Boys of Summer

BOYS OF SUMMER


Photography by Alexander Yantyushev

Photography: Alexander Yantyushev (@yantyushev)

Models: Zhenya (@shein_yeah), Vova (@vovahod), Vlad (@daaaaaalv), Roma (@rmn_kky), Dima (@holidayyzz), Gleb (@xclllusive), Ivan (@ivancenter), Svyat (@holyy_saiint), Artyom (@zakharov4492), Nikita (@nikitarudykh_), Tolya (@anatoly_is_one), Ilya (@ilyafrukttt), Pasha (@acid_pavel), Andrey (@hey.akutin), Sasha (@cherryonyourlips), Kostya (@kostya_buch)


Yoga Studios Are the New Country Club

The concept of French Touch is the representation of Nothing, of a turbo-capitalist and completely postmodern society. Everything is based on removing the meaning of the term French Touch, no longer understood as a musical genre, but as a lifestyle, as the essence of a country that has always held The Coolness, but which is often this excessive attention to lifestyle to remove consistency from reality. The clue of this concept is expressed by Yoga, the coolest sport for body and soul.

 

As The Point Magazine said: “Yoga speaks to something innately excitable in the European cultural imagination: the seductive idea that you can improve yourself in the interest of all humanity. Stretch your legs, stretch your soul. It’s cosmopolitan egotism: build a better you, build a better planet. “


Photography: Camilla Rocca (@penflont)
Styling: Lodovica Pagano (@paninowithtacchino), Aurora Manni (@aurorarossamanni)

Make-up: Camilla Iacobitti (@c.m.ll)
Hair styling: Clara Spadoni (@clarasp_makeup)

Models: Yaz Yücel (@yazyuceil), Michela Lamorgese (@michi_lamo), Diletta Bellotti (@dilettabellotti), Milana Vakarchuk (@milanavakarchuk), Iva Varvachuk (@unpesos), Madeleine Bex (@madoooshkka), Tomàs Ayerbe (@tom.ayerbe), Julius Westra (@julius.westra), Alessio Hong (@hlessio)

Mark Ceiling/European Vampire (@markceiling)
Lorenzo Sutto/European Vampire (@redbrickhead)
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Production by European Vampire (@european_vampire)


LOUBISHARK

Like a shark lurking on the ground, dashing and striking, the new Loubishark sneaker from the iconic French footwear maison Christian Louboutin is for sure this season’s sneaker-to-watch. Designed for the urban playground, the Loubishark is a combination of sartorial excellence, technical innovations and the reinterpretation of quintessential vintage design. Designer pays close attention to details, rendering the maximum comfort and greater flexibility to all urban playground goers; availing them to execute all sorts of extreme sportive movements – to jump, to run or to skate, while getting their feet well-protected.

Sleek, streamlining and fashion-forward, Christian Louboutin’s latest Loubishark sneaker amalgamates the Maison’s refined technical savior-faire and innate trendsetting design flair with certain chic and trendy street style inspiration. Mixing materials and colors, the Maison crafts Loubishark’s hi-tech upper part from a total of 13 different components, including suede leather panels, rubber and mesh giving it a modern sports-inflected feel. A contrasting rubber lattice mesh encircles the heel, paying tribute to the architecture of the Maison’s Galerie Véro-Dodat boutique in Paris. Finalizing the upper design as an ingenuity touch, two signature spike studs embellish the hell tab quintessentially represent the timeless Louboutin appeal.

What makes the sneaker so unique and stand out is the eye-catching and unmistakable chunky technical sole. The optic white saw-tooth silhouette sole piped with shocking red edge perfectly emulate the shark’s teeth, the visual impact that Loubishark reinforce strengthen the sneaker’s visual identity while reminding us the Maison’s signature spikes and iconic red bottom sole. Suitable for all style-makers and trendsetters, Loubishark’s bold and appealing style will for sure be the covetable star that snatches instant eyesight on the dazzling and overwhelming urban playground.


Atmosfere

About Atomesfere

Developed in Southern Europe during the last year, Atmosfere is an artistic research about isolation. It consists of a tape cassette, an analog photo series and a study on the Hikikomori phenomena. After the period we’ve been through earliest this year, which forced many people to deal with different and personal conditions of self-isolation; Human Collecting Memories and the artists offer a perspective that allows a new, and more global, debate about all the socio-cultural factors that cause or enhance the isolation process in urban society and a new point of view on the Hikikomori phenomena nowadays.

 

About HCM

Humans Collecting Memories is a music label based in Paris and Palermo. It is a creative multimedia project focused on composition, production and research in fields such as photography and sociology.

Photography: Francesca La Franca (@abraq_adhabra)

Music: Borromini — Giovanni di Giandomenico (@giovannidigiandomenic) + Aladin Ilou (@aladin_ilou)

Produced by Human Collecting Memories (@hcm.blue)


Dark Eros

“Last January I went to see an art performance of an Ukrainian girl, here in Poland. She had to leave Her country due to political reasons. I was simply blown away by Her storytelling and fashion skills, with an absolute, fresh approach of it all.

