DO YOU ALREADY KNOW JEFF WARD?

cover_Photographer: Yasmine Kateb; Grooming: Erik Torppe of Erik Torppe Artistry

Born and bred in the USA with a passion for acting since primary school, Jeff Ward is an american actor and writer of whom you will surely hear about in the next months. Amongst the cast’s names of the expected fifth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stands out the one of Jeff, who plays a key role. We already know him from the TV series Channel Zero: The No-End House where he played the role of Seth, a magnetic and charismatic guy with a troubled background, completely different from Jeff’s one. In his future the actor hopes to fine tune his biggest passions, writing and acting, and then deal whit the direction and setting in theatres and films. MANINTOWN interviewed Jeff Ward to know him better and to ask him about goals and dreams he has for his future career. In the meantime we are waiting to watch him in the new and compelling season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., soon available on Netflix, that will keep us glued to the screen, as Jeff says.

How old were you when you started to become interested about acting?

I acted in a play when I was in primary school. My teacher wrote a version of Tom Thumb and I played the leading role. That, combined with an obsession with movies from an early age, always made me curious of this fascinating world.

Do you have an actor who inspires you?

Of course. There are so many. Cillian Murphy always comes to mind. Sam Rockwell, Joaquin Phoenix, John C Reilly, Tilda Swinton and Mark Rylance to name a few. Recently, I really loved Jude Law’s performance in The Young Pope, ditto for Diane Keaton. Also, Robert Pattinson’s in Good Time.

Your role as Seth, in the series “Channel Zero: The No-End House” has been described as, “A magnetic, soft-spoken, and charismatic guy.” Do you recognise yourself in your role?

Not really. I think we are pretty different people. Seth is an orphan and that formed a lot of who he is and how he looks at the world. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just means we come from different backgrounds. He’s an interesting guy, but it’s better to watch the show to find out than for me to talk about it.

We will see you in the fifth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Can you anticipate us something about your role defined by rumors a “key” recurring role?”

All I can say is that season five is really going to be amazing. I got really lucky with the character I’m playing so I’ve been having lots of fun on the show. If you’re a fan of Star Wars, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy…give this season a shot.

Are you a follower of fashion trends?

I’m not really. I did see the new Yeezy season however. I love Kanye but the collection still kinda looks like rags. Although, I do love the shoes.

If you can choose, what role would you like to play?

I’d love to play Hamlet or Iago from Othello.

How do you imagine your career going in 10 years?

I hope to be involved in a combination of writing and directing in both theatre and film. And I feel like I am just starting to get a handle on acting, especially on film. So obviously, I’d hope that’s in there too.

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Rankin for Aston Martin Vantage

The New Aston Martin Vantage has made its debut with a unique portfolio of imagery and film by Rankin, one of the most famous photographer of this time; he celebrates the new Vantage’s dynamic form and its aggressive character. The film explores the limits while, in the same time, captures the car as art; drones and a chase car are included  to create a dynamic and dramatic story. Vantage, which is actually born on the track and handmade in England, is the second car in Aston Martin’s Second Century plan, and it is the model most focused on sport.
The artistic vision of Rankin is based on the brief that ‘beautiful won’t be tamed’.           

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GRAHAM PATRICK MARTIN IS BACK WITH MAJOR CRIMES

26-year-old Graham Patrick Martin has already played notable roles on Two and a Half Men as Elridge McElroy and as Trent in the TBS comedy The Bill Engvall Show starring alongside the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Nancy Travis. However, his most important role is that of Rusty Beck in the critically-acclaimed drama series Major Crimes, the spin-off of The Closer, whose sixth season has returned to TNT. Martin will also star in the indie film Bukowski, based on the life of Charles Bukowski, which is directed by James Franco. MANINTOWN has interviewed him for you.

Which iconic actors and directors inspire you? 
I love what Denis Villeneuve is putting out there right now. In terms of actors – I like the selection of films Jake Gyllenhaal has chosen to work on lately.  

Can you anticipate us something about your character in the sixth season of Major Crimes
It’s going to be dangerous. Rusty is in danger. The whole squad is in danger. The writers are not holding back in this final season.

In this drama series you play the role of a once homeless teen. How did you prepare yourself for it? 
By volunteering at the Covenant House California- a shelter for homeless youth.

We know you are a huge Saints fan and a sport enthusiast. Which activities do you like to do the most? 
I like to go to games. Fortunately, my team is doing well this year-which is always fun. Personally, I play football on weekends with my friends sometimes. But lately I’ve been super into yoga.

How is your relationship with fashion? An item you cannot live without? 
I’m pretty basic when it comes to fashion. I don’t take risks at all. T-shirt, jeans, and my AllSaints boots is basically my daily uniform.

What are your future projects? 
Major Crimes is what’s up right now. Check it out on TNT!

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Photo credit:
Photographer: Dylan Lujano @dylanlujano
Stylist: David Nino @davidmnino
Grooming: Matilde Campos @tildebymatilde

Mr P. by MR PORTER

MR PORTER is pleased to present the launch of Mr P., its brand new label. Created by a team of in-house designers, Mr P. is a year-round collection focused on fundamental core staples. There will be five limited-edition capsules every year, each ispired by an icon of the past or present: the inspiration for the November collection will be the postwar ‘School of London’ artists. The soul of every garment reflects, as a mirror, the maxim of the team: Easy pieces. Smart details. Enduring style. Overall, P. will present 24 Essential styles, available year-round and 29 seasonal styles, including stand out pieces in denim wool and cashmere.

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COCO CLUB CHANEL event in SOHO, NEW YORK

It is not a regular Friday night in New York City when Chanel transforms a women only co-working space (the Wing) in Soho into a fabulous all immersive Coco Club, an exclusive “mademoiselles only” club, inspired by the traditional men’s only social clubs.
Following the notion that “what is good for a man is better for a woman”, maison Chanel envisioned a pop up club that takes what is best from men’s lifestyle as an inspiration and makes it even better for a woman. The borrowed from the boys lifestyle concept has turned out in fact to be a real winning and star studded launch event in the Big Apple.
All of this to celebrate the Boyfriend watch, a fabulous and elegant Chanel designed watch with a masculine flair.
Interlocking C’s at every corner and motivational quotes inspired by the legend Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, the club is a really full immersion Chanel experience, a Shangri -La and a corner of heaven for the luxury loving fashionistas of the iconic brand, be men or women.
At the entrance, the check-in staff greeted each and every guest with a personalized membership gold card to be complemented with a personal photo taken in an exquisitely decorated space and fun photo booth.
Inspired by the celebrated Chanel Boyfriend line, the whole concept space is a true tribute to the legendary Coco’s signature style. A beauty room filled with dreamy make up by Chanel and puffy feathery stools to be pampered on, a library filled with monogrammed Coco stationery, pool tables, ping pong tables, a café serving themed items like a girl’s club sandwich and a boy’, a locker room in which even the towels have been specifically styled in timeless black and white, and a numerologist: did you know that Coco was fascinated with numerology?
The floor of course is set on the iconic no. 5 in an elevator on Mercer Street.
Ultimately a wonderful success for the launch and a lovely reminder on how men’ s fashion and lifestyle can inspire women’s fashion and lifestyle, just like Coco would forsake the long gown and feathers remainders of the old siècle fashion for more practical men inspired streamlined and designed for elegant practicality modern outfits. Creativity at its highest it’s a wonderful thing to share and borrow.
Infin, bravo Chanel encore and toujours!

