Indie Sleaze Reimagined

Indie Sleaze Reimagined

Zadig&Voltaire’s Spring/Summer 2024 Collection: A Look at Fashion’s Edgy New Vanguard

Zadig & Voltaire, an eminent brand that epitomizes the Parisian effortless luxury, constantly introduces unconventional wardrobe proposals to the world of fashion. Carrying on with its establishing rebellious and vanguard DNA, Zadig & Voltaire recently launched its Spring/Summer 2024 collection, boldly advocated the indie sleaze aesthetic. The collection, marked by a fusion of indie culture and rock ‘n’ roll swagger, signals a confident step into a realm of cutting-edge and carefree fashion approach.

 

Known for blending independent music scene influences with a raw, gritty edge, the spirit of indie sleaze movement is vividly reflected in Zadig & Voltaire’s latest design. Featuring relaxed silhouettes, adventurous textures, and a variety of eclectic prints, the collection stands as a celebration of disobedience, self-expression and individualism.

To visualize the collection’s core essence, Zadig & Voltaire invited renowned photographer Adam Peter and stylist Alex Carl for the campaign. The two outstanding talents teamed up, capturing a series of compelling images. The raw, grungy and unpolished energy of indie sleaze were conveyed through these fascinating images by Adam Peter, emphasizing the rebellious charm and unapologetic poise of each garment. Carl’s styling brings a contemporary sharpness to the table, ensuring each piece resonates as a symbol of modern defiance.

 

Zadig & Voltaire’s message of the latest season is unequivocal: it’s an invitation to fashion aficionados to step away from the mainstream and delve into the wild charm of indie sleaze. The Spring/Summer 2024 collection not only showcases the brand’s dedication to innovation, but also reaffirms its influence and endeavor in shaping modern fashion narratives.


Schiaparelli’s New Artistic Collaboration : Venus Inspired Bronze Furniture

Schiaparelli’s New Artistic Collaboration : Venus Inspired Bronze Furniture

Schiaparelli’s creative director presents a suite of bronze furniture made in collaboration with artist F Taylor Colantonio

The Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli has always loved working with artists. She invited the likes of Jean Cocteau, Alberto Giacometti, Salvador Dalí, Christian Bérard and many others to create exclusive motifs and designs for her collections. Bringing their universe to the surrealist and enchanting world of the eponymous house, she launched in Paris in the 30s, she maintained close relationships to arts and design. She also imagined various collections of objects halfway between art and utility, challenging the distinctions among design, and high fashion.

 

Today, the American fashion designer, and creative director of Schiaparelli, Daniel Roseberry continues Elsa Schiaparelli’s legacy and interdisciplinary tradition by presenting a new artistic collaboration with the American designer F Taylor Colantonio. Together, Roseberry and Colantonio imagined a suite of sculptural bronze furniture, upholstered in silk embroideries. “I loved working with F Taylor Colantonio, whose work I have been admiring for years, to create something out of our common interests for mythology and a certain theatricality that still bears the Schiaparelli imprint,” explained the creative director.

Bringing Colantonio’s universe to the one of Schiaparelli, the pair created an ensemble inspired by the ‘Toilet of Venus’ motif— a neoclassical artistic theme showcasing the goddess Venus in her celestial bedchamber. The embroideries are designed by Daniel Roseberry himself and made by hand in corded silk with gilded leather appliqués at the Schiaparelli atelier in Paris. The pieces are made in raw bronze in Italy using the ancient lost-wax technique and are produced to order in a numbered edition of only 8 pieces.

 

The pieces can be viewed by appointment in Paris, in the salons of Schiaparelli, on the third floor of 21, Place Vendôme. 


Text: Anna Prudhomme


YENTSÉ: A Contemporary Research on Timeless Beauty

YENTSÉ

A Contemporary Research

on Timeless Beauty

Hi, Yanze, How are you today?

 I am brilliant, thank you.

 

Could you introduce yourself a little bit?

Sure! I am Jin Yenze, a fashion designer based in Antwerp, Belgium. I came from Xian, China. Before coming to Antwerp, I’ve studied fashion design in Wuhan Textile University in China and worked as a fashion assistant in Haaper’s Bazaar China.

 

When did you arrived in Antwerp, and what inspired your relocation?

I arrived in Antwerp in 2015, it has been almost eight years now. After graduating from my bachelor degree in fashion design, an idea of study abroad started to burgeon. When it comes to fashion, Europe is pretty much the place to be. So, I applied to London’s Central Saint Martins and Antwerp’s’ Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Luckily, I received offers from both, so the discretion is on me then. To attend the admission exam of Royal Academy of Fine Arts, I have to physically be in Antwerp. I took the chance to explore the city a bit, a mysterious and unknown place for me back then. I found myself quite enjoy the ambient of the city, hence I decided to accept the offer from Royal Academy of Fine Arts and moved to Antwerp later on.

