The Darkest Hour

Crushed by grief and sorrow. Lost alone. Attempting to communicate with no words. Sunrise after this darkest hour is the one and only hope for us.

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Photography: Daria Vengerskaya (@_vengerskaya)

Art Directon: Daria Vengerskaya, Varvara Vysotskaya

Model: Varvara Vysotskaya (@vysotskaya.vv)



An international photo celebration held simultaneously in six different cities.

For the seventh iteration of SAINT LAURENT’s art project SELF, the Parisian fashion house have partnered with six photographers from across the globe to display exhibitions in six separate cities. The works on show honour the importance of self-expression and the unique personality of the SAINT LAURENT brand. Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello personally selected photographers for the project from the pioneering photographic cooperative Magnum Photos.


In New York, the photographs of Alex Webb depict Los Angeles’ Piñata, Flower, and Fashion Districts, integrating his own recognisable vibrant style into the identity of SAINT LAURENT. In Paris, Harry Gruyaert’s shot capture fascination with the liminal aura of airports. The photoset shot at the city’s Charles de Gaulle airport employs prominent use of primary colours to display the ‘strong impression of being between two worlds’ as Gruyaert himself puts it. Olivia Arthur’s show in London, titled So not so offers us an exploration of the physical world and human bodies, as a respite from the virtual worlds that have ‘grown to become a genuine reality’.

TOKYO – Takashi Homma

SHANGHAI – Birdhead

As well as the three aforementioned members of the Magnum Photos collective, Vaccarello has also looked to three guest members hailing from the Far East to complete the SELF 07 series. In Seoul, Daesung Lee’s works document the impact of COVID on his relationship with the natural world and offers a reflection on his rural upbringing. In contrast, Takashi Hamma’s collection in Tokyo uses the camera obscura technique to capture the hustle and bustle of the city’s urban centre, and the way in which the pressure of the city relates to the fashion seen on its streets. Completing the set, photographic duo Birdhead are digitally presenting work in Shanghai. They have aligned the images in a grid format, inspired by the photographic matrix and employing inverted negatives for the first time.


The audacious international exhibition is open in all six global locations from June 9th 2022.

More information on the series can be found on the SAINT LAURENT website.

PARIS – Harry Gruyaert

SEOUL – Daesung Lee

LONDON – Olivia Arthur

NEW YORK – Alex Webb

Text: Harvey Byworth-Morgan



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metal underwear DISCOCAINE

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Artist: Julian Khol (@julian_khol)

Photography: Hilde van Mas (@hildevanmas)

Artistic & Creative Direction: Thomas Reinberger (@thomas.reinberger)

Styling: Marlena Gubo (@marlena.gubo)

Make-up: Sarah Bzoch (@sarah.bzoch)

Donnie Dix

Shot in New York City, Donnie Dix is a tribute to the brashness of the 80s. Directed by Sascha Taylor Larsen and produced by Oliver Finley, it is a parody of the type of naive self-obsession which characterised this period in our cultural history. The main character, played by Eli Cusick, embodies the absurdity of an era filled with excess. He represents a particular type of machismo coupled with a total lack of personal accountability. In just over three minutes, Donnie Dix’s character arc unfolds as he moves from total self-assurance to an increasing self-awareness, then the self-doubt which ultimately paralyses him.


Donnie Dix is a representation of the collective consciousness of the late 80s based on the films, music, literature and cultural references we have been brought up with. This playful mood is reflected through Josh Herzog’s cinematography, Alex Hass’ lighting and Alexia Salingaros’ colouring. The feeling of the late 80s is also portrayed through Alexandra Ruggieri’s production design, which was influenced by old 1980’s Ikea catalogues and postmodernist design. The styling choices of Gaby Sprenkle, who was inspired by iconic productions such as Miami Vice and The Lost Boys, also served to create the 80s vibe. 


The singularity of this music video is that the whole concept stems from the lyrics, written by Taylor Larsen himself. These lyrics reflect a young man who exudes self-assurance, but underneath it all is riddled by self-doubt. Based on this vision, Taylor Larsen asked award-winning composer Eivind Hannisdal to create a sound reminiscent of Jan Hammer’s Miami Vice soundtrack but filled with irony. Hannisdal recreates an authentic 80s sound with live musicians and Taylor Larsen’s humorous lyrics are further exaggerated by this use of the 80s sound.  


