An touching interview with one of our muse, Giannina Antonette, telling us her story from coming to America from Kenya to her journey in the fashion industry.
We can always count on FKA twigs to deliver good music and interesting visual. With this video, she took it to another level in not only performing but directing the piece and it’s a success.Well Done!
I invite you to get your mind blown away by the amazing casting, art direction and dope pieces of the Kanye West x Adidas Originals.
How inspiring is Kanye? In one day he had a fashion show and a free concert in the fancy streets Flatiron in NY, doing everything he said he would, following and accomplish his dreams and inspiring others to do so.
His association with the talented artist Vanessa Beecroft provided us with more than a fashion show, it was an art show, an experience! You could feel the uplifting spirit behind this concept, all about the empowerment of the youth, the relentlessness that you have to fulfill your destiny. From the mesmerizing music to the great casting of signed and unsigned models representing the diverse and beautiful youth of this country fairly, while embracing the era of the internet, this show was a such a great representation of our culture. This show was just so much love, so much empowerment, so much strenght. We have to applaud Kanye for his vision and will to share it with us and inspire us to step out of our comfort zone to do better in our lives. Bravo Kanye!! Can’t wait to see what’s next! Here are our favorite looks!
The breathtaking Kabuto Project realized by the Japenese artist Sakura Yasuyuki is a great art project depicting the human great survival instinct. Yasuyuki explained that the beetle horns symbolize ‘human instincts’. ‘Beetle’ in Japanese, is called ‘KABUTO-insect’, and the sound ‘KABUTO’ is taken from the Japanese word for armor helmets that were worn by the feudal warlords. In the Kabuto Project, people wear the very symbol of barbaric instincts and throw themselves into a cavalry battle. What it does, is simply a playback of the real survival battles in the old days in a mock style. Using beetle horns, instead of the real armor helmets, and mock battles instead of a real killing battle field. Yasuyuki wanted to translate in his art the fact that we live, because our ancestors had been the winners of uncountable serious fights fought with bare survival instincts which is a great contrast with his peaceful life in Japan. He wanted to remind us, that we all have the capacity to be warriors, even if it seems like it is an abstract concept in our modern lives. What a better way to honor your ancestors than not taking for granted what they fought to have, but also to know that you have the ability to reach higher.
Ximon Lee is a talented, 24 years old menswear designer that we first discovered at Parsons NY during the graduation collection. We were blown away by his creativity and the innovation and boldness that he was bringing to menswear. Raised in Hong Kong but born between Manchuria and Siberia, Lee was inspired by his childhood while creating his winning collection. Ximon is the first menswear and U.S designer to win an award from the H&M Design Award. Congrats!!!
Shaina Eve is a talented make up artist, and a radiant soul that we first met on a shoot. We immediately recognized her talent and positive spirit. Make up is pretty much the lens through which she sees the world, so she devoted her instagram page to showcase her impressive artistry with her daily make up looks. Shaina is a 2015’s pin-up, a native New Yorker with Puerto Rican descent, that will inspire you with her creativity, from an everyday look to special effect make up. Enjoy this interview and check out her colorful universe on instagram @bl_a_nk_doe
– When did you start doing make up?
I was about 17, in high school when I learned that I could actually achieve a straight line with eye liner, lol! It’s kind of happened so quick that i literally just fell into it. Being an artist all my life you can say it went hand in hand.
-Why did you decide to devote your instagram to your make up looks?
Honestly….I was off social media for about 2 yrs before my sisters convinced me to get social media again and needed a way to build my career further then what it was .I figured what better way then to show one of the crafts I am good at and keep exclusively to that.
-What is make up bringing to your life on a mental/spiritual level?
Art is a form of therapy to me spiritually , emotionally and physically heals me in all its forms. It makes me happy to know at the end of the day I am still being that expressive artist and creating magic. It feeds my creative soul and is also really nice to know I am making any women/man feel like a million bucks.
-You have tattoos, colored hair and piercings,that we love!Were you always comfortable expressing yourself through your style?
NO,No and noooo…lol! I didn’t become fully confident with myself until I started digging deeper into myself and re evaluating my goals mentally/physically and emotionally(late teens). Now I have reached that point where I feel I can put anything on (or pierce/tattoo)and become one with that piece . I know myself , what I want , when I want it , how I will wear it and no one can tell me otherwise. That confidence took me a long time but I can say I own it .
-How many tattoos do you have?
I honestly lost count!lol! A lot of them started off really small and extended into some pretty big pieces…. Well over 30 by now if you count how I started them off.
-What is your most meaningful tattoos?
The left side of my body has become the most spiritual side of my body, the warrior, strength and my peaceful side,the deeper side of me. The white line on my chin is my protection, rebirth, change and the center of my chest a little below my piercings. I have the caravaca cross tattooed protection, gifts and in a weird way it gives me a little sense of peace.
-What colors have you done in your hair so far?
Pretty much any and every hair color you can possibly think of it has been done to this poor little (big) head of mine,lol! Pink, purple, blue, orange…
-What is your beauty routine?
I normally blow out my hair myself or iron it . My natural hair texture is curly and I really hate putting product in my hair to keep it a perfect curl every day. I use morrocan oil or bio silk to keep it looking shiny and healthy. Once a week, or every two weeks I do a deep treatment , using castor oil and coconut oil in my hair for 30 min warm or I will use aloe vera added into the mix. I switch out my shampoos every three months. Currently I am using Redken. When it comes to make up, I have a pretty sensitive skin. All my skin care products that I wear by are Dermalogica skin treatments . I don’t use foundation. My go to product is mineralized skin finish from MAC Cosmetics , concealer, sculpt and shaping powders and lots and lots of highlighting …. I love a good Glow. Fake lashes are a must.
