Doutzen Kroes by Cüneyt for Vogue Turkey
The 29th edition of the Hyères Festival, the International Festival of Fashion and Photography held annually in Villa Noailles on the French Riviera, has picked Japanese-born designer Kenta Matsushige for the Grand Prix. With selected pieces from his “Hinabi” collection, The Paris-based impressed judges with his clean cotton shirt dresses and oversize coats in gray shades. Inspired by Yohji Yamamoto and Tadao Ando — presumably in the ecru color and simplicity of the architect's preoccupation with concrete, Kenta Matsushige spoke of the balance between the natural and the urban, specifically between hinabi (rustic beauty) and miyabi (urban beauty).
The grand prize is valued at 15,000 euros, on top of a possible collaboration with Chanel's famed ateliers. The house has joined this year's festival partners, committing to the festival for three years, joining Chloé in monetary support.
The competition was juried by Humberto Leon and Carol Lim of Opening Ceremony and Kenzo, as well as Chloe Sevigny, Spike Jonze, and Eric Wilson, InStyle fashion director. Previously winners include Viktor & Rolf, Henrik Vibskov, Gaspard Yurkievich, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, and Christian Wijnants.
The finalists' work will remain on view through May 25, 2014.
I first fell in love with Raffia shoes on a trip to the Island of Capri. The shoes unite airtight simplicity and craftsmanship in a delicate product that make them a summer wardrobe classic. Unfortunately they were just available for men when I first spotted them in a local shop in Capri, so am excited to to discover Proud Mary, a socially conscious textile design company from Charleston, South Carolina who offers the amazing raffia shoes in their collection. Working with textile designers around the globe—Mali, Guatemala, Morocco and Peru—using traditional methods of weaving, their products are created by small sewing workshops. These slip-on's are made in Morocco of natural raffia, but check out the beautiful coloured ones too.
Sidsel Solmer Eriksen | Founding Editor
BY ADRIAN COLLAERT
LIFE IN THE WOODS
Walden (first published as Walden; or, Life in the Woods) is an American book written by noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau that reflects upon simple living in natural surroundings. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, and manual for self-reliance. First published in 1854, it details Thoreau's experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built near Walden Pond in Massachusetts, where here he lived a border life between civilization of town life to his east and the primitivism of the frontier to the west. Feeling that the civilization had erected barriers between man and nature which can lead only to alienation and unhappiness, he believed to experience the most vivid and profound experiences in the woods: “The land, with its tranquilizing, sanative influences, is to repair the errors of a scholastic and traditional education, and brings us into just relation with men and things. Dissatisfied with the word poverty as a descriptor for his own condition, Thoreau preferred simplicity, which he felt conveyed a consciously chosen material situation: “Man is rich in proportion of the number of things, he can do without”
“Trade is also but for a time, and must give way to somewhat broader and better, whose signs are already dawning in the sky”
Ralph Waldo Emerson in The Young American
The Transcendentalists were a group of American anti materialists from the late 1820s and 1830s, who sought an alternative to the industrial economy amidst nature, in the simple life. Transcendentalism developed as a reaction against 18th century rationalism among a group of mostly New England thinkers and writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
The Transcendentalists believed in living simply and wisely and experienced their most vivid and profound experiences in nature. Their aesthetic was more naturalistic than artistic with the goal was to transcend materialism and rationalism and so penetrate their inner spirituality that was at the core of each person. “There is something greater within than the whole material creation, than in all the worlds which press on the eye and ear; and that inward improvements have a worth and dignity in themselves.”
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