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LONDON, Wardour Street. Beautiful i-D Magazine display in Soho.
Image by Saskia Reis

LONDON, Wardour Street. Beautiful i-D Magazine display in Soho.

Image by Saskia Reis

// PRIVATE PREVIEW of Ozwald Boateng´s biographical film A Man´s Story at London College of Fashion, 23rd February 2012 //
Here´s some stuff I remember …
- The preview allured London College of Fashion students and staff with a great introduction and all the ingredients that keep our attention on track: love, lies, truth and controversy.
- The audience applauded and praised the film, which showcases Boateng´s success story and exposes details of the renowned designer´s private life.
- The film is shot in an enticing, candid, documentary style, mixed with original catwalk footage and extracts of home video as well as parts of an animated comic illustration Boateng had made for Givenchy.
- As the story continues, questions begin to surface about whether or not this fashion film docu-feature is really an independent work of director Varon Bonicos. It seems more like ‘The King of Savile Row’ himself guiding the audience through an appealing condensation of his very own success story: the tale of a highly talented, yet tormented, larger-than-life fashion hero who, as a true artist, inevitably seems to become a victim of his own obsession to create and is finally forced to pay the price: his family, in the form of his wife and children.
- Meeting the classical dramaturgy of the ‘three act structure’, Boateng had Varon Bonicos following him with a camera from 1998 to the present day, apparently without any distance, in order to access the most intimate moments of the designer´s life. This includes the break-up phone call with his ex-wife, at full volume, wherein she hangs up on him, saying: “I wish I would have never met you”. Like in any classic film moment comparable to this one, the tortured man turns to work, which provides him with the opportunity to push his professional boundaries even more.
- Not only do we see a hero but we also see a victim, betrayed by his beloved wife, as well as his suffering caused by the disconnection from his children. Of course Boateng is not the sort of man who enjoys suffering, so he actively seeks for solutions, ironically, or shall we say typically, in the field that brought him into his situation.
- However, obstacles - the ones in the film as well as those in real life - are there to be solved and there is no doubt that this is one of the good messages from Boateng´s film. He mentions that his life, as well as the film, is about experience and we can be sure that he will continue to live up to his standard.
 - The film screening was followed by an exciting Q+A session with a super confident Boateng, who came to receive feedback and to answer some of the audience´s questions. He proudly entered the screening room, enjoying the audience´s tremendous applause.
- He lost a little bit of his self-composure for a moment, when he was confronted by a student questioning why her email she had sent to him a year ago remains unreplied until this day. After a pause, wherein the audience applauded and laughed, he asked her: “Did you mention that you had met me before?” She said: “Yes, of course, I did. Boateng, I am watching you!”
- As the students missed the chance to ask the Teen Vogue-type questions, a LCF course director took over: “Are you looking for a new wife now?” People were screaming. Boateng played clever, taking it as another opportunity to prove that he is quick at repartee: “My mum has taken censorship on all my future activities.”
- “Film is a very convenient tool to communicate emotion in a very short period of time,” Boateng said after the screening. With A Man´s Story, he definitely manages to create a number of different emotions, underlining that “what people see in this film is a man´s journey and my role in it is just to show you that journey.”
- The response from the audience showed that he manages to inspire like-minded people who relate to him and his urge to create, no matter what.
- Seemingly by accident, he also opens an interesting discussion on the approach towards documentary filmmaking, its techniques and the morality of action within the genre as a whole.
- It´s nothing new, that the winners are the ones who write history. Ozwald Boateng is just another example, but he is also an inspiring example. “Every dream has a price” is the subline of the piece, which can also be seen as an invitation to ask ourselves:

What is my dream and what price am I willing to pay?


Words and image by Saskia Reis

// PRIVATE PREVIEW of Ozwald Boateng´s biographical film A Man´s Story at London College of Fashion, 23rd February 2012 //

Here´s some stuff I remember

- The preview allured London College of Fashion students and staff with a great introduction and all the ingredients that keep our attention on track: love, lies, truth and controversy.