-What will you like us to know about yourself that we can’t tell by looking at your instagram?
I am vegetarian and 5’9 …. I am a tall one.
– What basic tips will you give a woman that wanna wear a colorful eyeshadow or lips like you?
Pick a focus and stick to it. Doing a bold lip and a bold eye sometimes tends to come off too harsh and over the top for an everyday women. If you are attempting to become adventurous, either choose the lip to be your main focus or your eyes to be the focus and keep the rest more in the natural beauty tones.
-What is your most important make up rule?
Please step away from the tape and credit cards from making your contour. There are easier ways to give yourself a beautiful sculpt.
-What trends should we leave behind ?
Matching your makeup colors to fit exactly what you are wearing. Silver and black isn’t the only way to achieve the perfect smokey eye and colorful eyeshadow with a bold lip and crazy blush. It’s a great look for runway and editorial but for an everyday women can be a bit over powering.
What kind of make up will you wear on a date?
Honestly, if I am meeting the person for the first time, I try to keep it as natural as possible (gotta ease them into my crazy colorful world). It will probably be glowing skin (always) lashes and a semi bold lip.
What is your motto?
Surrender to your journey in life and watch it flow with grace.
What is your make up dream?
To be able to travel the world keying shows.
Do you have a make up guru that you look up to?
A celebrity make up crush?
I must say Jennifer Lopez make up is always on point, and always giving that effortlessly beautiful look.
You are also an amazing painter, what are your intentions with it?
I was always an artist before I became a Make up Artist. I didn’t realize my passion for painting till high school. Eventually i would love to have a gallery of my work.
What book are you currently reading?
Will you cite us a quote from it? Of course! I love sharing some good knowledge. The book I am currently reading is from Deepak Chopra, ”Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul”. Here is a quote from it: “People often want to be rescued by love,and thus love gets tied to escapism and fear. Things you are afraid of, such as loneliness,isolation, and not fitting in, must be sorted out and healed on their own,not masked by throwing yourself into a relationship with someone you think will solve your fears for you.”
How do you decide on which look you gonna wear daily?
I normally go based on the mood I wake up in. The brand I normally run with is mac cosmetics, they are always on point with there products, constantly evolving and bringing more to the table, has artist friendly packaging.
What is your favorite product?
I would not say this product is new but it defiantly has been one of favorites make up forevers aqua eye liners. They are beautiful in pigment and can last in the water line without smudging.
Is there one magic product that every woman should have what will it be? Make up for ever Hd pressed powder.
You also do your own hair color, what do you use?
Currently my hair is black so i used box dye lol my shampoo is redkin and use bio silk or Morrocan Oil. I use “It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in” as my leave in treatment, and Matrix heat protection spray. Also, olive oil, coconut oil,aloe vera and castor oil are all apart of the deep treatments I use when i feel like my hair needs some repairing.
What is the definition of a superwoman to you?
A women who is full of beauty, wisdom and strength from the inside out. A woman who can help support a family and who can inspire the world to become a better person/leader.
Where can we find you for a class?
I am currently teaching personal classes. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What advice will you give to a make up artist that is just starting?
Be humble, no matter how big you become always remember the journey it took to get there and test!test!test shoot to help build up your portfolio.
What is your favorite part about being a make up artist?
My favorite part of being a make up artist is being able to experiment with all the new and amazing product that are out there.
What lessons valuable lessons have you learned so far being a make up artist?
To stay humble. Keep your mind open, you will constantly learn something new and be able to take constructive criticism it will improve you as an artist and person.
You have more than 30k followers, what do you think is the key to your insta success?
I wanna say posting with all of the info attached to it, hashtags and photo quality..:)
Instacrush is about showcasing people, artist, models, thinkers, or entrepreneurs that are visually or intellectually inspiring us on Instagram, making our feeds better. We love to scroll down and see what they have to share so we decided to spread the love and introduce them to you.
Our first instacrush goes to @indiachristin, a model that we had the pleasure to shoot before with beauty and a spicy personality that had always captivated us. India has an undeniable aura and a great sense of style that is illuminating the downtown NY scene and our instagram feed lol!Her natural beauty and afro-rock signature style makes her a one of a kind creature with a divine soul, a immense sense of humor and intellect. India can post the most flawless selfies, but she can also share the funniest memes, her professional shots or her moment of fun with her friends. This is a spontaneous and refreshing instagram. In this interview, India is telling us a bit about the story behind the photos, from her experience as a model,to boys, and her beauty routine. Enjoy the interview and check her out @indiachristin!
Gods Magazine: You have beautiful skin and hair, do you have a routine for it?
India: I condition my hair with Argan/ Morrocan oil products. I don’t shampoo very often, as for it dries out curly hair. But conditioning everyday is key! As for my skin, I use a glycerin based facial cleanser and Embryolisse moisturizer. On my body I use coconut oil, which is also great for many other uses!
G:Since you live (& work) between NY and LA, what are your favorite spots to hang out there?
I:My favorite spots in NY and LA tend to vary on a phase or mood I’m in. At this point, I tend to go to more of a speak easy or bar type venue in both places. Let’s just say…I’d rather see a band play or something along those lines…
G:What is your motto?
