ANOTHER LEGEND FLIES AWAY: ISSEY MIYAKE

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ANOTHER LEGEND FLIES AWAY: ISSEY MIYAKE

Renowned avant-garde fashion designer and innovator Issey Miyake has died in hospital in Tokyo aged 84…

After surviving the atomic bombing of Hiroshima as a child, Miyake turned to clothes as a modern, optimistic form of creativity, and revived the use of pleats to create wearable, free-flowing, unisex clothes.

Miyake rose to prominence in the 1970s, with his work over the years defined by technology-driven designs, avant garde cuts, bold, colourful styles and origami-like pleats – the latter of which earned him the title ‘Prince of Pleats’ and signature fragnances.

Miyake was born in Hiroshima Prefecture in 1938 and studied graphic design at the Tama Art University in Tokyo. His education occurred around the same time that fellow Japanese designer Kenzo Takada broke into the Parisian fashion scene, being the first Japanese brand to do so. Like Takada, Miyake moved to Paris, spirited by his predecessor’s success and a fascination with the fashion magazines his sister used to read. In 1965, he enrolled at the tailoring and dressmaking school École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. This formative education led Miyake to work for Guy Laroche, Hubert de Givenchy, and Geoffrey Beene, before founding the eponymous Miyake Design Studio in 1970, which has served as the foundation for his creations for the past 52 years. 

In 1983, Miyake displayed an array of his textile innovations—including unorthodox materials such as rattan and reinforced plastic—in his seminal exhibit “Issey Miyake: Body Works” in Tokyo. It was one of the first exhibits in Asia that showed fashion as an art form, and his clothing continued to challenge the constraints of fashion by penetrating the world of science and design. For instance, in 1998, he founded A Piece of Cloth (A-POC), a line of garments machine-knitted from a single thread. The fabric had various lines of demarcation; upon snipping, it could produce a dress, a hat—any garment conceivable—as well as a cover for Ron Arad’s looping figure-eight Ripple Chair. Known as “A-POC Trampoline,” the collaboration was exhibited at Milan’s annual Salone del Mobile design conference in 2006.

The designer was opposed to the overconsumption fostered by the fashion cycle. To address this, he created the A Piece of Clothing (A-POC) line, which revolved around a single, tube-like piece of fabric that could be cut by the wearer to create a custom outfit. For his Spring/Summer 1999 collection, he showed models attached to each other through a single piece of red fabric. This eventually became a signature of the house and was showcased in multiple collections and runway shows. 

Issey Miyake was always ahead of his time, with ideas that weren’t just pleasing to look at but were equally thought-provoking and meaningful. His loss is a wound that the fashion industry has felt deeply. 

MEN’S SS23 FASHION WEEK: WHAT HAVE YOU MISSED?

MEN’S SS23 FASHION WEEK: WHAT HAVE YOU MISSED?

DENIZ AKKAYA

From grass-sprouting pieces at Jonathon Anderson’s Loewe to jock straps and cowboy boots! The Paris spring-summer 2023 collections were anything but dull…

Rick Owens

Taking over the Palais de Tokyo fountain once again for Paris Fashion Week, Rick Owens shared his eponymous label’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection. Titled “EDFU,” the site of the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus, the range follows the designer’s recent vacation in Egypt. Inspired by the movement of Egypt’s cultural aesthetic that remained for millennia despite the long passing of its creators, Owens further reflected on his place in fashion.

Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten presented the SS23 collection as part of Paris Fashion Week. Beginning with the premise of ‘unusual elegance,’ this season focuses on classic sartorialism infused with a sense of loucheness and sensuality.

Dior

The collection takes inspiration from the natural surroundings of the garden, including floral based sweaters and muted, earth tones for classic staples like the Dior Saddle bag. The house’s iconic emblem are seen evidently on the accessories such as the camper water bottle. 

Celine

Titled “DYSFUNCTIONAL BAUHAUS,” the SS23 collection that made its way down the runway was scored by the evocative sounds of a specially commissioned soundtrack from New York new-new wave band Gustaf.

