Martine Rose x Nike collab is a homage to Anglo-American pop culture

Martine Rose x Nike collab is a homage to Anglo-American pop culture

Collater.al Contributors · 4 years ago · Style

“I’ve never been interested in fashion. I’ve always been interested in how people interact with clothes” Martine Rose

“I’ve never been interested in fashion. I’ve always been interested in how people interact with clothes” declares London-based menswear designer Martine Rose.

Looking at her collections, and the way these are presented, this statement is no surprise at all. After having subverted the canons of menswear and having blurred the line separating streetwear from high-fashion runways, Martine Rose starts a new project collaborating with the undisputed sportswear giant: Nike. The collaboration consists in a limited-edition capsule collection, releasing in January, made of tracksuits, football shirts and three colorways for the re-interpretation of the iconic ‘middle-America’ sneaker, Nike Air Monarch.

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And it’s right on the Anglo-American working class’ stereotypes that the collaboration seems to be based on. The constant of Rose’s work is to make the ordinary extraordinary and, this time again, she nailed it!

Regarding the clothing, iconic pieces of everyday apparel, are reinterpreted playing with proportions. The key pieces are tracksuits, like the ones you can find at JD sports, those comfy pants you can’t wait to put on when you get back home but that, sometimes, if matched with the right top, you can also flash on a Friday night at the upcoming rave. Hence, an undiscussed must-have of the British wardrobe.

The designer’s always been fascinated by the sportswear world, this time she focuses on basketball players: “Basketball players are superhuman — their bodies have formed in different ways because of their profession. We looked at a lot of players and their proportions. We then re-imagined their clothes on average-size people. For example, if I were wearing one of their tracksuits, I would have to repurpose it in order to fit my proportions; I’d have to tuck the seams”. The details on the wrinkled sleeves of the tops proposed, for example, are one of the ways the designer’s fantasies come real in this collection.

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Also the sneakers have a similar starting point: everything evolves around distorting proportions. The shape obtained was researched following the same method applied to the apparel – turning a size 19 into a size 9. Martine Rose, studied pieces from the Nike archive and molds of basketball players feet: the result is a unique transformation of the classic American “dad shoe”, the Nike Air Monarch.

“When we started, we never just followed the rules, really because our access was blocked. For one reason or another we had to find different ways to show”

The piece was deformed, adding bulges on the side and a back flap coming out at the back, all this topped up by stretch synthetic leather. Only one other shoes presents a similar construction, another characteristic American sneaker, the Nike Foamposite.

Martine Rose’s Air Monarch is available in three color ways: pastel pink, white and blue, and black.

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But there’s more to add. For the collection’s launch (happening in January), the designer chose a platform as original as her collection’s design: Craig’s List, the network dedicated jobs, events, purchases, meeting and services listings. Instead of queuing for hours outside a store in Soho, the three individuals stocking the collection have been carefully selected by Rose. Among them, Steve, father of 7 sons and grandad of 21 grandchildren living in north London, in the same neighborhood where Martine Rose hosted the presentation of her SS19 collection; Tesfa, the 19-year-old Nike trainers obsessive, and Suraya, photography student who likes to race ferrets.

The designer defined her initiative an extension of her way of working: finding interesting platforms and new ways of creating clothes and events. She finds a certain democracy within the platform, something new, that she really likes. “Neither Nike nor I ever done anything like this before”, giggles Rose, defining her initiative a love letter to her city, London, where she wanted Londoners and a more varied fashion community to come together.

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Artistic nudity and liberation in Lucie Nechanicka’s photos

Artistic nudity and liberation in Lucie Nechanicka’s photos

Tommaso Berra · 3 days ago · Photography

A form of freedom and self-assertion vis-à-vis a world of conventions and constraints, by photographing her own naked body artist Lucie Nechanicka wants to achieve this condition of personal and emotional freedom.
Born in the Czech Republic and now based in the UK, Lucie represents this freedom first and foremost by stripping away any veils that may condition the gaze, to move away from a traditional view of nudity and back to a tradition of the body, seen as pure unity, the element that most shares mechanisms with the Earth and nature.
Technically, Lucie Nechanicka represents the concept of freedom through perspective distortion or by hiding her body or playing with shadows, which are either natural or brought in by other objects that create decorations on the skin. The use of unusual angles helps to break out of the monotony of the narrative about the human body in photography, as well as other elements that seem to stand between the subject and the viewer, such as lenses, filters or mirrors, capable of altering a first impression that is all about rewriting, revising and analysing outside the traditional box.