I:My motto isn’t necessarily a motto. I’m constantly changing as a person and I just want to continue to learn. In that case, if I had to have one, it’d be “Never stop being willing to learn.”
G:What is the most attractive thing about a man to you?
I:The most attractive thing to me in a man is personality and openness. I love a man who is intelligent, open minded and funny. Also one who can handle my sarcasm .
G:What is a superwoman to you?
I:A superwoman to me is a woman who is willing to be aware of her insecurities and flaws and wants to learn to move past, a woman who is constantly working on letting go of all negativities.
G: Do you have a favorite instagram page that you like to go to everyday?
I: I don’t have a specific Instagram page that I go to everyday, there are just so many.
G: What music, band or artist are you currently listening to?
G: I know that you are also a musician. Where can we see you perform?
I:As far as my music- at the moment, I’m just working on my craft, so I’m not performing anywhere. Planning on eventually putting a band together, which is hard because EVERYONE is in a band haha…But things fall into place when it’s time.
G:Is there one side of your personality that you dont show on instagram, but that you could tell us about?
I:I feel that I pretty much show my personality on Instagram…I don’t really hide the fact that I smoke or drink, I post sarcastic memes, etc. I don’t really care what people think of me, I’m going to do what I want regardless, so what’s the point in hiding what I enjoy or find amusing? Instagram isn’t that serious in my opinion.
G: What’s the biggest lessons that you have learned from modelling?
I:The biggest lessons that I’ve learned from modeling would have to be that you have to have a tough skin. It’s a very cut-throat industry and you won’t survive if you let criticism get to you. I always say that you could go outside and get hit by a car and then your “career” is over. I don’t think that it’s necessarily a basket that you should put all of your eggs into…looks are fleeting. With that being said, having a personality is something that is key as a model as well. No one wants to work with a boring model. Also, having personality is something that could lead to other endeavors.
G: Do you think that having a good following on instagram is important for a model?
I:I think that people that feel they need a following is good for them, I am not necessarily one of those people.
From the casting of beautiful, unique, cool and diverse models, the make up and hair, the set, the theatrical handmade masks to the colorful yet dark sharply tailored Fall 2015 collection, Givenchy just brought us back to life and we are super excited. This is the ingredients that a show in 2015 should have!!! Bravo Riccardo Tisci, this is the Givenchy that we love, modern and cool! Here are our favorites looks.
Phony Ppl, is a soulful sextet from Brooklyn, that we discovered recently, and immediately love their positive dreamy music. According to the band, their new album ‘‘Yesterday’s Tomorrow” is about “living, dealing with problems, learning self-confidence, and [practicing] the ‘best kind of love,’ self love.” How honest and actual is that statement? We can all relate to the strive to empower ourself through the acquaintance of self-love. The lead single, “Why iii Love the Moon,” is the reason why we fell in love with the band and wanted to hear more of their music!! The single was just a little taste of an amazing album! If you are in New York, you can see them tonight at Sob’s, 9pm. To listen to their album, you can check out this link http://www.djbooth.net/index/albums/review/phony-ppl-yesterdays-tomorrow
”Cause every time I make a move they be sweatin’ me
They want another black man in penitentiary
It’s even hard for that man standing next to me
Cause he could catch a bullet that was truly meant for me
It’s like every step bring me close to destiny
And every breath I get closer to the death of me
I’m just tryna carry out my own legacy
But that place I call home (It ain’t lettin’ me)”
These lyrics went straight to our souls!! As a New Yorker, Joey Bada$$, made his performance relevant to the time we are living in and took a strong stand using his art and platform to speak the truth. An heartfelt, passionate, conscious and honest performance from Joey Bada$$, introducing his new song ”Like Me” from his debut album B4.DA.$$ which comes out January 20. If you are in New York, you can see him perform on monday January 19, at the Rough Trade in Brooklyn. Here is a link for more info http://www.roughtrade.com/events/2015/1/952
John Galliano nailed his first collection for Maison Martin Margiela!!! A come back from a designer that surely has a lot to say and express through his work after the challenges that he went trough during the past few years. What a better place to do that than in one of the most innovative house in fashion such as Maison Martin Margiela. Everything happens for a reason in life. We make mistakes, learn from them and from it all, we rise and have a stunning renaissance. Galliano gave us a mind-blowing come back and we are happy to witness his rebirth. This is the beginning of a new era, we can’t wait to see his amazing creativity unleash. Now more than ever it seem likes Margiela is the best fit for Galliano vision and creative freedom.
Craig Green set the mood by sending his models out barefoot, making a zen statement mixed with clothes that suggest martial mastery and military influence. This collection may suggest that peace requires discipline and vulnerability at the same time. Here are our favorites looks from the collection.
Launched in 2011 by Agape Mdumulla and Sam Cotton, two 28-year-old UK designers who cut their teeth working at Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld, J.W. Anderson, and Blaak Homme, Agi & Sam is quickly becoming one of most interesting brand in London. A great mix of colors, graphics and beautiful tailoring for a cool artsy men is the magic that the duo created this season. Here are our favorite looks!
Following the release of his STN MTN/Kauai EP back in October, Childish Gambino drops the video for “Sober” directed by Hiro Murai and we looooovvveee it! The video is everything we needed to end the week, it’s funny, honest, romantic, and the music is great. Enjoy!
Lanvin is giving us some rock and roll chic 70’s realness with Jamie Bochert & Mica Arganaraz for Pre-Fall 15 and we love it! The collection is everything that we wanna wear, to look chic and cool, prints, furs, tailored pieces, sneakers and some cute dresses. Here are our favorite looks.