Louis Vuitton

Titled “Strange Math,” the runway was an exploration of imagination and reality, kicking off with a marching band performance from the Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. Models then walked out onto the stage dressed entirely in canary yellow as Kendrick Lamar delivered a powerful performance from his seat at the show. He began with chanting “Virgil,” following up with some of his tracks including “N95.”

Loewe

For his Spring/Summer 2023 collection for Loewe, Jonathan Anderson aimed to find a balance between nature and technology, incorporating grass and digital screens onto garments on the runway.

Hermès

This season’s Hermès collection traded its equestrian heritage for sensuality and softened silhouettes. Playing with the notion of traditionalism and classical styling.

Givenchy

Creative director Matthew M. Willams took the personal and autobiographical route this Spring/Summer 2023 season for Givenchy‘s latest collection.

KENZO

KENZO artistic director, NIGO continues to set the bar for the Parisian fashion house. The Spring/Summer 2023 collection continues to see the label stay true to founder Kenzo Takada’s ready-to-wear philosophy.

Y/PROJECT

This time around at Paris Fashion Week Men’s, Glenn Martens invited guests to a lush garden to present his Spring/Summer 2023 collection for Y/Project.

PRADA

Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons brought their classic design lines to the runway shaping the label’s formalwear in the trends to come.

FENDI

“It’s about a balance of decoration and simplicity. An ageless sense of freedom to play, as we rediscover the luxury of free time,” explains Miss. Fendi. The collection reflects on the free time many search for, pulling from the great outdoors to offer colors such as melon and indigo to ochre, putty, cornflower blue and silver-gray. 

VERSACE

Built around existing in-between unexpected juxtapositions, the Spring/Summer 2023 collection is an expression of “fun and formal, bravado and sensitivity, Baroque and pop.”

ETRO

Stemming from his love for literature, Etro celebrates poetry as a utopia, composed of sentimental verses as a way of shaping chaos. 

MOWALOLA TOOK OVER THE SS23 FASHION WEEK

MOWALOLA TOOK OVER THE SS23 FASHION WEEK

DENIZ AKKAYA

Mowalola returns to the runway with new collection and New Balance collaboration announcement…

After graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2017, the London-based Nigerian designer Mowalola Ogunlesi has become known for signature rave aesthetic and coveted trucker hats, and has been co-signed by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who hired her as the design director of his Yeezy partnership with Gap in 2020. With Mowalola’s Paris debut, she’s ready to focus full-time on her own business, which is currently undergoing a revamp. “Now we have a full team behind the brand. I’m really excited to see how far we can take this creatively,” she told BoF.

Mowalola, Summer 2023
Mowalola, Summer 2023

Then after a three-year hiatus Mowalola debuted her Spring Summer 2023 collection at Paris Fashion Week Men’s . Titled “Burglarwear,” the collection draws inspiration from the act of stealing, full of striking symbolic looks and undeniable sex appeal. The designer Mowalola Ogunlesi was candid about the collection’s motif, the unification of all types of criminals from robbers to white-collar bankers and a reminder that being a thief/criminal is a state of mind.

Mowalola, Summer 2023
Mowalola, Summer 2023

Mowalola’s runway shows characters like white-collar bankers, pastors, and the Lagos online fraudsters (also known as “Yahoo boys”) sharing a similar ground because as the designer is fascinated by what it takes to steal. The characters exhibit a sort of cocky pride in taking what is theirs, which is visible in their attire, and are united by a lack of remorse.

Mowalola, Summer 2023

Real-life criminals aren’t the only rule-breakers represented in the collection; Bright pops of red and yellow along with geometric t-shirt logos pay a subtle nod to comic book villains.