According to you, what has Antwerp brought to you, and how has this city shaped you into who you are today?

Overall, my academy and life experience in Antwerp has helped me become more certain about what I want in my design. Through the solid training, I became more determined in my design direction. The research environment here is pretty liberal, you are allowed to explore the field you wanted to delve into, in the way you like it to be. Without much restriction, Antwerp provides me with more confidence and resources to research on something more underground and niche.

 

Also, I really like the atmosphere of the city. It’s not a massive metropolitan, but a well-developed city with elegance and chic. Because it’s not big and chaotic enough, I could really maximize my time to contemplate on my design and focus on the things I would like to do. That’s why I decided to stay here and create my own brand YENTSÉ.

Now let’s talk about your design. First thing I am interested to know is, where do you usually get your inspiration from?

My inspiration came from various sources. Sometimes it could be a person – an artist for example – the creation background behind a particular artwork or in his or her artistic career in general. Other times, it might stem from a sentence I came across while reading, which leads me to delve deeper into a concept; or photographic works that pique my interest. Normally, my inspiration starts from a small point, and gradually develops into a concept before expanding into a more concrete and complete plan, in which I consider about the silhouette, the colors, the details and so on.

 

Going through your design, it seems like cut and tailoring play a big part. Would you say that these are the elements that you value the most?

I would say so! Regardless of the type of garment you design, the principle that need to be understood is the way it looks on human body. For this reason, cut and tailoring are crucial. Cut is related to patterns making, which is essential because it matters whether the clothes will fit the body. Tailoring, on the other hand, focuses on the techniques and finishing used in design. I always prefer to start with the pattern, ensuring the fit is well on the body. Afterward, I select suitable fabrics and techniques to achieve the desired finish. I hope my design looks already like an artwork when it is hanged there and is not beautiful only after it is on human body.

It seems like the importance of cut and tailoring is dwindling in recent years. What are your thoughts on this phenomenon?

This question is pretty precise, and it is exactly the situation I am facing right now – to create a clout or to stick to true craftsmanship. The designers that create top-selling “it products” nowadays have acuity in trend and acumen in marketing, but for me, their design language is somehow too direct and simple. As a person who loves clothing, I am willing to invest more time on researching the construction, silhouette and details of a garment.

 

Of course, from the business side, I need to design some bestsellers or “it products” that could make YENTSÉ relatable; however, I would like to take time and contemplate on how to combine my passion for research and love for craftsmanship with the intention of designing something that could create a clout.

 

Do you more or less have an idea on how to achieve this goal? 

What I’m thinking is now is the concept of a “top-selling it product” might depend on how we interpret it. From my perspective, an “it product” for YENTSÉ could be a pair of pants or a jacket, in which the cut and tailoring techniques are something I develop after my research. This unique piece is not an ephemeral happening, not something you will throw away after a season or two, but something that could still be worn after years. Overall, it will be that piece that encapsulates the definition of YENTSÉ – “Contemporary tailoring with timeless aesthetics”.

 

What are the elements that catch your attention when you see a fashion design piece?

The first elements I will notice is the fabric and the color, because they are the most evident traits you can see. Then, I will observe its cut and tailoring. Finally, I will scrutinize its details, and try to understand what kind of techniques the designer has used.

On your website, you mention about the sustainability development that you are focusing on. What are your sustainable initiatives, and are how do you practice them?

I believe that besides the topics everyone discusses, such as the use of upcycled or recycled fabrics and materials, as well as minimizing carbon footprint in logistics and shipments, there’s something more to consider. For a small and nascent brand like us, YENTSÉ has to plan every step of our sustainability practice early on. For example, we collaborate with a world-renowned brand, Scabal, on the collection and upcycle of fabric scraps and deadstock fabrics. Scabal is a London-based cloth merchant using luxury fabrics on their made-to-measure suits, and the quality of their fabrics are top-notch. For the fabric scraps, we would use them for the accessories or the details of a garment. As for the deadstock fabrics, since the amount is too limited to support the production of the whole main line, we would use them on unique pieces or for our capsule collection.

 

Thank you for the interesting insight! Before wrapping up our conversation, could you share with us your future plans?

We have just been represented by a showroom in Paris and have our first season – the Spring/Summer 2024 – shown in front of the buyers from all over the world. I hope that until the end of 2024, YENTSÉ will be present in more than 15 countries, and having clients in Europe, the US, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and even Taiwan!


Text by Yves Tsou


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