Condé Nast Traveller’s October issue is dedicated to “The Best Travel Experiences in the World”. The 2010 Readers’ Travel Awards issue features what to do in India, the Alps, Sicily, Hong Kong, and Brazil. Matthew Hranek took the journey down the Atlantic seaboard of Bahia, Brazil – far from the usual tourist calls of São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro.
The trip starts in Fazenda da Lagoa, a remote hotel that Patrick Marnham declares as “the ideal retreat for an antisocial writer.” In order to get to Fazenda da Lagoa, one must drive a few hours south of Piracanga. The roads are daunting, and the only direct access to the hotel is via a small wooden jetty. Once there, guests can stroll through the serene resort barefoot while enjoying the beach, forest, lagoon, or mangrove swamps.
Am I Collective’sESPN posters for the World Cup were so popular, fans were “practically hammering down [their] doors for some of the posters as souvenirs for the World Cup.” Thanks to high demand, Am I Collective presents a commemorative poster celebrating Spain’s victory in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Download the high-res file here for free.
Mercedes-Benz replaces the Daimler technology magazine HighTechReport with new biannual publication Technicity. Besides including news from inside Daimler, the magazine also offers the latest in technology, innovation, and research and development in a global context. Technicity is published in German and English and distributed worldwide.
Joel Micah Miller shoots for the debut issue on location in Berlin, Germany for the cover and lead story “E-City Berlin.” The article explores how the German capital is pushing the envelope for electric mobility. Thomas Weber of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development tells Technicity, “There’s no question any more as to whether electric drive systems will take their place beside combustion engines; it’s only a question of when this will happen.”
Henry Bourne pulls from a gentleman’s club for inspiration in the October issue of Wallpaper magazine. Calf leather, trompe l’oeil wood panels, marble credenzas, and made to order table clothes serve as the background for the sumptuous supper that makes up the entertaining section. Begin with a dirty martini and deviled almonds, enjoy lamb cutlets with Shrewsbury sauce or grilled Dover sole with parsley butter, and finish with Clementine and Muscat jelly. These recipes and more in the current issue.
Louis Vuitton commissions Erwin Olaf’sA Journey to Excellence, showing now at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam until September 27, 2010. The Dutch photographer captures fellow Dutch citizens in a series of portraits. The featured individuals are: Dick Bruna, Hans van Manen (pictured above, right), Janine Jansen (pictured above, left), Johan Cruijff, Joop van den Ende, Lidewij Edelkoort and Paul Crutzen. All are revered in their respective field in culture, science, or sports.
The exhibit coincides with the opening of Louis Vuitton’s new in-store boutique in the Bijenkorf department store in Amsterdam. The Peter Marino designed store is the luxury brand’s second location in the Netherlands.
The Financial Times published “A Passion for Fashion”, a special issue of How to Spend it magazine. An exquisite new piece from Louis Vuitton’s fine jewelry collection L’ame du Voyage (the soul of the trip) graces the cover of the September 18th issue. Louis Vuitton Artist Director Lorenz Bäumer utilizes multiple types of gem settings and even created a special monogram cut that mimics the shape of the Louis Vuitton flower.
New artist Diver & Aguilar got an exclusive first look at the Louis Vuitton jewelry, along with elaborate pieces from Adler, Cartier, Chanel, Harry Winston, and more. Bernstein & Andriulli excitedly welcomes the creative team and invites you to view their new work.
The Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节), also referred to as the Moon Festival or Lantern Festival, is a major holiday in China and Vietnam. Family members and friends gather underneath the full moon at the autumnal equinox to celebrate the harvest. An indispensable part of festivities is eating mooncakes (月饼), round pastries with a thin skin that contain a sweet, dense filling of ingredients such as red bean paste, lotus seed paste, dates and walnut paste, and more.
Liz Claiborne’s “Now” fall campaign recently debuted. The clothes are modern but traditional with outfits that can go from work to play. Robb Aaron Gordon explored the streets and architecture of Dallas, Texas to capture the natural, relaxed looks of Liz Claiborne.
Says Art Director Juli Hart, “[Robb] has a great eye for composition. His lighting is painterly and brings the clothes alive while giving depth to the model. He has this fashion edge but the model’s attitude is very candid, loose, and happy, so you have these two elements working together to give it that special feeling.”
