Stefania Bandiera, the latest designer to try her hand at Les Copains, got into the swing of things with an array of flaring jackets, tops and sweaters. They headlined a spring collection that skewed dressy, and occasionally felt tricky.
These loose and flaring tops varied in surface texture, from geometric patterns and jungle leaves that appeared as intarsia patterns on mesh knits all the way through to sparkly sequined jackets. Wide pants or flaring shorts finished off the looks.
There were sporty touches like drawstrings on cocooning evening popovers, and shirttails jutting out from jumpsuits bifurcated at the back.
Bandiera’s efforts to ignite the brand extended to an ambient scent concocted with Florentine perfumer Dr. Vranjes that wafted through the gilded salons of Palazzo Clerici. | via WWD
Born in Nagano, Japan in 1968, Shinichi Maruyama hurls black India ink into water and photographs the millisecond that these two liquids collide. Capable of capturing this phenomenon at a 7,500th of a second, Maruyama takes full advantage of a recent advancement in strobe light technology which can record physical events faster than the naked eye can perceive them. In the series Kusho, which means “writing in the sky,” Maruyama’s goal is to arrest in space and time the sublime intersection of two different media before they merge into one. In some respects, the project resembles a scientific experiment, but in Maruyama’s artistic hands, the total action becomes a form of Shodo (Japanese calligraphy) performance—with the gesture executed in the air rather than on the flat surface of the paper. “Once your brush touches paper, you must finish the character, you have one chance. It can never be repeated or duplicated. You must commit your full attention and being to each stroke. Liquids, like ink, are elusive by nature. As sumi ink finds its own path through the paper grain, liquid finds its unique path as it moves through air.” -Shinichi Maruyama Txt Via MyModernMet