BCollide presents OCD Test/

I interviewed Johnny Wang from BCollide for  last week, and I’m extremely pleased and excited with the result! It was an interesting subject,and I had a lot of fun thinking of what the right questions to ask would be. I posted the article in full to add to my online portfolio, but the link to it on Schön!’s website is here. Please use that for any comments regarding the collection, the meaning behind and even my proofreading abilities! XO
 

BCollide presents OCD Test/ 

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Photography / Yue Huang
Fashion / Johnny Wang

Johnny Wang studied Fashion Design at Regent’s University, was involved in editorial styling for Vogue Italia and MIXTE, and worked for Alexander McQueen, Sir Tom Baker Bespoke Tailoring, and Phoebe English previous to starting up his own fashion label. The founder and creative director of BCollide, he talks to Schön! about his creative process, daily routine and his sources of inspiration. We discover what it is like to be a young entrepreneur in one of the world’s most competitive industries today.

How did BCollide come about?


BCollide combines ‘BC’ and ‘Collide’. ‘BC’ has no religious connotation here; it denotes a point from which the design should evolve honestly and purely. ‘Collide’ summarises the perpetual motion of lifestyle in a city like London. 
To a certain extent, BCollide reflects some aspects of my current life too.

Most of my female friends are young working professionals. We often discuss fashion and they would express their needs to me. Our conversations involve a lot of debate about the balance between creative design and practicality. For BCollide, it was their views that inspired me and contributed to the concept behind the label. 
BCollide is for young working professionals in cities. They are cool, maverick, ambitious, and enjoying their newly found independence — and the confidence and pride that come with it — in the form of a regular income. It’s an exhilarating experience in one’s life!

So when you talk about balance between creative design and practicality, what does that entail? Have you found any solutions?

I feel a lot of young designers, especially those who’ve had formal training in fashion design, struggle at some point during building a start-up business. Fashion design, as education, can be very exclusive, unforgiving and only highly value artistic expression. Now, as an entrepreneur, I face a different set of challenges — commercial viability and marketability of the products. My experience from working within the industry really helps me evaluate ideas from both creative and practical ends, however.

For BCollide, we explore one idea, many times until it’s translated into functional products. The process involves a lot of experimental pattern cutting and garment finishing, yet the practicality doesn’t only refer to garments but also to running the business. Building a business from scratch presents challenges on a daily basis. There are so many things to do. It’s very thrilling and humbling.

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Your debut collection, OCD TEST, is ‘designed to exercise the unease triggered by the mis-alignment in everyday objects’. How did OCD come to constitute the main inspiration for the collection?

I experience this particular form of uneasy feeling when I see, for instance, a manhole cover in the street is slightly offset and the road markings wouldn’t match perfectly. It’s a very personal subject. I’m presenting this problem to my audience in designs aimed to stimulate senses with a bit of humour, if one gets it.

This collection investigates a particular form of OCD that is induced by the mis-alignment in everyday objects. It takes a witty approach as opposed to a medical diagnostic one. The designs present an argument or a problem from a different angle. With the confrontational visuals that they bear, my audience can have a light-hearted chuckle when they suddenly realise ‘Oh, this happens to me too’.

What are your main artistic influences, within both visual arts and the world of fashion?

I’ve had a lot of influences while going through the educational process, to the point where I got a little lost. Going around galleries and seeing sculptures and art was furiously encouraged at college and university. I question my own design philosophy all the time, and avoid the ‘formula’ that is ‘one finds inspirations and reconfigures them’. 
For BCollide, the play with these conventional forms of clothing is explicit. What is done on top of those elements is the design, be it a solution to a problem or a problem of a solution. In this sense, BCollide is quite a naughty one, hence its rebellious undertone.

The introduction video for OCD TEST seems rather sharp and tense, playing on emotional insecurity and a deep sense of unease. Where did your fascination with the dark side of the brain spring from? 


BCollide is honest. Honesty sometimes can be confrontational and brutal. The video confronts insecurity. Like the collection, the video aims to stimulate senses. I’m fascinated by the sensation I have when responding to my surroundings — it could be joy, amusement, and accomplishment, but also sorrow, depression, and failure. The OCD TEST collection plays on a slightly troubling subject indeed, but I do hope that the result is delightfully different.

