Algerian-French actor Salim Kechiouche started out young, starring in the film À Toute Vitesse at the age of just 15. He then went on to become France’s kick-boxing champion in 1998, before deciding to pursue his acting career full-time. Now approaching 40, he has just finished working on acclaimed French director Abdellatif Kechiche’s upcoming film (as yet unnamed), having collaborated closely with him over the years, starring in the award-winning Blue is the Warmest Colour and the recent Mektoub My Love. We caught up with him in Paris
What do boxing and acting have in common and where do they most differ? The desire to be in the spotlight, to be seen, to show what you’re capable of. The fact that you have to make sacrifices and have a strong mentality. In boxing, you have to hide your pain, while in acting it’s the opposite: you have to open up and show your feelings. I’ve always felt like I was being pulled in two directions. I like it when you see actors and actresses come within an inch of madness or approach very strong human emotions. You can maintain strength and at the same time keep a certain fragility. It’s a delicate balance.
You have made three films with film director Abdellatif Kechiche. What’s your relationship like with him? I’m very proud of our relationship. I think we have a lot of respect for one another. We have quite a lot in common: he also boxed and acted on stage. It’s as if we were family – he’s like a big brother. He has a strong influence on me, for sure. Working with him changes your perspective on this profession. He’s very engaged as a director and so it’s impressive to work with him. You learn a lot.
How do you approach a role? You become the character and the character becomes you – it’s a meeting between the two. It’s instinctive and you have to try and have confidence in yourself.
You broach themes of adolescence, masculinity and sexuality in your work. How do you see your role as an actor in relation to such issues? People write to me a lot about the fact that certain roles have helped them to feel freer. Often roles have a message – that’s more interesting as it touches people in a more profound way. I try to maintain my freedom and, for me, cinema and theatre are untouchable spaces for freedom. So if there is a message through that, that’s not bad going as a role in society.
What’s next? The next film with Kechiche, which we’ve just finished. I’d like to return to the stage and I want to write – it’s something different, but I’m trying!
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Talent: Salim Kechiouche
Interview: Kim Laidlaw Photographer: Lucie Hugary Styling: Nicholas Galletti Grooming: Richard Blandel @ B agency
Loved by tourists for the beaches and its nature, maybe less fashionable than other cities on the riviera, Hyères is becoming the place to be for the international jet-set thanks to two very important appointments in Villa Noailles: the International Festival of Fashion, Photography and Fashion Accessory and the Design Festival in July.
Two dates that bring in town creatives and professionals from all over the word. The festival dedicated to fashion and photography ended just few days ago, protagonists of the display were ten designers for each category: Fashion, Accessories and Photography; those who were invited showed their work in an exhibition and a fashion show, and were judged by a jury, which counted Haider Ackermann for the fashion part and Bettina Rheims for the photography. So, in Villa Noailles took place different exhibitions, art installations, performance and workshops.
Thanks to the work of Jean-Pierre Blanc, founder and director of the festival, the display grew very much, keeping its informal and indipendent spirit, many thanks go to the sponsors also, who offer prizes for the young talents.
” After the edition with Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel – Jean-Pierre Blanc says – the Festival had a big push forward. We finally can have the biggest names in the jury, but the final goal is not to become more important, but to give a real support to theyoung talents with a cultural event”. As today, the brands that sponsor the event are Swarovski, Chloè with the silhouette Prix, and Premiere Vision, a leader textile trade fair in Paris gives the chance to the designers to connect with the textile business. Mercedes-Benz, from 2012 support the festival with a great commitment in the fashion field. During the last edition, the company presented the showrooms “The Shortlisted” and “The Formers”, showcasing items from the previous editions partecipants.