Images from http://www.style.com
RAUN LA ROSE is a very promising New York native menswear designer that founded his label in 2009.The past 3 past collections have been impressively sharp,fashion forward with great tailoring and progressive designs.Larose has clearly a strong vision, patience, and an attention to details. He has confirmed those qualities in his last spring/summer 15’ collection “Because of the Internet.”Larose is a designer that we are excited to see evolve and grow into becoming a dominating figure in menswear.
“Beauty is one of the main lines to make people feel something, it’s the sharpest tool in the box. And if you are trying to make people feel something. If you are able to make it beautiful then they’ll sit up and listen. And often, if you make something that’s derived from human suffering or from war, if you represent that with beauty and sometimes it is beautiful that’s creates an ethical problem in the viewer’s mind. Then, they are confused and angry and disoriented. This is great because you got them to actually think about the active perception and how this imagery is being produced and consume.”
The role of an artist is to find beauty where the rest of the world see none. The role of an artist is also to shed light on issues that are ignored. To manipulate reality and serve it to us with a new flavor that may captivate our attention.
That what’s the Irish photojournalist and artist, Richard Mosse has done with these images, making a human tragedy dramatically, uncomfortably beautiful.
“The Enclave” was produced using a recently discontinued military film technology originally designed in World War II to reveal camouflaged installations hidden in the landscape. This film registers an invisible spectrum of infrared light, rendering the green landscape in vivid hues of lavender, crimson, and hot pink. On the threshold of the medium’s extinction, Mosse employed this film to document an ongoing conflict situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. This humanitarian disaster, in which 5.4 million people have died since 1998, is largely overlooked by the mass media. Frequent massacres, human rights violations, and widespread sexual violence remain unaccounted for. In a kind of advocacy of seeing,The Enclave attempts to cast this forgotten tragedy in a new spectrum of light, to make this forgotten humanitarian disaster visible.
By touching us with these images, he is attempting to get our attention on what’s going on in Congo. In a world where we are desensitized by image of war, genocides, where we are bombarded with information and violent images, maybe the only way to captive our mind is to shock us with disturbing, unexpected beauty. Richard succeed in making us uncomfortably captivated by these images, which also made us questions what we were looking at. I have to said that before I knew about the origin of these images, I was uncomfortable about sharing them. I still am a bit torn, but what’s worst than leaving things in the dark? How can you treat a disease that you ignore? These images may be controversial to some, but they may be necessary for awareness.
Art shouldn’t always be comfortable. Art should make you question things, questions ourselves, the way we live, society, the way we think, the way we relate to humanity. Art should disturb the establishment and make you rethink about your whole existence.
Ignoring what’s going on in Congo is a lost for humanity. We are losing beautiful souls, spirits, we are losing a part of the world potential, talents, brains. By losing them we are losing love, which is the essence of every human being on Earth. That’s the reason why art is important, a desperation, a cry for help, to disturb your life’s routine, or remind you of the elephant in the room.The Mercy Corps Action Center and Portland Art Museum have partnered to provide an educational opportunity that examines the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the complicated process of Mercy Corps’ community-driven development work. To know more about the conflict and how to help ans also about the exhibit, check out the links below:
We are happy to see that the British finally realized that they live in a multicultural country and granted Jourdan Dunn, an english supermodel that is pretty much running the fashion industry right now, with a Vogue UK cover. London is seen has a very open minded, free, diverse city, yet a magazine that is supposed to set the tone such as Vogue, was still reluctant to grace their cover with a solo black model for the past 12 years. For 12 years they failed to acknowledge the presence of their black audience on the cover. That speaks volume on how the fashion industry feels about black models and their marketing value.We still have more work to do and mentality still needs to evolve to have a more diverse representation of beauty. But better late than never I guess! We are happy to see that progress are being made, and that diversity is being more valued and acknowlegde. We hope to see more diversity from now one, and not in 12 years lol!
Memphis isn’t your ordinary movie. It is a visual experience with a few but very poignant dialogues directed by Tim Sutton. If you like existentialism and beautiful imagery, you will appreciate the authenticity of this movie. Memphis‘ cast is entirely made up of non-actors found in the city of Memphis , aside from the main character Willis Earl Beal, of course, who also wrote and recorded the film’s soundtrack. Watch the feature’s just-released trailer above and visit the film’s site for more footage.
”If you’re holding anyone else accountable for your happiness, you’re wasting your time. You must be fearless enough to give yourself the love you didn’t receive. Begin noticing how every day brings a new opportunity for your growth. ” – Oprah Winfrey
“Don’t let self-imposed constraints or the idea that there’s a certain kind of work you’re “supposed to do” get in the way of taking risks and pursuing what you love.” –Selena Rezvani (Mistakes I made…)
I have been reading a lot of self empowerment book, but I came to a point where I needed to hear advice from a women perspective. I quickly realized that a few of these books were written by and for women. I wanted to be inspired and reassured that my dreams were attainable and that, the challenges I was facing was a part of many other entrepreneurs and ambitious women’s journeys.
In my quest for inspiring books wrote by super women, I found two of them that really helped me. They were, “What I know for sure” by Oprah Winfrey, and ” Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect On What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong” edited by Jessica Bacal.