SUPRANAV DASH’S PORTRAITS REFLECTS THE RESILLIENCE OF INDIA’S LGBTQI+ COMMUNITY

SUPRANAV DASH’S PORTRAITS REFLECTS THE RESILLIENCE OF INDIA’S LGBTQI+ COMMUNITY

DENIZ AKKAYA

Based between Kolkata and New York, Supranav Dash is a photographer who explores the identities and experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals living in India…

Eros And Its Discontents explores the lives and desires of individuals from the LGBTQI+ community living in India. These photos see struggles of identity, hopes and dreams, pleasure, pains and rejections. The people in my images are treading a psychological minefield. Working with these people I find so much solace in the written works of Plato, Freud and Jung. These fields are crisscrossed with complexities that arise out of a religious, conservative, and homophobic Indian culture that is quick to marginalize and discriminate. The photographs of this body of work are witness to this subjugated community; they document the crest and trough of these lives.

LGBTQ Studio Kolkata
Kolkata Studio photography 2019

“Eros And Its Discontents explores the lives and desires of individuals in India’s LGBTQIA+ community. These photos see struggles of identity, hopes and dreams, pleasure, pain, and rejection. The people in my images are treading a psychological minefield, and while undertaking this project, I’ve found much solace in the written works of Plato, Freud, and Jung. These fields are crisscrossed with complexities that arise out of a religious, conservative, and homophobic Indian culture that is quick to marginalize and discriminate. The project is witness to this subjugated community; they document the crest and trough of these lives… My intention with ‘Eros And Its Discontents’ is to portray the stories of struggles of my close circle and friends alike, celebrating their lives and subverting societal challenges through visibility, inclusivity, and empowerment.” Says Dash in an interview about his Project.

Kolkata Studio photography 2019
Kolkata Studio photography 2019
Kolkata Studio photography 2019

DCO X SPFDJ: ON HER HARDCORE TECHNO LIFESTYLE & CLUBCULTURE

Photography: Agustín Farias

DCO X SPFDJ: ON HER HARDCORE TECHNO LIFESTYLE & CLUBCULTURE

Interview: Deniz Akkaya

After rising to fame in 2018, a lot changed in Lina’s life. Then with the pandemic, like the rest of the world, she took a much needed break which turned into a journey of self-care. We’ve had a special conversation with SPFDJ on her hardcore techno lifestyle, clubculture and how her journey to self-care led us to Lina 2.0…

Photography: Agustín Farias
Why SPFDJ? What does it mean?

It’s basically a joke stemming from my pale complexion and bringing sunscreen back to clubs when I myself was a raver, when the parties entered into the following day and moved out into the club gardens, typical of the Berlin scene. I was known amongst my friends for always wearing SPF 50 and it was something they endearingly laughed about, so one day I changed my Twitter handle to DJ SPF50 and it then got shortened to SPFDJ which I liked because it was one step removed from the obvious reference, a bit more obscure. I’ve later played on this a bit, spinning it into “SpeeDy Fucking DJ” which seemed to stick, or making up new acronyms in tongue-in-cheek ways whenever I’m posting content and the idea strikes.

There’s been a trend in techno to create your alias from taking some random dark word and just deleting all the vowels and I’ve seen my name mentioned in relation to this trend of using consonants only, but yeah it’s got nothing to do with that really. Just my northern Swedish genes.

When and where was the first rave you went to, and what do you remember about it?

I went with some university friends in Leeds to see Joy Orbison for someone’s birthday and I guess that was the first time I was at an event that could plausibly be called a rave. I’d been to clubs before, but I think most of them were more commercial places where the main focus of the crowd was to pick up people and take them home. The thing that stuck with me from that experience was the difference in how people moved. Most of that crowd just had one hand in the air, or a fist or even gun fingers, punching the air to the beat. Quite different from the flirty, attention-seeking, even grinding-on-each-other vibe I had learnt to expect from clubbing. The focus was the music and if you went home with someone that was just a lucky bonus.

You had your breakthrough in 2018 and became famous quite suddenly. But with 2020, partying came to a halt. All our lives changed, and, in your case, you went from travelling the world to being on lockdown. How was that transition for you?

