Marni Collaboration

H&M is teaming up yet again with another Italian fashion label.

High fashion brand, Marni is collaborating with H&M for a launch in Spring 2012.

Photo from Vogue UK.

Marni founder and creative director, Conselo Castigliani said, “Everything has a level of quality, craft and attention to detail.”

The artistic expression of the brand can be seen with the vibrant color combinations, print designs and variety of shapes for ready to wear clothing, accessories including handbags, jewelry and eyewear. There is a lot of creativity into how the brand markets its products to targeted audiences whether youth, middle aged or elderly.

Photo from Vogue UK.

Marni is noted for the texture of the clothing, colorblocking outfits and having these intriguing hemlines, asymmetry and other general clothing approaches. Women and men from New York, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo and more adore and reocognize the brand’s collections and reputation as the company upholds its Italian heritage through fashion.

Here’s a sneak peak from Fashionista.

Edinburgh

The capital city of Scotland portrays many historical attributes for arts, music, theatre and film.

Edinburgh is a beautiful and traditional city full of Scottish culture.

Festive German market carnival. Photo taken by Niya Sinckler.

Princes Street, the  main shopping area has lots of beautiful scenery such as Edinburgh Castle, shops with traditional Tartan patterns and a German market festival this time of year. Then on George Street has a trail of status at each intersection which are surrounded by many restaurants and boutiques. On Multrees Walk near St. James Center has high fashion and street wear.

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Edinburgh has numerous museums and libraries and national institutions. The Museum of Scotland displays lots of Scottish history and artifacts. The Royal Lyceum Theatre has a play, 27 about important and human play about loneliness, ageing, science and the loss of our sense of self. 27 is represented by the 27 Scottish nuns who participate in a research experiment on Alzheimer’s. Then an uneasy American and British scientists conduct the stud which grows emotionally attached to the convent yet when the mother superior falls apart towards death, the faith and relationships of the characters.

Scottish National Gallery. Photo taken by Niya Sinckler.

Edinburgh contains five national galleries and other small galleries. Most of the national collection is displayed in the National Gallery of Scotland situated on the Mound which is connected to the Royal Scottish Academy which hold regular major exhibitions of painting. The for the contemporary artwork, there’s the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The highlight of my visit was the Scottish National Portrait Gallery where several portraits and photography collections were highlighted.

Controversial Adverts

Benetton Group, an Italian global luxury fashion brand sparked media interest with controversial adverts this weekend.

The brand markets casual clothing with a provocative message of ‘United Colors’.

Benetton’s recent ‘Unhate’ campaign features pictures of world leaders kissing each other such as Pope Benedict XVI kissing Ahmed Mohamed el Tayeb, the imam of the Al Azhar mosque in Cairo, Egypt. The image offended the Vatican, Pope and Catholic Church who sought legal actions. Benetton has removed the ad and apologized for their lack of sensitivity. Also, the German Democratic Republic Erich Honecker and Soviet Union General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, the American President Barack Obama with the leader of China, Hu Jintao and then in another ad with the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez; the supreme leader of North Korea, Kim Il-sung and the President of South Korea, Lee Myung-bak, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy and the leaders of Palestinian and Israeli authority. The idea though is to battle the culture of hate in all forms.

From UCOB campaign site.

These striking images created are not related to the company’s products. The aim is to convey in graphic terms, issues between shocking subjects. In the past, Benetton Group has publicized billboards about AIDS with a baby and umbilical cord, close up imagery of tattoos in relation to HIV, an electric chair, a collage of genitals with people from different backgrounds, a priest and nun during an engagement with passionate kiss, inmates on death row, an image of a boy with devil horns for hair, hearts with color names: ‘black’, ‘white’, ”yellow’ written onto them as well as a photo of a bloody t-shirt and pants with bullet holes from a soldier killed in the Bosnian War and colorful condoms in spirit of the Olympics.

From UCOB campaign site.

Luciano Benetton believes that, ‘communication should not be commissioned from outside the company but conceived from within the heart’ as an advertising philosophy. The brand establishes value by capitalizing these images which it determined to have an impact on individuals. The brand frames the product from merchandise and manufacturing to make a social stance so that any individual can relate and share this common set of values. It promotes solidarity in society, having a shared vision.

United Colors of Benetton even illustrate skin tones from different countries with their sweater designs for encompassing notions of tolerance, peace and respect for diversity. The manipulation of colors is the one of the hallmarks of Benetton’s identity and industrial culture.

Overtime, Benetton received criticism for their work including the Mapuche organization who placed RFID tracking chips to monitor inventory which breached customar confidentiality and privacy as well as PETA boycotting wool used from farmers who practiced mulesing. Eventually, Benetton began to purchse nonmulesed wool and suggested to others in the wool industry to adopt those habits to have peace within the industry.

The Benetton Group currently markets clothing in 120 countries with 6,000 stores consisting of an Italian style of fashion apparel. Click on the hyperlink to view a gallery of the most controversial adverts.

Zipangu Fest (ジパング・フェスト)

The Zipangu fest is showcasing creative and resilient visuals to celebrate and promote Japanese cinema.

The film festival is dedicated to those who suffered in the earthquake and tsunami in the northeast coast of Honshu, Japan.