As they did in the past years, Mercedes-Benz invites the winner of the Grand Prix du Jury Première or the winner of the Chloé Prize to present his collection in the MBFW space during Berlin Fashion Week in July. A lot of exhibitions are held in Villa Noailles: the one curated by Haider Ackermann ” A Vanishing Act”, with the looks of his most inspirational designer, from Undercover, Rick Owens to Madame Grès and Azzedine Alaïa; for the photography part they had the installation “Bettina and Bill”, with prints and collages that show the covers and editorials of Bettina Rheims, during her Los Angeles work, from 1194 to 1997, for the magazine Details. Among the numerous workshops events hosted by Mercedes- Benz, #WeWonder fashion story with Kevin Ma, Hyperbeast founder.
“ To support emerging talents is one of the reason why I am so proud to be part of #WeWonder – Kevin Ma told us. It’s amazing to see such creativity and enthusiasm of all the people selected with Mercedes-Benz. It’s a privilege to be able to discuss with them about my work ‘Progression’, and I hope I inspired them to think outside the box”.
The 33th edition of the Hyères Festival ended with the menswear brand Rushemy Botter & Lisi Herrebrugh as winner of the Fashion Grand Prix. The duo comes from the Netherlands and studied at the Antwerp Royal Accademy. “Fish Or Fight” it’s the name of the collection, the goal is to give an omage to the carabbean heritage of the designers: 3D outfits, looking rather caotic, mixing streetstyle, tailoring, feminine touches and marine inspireddetails. Rushemy Botter & Lisi Herrebrugh had the honor to bring a sense of newness with their loud styling, colors and decoratives patches on sweaters and jackets. Experimental tuches even on the shoes, realized in collaboration with Nike. The Grand Prix for photography went to the irish Eva O’Leary, Yale graduate. The New York based photographer realized a series of portrait of teenagers in front of a mirror, with the final idea to get their first reaction to their image.
The most promising names on the new Georgian fashion scene will be the protagonists in Florence of the GUEST NATION special project, promoted by the Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery on the occasion of Pitti Immagine Uomo 94 (12-15 June 2018). In collaboration with MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK TBILISI, six Georgian brands and designers were selected to present their collections at the Fortezza da Basso, in the special area Spazio Carra (Main Pavilion – Lower Level).
Guest Nation Georgia is a project made possible also thanks to the support of LEPL Enterprise Georgia, the agency headed by the Georgian Ministry of Economy, which promotes the economic development of the country.
The names of GUEST NATION GEORGIA are: AZNAURI, ANUKA KEBURIA, GOLA DAMIAN, SITUATIONIST, TATUNA NIKOLAISHVILI, and VASKA.
Lapo Cianchi, Secretary General of the Fondazione and Director of Communications and Special Projects at Pitti Immagine comments about the project: “Georgia and Eastern Europe are becoming two of the most dynamic places in fashion and creativity today: that’s why we decided to present six of the most innovative Georgian brands to buyers and the international press. In the selection, which includes special menswear projects launched specifically for the occasion, we will bring to Pitti Uomo extremely young designers next to already established brands, but all capable of expressing the essence of today’s Georgian design, with an openness to experimentation and a contamination between tradition and modernity. Our special thanks to Sofia Tchkonia for the precious cooperation in making the project happen”.
Here are the profiles of the 6 Guest Nation Georgia brands:
AZNAURI _founded in Tblisi in 2016,Aznauri, with Irakli Rusadze (founder of the Situationist brand) as its Creative Director, mixes tradition – starting with the name of the brand that is a throwback to classic Georgian nobility – with styles that look to the 90’s, for a modern new minimalism. Initially launched with a line of gender-free clothing, the brand now offers a complete collection with bags and footwear, for a style rich in understatement.
ANUKA KEBURIA _ graduate of the Shoe Design course at the St. Martin University of Art in London, and with a very rich background that includes costume design for the theater, the Georgian designer Anuka Keburia founded the brand bearing her name in 2006. Her lines of natural material clothes, accessories, and footwear are combined with highly skilled craft workmanship. Leitmotif: the use of black and a minimalist style that unites a unisex-street style.
GOLA DAMIAN _a new dandy: in the creations of the Gola Damian brand, sportswear cuts and forms are highlighted by fine materials and unmistakable patterns. With a mash-up between a contemporary and Victorian style, the brand’s collections merge a multitude of eclectic inspirations for an over-the-top and decidedly unique style.
