Berlin: rebuilding the past glory of a metropolis

Before the Second World War, Hitler harboured plans to transform Berlin into ‘Germania’, a monumental metropolis where a dome of an unprecedented scale called the Kuppelberg would dwarf the Vatican’s St. Peter’s by sixteen times. However, this desire to turn Berlin into a modern version of Rome crumbled as the...

Rihanna fronts Balmain’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign

Fashion label Balmain unveiled the first photographs of its Spring/Summer 2014 womenswear advertising campaign featuring singer Rihanna. Scheduled to appear in magazines from January 2014, the campaign was photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin in New York City in early November 2013....

Boss Orange Autumn/Winter 2013 menswear*

As sales start taking over high street stores and the most interesting Autumn/Winter 2013 menswear items begin to vanish, I decided to investigate those brands that, in their current collections for the cold months of the year, already include lighter clothes that one could wear during Spring and Summer next...

adidas by Tom Dixon minimalist traveler shoes

Sportswear label adidas has unveiled images of its new footwear range conceived in collaboration with designer Tom Dixon. Debuted during the last edition of Milan Design Week, the ‘Minimalist Traveler’ collection is now available in stores. The collapsible, unstructured shoes come in low-top and high-top versions in three colour options....

Brioni unveils new store in Palm Beach

Italian men’s fashion label Brioni has inaugurated its newest store in Palm Beach, Florida. Located on Worth Avenue, the 100-square-meter store is Brioni’s first store in the city and it incorporates the brand’s new retail concept with interiors decorated with glass, bronzed brass, Navona marble and ribbed wood....

David Koma appointed creative director at Thierry Mugler

Paris fashion house Thierry Mugler has today announced that London-based designer David Koma will be the new artistic director for its women collections from 2 January 2014. 28-year-old Koma, who hails from Georgia and graduated from London’s Central Saint Martins in 2009, succeeds Nicola Formichetti, who left the fashion house...

Nolan Gerard Funk fronts Versace men’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign

Italian label Versace has unveiled the first images of the advertising campaign for its Spring/Summer 2014 menswear collection featuring Nolan Gerard Funk in a sequence of predominantly black and white images. The Canadian born actor (known for playing Hunter Clarington in the television series Glee) was photographed in London by...

Designs for new Shanghai’s Bund Finance Centre unveiled

Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio have today unveiled the first images for their jointly designed Bund Finance Centre, a new mixed-use 420,000-square-metre development in Shanghai. The project will comprise eight buildings (including two 180-metre towers) and combines offices, a hotel, a cultural centre, retail spaces and a large public...

2013 RIBA President’s Medals winners announced

The winners of the 2013 President’s Medals were announced tonight (Wednesday 4 December) at an awards ceremony held at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in central London. In what seems to be unprecedented in the history of the awards (and in spite of a completely anonymous judging process),...

2013 British Fashion Awards winners announced

After I was invited by the British Fashion Council to cast my vote for this year’s British Fashion Awards a few months ago, I was privileged to receive an invitation to attend the awards ceremony at the London Coliseum on 2 December 2013. The luxurious venue (built in 1904 as the largest and finest music hall...