These books have been a saving grace for me because success and ambition isn’t only a boy thing, and sometimes you can feel alone in your journey if you dont have any women that mentor you. Now I feel like I have all of those ladies mentoring me, just by reading their book and their stories! I didn’t not only get a feminine point of view but I got a diversity of social backgrounds, ethnicity, and occupations allowing to find myself and relate.
“Mistakes that I learned…” is a book that made me realize that it’s ok not to fit into the traditional office environment, it doesn’t make us weirdos. We just have to find what works for us, what is our idea of success. It can be entrepreneurship, freelance or whatever we choose, but we should always make the decision that fulfills our soul everyday. We should choose to do work that matter to us and that we believe in. I learned that you have to take risks and follow your heart. All of these successful women inspired me to believe in myself and my point of view despite the doubts that we can have while going through society or because of the standard of behavior that are expected from us.
In her book,”What I know for sure” , Oprah, a woman that exudes wisdom and confidence, is confirming that loving ourself first is the prerequisite to a successful life. That’s we have a point in our life’s where it’s ok to choose to focus on ourself, to discover who we are what we want, and follow our dreams in order to help others efficiently later. Despite what society tell women, we do not have to make other people happiness and wants come before our own. Oprah also believes that love is not only found in a relationship, but is first in us. Love is in a beautiful flower, in a conversation with your family, in looking at the moon or in sharing a good meal with your friends. Love is all around us and more importantly in us, so we should never think that we are deprived of love when it’s in fact all there is. To love yourself is to believe in yourself ans what you have to offer to the world. Her notion of gratefulness and appreciation of life daily gift such as waking up in the morning really inspired me. What a beautiful, healthy way of living. Practicing mindfulness and realizing that we are blessed, give us peace and able us to enjoy fully what we have in the present moment.
If you decide to pick up these books, I hope they inspire and encourage you as much as they did for me. Happy New Year!
May the truth resonates through your heart and give you the discernement to make choices out of love and not fear.
May you have the self-discipline to do every day the things that nurture your soul.
May you believe in the importance of your existence and the valuable contribution to the world that you can make.
May you have the courage to live the life of your dreams.
Happy New Year!!!
“Aspire to Inspire”
Queen Ella And Lady Day in Ngor Island, Senegal.
“Ignore your power”
Miss me is not only one of the rare female street artist, she is a social activist. A fearless, dedicated woman that has a compassion inspiring her to make art that touch people’s soul. Miss me is an artful vandal from Montreal, taking her imagination to the streets and making them an amazing open gallery.
A world traveler, she spreads her art in the streets of Paris, Zurich, New York,Berlin, submerging herself in different cultures, which gives her a deeper understanding of the world, and an edge and authenticity that translate into her work. A liberated strong woman, a 2015 feminist, she embraces all sides of her womanhood. Expressing her sexuality, her vulnerability, her creativity, while not being afraid of being political, smart and opinionated. Why should we be one or another? Miss me inspires us to embrace everything that we are as women, this is the path to freedom!
Her art serie, “aspire to inspire” feature women such as the authors, Maya Angelou, Simone de Beauvoir, Helen Keller and the activist Malala. All intelligent, courageous women, that are outside of pop culture. Miss me aspires to have young girls being inspired by role models like them. Miss me is encouraging women to embrace everything that they are. To not apologize for not fitting into society’s expectations of what we should be and how we should act.
Miss me’s art is all about empowerment. Going to Senegal and painting traditional women such as Queen Ella And Lady Day in a small village may seem trivial to some people. But, it was in fact a very surprising form of healing to a population that is not use to seeing themselves glamorized and celebrated.
In her series “Jazz Saints” she celebrates legendary musician such as Miles Davis and Nina Simone, shining light on a culture that didn’t always receive proper credit or wasn’t always understood. What’s better that being honored and named a Saint?
She really blew my mind and confirmed her passion for justice and humanity with her last serie “Ignore you Power”, this Christmas. She managed to sneak into the bus stops and plants her visual insight by reversing and maneuvering commercial advertising. That serie was all about questioning mass consumption and the tragic conditions that are sometimes involved. What a better timing and concept, making us questions our habits and responsibilities as consumers, especially during the holiday season. What is the level of our awareness, consciousness, why do we accept to buy things that were made from someone that is treated unfairly? Is that pair of jean really worth more than the human condition?
Miss me’s art is always passionately social , because this is who she is and what she lives for. We love her for that. Art should be daring, an act of beautiful rebellion, selfless, unconditionally loving and awakening. She enlightened our year and we are excited to see what’s next! For more of Miss Me art, check out her website at http://www.miss-me-art.com
You can get a piece of her mind in this very insightful interview http://http://shtetlmontreal.com/2014/10/02/art-vandalism-saints-kol-nidre/
In 2014, two teenagers completely blew my mind, they were Willow, 14, and Jaden Smith, 16. I have been amazed at the amount of talent, wisdom, intelligence, beauty and consciousness those kids already have. How amazing to have kids able to express their creativity, make wonderful art and not limit themselves to school’s or society’s boundaries.
They gave an interview this year that a lot of people misunderstood. I actually loved them more after that. Their freedom, thirst for knowledge, and their understanding of life is something we should all inspire to. The young Smiths are definitely having an experimental childhood, and I think that is closer to the truth in terms of personal development. As a child, you are aware of and confident in your true essence, and your environment in which you grow nurture that essence or tames it. Those kids are still experimenting life (like all of us), but are already blessing us with so much good art at such a young age. From physics, spirituality, to the arts, they are covering pretty much all of the domain of life that are essential to the building of an awesome, confident human being in harmony with the universe. They are only teens, so wait for all of that knowledge to mix with more experience!!