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Karen Navarro and migration as identity formation

Karen Navarro and migration as identity formation

Tommaso Berra · 5 days ago · Photography

Karen Navarro’s mixed-media photography is a tool through which the Argentinian artist explores sides of her past, her identity and the causes that led to the definition of certain personal traits shared with an entire people.
The multidisciplinary artist creates photos, collages and sculptures focusing on the theme of belonging, to a physical place and to another of the soul, using portraits and resorting to the use of the written word. All of Navarro’s artistic production is influenced by her being an immigrant (she now works in the United States, in Houston) and descendant of indigenous peoples of South America.

Migration in Karen Navarro’s work is in fact seen as a process of inner transformation, of the formation of a collective identity that reflexively shapes the personal one. The interpretation of the symbols of one’s own culture is present both in the installations but above all in the photographs, in which the subjects stand out precisely thanks to these details, together with the work of image transformation and deconstruction of the work.

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A new exhibition in Bologna curated by Mulieris Magazine

A new exhibition in Bologna curated by Mulieris Magazine

Tommaso Berra · 1 week ago · Photography

For two months, from 1 February to 30 March 2023, in Bologna, the concept studio THE ROOOM will host a new exhibition, curated by Mulieris Magazine.
The title of the project is DREAMTIGERS, a quotation from the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges and his extraordinary imagery in which animals play a fundamental role in stimulating memories and imagination.

DREAMTIGERS is an exhibition that uses the imagination through the works of Lula Broglio, Alejandra Hernández, Joanne Leah, Sara Lorusso, Sara Scanderebech, Ayomide Tejuoso (Plantation), together with the installations of The Mosshelter by Marco Cesari. This dimension thus opens up a world of possibilities not only for the mind but also for the representation of what is real.
A fusion, that between the real and the imaginary, which Sigmud Freud defined as the navel of the dream, an undefined place in which it is possible to freely address the themes that have made THE ROOOM and Mulieris Magazine known to the public in recent years. These themes certainly include the condemnation of any form of discrimination and gender equality, addressed over the years through popularisation, wonderful books and very interesting artistic projects that will continue with the Bolognese exhibition.

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Pinhole photography taken from the mouth by Justin Quinnell

Pinhole photography taken from the mouth by Justin Quinnell

Tommaso Berra · 2 weeks ago · Photography

What is pinhole photography? It is an image taken through the photographic process of pinhole photography, a technique that, like most modern cameras, exploits the principle of the camera obscura, but using a small hole as a lens, which creates images through diffraction.
Justin Quinnell is considered one of the leading experts in this technique, both for his almost thirty years as a lecturer worldwide and for his artistic production of experimental photographs.
From Bristol, where he lives, he produces photography using pinhole cameras, creating unusual situations and points of view, thanks to the possibilities of the medium and the deformations of the image.

Among Justin Quinnell’s most bizarre photographic series is the one taken using a smileycam, a camera that the artist places completely inside his own mouth, thus exploiting the power of an unusual and very bizarre point of observation – POV to use a fashionable definition. all of Quinnell’s teeth appear in the frame, which the viewer ends up knowing better than the artist’s own dentist. In addition to the teeth, different subjects are presented from time to time, describing Justin’s daily routine, starting with his toothbrush in the morning, moving on to meals and the cocktail to share in the evening. From the photographer’s mouth we also keep track of his travels, so between an incisor and a canine, St. Mark’s Square in Venice and the Sydney Opera House pop up.

Stenoscopy does not involve any special focusing, which is why the photos look very amateurish. In the past it represented a high point for technology, now, surpassed by much better lenses and lenses, it is used for more experimental and artistic projects, thanks to the possibility of being able to create strange points of view and unpredictable results. Quinnell’s work is a very clear example of this, and if you would like to find out what your mouth sees, you can also find the smileycam here.

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