Initially I have to admit it was quite helpful. I needed a break but wasn’t going to take one willingly, I was absorbed in keeping busy at the time – the usual ‘running from your problems’. I then spent a lot of time working on myself during the pandemic. Living alone and with no work or rave scene to distract myself with, I was forced to confront my demons so to speak. I went through some really dark periods where I was working through past traumas in therapy while having little to no income and not being able to pay my rent. I spent a lot of days painting to process emotions, grieving things from my past and then halfway through the pandemic I lost my brother to suicide. My life couldn’t have been turned any more upside down, going from touring around the world and connecting with so many people both IRL at my gigs and through my social media channels, to isolated grieving and depression alone in my flat with no money to pay my bills and no motivation for the music that had engulfed my whole life previously.

A year on from this I’m now a much healthier, functioning version. Lina 2.0 as I’ve been saying to friends. It has taken me a lot of therapy, reading, painting, processing but now that touring is back, I go into it with a better foundation. I cringe at the cliché but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Photography: Agustín Farias
Photography: Agustín Farias
Now that clubs are finally reopened and we are going back to “normal”, what are you most excited about this summer? What your schedule look like?

I’m really excited to finally get to play at some of the festivals I was supposed to play at two years ago! The anticipation is killing me for Dekmantel this year where I’m returning from my 2019 solo gig now with my Herrensauna family. We are doing a b2b with 4 of us residents (Héctor Oaks, CEM & MCMLXXXV) for an extended closing on the last day, something I’ve been waiting for since it first got confirmed 2.5 years ago already. That will be special.

I’m also looking forward to Flesh Festival, the UK’s first LGBTQ+ Camping and Electronic Music Festival which I think will be cute, plus Primavera Sound, Monegros Desert Festival, Sziget Festival, Aquasella, Pukkelpop, Draaimolen Festival, Waterworks Festival and many more. Playing two weekends in a row at a small hidden away stage of Tomorrowland will also be jokes, as well as a return to a very special club that I can’t mention yet.

My schedule is busy for sure and I’m trying to be mindful and limiting some weekends to one gig only to make sure my mind and health is on board, but it’s hard to curb my excitement after such a long period of deprivation.

The pandemic shut down the club scene almost overnight and underground clubculture, where people found their safe place, had to take a long pause. But finally it is coming back! What can each individual who cares about club culture do?

I think the important thing to remember is that everyone was hit hard by this, not just artists and clubs but everyone working in the wardrobes, on the doors, in the bars, sound & light technicians. Many people have been forced to find new work and clubs have shut down over financial problems so the obvious and easy answer is to support clubs financially by paying for a ticket and going out, buying drinks.

Pay artists for their music instead of streaming it or downloading illegally, especially for smaller artists who don’t earn good fees playing big shows. If money is tight people can support by sharing music or events online or engaging with announcements on social media which will help the reach so that more people see it. Saving posts on instagram or forwarding them to friends’ accounts is a good way to feed the algorithm, I think it counts heavier than likes but I could be mistaken.

In 2018 you launched your label Intrepid Skin, what inspired this decision and what is your aim with the label? 

Before 2018 I had been involved in collectives or group projects while putting on raves or doing radio and I was craving some more autonomy, something where I called the shots and that was my own. I had already had the pleasure of mutual inspiration from others in those groups and wanted to test out my own two legs. There is always some tension and compromise when you work with others, and I had ideas I didn’t want to compromise on. I was also cocky and wanted to be able to put music out there without relying on someone else’s opinion on whether the music was good enough.

Most labels look for artists with a similar style to create an identity in sound that is consistent over all the releases but I’m instead trying to find artists with a strong identity of their own. I find that many producers end up conforming to the sound of whatever label they want to release on, making them mould to an existing style rather than forging their own path. I’m hoping to continue finding artists that make banging club music but that isn’t necessarily tied to a specific formula, fostering creativity in a different way. I want to hear new things rather than new variations of the same thing.

What are your thoughts about techno’s evolution?

