Sterling Ruby’s Calvin Klein

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Collages by Edward Kanarecki (the above featuring elements from Sterling Ruby’s art).

Raf Simons‘ take on Calvin Klein is the biggest momentum going on in New York’s fashion, whether we’re speaking of his brilliant autumn-winter 2017 show or the visionary advertising strategy. As if that wasn’t enough to make a dusty brand take-off right away, there’s also the Madison Avenue flagship re-designed by Ruby Sterling, which reopened last Saturday.

Raf and Ruby are long-time friends and have collaborated on many projects – from a capsule collection of parkas and sweatshirts at Simons’ eponymous menswear line to fabrics for Dior’s haute couture show in 2012 (the Belgian designer designed womenswear at the French house for three years). Simons and Sterling’s paths cross again, but this time in form of a three-floor store covered in glowing yellow paint and the artist’s custom-made installations. As Ruby described his work in the past issue of 032c, his art is something cartoonish and illustrative, yet contains dark gothic humor of it. Knowing Simons’ signature style, that’s quite a match. Also, the artist often uses motifs connected to Americana – a theme Raf frequently relates to while working at Calvin Klein, the all-American fashion powerhouse. It’s worth adding that aong the clothes and accessories with CK tag, you are able to buy vibrant Italian glassware, Homer Laughlin coffee mugs and Rose Cabat’s ceramics in Raf and Ruby’s brand new empire.

But if you’re not planning New York in near future and have no chance to get hold of Simons’ Calvin Klein garments, better get hold of those yellow sleeves, this jacquard blouse or that very in-demand turtleneck. Just saying.

Not Just Chocolate Boxes

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While walking around Paris, I was surprised to spot so many new chocolatiers on the market. Forget Godiva. Even Pierre Marcolini is quite a yawn. The gourmet world of Patrick Roger amazes with rhapsody of unconventional flavours, unusual combinations of textures and extraordinary choco-aesthetic (I mean, just look at the image above – his current window display on Place Madeleine). Roger’s search for perfection leads to intense, extravagant chocolates with extraordinary ‘fragrances’, as he tends to say. This chocolatier makes no compromises when it comes to the origin of the ingredients he uses in his cooking, looking back at his childhood and exotic voyages for inspiration. Discovering the new and thriving to surprise the taste buds – his green boxes guarantee all that.

And the interior is a delightful addition. Designed by X-TU Architects it has an abstract, honeycomb structure resembling a beehive. It is a modern shop-gallery of sculptures that is not limited to just chocolate packages. Aluminum and bronze perfectly fit Roger’s slightly raw style of chocolate creation.

First photos are by Edward Kanarecki; the last are via Pinterest.

Concept 21 Store

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Concept 21 Store is more than an ordinary fashion boutique. Here, fashion fuses with cosmetics, perfumes, design and art. Located in the heart of Poznan, Concent 21 is the first place in Poland where the Milan-based label, No21, found it’s place; the sensual, poetical frgrances of niche-perfume brand, Meo Fusciuni have already enchanted the city’s most demanding nose. Ecological beauty products by ILA are ready to revitalise the skin of women which want to feel always beautiful and on the go! At Concept 21, arworks of local Polish artists and craftsmen are present, too. The interior is modern, but with many vintage, cozy details. As for the opening, Concept 21 feels very into the spring-time with a pop-up space by Kwiaty i Miut. I would love to hear what you think about our “baby”!

ul. WIelka 21 / Poznan

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The flowers by Kwiaty i Miut

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All clothes by No21

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Fenek, local, hand-made bowls

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Face mask for revitalising skin by ILA

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Rose and Jasmine-scented candles by ILA

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Meo Fusciuni’s day & night cycle, Notturno and Luce

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More on Concept 21’s Facebook page & Instagram…

RO DRKSHDW NY Store

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The newly opened boutique of Rick Owens DRKSHDW located on Wooster Street in New York is something amazing- well, you won’t find too much of things in Rick Owens (himself) designed boutiques- only raw materials, like concrete and wood. And the NY store of DRKSHDW, that is a cheaper line of RO, is one of these types. With a huge neon with labels logo on the entrance, this store is really eye catchy and very Owens!
If talking of Ricky, I just fell in love with the pony hair sneakers for men that are available at Browns. They are a remade version of classical RO shoes for men, but with great addition of hair on the back. I really love Rick Owens shoes, and never had any… These ones are on my AW13 wishlist!

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