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Tommaso Berra · 2 months ago · Style

The elaboration of mourning often coincides with that moment in which we clarify the cause-and-effect relationships that have led a phenomenon, a person, to become important in a certain community. Virgil Abloh died yesterday, November 28, 2021, after discreetly hiding an angiosarcoma diagnosed in 2019. It’s hard to exhaust Abloh’s relevance in the self-referential bubble that is contemporary culture. No one like Virgil in the last 10 years has been able to read the zeitgest connecting a past as an architect, a career as a DJ, then designer and couturier, defining the new role of the creative director in fashion. The continuous reworking of the present in Abloh’s work has made him one of the most divisive figures of the last 10 years in the fashion world. Between those who recognized his prodigy to those who “could have done it too.” Right after launching Pyrex, with Off-White Virgil Abloh together with Kanye West inaugurated a tachycardic fashion, fueled by the desire, the urgency to belong to THAT moment of contemporary culture, culminating with the release of “The Ten” with Nike. Everyone identified with Abloh, he was pure spokesman of street art expressions and contended Dauphin of the biggest fashion houses, until he became Creative Director of Louis Vuitton.
Virgil Abloh accepted to be tempted by lightness, brought from Chicago to the rainbow catwalks of Paris. He has broken internal barriers within the industry, treating his collections as a product, whose use is explained through instructions written in quotes, as if to resize the scaffolding of a fashion so far away from everyone compared to how we know it today. Virgil, like many great creatives, understood the importance of branding an idea, creating totems as moments of identification, while he diluted even more the boundaries of his work, escaping any kind of categorization. Virgil Abloh was a moment rather than an end, he could be found at parties halfway around the world as a DJ, at collection presentations or in the artistic direction of projects for the biggest artists of the moment.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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One of the most touching greetings is the one from Louis Vuitton. With a video posted on Instagram, the brand pays tribute to the life and legacy left by Virgil Abloh, announcing that the new Spring-Summer 2022 will be presented on November 30 in Miami. The collection will be called “Virgil was here”, the preview video shows a child running on a bicycle along the streets of Miami, giving up by dropping on the beach and starting again, until reaching a red hot air balloon that will lead the child in the direction in which he was looking at the beginning of the video. Virgil was here, in quotes, one of the greatest communicators of fashion as we understand it today, capable of defining that gray space between black and white.

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Cinematography – Normal People

Cinematography – Normal People

Giordana Bonanno · 3 days ago · Photography

If we think about our past, are we able to scan our lives through a plot? I personally find it a bit difficult, what I remember vividly is always accompanied by a feeling, by an emotional state that, beautiful or bad, has enclosed a set of days or moments. Yet we idealize the design of a life in time bands with childhood, adolescence, “middle” adulthood, “advanced” adulthood, etc.. But do we really need to divide the years in this way or are we just trying to justify the ages through this idea? Normal People, the TV series directed by Lenny Abrahamson, made me think about a few things and realize that maybe there’s nothing normal about people, or maybe it’s all too normal.

Released during the summer of 2020, the series is based on the second novel by Irish author Sally Rooney and tells the story of Marianne and Connell, two young people who attend the same high school. His mother works as a housekeeper in the Sheridan’s big house. Connell is a popular athlete and the bright student everyone looks up to. Marianne is “uncool,” grumpy and rebellious despite an impeccable high school career. From this premise, it’s as if we can already have a clear picture of the two guys’ plans, know their lives and even imagine the end. But while all this might be true, the only thing we’ll need to know is that the plot is a secondary source. The story, theirs, is not driven by the events that sanction the beginning and happy ending of something, but by the emotional peaks of the two characters who learn about themselves in the difficulties and moments of discouragement. 

And if the dialogues help us to understand them better, their gestures will be the culmination in which all thoughts will converge; it will seem to us to have lived those sensations and we will almost want to try them again. 

