Alexander McQueen and Iris Van Herpen have displayed some of the bolder choices. Given this shoe-fuelled excitement in the current fashion climate, now is a perfect time to invest in Sophia Webster, who not only features a fantastic statement shoe but has actually founded her fashion identity upon them. Former assistant to the already established designer, Nicholas Kirkwood, Webster released her first eponymous footwear line in September 2012. At only 27 years old she was named Emerging Footwear Designer of the year in 2013. Vogue described Webster’s collection for this season as ‘deliciously tactile’ – and this seems to fit perfectly. As those who observed the presentation during London Fashion Week in February will know, the shoes took inspiration from optical illusions, but with a nod to classic AW trends – red and black tartan and over-the-knee boots.

Sonia Delaunay: Rhythm of Colours

Written by Ludovica Colacino, images sourced from Tate.  – – – Sonia Delaunay is an exhibition currently featured at Tate Modern, and it will be displayed until the 9th of August. A glance around the first room is all we need to be sent back in the history of arts, to the first decades of the last century when the post impressionist movement was seeing its last years. Sonia Delaunay lived in the old Russian Empire (Ukraine today) and in Germany before settling in Paris in 1905, finding her greatest inspiration in the style of Paul Gauguin and the fauve (from the movement of “fauves” – which translates to “wolves”) Henri Matisse. At the beginning of her painting career she was still strongly bounded to the impressionist movement, starting with the use of figurative art: her inclination to modern art was strong already, but we can see how she retained strong references to the human features at first, through a series of portraits. As we can see in Yellow Nude (1908), the colours are unnatural …

#LCM: Burberry SS16

Written by Amy Jackson, photography by Dominika Wojciechowska. _ _ _ The Burberry Prorsum brand is like the epitome of British satorialism. You’ll find the ‘Burberry man‘ sipping coffee in Chelsea, or taking a stroll through Hyde Park looking effortlessly sharp and stylish. Christopher Bailey, the designer behind the brand, believes fashion is something that should include a mixture of traditional, historical design with ‘real’ fashion, a statement that adheres to the brands latest LCM SS16 collection. The collection, titled Strait Laced, was inspired by British Dandyism, In particular a group titled The Macaroni’s, London’s original dandies whom in the 18th century, wore blouses made of lace.  Narrow silhouettes of precisely tailored jackets and trousers were softened by the intricacy of a lace shirt or tie, expertly crafted by small artisanal companies, and the classic trench coat was updated with a lace collar. The look as a whole was that of the classic Burberry man, but with a subtly feminine touch; preppy meets pretty. In an interview with The Guardian, Bailey commented on this androgynous …