LABELMAKER: Blackest Ever Black
Blackest Ever Black is London’s Kiran Sande (better known as FACT magazine’s deputy editor). The label, just two years young, pushes a distinctive brand of dark, undulating techno, slathered in intoxicating sub-bass and cavernous atmospherics. Sande sat down with Wonderland to discuss its inception, and projects past, present and future…
NO WAY – 2012 Phenomenon
A grubby subterranean bar space in London’s Hoxton will this week be turned into a pre-apocalyptical bomb shelter in the name of art. Exploring the 2012 Phenomenon – a cult theory that the world will come to an end this December – London collective NO WAY are hosting the two month-long exhibition at Jaguar Shoes […]
Christophe Lemaire – RADICAL SIMPLICITY
Christophe Lemaire‘s newest collection for SS12, Radical Simplicity, premiered today on tastemaking online boutique The Corner. To accompany the launch, Lemaire sat down with Wonderland to pick through his keenest inspirations and have a go at explaining “Garde Robe”, his signature designing concept.
VAUXLAIR – Cribs gets rustic
Vauxlair – a concept photography site launched in Australia last month – walks in and around the homes of anonymous people, laying bare details and objects entirely out of context and without explanation. Its creator, who wishes to remain anonymous, executes the simplest of ideas – think a rustic take on MTV Cribs – with […]
EMERGING… Hattie Stewart
London’s Hattie Stewart, an emerging illustrator whose busy, colourific doodles landed her commissions for Marc Jacobs, Diesel and Adidas, will take part in a group exhibition at Cologne’s Able and Baker gallery from Friday. Wonderland sat down with Hattie to discuss a recent project for House of Holland’s fall collection – in return, she re-worked […]
JOHN CARTER – Taylor Kitsch
2012 will see Vancouver-born actor Tayler Kitsch’s career race to palm-sweating heights. Set to star in two nuclear-sized auditorium fillers Battleship and Oliver Stone directed noir Savages this summer, today sees the UK premiere of his newest epic, John Carter. We spoke to the thirty year old Friday Night Lights star – sitting pretty on […]
STREAM – Afrikan Boy’s new single
London’s Afrikan Boy – one of MIA’s earliest understudies and recent DJ Shadow collaborator – pushes a crunching, tribal-tinged R&B, and talked to Wonderland today ahead of the release of his latest single, “Kunte Kinte”. Stream an updated version of it for the very first time below as well as brand new track, a collaboration […]
Kevin Amato – F*ck the Golden Years
Street-stomping reportage photographer Kevin Amato will from tonight exhibit his newest collection, F*ck the Golden Years. The display, hosted at Casa de Costa’s pre-war arthouse in lower Manhattan, studies The Bronx at its most feral and blithe – a scathing realism simmers beneath scenes of play and sun-kissed whimsicality. We caught up with Amato as […]
Peter Jensen – TEST PRESENTS
Globally lauded Danish fashion designer Peter Jensen, known for his detailed and oft-embroidered mens and womenswear, has been asked to guest select the forthcoming installment of Test Presents in London next Thursday. Wonderland caught up with Jensen to pick through his choice, Alan Clarke’s racy 1986 film, Rita, Sue and Bob Too.
MINKPINK spreads its wings
MINKPINK knows what it means to party. The Sydney-spawned clothing brand – formed on a premise of fun, fashion-passion and brass balls sincerity in 2005 – plan to pump their newest campaign to the furthest reaches of the globe. Wonderland spoke to its founder, Rachel Evans, about the event.
Wonderland spoke to London’s The Brick Lane Gallery, whose day-glo coloured and richly multidisplinary new exhibition “Layers” opened last night.
Dans La Vie – CLASH BEAUTY
Dans La Vie, spearheaded by Wasada University-graduate Rira Sugawara, is a particularly colour-conscious designing vehicle aimed at sucking in the work of contemporary music, fashion and art’s boldest statement makers – Andy Warhol, Madonna, McQueen – and spitting them back in collections no epilespy sufferer would go near. Sugawara showcased her AW12 collection ‘Clash Beauty’ […]
London Fashion Week – PPQ
If ever there was a hazy line between a catwalk show and a performance, it was at PPQ at London’s Somerset House. There was a stylish sort of carnage finding the way to your seat amidst all the trendy, young celebs on the front row and photographers swarming to take a photo of someone dressed […]
CHRONICLE – Michael B. Jordan
Remember starry-eyed miniature drug trafficker Wallace in HBO’s gangster saga The Wire? He grew up. Just after his 25th birthday this month, we spoke to Michael B. Jordan about his newest film, Josh Trank’s superhero romp Chronicle and found he’s as much an outgoing, sprightly young talent as he is a bedroom-bound comic book fanatic.
Aminaka Wilmont AW12/13
Scandinavia’s Maki Aminaka and Marcus Wilmont, better known as foremost designing engine Aminaka Wilmont, are poised to showcase their fall collection for the first time at London Fashion Week‘s BFC Showspace on Tuesday. Set to continue to explore their interest in shape, silhouette and emasculation, the duo talked thoughtfully to Wonderland about it.