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Would you consider a collaboration? 

I yearn for collaborations. Collaborations for me are like putting together a huge jigsaw puzzle, just with more hands and brains. The same idea can be interpreted and realised in so many ways. Most importantly, it will be a dream come true to work with people who share a similar ideology in design; the creative comrades.

What does a day-to-day schedule involve for you? 


I’m currently working solely on my own, so I’m taking care of everything: researching, designing, pattern cutting, sourcing, sampling, fitting, book keeping, PR-ing, branding and marketing. I do take Sundays off though, it’s the one day a week I can detox and recuperate.

Is the deconstruction of the conventional lines of garments a creative direction that you would like to explore in future collections?

The deconstructed elements in this collection serve the concept, as opposed to the brand’s aesthetic. Elements are meant to look like they’ve been sliced open and rotated, and convince the audience it’s an intended design. If another future idea requires leaving certain parts of the design unfinished, it’ll be done only to convey the idea, but it’s not a necessity.

On a final note, what comes next for BCollide?

BCollide debuts with OCD TEST as a luxury womenswear label. I’ve started to research for the next collection. I’m working on ‘Re-define’, which is to challenge the stereotypical use of certain fabrics and the connotation of conventional garments. Hopefully BCollide can bring a different set of dialogue to the table of design.

To see more of BCollide, and to discover the OCD TEST collection, click here.

Words / Anca Dunavete

This BCollide editorial was produced by

Photography / Yue Huang
Art Direction / BCollide
Styling / Johnny Wang
Model / Sophia Bassé
Make Up / Silvia Saccinto
Graphic Design / Shelley Xu
Photography Assistant / Ara Zhong

Special thanks to Barbican Estate and to members of the BCollide studio who were an absolute joy to work with.

On #SYPconf14, luck, timing and pixie dust

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I figured that, since I am (qualified! and not even any kind of, but the NCTJ-qualified kind) a journalist, I’d better start blogging about my opinions. It’s funny, I have a degree that gives me the right to talk… I must mention, though, that it’s 2AM and the only reason why I’m not in bed yet is, well, JackFM. God, I love JackFM.

One year ago I realised that I don’t want to go into journalism. When I applied for university, I wanted nothing more than to graduate as already an investigative journalist (or travel journalist… hey, the world is big and the possibilities are endless.) As for the reason, there is a quote I found during my studies that says it better than I ever could. Here it goes:

I knew I didn’t want to be a doctor or a lawyer or go into business. I wanted to be a writer and bring down the bastions of power that caused common people so much suffering. That’s what I thought in 11th grade. I guess I never grew up. I still feel that way.” (Robert I. Friedman, investigative journalist)

Beautiful, isn’t it? Yet after a long dissertation on the representation of humanitarian crises in the Western Media and exploring theories of media influence while growing more and more cynical, I realised I am not ready for it. I see journalism, real journalism, as a high and mighty thing still, but deep inside me I just know that right now is not my time to write about such things.

Therefore, one year ago I decided to work more on not only my knowledge but also focus, drive, creativity and inner strength before taking the weight of the world on my shoulders, and investigated :) other routes. I stumbled over the Society of Young Publishers‘ annual conference in Oxford and decided that it might be worth to give it a try, although I knew nothing about the world of publishing at the time and lived 4 hours away in good old Portsmouth. I liked books, ok? I read from my grandmother’s newspaper when I was 2, this would impress any potential employer, right? I dutifully bought my ticket then, messaged my only Facebook contact from Oxford that I was coming, needed a place to stay overnight and it was nice to finally meet him, and packed some clothes in a hurry. What was I thinking? Ah, but sometimes the mind only gets in the way…

Publishing really  seemed like a dream come true, the best of both worlds; I would be around great literature and perhaps utilise my writing skills every now and then. I left the conference and Oxford animated, enthusiastic and ready to go for it, all engines burning. My dream to work in the world of books that, I like to believe, shape the world just as much as newspaper do and yes, I know just how debatable my statement is, was beginning to take on a life of its own. I immediately went back to reading tons of books, researching the publishing industry in every way, getting better at InDesign (because ebooks) and generally growing more and more comfortable with the terrifying future awaiting for me at the end of July.

