Photographer: Alexander Pérez-Flores (@alexanderdiary)

Art director: Lía Lázaro @lialazaro (@lialazaro)

Hair: Karina Sian (@atelier.sian)

Makeup: Adrian Rey (@skinfetish002)

Assistants: Mauricio Cabrero (@ddedall), Claudia Egoavil (@claudiaego), Juan Jose Alegre (@juanjosealegret)

Model: Lisbeth Mariano (@lisbeth_mariano)

All garments from Mozh Mozh



Photography & Cinematography | Simon Kilian

coat RAF SIMONS, turtleneck WALES BONNER x ADIDAS, trousers ACNE STUDIOS, shoes PRADA

(left) hat vintage, coat DRIES VAN NOTEN, shirt KARL LAGERFELD, trousers WALES BONNER, shoes PRADA

(right) jacket NUMBER NINE, shirt KARL LAGERFELD, skirt RICK OWENS, shoes PRADA

(left) coat KARL LAGERFELD, shirt KARL LAGERFELD, tie GUCCI, shoes MIU MIU

(right) jacket VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, shirt OLYMP, skirt JW ANDERSON, shoes RICK OWENS

(right) shirt vintage, skirt JW ANDERSON, shoes MAISON MARGIELA

hat & trousers vintage, tunica & chain ANN DEMEULEMEESTER, shoes GUCCI

(left) hat STETSON, shirt STELLA MCCARTNEY, coat & glasses GUCCI,


passcode: Nuance_45

hat vintage, shirt OUR LEGACY, jacket ANN DEMEULEMEESTER, trousers LEE, shoes PRADA

Photography & Cinematography: Simon Kilian (@simon.kilian)

Styling: Anton Adam Emmerich (@wannabehuntersthompson), Hauke Jakob Stark (@haukestark)

Hair & Make-up: Anton Adam Emmerich

Music: Meetka Otto (@meetka_007)

Color: Emerson Duggan (@embo920)

Model: Hauke Jakob Stark


Thicker Than Water


Michael Oliver Love (@michaeloliverlove)


Sergi Adonis (@itsonlydylon)

Brandon Alastair (@brandonalastair)

Tommie Fourie (@tommiefourie)

Chad John Payne (@chadjohnpayne_)

Innes Maas (@innesmaas)


All apparel from KVRT STVFF

House of Light

House of Light

Photograohy | Matthias Ogger       Styling | Gabriella Stival



dress ALAVRO MARS, bag stylist’s archive

dress C’EST D, shoes ALAVRO MARS



coat LANDEROS, gloves GORM, trousers & shoes ALVARO MARS

bustier top & skirt DANIEL POLLITT shoes BOTTEGA VENETA

Photography: Matthias Ogger (@matthiasogger)

Styling: Gabriella Stival (@gabstival)

Makeup: Marisol Steward (@marisolstewardd)

Hair: Daniel Dyer (@danieldyer72)

Photography Assistant: Alfie Fisher (@alfiefishher)

Model: Elise Swain (@elise.swain)

Into the Wild

Standing on the shore, Matthew Brookes’ feet sink lightly in the sand as the tension in his body grows. Not of anxiety, but of excitement. He gazes at the sea to witness surfers conquer the raging waves of the water, their arms raised as they balance themselves on their surfboard. Brookes, not content to only be an observer, raises the camera in his hands, captures the splash of the water and the blast the surfers feel, and prints the images in his monograph Into The Wild.


For the project, Brookes uncovers the stories of the young surfers pursuing the van lifestyle, following their coast-to-coast affairs with their surfboards and the water. The resulting images punctuate the youthful zest of the surfers for travel, freedom, and dreams, always chasing the best waves while living out of vans. CAP 74024 talks to the New York and Paris-based photographer to discover his self-discovery throughout the project, his journey within a journey.

After reading the brief of the monograph, I wonder how present the surf life is in your life. Have you always wanted to capture this celebration?


I grew up in a surf town on the East Coast of South Africa called Durban, and most of the cool kids in my school were surfers, so I guess I had an introduction to surf culture at an early age.


When I moved to Venice Beach California I was introduced to a few surfers through common friends, and they were quite open to being photographed. Each surfer introduced me to more surfers and the project grew very fast!