SITUATIONIST _ Irakli Rusadze is one of the top Georgian fashion designers of international renown. The self-taught designer – which tread the catwalks with Situationist at the last edition of Milan Fashion Week – takes his inspiration from his native land, Georgia, and from the women who grew up amongst the difficulties of a post-Soviet nation. In his creations, beloved also by Gigi Hadid, strong tailoring meets a vintage style with Georgian cultural influences.
TATUNA NIKOLAISHVILI _ keen on design and fashion from childhood, the designer Tatuna Nikolaishvili develops, with her eponymous label, creations with unusual forms and original cuts for a feminine style with a modern edge.
VASKA _with a degree in Architecture,Vasili Tabatadze debuted in the world of fashion with his first collection in 2005. In 2013, he created his own brand Vaska. In his creations, special fabrics like antique Japanese silks and natural materials are matched with almost sculpture-like lines and patterns, for a limited-edition line.
Few suggestions on fashion, food, beauty and music. Let’s discover the tips of Stefano Terzuolo, founder of Gum Salon Milano.
”At night I often go toApollo Club Milano, cocktail bar, restaurant and discoclub, from the idea of Marcellina and Tiberio founders of “Rollover Milano”, where I feel in one of the famous SoHo house. 1000mq, 4 rooms in which you can live different experiences: Cocktail room to stop by for the happy hour, restaurant, Gaming room ( with ping-pong, flipper and videogames ) and the disco club, obviously.
I enjoy the intimate and private atmosphere, two feauture that you can really feel, even having an international space, thank you also to the classy dishes of the italian brazilian chef Bruno Cassio, that mixes tastes from all over the worl, a fusion kitchen between classical and modern flavors. My favorite dish? Squid and mashed pumpkin.”
” For lunch, anytime a need some exit eay from my usual busy day, I take some free time and go to EXIT. The new project of Matias Perdomo, Thomas Piras and Simon Press: the very same succesful trio of Contraste. A typical milanese kiosk, that is now a Chiosco Gourmet with thirty seats. Luminous space, simple and chic mise en place, with a block of Ceppo di Grè ( an ornamental stone used to build numerous palaces in Milan). The must try dish? THE EXIT EGG!“
” My favorite stop for shopping, in Milan, is Groupies Vintage, in via Gian Giacomo Mora. Not just a simple vintage shop, but an ever-evolving place that does not follow trends but creates them. Born as a place to recycle old vintage clothing, you will find different items, mostly diveded in three categories:
-Vintage selected: selected clothes from the 50s to the 80s, from London and Berlin.
-Vintage recycled: an innovative line designed by Alice, who gives new life to old clothes, making them modern again.
-Kilo Vintage: a selection of items that you can buy and pay based on their weight.
My obsession? Vintage shirts. “
” My beauty moment has one name: Bahama Mama, few steps away from the Navigli area. A concept store, dedicated enturely to beauty, but also a vintage shop and a bar, a place where you can take care of your self while sipping on a smoothie or a tea. A modern and familiar place, with a vintage touch, given by the decorations and the 40s style uniform of the employess.”
Extra: the soundtrack AS YOU WERE, Liam Gallagher.
From April the 7th to June 17th the Musei di Palazzo dei Pio will be the set for Fashion, Portraits & Landscapes, an exhibition that counts over one hundred prints, both in black and white and colors, lookbook celebrating the artistic parternship between Blumarine and Albert Watson.
The exhibition tells the story of twelve fashion campaigns that the photographer realized between 1987 and 1992 for the maison. Most of the prints are originals that Watson printed himself, and bring the visitors back in time, during those magic and glorious years when fashion loved to play with creativity all around.
Watson builds a consistent thread involving clothes, models and the surroundings. Not just fashion photography, but a complete new universe, that even those who don’t know fashion can find attractive and fascinating. The exhibition take place two year after the one that celebrated the association between Blumarine and Helmut Newton, between 1993 and 1999.
