The opening of a new location in Osaka, Japan, was occasion for luxury retailer Louis Vuitton to ask Italian design studio Happycentro to produce an appropriately elegant invitation card.The result was a printing and folding tour de force involving offset printing, transparent, silver mat, pearl and rainbow foils, dry embossing, silkscreen and die-cuts. The designer Federico Galvani has a fiendishly clever mind to devise something that tested the skills of printers and origami artists alike, but the team pulled it off and the result is lovely and unique.
In Liu Bolin latest work commissioned by Harper’s Bazaar, he applies his signature disappearing effect to some of the worlds biggest designers. This collaboration features designers Albert Elbaz, Jean Paul Gaultier, Angela Missoni, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Picciol painted into their own thematic environments.
Filmmaker Marcus Tomlinson brings us Cosmic Energy, a short film featuring model Ajak Deng with jewelry from Bulgari, Fabergé, Louis Vuitton and Dior. This new wave of conceptual filmmaking that has already penetrated the fashion world is now starting to make its way over to jewelry.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s foot work has been enhanced this season by a special camouflage technology created by his sponsor Nike. The new Nike CR Mercurial Vapor Superfly III creates the illusion that Ronaldo is about to turn in one direction, when actually his feet are about to move a different way. This represents a new milestone where technology, design and fashion are harmoniously integrated to create a truly superior product.
Ricky Genest also known as Zombie Boy stars in a new video campaign for DermaBlend concealer. A brilliant campaign that puts a spin on the concept of what we perceive to be real with what is artificial.
The Essentials is a new post that I will be updating regularly showcasing my view of the quintessential items that belong in a man’s wardrobe. When it comes to the wrist watch, the Submariner by Rolex is the perfect balance of sport and class. It exudes cool and carries a storied heritage that has been worn by the likes of Sean Connery, Paul Newman and Steve Mcqueen
Yoann Lemoine, AKA Woodkid is a multitalented video director and musician making waves with his soul warming sound and groundbreaking artistic direction. His new video titled Iron, was released as the theme song for ubisoft’s upcoming release of Assassin’s Creed, Revelations.
One of the most important innovators in contemporary menswear design today, Raf Simons combines strongly cut classic menswear with a baggy streetwear-influenced aesthetic. Far from conventional his designs are highly influential and balance perfectly within the realm of avant-garde and everyday.