So, I know that you followed a group of young surfers from Venice Beach on their adventures up and down the coast. What were you hoping to witness? Could you elaborate more on “adventures up and down the coast?”


What I discovered very quickly is that all the surfers I was shooting lived out of their vans. They were literally surf nomads traveling up and down the coast, following the best surf. This lifestyle was really fascinating to me, and I was drawn to their philosophy of life and sense of freedom.


I did not have any preconceived expectations when I started photographing the surfers – it was more about shooting everything as it happened, like a surf diary. What surprised me about the surfers I was shooting was how quickly they opened up their world to me and how generous they were with their time. They made me feel very accepted and welcome.

That’s wonderful to hear! A side question if you don’t mind: for some creatives, water has always been their muse, a source of infinite healing and inspiration. Do you have the same affinity towards water? I am curious as I can imagine how it accompanied you throughout your project.


I guess I am drawn to water and the sea as I grew up by the ocean. I also spent months traveling up and down the coast of California watching and photographing the surfers in the water, so that felt very meditative and healing.


Water to me is linked to emotion in my psyche. I’m very drawn to photographing the emotion in people and the way they express themselves. I’m always trying to look beneath the surface with people. Also, I feel like shooting someone is like surfing – you are constantly navigating the waves of emotion with people until you find the perfect shot.


For me, the perfect shot is the one where you look at a portrait of someone and it takes you on a journey or reveals something very intimate or unexpected about the person.


Did you ever imagine van culture before your monograph? Did the actual one live up to how you envisioned it?


Before this project, I imagined living out of a van more as a form of homelessness or because of financial difficulties, but not as a lifestyle choice. After witnessing what I saw I could imagine many people being drawn to it, either as a travel holiday or more long term. It’s a form of “living the dream” in a way that is more unexpected.


Have you always been fascinated with van culture? Have you tried it before, or did you try it for this series?


I knew very little about van culture before this project, but now, it’s a dream of mine to buy a van and take a long vacation living out of it and traveling around the US or Europe.

I understand that Zack Raffin did the interviews for the book and to accompany your images, but when you spoke with the surfers, what stories stuck with you?


The stories that struck me were the surfer’s philosophy on life. They all had a kind of artistic and creative view of life, quite philosophical and introspective. I loved the way they described surfing and life as a “flow”. It seemed to be a common philosophy with all the surfers that I met: finding balance and flow.


The brief mentions that this is “a story of youth choosing to follow their dreams, living out of vans, existing for surfing and travel and freedom, and always chasing the best waves.” Touching on this, have you always chased your dreams? What do you live for today?


I’ve always been a big dreamer. I suppose that’s part of being an artist, dreaming big and living in your imagination. I realized at an early age that I was not good at many things, so when I finally discovered photography and that it came naturally to me, I focused everything I had on this newfound passion.


Today, I have to admit that I’ve already achieved all the things I wanted to achieve and more in my career as far as which clients or magazines I have worked for. Right now, I’m on a more personal venture of how I would like to communicate with the world and, in some way, inspire young creative people around me to also follow their hearts and creative passions.


Continuing the last question, how do you feel about the relationship between travel and freedom? When do you feel your most liberated self?


After traveling intensively for so many years for work, I guess I’m a nomad too. I’m used to being on a plane every week, so the feeling of travel and freedom are very linked to my experience. I love the feeling of arriving in a new place and the excitement of not knowing what will happen. In my work, I find that I always feel refreshed and inspired when I discover new places.


I feel most liberated when I have a camera in my hand; with nobody behind me telling me what do. That’s why personal projects are so important to me – they are a kind of reset and therapy.

Another side question: I read that you have always been fascinated by the dynamism of the human form in motion. Have you dabbled in any activities concerning movement?


Well, my father was a professional football player, and I grew up playing tennis. My whole family was involved in sports in one way or another, so I guess watching bodies and their movement was something that I observed from a very early age.


As far as any kind of dance is concerned, I cannot dance at all! Maybe that’s why it fascinates me to watch dance and to photograph it. I’m fascinated by watching people dance, especially contemporary ballet. I have many friends who are ballet dancers, and they are the most hardworking people I know, pushing their bodies to the limit every single day!


Your first monograph consists of portraits of the ballet dancers of the Paris Opera. This one focuses on surf life. Are you already planning the next one?