The physical touch allows Marianne and Connell to show emotional vulnerability that is otherwise given to them with incredible difficulty. Ita O’Brien, who helped coordinate these scenes, is the author of a set of guidelines on how to ethically stage erotic scenes; she was the one who helped film another sex-positive modern series, “Sex Education.” Director Abrahamson and coordinator O’Brian wanted the sex in the show to feel open, normal and natural, and somewhat equal to any dialogue-this approach almost literally quotes the way Rooney herself handles the subject matter in the book. And director of photography Susie Lovell says that the main reference on set in terms of nudity and color solutions was a candid series of photographs by Nan Goldin

Speaking of which, it’s worth noting how the visual solutions rhyme with a detached style of storytelling: blue tones even on hot summer days, delicate macro photography and a tactile approach to the set design, heavy curtains, velvet or velvet pleasant to the touch, woolen sweaters, textured bedding, peeling on the ceiling wet locks adhered to the forehead. Where the show lacks depth, it makes up for it with an enveloping atmosphere. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that the episodes last only half an hour – for a story where formally little happens, the experience is very intense. 

Simple but visually striking scenes reminiscent of the work of photographer Julien Lallouette. Born in 1991, Julien is a French art director and photographer, born in Le Havre, and based in London. In addition to commercial work, Julien does personal projects where she focuses on one person at a time. His delicacy lies in leaving space for the subject, to tell someone’s story through the habits and gestures trapped in the photos. Visiting her site you can find different series of shots, each dedicated to a different person and titled with the name of the protagonist. Friends, acquaintances, but also models are portrayed in domestic and intimate environments where they have the freedom to show themselves as they really are.

The question most remains this: are we all perfect or are we just imperfectly normal people? Sally Rooney says “what if we admit extreme individualism is unsustainable and try to find the meaning of life in a variety of contacts with others?” What we seek is the possibility of being ourselves while remaining close to others.

Did you know: After filming wrapped, Paul Mescal gave his character’s signature chain necklace as a gift to Daisy Edgar-Jones.

Genre: Romance

Director: Lenny Abrahamson

Director of photography: Suzie Lavelle

WritersSally Rooney, Alice Birch, Mark O’Rowe

Stars: Paul Mascal, Daisy Edgar-Jones

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Giulia Guido · 2 days ago · Photography

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs.
For this InstHunt collection of this week we have selected your 10 best proposals: @maggienelcaos, @alessandrascoppetta, @chia_riccio, @kiddosstufff, @obsessive.ph0t0graphy, @alessandro_zenok_lombardo, @vrtivstic, @mariyaleksa_ph, @ne.photogra.ph, @naya_december.

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Giulia Guido · 1 week ago · Photography

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs.
For this InstHunt collection of this week we have selected your 10 best proposals: @laurapasini3, @valerycia, @boryskulikovskyi, @polae.jpg, @paola_francesca_barone, @vrtivstic, @laura.mangelli, @nicole_depergola, @defalcotina, @jesuis_claire.

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Why aren’t you here tonight?

Why aren’t you here tonight?

Tommaso Berra · 1 week ago · Photography

Impossible to fall asleep, the thought of the other night is pushing in, gripping my stomach with five fingers.
I just wanted to fuck him and now I’m already addicted to the power with which he held my neck. I can still feel the contact between his warm chest and my shivering back, I miss him a little.
There have been nights of which I have confused memories, lost among a thousand useless details, but now I have a clear idea of what I have been denied in this room paved with parquet and adorned with a few plants. I try to fill the lacks, making my body remember gentle gestures, gentle because they seek my lifeblood, they reach up to see the violence of my thoughts.

Paulina Masenina‘s photos are the story, illustrated and written, of an unfulfilled sexual desire. An erotic and desperate journey of a need for mental and physical contact. The bed is still empty, the room desolate, in the head considerations of a night gone wrong: “How many orgasm missed?“, “I can’t breathe thinking of us not fucking in this bed“.

Discover HERE all the shots by Paulina Masenina.

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