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3 NEW FILMS FOR RANKIN’S UNISEX FRAGRANCE

Sex, sensuality and liberation ispire the erotic and sensual S&X campaign #roundtwo by Azzi Glasser and The Full Service, with whom Rankin celebrates his new unisex fragrance, an erotic homage to the human being, conceived by The Full Service as a new series in three parts. Rankin captures the fleeting desire through an image, while Azzi, fragrance designer, does the same with his scents. The parfume, called The Perfumer Story, is described as: a hedonistic symphony of notes that tell the story of the touch of bodies, the beauty of skin on skin and above all lasting memories.
In these films Rankin focused on the idea of universal sexuality and this parfume it’s surely the best way to reach this ideal.

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ALANUI Fall/Winter 2017-2018

The video of ALANUI Fall/Winter 2017-2018 is set in the surreal atmosphere of the Cava delle Cervaiole, Italy. The images created infuse a sense of eternity and an uncontrollable urge to adventure: the warm volumes of the 100% cashmere cardigans are skillfully juxtaposed with the cold arabesque marble. What emerges is a dichotomy: cold and warm, sharp and flamboyant.
The grey veins of the marble seem to follow the mélange of the fisherman sweaters, while the colors of nature converse with lamè motifs that melt into the cashmere, whereas the horizon itself seems wrapped in the oversized ponchos.


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Videographer| Francesco Parrella
Camera| Cristian De Giglio
Models| Axelle Mariani e Marcus Leo Bruno
Styling| Carlotta Oddi
Hair| Andrea Costa
Make-up| Giorgia Trezzi
Music| “Viscous” by Tom Quick/Sara Garvey

“Three for two” by De Fursac

Born in Paris in 1973 and setting up its first workshop in Saint-Pierre-de-Fursac, De Fursac is creating a wardrobe, where formal attire, elegant casuals and evening wear stylishly coexist. Blending yesterday’s elegance with contemporary chic, De Fursac’s high-end pieces reflect its own reputation in their pertinence and durability.
De Fursac is launching a video realized by Masha Vasyukova, “Three for two”: rehearsals, preludes, improvisations and love stories, all played out on the stage and behind the scenes: every life is a show. And every day a grand premier. De Fursac celebrates those who show themselves in the best light, ready to enter the dance. In perfect rhythm.

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NIC FANCIULLI debuts with his first album “my heart”

As an internationally renowned DJ, Nic Fanciulli has already become synonymous with electronic music and he has participated to the revolution of the dance music in Ibiza. As a producer, he has received a Grammy Nomination. His precious ten-year experience is collected in his first album, “My Heart”, a creative place where anyone can immerse himself or herself into new experimental tunes, declined in sixteen tracks, made in collaboration with other artists the likes of Damon Albarn, Jamie Principle, Eagles & Butterflies and Guy Gerber, just to name a few.

When did you realise that music would be your future?
I’ve always been interested in music but was when I got asked by BBC Radio 1 to present my first dance show on ‘In New Music We Trust’ back in 2005.  I think that’s when I released I could make a career out of it.

Where do you mostly find inspiration for your music?
Other people. Just going and listening to different music, you know? From going to a bar and listening to a band you don’t know to walking into a club when I’ve got a night off. It’s really hard to say because I have such a varied style of music; I love everything from Disco to Drum & Bass. But I’d say in terms of DJs that influence me the most it would be people like Laurent Garnier and Françios K because their music is so eclectic. They play so across the board that every new record they play will inspire me.  

You also run the house label “Saved Records” with your brother Mark Fanciulli. How did you end up working together?
In 2007, I went on tour for about a year, and I took my foot off the gas a bit with the label. I assumed that when you had a label it would just work. When I came back the record sales were pretty bad because I wasn’t putting any effort or passion into it. I was busy on the road so I was just signing records that I like, putting them out not really working the records properly. My brother had just finished university, and I asked him to come and help me the label. He pretty much put the label back on the map because he came on full time with me and worked hard to get the label back on track. We’re up to 155 releases now, and I kind of owe it to him really! When you’re travelling and touring you need a good team around you, Mark came in and really worked that part.

There’s a lot of collaborations on the album from Audion and Eagles & Butterflies to Damon Albarn. How do you select the artists to collaborate with?
I had a list of people that I’d love to work with. It was really organic, and I didn’t want to stress myself out trying to work with artists that were just impossible to work with. I work with people that are respected and that are good friends of mine, so it was quite an easy process really. Working with people like Guy Gerber, Matthew Dear and even Damon Albarn. Damon and I didn’t know each other, but even that collaboration happened really organically. It wasn’t a case of “Oh I might be able to collaborate with you in six or seven months, but I can’t do it at the moment”. It was pretty much a case of “Yep I’ll do the record with you”, and within two or three days we had their part of the demos sent over. Apart from the Damon Albarn collaboration, the rest are with my friends. I can have a list of people that you want to work with that obviously are so busy. You don’t want to stress yourself out because you’ll just be waiting for people the whole time, so I tried to be more realistic, and I wanted to work with people that are super talented. The collaborations we have on the album are absolutely ridiculous, so it worked out well.

On the 20th October your album “My Heart” is released. What do the sixteen tracks have in common?
I think the whole idea of the album came after writing so many demos. There were a lot of tracks that didn’t make the record because they didn’t really fit the kind of melodic, musical feel of the LP. Everything is electronic, melodic and interesting, so I had to really whittle down the demos to get the final sixteen tracks on the album. The tracks all flow into each other, it has the same mentality as a DJ set really from start to finish. It’s varied in the sense that some tracks don’t have kick drums in and others do but I’d say that across the board it’s electronic dance music.

Are there places where you haven’t played yet that you’d like to?
Wow, it’s hard to say after 15 years. The thing is there are news clubs opening year in year out and I’m lucky enough to play in many different countries and cities all over the world. I think you always find that gem that you had even heard about, which may not even be the most talked about place but you end up playing there and it exceeds all expectations. There are a lot of famous venues that are tipped as the clubs that everyone should play. But then I’ve played at those clubs, and sometimes they’re not as amazing as everyone makes them out to be. Ocassionally I go to a club that no-one really talks about and it can be ten times better. I’d love to play at Fuji Rock festival, that’s definitely one that I’ve always wanted to do.

A special song for you from the album and why?
They’re all really good, but I’d have to say ‘Saying’. Collaborating with Damon Albarn on the album was pretty amazing because it was someone that I’ve grown up listening to from the Blur days to the Gorillaz. So to being able to work with someone that’s made so many amazing records and also reminds me of my childhood and school was pretty special.

How is your relationship with fashion? Do you think it’s important in music?
I’m quite obsessed with fashion. Especially when it comes to new and emerging designers. Fashion is art and goes in conjunction with music really. I’m really into OFF WHITE by Virgil Abloh, and Boris Bidjan is another designer who kind of associates himself with the music scene. One of my favourite designers is Riccardo Tisci, the former artistic director at Givenchy.

An accessory you cannot live without?
My watch! It’s a Patek Philippe Aquanaut which was a treat to myself.

What are your next projects?
I’m doing two limited edition, album live shows. We’re going to do one at Art Basel in Miami this November and then another in London in January next year. The Ibiza season has just finished now, so I’m headed to South America, North America, Asia and Australia for the winter.

Stream/ buy here – https://lnk.to/MYHEARTALB
Buy Tickets to Art Basel Miami Live show here
Buy Tickets to the London Live show here

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ÉDITIONS M.R. x LE COQ SPORTIF: THE NEW ‘MADE IN FRANCE’ SNEAKERS

Le Coq Sportif inaugurates the new Made In France line by partnering with Éditions M.R., a French mens prêt-à- porter brand with whom  it combines its history and craftsmanship with the launch of two new limited edition sneakers. Founded in 2009 by Mathieu de Ménonville, the fashion house had full access to Le Coq Sportif’s archives to reinvent a 1981 prototype, the iconic LCS Turbostyle. The result of the collaboration is a suede and leather sneaker, available in two variants, blue navy / bordeaux and blue navy / white, with a minimal enough design to make them perfect for any occasion.
Éditions M.R. x Le Coq Sportif – LCS Turbostyle are on sale, as well as in the official stores, also at 10 Corso Como, in Milan.