«It was a pleasure to work with Newton», said Molinari, «but, among all, Albert was the one who better portrayed the soul of our brand, made of romanticism, sensuality and femininity. The idea of a show, with our archive images, came from my daughter Rossella Tarabini. Taking back all these prints and see them again, all together, was really exciting for all of us». The designer remembered some peculiar moments on set. « We shot in Los Angeles, in Scotland, Las Vegas, London, New Mexico, San Francisco, Naples, Miami, New Orleans and Watson always menaged to create a relationship between those places and our fashion. We had the chance to work with some of the most spectacular women of that time, from Cindy Crawford to Nadja Auermann, Helena Christensen, Michaela Bercu, Naomi Campbell e Carré Otis.».
Watson underlined the freedoom that the brand gave him. «None of these pictures went in post-production. There was no photo editing at the time, you hhad to work just on set and Anna trusted me completely, and never gave me limits of any sort. Of course, some of them may be strong, less common in contemporary photography, but I made them always paying attention and respect to models and clothes. I remember some shots in which the model had open legs: I didn’t make them to be provocative, but that was a way to create lines in the picture. Most of all, I never forced a model into a pose. I’ve always explained my idea, trying to understand if she was comfortable with it».
The color blue is the protagonist of this new editorial shot by Marco Conte. Different ways to wear it, but always keeping in mind that there is one trend that survives season after season: micoprints. For the current Spring/Summer, the must is to mix different shades of blue and prints, always with sobriety.
Rediscover the classics: this season go for the micro-checks.
The funniest suit? Wear micro-checks with a bomber instead of a jacket.
The white blazer must be worn with a micro floral print shirt.
Play with the shades of blue!
A scarf with colorful prints is always a good idea during the spring evenings.
Wear your bomber jacket on top of a suit: clashing colors is a must.
Photographer: Marco Conte Stylist: Stefano Guerrini
Model: Matthew Williams @Urban Models Milano Stylist assistants: Cristina Florence Galati, Carmen Anna Romano Grooming: Matteo Bartolini @freelanceagency
For some time the paradigm in menswear has been shifting from classic, to casual and urban wear. The never ending quest for the next big thing hasn’t gotten dull, luxury brands once associated with classic suiting have dabbled in luxury casual wear, and even street wear brands have fallen into the temptation to upscale their collections. These brands are exploring new territories and often create great pieces, however a few newer brands have decided to stick to their area of expertise, and focus on being among the best in their fields.
Sciamat, Ambrosi, and John Sheep have quietly established themselves as houses to both watch and to learn from.
In a relative short time, Sciamat based in Bitonto, Italy has emerged as master of crafting fabric into work of art. Having a different philosophy not being enough to separate one brand from another, the creative force Valentino Ricci of Sciamat initiated to re sketch the basic form of the suit to create something that feels more like a second skin. While many can claim to create something artistic, few can articulate it through their product the way Sciamat does.
Ambrosi, nestled in the Spanish Quarters of Naples, Italy runs a trouser shop that spans two generations of the product remains about details, hand craftsmanship, and the perfect fit, but Salvatore Ambrosi (the son) has injected his take on the modern world into the trousers. He travels constantly between New York, Hong Kong, and all points in between throughout the year, and has found subtle ways to make the trouser steal the limelight from ones blazer, sweaters, and shirt. Comfort and elegance are a result of the father and son team, while tradition and the no nonsense attitude of Naples make Ambrosi a name for a selected audience.
John Sheep is an unexpected gem that bridges different worlds effortlessly. This blazer company from Martina Franca, Italy produces yachting / boating type blazers that connect visions of Ivy league college and southern Italian cool. Specializing in knitted stripped blazers, John Sheep carefully threads the grey area between fun and serious. With just enough of both spirits, it represents the cool blazer, identifiable not to a specific age group but instead to an attitude that revolves around style and comfort.