After graduation, I made the biggest efforts and managed to move to London in what should never, ever, be defined in my biographies as a dream place, and spent days and nights drinking coffee and applying for entry level jobs while counting down the number of days left until the rent was due. I had made a promise to feed myself emotionally, creatively, intellectually, and spiritually each day, and sticking to something this noble brings us, I believe, trust and respect for ourselves.

Yet feeding my creativity  became increasingly harder as I couldn’t find work that mattered, to the point that I nearly ran out of it — and began to forget what that work should be. I got dangerously close to the point where I didn’t know what I wanted to do anymore, and just wanted to do more living for a while. This is ok to say as a 22-year-old, isn’t it? Not so much when you’re a planner like me, and are not rebelling to go on a round-the-world trip but running out of funds. I actually like having a vision, making lists, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and even keeping my room tidy! New life in London was messy, chaotic and lacked any sort of direction. The number of articles I began to read on neuroscience and NLP slowly started to scare my housemate…

The publishing world didn’t seem to want me and I started to resent it too. I went back to journalism and worked in a tiny office for a Romanian newspaper, and later interned for Schön! magazine. In the meantime I also got experience in digital marketing, book marketing and social media marketing… but you can read about all this on my LinkedIn, which looks incredibly neat for what it was all really like.

Last month I stumbled over the new Society of Young Publishers‘ annual conference, this time taking place at the London College of Communication. Ironically, perhaps, it was also going to be the day after my internship with Schön! ended. I took a deep breath and got my ticket, biting my lips and fidgeting in my chair. What was it gonna be this year, then? More information, more networking, more ah-me-too-where-are-you-interning? Whatever is was going to be, I was going to be there with a smile on my face though (which was hard, given that I went to see Interstellar with my boyfriend the night before yay to surprises!) and that I did. I left with a notepad full of notes, contacts, a better understanding of what I must do and inspiration running a mile ahead of me, playing hide and seek with my slightly unimpressed self. But behind every cynic is a disappointed idealist after all…

It’s been a few days since the conference, and there are still a few days left until my marketing placement with Little, Brown Book Group starts (which I was offered in July, so it had nothing to do with #SYPconf14) and I’m taking my time to map out the future again. I know I didn’t study publishing, but neither have others. Frankly, I believe that there might be better journalists than me out there if only they were given a chance, fancy degree or not. It really all comes down to passion, as there are few things you can’t learn from Google today (future doctors, go to school, please!) In the media industry, skills are transferable and departments work closely together. I’ve spent one day at the HarperCollins offices (yes, I begged for that day for months and it included an episode of stalking in another city; I literally chase my dreams, ok?) and I was the last one to leave. I didn’t do the most interesting work I had ever done, but somehow, something, somewhere felt right. I went to #SYPconf14 a little scared, and came out with an open heart that wants more of the books world, more of this, whatever this is.

A part of me still wants to be a big bad investigative journalism. More of me wants to work with manuscripts and upcoming authors right now. I listen to my heart, because I know I’d be hearing it screaming later if I didn’t. Is this my path? I want it to be now. I don’t know if I’ll walk it forever. I probably won’t be walking forever, but for as long as I am here, for as long as I am awake and unafraid and strong and bold and young and free to choose, I choose to do what I love — and do it more. Better days will come; or I will go after them. Ready for me, marketing department?

AlexanderWang x H&M Launches | Schön! Mag.

Yes, H&M & Alexander Wang are launching a new collection tomorrow, but— but!— my name is @ Schön! Magazine’s website again! Check the post here!
 

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H&M and Alexander Wang’s innovative forthcoming collaboration is scheduled to hit stores and digital shelves tomorrow, on November 6th, after the Swedish retailer and New York-based designer have teamed up to create the ultimate urban collection.Photographer Zoltan Mihaly captures the collection exclusively for Schön! with stylist Peter Frak.

Black, white and grey and emblazoned with Wang’s blocky logo, with an urban edge and references to the survivalist undercurrent, this collection is what successful street style is made of. “We wanted to take certain elements of each sport and portray the ultimate warrior. The girls had to feel big and heroic,” states Wang.

