Nike Air Huarache, “stripped to the bare essentials”

Nike Air Huarache, “stripped to the bare essentials”

Andrea Tuzio · 2 years ago · Style

It’s a matter of hours now and more than 20 years after the first release, the Stüssy x Nike Air Huarache will be released.

The sneakers represent the first unofficial collaboration between Nike and Stüssy, in fact, the original project was almost an ancestor of contemporary collaborations. Fraser Cooke from Nike (godfather among other things of the projects Gyakusou, HTM and “The Ten”) and Michael Kopelman of Stüssy UK made what we could call a bootleg of Stüssy x Nike Air Huarache and were sold in a very limited number in the chapter store of Stüssy in London.
Those Huaraches sold like hotcakes and kicked off the brand/retailer collaboration formula we’re used to seeing today.

On February 12th, Stüssy and Nike will re-release their Huarache in OG colorways, plus they will complete the collaboration between the two brands with a fleece crewneck and matching sweatpants. All will be available in select Stüssy Chapter stores, at Dover Street Market and on stussy.com.

For this historic release, we decided to connect the dots that tell the story of one of the most iconic silhouettes ever made by Nike. 

As in almost all projects that have made the history of the company of Beaverton, the person to whom to give our thanks is always the same, Tinker Hatfield.
The father of the Air Max 1 and Air Jordan III to XV, in 1991 he created a sneaker “stripped to the bare essentials” as one of the first ads dedicated to the Nike Air Huarache.

The “foot-hugging” shoe was the plastic realization of Nike’s most innovative functional and aesthetic design of the era. 

Between the late ’80s and early ’90s, Tinker Hatfield was going to try to design the shoe of the future and began to throw down some ‘sketches of what would later become the Nike Huarache but at the time was called “Harrachi”.

Legend has it that Hatfield drew inspiration for the Huarache while water skiing, and after a fall – very frequent in this sport – he was enchanted to observe the neoprene sock used to attach the skis and realized that it adhered perfectly to his foot. 

He immediately realized that he had the opportunity to solve one of the most important problems of sneakers at the time: each sneaker fit differently than the shape of the foot. 

Thanks to the neoprene sock, however, everything changes. It is the latter that adapts perfectly to any type of foot wrapping it, embracing it precisely, giving a comfort never experienced before. 

Once he had thrown down the sketches of the “Harrachi”, he put together all the work he had done and showed it to his late colleague Sandy Bodecker who not only immediately recognized its value but also contributed in a decisive way to the final name of the sneaker: with a red pen he wrote on Hatfield’s draft “Sneaker of the Gods”, simply because he thought that those shoes, so futuristic and apparently very comfortable, could represent the sandals of some Greek deity such as Zeus. 

Hence Hatfield’s idea to call those sneakers Huarache, the name of a typical Mexican sandal of pre-Columbian origins still made of various materials but mainly of leather, very similar to those we still see in the representations of Greek gods. 

The Nike Air Huarache landed on the sneaker planet in 1991 but despite the great enthusiasm of insiders, commercially it was a disaster: only 50 pairs were ordered.

This complete failure, however, did not stop Tom Archie, Marketing Director of the brand at the time, who, believing strongly in that futuristic project, had 5000 pairs produced and took them to the Nike stand at the New York Marathon that year.

They were all sold out, the marathon participants were thrilled: the bright colors, the futuristic silhouette and above all the incredible adherence to the foot thanks to the neoprene sock turned the tables and made the Nike Air Huarache an icon from that day forward. 

Worn by Michael Jordan and Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Johnson flaunted them in a famous commercial, the Nike Air Huarache have become a symbol, an icon with a well-defined legacy and now rooted that has meant that, over the years, were produced many models inspired by that silhouette that Tinker Hatfield realized thanks to a trip and water skiing.

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The unpublished shots of the great fashion photographer Gian Paolo Barbieri

The unpublished shots of the great fashion photographer Gian Paolo Barbieri

Tommaso Berra · 5 days ago · Photography

Gian Paolo Barbieri is one of the giants of fashion on film, a member of a group of photographers who have been able to depict the world of models, fashion shows and product by going beyond any superficial narrative.
An exhibition by the great master of photography Gian Paolo Barbieri opens in Milan today, Nov. 29, and at the 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery at 13 Via San Vittore, Milan, he will present a series of never-before-seen, full-color works.

© Gian Paolo Barbieri – Laura Alvarez, Venezuela, 1976 – Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri : 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery – © Copyright Gian Paolo Barbieri/ Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri / 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery

The title of the exhibition is ‘Gian Paolo Barbieri: Unconventional,‘ and it is indeed unconventional how the artist has approached photography and fashion, reworked based on the many experiences and celebrities with whom he has woven relationships and direct contacts.
In the shots of Barbieri, known mainly for his black and white production, provocation and history chase each other, taking up poses from art history, citations to design and architecture, a symbolism that is connoted by an ultra-personal and authentic vision. The new elegance and eroticism that Barbieri has been able to represent in his career can be seen at the 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery, in an exhibition that comes a few days after the cinema release of “L’uomo e la bellezza,” the first docufilm on Gian Paolo Barbieri and already awarded at the Biografilm Festival 2022 in Bologna.

