Obscure photography by Quentin Lënw

Quentin Lënw is a French artist who, despite his young age (1983), creates a very poetic, surreal, and dramatic shots. Starting photography in 2005, Lënw's mysterious shots are inspired by technology, nature, movies, and various research. The black and white, with shaggy and shadowy tones, marks his works of emotional tension with a vision of symbols and figures that represent values inherent in everyday life that tends to criticize and reject.

"Art with installation, photography, in constant research."

Quentin Lënw

Ziggy Chen - A/W 2017

Ziggy Chen never stops to amaze. Chinese designer created collection for A/W 2017 with strong apocalyptic vibes. Chen combined oversized fits, blue collar colors and DIY repair aesthetics for his fall/winter catalog. Scroll down to check full collection.

chloma × STYLY | HMD collection [REAL⇄MR⇄VR]

Since the first time I heard about Tokyo-based fashion label Chloma, it's been on my watch list. Originally presented as otaku fashion, Chloma goes far beyond that. They bring the future right in front of us with their original designs and fashion tech.

Recently this label went a step ahead and started presenting collections in VR and MR. chloma x STYLY is the result of it...

"We have entered a future in which going outside with a head-mounted display is completely normal. We are offering a combat uniform for you, the developers, who will go on to create the future"

Sruli Recht X ECCO - "Apparition" | Translucent Leather

Name Sruli Recht is well-known for his astonishing designs. Jerusalem-born craftsman pushes the boundaries in the field of fashion, and brings the future right in front of us. Every time when Mr Recht  gets quiet for some time, means that the new big project is coming up... this time was not any different. 

A small team of innovators within ECCO leather,  led by the Iceland-based designer, Sruli Recht, worked for 3 years studying old Egyptian and Greek tanning techniques. By combining them with modern industrial applications, they created a project called Apparition.

Recht used translucent cow-skin leather and created water-resistant jackets and mid-top shoes swathed in green, amber, black, orange, red and white. The designer described the material as having “spectral qualities and almost ghost-like appearance.”

“The technique of keeping the leather soft is obviously a trade secret. It came out of the challenge of rethinking leather aesthetics in terms of both visual and touch properties.”

Apparition leather is available in two thicknesses: 0.5 to 0.7 millimetres and 0.8 to 1.0 millimetres.

Sruli Recht, ECCO leather

The Legacy of Olja Ivanjicki

A few weeks ago I visited an exhibition dedicated to the late Serbian painter, sculptor and poet. Olja (Olga) Ivanjicki (10 May 1931, Pančevo – 24 June 2009, Belgrade) was all that and much more. The daughter of Russian emigrants was born in Pančevo, Vojvodina. Olja studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade, graduated in 1957, and in the same year she was the only woman among the founders of MEDIALA Belgrade, an art group of painters, writers and architects such as Leonid Šejka, Vladimir Veličković, Ljubomir Popović, Miodrag Đurić and some other personalities.

During the sixties, this great woman brought pop-art to Belgrade and was the first who organized large and inspiring events, which are still remembered by many admirers of her work. Olja's paintings and sculptures can be found in many museums and private collections around the world (the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Museum of Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art in Podgorica, the National Museum in Belgrade - Rockefeller, Kissinger, Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti, L. Eagleburger, John Ditch, HRH Prince Aleksandar II Karađorđević, Margaret Mallory,...)

In 1958 Olja began her journey through art by designing a Building for the future (Gradjevinu sinteze), as a version of her own museum. Later on, in 2007, she established OLJA IVANJICKI FOUNDATION which aims to protect the name and work of IVANJICKI, taking care of her  legacy, and working towards the ultimate goal - the creation of the Museum of Olja Ivanjicki.

At the Historical Museum of Serbia there is an exhibition that presents new series of creative work and personal belongings of this late Serbian artist. Also to point out that question about her legacy has not been resolved.

The exhibition contains the most representative parts of the legacy that after Olja's death were found in her studio. So, those interested can enjoy the paintings, drawings, sculptures and poems;  also, visitors are able to see her collection of glasses, lamps, books, jackets, shoes, sea shells, perfume... In a word, Belgrade has never had the opportunity to see so much of Olja in one place.

From the paintings creativity, there are works from her early period when she was inspired by the renowned old painters, then her famous depictions of angels, that represents a symbol of super-nature which gives us the creative force and power of expression. Also, there is a presentation of her pop-art portraits, that are significant for 20th century art; presentations of apocalypse as a result of destructive nature of man, and the image prediction of a trip into space and conquer of new planets.

Fascinated by the universe and the belief that there is something more than fate, Olja with a lot of intuition and a broad Slovenian soul went through life thinking that a creator must overcome their work, be strong for itself in order to get it properly presented to the world because... art is often insufficiently visible to the public and is not able to stand out and show off.

So if you are visiting or passing through Belgrade, be sure to check this great and significant exhibition that will be available until the 1st November at the Historical Museum of Serbia, Belgrade.


DZHUS - "Carbon" S/S 2017

The innovative design of the Ukrainian brand DZHUS never ceases to surprise and amaze me. The concept of the brand is based on the interaction and transformation, as well as functionality. Comprehending metaphysics of the form and its antipode, volumes and silhouettes, voids and surfaces, contours and textures, the designer, Irina DZHUS explores the possibilities of interaction of the surrounding space's constitutive parts, from which her experimental constructions derive.

Collection for Spring / Sumer 2017 is symbolically called "Carbon"; color black that dominates DZHUS' collections. The entire process of mining carbon, the workers' rigid routine, uniforms and stern industrial constructions have inspired the surly, utilitarian leitmotif of the designs. Straight and sharp lines, and delicate shadings, have embodied in contoured edges and sheer textures of the monochrome garments, making atypical but wearable avant-garde pieces. 

"Carbon is ashes, which will remain when we are gone, as a symbol of life’s fragility and the eternal cycle of nature."