Human Nature

corset & shorts LORENZO SEGHEZZI, boots DIOR

total look LORENZO SEGHEZZI

(left) jacket DIESEL, boots DIOR

dress DIESEL, heels GUCCI

hat SIMON CRACKER, tank top & pants LORENZO SEGHEZZI, shoes BALENCIAGA


Photographer: Matteo Strocchia (@matteostrocchia) & Marco Servina (@comevaconma)

Stylist: Eleonora Bosio (@cixichannel)

Makeup: Marco Servina using MAC Cosmetics

Talent: Daniele Sibilli (@danielesibilli)

 


Madama Garden Hotel: A Tranquil Retreat in Venice

Madama Garden Hotel: A Tranquil Retreat in Venice

If you’re seeking a hidden gem in the heart of Venice, look no further than Madama Garden Hotel. My one-night stay at this charming 9 suites establishment part of the ancient Palazzo Antelmi was an absolute delight.

 

Upon entering my room, I was immediately struck by its spaciousness. The design was thoughtful, featuring a separate sleeping area from a cozy sitting space with a kitchenette. The highlight, undoubtedly, was the enchanting view of the canal and the picturesque Scuola della Misericordia. The decor exuded a contemporary flair, and the bathroom, entirely clad in dark marble, was stocked with luxurious products from the renowned Dyptique brand.

The hotel’s strategic location deserves special mention. A leisurely stroll took me to Venice’s major attractions, from the private collection at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum to delightful local restaurants. The staff, ever so courteous, not only welcomed me warmly but also provided invaluable recommendations on artistic points of interest, the ongoing exhibitions around the city and the open historical buildings including the stunning Palazzo Grimani.

 

Breakfast was a culinary delight. The spread offered a perfect balance between sweet and savory, featuring fresh and delectable choices. The dining area itself was a visual treat, adding to the overall enjoyment of the morning repast.

 

Madama Garden’s proximity to the city center was a blessing, providing easy access to all the main sites while maintaining a peaceful ambiance. The mornings were gently awakened by the distant sound of church bells – a serene start to the day.

The hotel’s small but meticulously cared-for internal garden was a pleasant surprise: part of the exclusive Wigwam Club Giardini Storici Venezia, a non-profit organisation to protect and spread the green culture and more specifically the understanding of Venetian gardens. Opening the little gate felt like stepping into a tranquil haven where one could relax, linger, and even enjoy a meal in the lovely courtyard station.

 

A charming addition to the experience was the small dock accessible directly from the garden. It allowed for a unique arrival or departure experience by small boat – a distinctive touch that set Madama Garden apart.

 

In conclusion, my stay at Madama Garden Hotel was nothing short of exceptional. It offered a serene escape from the tourist hustle and bustle while remaining conveniently close to all the city’s attractions. I can’t wait to return to this delightful oasis in Venice, a true home away from home.


Text: Silvia Pescia


Brady Rider + Friends

BRADY, Paris (2023)

BRADY, Paris (2023)

For its new exhibition presented in December 2023, the Galerie du Lendemain continues to explore the richness and diversity of the theme of the male body and its artistic representation with images from Paris-based French photographer Stéphane Gizard, whose unique vision and freedom of creation makes him one of the most brilliant assets of contemporary masculin photography.

 

In his new series entitled “Brady Rider + friends”, Stéphane reveals the intimate daily life of a young man today and his friends.

 

The look at today’s youth does not seek plastic aesthetics or physical perfection, but on the contrary an immediate truth of the moment, this decisive moment when each of these young men will allow spontaneity to blossom to appear on the image, creating thus a true form of freedom and abandonment.

 

The sensitivity of Stéphane Gizard brings here a new necessary and demanded definition of gentleness, of masculine tenderness, far from these archaic societal norms which are still imposed on us today.