© Copyright Gian Paolo Barbieri/ Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri / 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery
© Gian Paolo Barbieri – Eva Herzigova, Roma, 1997 – Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri : 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery – © Copyright Gian Paolo Barbieri/ Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri / 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery
© Gian Paolo Barbieri – Neith Hunter, Grecia – 1983 – Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri : 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery – © Gian Paolo Barbieri – Neith Hunter, Grecia – 1983 – Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri : 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery – © Copyright Gian Paolo Barbieri/ Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri / 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery
© Gian Paolo Barbieri – Moira O’Brien, Seychelles, 1981 – Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri : 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery – © Copyright Gian Paolo Barbieri/ Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri / 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery
© Gian Paolo Barbieri – Isa Stoppi in Coppola&Toppo, Milano 1968 – Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri : 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery – © Copyright Gian Paolo Barbieri/ Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri / 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery
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Triangle of Sadness in 10 frames  

Triangle of Sadness in 10 frames  

Giulia Guido · 2 days ago · Photography

What happens to society if suddenly the status quo changes? Swedish director Ruben Östlund‘s answer is called Triangle of Sadness. 

Triangle of Sadness was presented during the 75th Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Palme d’Or for best film. Since then its success has crossed all borders. From Sweden to France, from France to the world, abetted by a trailer that in just a few seconds already manages to capture the viewer’s attention and catapult them into this critique of modern society watered by champagne and vomit. 

Carl and Yaya are two models who decide to take a luxury cruise. During the vacation they get to know the other passengers, without ever really relating to them, until at one point the ship sinks and the survivors find themselves on a deserted island. It is at this point that a role reversal begins, and those who were previously at the top of the social pyramid now find themselves having to work for the only people who really know how they can survive in that circumstance. Some will be able to forget the luxury and adapt to the new status quo, others less so, but the more days go by the more the transformation from human to beast takes place. 

Ruben Östlund, however, decides not to take sides and leaves it up to the viewer to decide whether this process of decivilization will be finished or whether there is still hope in human consciousness. 

In sharp contrast to the brutality and cynicism of the plot we find a clean and elegant aesthetic, also the child of the work of Fredrik Wenzel, a Swedish cinematographer who also collaborated with Luca Guadagnino on the miniseries We Are Who We Are. Thus, the more critical the situation becomes the more beautiful the image becomes, mesmerizing the viewer. 

One piece of advice, however, I will leave you with: watching Triangle of Sadness after dinner may not be the best idea. 

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“The Beauty of Imperfection”-the shots of Alina Gross

“The Beauty of Imperfection”-the shots of Alina Gross

Tommaso Berra · 6 days ago · Photography

The female nude body in the photographic shots of Alina Gross becomes an element far from any erotic representation, or rather the language of photography facilitate the attempt to evoke the ambivalences of sexuality and gender.
The Ukrainian photographer and now based in Germany brings to mind erotic elements through the associations of natural shapes and elements, combining them to create an imperfect beauty, the “Beauty of Imperfection” that is also the title of her latest artbook as well as the project the artist has been pursuing for the past four years.
Alina Gross does not show a univocal beauty – and figure of women – to be told only through traditional canons of beauty, but expands the meaning of forms, thanks also to a pictorial rendering of bodies, aided by the use of color that often sprinkles the skin. The disturbing effect of viewing naked parts is not masked, Gross however invites the viewer to review the mental process of analyzing reality and its definition, which leads to breaking down dizzying barriers.

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“Don’t Worry Darling” in 10 frames 

“Don’t Worry Darling” in 10 frames 

Giulia Guido · 1 week ago · Photography

Don’t Worry Darling is one of those cases where one watches the film more out of curiosity than healthy interest. The film, which arrived in theaters last Sept. 22 and was presented at the Venice Film Festival last Sept. 5, began to be talked about long before the trailer, teaser and first photos from the set. 

In fact, the controversies began right at the beginning of filming, when Olivia Wilde, who signs off as director, fired Shia LaBeouf, justifying this decision to the actor’s method of working, which according to Wilde did not fit her modus operandi.
Olivia Wilde’s problems also continued with the leading lady, Florence Pugh, with whom she seems to have had several tensions (never publicly confirmed).
Rounding out this complicated production phase came the director’s choice to replace LaBeouf with then-partner Harry Styles

Inevitably, all these events also took their toll on the promotion phase, which, however, shifted the focus from the actual film to pure gossip. 

A shame? Perhaps not. 

Alice and Jack Chambers are a happily married couple living in Victory, an experimental 1950s community where the men spend all day at work, while the women take care of the house, and then spend their free time with their neighbors. Something suddenly changes, however, and Alice begins to feel constrained in that life, with an increasing desire to discover what lies beyond the city limits. This is the plot, which in itself also hides something potentially interesting, unfortunately it is the development that is lacking. It’s like when teachers in school used to say “he has potential but he doesn’t apply himself.” 

Of all that Don’t Worry Darling puts on the table-which seems more like a need for redemption on Wilde’s part-something is saved and it is the reason why the film lets you watch it to the end: the aesthetics

In fact, the director used the work of Matthew Libatique, an American cinematographer and regular collaborator of Darren Aronofsky, to take care of the photography. In nearly three decades of work, Libatique has handled the cinematography for such films as Requiem for a Dream and The Black Swan, experience that led him to be prepared for the eerie reality brought to the big screen in Don’t Worry Darling. It is immediately noticeable how the warm light that illuminates the entire town becomes cold and gloomy when Alice is alone with herself, and becomes colder and colder as time passes. The use of light, then, goes hand in hand with the colors of the places: for example, the bathroom tiles are green, reminiscent of hospital uniforms. 

For this reason, it was particularly difficult to select only 10 frames from the film, which perhaps focused heavily on aesthetics and too little on content. 

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