Soon I decided to style and art direct Her first campaign. It’s something in between fairytale meeting baroque orgy. Our models are refugees, LGBT groups, artists and performers.The editorial and the video are our fetish dream. Dream of living in a country where we can speak and fantasize sex freely. Where we are all equal for no matter what sex and color. 

Both Ukraine and Poland are going through rough times. We’re being censored, ruled by extremists who are willing to sacrifice its people over the totalitarian influence. It’s so important for us to be seen. And heard. As Anja Rubik promotes sexual education, here, from over 2 years now, we fight for the right to create the important.” 


Following the prologue of Charlotte Tomaszewska, the art & creative director of the project; our editor Yves Tsou of CAP 74024 taps into the backstory and conducts an interview with the girl behind Atelier Planeta, for a deeper understanding on her inspiration, creation and Her thoughts about the current prevalent anti-LGBT political situation in Poland.

What’s your initiation on creating Atelier Planeta?

I could not find the lingerie that I wanted to wear. It neither described me in a way I am nor reflected my sexuality and femininity. So, I decided to сreate a space which will represent my art works, performance practices and passion of fashion. Our planet consist of numerous elements. Same with Planeta, I could be any at different times. I can create an intimate costume, an art piece, arrange a special dinner, set the right mood and comfortable atmosphere for my guests. Planeta’s mission is to help open your mind and soul by using different tools and switching between variety of visual forms.

What’s the inspiration to your fashion and performance art creation?

Bulgakov had a great influence on me. In his book <The Master and Margarita>, he describes a scene at a Satan’s ball. “The men in tailcoat and the women naked. Margarita puts on golden-clasped slippers and diamond crown. Her body douses in blood and rose oil; The incoming guests are greeting Margarita by kissing her knee.” The image of Margarita remained in my head for a long time, I wanted to create this heavy, metal costume she has to wear. I love details and small things. Sometimes just one sentence make me feel creating a piece “them to kiss your knee”. I am also inspired by magic, ceremonies and rituals. Doing performance is like creating a pleasure palace. Choosing the right flower essence, preparing love potions, creating healing power of sex and love.

Do you have any sexual fantasies or fetishes; do they project on your work?

Oh God, yes! I have! There is a saying in Ukraine “Tell me who your friend is and i will tell you who you are”. Instead of words and explanations I show everything through my art. So look carefully and tell me what I like. ❤

 

What’s the most fascinating part about human bodies, eroticism, fetishes and physical practices?

More recently, I realized that the most fascinating part of the concepts above is having a lover – a partner on the path – is truly one of the life’s great blessing. Celebrate love and celebrate life together.

Do your previous sexual experiences, regardless of who you were with, also affect or inspire your work?

Any experience affects a person’s development and their choices. Consciously or unconsciously. I am a very sensitive person, take everything to heart. So it’s very easy to influence me or marking my soul forever. During artistic practices I’m working with memories a lot. The idea of observing, analyzing and transforming one memory into art piece makes me feel powerful. It’s a kind of therapy, natural treatment for my body and soul, emotional balance based on self care program.

 

What is sexual freedom to you?

Sex is an extraordinary form of communication. Sexual freedom is losing yourself and finding yourself all at once. This is a practice of making love as if it were a sacred adventure. Not just between two people. Treat your body as a temple. Discover new paths of sexual miracles.

What’s your opinion towards Polish and Ukrainian youth nowadays in terms of their openness in sex and sexuality?

By observing people in Poland and Ukraine I draw my own conclusions that youth are quite open to talk about sexuality and eroticism. But there is a lot of uncertainty, doubt, and fear in their eyes. I see this fear everywhere, in a subway, in a restaurant, on the street. People are afraid to look into each other’s eyes, afraid to smile, afraid to say complements, afraid to look happy and carefree. They are afraid of what the neighbors will think if they find out something “weird” about them. It makes me tired and disappointed but in the same time brings something

Just as in many countries, the equality of sexuality is painstaking; clashes between people from different opinions are inevitable. We’ve seen many protests on the streets of Poland in the past few weeks; regardless the assemblies are anti or pro sexuality equality. It can be regarded as a progression of the society. What’s your idea about it?

Poland is deeply divided now. While the opposition lost this presidential election, 49 percent of the population voted against the newly elected president Andzrej Duda. At the same time, the LGBT movement is far more engaged and active than it was two decades ago. Majority in Poland support legal recognition of same-sex couples. This gives me a hope that society is changing and transforming which is a good sign. However, more time is needed in order to connect the majority.

Corresponding to the previous question, what’s your prospect to the Polish (and Ukrainian) society in terms of this issue in the near future?