While Sciamat, Ambrosi and John Sheep exist in a period where mash ups and restructuring is the order of the day, they have chosen to stick with what they hold true and what they excel in. Sciamat and John Sheep both show at the incomparable Pitti Uomo in Florence Italy, one of the worlds most respected stages when it comes to menswear. While Ambrosi doesn’t show at the fair, you will find his work via some of the most stylish men in the fashion industry.
A matter of style, in and outside the pitch.
The big football clubs have long chosen a clean-cut path that focuses on the image as a statement of their identity.Hence, the differences between the European teams are going to be mirrored in their official outfits, curated by the best-known designers in the fashion system.
Juventus have confirmed their partnership with Trussardi, under the banner of Italian excellence, both in the pitch and in the tailor’s shop: their uniform features effortless elegance, as is typical of the brand, consisting of a dark blue pinstripe outfit with jacket and cashmere and silk cardigan, very warm and waterproof.
Milan has chosen the Made in Italy too: for the second year the team is sporting Diesel, crowning the dream of Renzo Rosso, founder of the brand, «Our paths are similar: we are two big Italian players: iconic, akin in spirit, enjoying global renown».
After the last season’s total black uniform, this year Bonucci and friends are going to wear a uniform inspired by Herbert Kilpin and his famous “red like fire”. Brand-new pattern, similar to a camouflage: the CAMO-FIRE, elegant, but also informal and rock.
The story of Inter, going international, is mirrored in the choice of Brooks Brothers, legendary NY label that is all set to attire Icardi and mates also this season. Faithful to the style of the brand, designer of several iconic items, like the white Oxford button-down shirt to go with the birdseye suit, with three-buttons single-breasted jacket with a cockade on the revers. A pure silk navy blue tie with inner tone-on-tone logo of the team completes the outfit.
One of the most present brands in the soccer panorama is Hugo Boss, this season partnering with Roma too, in the name of charisma and dynamism, thus resulting in the wardrobe of De Rossi and his football mates: the blue three-pieces outfit, to go with shirt and tie of the line “Create Your Look”. The care for style has captivated the great European clubs too: Hugo Boss’s best Italian wool is the protagonist of Bayern Monaco’s uniform, while Commune de Paris has created a line for the supporters of Paris Saint Germain, revisiting their classics in the colours of the team.
In and out of the pitch, it’s a matter of class, identity and style.
Last year’s winner of Creative Circle Award, for the Best New Female Commercials Director, Vicky Lawton is a director, photographer, she works with Rankin as Creative Director, she shot numerous fashion films for Elie Saab and Chanel, just to name a few, and she realized music videos for influential artists including Dua Lipa. Here some curiosities about this talented and chameleonic artist.
You define yourself a “visual fanatic”. When did you know that visual arts would be your profession? Ever since I started buying Vogue around 14years old and ripping out the pages to use as wallpaper. I then became really interested in both fashion and photography – making my own photo shoots in my bedroom and garden featuring my friends!
How did you meet Rankin? I interned for Rankin during my second year at Kingston University studying Graphic Design and Photography. I had a 3 week internship, stayed in touch and they asked me to come back once I had completed my degree.
What are your major sources of inspirations? I love love love – Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Meisel but I also really admire photographers like Cass Bird and Ellen Von Unworth who have such unique styles and approaches. I search through blogs, books, try to visit art galleries as much as I can – but my biggest inspiration is cinema.
As a fashion photographer, what is your relationship with fashion in your daily life? Fashion for me is a perfect way to reflect my mood! Its also a chance to experiment – I’m a big fan of vintage clothing and I love visiting L.A to find some one-off, unusual pieces.
There are not so many famous female photographers and directors. Do you find that this is predominantly a man’s field? Not any more!
Which social profiles do you find particularly interesting and why I particularly love @celestebarber because fashion can be really funny
Which is your favorite social media? My favourite has to be Instagram. It’s a chance to see new work, new ideas and put bunny ears on my selfie. What’s not to like?