Playing on the youth’s obsession with fitness, Alexander Wang X H&M brings sport and performance to everyday life through technical details and fabrics used for both function and fashion. This is Wang’s first ever versatile performance wear wardrobe, with over 35 exclusively designed pieces to be worn on the street, in the gym and at the club. Alexander Wang x H&M will be available online and in 250 stores worldwide.

The menswear collection comprises over 20 newly-developed pieces and creates a modern wardrobe with the aspects and functionality of performance wear. In the video game-esque teaser video, filmed in an underground theatre in London, the cast performs impressively athletic stunts while battling the elements, seeming almost superhuman. Wang explains that “We wanted to find a way of representing those performance-wear functionalities in the film by putting our cast in extreme conditions and by making it appear easy and graceful for them to take on something that seems like a challenge.”

Discover the #AlexanderWangxHM collection now.

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My mind, my playground. Raw writing for winter

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I have fallen in love with the imagination. And if you fall in love with the imagination, you understand that it is a free spirit. It will go anywhere, and it can do anything.” (Alice Walker)

The world is his playground. Imagination is mine. He is as real as it gets to me, and this certitude warms up my entire body. He lives boldly and vividly in my world. Ah, the devil’s in the details; of course he does, because my world is inside of me. Has it all been only in my mind this entire time? But what time? Is it now? Is it then? Is it never? Is it important? What is the point of something if you don’t let it change you? — and this has changed me more than anything that could have happened.

My steering wheel has his fingerprints, and I know it’s because he never really left. He’s trapped in my world and he thinks I’m the universe. Ah, I like being somebody’s everything when I have never been enough for myself. He told me that I am everything and I only nodded, knowing that to him I am a planet but to myself I am a particle of dust in the galaxy, carried places by much stronger winds. There have never been any others sinking down to such depths to be dancing with all my demons. The demons, God damn the demons, spoon-fed with my fears and instead of silenced their screams burn through my veins and echo in my heart. I know, I’m such a cliché. Isn’t this ordinary life? And yes, I too want to be happy, of course. Because what else is there to be?

I don’t want to give the wrong impression, so I often end up giving none. What to say?  Agreed, this is an interesting planet, but it has little of my attention when there are still constellations inside of me to explore. How can somebody with such a loud mind be so quiet? I often wonder, but this is where I find my answer, in my smallness. This is what love must do to people, make them think they are bigger and greater; when love fades, so does their power. It’s all illusions; him, love, life. Do such fleeting things deserve all my attention then? Can I still love life when the experience of it sucks? I laugh. Why the same lessons every time? — Because I refuse to learn the answer, surely. In my case, finding my fun. Yes, it’s all pain and lies and deceit, but the greater the nonsense the greater the beauty, I suppose. This is the paradox, that everything comes in pairs.

Except me; I’m alone, and I believe only in the product of my imagination, and I believe it to be real too. It amuses me, I think of how our letters would end. Will never be yours. Yours, truly

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Wake up, wake up are words I so often throw at myself, but I still don’t wake up, whatever that’s meant to mean. Deep inside, where the wild things live — him, passion, childhood dreams and childlike joy — I know I don’t really want to. Wake up to what? Something something then nothing again. I love it here. The world might be your playground. My imagination is mine. Let me create, and believe, and be magically crazy. Join me or free me, but let me be. Will never be yours. Yours, truly

There’s a relationship that’s easy to imagine but actually incorrect: We often come to the conclusion that in order to make something magical, we’ll need magical events to occur to get there. […] While your intent is pure and your goal is to create magic, the most common mistake is to believe that the marketplace will agree with your good intent and support you. More specifically, that media intermediaries will clearly, loudly and accurately tell your story, that this story will be heard by an eager and interested public and that the public will take action (three strikes). […] You’ll need to work hard to create something magical, and a big part of that hard work is relentlessly eliminating all magical thinking from your projections and your expectations of how the market will react.” (Seth Godin, on avoiding magical thinking)

Fashion Editorials & side projects

Lately I’m working on fashion editorials for Schön! Magazine, carrying on with Intensifying It, modelling for Alecsandra Raluca Drăgoi and working on a novel idea. I’m thinking about posting some new writings, but until then, here are a few pictures and links to posts:

 
 

In front of & behind the camera shots from this 1st of November. We were trying to recreate a traditional Romanian look for a video, but only had an ASOS dress and a flowery scarf. At least we had a lot of fun with the camera team in Shoreditch!