I am excited to see these two good souls, grow and share with us what they have in their amazing minds and imagination.
You can read their interview here: http://http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/17/jaden-and-willow-smith-exclusive-joint-interview/?_r=0
Willow’s “3” is available now on iTunes. Jaden’s “Cool Tapes Vol. 2″ is available with the download of his new app called Jaden Experience.
Evelyn Bencicova is a 21-year-old Born in Slovakia, and Berlin-based fashion/art photographer that definitely made a big impression in the art and fashion world in 2014. “Ecce Homo”, is the name of her photo-serie that she released this year. “Ecce Homo” theme in Western art comes from the Christian tradition and the representations of particular scenes from the Passion of Christ and has been revisited by contemporary artists as a way to approach human suffering and mortality in general . For Bencicova is was about creating striking tableaux vivants making us through her art, question human behavior and society, which she accomplished with so much soul and depth. We love photographer like Bencicova that are also philosophers and student of life, pushing the limits of their craft, and blessing us with art that make us think and resonate to our soul.
Photo by © Evelyn Bencicova.
“If you dont dress the inside of your head, like you have been dressing the outside of your body. You’re in trouble. The future belong to this generation, and the high tech.” -Bill C.
Bill Cunningham, has always been ahead of his time. He is the originator of street-style photography, valuing the fashion of the street way before it was trendy to do so, and also long before the internet era and bloggers. Bill’s photographs in his weekly column in the New York Times, On the Street, influenced fashion, culture, trends and journalism immeasurably.
How refreshing it is to see Bill, 85 years old, an icon that seen it all, done it all in fashion, fully embrace and be aware of this new era of technology. Bill is the proof that being a part of history doesn’t mean that you have to cling to it. Seeing the beauty in progress and the potentiel of the new generation is also what a true visionary is. In this interview, Bill rejoice in seeing this generation thirst for knowledge, the shift of the old outlets to technology, and the connectedness that it can creates between us while stressing fashion to live with it time and have more substance and consciousness. Very refreshing to hear!
The second video shows how much of a good soul Bill is. He shares with us the memory of the best show that he went to, in Le chateaux de Versaille in Paris. That show was memorable to him because of the authenticity of the moment and the social meaning that it has. I don’t wanna spoil it for you, so I will stop here and invite you to watch the video… Bill is definitely an inspiration for all of us, to have integrity in our work, to aware of our environment, to be kind, socially conscious and more responsible for the world well being.
”F**k Em Only We Know” is a song that I fell in love with the first time I heard it.
Banks has been writing songs for the past ten years and, finally got ride of her fears and decided to sing and share with the world her gift, releasing her first album in September 2014.
Banks is already adored by the fashion world. She landed her first Coach campaign and was one of the favorite fashion week’s act last season.
She is an inspiration for all of us to take a leap of faith in our lives. To step fully into our destiny, believing in our talents and sharing it with the world. Whatever we have in our hearts, that we are genuinely passionate about is worth sharing.
I am excited to see Banks blossom.
Photo: Mikael Jansson for Coach.
King Krule is 20 year old gifted young man from south-east London. A singer/producer/songwriter with deep thoughts, beautiful lyrics and a soulful voice. We can’t get enough of his sound, poetic mind and good looks.
He definitely has some of the most memorable tunes of 2014.
Photo by I-D Magazine.
Art is all about creating a reality that doesn’t exist yet. A reality that is needed to heal the world. The artist is throwing a spell on the collective consciousness through whatever art form she/he is performing to awaken and elevate society.
More than beauty or fantasy, an artist can create social healing.
Basquiat felt the desire to have most of his protagonist black in his painting, after seeing that they weren’t much of them or any at all represented in art. Kerry James Marshall is an African-American artist from Alabama born in the same year that Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her bus seat for a white passenger. Kerry James’s history inspired him to explore and redefine blackness through his art. To glamorize it, to make the world familiarize themselves with it, and give it the space and attention that it deserve.
His painting are a delight to our soul.
Check out his inspiring interview, at http://http://www.phaidon.com/agenda/art/articles/2014/october/14/kerry-james-marshall-on-look-see-at-david-zwirner/?utm_source=cheetah&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NL161014
Every artist has their own personal process of making art.
D’Angelo took 14 years to give us a new album, but it was clearly worth the wait.
This album is full of beautiful poetry, wisdom, overflowing with love, consciousness, spirituality that make us feel at peace.
Let’s support thoughtful music.
We can buy the album at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/black-messiah/id950764300
We woke up this morning still feeling motivated and inspired by the #MillionsMarchNYC this week end, that energized us and made us hopeful that the collective consciousness of humanity is shifting into the direction of love.
To keep up the good energy , we want share with you an article from one of our favorite website, Mysticmamma.com
Mystic Mamma is always a great source of light and inspiration with great articles, poems, videos and advices. Check it out!
Today was a true demonstration of love. You could feel it in the air. Black, white, latinos, asians, old, young…united for justice, for love for compassion, for the betterment of humanity. The air was filled with pure love that can only emanate from the unity of human kind. A very special day that filled us with hope, positive energies and motivation to do more everyday, care about each other and realize that each of us has the power to change the world with every single action and decisions that we make. #MillionsMarchNYC
Little Simz is a talented 20 year old gal from London, blessing us with a dreamy electro/ hip-hop sound, she is definitely one to watch in 2015. We have the song “Closer” feat Tiffany Gouché on repeat, from her highly anticipated ‘AGE 101: DROP 3|000′ EP. This song is mesmerizing!!