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Patrick Van Negri is a highly motivated, driven, passionate individual who is strongly dedicated to learning and executing duties effectively to achieve goals and grow in success. Originally from beautiful Croatia, he is currently living in Miami which has been his dream since he was a little kid. He grew-up watching Scarface, Miami Vice, CSI Miami, and Ultra, and he loved the heat of summer and days at the beach, while he loathe the cold of winter, so choosing a sunny place to set down his roots were a no-brainer. He recently graduated double-majoring in International Business and Marketing. Nowadays, he is modeling and exploring acting, as well as still producing music and consulting brands in digital and social media with a strong entrepreneurial passion.
Your definiton of influencer/blogger/ambassador It is someone who is a role-model and trustworthy. Someone who wears cool shoes that you instantly fall in love with and want to buy them. In other words, someone who can influence the mass with their authenticity, positivity, and connection to his/her community.
How do you imagine the evolution of the social world and of your business? Well, eventually people will use it even more than nowadays (yes, I said that). Lol. With the AI and augmented reality we will just put some contact lenses on our eyes and it will be so good that your brain will be fully convinced it is real. This is just the beginning.
In your opinion, which is the social (network) of the future? That is really hard to predict. It might be the one that is not even launched yet. I believe that Instagram will maintain it’s leadership role for a long time, and that Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat will keep evolving. I know a lot of great platforms like Anchor and Peach, or even Marco Polo that has a great potential, but we will see what the future will bring. I hope Pinterest will become more “mainstream” because it is a really useful platform.
Negative side of your job I honestly do not see any negative aspects of my job. Otherwise, I would not do it. I would love to hear it from others.
How much do you earn with this job? The numbers of your business I wish I can disclose that, but the contracts do not allow me to do it. Let’s say it is a decent amount.
How many of your advices are sincere and not sponsored? The only asset I have is authenticity. My “brand” is based upon authenticity itself, so I want to make sure I am truthful to my audience and that my advice is always 300% sincere at all times, whether something is sponsored or not. That is the thing I care about the most. Your priority should be that you are bringing the most value to your audience, as much as you can. You are there to serve them! All the perks that are coming with it should be a “side-effect”. You always have to give more, and never expect anything in return. That is the beauty of it.
Practical suggestion of style or beauty or places you like (a travel guide for a city) Uff! I can go here on an on. For style, go with your personality and character. Try to find your own style and own it. Do not try to copy others – just be yourself! For beauty, I would recommend using all-natural and organic products with no chemicals or anything that is doing you a disfavor. Travel? Since I am from Croatia I have to sell it to you! LOL. Jokes aside, it is the most beautiful and versatile country – I call it the center of the universe. It truly has everything you need: a beautiful coastline with 1,200 islands, amazing mountains and national parks, and every village is so authentic and has its own charm. I honestly do not know where to start, last time I went back home I was there for almost 3 months, and I did not even get pass Istria, which is my state. So many beautiful places, food, and people to explore. No wonder it is becoming the world’s favorite destination.
Has The “influencer” job a deadline? How do you imagine your job when you will be old? If you think about it, “influencer” job started a long time ago, all the way to Ancient Greece and even further. There will always be people who influence the masses. So, I do not believe it has a deadline. It will just evolve and find it’s way in different mediums, forms, and platforms. I do not imagine what my life will be when I am old. I am focused on today and creating the most value and bringing that value to others in different forms and shapes. If the only thing you are good at is social media numbers, then you are doing something wrong. That cannot be the best thing about you.
What counts most? A beautiful face or a good content? Good content always wins, every day. What if a beautiful face has a fake and ugly personality? That happens very often. In my book, intent and heart are what matters the most.
How many hours do you dedicate to the preparation of your look and job? With the look, it is pure inspiration. So, it happens instantaneously. To go out and shoot the content can vary. It can be done in 20 minutes, and sometimes it can be more than 1 day if the content did not come out to be as good as I would be satisfied with it, so I have to re-shoot it.
Which app do you use to retouch your photos and how many retouches do you use to create the perfect picture? I do not use apps or retouchers to edit my photos anymore. Now I mainly use Photoshop and sometimes Lightroom. Learn those softwares and that is all you need!
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