 
 

This fantastic location is the King’s Theatre in Southsea, where we got right after buying a fancy dress — and right before returning it. The biggest challenge we had to face was not to rip it as it costed us pretty much all the money we had at the time. Fun!

 
 

Cut Me/

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The est by eS.’ prêt-à-porter autumn/winter collection is guided by principles of order and calm, targeting women who look for timeless, yet intriguing, clothing. Featuring gently lowered shoulder lines, visible waistlines, pockets hidden in seams and subtle conjunctions of front and back sides, the collection is a understated tribute to minimalist silhouettes. The Polish brand, created in 2010 by designer Gosia Sobiczewska, replaces its characteristic patterns with a variety of textures this season – geometric, suede, plain and relief textures come together with materials such as viscose, suit cotton and knit fabric. The colour scheme revolves around shades of vanilla, coal black, stone, and sapphire.

Shot by Bartek Wieczorek and styled by Robert Kiełb, this sleek editorial successfully communicates the brand’s message that womenswear should be tasteful, polished and sophisticated, without being ostentatious and gaudy.

To discover more about est by eS. click here.
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They Live by Night/

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Luscious Jenna Castilloux shows off her fierce side in bold pieces from BalmainRoberto Cavalli & Stuart Weizman in this dark, alluring editorial by Yann Ostiguy. With styling by Rima Chahine, city lights and dark, sultry silhouettes come alive at the peak of darkness.



En Route Rocky/

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Model Olya Ivanisevic is explores the depth of the suburbs wearing Tom Ford, Versace and Alexander McQueen pieces in this Schön! online editorial. Styled by Donald Hicks and captured by Caleb & Gladys, this exclusive editorial is a beautiful exploration of city and colour .



The Goalkeeper
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With street-worthy attire an air reminiscent of the `90s, Lindsay Hamlyn’s exclusive online editorial for Schön! features model Jason Anthony, styled by Kat Klug in classic Converse AllStars and sleek sport designs from Adriaan Kuiter and Comme Des Garçons.



A Tribute to Pina
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Model Sophia Nilsson poses for Schön! Magazine in this dark, evocative editorial shot by Halldora and Bryan. With styling by Fleur Bellanger, industrial backgrounds are confronted with pieces by Aganovich, Ainur Turisbek and Steven Tai. This online editorial is a deeply moving tribute to one of the most iconic members of contemporary dance: Pina Bausch.



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This sophisticated online editorial by Matthew Lyn combines strong lines, daring textures and statement pieces from Burberry and Maison Matthew Gallagher, styled by Amarsana Gendunova. Delicate emotions conveyed by Next Models’s Nathalie B contrast with the apparent simplicity and dark colours, breathing life into these near-perfect combinations.



Trouble on my Mind/

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This wild monochromatic editorial captured outdoors by photographer Tristan Rösler, showcases svelte BOSS Orange, Surface to Air and Lost & Found pieces. Starring Aljoscha Fàbregas styled by Karl Peterson, this is a modern tribute to communing with all things nature.

Intensifying It

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Dear everybody, I’m starting a new website and it would mean the world to me if you could help me spread the word about it, recommend me or even be the right people to help me shape it up. Intensifying It is thought as a collection of original conversations where I’m gathering stories from feverishly inventive minds and passing them on.

You can find out more here and here, but in a few words, I’m looking to create something that has heart and vulnerability and doesn’t only cherish conventional triumphalism. Do you know that moment when you’re feeling so energised by an idea that you can barely wait until next morning and get some sleep? If you do, you know what it’s all about. Are you with me already? 

Here are the link to the concept, the story and the vision behind the project, but I also feel like adding the first post here, because I’m hoping that some of you might relate. Thank you for looking and supporting me, let’s be great together and help each other!

“Someone’s writing; and words, and essence; the most fragile and, at the same time, and not paradoxically at all, most beautiful thing I can imagine. It makes my heart happy to know that I have access to other complex intrinsic worlds. It’s such a matter of respect, like being a museum and admiring all sculptures, like being in a cemetery and feeling a little embarrassed by all the tombs. Somebody lived. Somebody felt. Somebody wrote and let you read it. It gives me shivers down my spine. I want to make you write.