Words by Alexis Maillard, the artistic director of Galerie du Lendemain

BRADY, Paris (2023)

BRADY & NICHOLAS, Paris (2023)

NICHOLAS & BRADY, Paris (2023)

BRADY & NICHOLAS, Paris (2023)

BRADY, Paris (2023)

MICHAL, Paris (2023)

CASPER, Paris (2023)

VALENTIN, Paris (2023)

SANTIAGO, Ibiza (2023)

NICHOLAS & BRADY, Paris (2023)

Photography: Stéphane Gizard

Production Mathieu Lalo

Concept: Gaël Savary

Art Direction: Thu-Huyen Hoang

Established Text: Muriel Bornand

Curation: Alexis Maillard


All the Girls

(left) top archive  (right) top & nag GIVENCHY, jeans BALENCIAGA, boots LOEWE

(left) dress NICKLAS SKOVGAARD  (right) top, tie & skirt ANNA LASTRO

(left) shirt, trousers & shoes FERRARI  (right) t-shirt, jacket, skirt & trousers RAVE REVIEW, shoes GUGGI

(left) t-shirt & jacket RAVE REVIEW  (right) shirt ANNA LASTRO, chaps GIORGIO ARMANI, skirt GESTUZ, shoes BALENCIAGA, bag GIVENCHY

(left) shirt ANNA LASTRO, skirt GESTUZ, bag GIVENCHY  (right) crop top ANNA LASTRO, jacket BALENCIAGA

(left) shirt FERRARI  (right) top RAVE REVIEW, jeans BALENCIAGA, boots LOEWE 

(left) crop top ANNA LASTRO, jacket BALENCIAGA, skirt & boots GIVENCHY  (right) top, tie & skirt ANNA LASTRO, shoes BALENCIAGA

(left) top archive, skirt GUCCI  (right) dress NICKLAS SVOKGAARD



Photography: Jacob & Yas (@jacob__yas) @Bad Land (@bad_land.tv)

Styling: Annica Sidebrand (@annicasidebrand)

Hair: Nikola Grazdic (@nikola.grozdic) @Linkdetails (@linkdetails)

Makeup: Jasmine Lundmark (@jasminelundmark) @MIKAs LOOKs (@mikaslooks)

Set Design: Kristoffer Knudsen (@kristofferknudsen_)

Models: Tovalisa (@tovalisadelin) @Helin Honung Casting (@helinhonung), Cornelia (@canelo.530) @Helin Honung Casting, Olaymatou (@olaymatou) @Nisch Management (@nischmanagement), Amani (@amaniboukhchana) @The Wonders (@thewondersstockholm), Livia (@liviajustinohammar) @MIKAs Stockholm (@mikasstockholm), Signe (@signemichaelsson) @MIKAs Stockholm, Eva (@evasfolder) @Stockholmsgruppen Models (@stockholmsgruppen), Luisa (@zucchini.bug) @Select Model Stockholm (@selectmodelstockholm)


Nostalgia, Yet Carry On...

dress LES BENJAMINS, shoes SAINT LAURENT, ring BULGARI

sunglasses CELINE, coat SAINT LAURENT

sunglasses CELINE, coat & tights SAINT LAURENT

sunglasses PRADA, dress LES BENJAMINS

top & pants LES BENJAMINS, earrings TIFFANY & CO.

Photography: Jacques Burga (@jacquesburga)

Hair and Make-up: Clavarie Benoit (@claveriebenoit)

Photo Assistant: toby.st (@toby.st)

Models: Oksana (@o_stoyanovskaya), Molly (@mollytuesta)


Where Rebellion Meets Luxury

Where Rebellion

Meets Luxury

Zadig & Voltaire Unveils its Lifestyle Capsule Collection Voltaire Vice

As an avid advocator of “effortless luxury”, Paris-based fashion house Zadig & Voltaire champions achievable fashion inspiration in chic style. Since its inception, the brand rejects the elitist attitude and distant posture prevalent in the contemporary fashion world, establishing a proximity with its customers through rebellious and avant-garde design.

 

Not promoting their core value only in the realm of fashion, Zadig & Voltaire once again pushes the boundaries and extends its tentacles to the lifestyle sector. With its latest lifestyle capsule collection: Voltaire Vice, the brand turns everyday objects into desirable fashion accessories. The collection represents a distinctive uniqueness, shedding new lights on how we perceive these quotidian objects: Whether superficially practical or addictively superfluous, they are all reinterpreting art and style in their own way.

Celebrating an unconventional rebellion against the ordinary, the capsule collection draws inspiration from the free-spirited ethos of the label – a testament to the raw, unapologetic energy, which has defined Zadig & Voltaire since its foundation. Choosing black and gold as key tone, the collection blends the rock ‘n’ roll rebellion and understated luxury perfectly.