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THE NEW IDEA OF TAILORING

The football star Mats Hummels was chosen to show the versatility of the new Boss Stretch Tailoring. This revolutionary suit is the last one in Hugo Boss wardrobe. It combines the elegance of a business suit and the comfort of the jersey jumpsuit. The secret lies in the fabric: two stretch fabric layers that ensure maximum freedom of movement while maintaining the perfect “aplómb” of the suit.
The external part is made from 100% wool, with braided wire in a spring model layout, while the internal lining is realized with a stretch fiber. The design of the suit is both accurate and tailored, with a comfort normally associated with the jersey jumpsuit. Suits are available in different models: a navy business suit line, the classic pin-striped suit, and a modern one in burgundy, worn by Hummels in a football performance, in which the innovation of the Boss Stretch Tailoring was highlighted.

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THE MAGICIAN

If we talked about Stephan Fasano perhaps many people won’t pay attention, but everything changes if we call him “The Magician”. Stephan, in fact, is an international Belgian Dj who, apart from being passionate about his job, is also an husband and a dad with a strong feeling for his family. I got so famous thanks the the remix released for Lykke Li; “I Follow Rivers” in 2011, and for Clean Bandit; “Rather Be”, in 2014, but is celebrity is not limited to this. One of his last accomplishment is the partecipation of Potion, his label, to the last edition of Tomorrowland, the biggest european techno festival, with a stage dedicated. Attracted by his successes and his strong style, our team of MANINTOWN interviewed him to discover more about his life and his ever evoluting career.

Can you tell us how your career began
It all started when I got asked to play in a small bar in Charleroi (Belgium). I was already a DJ for friends, birthdays and little parties before but there, things got serious because I was asked to play every Saturday from 9pm until 4am (even 6am sometimes) on my own. At that little venue (100 cap) I met a lot of key people who helped me grow up over to the capital, Brussels.

Are there people you are especially grateful to for having supported you through your career?
There are a lot of people but firstly my wife, Julie. We have been together for 12 years and she’s always supported me. She’s also officially worked on The Magician project with me since 2010. She used to design my first costumes, design the first Magic Tape artworks and keep an eye on some deals as well. She’s still doing a lot, I always ask her YES or NO before posting any photo or video and she’s the first ear to listen and judge my music. It’s a true relationship, deep and sincere.

You have a wife and daughter, how do you reconcile your work commitments with your family life?
As I said before, my wife is involved in the project but now we have a daughter she comes on tour less and works from home. I manage everything to enjoy my work and also enjoy my private life. I’m able to do both and be 100% focused on each. Of course it’s quite difficult when I’m away from home for 2 weeks, I miss them a lot.

You’ve just released your new single with TCTS and Sam Sure, ‘Slow Motion’. Can you tell us more about how this song was born?
Me and TCTS were in the studio in London for the first time together and Sam Sure popped in to say hi to TCTS because they knew each other. Then we played him the demo we’ve been working on, he liked it and we were like, we should write the vocal together. This happened almost a year ago, since then we’ve been releasing other stuff and by the time we were ready to release it, we thought the production sounded dated so we reworked the track. In the end we did 3 or 4 different versions before coming to the final version that is out now.

What has been the most exciting moment of your career up to this point?
There are lots. The first time I went to Japan, When I got booked for Coachella festival,  When we did Sunlight in the studio with Olly from Years and Years. When I made it to number 1 all over Europe with my remix of Lykke Li « I Follow Rivers ». When we did the 500th Essential Mix live in Liverpool for BBC Radio 1.

At what point did you realise that you were on the path to success?
When I see the results. But my goal is not having success, it’s doing what I like, being happy and making people around me happy.

Can you name a song that excites you, or reminds you of a very special moment?
Sebastien Tellier : La Ritournelle. I remember when I played this record and then I left the DJ booth to invite Julie to dance with me on the dancefloor.  We weren’t together yet though!

How important are fashion and style in your job?
Style defines your personality. Well if you have personality people around will see it through your style. I can understand someone from the choice of his shoes. In the dance and electronic music business, nowadays most of DJs who wear the same long black t-shirt and black pants.

Do you have a favorite brand?  Which one/ones?
Yes at the moment I like Balenciaga, Martine Rose, Calvin Klein and some ACNE stuff. Besides that, I buy vintage stuff too. Recently I found a beautiful 90’s Ellesse orange parka that looks very up to date.

How do you like changing your look depending on occasions? For example, when you are with your daughter or when you are in front of the decks?
I used to play with  different home made costumes but that time is over because I wanted to be more myself. I don’t mind wearing costumes, just not always the same one, I like to change and have different clothes. It can be a tux, a shirt, a tee, a sweatshirt with accessories as well.
I wear the same clothes whether I’m with my daughter or on a flight or in the studio or at the restaurant or behind the decks.

Can you describe your feelings about hosting your own stage at Tomorrowland, the largest festival in Europe?
It’s great, I had the chance to get Potion on the new Tomorrowland stage for the first time and it’s honestly the coolest stage ! It’s been a big success and we will do it again next year.

Any dreams you’d still like to achieve?
I would like to live in Japan for a while.

Click here to their new single Slow Motion.

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MR PORTER x The Urban Explorer

The Urban Explorer is a capsule collection of AW17 boots, especially curated for the modern urban man. It will launch globally on 17th October from MR PORTER, the award-winning global online retail destination and will be comprised of 24 pieces from 15 of the world’s most renowned luxury, designer and contemporary footwear brands.
The collection is rooted in providing a hardwearing boot offering in time for the peak winter season. It covers each category in MR PORTER’s boot remit, including hiking, lace-up, Chelsea, desert and brogue. The collection includes pieces from the following brands: Prada, Tom Ford, Common Projects, John Lobb, George Cleverley, Moncler, Officine Creative, Berluti, Dries Van Noten and Grenson. Key pieces include the Prada suede hiking boots, Dries Van Noten’s traditional black lace-up boots, George Cleverley’s cordovan styles and a classic brown Chelsea boot from Tom Ford.

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Dior ft. Dan Witz: a partnership to keep an eye on

For the Dior Homme 2017-18 winter season, Kris Van Assche has unveiled a true ace in the sleeve: the collaboration with Dan Witz, pioneering of the street art US artist. The unique and pure Dior style combines, in this collection, a set of different inspiration and visions, reinterpreting the men’s dress with tight jackets and urban-taste trousers, traditional colors such as black, red and white come alongside electric and distinct nuance. The partnership with Witz has brought a breath of freshness, of extraordinary eclecticism, with jackets, suits, bags, sneakers in the super cool Mosh Pits press, a real must of the American artist. Curious and disruptive skateboards, with Hardior and Mosh Pits silkscreen printing, combine street culture with the Dior homme elegance and style, freely and towards all the roads of fashion.

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Cher and the rapper Future star in “Meet me in the Gap”

Gap has just launched the new advertising campaign for 2017 Fall collection, Meet me in the Gap!                     Gap celebrates the encounter of different personalities who find out that what they have in common is far more than what distinguishes them. These unexpected meetings take the form of mini-music clips directed by Director X. The videos portray what is the true essence of Gap: uniting whatever the differences are. People always have something in common with each other, even if it is hidden. Cher (singer) and Future (rapper) have been invited by the brand to cover ‘Everyday People‘, a song by Sly and the Family Stone. People who belong to distant universes find an opportunity to unite their voices in this adv campaign.
Three basketball players, two tip tap dancers and a DJ star in a second video, ‘Bounce Meet Bounce Meet Bounce‘, to create a unique rhythm with the sounds of their own worlds.

