We’ve made it to 2018, and what a journey it’s been. Whether you’ve spent the start of the year hibernating from the cold, the thought of heading back to work or from the fact that Trump has somehow made it to a year into his presidency, if you’re like us you will most likely have missed much of January’s goings-on while trying to ease yourself out of your start-of-the-year lethargy. But don’t stress—we’ve gathered this month’s finest writings all in one place for your easy consumption.
Hedi Slimane at Céline: Fashion’s Next Great Story? | Dazed
Amidst the furore of this month’s AW18 menswear fashion weeks, Céline took to Instagram to unveil the successor to Phoebe Philo: former Dior Homme and more recently YSL Creative Director Hedi Slimane. Beginning work in February ahead of his first show scheduled for September (SS19), Dazed’s Dean Mayo Davies explains why Hedi’s arrival heralds an exciting new vision for the brand and suggests what we might expect from the Frenchman.
Recreating Helmut Lang’s Iconic NYC Store in Paris | i-D
With the help of hindsight, it is interesting to see how new (and older) generations are discovering just how influential and prescient Helmut Lang’s work was in the 1990s. To assist with this process, Athens-based archiver Michael Kardamakis has spent the last few years sourcing rare pieces from that period, researching each piece’s unique history and exploring what makes them special. The result? A nostalgic remaking of the brand’s iconic Greene Street store set-up during Paris Fashion Week Men’s showcasing five complete archive looks.
Here, i-D chat to Michael Kardamakis about the archive, Lang’s lasting influence and his own process in gathering the pieces.
Pitchfork Interviews 2018’s Rising Musical Stars | Pitchfork
It’s safe to say Pitchfork has a grasp on who’s set for the big time this year. The year’s crop include:
- Pi’erre Bourne: “A Hit-Making Rap Produced Who Wants to Be the Next Kanye West”
- Clairo: “The YouTube Star Turning Teenage Awkwardness into Viral Gold”
- Camp Cope: “Raw, Feminist Rock for the #MeToo Era”
- Chynna: “The Ex-Model and Ex-Addict Who Can Rap Her Ass Off”
- Standing on the Corner: “The Post-Genre Crew Who Music Speaks a Secret Language”
- Obongjayar: “Who Makes Otherworldly Spirituals for the Modern Soul”
The Best of Maison et Objet | Dezeen
Twice a year, M&O takes the temperature of the design world and showcases the energy and dynamism of the industry in the heart of the French capital. Highlights from this January’s edition include Tom Dixon’s new Super Texture collection which recreates urban abstractions of urban landscapes using weaving, knotting and digital printed techniques, and Kensaku Oshiro’s handsome CC01 chair, as chosen by Dezeen.
We Catch up with Former UpYerRonson Resident DJ Neil Metzner | Coggles
Once he’d finished DJing at the launch of the new Coggles Store, we sat down with DJ, graphic designer and artist Neil Metzner to find out about his creative process, his career highlight, and how he manages to juggle all three. Be sure to also check our Neil’s exclusive playlist for the store launch below.
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