Public School didn’t disappoint us with this collection. Colors, knits, leather, a bit of denim and a sporty chic attitude is what we like. The New York look.
J. Cole maybe what we need right now. A talented, open-hearted, smart, vulnerable, strong-willed, honest, conscious, simple, inspirational, ambitous yet compassionate rapper that can also be political.
J. cole isn’t trying to pretend and we love that. He just speaks to our heart with pure honesty.
This album is full of mesmerizing sounds and uplifting lyrics.
Listen to him, open your soul to his art.
The designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough delivered a pre-collection that has the perfect ingredients for success. A sophisticated woman with a strong yet cool attitude, great coats, knits, sweaterdress… The perfect amount of style, the perfect amount of comfort, that’s what we want to wear! It’s only pre-fall and PROENZA SCHOULER is already exquisite!! Take a look at our favorites looks.
Few artists have taken a stand and spoken up about the current situation in the states. The whole nation is being shaken by a cancer that is dividing some and uniting others. One thing for sure is that no one is indifferent. Whether you are Black, White or Latino, Mike Brown, Eric Garner and Akai Gurley’s fate resonates in your soul and has shaken many ideas that you had about the country we are living in. We thank Yasiin Bey (f/k/a Mos Def) for blessing us with his words. For comforting us and letting us know that not only the people, but artist, influencers and others whom we support are with us when we need them. Delight yourself in this outpour of love and consciousness by clicking in the link below.
Fashion East is a non-profit initiative established by the Old Truman Brewery in 2000 to nurture emerging young designers through the difficult early stages of their career. Each season they offer three womenswear and three menswear designers the opportunity to present a catwalk collection during London Fashion Week.
This season, the lucky and talented designers were Louise Alsop, Helen Lawrence, and Ashley Williams.
We love the initiative and also appreciate the opportunity to discover new talents, thanks to Fashion East!!
We applaud DKNY for embracing New York diversity and reflecting it in their Fall-Winter 2014 show.
Charlotte Carey, AdesuwaPariyapasat and Devan Mayfield all in the same show is just a casting made in heaven!!AMMMEENNNN!
Pyer Moss was founded in 2012 by the young designer Kerby Jean-Raymond, and is already one of our favorite New York menswear line.
This Fall-Winter 2014, he presented at Milk Made Fashion Week, an architectural inspired collection, well tailored with a very cool set.
Pyer Moss is definitely a designer to watch!!
Opening Ceremony is one of the brand that makes New York Fashion Week exciting, representing the young and cool, love it!
Christopher Shannon is a designer that we’ve discovered this season and we have to say that we love the clothes but also the casting, everything about this line is cool and beautifully made. London is always making us happy!
KTZ is young, fresh and daring, because life is to short to play it safe with the way we dress.
This KTZ Fall/Winter 2014 collection is another demonstration that winter doesn’t have to be boring and that London is still the city of the young and bold designers that give us the courage to dress funky!
BENJI WZW is the kind of of designer that bring us exitement, with a collection that has the perfect combination of cool with great colors, shapes and details.
Benji WZW s based in Antwerp, Belgium, and graduated in 2013 from the Royal Academy Of Fine Arts ANTWERP. Definitely a talent that we are going to follow closely!
Again, Riccardo Tisci is showing the establishment the way by having Erykah Badu, in his new campaign. How refreshing is that? When was the last time we saw such a major fashion house respectfully embracing other cultures, while also acknowledging icons outside of their direct surroundings? Riccardo Tisci is not only pushing the art forward, he is also changing mentalities by using Givenchy, one of the biggest fashion houses in the industry; to showcase a world that is diverse in influences and beauty. That’s exciting.
Hood By Air is a label that we love because of its strong sense of identity and independence, and also because the label is without a question redefining and bringing an unprecedented level of sophistication to street wear.
The Hood by Air x Corgi capsule collection is another example of the expansion of the label in a positive direction, delivering a range of 10 exciting pieces that are going to be available on November 27 at Selfridges. Can’t wait!
Sarah Ryan is a very talented Ireland based designer that graduated with a BA (Hons) Womenswear in 2013 from limerick school of art and design,and was recently named Designer of the Year by the Institute of Designers in Ireland.
We are just amazed by the level of craftsmanship, originality and beauty that Sarah delivered at such an early stage of her career. She is a gift to fashion and art.
We are excited to see what’s next.
Kanye West teamed up with one of the best and most innovative fashion house, Maison Martin Margiela to create 10 couture pieces, 20 ready-to-wear pieces and an ‘exclusive’ pair of trainers as well as bejewelled head-encasing masks for a show that is already setting the standard of fashion, music and entertainment to a level of excellence.
Kanye is honoring and paying the highest respect to his fan by delivering such a visual masterpiece .
Click on the link below to find the interview Hypebeast had with the Maison Martin Margiela team to know more about this exciting collaboration.
Cassanda Verity Green is a London based knitwear womenswear & accessories designer, freshly graduated from Central St Martins. Cassandra is reminding us that fashion but also knitwear can still be original, fun, make us dream and be the ultimate wearable fantasy.
This collection is a breath of fresh air! Bravo!
Loving the simplicity yet sophistication of the spring / summer 2014 collection of the Belgian fashion designer Wim Bruynooghe who very recently graduated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.