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LOCO DICE, THE ONE WHO TURNS LIFE INTO MUSIC

His career has arisen somewhat by lack or by chance and it has increasingly become more and more overwhelming. It’s that of Yassine Ben Achour, better known as Loco Dice, an internationally renowned Dj, who is very much sought-after by consoles from all over the world. Born in Tunisia, he was adopted by German parents and he grew up in Dusseldorf, surrounded by music and records, his great passions. His history as Dj starts from the hip hop and culminates in techno music, going through house music genres. It is a history not only made of important collaborations with famous music artists like Snoop Dog, but also full of emotions, journeys and different influences. Inspired by all that surrounds him, Loco Dice goes on working hard to realize his dreams still unrealized. The Dj will play at the Paradise stage during the Festival BPM in Portugal on 15th September  and at Social Music City in Milan on 16th September. You can’t miss it.

Everyone knows you as Loco Dice, where did this name come from?

Loco Dice has two origins. Dice was there first and it comes from my early days when I used to play backgammon on the streets of Tunisia. Dice was how my friends back then used to call me. Loco appeared years later, one night in Ibiza when I climbed the roof of Space Club, determined to take down their logo. My friends below shouted „Dice! Dice!“ while the security shouted „Loco! Loco!“. I didn’t run away with the logo, but Loco Dice stayed.

How did you start your career? And when did you figure out that music would become your life?

I was always surrounded by and interested in music. I danced a lot, spent my time and money in record stores, and at some point I was the kid in the hood who had records. When a local youth club got rid of it’s resident DJ, they asked me to come and play. That was in the early 90s, the next step. And here I am still playing and producing.

Is there a club or a place where you would like to play but haven’t had the chance to yet?

There are so many places that I didn’t discover yet, that are unknown to me, but I am working hard to visit them and play there.

From who and what do you take inspiration for your music?

I take my inspiration from my travels, people and the world around me, food, scents. I basically take inspiration from everywhere.

Can you give us a song that excites you or reminds you of a special moment?

That special song is Bob Marley „Could You Be Loved“. It reminds me of my country, family, childhood, and it holds memory of many moments in my life. It’s a song that makes me happy.

What is your relationship with fashion? How important is it to you?

I like fashion, but I am not a fashion addict. I like to look for clothes and accessories, combine and wear them, I like to create my own stuff. It’s similar to the way how I deal with music.

You’re Serán Bendecidos world tour begins in Milan just before fashion week, will you stick around to catch some shows?

The Serán Bendecidos tour actually began in Barcelona during Sonar, and I’m happy that it continues in Milan. I’d love to catch some shows, but I don’t know yet if I can make it. I’m deep in production process and It basically depends on my studio schedule.

Tell us an accessory you cannot live without.

I have many accessories that I’m known for. There is always something: a cap, grillz, bracelets, rings… you name it.

What are your dreams and ideas for future projects?

There are lots of dreams, and I work hard to make them come true. Like the dream I’m living now.

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RAF SIMONS PRESENTED HIS SPRING 2018 COLLECTION FOR CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC

The Spring 2018 CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC collection takes its inspiration from cinema, from the dream-factory of Hollywood and its depictions of both an American nightmare, and the all-powerful American dream. Thriller heroines, heroes and antiheroes. The aesthetic codes of movie protagonists are endlessly remixed, their meanings given new interpretation and celebration.

Drawn from the same source material, but created separately, artist Sterling Ruby’s site-specific installation for the Spring runway show underscores these themes.

Mid-century American couture silhouettes are rendered industrial, reiterated in nylon, rubber specially-molded in Ohio and hand-painted leather. Lumberjack checks are used for tailored men’s suits. Pom-poms are reappropriated for fringed dresses, handbags or keyrings, and nightgowns become evening-gowns. Material surfaces are disturbed, distressed, rubber-stamped, faded and splattered. The collection’s dominant colors are safety orange, yellow, black, overwhelmingly red.

In exploring America, Raf Simons found Andy Warhol – an artist whose work has helped define both the contemporary identity of American culture, and also the world’s perceptions of it. In a unique collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, this collection incorporates a selection of Warhol artworks as placement screen-prints.

Photo Credit @Giovanni Giannoni

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Jewelry that strikes the senses

Audacious, challenging, talented. She is Betony Vernon, an American designer who lives in Paris, sexual anthropologist, writer and teacher of sexual well-being. Her creations have been showed in many international exhibitions, from London to Paris and also in Milan. With her jewelry collection “Paradise Found – Fine Erotic Jewelry”, her mission is that of removing the society’s taboos about sex and spreading a freer and more conscious image of sexuality, linked to the self-acceptance and to the well-being. MANINTOWN interviewed her to satisfy some curiosities.

You define yourself a “sexual anthropologist”. Why did you choose to study human sexuality?
Like pretty much everyone else I have always been fascinated with sexuality, and this fascination was never inhibited. I consider it one of the upshots of not having much parental guidance when growing up. When I started to design the Paradise Found Fine Erotic Jewelry collection I was actually quite naïve in thinking that everyone viewed the sexual experience as I did. I just wanted to have fun, explore and enjoy myself. I started to design my Sado-Chic collection 25 years ago as a response to the market at the time. It led me to understand that our sexuality affects every aspect of our lives. Over the years, I also became aware of how our sexuality is shaped by religion, politics and the establishment in general. The study of human sexuality informs all of my work and it inevitably led me to deal with relationships and the disappointment of sex as much as the pleasures of sex. Ultimately I strive to dismantle the pleasure taboo. It’s impossible to hurdle sexual limits if we are not aware of how these limits were imposed upon us, and thus my fascination with sexual anthropology. I am constantly asking myself how our sexuality has been shaped over the centuries. This is essential to understanding, reshaping and redefining our sexual identity today.

According to you, how can a harmonious intimate relationship be reached?
Positive intimate relationships are hinged on the openness and willingness of partners to explore and experience the sexual realm together. Being open to experimenting new sensations and situations is crucial to an enduring intimate relationship. In fact, like any other relationship, intimate relationships need to be kindled and nourished. Newness is crucial to sexual excitement and this requires that we have the knowledge, understanding and a sense of adventure to constantly renew our relationships. I also believe that learning to treat the entire body as a sexual whole is fundamental to enhanced sexual satisfaction. It requires that we learn to use the tools and techniques of full body stimulation. This is the heartbeat of my book The Boudoir Bible – The Uninhibited Sex Guide for Today (Rizzoli.)

What is the link between design and sensuality?
As a designer I believe that it is my duty to make every day experiences more exciting and sensual. No matter what I am designing I aim to engage the senses and whenever possible reinvent the sensorial experience. My designs stroke the senses. For me design and sensuality are interdependent.

Which is the main function of your erotic jewelry line?
The function of my erotic designs is to enhance the sexual experience. My aim as a designer is also to dissolve the age-old idea that sex is something cheap or dirty. I want to elevate our sexuality as something sacred. I create a durable and body safe response to a market where these values are rarely taken into consideration. I invite my collectors to reevaluate sexual aesthetics. I aim through my erotic jewelry and jewel tools to bring full body stimulation, which was and still is considered by many to be “deviant” or “perverted”, into the realm of the acceptable and perfectly healthy sexual behavior.

