While Claudio made his Winter escape to beautiful Kitzbühel I once again flew over to Norway. It was already my second visit to the Nordic country, last year I had the pleasure to visit Geilo. This year my destination was Hovden, a small town embedded into the snow-covered mountains in the center of the country.
Hovden is maybe not the most famous Winter destination, but it really surprised me in a positive way. While Geilo was clearly more family-oriented Hovden turned out to be a very youthful place with lots of cool young people, not only visiting there, but also living there. Being surrounded by this like-minded crowd of course made the whole experience much more enjoyable.
On this wonderful trip I got to know a few really nice young local people, got to taste the exquisite Norwegian cooking and made my first attempts on skis. I really had a blast and am happy to share my impressions with you after the jump along with some recommendations for Hovden.
One of my favorite designers, Paris-based Rad Hourani, is celebrating 5 years of his unisex label with an exhibition and party in Berlin this Saturday organized by avant-garde concept store Oukan and in attendance of the designer himself. The store at Kronenstr. 71 in Mitte will showcase some of his latest Haute Couture pieces as well as his 5 Years of Unisex exhibition that also comes in the form of book. The afterparty takes place at DEAN at Rosenthaler Str. 9 starting at 22h. You can get tickets for the party at the store. Oukan is so far the only retailer in Germany selling Rad Hourani’s amazing collections. After the jump you can get a taste of his latest Rad by Rad Hourani line.
Li Torres AW14/15
Those of you who follow me on Instagram have probably already noticed that I have once again fled Berlin to my second heart city Buenos Aires. I was actually only looking for sun and warmth, but what I found was actually even better: Buenos Aires Fashion Week, or as they like to call it: BAFWEEK. Of course I took the opportunity to check out some of the local designers with their shows and was pleasantly surprised about how well made the fashion week is here. Of all the shows I watched I chose my favorite ones and presented the first part on Two For Fashion and today the second here on iHeartBerlin. Enjoy my impressions after the jump!
photo: Lea Colombo for Dazed Digital
One of the biggest – if not the THE biggest – highlights of the fashion world is happening today at 10:06h in the morning: The womenswear fashion show of Louis Vuitton for Autumn/Winter 2014-15 in Paris. The LV shows are not simply runway shows, they are spectacles with big impressive sets, stunning designs and the creme de la creme of celebrities in the front row. If you don’t believe me head over to Dazed Digital that have some wonderful photos of the last show that had glamorous escalators, a mary-go-round and a fountain. Of course it’s super hard to get a ticket, that’s why Louis Vuitton is also streaming the show live on their website as well as on a small selection of blogs such as ours. So if you want to be amazed by the latest Vuitton show, look no further than behind the jump for the live stream.
I remember the last Oscar Shorts film screening by Mobile Kino and ShortsTV that took place last year quite well, because the films where so impressive and really moved me. In fact, I had teary eyes with almost every one of them.
This year I will sadly miss the screening at Babylon, but you don’t have to! Together with our friends and partners from Mobile Kino we are raffling off super special balcony seats for the screening on Saturday night. Get a preview of this years Oscar-nominated short films after the jump and find our how to win on our Lucky Thursday!
Middle Daughter, 2013, all artwork by Mantalina Psoma
Just recently the Heinz-Martin Weigand gallery in Charlottenstr. opened the new solo exhibition of Greek painter and former UdK Berlin graduate Mantalina Psoma. Her eerie portraits of women and places caught my attention and was quite impressed by the depth and mystique of her large-scale works. Her realistic style is reminescent of cinema which is also something that fascinated me about the examples that I saw. It’s almost like the scene of a film freezes and the main character looks straight into the camera. Very haunting! The exhibition will be open until April 26, 2014, so you should go have a look. Get some more previews after the jump.
Extraordinary jewellery always has a special place in my heart, not only because of my own ventures into jewellery design, but also because I have a great admiration for beautiful products that go beyond the normal aesthetic of their own genre. In the case of the new jewellery collection by Berlin-based label WOMAN.MADE it is exactly that what attracts me. Instead of thin gold chains designer Stephanie Johne uses a thick white rope as a necklace complemented by pendants of short pieces of copper pipes covered in white leather. The combinations of these unusual materials is truely beautiful and very unique. Elegant, minimalistic, but still very bold. And with the size they make excellent statement pieces. As her inspiration for this collection and her label name she mentions Jean-Michel Basquiat, the enfant terrible of the New York art scene of the 80s who she wrote her art history thesis about.
If you like Stephie’s jewellery as much as we do, you should check out her current offer of one of her amazing necklaces on Newniq right here that is still available for another 6 days. See the rest of the collection after the jump.
photo: Patrick Mettraux
If you walk around in Berlin with open eyes and with a bit of attention towards the male sex you might have noticed: People love beards here. And it’s not just a hipster thing like in many other big cities. Here in Berlin a man needs a beard, the bigger the better. Girls love, boys love it and can’t have enough of it.
I personally think that every man looks better with a beard. Certainly there are men who look amazing without it too, but surely will look even better with some facial hair. I guess it’s no coincedent that the core I HEART BERLIN team of Claudio, Devid and myself sport a beard as well. And it’s no coincedent either, that one of our favorite series on the blog is the Beard Monologues by our guest contributor Alicia Kassebohm.
So with all this beard loving it was about time that someone wrote a book about it. Apparently this is what a good friend and work mate of mine thought. Together with author Kevin Clarke he compiled a great compendium of manly beards with lots of photos and texts about the history of facial hair, the styles in different cultures and it’s meaning and appearance in pop culture and fashion. The book was released by Berlin-based publisher Bruno Gmünder and has the spot-on title BEARDS – An Unshaved History. You can win a copy now on our Lucky Thursday! They also have their own dedicated beard lover Facebook page – make sure to follow.
As part of their new campaign Transform Today Absolut Vodka invited award-winning graphic novelist Rafael Grampá from Brasil to create a very special brand new animated film titled #NextFrame that is being developed right now and will celebrate its premiere next month here in Berlin at the MADE Space.
What makes this film very special is the fact that you can take part in the writing process by suggesting ideas and details or voting for them for each of the scenes of the film. Of all the suggestions that he receives through the Absolut Facebook page Rafael will pick his favorite ones and integrate it into the film.
It’s a very interesting participative concept and I’m super curious how the results of the input of so many people will come together in the end. I’m curious what elements they will chose to be suggested by people, so far it has been for the design of a tattoo of one of the characters, the choreography of a dance, and the look of two creatures that appear in the story. After the jump you can get some impressions of the process and see a video about Rafael. Get involved and start suggesting your ideas for the next scenes every day on Facebook until Febuary 21. Have fun!
Nicola Napoli is a talented young visual designer from Italy currently based in Berlin who can count renowned clients such as Vice Magazine, musician DENA, adidas, Issyvoo, Noisy and Soundcloud to his list of references. His work includes album covers, prints for garments, magazine layouts, illustrations and other creative products and projects.
One of his recent works for Issyvoo made the rounds on social media websites and became quite the hit. It shows a playful interpretation of the line in front of the famous Berghain nightclub and what happens to the people who get rejected at the door. What’s interesting about it is how Nicola sees the different kinds of people you would imagine going to Berghain (the reality is actually not quite as flamboyant).
As it’s our Lucky Thursday you can now win one of the high quality limited edition art prints of this amazing illustration. Get a closer look and find our how to win after the jump.