This is my first post here and, before letting others do most of the talking, I have a couple of things to say. Recently I have been going through my favourite inspirational material on Tumblr, and came across the quote above. I kinda liked it, it sounded like something I would say, so I turned to Google. Unable to find it and its author anywhere, I finally decided to think about when and where I found it. Surprise! It was me who wrote it. l laughed to myself a little, and then decided to use it here for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, it serves as a personal reminder that dreams don’t die, we just push them in the back of our minds and try to forget them. I wrote that thinking of the digital publishing platform — for great fiction works found online on sleepless nights  I wanted to build and never have (Emmett Perry, if you read this, you weren’t a bad mentor!) Some people like to dismiss this attitude by calling the person lazy, but we all should know better. Often, procrastination is not about being lazy. It is about perfectionism, the fear of failure,  and occasionally, yes, lack of interest. It’s amazing how much creativity and focus I can put in doing what I love, and how little otherwise. My idea is still here though, and I can’t wait to feel ready to take it out to play.

Secondly, because it talks about writing, but it really talks about anything and everything else. You know what? You live. You feel. You write, or sing, or draw, or build a little empire or a damn good little life for yourself, and you let me and the rest of the curious crowd watch and wonder. Seriously, how do you do the things that you do? (I’m not listening to Roxette, I promise) It gives me shivers down my spine to think of how open our lives are, especially nowadays. It’s so easy to look at your results, and so hard to imagine the struggle behind it. Do you want to talk about it? Because I’d love to make you tell your story!”

Schön! Magazine — Features

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The journalism internship I’m currently undertaking at Schön! Magazine is proving to be quite challenging, but also fun and inspiring. I get to write about fashion, beauty and events, things I never tried to write about… except for a feature on Diesel’s new collection in my second year, and the fashion page for a London-based Romanian newspaper. Hey, maybe I know more than I think I do! Here are some of the articles I’ve worked on in these last few weeks, to make up for all the creative writing I’m avoiding to do lately… I have access to my boyfriend’s Netflix account, if that counts as an excuse. #BreakingBad ?!

 
 

The Glenlivet Releases the Winchester Collection

Schön! Magazine attended the exclusive launch of The Glenlivet’s The Winchester Collection, a series of single malts of unparalleled quality. Taking its name from current Master Distiller Alan Winchester, this exquisite collection of rare whiskies is anticipated to become one of the most sought after collections.

The London-based meet and taste event introduced Vintage 1964, the first 50-year-old single malt scotch from The Winchester Collection. Just 100 bottles of this inaugural release will be made available around the world, with each priced in parity to $25,000. The very first bottle is going on sale at one of the world’s most prestigious retailers, Harrods, this October. An undisclosed number of further releases from The Winchester Collection will follow, with Vintage 1966 confirmed to be next in line.

“This release marks a milestone for The Glenlivet,” Alan Winchester told Schön! “Casks of this age and quality are such a rare thing these days that I’m immensely proud to introduce the first of these rare vintages of preserved stocks from the distillery’s rich past.”

Craftmanship being taken just as seriously, every element used to design the perfect vessel is hand-crafted – from hand-blown glass to the inclusion of precious materials. Acclaimed Scottish glass artists Nichola Burns and Brodie Nairn  have been inspired by The Glenlivet’s history to create the design. The jewel-like stopper was made by internationally acclaimed silversmith Richard Fox, whose past commissions have included Formula One and Rolls Royce, and the beautiful presentation cabinet has been created by award-winning furniture maker John Galvin.

Nikki Burgess, Global Brand Director for The Glenlivet, explained that “The release of The Winchester Collection sets a new benchmark in single malt. We are excited to share this spirit, the product of 50 years of craftsmanship, with whisky lovers and collectors alike. Vintage 1964 allows us to tell a new chapter in The Glenlivet’s rich history.”

If the first bottle of Vintage 1964 goes on sale at Harrods this October, the launch date for the next release from the collection has yet to be announced.


