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black

 

black is dominating fashion design since the japanese designers came to europe in the middle of the affluent eighties with a message of doom and disaster expressed with distressed textiles. at the same time the punk movement sang the no future message dressed in other, equally distressed textiles and leathers. holes and safety pins professed the difficult future.

then black became the norm, the only way to be and to dress. the streetscape looked like a murder of ravens or a flock of black sheep all walking in the same black and bleak direction. at that time the fashion crowd looked as if it just stepped out of a huge chinese ink pot.ever since black has established itself as the number one fashion colour raking in the benefits.

going back in time, black became the symbol of a certain bourgeoisie with the revival of the universal little black dress, going out of its realm fashion embraced a hell’s angels aesthetic and going on as usual the left bank sense of style initiated in the time existentialism and fimed by the nouvelle vague continued to seduce asian and french women.

the french couture and luxury industries do trust black. black has become our best friend and alley, the colour we can trust and rely on. no longer just a colour black has become our armour, shielding us from the hostile outside world. black has become our mental burka hiding our inner selves and making us all equal to the world.high end or low end does not longer matter, black is ironing out all flaws and differences in the eyes of the world. this all black store is dedicated to the armour of black in the symbolic and aesthetic sense of the word. in a world of ever more aggression, pollution, threads and abuse the carapace of heavier weaves in black is able to give us the strength and attitude to fight and survive. for some consumers black becomes a way of eccentric expression able to blend all brands. the fabrics are all double weaves, quilts and piques in wool and silk and skin to create heavier weights and interesting surfaces able to capture the light in order to make black come alive.  lidewij edelkoort

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SHOPPING

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last look for casa vogue brasil september

 

Elaine Skinner

photo by Elaine Skinner

We Are Family. It is clear that the this century will be one of connectivity, networking and functioning within a group – yet without losing our personal traits and talents. The idea of the family is being redefined and expanded to include close friends, pets and new kinds of units.  Like in the design world where we see many talented couples, brothers and collectives, our family identity has become more important than the individual and we are searching for more humanized connections.  Celebrating these bonds is often federated by food: an improvised experience that brings us together to break bread and share a meal at a communal table.

In the spring time, our craving for organic ingredients and local produce leads us to the outdoors, where we can be immersed in nature and the very earth from which our harvest comes.

 

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COLLAGES

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maison & objet

 

If you are in Paris and visiting Maison & Objet don’t miss that from 9th to 13th September Mohair South Africa is exhibiting their 2011 Mohair Collection at their stand : Ethnic Chic Hall, stand # D24-E23.

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MOHAIR at Maison & Objet

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charity : water

 

Scott Harrison is the Founder of « charity: water », a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Scott had made his living for years in New York as a promoter of top nightclubs and fashion events. After a visit to West Africa in 2004, his life was forever changed.

When he returned, what started as a birthday party campaign exploded into an organization which today serves more than a million people with clean water.This september, « charity : water » celebrates its fifth birthday , let’s celebrate with them .

 

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EARTH MATTERS Spring -Summer 2012

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harvest

 

Harvest

photo by Charlotte Bjorklund

Harvest is to winegrowers what Christmas is to kids.
As a wine lover, it is one of my favourite period in the year… It’s a quite amazing and exciting moment to see all these people coming to Burgundy just to work for the harvest, during this period more than 10 000 people are employed to cut and carry the grapes.

Wine needs time to mature, and we have to be patient before being allowed to drink it ; one year flows between the wine making and the wine tasting.
We started to pick-up the 2011 vintage, this one will be bottle filled end of next year.

So here I am in Burgundy, in a little village called Vougeot, located between Nuits Saint Georges and Dijon.
The Estate, as many in Burgundy, is family owned, this one is runned by Charles, the grandson of Odile and Alain Hudelot-Noellat.
Today, they own a total of 10 well-situated hectares, which are split over 5 communes. Their wines are wonderful examples of traditionally styled Burgundy – super pure and focused with an undeniable sense of terroir. They use a smattering of new oak during ageing on their wines ranging from 10% for their village wines, 25% on their premier crus to 50%.

On the Friday evening, Charles brought me to have a little tour of their wineyards, our task was to check the sugar level, this one will give us an idea about the alcohol level which corresponds to the maturity of the grapes. As it takes approximately 7 days to harvest 10 hectares, we needed to know where we should start.


The grapes looked good, some of them were a bit damaged due to the bad weather in July and August. At 7 am on Saturday, the harvest began. 50 persons joined to share this experience with us.  20 % of them come every year, it’s their moment, they love it, they feel that for once they are doing a useful job. 30 % are students who do it for the money and the other 50 % are having the opportunity to break with unemployment.
It was a long working day, bended on my knees, cutting… cutting…
Thank god we were lucky to have the sun with us…

At the end of the day, we were exhausted yet the exciting part in this harvest is that you realize how special a bottle of wine is and how much work it needs.
For all the wine lovers, I would definitely recommend this one of a kind experience that gives you an insight into the beauty of this universe.

2011 vintage will be a very special one due to the climate that was a bit erratic, there will be less quantity but the quality  of what we collected gives us a promising idea.
Can’t wait to be in Winter next year to be able to start tasting it…Enjoy!

by Charlotte Bjorklund

 

Contact : Domaine Hudelot Noellat

Harvest

photo by Charlotte Bjorklund

Harvest

photo by Charlotte Bjorklund

Harvest

photo by Charlotte Bjorklund

Harvest

photo by Charlotte Bjorklund

Harvest

photo by Charlotte Bjorklund

Harvest

photo by Charlotte Bjorklund

 

 

 

 

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