I have another project in my back pocket, one that I have started but still need to work on. It’s a very exciting and beautiful subject, but I’m saving the announcement for a later date.

Europe Release Date: March 17, 2022
US Release Date: May 24, 2022 

For more information, please visit Damiani’s website damianieditore.com

Text & Interview by Matthew Burgos

Edit by Yves Tsou

The Obsessed

© Irwin Wong, TheObsessed, gestalten 2022 

© Irwin Wong, TheObsessed, gestalten 2022 

© Irwin Wong, TheObsessed, gestalten 2022 

What we talk about when we talk about Japan? As one of the main cultural output country in today’s world, it isn’t really hard to spot bits of Japanese culture in our quotidian life, whether traditional or modern. While traditional Japanese culture is deemed as profound and sophisticated, Japanese pop culture and its spinoffs are often the most playful, diverse, and probably, ubiquitous ones.


Aside from a variety of mainstream pop culture, the subculture that ramifies under also has an impactful presence; amongst them are the anime, manga and games. Often regarded as esoteric from outsiders, the revenue that these “Nijigen” (Two-dimension in Japanese, used to describe the virtual world in anime, manga and games) works generate is substantial. The term Otaku is coined accordingly to describe the die-hard fanatics with interests in anime and manga. Their passion is all-consuming, whether it be cosplay, Lolita, gothic or maid café, and their obsessions towards it is beyond fathomable.

© Irwin Wong, TheObsessed, gestalten 2022 

© Irwin Wong, TheObsessed, gestalten 2022 

Mesmerized by this distinctive social phenomenon, Australian photographer Irwin Wong turned his insightful observation on it into his latest publication. Living in Japan for more than 15 years, Irwin documented these eerie yet intriguing moments through his lens and compiled them to his new book “The Obsessed”. Accompany with on-the-ground interviews and cultural essays, “The Obsessed”, created in collaboration with gestalten, showcases a kaleidoscope of scenes and individuals drawn from Japan’s many countercultural group, pinpointing their place within Japanese society and global popular culture. As a thorough discovery unfolds, Irwin invites us to an in-depth gaze into the essence of these Japanese subcultures, and the lives of people who dedicate their passion and obsession to them.

© Irwin Wong, TheObsessed, gestalten 2022 

© Irwin Wong, TheObsessed, gestalten 2022 

© Irwin Wong, TheObsessed, gestalten 2022 

Europe + UK Publication Date: February 24, 2022
International Publication Date: May 3, 2022 

For more information, please visit gestalten’s website gestalten.com

Text: Yves Tsou





body JUAN WORLEY, shoes ANT, earrings ICONIQUE



dresses IBRAINA, shoes ANT, sunglasses PRADA, earrings GUSTAVO HELGUERA

on Cici_dress OLMOS & FLORES, earrings GUSTAVO HELGUERA, shades OAKLEY on Aleena & Valentina_dresses ELIZABETH SILVA, shades OAKLEY

dresses CARLOS PINEDA, jewelry ROCK & SILVER

bustier & nipple covers GUSTAVO HELGUERA, pants ARY VILLA, shades CARRERA, shoes THE ATTICO

Photography: Rafa Moncada (@rafamoncada)

Fashion & Concept: Diego Ibanez (@diegoibanez2)

Hair & Makeup: Jessica Diaz (@jessicadiazmakeup), Alessa Galicia (@alessa_gd)

Models: Cici Tamez (@cici_tamez), Aleena (@aleena__leena), Valentina (@valentina_msolis), Daniel Furlong (@danielfurlonggg), Huitzili Espinosa (@huitzili_espinosa)

Special thanks to Itself Studio (@itselfstudio_)

New Kid on the Block

trousers NUTCRACKER, necklaces PATTARAPHAN

(left) dress IRADAAWEAR

(right) top PALM ANGEL x MISSONI, trousers THE RAGGED PRIEST, necklaces YCCIJ, chain bracelet PATTARAPHAN, bracelet WAI YAN CHOI

top & bottom NUTCRACKER, shoes JACK & JONES

top & bottom NUTCRACKER, shoes JACK & JONES, necklace YCCIJ, chain necklace PATTARAPHAN

dress & gloves SOS STEVE SMITH, shoes EGO SOLO, earrings WAI YAN CHOI


(right) jacket BABE x LEVI’S, top PULL & BEAR, trousers DIESEL, shoes PALLADIUM, earring APHER, bracelet PATTARAPHAN

dress NUTCRACKER, belt LANVIN, bracelet WAI YAN CHOI, shoes DR. MARTENS

Photography: Nicole Tusznio (@nicoletusznio)