I believe that Poland and Ukraine need a sexual revolution. The moral and cultural world has been transformed by the sexual revolution. That requires the leadership of revolutionaries, ready to transform those ideas into a platform for moral transformation. A single individual cannot accomplish a moral revolution, but such revolutions cannot happen without individuals who are willing to make their arguments in public, push them with energy over decades, and never sound retreat. I think that such an explosion should happen soon.


Photography: Łukasz Kuś (@lukasz_kus)

Art & Creative Direction: Charlotte Tomaszewska (@charlottetomas)

Styling: Charlotte Tomaszewska, Planeta (@atelierplaneta)

Make-up: Łucja Siwek (@siwekmakeup)

Hair: Staś Sirchenko (@_stanislavko), Olga Sulipa (@sulipka)

Graphic Design & Collage: Małgorzata Pawlak (@malgopawlak)

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Video Direction & Editing: Grajper (@grajper)

Video Concept: Charlotte Tomaszewska, Grajper

Music: Anton Tyshulskiy (@tsyhulskyi.a)

Vocal: Taras Gembik (@taras_gembik)


Poland is a Tolerant Country, After All


After a long period of goverment in Poland, not only supporting but also preaching harmful and misleading propaganda about the LGBT community, manifestations of hate of LGBT people reached their climax when the Polish president stated that “LGBT people are not people, but ideology,” and few of the politicians of the leading political party, Law and Justice, stated that LGBT people are less than “normal” human beings. The concept of the project and the descriptions are not a product of my imagination – they reflect the true, real views that are held and proclaimed by many right-wing activists, including many politicians from the leading party of the polish government.


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Photographer: Paweł Barański (@baranskifashion)


A-Human

Dystopia, opposite to “utopia” (or ideal), is defined as “Forecast, description or representation of a future state of things, situation, developments, political-social and technological highly negative”. With this project, we want to elaborate the downside: a dystopian future in which the power of technology is able to cancel the “human” component of man. “What man has made of man?” We would like to sensitize the observer to a very topical issue: are we really slaves to technology? Is this depriving us of our humanity and sensitivity?


Photographer: Ruggero Lupo Mengoni (@ruggerolupo)

Videographer: Micol Locci Cipriani (@micolloccicipriani)

Stylist: Micol Locci Cipriani & Ambra Morini (@ambra.morini)

Model: Genny Casini


Sorry Jonny Died Zine Vol.1

featured brands ROSIE EVANS, VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, THE STRAND NEW YORK, MADNESS VINTAGE

Photography by Jonny Kaye (@sorryjonnydied)

Styling, make up and model by Megan Winstone (@meganwinstonephoto)

Link to purchase: jonnykaye.com/store


Portraits from the Other World

A collection of houses, living rooms, sofas and kitchens, along with the persons who inhabit them, photographed with the only two means: a camera and the web, to tell the life on this side of the door, or on the side of your windows.

What you’re seeing, in fact, are images of images: On one side is the photographer, on the other side are those who are photographed; a screen stands between them. An unbridgeable distance which; however, cancels out until it disappears.

The result is an assemblage of domestic portraits, intimate and private, of individuals.
I entered into the homes discretely, and, if an apartment is a space that subtracts ourselves from the world, it has transformed into a place that can be shared peacefully.

There is no longer a dimension to separate us, but one that unites us instead.

After all, these have become our homes, our mirrors, our forever shelters, in particular, our current shelter.

A “contagious” embrace, outlining the houses of the Italians, reached worldwide


Photography: Letizia Toscano (@letizia_toscano) letiziatoscano.com

Illustration: Martina Romano (@martinaromano_illustration)

Text: Letizia Toscano

Translation: Michele Rebai


Tom Ford by European Vampire

European Vampire is the last experiment by musician and model Lorenzo Sutto and producer Mark Ceiling. ‘Tom Ford‘, is the debut single and first track of the upcoming album, released on the 5th of May 2020.

European Vampire is both romantic and ruthless, both intimate and paradigmatic. It is a project originated in 2018 from the friendship and complicity of Lorenzo Sutto and Mark Ceiling, but it has always been in the mind of the singer as a cinematographic tale more than just a music product.

European Vampire is a collage of contemporary realities and its auto-biographical asset always keeps it non-linear. The songs follow the development and the growth of the character through his personal experience, as a romantic antagonist that one might find on a night of debauchery.

Every song of the upcoming album represents a different moment of European Vampire’s evolution and metaphorical journey towards self-awareness as a post-contemporary society consumer. ‘Tom Ford’, the single out on the 5th of May, is presented as the first chapter of this dystopian tale.

‘Tom Ford’ is youth, lost innocence and consequential abuse of power: European Vampire is a monster already and introduces us to his cruel pastimes. ‘Tom Ford’ is the unsettling stamina of perfection. Surrealist and schizophrenic, French language recalls the fashion world and its Parisian after-parties. The brand’s name is an homage to the bold aggressiveness of the early 2000’s.


Photographer: Aurora Manni (@aurorarossafiammante)

Talents: European Vampire (@european_vampire)

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