 

Lisbon’s Fashion Legacy Showcase

If you don’t think of Portugal as one of the fashion industry’s key players yet, we say think again. October shed some light on the creative and commercial potential of this Iberian land, bringing to attention Lisbon Fashion Week – the most important Portuguese fashion event, a project supported by Lisbon’s city council and ModaLisboa Association that brings together the national and international press, VIPs and fashion lovers. Aiming to promote creativity, not only in fashion, but also in adjacent areas, such as photography and set design, it takes place twice a year – March and October – and showcases the work of talented established and emerging Portuguese designers.

The 43rd edition of Lisbon Fashion Week revolved around legacy, a theme which explored the idea of reconstruction as something which doesn’t necessarily equate to oblivion, emphasizing the fact that the new doesn’t erase history.

The events took place from the 10th to 13th of October, proudly presenting collections that anticipate the summer of 2015, new names in the fashion industry, pop-up stores of emergent Portuguese brands and an exhibition of fashion photography.

Sangue Novo, the platform created by Lisbon Fashion Week in 2003 that aims to introduce upcoming national talents to an international audience, introduced ten new designers at Pátio da Galé on the 10th October. With collections that set a very high standard, the ambitious young designers celebrated style, creativity and innovation. Olga Noronha, Cristina Real, Rua 148 and other up-and-coming designers revealed their collections on the catwalk, presenting fresh perspectives on the creative legacy that Portugal aspires to leave.

One of the designers, Inês Duvale, presented streetwear-inspired collection, Karma, featuring imprinted circular shapes in a cold pallet of white, greys and dark blues. Duvale interpreted the idea of circularity with concentric circles splashed on garments – symbols of protection – and circular earpieces that completed her strong vision. Inês works with designer Ricardo Andrez, a regular at Lisbon Fashion Week, who

showcased his own collection Chaser the next day at Pátio da Galé. Inês was later selected to showcase her work in June 2015 at FashionClash in Holland by Branko Popovic.

The three day event also featured Wonder Room, a pop-up store of emergent Portuguese brands, at Sala do Arquivo, in Lisbon’s City Council. Three of the designers participating in Sangue Novo’s show, Catarina Oliveira, Cristina Real and Nair Xavier, also exhibited their collections at Wonder Room.

Immediate interpretations of the shows were on display at Workstation, an exhibition of photography Capturing the highlights of the event as it happened. Workstation started on the evening of the first day and continued until the end of Lison Fashion Week Legacy at Paços do Concelho, showcasing photographic impressions of the occasion through the work of four young, promising photographers: Arlindo Camacho, Carla Pires, Pedro Duarte Jorge, and Ricardo Santos.

This autumn, Lisbon chose to believe in the power of ongoing projects, renewed energy and the conscience of what is valuable and essential about its culture. Legacy is to give and receive, and Lisbon gave faith, trust and a strong voice to its newest emerging designers – and now Schön! believes in them too.


 

Atelier Scotch Tailoring Line Available in Own Brand’s First Store

Amsterdam-based brand Scotch & Soda opened its first store last week, on Heiligeweg, in the heart of the Dutch Capital. With the store, which will stock the tailored line Atelier Scotch, the house is expanding its horizons. Focused on contemporary yet decorative formal dressing, Atelier Scotch is a stylish collection defined by bold combinations, luxury, and a love for details. Scotch & Soda is led by an international team of professionals that warmly welcomed Schön! at the opening. The spectacular opening saw local and international press, as well as devotees of the brand, discover the refined and subtle interior of the new store.

Presenting clothes bursting with unique mixtures of structures, styles and colours, that still stay subtle and elegant, it showed that this is a name to remember. Atelier Scotch has a serious tone to it, yet combines materials and fits that haven’t been seen before, resulting in a varied, distinctive and non-pretentious line.

The team behind the collection was inspired by the world’s style capitals and launched a strong collection that plays with contradictions, but keeps it classy. It launched at Pitti Uomo in Florence in January 2014, targeted at the gentleman who is “cool, not stiff; comfortable, but dressed up.” By boldly positioning itself in the fashion world this autumn through its signature collection and a fresh new store, Scotch & Soda is paving its way to a bright, promising future.

Head to Heiligeweg 45, Amsterdam, to discover the new Scotch & Soda store.


 

 Loulou de la Falaise; Rizzoli International Publications, New York, 2014

A new release has become the first monograph to celebrate the life and work of Loulou de la Falaise, the style icon and muse to Yves Saint Laurent who became the embodiment of French chic. Born in 1948 to an English mother and a French father, Loulou’s chic style, powerful spirit and ability to transform anything into something made her an influential fashion icon and a breath of fresh air to the world of Parisian haute couture.