Art Direction: Nicole Tusznio, Kristina Bars (@nutcracker_london) (@skayya)

Styling: Ira Arz (@iiraarz)

Hair & Makeup: Larisa Moldovan (@larisa.mua)

Styling Assistant: Mattias Reinula (@reinulamattias)

Location: Hoxton Docks (@hoxtondocks)

Models: Felix Howarth (@felixhowarth), Maansi Mehta (@maansimehtaa), Havana (@zonedoutgirl), Calum Harper (@calumharper1), George Symonds (@georgesymonds_), Joshua Meeks Rayvon Williams (@j.m.r.w_)

Mask and Shield

jewel gloves vintage, bra MONKI

Mask and Shield

Photographer | Carlos Roca      Stylist | Roxane Mercerat


(right) dress PRADA, socks stylist’s own, shoes vintage

(left) rainboat & foulard vintage, sunglasses CHANEL

(right) leather dress ALBERTO BINI

leather dress ALBERTO BINI, shoes MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA, earrings vintage

(right) bodysuit BAD SOCIETY CLUB, collar DOLCE & GABBANA, shoes ZARA

top vintage, leather skirt CHARLES JOURDAN, suspender belt & suspender LA PERLA

Photographer: Carlos Roca (@_carlosroca_)

Stylist: Roxane Mercerat (@roxanemercerat)

HMUA: Anastasiia Babii (@nastia.mua)

Studio: My Fucking Studio (@myfuckingstudio.bcn)

Lab: Carmencita Film Lab (@carmencitafilmlab)

Model: Vanessa Moreira (@vanessamoreira)

Balenciaga Objects: Tiger Sculpture

The Tiger Sculpture

The latest Object signed by Balenciaga

Since the appointment of Demna Gvasalia as creative director in 2015, Balenciaga has continually been challenging the very idea of what it means to be a luxury fashion house. The latest offering from their Balenciaga Objects collection, a handcrafted tiger sculpture, continues to embody this spirit of subversion. During Demna’s tenure, he has embraced the anti-consumerist stance of slow fashion, choosing to release only one haute couture range a year. Thus, as we arduously endure the wait between these collections, the Balenciaga Objects line is a welcome relief, allowing us a glimpse at the wider creative direction of the brand under Demna’s guidance.


The man behind the sculpture is post-modern artist Nik Kosmas, whose oeuvre sardonically observes the state of technology and the human experience in the 21st century. Based in China’s mega metropolis Shanghai, Kosmas’ work is a physical, emotional, and spiritual journey inspired by science fiction, sports practice, and psychology. The sculpture itself would not have looked out of place in the brand’s SS22 show, with its sleek all black appearance resembling the ‘Cyber Goth’ aesthetic of that range. Despite the futuristic hybridity of the piece, its handcrafted nature stays true to the roots of the brand. Kosmas’s brass shaping of every aspect from the whiskers to the vertebrae reflects the ethos of bespoke luxury that has been at the heart of the brand since its inception.


Launching on November 20th, 2020, Balenciaga Objects is a category of items produced outside of the fashion collections. Having released various items of homeware over the last couple of months, ranging from laser-engraved glassware to reusable porcelain coffee cups, this latest venture represents a stylistic shift to the ornamental. The Objects collection now offers the decorative as well as the functional.

Presented on 38 x 27cm display platforms, there will be 15 numbered editions of the product released worldwide. Each model undergoes a meticulous process of craftsmanship; the individual components are shaped using the ancient technique of lost-wax casting, before being welded coated and glossed by hand.


As various fashion houses face accusations of lacking originality or recycling ideas, this release represents the latest in a long line of successes from the brand that just seems to keep getting it right. All that is left to do is to eagerly await whatever the next steps may be in this truly innovative era of the iconic brand’s history.

Text: Harvey Byworth-Morgan