Which is the most representative piece of your collection?
Well, I think it would be The Boudoir Box. The Boudoir Box is an object that I kept secret for 18 years, and today it’s part of the Medusa exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. Exhibiting this piece was a difficult decision to make but I came to terms with the fact that it was time for me to stand in the light. I used the Boudoir Box to travel with my work for private appointments with collectors before there were any suited retail venues. I must say that retailers were unnerved by my work at the turn of the century. The Boudoir Box can hold from 21 – 70 pieces from my erotic collection and it includes one of the objects that I believe best represents the entire collection. It is called The Petting Ring. Its shape “forces us” to make the Chi-Mudra gesture, which we normally associate with yoga, meditation and a one-pointed focused mind. A good lover is also in the moment and focused on the pleasures of the senses alone! The Petting Ring is dedicated to the gentlemen and it brings a whole new dimension to male masturbation.

Can jewelry make women more confident?
Absolutely, I witness it all the time, for example when I put a Lovelock Collier around a woman’s neck. She immediately straightens up and smiles because she feels beautiful and sexy and thus empowered. The same goes for men. Empowering people is a huge element of what I do.

Your tricks to seduce a man?
Dress to undress… it makes you feel sexy! But most importantly love yourself, take care of yourself, seduce yourself, and you will inevitably seduce others.

What do you think attracts men to women?
It’s all about chemistry at the end of the day, I know this doesn’t sound very romantic but we all know that when there is no chemistry, there is no desire. One of the questions I am most often asked by people is how to keep desire alive. Desire stays alive when we keep the child spirit within us alive, because the child in each and every one of us is playful, it wants to learn, it wants to explore and discover, it wants to love and it does not question whether or not that love is merited. The child spirit also wants to enjoy life, and this is very attractive.

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HOROS: Kai Dunkel’s new collection

HOROS like a dance through mysterious underworlds that lead to a non-place where everything can happen. This is the background that Kai Dunkel, the founder of the homonymous German brand launched in 2015, has selected to present his collection called HOROS for the Fall/Winter 2017-2018. Kai Dunkel can be identified by his unique and innovative cut, characterized by contrasts and different materials put together. All the items are made in German, and the brand’s ultimate priority is the quality of design and tailoring. The purpose of Kai Dunkel is to bring fashion to further level, creating urban styles, that look behind, anticipating future trends. The fascinating stories told by his collection contribute to create a developing cosmos, in which the person is absorbed. The designer, together with the director Nico Meyer-Brenkhof, has chosen the fashion film as the means of creative expression for his collection, confirming, one more time, the interdisciplinary vocation of the brand, which is articulated through various forms of art. Kai Dunkel’s characteristic element is contrast, expressed by structured black items with strong controlled seams that manifest confidence and authority, alternated with white fabrics which, on the contrary, represent man’s vulnerability when he lost control. The continuous transformation opens the doors into untold destinations and new possibilities that create a fluid sequence of unexplored spaces. The strong contrasts underlined by layers of different fabrics give the collection its unique and distinctive character. The design’s quality and tailoring techniques are an added value for the collection, designed in order to protect those who wear it against unknown dimensions.

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Lacroix’s 30 years in an important capsule

A mythical name among the fashion scene, he shaped our minds with its very recognizable style that left its mark in the 80s and 90s, conquering the world of the fashion addicts and not only. Thanks to a style that exudes colors, refinement and inspiration from Baroque to Pop Art, away from minimalism and always consistent to its roots, with an international spirit and brand’s philosophy, but at the same time witty and spontaneous with a typical French joie de vivere. Christian Lacroix left the brand with its name in 2009, but the brand was continued under the creative director Sacha Walckhoffs guidance, who focused mainly on revamping the brands and develop its lifestyle collections. Now, to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the brand’s birth, the maison called a well-known multimedia and New York based artist Brian Kenny, to create a capsule collection where some of his original works have been reproduced on many commonly used items, from cups to the t-shirts, to mobile covers. The new Lacroix universe shines with a new sparkling and refreshing approach that has intrigued us, that’s why we decided to interview the two protagonists of this adventure: Sacha Walckhoff and Brian Kenny.

Tell us how this collaboration is born.

Sacha Walckhoff: I know Brian’s art for around 10 years, back then, he was working with artist Slava Mogutin, their team was named Superm. I crossed his work again on instagram 2 years ago, we met, I visited his long island city workshop and was impressed by his extensive work and by his bright personality. To work with him for the 30 years celebration of the Lacroix brand was the perfect occasion to build the strong friendship we have today… and to deliver a joyful collection!

Brian Kenny: Like many great stories, it all started with a beautiful pair of shoes–and these shoes were covered with unicorns! Sacha, who had followed me on Instagram, sent them to me at my studio as a gift because of the resemblance to some of my drawings and our friendship grew from there.

What is your feel with Lacroix? How your creative direction is reinventing the Lacroix style ?

Sacha Walckhoff: I have been with the house for 25 years, worked 18 years alongside Christian so I went through all the different periods of the Maison. When Christian Lacroix left in 2009 and I was nominated creative director 6 months later, the house was almost collapsing. With Nicolas Topiol, ceo since 2005, we always thought that the house had something to say in the lifestyle universe. We met with Tricia Guild, artistic director and founder of Designers Guild and worked with her backup on the first Lacroix home collection (2011) which has today a lovely succès. It showed us all that the house was strong and could reinvent herself. I do base all my research on the words that are defining the brand: colour, mixity, surprise, flamboyance and singularity. From this, with my studio, freelancers and now artists like Brian, I allow myself a total freedom of creation, we just have to be faithful to those words!

Brian Kenny: I feel that my own creative style was already aligned with Lacroix style before the collaboration. This is a style of wild fantasy and vibrant diversity, a total freedom of imagination and an aesthetic of novelty and inclusion. So rather than re-inventing, my creative direction in this collaboration actually expands the richness and depth of the Lacroix creative universe.

Who do you address this celebrative 30th years anniversary collection to?

Sacha Walckhoff: Our customers are from all kind of origins and ages but with Brian, we are also now talking to a younger crowd who did not know the 80s, it was important for me to have a young artist like Brian expressing his art and vision throughout the prism of a house he didn’t really knew before. It was also important for me to work with an artist who adresses himself to the world and to the gay community with humour and wit.

Brian Kenny: This special 30th anniversary collection is a celebration and so EVERYONE is invited to the party! This is why many of the items in the collection are priced very affordably so it is accessible to anyone who wants to wear or take home something from the magical house of Lacroix!

Looking at your work, we can see different techniques and themes, how would you define your style?

Sacha Walckhoff: Believe it or not… I was born a minimalist, educated in Switzerland, I love the truth,the simplicity and a certain structure… but I have also a bit of Russian and African in me which attracted me to the Lacroix brand. The result is a structured but eclectic personality who is always curious. Actually we have a lot of common with Brian who is from a religious and military background and became a wild and passionated multimedia artist!

Brian Kenny: I’m very interested in experimentation, spontaneity and exploring new ideas, so my style is very broad and inclusive of many different approaches. Essentially, this is a style of maximalism. For example, I really interested in new ideas about the fluid nature of sexuality and gender, so I’m drawing, painting and sewing together images of trans experiences: androgynous creatures and shapeshifters.

Could you tell us what are your next projects? Do you already imagine other collaborations through Christian Lacroix ? with other artists? other brands?

Sacha Walckhoff: I love the collaborative process, we already collaborated on special pieces with Kartell and MOOOI last year (Marcel Wanders is also a good friend and an extraordinary personality). So we will definitely do it again. I just need to have a special relationship with the brand or the artist as this is above all about having a creative and emotional moment together… Brian left this morning for NY, all the studio sent him fairwell notes yesterday night and after the amazing moments we all had together, I was happy to see that beside the great collection we did, there is all those new bounds between us all that will remain too.