”I’m not a very strict person,” she once declared. “I’m more of an extravagant type of person. I’ll keep on mixing because it’s more inspiring.…I think fashion goes through phases. I just wait for them to be over.”

Celebrated for inspiring and accessorizing Yves Saint Laurent’s collections, she moved to Paris in 1972 to work with the designer. For almost forty years, she built her professional reputation designing jewelry and accessories both for Yves Saint Laurent as well as for her own line.

indexSlim, beautiful and artistic, she almost looked like a fashion sketch. She loved parties and cigarettes, but so did everyone else in Paris back then. Fun-loving and popular on the Paris social scene, Loulou was a glamorous figure with perfect proportions, seductive voice and bohemian flare. Oscar de la Renta said he always felt reassured when de la Falaise would declare, “I love that.” And although she loved socializing, she was almost always surrounded by Yves, her husband Thadée Klossowski de Rola and their daughter, Anna.

Loulou’s appetite for fashion and beauty continues to inspire millions today. The elegant and fun style icon really exemplified what French chic is all about. This volume is her life in over 400 pictures captured by legendary photographers, alongside conversations with her intimates.


 

 Marianne Faithfull: A Life on Record; Rizzoli International Publications, New York, 2014

Edited by the artist herself, with accompanying handwritten captions, the new photo memoir pays tribute to the style icon that Marianne Faithfull has been for decades. Discovered in a coffeehouse in 1964 by the manager of the Rolling Stones, Marianne quickly became the sixties’ ingénue with big blue eyes and an angelic expression, the rock’n’roll queen with the hit records in a leather jumpsuit, the blissed out girl on Mick Jagger’s arm. While her story is not exactly a fairytale, it certainly is a fascinating journey from innocence to experience. Published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the release in 1964 of her groundbreaking debut single “As Tears Go By,” this book includes never-before-seen snapshots from Faithfull’s own archive, specially commissioned photographs of her Parisian home, and iconic images by the world’s best-known photographers. It is a brilliant, complete, revealing celebration of an extraordinary force in the popular culture.

Her singing, songwriting, acting and presence as the it girl of the sixties have made Faithfull an undisputed icon. As a singer, she collaborated with Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Nick Cave, and as an actress she worked alongside luminaries such as Alain Delon, Jean-Luc Godard, and Sofia Coppola. She has been a magnet for other artists since she was a 17 year old fresh-faced girl who sang like an angel, her voice confirming her image. The most striking thing about her during the sixties, decade that Diana Vreeland named the “youthquake” — the first great explosion of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, was her innocence. Other iconic girls of the sixties, like Veruschka and Edie Sedgwick, never looked innocent. Despite being carried to the top of the charts, when she turned 19 she followed the path set by her high-born parents and married her Cambridge-educated boyfriend. This duality fascinated the London press even more. As Salman Rushdie writes in the foreword, “With her big baby-blue eyes and her angelic expression, she looked as if the darkness of the ’60s couldn’t touch her.” Which, of course, foreshadowed that it would.

51T9GBEXhiL._SY300_Just one year later, aged 20, Faithfull decided to leave her marriage to be in love with Jagger. But the Sixties had many casualties and, by the time her new relationship had ended, her heroin addiction was ready to cost her custody of her son Nicholas (from her first marriage), her house, and nearly her life. What happened next, however, was remarkable. She returned for a second act in the late 70s, as a punk phoenix beating drug addiction, homelessness, cancer and hepatitis with her confessional comeback album, Broken English. Her new, deeper, rougher voice, the voice of a life full of rich experience, and her new smile reminded of the grandeur of the survivor.

Half-century since her first hit, the beautiful mature woman she is today is ready for a series of projects to celebrate her fifty year recording career. There’s her photographic memoir Marianne Faithfull: A Life on Record, but also a new album. ‘Give My Love to London’ was released in September 2014, soon to be followed by a 12-month world tour in 30 European cities. Ready to set out from her home in Paris, she notes simply in the book’s final pages: “What I love best is making records and performing. My motto: Never let the buggers grind you down.”