Arguably the unofficial international figurehead of the “New Nordic Movement” (traceable back to the early oughts, when the opening of the Øresund Bridge connected Sweden and Denmark, and made anything seem possible), Henrik Vibskov represents perhaps one of the last of a generation of “rock star” designers. After graduating from London’s Central Saint Martin’s in 2001, the provocative Dane’s eponymous fashion label rejected Scandinavian minimalism for a more theatrical, colorful bohemian aesthetic – yet with a distinct attention to tailoring and craftsmanship. After producing his infamous The Big Wet Shiny Boobies Collection , he opened his first Copenhagen shop in 2006 – before also taking up in New York’s Soho in 2011
When Timothée Chalamet, as Henry V, worries out loud, “I’ve been forced to rely on the counsel of men whose loyalty I question every waking moment. I need men around me I can trust,” it’s hard not to transpose those words to the current occupant of the American White House. Yet, as Niccolò Machiavelli was so keen to point out (decades later and in a different country), isn’t that the worry of everyone in power
They may have disbanded (for good?) in 2011, but R.E.M.
With Barcelona increasingly overrun with tourists, the lure of Madrid’s food, culture and relentless nightlife scene becomes ever more difficult to resist. And indeed, visitors numbers to the sensual Spanish capital ticked up by 5% in 2018
Image by Eliot Lee Hazel It’s not unfamiliar territory for Phantogram – considering their 2016 track “Run Run Blood” was no bundle of cheer. And the dark synth-pop duo’s newest single “In a Spiral” again announces its harrowing position right in the title.
Despite a reliable stream of boldface name visitors – Gwyneth, Sophie Turner, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler, Victoria and David Becks – the Maldives is by no means a scenester destination. Rather, those seeking serenity and de-stressing visit for its quiet, ineffable beauty.
Photos by Andreas Ohman What’s a nice Swedish girl doing in a place like Los Angeles? Well, for one, she’s securing a label deal with Neon Gold / Atlantic, while only having released a single single
In the last few years, Paris had been swamped by international luxury hotel brands, which have attempted to upend the primacy of Le Ritz, De Crillon, and other “palace” legends. But we’re very much intrigued by what’s happening the next level down, where often more playful experimentation gets a proper airing. And indeed, Evok Hotels’ new Sinner property is about as provocative a hotel as we could imagine
With the possibility of 13 more months of divisive political warfare ahead, we couldn’t think of a better philosophical counter than, “Party Party Party” – which just happens to be the name of the bizarrely provocative new Princess single. The duo of Michael O’Neill (founding member of JD Samson & MEN, collaborator with The Gossip, CSS and Peaches) and contemporary artist Alexis Gideon , who has exhibited everywhere from Boston to Stockholm to Málaga, their “concept” album Out There will be released this November 1. And in the lead up, BlackBook premieres here the outlandish, dayglo new video for “Party Party Party” – which we can only describe as some surreal midpoint between John Waters, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and the Teletubbies.
Every once in awhile, beauty and defiance come crashing together in a most spectacular way. To wit, the gorgeously shot video for the sultry new Mika single “Sanremo.” It is an once a love letter to the ethereal Ligurian Coast Italian town, and a reminder that there are those who would still chose to marginalize the gay community. Filmed in striking black and white to depict a 1950s when, as director WIZ reminds, “homosexuality, if not illegal, was socially unacceptable, a time of discrimination and persecution