Brian Kenny: I’m currently preparing to execute a giant mural at a museum in Rotterdam for an exhibition in September about masks curated by Walter Van Beirendonck that will be a panorama of fantastical masked creatures all reaching for and touching each other in what I like to call “Connective Drawings” (for an example, see my reinterpretation of this series of photographs from Gayletter magazine). I will forever be grateful to have been given the opportunity to add my story to the ever-unfolding tapestry of Lacroix, and considering that Lacroix is an inclusive and visionary brand, I imagine they will continue to reach outward and collaborate with many other wonderful artists and creative people. As for myself, collaboration will always be an important part of my practice so I will definitely continue to work with other artists and brands as well.

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“Traces of Sirocco” BY Clementine Passet

A study in exotic layering and romantic shapes.

Photography Clementine Passet (@clemetinepasset) (clementinepasset.com)
Stylist Rebecca Muzzioli (@rebecca_muzzioli) (rebeccamuzzioli.com)
Talent [email protected] (@jason_harderwijk)
Grooming Francois Regaudie (@francoisregaudie)
Assistant Stylist Paulina Bolko
Light Assistant Manon Ternes
Special Thanks to Studio Moderne 

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“Hard and easy” by Edoardo De Ruggiero

Some guys don’t need to try too hard to look tough. This Autumn, keep it cool and loose, inspired by these killer designer looks, let comfort be your MO.”

Photographer: Edoardo De Ruggiero
Fashion Stylist: Nicholas Galletti
Hair Stylist: Azumi Higaki
Make up artist: Constance Haond
Models:
Philip LDB @ New Madison;
Rodrigue D @ M Management

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adidas by Alexander Wang: Season 2

adidas Originals and Alexander Wang return for Season 2 of their unisex collaboration offering a new subversive dose of unisex apparel and footwear. Ever unconventional, adidas Originals and Wang return to disrupt fashion’s status quo, reinventing design, communication, and retail.
Season 2 fuses two disparate experiences—raving and cycling—to present the story of a tribe of New York bike messengers.
The capsule, 27 pieces, encapsulates the core story of the unisex collection: an aesthetic meld of raving and cycling apparel printed in authentic ’90s graphics inspired by club flyers. A color palette of black and solar yellow adds to the energy. Wang’s now-iconic upside-down adidas Trefoil logo is emblazoned on every piece. Also the footwear debut a completely new style with a clash of textures: rubber and suede.
In an accompanying narrative campaign film directed by Ryan Staake, masked bike messengers are voyeuristically seen throughout New York pasting a cryptic posters. A protagonist is followed into a hedonistic warehouse rave, before biking home and passing out at dawn.
The collection is available on August 5th at select adidas & Alexander Wang flagship locations and online.

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POISON CITY

cover photo by adam katz sinding @le21eme

The AM CREW collaborates with MANINTOWN for the second edition of a successful collaboration presented during Milan Fashion Week in January. The second collection, called “Poison City”, and created by Vlatko Dukic e Signe Christoffen, takes inspiration from the city of Hong Kong, where the brand is based, interpreted as the city of poison in the ‘80s, when corruption and drugs arose, like in the sci-fi movie Blade Runner, in a confused environment where rock’ n’ roll music was a form of rebellion. The collection is also an homage Justin Gossman, super model and musician, characterized by a unique sense of style and charismatic personality. The AM CREW man is a modern Lord Byron, with a flamboyant aesthetic remixed in a contemporary way, with subtle grunge and Victorian accents. He is a night lover- the central element of the brand’s creation- who strolls around the Asian city, between humidity and shadows, but always with style. A roster of intriguing people will be the main characters of the new advertising campaign: the super models Niall Underwood, Ivan Claudiu and Sasha Panika.

The top 5 things you should know about JUSTIN GOSSMAN

HIS UNIQUE SENSE OF STYLE
Justin Gossman, can easily be mistaken for a rock star.  He has a natural love for skinny leather pants and vintage suede jackets with a 70’s vintage allure.  In reality, however, he can transforms himself on runways and for editorial stories.  He’s kept himself busy while working for brands such as Gucci, Lanvin, John Varvatos, Rick Owens and Raf Simons, both on the runway and for their ad campaigns.

A DEEP PASSION FOR MUSIC
From a very young age, he began dancing, he learned piano, and can play the harmonica and the guitar.  He is also the lead singer in a rock band called “The Toy Gun.”  They are set to launch their first release in coming months.  Justin loves rock ‘n’ roll especially the song “Devils Sympathy” by the Rolling Stones.  He takes great inspiration from Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Jim Morrison, Syd Barrett, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan among other music legends.  The Toy Guns has a rock ‘n’ roll soul with a modern twist.

POSITIVE ATTITUDE
When off stage or not working, Justin loves goofing around with his colleges and friends.  There is never a dull moment with Justin, he loves enjoying life, spreading love, and he knows how to cheer up people around him, always providing entertainment.

SPORTS?  YES PLEASE
Justin used to skate board and he still loves surfing whenever he gets the chance.

INTERNATIONAL MANGA ICON
Justin’s strong resemblance with famous Japanese manga series Black Butler lead character called Sebastian is not just a co-in coincidence.  It is very hard to spot the difference, so Sebastian must really be his fictional doppelgänger.

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Carlo Sestini – L.a. confidential

Based in London, socialite and jet- setter Carlo Sestini is one of the new names to watch. With a keen eye for luxury and fashion, this influencer with Italian origins represents the new era of social media, which he uses to showcase his luxurious, exciting and hectic lifestyle. His life is anything but ordinary: tens of thousands of fans follow him through his journeys through Europe and the United States and appreciate his energy, character and savoir faire of an Italian gentleman but always with a British touch. Sestini embodies a sophisticated yet casual style and is often spotted wearing exclusive brands or on the catwalk, such as Dolce & Gabbana’s this season. Who could best guide us around Los Angeles? Carlo told us about his love for the City of Angels, now more than ever a favourite new destination of the fashion world, chosen by huge brands such as Tommy Hil ger and Christian Dior.

What is your favorite thing about Los Angeles?
I love it because it is a metropolitan mix where there are many events and happenings, but also a huge array of cultural activities, with many exhibitions, theater performances, movie premieres and concerts. The food is great and very healthy, as Californians are very attentive to fresh and organic food, of which I am a fan, and of course the ocean! Not to mention that the weather is always great and that keeps you in a good mood.

What are the essentials in your suitcase?
I always bring a tux with me, you never know the occasion or the event. Also, several sunglasses, because I like to change them according to the look, especially since I’ve started wearing those with coloured frames like yellow, pink, blue and mirror lenses. I can’t forget a large selection of shirts and sportswear items, because everyone in Los Angeles is crazy about fitness, and this pushes me to get busy in the gym. And finally, swimsuits, of course.

A special memory tied to the city?
There are many, but if I have to choose, I would say the photoshoot I did for Ermanno Scervino at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Your top 5 Places to visit?
For coffee I recommend Alfred who, although in America, I think makes the best coffee I have ever tasted and the best fresh juices. I always get the carrot, celery and ginger. The Ivy, for its relaxed atmosphere, a delicious menu of contemporary american nouvelle cuisine, and its rétro vibes. A trendy ingredient like kale is present in many bar and restaurant menus, although clearly you can not help but try a good old hamburger. More than any, I recommend the legendary independent fast food chain In & Out, a temple of goodness, thanks to its use of quality raw materials. In the afternoon, besides beach life, it’s great to take a stroll on Santa Monica Piers, with all its sea-view rides and barges. For a night out, a place often chosen by celebrities is The Nice Guy in West Hollywood, a very intimate bar and restaurant with design furnishings. For dancing I recommend the Warwick club with Art Deco and mid century vibes, on Sunset Boulevard.