 

Called “Matches Made in Heaven”, the black match box and its accompanying refined lighter, golden lighter case and ashtray with corrugated silhouette catches the eyeballs instantly. Considered the centerpiece of the collection, they encapsulate the spirit of modern maverick. With the defiant motto “Je m’en fous” (French slang for “I don’t give a damn”) printed around the edges of the match box, the rebellious energy is fully embodied.

Famous for its leather design, objects in leathers are omnipresent in the capsule. From hair bobbles to gloves and bracelets, the collection spruces its customers up with leatherware from head to fingertips. An adorable charm named “Happy Devil Key Ring” is also on the list. Made 100% by calfskin, the cute little devil adds a tincture of playfulness to the collection’s chic and sleek style. Other interesting pieces include a set of luxurious looking poker cards – printing all in black, silver and gold, a set of rock ‘n’ roll dice game set with gold-tone dice and leather game mat, a golden bottle opener in the shape of an angel’s wings – echoing the label’s eternal winged emblem, and the helmets created in collaboration with Marco Helmets, adorned also with wings motifs.

 

Much more than a one-time drop, the Voltaire Vice capsule collection is considered an extension of Zadig & Voltaire’s desire to the field of expression, while merging the art of lifestyle and fashion. All in all, it is an invitation to us all to celebrate the beauty in simplicity, and the extraordinary in the everyday.

 

The Voltaire Vice lifestyle capsule collection is now out worldwide on Zadig & Voltaire’s official website .


Text: Yves Tsou


Rabanne and Mytheresa Together for Their Second Capsule Collection

Rabanne and Mytheresa Together for Their Second Capsule Collection

With the inspiration of the special friendship between Paco Rabanne and Salvador Dalí


Dress inspired by Salvador Dalí’s painting The Meditative Rose (1958)

The luxury online retailer and the Parisian Fashion House are launching today their second capsule. The collection can count on iconic Rabanne’s marks: unconventional materials such as chain-link dresses and metal-mesh accessories, avant-garde symbols of the brand since the earliest collection in the 70s.

 

But the Creative Director Julien Dossena, inspired by very special friendship between Paco Rabanne and Salvador Dalí and thanks to Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, picked also two paintings from the spanish artist and brought them to a total new dimension, gently wrapping the bodies and moving on panel dresses and slight silhouettes.

To celebrate this launch, Rabanne and Mytheresa invited their guests for a two-days trip absorbed in Dalí surrealist universe, discovering first his Theatre & Museum in Figueres, followed by an intimate dinner at the renewed Michelin-starred Castell Peralada Restaurant. The guest then visited his private house in Port Lligat, an isolated fisherman’s hut he built and adjusted in over 40 years, to become his own little cave and studio, where he lived till 1982 when his beloved wife Gala passed away and still full of a multitude of objects and memoires belonging to both of them.

 

The exclusive Rabanne x Mytheresa capsule collection will be available globally on Mytheresa.com from today within a dedicated editorial story directed by Mytheresa Chief Creative Officer Julian Paul and shot by photographer Michele Di Dio, featuring model Ashanti Mildreth.

Dress inspired by Salvador Dalí’s painting The Shades of Night Descending (1931)

Port Lligat

Zinnia Kumar

Intimate dinner at Castell Peralada Restaurant


Text: Silvia Pescia


"The Three of Us", a Photo Book by Richard Kranzin

Soaking in love and harmony
“THE THREE OF US”, a photo book by Richard Kranzin

Berlin-based artist Richard Kranzin invites us into a dreamy summer romance with his new photo book. He takes us by the hand to escape the big city life into the remoteness of nature.

“No plans, no obligations, no noise, no people.”

“THE THREE OF US” tells a story of three young men exploring the nature and their attraction for each other with all their senses. And just like them, we feel drawn into the scenario while turning the pages of this large scale photo book.

Once again Kranzin manages to show a vulnerable and sensual masculinity. We talked to him about his previous book “NUDES” in 2021, where he stated “I tried to show masculinity as a soft, non-sexualized statement.” We wanted to know how he proceeded in this new project and how his vision came to life.

Richard, since our last interview in 2021, did your perspective on vulnerable masculinity change?