- The audience applauded and praised the film, which showcases Boateng´s success story and exposes details of the renowned designer´s private life.

- The film is shot in an enticing, candid, documentary style, mixed with original catwalk footage and extracts of home video as well as parts of an animated comic illustration Boateng had made for Givenchy.

- As the story continues, questions begin to surface about whether or not this fashion film docu-feature is really an independent work of director Varon Bonicos. It seems more like ‘The King of Savile Row’ himself guiding the audience through an appealing condensation of his very own success story: the tale of a highly talented, yet tormented, larger-than-life fashion hero who, as a true artist, inevitably seems to become a victim of his own obsession to create and is finally forced to pay the price: his family, in the form of his wife and children.

- Meeting the classical dramaturgy of the ‘three act structure’, Boateng had Varon Bonicos following him with a camera from 1998 to the present day, apparently without any distance, in order to access the most intimate moments of the designer´s life. This includes the break-up phone call with his ex-wife, at full volume, wherein she hangs up on him, saying: “I wish I would have never met you”. Like in any classic film moment comparable to this one, the tortured man turns to work, which provides him with the opportunity to push his professional boundaries even more.

- Not only do we see a hero but we also see a victim, betrayed by his beloved wife, as well as his suffering caused by the disconnection from his children. Of course Boateng is not the sort of man who enjoys suffering, so he actively seeks for solutions, ironically, or shall we say typically, in the field that brought him into his situation.

- However, obstacles - the ones in the film as well as those in real life - are there to be solved and there is no doubt that this is one of the good messages from Boateng´s film. He mentions that his life, as well as the film, is about experience and we can be sure that he will continue to live up to his standard.

 - The film screening was followed by an exciting Q+A session with a super confident Boateng, who came to receive feedback and to answer some of the audience´s questions. He proudly entered the screening room, enjoying the audience´s tremendous applause.

- He lost a little bit of his self-composure for a moment, when he was confronted by a student questioning why her email she had sent to him a year ago remains unreplied until this day. After a pause, wherein the audience applauded and laughed, he asked her: “Did you mention that you had met me before?” She said: “Yes, of course, I did. Boateng, I am watching you!”

- As the students missed the chance to ask the Teen Vogue-type questions, a LCF course director took over: “Are you looking for a new wife now?” People were screaming. Boateng played clever, taking it as another opportunity to prove that he is quick at repartee: “My mum has taken censorship on all my future activities.”

- “Film is a very convenient tool to communicate emotion in a very short period of time,” Boateng said after the screening. With A Man´s Story, he definitely manages to create a number of different emotions, underlining that “what people see in this film is a man´s journey and my role in it is just to show you that journey.”

- The response from the audience showed that he manages to inspire like-minded people who relate to him and his urge to create, no matter what.

- Seemingly by accident, he also opens an interesting discussion on the approach towards documentary filmmaking, its techniques and the morality of action within the genre as a whole.

- It´s nothing new, that the winners are the ones who write history. Ozwald Boateng is just another example, but he is also an inspiring example. “Every dream has a price” is the subline of the piece, which can also be seen as an invitation to ask ourselves:

What is my dream and what price am I willing to pay?


Words and image by Saskia Reis

Today on the phone with Ellen von Unwerth!

PELIN FROM BERLIN TO LONDON TEASER // Full story:

FASHION ON THE STREET WE ♥ IT! #21

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PELIN FROM BERLIN TO LONDON SCREENSHOTS // Full story, including teaser:

FASHION ON THE STREET WE ♥ IT! #21

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LONDON, Somerset House. Streetstyle and Fashion Week  – a contradiction, a correlation or just something undefinable that is  still in its own right? The discussion has been going on for a while  now, and while some editors and industry professionals complain about  the streetstyle photographers in front of the shows, the  streetstyle-circus – an alluring fair of vanities and creativity – keeps  going on outside. Most of the photographers are dressed up themselves,  busily taking images and have their images taken as well, whilst some  “fashionistas” just pop in to pose and take a bath in the attention of  the lenses. THE LOVESTREET went to observe the hustle  and bustle and asked some of the photographers a few questions: “Would  you say you find streetstyle here?”, “Why is Fashion Week a good place  or a bad place to fin streetstyle?” and “What  is streetstyle?”.
The conversations nurtured the idea that maybe, what we call  “streetstyle”, is not what is being represented at the frontyard of  Fashion Week – but it´s definitely THE place to go if you love people  who love to dress – and that´s what we do … And isn´t it somewhat nice  to celebrate that?


CLICK IMAGE TO WATCH VIDEO :)

 (c) 2012 THE LOVESTREET by HIMMELREICH*

LONDON, Somerset House. Streetstyle and Fashion Week – a contradiction, a correlation or just something undefinable that is still in its own right? The discussion has been going on for a while now, and while some editors and industry professionals complain about the streetstyle photographers in front of the shows, the streetstyle-circus – an alluring fair of vanities and creativity – keeps going on outside. Most of the photographers are dressed up themselves, busily taking images and have their images taken as well, whilst some “fashionistas” just pop in to pose and take a bath in the attention of the lenses. THE LOVESTREET went to observe the hustle and bustle and asked some of the photographers a few questions: “Would you say you find streetstyle here?”, “Why is Fashion Week a good place or a bad place to fin streetstyle?” and “What  is streetstyle?”.

The conversations nurtured the idea that maybe, what we call “streetstyle”, is not what is being represented at the frontyard of Fashion Week – but it´s definitely THE place to go if you love people who love to dress – and that´s what we do … And isn´t it somewhat nice to celebrate that?

CLICK IMAGE TO WATCH VIDEO :)


(c) 2012 THE LOVESTREET by HIMMELREICH*

LONDON, Oxford Street. Last Friday, typewriter artist Keira Rathbone performed one of her Live Typortrait Sessions in the WORDS WORDS WORDS Concept Store at Selfridges. Those who missed it shouldn´t be sad. There will be another opportunity to “live-watch” Keira on Friday, 24 February 2012 from 5pm - 7.30pm.

Alongside questioning “When is typography not typography?”, illustration and culture magazine Flamingo called her a "typophile". To read the full interview with Keira, click HERE!

Words and images by Saskia Reis

New FashionInterventions in Materials and Techniques
… Part one of series of three exhibitions devoted to emerging talent across the disciplines of fashion design, illustration and photography …
Fashion Space Gallery at London College of Fashion
20 John Princes StreetW1G 0BJ
16.02.2012 – 07.04.2012
Don´t miss the showcase of my very favourite fashion artefact designer ÚNA BURKE !!!
Words and image by Saskia Reis

New Fashion
Interventions in Materials and Techniques

… Part one of series of three exhibitions devoted to emerging talent across the disciplines of fashion design, illustration and photography …

Fashion Space Gallery at London College of Fashion

20 John Princes Street
W1G 0BJ

16.02.2012 – 07.04.2012

Don´t miss the showcase of my very favourite fashion artefact designer ÚNA BURKE !!!

Words and image by Saskia Reis

Curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist:

"Lately, the word "curate" seems to be used in an greater variety of contexts than ever before, in reference to everything from a exhibitions of prints by Old Masters to the contents of a concept store. The risk, of course, is that the definition may expand beyond functional usability. But I believe ‘curate’ finds ever-wider application because of a feature of modern life that is impossible to ignore: the incredible proliferation of ideas, information, images, disciplinary knowledge, and material products that we all witnessing today. Such proliferation makes the activities of filtering, enabling, synthesizing, framing, and remembering more and more important as basic navigational tools for 21st century life. These are the tasks of the curator, who is no longer understood as simply the person who fills a space with objects but as the person who brings different cultural spheres into contact, invents new display features, and makes junctions that allow unexpected encounters and results.