The weekend program film viewings for this weekend include:

Saturday 19 November 2011

Sunday 20 November 2011

This is the first annual Japanese film festival for many years to come. The Zipangu fest, a non-profit ogranization caters to a variety of audiences with old and new films to demonstrate numerous Japanese identities. This helps to develop and spotlight Japanese talents.

If you have time check it out while in Central London. The closest tube stations are Piccadilly Circus on the Piccadilly line and Charing Cross on the Northern line. Prices range from £10/£8 for concessions and for members £ 7. It looks very culturally interesting. This festival will continue until 24 November 2011 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.

Death Cab For Cutie Success!

Last night, Death Cab For Cutie rocked out with an awesome performance in London.

Fans celebrated and danced with happiness as the popular band played at the notorious HMV Hammersmith Apollo venue.

Opening by Death Cab For Cutie. Photo taken by Niya Sinckler.

Long time fan, Christina Louise Aurtande, 25, said, ” It was a great concert.  I went with my friend Anjana. I loved the sound quality,  Ben’s voice, the lights and everything.”

The band played their songs, Doors Unlocked & Open, You Are A Tourist, Brothers On A Hotel Bed, The New Year, St Peter’s Cathedral, Cath…, Soul Meets Body, I Will Possess Your Heart, I Will Follow You Into The Dark, Long Division, Meet Me On The Equinox, A Lack Of Color and Transatlanticism which can all be found on youtube or Itunes with previews. The band was very professional in pleasing the crowd. They continuously played  for two hours without taking many breaks. The guys even came back for an encore which made fans applaud even more.

Death Cab For Cutie are an amazing American alternative rock band from Bellingham, Washington. The band was founded in 1997 consisting of Ben Gibbard on vocals, guitar and piano, Chris Walla on guitar, production and keyboards, Nick Harmer with his cool bass and recent drummer Jason McGerr since 2003.

Death Cab For Cutie! Photo by Niya Sinckler.

The musical style covers a range or creativity. There are unorthodox instruments with flutes, cellos, organs and glokenspiel. This creates melodic and melancholy tunes with a whisper like dash of love. The music can speak to anyone because it connects with emotions which we all feel at some point in our lives. The band has been compared to Modest Mouse, The Postal Service , The Joy Formidable, The Gaslight Anthem and Built to Spill.

The band has released seven studio albums, five EPs, and one demo including Something About Airplanes (1998), We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes (2000), The Photo Album (2001), Transatlancism (2003) which made them popular, Plans (2005), Narrow Stairs (2008) and Codes and Keys on May 31, 2011.

Last set by Death Cab. Photo by Niya Sinckler.

For more information about upcoming gigs, check out their tour dates here.

Versace For H&M

The season is set to have bright and fun colors in the fashion world as high fashion couture hits the international high streets after the Pier 57 debut.

Italian fashion designer and creative director, Donatella Versace collaborated with Swedish company, Hennes & Mauritz for the autumn and winter season.

Finnish fashionista, Laura Virtanen student at University of Aberdeen, 20 said, “Well, I don’t think it will affect Versace’s reputation negatively. I think it’s great that their design can be purchased at affordable prices. Aren’t they doing Versace home for H&M as well? I think that’s amazing!”

At the Versace for H&M fashion show, the runway had appealing looks. Many spectators in the front row seats were casting expressions on this new approach for the Italian fashion label. Celebrities Nicki Minaj and Prince contributed to promoting the glamourous fashion company. Other celebrities who have been in fashion advertising campaigns for Versace include Gisele Bundchen, Kate Moss, Jonathan Rhys Meyers as well as model Isabeli Fontana.

The clothes, accessories, fragrances, watches and jewelry are decently priced. There is not much about what age can wear the looks but rather the size and shape you are. As well as having confidence and attitude to work the style. From The Guardian‘s fashion gallery, fashionistas can view the collection before it hits stores internationally on November 17th. When the success reels in, a second collection is expected to follow in January. Fashionistas everywhere will have something new to look forward to in the new year.

Interview and clips from the fashion show: 

To Write Love On Her Arms

Today November 13th is To Write Love On Her Arms day dedicated to those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

TWLOHA encourages and informs about help, treatment and recovery as a non-profit movement with a vision to create love and for people to know that they are loved.  It is important that people know that they are meant to live and that life matters.

We live in a harsh world and it is not always easy to cope with when you are or feel alone. People should know that they are not alone even when they feel stuck. Everyone out there is in the same boat as they are able to relate to pain and questioning life. It is necessary to embrace culture and share words and feelings with people.

It is essential to be aware of mystery and beauty as well as tragedy and loss. It is evident that recovery is the hardest part of tragic encounters. The TWLOHA organization has a vision that community and hope and help would replace secrets and silence, people putting down guns and blades and bottles, reducing the suicide rate in America and around the world and to learn what it means to love our friends and that we would love ourselves enough to get the help we need, better endings, restoration of broken families and broken relationships, people finding life, finding freedom, finding love., graduation, a Super Bowl, a wedding, a child, a sunrise and people becoming incredible parents, people breaking cycles and making change.

There is a possibility of having better days.  If you feel alone and need someone these are the people who will help you.

To find out more, contacts are available on the To Write Love On Her Arms site. And if you care about the movement, write love on your arm today, it’s four letters.