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destination timepieces

“Summer afternoon – these have always been the two most beautiful words in my language”. That’s what Henry James used to say and he might have been right. After all, that’s the moment when time dilates, stops even, as if it were a dimension capable of self effacing. Whether you decide or not to turn the hourglass, here are the most appropriate places to forget the chaos of the city and, just as many watches ready to adapt perfectly to the new rhythm.

Savelletri

Now that it is on the radar of the international jet-set, after the wedding of singer Justin Timberlake and the actress Jessica Biel, this place enchants with its beaches, its farm houses converted into resorts and the nearby 18 hole golf course: one of Puglia’s best.
The address: Masseria Torre Maizza, www.masseriatorremaizza.com
The watch: Tudor Heritage Black Bay, the famous water resistant watch now comes in an all steel version with a steel bezel disc, manufacture movement and date indicator.

Capri
Though being a lush and green island, it’s around the main square – called “Chiazza” by locals – that the island’s entire life spins – whether it’s for coffee in the morning or an aperitif in the evening, stopping here is an obligation.
The address: Beach Club La Fontelina, www.fontelina-capri.com
The watch: Patek Philippe Aquanaut Ref. 5168G. Twenty years after the launch of the first Aquanaut, the maison proposes a new version with a robust white gold case, waterproof up to 120 meters.

Saint-Tropez
In 1957 the lm “And God Created Woman” was shot here; Two legends are born at the same time: this seaside resort and Brigitte Bardot who bought a villa here some years later.
The address: Le Club 55, www.club55.fr
The Clock: Audemars Piguet The Royal Oak O shore Chronograph Summer Edition. The House of Le Brassus celebrates the 50th birthday of Byblos, the most iconic hotel in Saint Tropez, with a limited edition that recalls the hotel’s colours at sunset.

Ibiza
While the 80’s are back in full swing, why not choose the destination that became famous thanks to the 1984 hit, “People from Ibiza” by Sandy Marton?
The address: Hotel Xereca, www.hotelxereca.com
The watch: TAG Heuer AQUARACER Camou age. Titanium case, waterproof up to 300 meters, bezel with minute scale (marked every minute for the rst fteen) in matt black ceramic, and a NATO camou age strap.

Porto Cervo
After a few years of relative silence, the stars are shining again over this location beloved by celebrities such as Greta Garbo, Princess Margaret, Gianni Agnelli, Jacqueline Kennedy, Juan Carlos, Harrison Ford and Sting.
The address Aruanã Churrascaria, www.aruana.it
The clock: Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue”. The chest of this GMT underwater timepiece is derived from a single blue ceramic block and is waterproof up to 600 meters.

Mykonos
Coves with crystal clear water in the daytime and a sparkling nightlife after sunset: Mykonos remains an island of contrasts. A magical place where you can drink an aperitif in the company of a pelican, the symbol of the island.
The address: Sea Satin Market, www.capriceofmykonos.com
The watch: Breitling Superocean Héritage II. For the 60th birthday of the model, the brand presents a restyled version, with a new steel bezel and a super tough, high-tech ceramic ring. COSC certi ed movement, inside.

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NARTIST: l’Arte a portata di mouse

Cover_Elena Vavaro. Senza titolo, 2016

An empty frame, symbolising the imaginary power of art. Bright orange, emphasising the modernity of expressive power. And the internet, as a collector of interests and a vehicle of global dispersion. It seems almost easy to link these three vectors in the name of art, but that is not always the case. Behind Nartist, start-up designed to give modern meaning to current artistic expression, lies the typical Made In Italy story- one of those entrepreneurial occurrences where business intuition is tightly bound to beauty for pleasure’s sake, a concept so deeply rooted in Italian DNA. A project that lives on the web, but is rooted in culture, amplifying social connotations; in fact, a digital art gallery, where collectors are directly in touch with young creatives, getting to know them and buying their artwork. The idea is that of Francesco Nicastri, who has spent his career in business consultancy, a côte artistic who couldn’t remain subservient, who has a strong sensibility for organizational models that support social and cultural activities. Nicastri is joined by Enzo Cannaviello, long-time gallerist specializing in contemporary art and former president of the National Association of Contemporary Modern Art Galleries, and Luca Borriello, Research Director of Inward, Observatory on Creativity. The fourth side of this hypothetical art frame is the Doimo Group, manufacturing partner specialized in the creation of furniture, with whom they have exclusively patented a system of customisable canvas furniture pieces outfitted with frames which allow artwork to be inserted and interchanged, thus catering to clients’ preferences. To best understand this project, MANINTOWN met its creator, Francesco Nicastri.

When and how was the idea of Nartist born?
NARTIST is a project that I like to define as ambitious and even revolutionary, because it comes from my way of feeling and living life. The first intuition was born in the workshop of an artist in Puglia, following a question that I have been asking myself for many years: often I wondered if it was reality that creates thought or thought that creates reality. In the end I managed to understand that it is thought that creates reality. Unfortunately, the speed at which we live our daily lives does not allow us time to stop and listen to ourselves, and in this way, we end up limiting our own thoughts and actions, instead replicating mental constructs and expected behaviours. If, on the other hand, we could stop from time to time, we would be able to perceive the creative spark that exists in each of us. It is the key ingredient needed in order to truly enrich our lives with new stimuli, and it opens us up to new possibilities, giving value to our uniqueness. In this respect, taking interest in art is the most direct way to create our own reality.

Why did you feel the need to design this platform? What need does it fulfil?
I embarked on this journey inspired by emotion, in order to design a project model that stimulates and spreads creativity and brings value to human relationships and consumer experience by means of interaction and exchange of ideas.

How was the partnership with Doimo born?
The Doimo Group impressed me with its manufacturing history and the strength of its brand, and in addition it has always demonstrated itself to be a pioneer in both the geographic exploration of new markets as well as investing in know-how and technology in a range of finished furniture products. Even when approached with the potential offered by this project, they were able to grasp its profound implications and hence the cultural, social and industrial opportunities right away.

NATALIA RESMINI – SURF DIARY

Illustrations by Natalia Resmini

Fashion illustrator and Fashion Consultant, Natalia Resmini combines a strong sensibility for fashion and a lightness with colour. Her experience as a portraitist and textile designer reveals itself with every brushstroke. Thanks to surfing and her love for the sea she has traveled all over the world. This aesthetic maturity is apparent both in her free drawings and in the story, illustrated by the photographs, where she suggests the unmissable places to go surfing. I’ve had this great passion for a lifetime, which made me travel around the world. Surfing is a golden ticket, because all surfers sooner or later travel for long periods, and get the opportunity to learn about other cultures. We Italians are a people of idealists, dreamers and travellers, that’s what I always say! We are lucky because, although we don’t have many waves, we go seeking them, discovering a lot of other things in the process and expanding our horizons. And we stand out all right! Exclusively for MANINTOWN here’s a selection of the best locations discovered during my travels.

