photos: Hello Mr.
It was sometime in 2014 that Hello Mr. first appeared on my book-shelf. With its unique blend of opinions, personal views and gay perspectives on style, relationships, and more, it swept aside all the clichés of the mainstream gay press right away. Thanks to its curated design, stunning images, and delightful take on ‘dating’ between men, Hello Mr. would soon become one my favorite contemporary magazines. The 6th and latest issue, which has hit the stands last week, is not only my all-time favorite, but it’s about your (and mine) absolute favorite city: Berlin. For the occasion, Hello Mr. is coming all the way from New York City to launch at Berlin’s beloved magazine store Do You Read Me? tomorrow Friday, Sep 4th. – More on this after the jump.
From London with love. British womenswear designer Charlie May is descending on the fashionable city of Berlin for her new collection launch this week. If you haven’t heard the name Charlie May yet, I guarantee you will soon – and then you won’t forget it. IT-girl, award-winning blogger, and fashion graduate of the University of the West of England, Charlie May creates incredible designs that blur the lines between day and evening wear, through striking cross-styles, impeccable finishes and a unique mix of high-end fabrics and intrinsic cuts. Her designs are always on point, only surpassed by her curiosity for new shapes and the tenacity with which she pursues her search for a minimalist style. More about it, after the jump!
One of my secret favorites, Welsh singer-songwriter Marina and the Diamonds, is hitting the road for a three-city German tour this week, coming to Berlin on Friday, May 8. Superstar Marina, known for her incredible voice, profound lyrics and captivating stage presence, will perform her biggest hits alongside selected songs from her new album Froot, including the singles ‘Happy’, ‘Forget’ and, of course, ‘Froot’. Are you a massive fan too? Then we are about to make your day! Today we are giving away 2×2 tickets to dance your night away at her concert at Astra Kulturhaus. How to win, after the jump!
Yes, you read right: Will Butler, American composer and core member of Canadian indie-rock band Arcade Fire, is heading out on the road as a solo artist, for what is sure to be an incredible international tour. We were so excited about this news that we teamed up with the promoters to give a pair of tickets away for its Berlin stop. Performing his freshly released album Policy, a playful mix of electro-disco and crunchy rock, Will Butler will take over frannz Club on April 16, 2015, alongside Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara. Listen to the album’s opening songs “Take My Side” and “Anna” and get your chance to win after the jump!
Photos: Mercedes Benz Fashion
Berlin Fashion Week has come and already gone, which means I finally have some time to make sense of the menswear madness of this season. Men’s Fall/Winter fashion has never really been a draw at Berlin Fashion Week, but this January there were definitely a few shows who made it the perfect fashionistas catcher. From upcoming designers who raised the bar, to impeccable classic designs, and to the occasional ‘wtf?’, Berlin Fashion Week was again a great surprise. After a marathon through shows and some catching up online, I broke down the 8 Best Menswear collections that mattered most this season. Enjoy them after the jump!
Finally Little Dragon‘s upcoming gig in Berlin, on December 8, 2014 is here. After nearly three years since the release of their outstanding album Ritual Union, the haunting Swedish electro-R&B four-piece band is snapping you back to your deeper senses with their new album Nabuma Rubberland. Listen to their standout tracks and find out how to see them live at Astra Kulturhaus after the jump!
photo: AANDO FINE ART, Osang Gwon
Ever since I can remember I have been intrigued with contemporary photography and fascinated by the possibility of stories being captured in a single image. That explains not only why the European Month of Photography, happening right now in Berlin, is my favorite time of the year but also why I’m so excited to share with you an upcoming exhibition entitled Well-Constructed. Embracing the current burst of South Korean culture and photography, the gallery space AANDO FINE ART in Mitte is bringing 5 internationally renowned Korean photographers to Berlin.
The group show investigates ideas of construction and perception manipulation whereby artists stage scenes of reality to create a conceptual narrative on their own. Expanding the possibilities of photography, artists Hongchun Park, KDK, Osang Gwon, Hyungmin Moon and Seungwoo Back are all on board, seeking to describe human experience and question primary visual perception. Among my favorites is Osang Gwon, who composes three-dimensional sculptures out of multiple two-dimensional images. Stunning, aren’t they? Take a minute to look through their works after the jump, before saving the vernissage date (November 07, 2014) in your calendar.
You read right, the queen of Scandi-cool is coming to Berlin (again) – and we’ve got tickets to give away! After collaborating with clothing retail chain & Other Stories and releasing the excellent power ballad “No Rest for the Wicked” as well as the radio smash hit “Gunshot”, the insanely talented songstress Lykke Li is bringing her third studio album I Never Learn – the follow up to her 2011′s critically-acclaimed Wounded – live to Berlin on November 5, 2014. With song titles like “Never Gonna Love Again” and “Heart of Steel”, I Never Learn is a beautifully crafted and dark album about sadness, guilt and longing, which will melt your hearts. Find out how to witness her euphoric and passionate twist of pop, after the jump. Make sure to also read the interview that we did with Lykke Li a few years ago.
Berlin is certainly a shopping paradise for vintage fashion or unconventional clothing. Still there was a lack of a good retailer offering the whole range of men’s fashion. This changed for good, thanks to the opening of menswear retailer Wormland. Inside the newly opened Mall of Berlin Wormland offers over three floors of different menswear styles. Browsing through the shop on the opening night we met up with really nice people like the guys from Dandy Diary. Also we found some fashion items from our favorite designers like Julian Zigerli that we would love to call our own. And what makes the shopping experience a sexy time too: Hot eye candy Tony Ward is presented all over the shop since he is the model from their latest campaign. Some impressions of the opening night for you after the jump.
I think it’s a wonderful thing when (almost) forgotten artists spit out new incredible music. This time around I’m talking about Eliot Sumner. If you know anything about this musical prodigy you’re already aware that she’s not just an ordinary pop-star. If you haven’t heard yet of her, now would be a good time. Eliot is not only the daughter of Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, a.k.a. Sting, but a singular talent worth exploring who is bringing a whole new meaning to pop and rock music with her new EP Information, and most importantly, an incredible music experience to Berlin! More about it after the jump.