EMERGING… Sarah Maple
Wonderland gets the feeling concept artist Sarah Maple’s striking work needn’t be over-analysed. It is, she would concede, a brash, punky knee-jerk reaction to life in multicultural England – unfortunately, detractors are quick to tar it with the ‘shocking for shocking’s sake’ brush. We caught up with Maple, who’s latest exhibition It’s a Girl! runs […]
Kumiko Watari – ANCIENT WONDERS
Kumiko Watari‘s newest collection, Ancient Wonders, is a collision of Egypt-inspired pattern motifs, disproportionate fabric cuts and surrealist drawings. Wonderland caught up with the Osaka-born Saint Martins graduate to talk fine art, aliens and Might-T, her label-name.
Daniel Radcliffe – The Woman in Black
80 million dollar-tagged manchild Daniel Radcliffe stars this month in The Woman in Black, his first screen venture since the globally doted-upon wizard saga, Harry Potter. Wonderland made every effort to watch the film with an open mind – especially as posthumously the Potter buzz already feels like more of a media-peddled sugar rush than […]
Pia Myrvold – FLOW
New York’s non-profit NO. Gallery will from tonight house a tunnel structure comprised of 77 LED screens and other abstract multimedia compositions for Pia Myrvold’s dazzling and immersive exhibition, FLOW. Exploring 3D media in many of its luminous forms, FLOW offers an unforgiving, retina-burning interdisciplinary experience. Myrvold took Wonderland through her complex new project.
EMERGING… Nicolas Deshayes
Hoxton’s Galleries Goldstein will be hosting a one-off exhibition called Hotel Palenque from 6.30pm, whereby invitee Nicolas Deshayes will exhibit the newest of his typically culture-critical installments – his past works have, in various manifestations, laid bare capitalist society’s messy excesses. The France-born artist and exhibition curator Elise Lammer offer Wonderland a taste of what […]
WONDERKIND: Valentin Loellmann
Valentin Loellmann‘s newest collection, ‘m.&mme’, sees wooden and polyester cabinets morph into anemic-looking creatures of some unspoiled netherworld. The German designer sat down with Wonderland to explain how the pieces are analgesic of childhood, family life and innocence.
Breach, which begins its month long residency at the Rod Barton gallery in London tonight, brings together the work of five visionary photographers – Aurelien Arbet, Jeremie Egry, Bianca Brunner, Jean Charles de Quillaicq and Brian Dooley – and aims to showcase the art form’s wondrous breadth of possibility. Wonderland sat down with its curator, Tobias Czudej, […]
CLASS ACT: Andrea Riseborough
Andrea Riseborough stars this month in Madonna’s latest venture, W.E., the story of King Edward VIII’s abdication following an extra-marital affair with twice divorcee Wallis Simpson. The story follows Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish), a tortured, unlucky-in-love soul who finds solace in researching Simpson’s story. Riseborough’s exemplary performance as the disgraced American socialite has to boost […]
AZALEA’S AMAZONS – Daniel David Freeman
Meet Rick Azalea, sex-pest brainchild of London based illustrator Daniel David Freeman. His exhibition, which begins tonight at Beach in east London, showcases drawings of Azalea’s innermost projections – hench Amazonian women in mystical tribal wear (and slinky stuff), for the most part. We spoke to Azalea via Freeman, who was happy to take us […]
Charlie Casely-Hayford’s HEROES
To celebrate the launch of Casely-Hayford’s newest collection, we asked Charlie, one half of the father-son designing duo, to pin down five of his heroes. Charlie then took Wonderland through SS12’S Touch, which develops the pair‘s career-long fascination with unusual fabric hybrids, bold colour formats and dandy-in-the-details craftsmanship.
WONDERKIND: William Eckersley’s Dark City
For such a closed sardine tin of a city, London has an uncanny knack of looking lonely, especially at night: its cobbled passageways uninhabited, acidic and po-faced. That is, according to William Eckersley’s newest volume of photographic portraiture, Dark City. For a number of years, Eckersley roamed the area’s streets in search of naturally-occurring scenes […]
EMERGING: Cal Lane
Just like the story of her career, Cal Lane‘s jaw-slackening work plays with a number of polarities. To date, her pieces stand alone in capturing a delicacy and intricacy quite apart from her closest contemporaries. Indeed, unlike fellow iron sculptor Richard Serra, Lane’s tapestries, welded into harsh and often preternaturally large steel and iron structures, are […]
WONDERKIND: Aurora Ozma
Aurora Ozma, self-proclaimed couturier, milliner and surrealist, has certainly turned a few feather-encrusted skull caps since being whipped up by prestigious London-based furriers Hockley at the tender age of 15. Ozma’s collection will go on display for the first time at the Blow Presents ceremony in February, kick starting a stratospherically promising year for the […]
FUTURE THIS – The Big Pink
Milo Cordell, The Big Pink’s sultry synth giant, claims 2012 will see the band recast their sound afresh, paring back their penchant for noisy guitar layering and live drumming. The duo’s second full length, Future This – out on January 13th – is the result of work with tastemaking producer Paul Epworth. We pressed Cordell […]
DON’T THINK: Adam Smith
Adam Smith – a director responsible for some of the UK’s most forward-thinking music videos (remember that hilarious, Bob Hoskins-starred Jamie T promo, anyone?) – will next month release his first full-length feature. Smith’s ambitious project, Don’t Think, continues his 18 year-long visual collaboration with the Chemical Brothers, and saw strategically posted cameras at a […]