MEXICO
www.mexilogfest.com
I recommend Sayulita and Saladita, and Punta de Mita, on the Nayarit coast. A hippy atmosphere, perfect temperatures especially in winter months, both challenging and easier waves. The coolest time of the year is during Mexi Log Festival, which brings together the world’s finest surfers in the Longboard category. (www.mexilogfest.com) For accommodation I would recommend Casa Love, located in the heart of Sayulita. Right on the main beach, facing the rolling waves and a few tourists looking for a good margarita, lies the welcoming patio of Nathalie Mignot, the owner. The architecture of the house reveals itself in a clever balance of sunlight and shade. Ten “open space” rooms, are furnished with singular taste, for a really special stay: you will always feel caressed by the wind and lulled by the stars at night. The attention to ecology and the “raw” lifestyle of the owners will win you over. Casa Love is part of a broader concept including the “Pachamama” boutique and the homonymous art gallery, both on the lower floor where you will find boho-chic unique pieces of clothing amongst the colorful works of young artists and tons of lovely jewellery.
For more info and to discover curiosities about the owner’s family: pachamamasayulita.com.mx/casa-love/

SARDINIA
My absolute favourite, where I pass several months a year and the waves are the best in the Mediterranean, because the island has a 360 ° exposure to the seas. Of all the coasts, the one in the west is the one with the most frequent waves, because the northwesterly wind is predominant. As for the rest, the island offers many options that can be exploited, hence why Sardinia has become an international destination for surfing tourism. For beginners, I recommend the school IS BENAS SURF CLUB (www.isbenas.com), which offers custom packages with qualified instructors and surf house rentals. An unmissable experience, fabulous nature and excellent A to Z customer service. Also, worth mentioning is Maona Sailingboat, in the south, at Villasimius, owned by Sebastiano Concas, one of the best Italian surfers, who organises sailing boat charters and surf trips, an original formula for a memorable holiday in the heart of the marine protected area. www.facebook.com/Maonasailingboat/

MOROCCO

I’ve been to Morocco many times now, but every trip always brings new emotions. There is something magical, a special perfume in the air. Arab culture fascinates me, as an artist and as a woman. My creativity is stimulated by the decorations of the tiles, the colours of the earth interspersed by argan plants, the architecture designed to be lived inside and out. I have a lot of Moroccan friends, and putting aside misconceptions and prejudices, I have found an enlightened people. Culture, pride, hospitality and a mystical atmosphere are a constant. In the West, we are always running and we no longer believe in anything. Sometimes we don’t even have five minutes to watch a beautiful sunset. We have clocks and they have time! I was there for almost two months recently, south of Essaouira. I painted and surfed, immersed in a pleasant “mal d’Afrique”. Moroccans believe in their land, in the wind, in the sea, in the food. I can’t forget some winter nights, when we would eat together around the fire with our hands, assimilating the energy of food, in religious silence. I’ve come to believe that forks and knives are a kind of filter between us and what we eat. I think  back to the freedom I felt and I smile, because I can’t forget the depth of the colours of the sky, as I chased the last waves of the day. I think back to the deserted beaches, to the freshly caught sea bass, to the olive oil almost better than the Italian one. In Morocco the place I recommend for surfing is the coast from Essaouira to Agadir.
Here are two of my favourite hotels: Hôtel Résidence le Kaouki www.sidikaouki.comOlo Surf & Nature www.olosurfnature.com/
The coolest surfcamp of the moment!

BIARRITZ and HOSSEGOR
It’s the California of Europe! I have been so many times that I do not even remember how many anymore. It’s the heart of the European surf scene, where the best shapers and underground artists go. The prices are a bit high and the water very crowded, but the nature is wonderful! In the summer you can surf till 11pm in the evening, as the days are long. Also, there are beautiful surf shops and inland, various surf schools operating on stunning endless beaches.Check out: m.facebook.com/tfr.hossegorsurfhouse/

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JOURNEY through Gucci places

Gucci Places is an initiative designed by the Florentine maison to unveil locations around the world that reflect the taste and values peculiar to the House and that have inspired it. Whether private or public, hidden or evident, Alessandro Michele’s contemporary aesthetic can be at the tip of one’s fingers simply through the App. The aim is to encourage people to discover interesting and unexpected stories about these places, and so become part of a community, built around a network of locations that are able to surprise, arouse interest and inspire creativity. The very first Gucci Place to be unveiled will be Chatsworth in Derbyshire, England, which is where Gucci is currently supporting an extensive exhibition of clothing and memorabilia entitled House Style, curated by Hamish Bowles. New functionalities will be added to the Gucci App to involve customers in the story of each designated Place, for example through the use the geolocation. The App will allow users to check-in and win the badge associated with it, also providing a detailed description of the Place, featuring texts, pictures and/or videos.

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LINGERIE TALKS WITH LUCY LITWACK

Sensuality is woman. It is no coincidence that as Managing Director of Coco de Mer, one of the most renowned luxury lingerie brand and erotic fashion house, we find a woman, Lucy Litwack, with a huge passion and experience in this field. Not only products to reach pleasure; Coco de Mer offers also education and guidance for a personal erotic experience with a decadent allure. MANINTOWN interviewed Mrs Litwack, asking her some questions about her experience of more than ten years in the industry and about themes that are still considered a taboo.

Why did you choose to work in the field of luxurious lingerie?
Lingerie is my passion. I fell into the industry by chance from a client I had at a design agency I was working for after University. I went to work for this lingerie start up in house and the rest is history! After over 17 years in the industry, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.  Lingerie can create magic. It has the power of transformation. I have worked for many incredible brands from Victoria’s Secret to La Perla, but when I started at Coco de Mer 3 years ago I knew I had found something very special. A brand that has always punched above its weight, but is yet to realize its full potential. A brand that so seamlessly blends fashion and erotica; sophistication and sensuality. A brand that emphasizes the importance of female pleasure, yet appeals to both men and women.

Which is the most representative item of Coco de Mer?
Everything we design combines luxury and beauty, often with a touch of the audacious.  For instance, the Coco de Mer Spanking Knicker. This item is luxurious, beautiful and a little bit naughty – with the added option for play with your partner. The Sylph bra is also an iconic Coco de Mer style. It has been in the business for over 10 years and continues to be a best seller. It is perfect for the underwear as outerwear trend with its strappy detailing. In luxurious black silk with front fastening and a seductive half cup that barely covers the bust, it takes its inspiration from the empowering work of Helmut Newton and the world of the dominatrix.

According to you, which is the link between fashion and sensuality?
People are pleasure seekers. They seek pleasure in a myriad of different ways, one of which is fashion. The delights that fascinate our senses such as cuisine, design, fashion occupy the cultural psyche in many different ways from books to magazines to tv. Matters erotic however are more limited and repressed. Coco de Mer encourages a more progressive viewpoint. To open up a more playful conversation on the subject and thus encourage people to delve deeper into their fantasies. We want to create a more beautiful sensual landscape to explore. Engaging in this conversation, we can use fashion and lingerie to reach a better understanding of, and connection to, what is truly sensual. As purveyors of sensuality, Coco de Mer both creates and curates irresistible objects and experiences to celebrate mutual pleasure and individual satisfaction.

What do women look for when choosing lingerie?
Women have many different faces. One day, they will be looking for comfort – perfect fit, soft fabrics. One day they will want something that makes them feel empowered with the knowledge that only they are aware of what lies beneath the exterior. Other times they may want to be a classic femme fatale. Lingerie can transform you and your mindset. But overall, women want good fit, beautiful materials that caress the skin and silhouettes that enhance their form.

Instead, what do men appreciate the most?
Men appreciate any effort you want to make.  They love the idea that you have dressed up for them (even if it is just as much for you) and will worship you whatever you choose. We find at Coco de Mer that men will often purchase the three piece set – in addition to the bra and knicker, they will pick the suspender belt too. They generally prefer the more classic colours of red and black. And beautiful nightwear is always popular –  a lace chemise, a silk robe.

Can lingerie make women more confident?
Absolutely. Lingerie can transform your body and your mind which in turns gives you the confidence to do whatever it is you want to do – whether that is to rule the world or your partner!

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