The American Cancer Society and The Martin Agency team up with artists and musicians for their “More Birthdays” movement, because “A world with less cancer is a world with more birthdays.” Artists were given uplifting facts in the fight against cancer to use as inspiration for new work. Musicians recorded their own version of the song “Happy Birthday” especially for the American Cancer Society. People who visit morebirthdays.com can purchase custom art, send personalized music videos, or send an art e-card with a special birthday message.
Artists invited to join the movement include Am I Collective, Andrew Bannecker, ilovedust, and Kai & Sunny. Musicians Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Devo, and Colbi Caillat also lent their support. Visit the website to see the full list of participating artists and explore the art and music in celebration of more birthdays. Wrapping paper, posters, and limited edition prints are for sale with proceeds supporting the American Cancer Society.
School of Seven Bells is making waves on the music scene with their new album “Disconnect from Desire.” Also known as simply SVIIB, the band consists of Benjamin Curtis and twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza. Formerly, Curtis was in the band Secret Machines and Alejandra and Claudia were in On-Air Library!. Their bands met while on tour in 2004 and by 2006 the School of Seven Bells was solidly formed. The band name was inspired by a legendary pickpocket academy in South America.
Bernstein & Andriulli welcomes Abbey Drucker, who recently collaborated with School of Seven Bells for a portrait series and short film. Both will be featured on Vmagazine.com. Drucker prepared for the shoot by listening to SVIIB every day for several weeks. Says Drucker, “My main focus was to capture the lightness and beauty of Claudia and Alejandra’s vocals along with bands texture of instrument. I wanted to experiment the day of the shoot and feel the free form you absorb when you listen to the album.”
Lee Jeans dares people to “Own the Moment” with its new campaign photographed by Tom Corbett. On display now all over China and the Asia Pacific, the campaign shows fearless youths leaping over great heights, running through the rain, and jumping into crowds. Taiwanese actor Ethan Ruan, or Ruan Jing Tian (阮經天), stars exclusively in the Chinese campaign. The entire campaign was shot in Taipei, Taiwan over various locations in studio, on the street, and in a music club.
Corbett shot continuously for a week, directing Ruan and the models through stunts and multiple care-free scenarios. Says Corbett on working with Ruan, “We had Ruan jumping off ledges and flying through the air into crash mats – he’ll do anything! He’s an amazing performer that put the models to shame. He could do the most crazy things while keeping a great face without grimacing.”
Julie Blackmon’s exhibit Line-Up is showing now at the Robert Mann Gallery in New York until October 23, 2010. Her photographs of children capture the unadulterated state of childhood in its mixture of stillness and chaos. As the oldest of nine children and mother of three, Blackmon doesn’t have to look very far for models or ideas. Photography is a family affair that involves her own children, siblings, nieces, and nephews.
Utilizing her own life as inspiration was not always the case. At one point in time, she nearly gave up her photographic pursuits for domestic harmony until a watershed moment occurred. Blackmon discovered a camera obscura in the cellar of her new house and began taking photographs again, with the picturesque suburb as her setting. Eight years later, she has won various awards and honors and her work is included in museums and collections around the nation.
James magazine is the largest men’s magazine in the Netherlands, issuing editions in the spring and fall. Ruud Baan does a slick shoot for the upcoming fall fashion issue. The story is built around an attractive couple leaving the club at night in their Mercedes Benz S400 hybrid. Baan plays the role of a curious paparazzo that captures the couple in their most candid moments.
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It’s been awhile since we last spoke to Roy and Rexley of Dog Judo. Brought to you by 12foot6, the viral webisodes are exactly what the title sounds like – 2 dogs trying to practice Judo. More often than not, Roy is thwarted by Rexley’s less than diligent but always honest intentions to further the art of Judo. This time around, Roy is practicing his Judo song when an important record executive from Cornwall shows up… Find out if Roy gets his big break.
Starting today through October 16th, 2010, the Society of Illustrators will exhibit “Blow Up” featuring Yuko Shimizu, Sam Weber, and Tomer Hanuka. Each artist comes from a distinct cultural background – Japan, Canada, and Israel, respectively. The show explores how their identities get “remixed” through meeting at an American crossroad.
Shimizu creates 3 new works specifically for the show (Blow Up No.0 and No.1 pictured above). She says, “I wanted to show my creative process. I normally create loose sketches first, blow up the sketch to the size I want to draw, cut the watercolor paper, very loosely trace the sketch onto the paper using light box, then spend long hours (sometimes days) drawing with a Japanese brush that is specifically designed to write sutra as part of Buddhist practice. I try to figure out the details of the images as I create to make the long drawing process interesting and refreshing.”