Donnie Dix is currently touring across the international awards circuit, with the first screening taking place at the Academy Award® qualifying Norwegian Short Film Festival in Grimstad between June 8 – 12, 2022. 

Starring: Eli Cusick


Videography Director & Editor: Sascha Taylor Larsen (@satisfiedsascha)

Producer: Oliver Finley (@oliver_finley)

Photography Director: Josh Herzog (@josherzog)

Casting Director: Cameron Debe (@camdebe)

Production Designer: Alexandra Ruggieri (@sweatticoat)

Costume Designer: Gaby Sprenkle (@gabriellalorensprenkle)

Hair & Make-Up: Elena Kaleda (@elenakaleda_makeup)

Music & Producer: Eivind Hannisdal (@eivindhannisdal)

Art Assistant: Alyssa Franks (@a_list_of_ranks)

Cast: Eli Cusick, Greg Valenti (@gregvalentiofficial), Daddy (@directordaddy), Erik Ramberg, Christina Springle (@springlesprings), Gjermund Gjesme (@gjermspiration), Christopher Torem (@toremof_the_future), Verena McBee (@mcbeellangelo), Amelya Salva


Layer © AdeY

Coinciding with Photo London, Internationally renowned photographer and choreography AdeY will be in London for his first ever solo exhibition in the United Kingdom.


With a background in performance, choreography and contemporary dance, AdeY’s photographic works is a fine combination of these art forms. He studies subjects such as the human body’s balance, strength and physics. Through the lens of AdeY, these naked bodied were bent, stretched, contorted and curled up into different forms, showing the complexity of movements in authenticity.


Titled as Uncensored, the exhibition and its namesake book are in response to the constant censorship he experiences on Instagram. With the increasingly stricter censorship rules on sensitive contents, the exhibition is undoubtedly a powerful yet beautiful protest against the application’s reckless decision and unreasonable deletion. Previously at Los Angeles in December 2021, the exhibition will arrive in London at The Little Black Gallery Pop-Up (4 Garden Walk, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3EQ) from 13-15 May 2022.

Yin-Yang © AdeY

Laundry Time © AdeY

Multifaceted © AdeY

She-Man Part II © AdeY

Breast Friends © AdeY

Are You Sure? © AdeY

Hangout Part IV © AdeY

Synergy © AdeY

The exhibition UNCENSORED by AdeY is at The Little Black Gallery Pop Up from 13-15 May at 4 Garden Walk, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3EQ. Visit for opening times. The artworks and book can be purchased online from and

Viva Las Vegas

Photography: Paolo Santambrogio (@paolosantambrogio)

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



photography & visual art | ANTONIO MIUCCI

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shirt Stefano’s archive, trousers ACNE STUDIOS

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cape VIKTOR & ROLF HAUTE COUTURE, skirt & gloves tailored custom-made

gloves & skirt tailored custom-made

on the left_jacket custom-made, shirt COS 
on the right_dress & gloves Arcadia’s archive

earring vintage

jacket custom-made, earring vintage 

on the left_shirt Stefano’s archive, trousers ACNE STUDIOS

dress & gloves vintage

on the left_dress & gloves vintage
on the right_shirt & gloves GUCCI vintage

on the left_shirt Stefano’s archive styling
on the right_shirt & skirt Stefano’s archive, gloves vintage

dress & earrings Arcadia’s archive

Photographer & Visual Artist: Antonio Miucci (@antoniomiucci)

Key Stylist & Make-Up Artist: Stefano Filipponi (@stefanofilipponi), Arcadia (@arcadia_queen)

Stylist: Fabio Messana (@fabiomessana)

Make-Up Artists: Mattia Attorre (@piangoarcobaleni), Daphne Bohémien (@daphne.bohemien)

Wigs: Marcoswigs (@marcoswigs)

Talent: Stefano Filipponi, Arcadia

Undress Me Mentally


photography | ROMAN VALYNKIN

underwear CALVIN KLEIN


Photographer: Roman Valynkin (@bold__and__young)

Model: Aleksandr Blinov-Lepëshkin (@magic_maan)



Photographer | Il Retallack      Stylist | Emanuel Catrina

Photography, Hair & Make-up: Il Retallack (@ilretallack)

Styling & Fashion Creation: Emanuel Catrina (@ecatrinaa)

Model: Chris (@chrisjohnflora)