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AGi Architects Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre In Kuwait

With stone-clad walls and a deep red atrium, this medical centre in Kuwait was designed by AGi architects to look more like a cultural building than a health facility. The architects – whose past projects include a house with four hidden roof terraces and a property with a mist-cooled courtyard – wanted to create a building that eschews the typical look and feel of a medical facility, and…

UNDERCOVER MONOGRAPH


Rizzoli have published the first comprehensive book on the work of Jun Takahashi of UNDERCOVER. Takahashi is regarded as an icon of Harajuku streetwear and the presumptive heir to the heavy mantle of Japanese deconstruction. While not quite populist, his generative influences are instead romantic—even gothic and over time his Undercover label has come to be recognised as one…

Vetements Spring Summer 2017 Couture


Earlier this month, Vetements kicked off the Autumn Winter 2016 haute couture shows in Paris. Held in the Galeries Lafayette, the Spring 2017 men’s and women’s show was entirely comprised of collaborations with the likes of Reebok, Levi’s, Champion, Brioni, and Juicy Couture, the latter of which birthed a red tracksuit sure to be seen around town come the…

What We Learnt From The Spring Summer 17 Menswear Shows


Menswear is booming and with the mens buyer’s market projected to reach $33bn in 2020, up 14 per cent from 2015, there are a number of interesting developments occurring on the catwalks. Here’s our take on the SS17 Shows. Haider Ackermann Steals The Show After three years establishing his menswear line, there was a creeping suspicion that the…

David Koma Resort 2017


David Koma played with contrasts for this year’s resort collection. Drawn to the elegance of Fifties fashions, the designer offered an array of flared hems, mini skirts and dresses that were toughened up and made to look more contemporary with the addition of zips, cutouts and geometric metallic embellishments, inspired by German artist Heinz Mack. The…

Wonder Of The Vulgar: Barbican Exhibition To Delve Into Garish Fashion


The Barbican gallery in London has announced a new exhibition for the autumn dedicated to vulgarity in fashion from the renaissance to the present day. The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined was conceived by exhibition maker Judith Clark and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips. It explores how ideas of vulgarity have changed and evolved, from extreme 18th-century corsets to the modern…

What to look out for at Paris men's fashion week


Today sees the start of Paris Fashion Week with nearly 50 fashion houses due to unveil their Spring Summer 2017 collections in the French capital. Here are the shows and trends to watch out for: Balenciaga Balenciaga is staging a men’s fashion show for the first time in the history of the label. Creative Director and Vetements…

4's Summer Sale Has Begun


Up to 50% off Men’s and Women’s Spring Summer 2016 collections from A.F Vandevorst, Ann Demeulemeester, Courrèges, Craig Green, Gareth Pugh, Haider Ackermann, Issey Miyake, Juun.J, J.W Anderson, Marsell, Mugler, Rick Owens, Undercover, Yohji Yamamoto, Vetements and many more. Shop online or visit the store today.

LC:M Highlights


Here are our highlights from the London Collections Menswear shows which concluded yesterday in the wet and breezy English Capital. Next up our attention turns to Pitti, Milan and Paris. Craig Green Craig Green kicked off the LCM S/S 2017 schedule on Friday evening with a free-spirited, even romantic, unfurling of everyday uniforms. Green began with hybrid suiting,…

Mugler Resort 2017


Last week, Mugler unveiled its 2017 resort collection. David Koma has been Mugler’s creative director for over two years and has developed an aesthetic that places prominence on figure hugging, largely monochrome, sculptural and graphic skirts, dresses and suits. Kinetic art was a strong influence on this collection and that is felt in the curved cuts, slashed shapes…

Thamanyah On The Move


Eugene Rabkin explores the work of Ahmed Abdelrahman, founder and designer at Thamanyah. “There is uniqueness in Abdelrahman’s approach to taking the traditional Middle Eastern dress, making it modern, and mixing it with Western sartorial codes. In his hands a white kandora turns black and gets paired with a fine wool bomber jacket. Not only such a…

Luxury Labels Embracing Androgyny


Luxury fashion labels are breaking with tradition and bending the rules of gendered dressing through their designs and marketing. From fashion shows and unisex collections to cross dressing in campaigns, brands are incorporating themselves into the larger conversation around gender identity and androgyny has effectively infiltrated the fashion industry as a whole. “While there is certainly more designers…

The Many Disguises of California's Cell Phone Towers


In Southern California cell phone towers are disguised as trees to help them merge into the natural environment more effectively. Photographer Emily Shur has been documenting this for over 3 years. “I mostly notice them along freeways or close to a freeway,” says the photographer, adding that the neighborhoods she tends to find them in “have largely been either…

Tom Dixon Presents THE CHURCH


This year for Clerkenwell Design Week Tom Dixon will collaborate with Andrew Baughen, the enlightened Vicar of St James’ – a classic 17th century church on Clerkenwell Green, where he sees the potential of making his unique building available to the daytime residents of Clerkenwell – the creative workforce, and a place for the residential community to use as…

Murray Ballard Explores The World Of Cryopreservation


Worldwide, approximately 200 patients are stored permanently in liquid nitrogen, with a further 2,000 people signed up for cryonics after death. Cryopreservation – the act of freezing the body after death, with the intention of future revival of life – remains surrounded by myth, intrigue and unshakeable hope. Photographer Murray Ballard became interested in the process in 2006 while he…

VETEMENTS TO SHOW AT PARIS COUTURE WEEK


FRENCH elevated streetwear label Vetements has been granted a guest membership to show at Paris Couture Week in July, by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture – France’s governing body for the fashion industry. The luxury label – with a much-hyped parodic aesthetic – has made the cut this season alongside J Mendel, Yuima Nakazato, Francesco Scognamiglio and Iris…

Universal Fashion: Celebrating 45 Years of Issey Miyake


A major exhibition dedicated to the work and influence of the iconic Japanese designer Issey Miyake is currently on show at The National Art Centre in Tokyo. Displaying forty-five years of his work, the exhibition offers a comprehensive insight into the celebrated designer’s career and is divided across three large rooms. The first room displays his earliest work from the…

CRAIG GREEN WINS THE BFC/GQ DESIGNER MENSWEAR FUND 2016


Last night at The Boundary Hotel in London, British menswear designer and 4 favourite, Craig Green was announced as the winner of the BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund 2016, beating Astrid Andersen, Christopher Raeburn, Lou Dalton and Sibling to the title. Chosen by a distinguished judging panel (including BFC CEO Caroline Rush, and GQ Editor Dylan Jones), the…

The Tragedy That Shaped Yohji Yamamoto


“Black is modest and arrogant at the same time,” Yohji yamamoto has said in the past. “Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious. But above all black says this: ‘I don’t bother you – don’t bother me.’” This is an interesting assertion from the designer – revealing a little into his affinity for its usage. Yohji…

Bicycles Built on People’s Attempts to Draw Them From Memory


In 2009 designer Gianluca Gimini started asking friends and strangers to draw a man’s bicycle from memory. Most of the participants made glaring technical errors — missing fundaments parts of the frame or chain. For Gimini this highlighted how extraordinary our imaginations can be and having amassed a collection of over 300 drawings ranging from 3 –…