Monthly Archives: September 2012

‘New Hotel’, Athens, by the Campana Brothers

As the ‘New Hotel’ in Athens (property of the Yes! hospitality group) celebrates its first anniversary, The Style Examiner looks back on what has become one of the most celebrated hotels in the Greek capital. As the first hotel venture by award-winning designers the Campana brothers, the hotel features trademark interiors by the creative duo, including quirky bespoke furniture and handmade fixtures.

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Teatum Jones Spring/Summer 2013: Unravelling Beautiful Sartorial Visions for the Future

When a fashion label comes to the fore and swiftly reveals not only extremely competent technical expertise but also a virtually perfect command of historical sartorial and cultural knowledge, the fashion world ought to pause and learn. As opportunities like this tend to happen once in a fashion blue moon, when they do, it is almost mandatory to heed. And investigating with pleasure is what The Style Examiner has done when observing the last three collections produced by the emerging talented design duo behind fashion label Teatum Jones who, with their Spring/Summer 2013 collection, have confirmed, once more, that theirs is an intelligent, pleasurable, and highly accomplished way to produce fashion.

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AMO/OMA’s ‘Real Fantasies’ Film for Prada

AMO, the Rotterdam-based research studio (and counterpart to renowned architectural practice OMA), has conceived the film ‘Real Fantasies‘ to illustrate Prada‘s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection. In the film, models are depicted within the context of a dystopian society where machines and jagged geometric landscapes project the future of fashion as a retrofitted past. Each scene depicts characters engrossed in oblique and possibly deviant power dynamics, and surreal images of slowly moving starry skies, shooting comets and rotating planets are set within spaces such as neoclassical train stations and baroque interiors.

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Peter Zumthor Awarded the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has been named the recipient of one of the world’s most prestigious architecture prizes, the Royal Gold Medal.

Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work and awarded annually since 1848 by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty the Queen and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence “either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture”.

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The Converse Missoni Archive Project Sneakers Collection

Casual footwear brand Converse has announced the launch of the Converse Missoni Archive Project, which features a series of 20 sneakers created using dead stock fabrics from the Missoni textiles archive. The exclusive collection launches on Friday, 28 September 2012 at the store Colette in Paris to coincide with Paris Fashion Week.

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Nicole Farhi Womenswear Spring/Summer 2013

To show her womenswear collection for Spring/Summer 2013, British designer Nicole Farhi opted once again for the Art Deco surroundings of the Headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects in London’s Portland Place, wher two months ago she showed the menswear collection for the same season. With its seductive stone and wood details highlighted by faded brass and frosted glass, the interior of the building served as a very adroit scenario to a collection that inquisitively looked to the concept of layering strata to engender a stunning range of demure and yet highly elegant range of garments.

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Issa London Womenswear Spring/Summer 2013

Like an unrequited love declaration to the tropics, Issa London’s collection for Spring/Summer 2013 was full to the brim with luxurious depictions of exoticism and feminine allure in a sartorial serenade to Latin America that filled the runway with outstanding prints, flower-encrusted embroideries, flowing silhouettes and a vivid palette that got the audience gasping with delight and cheering the designer with great excitement at the end of the show.

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Anthony Miles Footwear Unveils Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection

Founded earlier in 2012, men’s footwear brand Anthony Miles has launched exclusively in the UK at department store Selfridges. Created by a group of footwear insiders, including a secret designer who wishes to keep his identity unknown, the brand focuses on selecting high-quality leather uppers, socks and linings while providing signature colourful shoes and minimal but sleek detailing. The Style Examiner investigated the collection in store and was particularly drawn to the Cayton boots in grey (with blue sole) and navy (with yellow sole), and the Hearn Derby shoes in stone (with a blue sole).

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La Madonnina Restaurant: a Very Tasteful Corner of Italy in São Paulo

On a recent visit to São Paulo (and between a hectic schedule of meetings and events organised to find out more about the booming Brazilian fashion industry), we had the opportunity to discover and dine at La Madonnina, a recently opened restaurant in the hip Rua Hélio Pellegrino, in the ‘Paulista’ neighbourhood of Vila Nova Conceição. This is the third and latest venture owned by Chef Roberto Ravioli, whose training as an architect and epicurean nous is evident in every tasteful detail that makes this Italian restaurant a place that The Style Examiner does not hesitate to recommend.

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John Rocha Womenswear Spring/Summer 2013

For his womenswear collection for Spring/Summer 2013, Hong Kong-born and Ireland-based fashion designer John Rocha presented an elegant exercise on balancing shapes, angles, and portrayals of the female body through exquisite and original silhouettes that captivated those who gathered to watch his runway show during London Fashion Week on 15 September 2012.

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