This very graphic collection is just a glimpse at what Wim can do, and we are excited to see what’s to come. Talent to watch!
London is one of the most exciting city when it comes to style, filled with very innovative designer that are willing to push the boundaries.
Jenna Young is one of them, she started a very promising emerging womenswear label in South London called “This is The Uniform”, and she is definitely making a statement with her collection and the name of the brand.
In the debut collection 001. NO COLLAR we can feel the mix of culture that Jenna Young has been exposed to, translated trough a mix of sportswear classic perfectly combined with precise tailoring and the use of very technical pleating. Brilliant!
Jenna Young is definitely a designer on the rise!
We absolutely love the architectural wooden clutches that they came up with! We couldn’t think of a cooler, modern yet timeless clutch. Tesler + Mendelovitch is dedicated to bring some very experimental and artful products to fashion and we are excited to see what’s coming next!
Nature is an unlimited source of inspiration, and Harem Royal is an independent Serbian jewelry line that is translating the complexity but also the sensuality of mother nature trough their ” Garden” collection.
A delightful mix of romanticism, gothic, warm colors and sharp shapes that we are fan of. Harem Royal is already a classic!
Tokyo Fashion Week has to be the most youthful and fun of all of the fashion weeks!
Christian Dada designer Masanori Morikawa stayed in that spirit and brought some excitement to the runway by having the legendary band Kiss, make an appearance! Yes, Gene Simmons ripped the runway lol!
But let’s not get side tracked, Christian Dada is a label that carries both men’s and women’s, and this season we have a coup de coeur for the men’s pieces.
As you can see in our selection of looks, we are in love with the gold lamé pieces and the sharply cut trousers, vests and shorts.
Mr Morikawa knows the recipe of a good show, well done!
Photo by Giovanni Giannoni @ http://www.wwd.com
The talented 26 years old korean designer Jei Kim brought to Tokyo Fashion Week a very cool collection inspired by the Californian teenage culture.
We can definitely can in this collection some hip hop influences beautifully mixed with girly elements such as lace, pastel colors, and even some ladylike looks.
Since 2007, Fleamadonna is bringing excitement to Tokyo and is for sure a rising star in the fashion sphere.
Affaire a suivre!
Fashion week doesn’t only happens in Paris, New York, London and Italy,in fact a lot of other countries, cities are involved, giving us their unique perspectives on fashion, and on style while mixing it with their own culture. That’s what we love about fashion and what we think it should be about, the expression of ones own individuality, culture, belief, point of view, and for it to be complete, the whole world need to participate.
So we are happy to see that “the other” fashion weeks are starting to be recognized for their valuable input on the industry.
TokyoFashion Week is something that we are always looking forward to,because of the designers originality and risk taking attitude. Tokyo always makes sure to deliver a fun, fresh and really cool fashion week, the only down side would be that some collections lacks of coherence, but the creativity and the desire to push the boundary kinda make up for it.
Facetasm by Hiromichi Ochiai is one of the new brands that launched in 2007 bringing excitement this season with beautifully made pieces with the right amount of edge, pleasing both boys and girls.
Facetasm is now on our radar as a promising band to look out for.
Majita Cop is a Croatian designer who as a student is already pushing the boundaries of fashion with a breathtaking university experimental collection called Object 12-1 inspired by the beauty and resilience of stone cathedrals and domes. If as a student Majita can deliver such great pieces of art, we can’t imagine what’s next! The next Mc Queen maybe coming from Croatia. Stay tune!
On the more affordable side of fashion, the British retailer Joseph is delivering an overall pretty tomboyish collection with some amazing leather pieces, sweet overalls, kilts and an irresistible metallic silver pants. Cool and sophisticated, that’s the way we like it!
London is a very multicultural city where more than 3oo languages are spoken, and the designer Ashish Gupta gave us a perfect demonstration of a cool marriage of culture in his spring/summer collection 2014, from the casting to the ingenious mix of style with a grungy/rock&roll /middle eastern/arabic/african feel. Love it!
Alexandre Vauthier is a ready to wear, and a couture french designer that launched his line in 2009.
Alexandre Vauthier is all about a perfectly fitted garment for the sexy, sophisticated, modern women.
This season he graced us with a femme fatale, that isn’t afraid to add some cool to her sex appeal with a bomber jacket or some track pants, we love it!
We love Anne Valerie Hash sporty chic spring/summer 2014 collection. From the baby blue, the delicate lace to the audacious pick a boo, she gave us the perfect girly tom boy.
Hexa By Kuho is a brand that we only discover this season, and we are already liking it. Designer Jung Kuho studied at Parsons School New York in communication design, he launched ‘KUHO’ brand in Seoul at 1997. The shape, color palette, simplicity yet intricate details of this sporty chic collection make us wanna see more of Kuho!
Sarah Burton brough back the spirit of Alexander McQueen with a mind blowing collection mixing rich elements such as metal, african pearls, feather, leather…the perfect combination of colors and shapes for a confident and daring McQueen woman!
Rad Hourani is the first unisex haute couture designer in history,wich already makes him a visionary.
He has been blessing us with amazingly well cut and modern pieces with a sharp edge and with a sense of exellence when it comes to leather giving us the right dose of simplicity, luxury and cool since he started the line in 2007. Rad Hourani has been the future but is also the present and the ss14 collection is a proof of his genius.Get into it!
Miuccia Prada is bringing the colors back with a fresh mix of pastel and a 70’s inspired collection, all of the youth and optimism that we love about Miu Miu.