Well, it hasn’t been a long time passing, but I have to say that I noticed the hard shell of stereotypical masculinity even more. There are so many men, who are fighting for their privileges, trying to be alpha male and keep the patriarchy alive. I also see that in connection to the rise of right wing politics in so many countries. It’s very scary, to be honest. To see how willing people are to recklessly fight for traditional gender roles, for patriarchy, for keeping their status. I am happy to live in a city like Berlin, where many kinds of masculinities are accepted. But it’s scary to see what is happening in the world.

 

How does this effect your artistic work?

I experience it in a small scale, when some young men ruthlessly send me homophobic DMs, just because they can’t deal with the kind of masculinity I’m portraying. This shows me even more how important queer visibility is. I won’t let those comments change my view on intimacy. In fact, it motivates me to become even more clear with the mission that my artworks might have. To spread a form of intimate masculinity into the world that is not putting men on a pedestal like a great Greek soldier, but being a vulnerable human being like everybody else, showing love and sensitivity.

 

Your new book THE THREE OF US is showing a love triangle between young men. How did you come up with the idea?

The idea actually evolved from a film script that I was writing since 2019. As I told you in the last interview, I wanted to focus on filmmaking a bit more. But since the film funding system in Germany is not very open-minded, the film never had enough budget to be produced. Luckily the publisher Björn Koll from Salzgeber, who I also did my “NUDES” book with, saw potential in it and invited me to create a photo story out of it.
So with some adjustments the story of the three city guys exploring their love in the nature became reality.

How did creating a storytelling photo book feel different from your portrait works?

It certainly was a more focused workflow. Having a full storyline really helps to create a vision of the book, even before it’s made. And also shooting the photos was a very nice and focused experience. I travelled to the countryside, which my three open-minded friends, who were trusting me in creating a sensual artistic piece. We spend a few days together, living in a small cottage in the middle of the forest and really diving into the story of city boys experiencing nature. We didn’t even have signal of our devices, so there were no distractions. Within those days, we created a very close relationship and the trust between each other helped a lot to give my story the needed authenticity. At some point it was more like a documentary then a pre-written storyline. In the end, selecting the photos was great fun and I am super happy with how the book turned out. Doing a portrait book requires way more selectiveness and time, you need to find the central theme first and build the photos around it.

 

Like in your last book, you chose to work with black&white analog film. Where does your nostalgia for timeless images come from?

I guess I like the slow path of analog photography. And also the more slow lifestyle from the past. It allows you to experience your surrounding with more aware senses. Nowadays everything is fast, digitalized, colorful, loud – I really need something contrary from that to calm down and focus. So using analog film also fit perfectly into the story that the book is telling. It’s a contrast to fast big city life.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

I am very happy that this book project is out and I will spend some time with showcasing my artworks in galleries. The first event will be the official book launch party and vernissage of selected prints in The Ballery in Berlin, on November 3rd. Everybody is free to join, get their books signed or also buy my fine art prints. You can find more Information here.


I am just happy to be more present in the real world, showing physical prints and being able to talk with people about my artworks face to face. It’s the first time for me doing that, since my last book came out in the middle of the pandemic.

And of course, I am planning to have another book coming out in the future.


Octavi Serra / Studio

Octavi Serra / Studio

Photographer | Vitalik Melnikov

Photographer: Vitalik Melnikov (@vitalikmelnikov_)

Artist & Protagonist: Octavi Serra (@ooss_ooss_ooss)


The Waiting Game

on Till_suit & shirt SARTORIA DE PAZ

on Kosmas_vest & shirt WOOYOUNGMI, skirt and tie stylist’s archive

on Tim_blazer MM6 MAISON MARGIELA

suit & shirt SARTORIA DE PAZsandals PRADA

blazer MM6 MAISON MARGIELA, trousers 032c, loafers SEBAGO

vest HAN KJØBENHAVN, shorts TIGER OF SWEDEN, socks PEDEMEIA, shoes MARNI

denim RAF SIMONS, shoes BOTTEGA VENETA

t-shirt JIL SANDER, trousers stylist’s archive, cap & bandana vintage, sandals PRADA


Photography: Emil Levy (@emil_levy)

Fashion: Elena Luttichau (@elenaluttichaustyling)

Beauty: Marvin Glißmann (@marvin_glissmann)

Fashion Assistant: Monika Jauneikaite (@jauneikaite)

Models: Kosmas Schmidt (@kosmasleo) @Kult Models (@kultmodels), Tim Reimann (@tim.rm_) & Till Wenner (@till.wen) @M4 Models (@m4models)