[…]

To curate, in this sense, is to refuse static arrangements and permanent alignments and instead to enable conversations and relations. Generating these kinds of links is an essential part of what it means to curate, as is disseminating new knowledge, new thinking, and new artworks in a way that can seed future cross-disciplinary inspirations. But there is another case for curating as a vanguard activity for the 21st century.

As the artist Tino Sehgal has pointed out, modern human societies find themselves today in an unprecedented situation: the problem of lack, or scarcity, which has been the primary factor motivating scientific and technological innovation, is now being joined and even superseded by the problem of the global effects of overproduction and resource use. Thus moving beyond the object as the locus of meaning has a further relevance. Selection, presentation, and conversation are ways for human beings to create and exchange real value, without dependence on older, unsustainable processes. Curating can take the lead in pointing us towards this crucial importance of choosing.”

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LONDON, Covent Garden. A few weeks ago I discovered Tatty Devine,  when I was up to return some make-up supplies to Screenface. Their shop  window literally sucked me up. Today I was happy to return to have a  chat with the super lovely store manager Lou Clarke and could not help but treat myself with what I love most: the core of the human being ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ With some more budget, I will most defo stock up. This is just the start …
Image and words by Saskia Reis

LONDON, Covent Garden. A few weeks ago I discovered Tatty Devine, when I was up to return some make-up supplies to Screenface. Their shop window literally sucked me up. Today I was happy to return to have a chat with the super lovely store manager Lou Clarke and could not help but treat myself with what I love most: the core of the human being ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ With some more budget, I will most defo stock up. This is just the start …

Image and words by Saskia Reis

It´s  a DISTINCTION, thank you LCF … Well, considering my dad was DIANA  ROSS last Saturday and my mom got her testshoot done as AMY WINEHOUSE  already, it all makes total sense …
Couldn´t help myself but pay tribute to the creators of madness. Guess THAT´s what makes a “DISTINCTION” … Mama and Papa Reis IN ACTION … WITH LOVE … !!!
It´s a DISTINCTION, thank you LCF … Well, considering my dad was DIANA ROSS last Saturday and my mom got her testshoot done as AMY WINEHOUSE already, it all makes total sense …

Couldn´t help myself but pay tribute to the creators of madness. Guess THAT´s what makes a “DISTINCTION” … Mama and Papa Reis IN ACTION … WITH LOVE … !!!

Schön! 16 – GUYS & DOLLSIN PRINT: http://ow.ly/5TTctDOWNLOAD: http://ow.ly/5TTdsONLINE: http://ow.ly/5TTbOMOBILE: http://ow.ly/5TTexSUBSCRIBE: http://ow.ly/5TTct

Schön! 16 – GUYS & DOLLS

IN PRINT: http://ow.ly/5TTct
DOWNLOAD: http://ow.ly/5TTds
ONLINE: http://ow.ly/5TTbO
MOBILE: http://ow.ly/5TTex
SUBSCRIBE: http://ow.ly/5TTct

LONDON, The Lovestreet. Yesterday came up with a really nice surprise from Domino Records, who featured THE LOVESTREET´s ROSE IN LONDON on their blog. The little pre-story tells how Domino and I got together  for the first time and reveals that – apart from outside pressures – it  is the pureness of the soul that counts. I guess that´s where Domino  and THE LOVESTREET agree. Thank you so much, Domino, and everyone who  supports and spreads the message!
Click image to visit Domino Publishing and see the original post!

LONDON, The Lovestreet. Yesterday came up with a really nice surprise from Domino Records, who featured THE LOVESTREET´s ROSE IN LONDON on their blog. The little pre-story tells how Domino and I got together for the first time and reveals that – apart from outside pressures – it is the pureness of the soul that counts. I guess that´s where Domino and THE LOVESTREET agree. Thank you so much, Domino, and everyone who supports and spreads the message!

Click image to visit Domino Publishing and see the original post!