This feels like a difficult one to answer. There is so much music out there now that is being labelled as techno when in fact it is far from it. I myself play a lot of stuff that is not techno, but I think the younger generations see me and other similar DJ’s as ‘techno DJ’s’, so anything we play will get that categorization. I’ve been having fun whipping out some hard house recently, and from time to time I play hard trance or hardstyle tracks, even some hardcore, electro or EBM, I never played strictly techno even if most of what I play is. A quick YouTube or Spotify search for “techno” will show you how widely this nomenclature is used for music that sounds nothing like what me and my peers call techno, and probably fans of <130BPM techno thinks the techno that I call techno should not be called techno. It’s complicated.

It is interesting to see how things have now developed, how crowds in many places these days get bored with anything under 150BPM or without reverse bass. I think a lot of EDM fans are finding their way into techno at the moment and the kinds of hardstyle tracks with big drops is a bridge for them, and the more friendly track structures and accessible, catchy leads of these techno-adjacent genres appeals to a larger audience.

Photography: Agustín Farias

At some point I imagine there will be somewhat of a split, where we will again see events with DJ’s playing only techno and then events with DJ’s who play the stuff that has been mislabeled, rather than the current mixture that we see today. This is nothing new, history is repeating itself in cycles of exploding genre-blending sounds resulting in a split and revert back to basics. I’m also seeing tremendous growth in popularity of the style of techno that is being played by the biggest names in the scene today, with fans presumably moving over from tech house or house. With fashion brands increasingly using techno in fashion shows & the new Matrix movie making references to Berghain, I think we’re only going to see techno move more into the mainstream. Hopefully new underground scenes with fresh sounds rise underneath it all once again.

Photography: Agustín Farias
What kind of emotions and experiences influence your work?

I’m not sure if I am fully conscious of the things that influence me. When I am working, I need to tap into my intuition for anything good to come out. I have always been a chronic overthinker, an adaptation from childhood coping mechanisms. When I found club culture it was the one place where I stopped thinking and started using my senses, being fully present in the moment, getting lost on the dancefloor for hours and not repeating the same excessive cycling of thoughts of my daily life. DJing was an extension of this, where I had to focus on feeling the music uninterrupted for 3-4 hours. There was no option to dwell on thoughts about ‘what that friend meant with that thing they said’ or I would run out of the track I was playing, and things would get awkward. This intuition is something I have somewhat contradictory thought a lot about recently, as I tend to play bad sets when I fall back into my old patterns of overthinking which is something I saw happening more often again after the pandemic started. Now I need to ground myself in the present moment with meditation techniques before I play. My inspiration seems to come from someplace intuitive rather than anything I could put into words.

That being said, I am a very emotional person, and this intuition possibly comes from my rich inner life (as my therapist puts it). I do have some damaging traumas in my baggage that no doubt play a part here.

The time when I feel the most inspired is on my way home after a gig weekend, or after a night of clubbing myself, which unfortunately with my busy schedule is extremely rare these days. I suppose this feeling of being present in the moment in a club influences me the most.

If you had to recommend one album for someone getting into dance music, what would you give them?

Mount Kimbie – Crooks & Lovers. This was my way in, maybe it won’t work on people today and parts of it isn’t necessarily dance music but it’s still one of my favorite albums. Failing that I’d go with Dave Clarke – Devil’s Advocate, a bit more dancy and with some truly inspiring bits but not too intense so something easier to start with than a lot of the hard stuff I play.

Do you think clubbing or nightlife can contain a spiritual dimension?

I used to think spirituality was religion or esotericism but spirituality to me now is more about connecting with one’s own inner world. In this sense clubbing can most definitely contain a spiritual element, I am myself but one example of people who have found this connection to themselves through nightlife, by disconnecting from distractions of everyday life or old coping mechanisms and using my senses to feel and ‘just be’. There is something truly special about experiencing this state of mind surrounded by people also consumed by their physical senses, like some form of togetherness in spirituality similar to how I imagine people sitting quietly next to each other in a church would feel.

What can artists do to help save the world?

Saving the world, how ambitious! I doubt that most people who become artists do so in an attempt to save the world but rather as a surrender to the fact that they can’t.

I am becoming increasingly convinced that to save the world we need to address the problems at the root of people themselves – their psychological health. Save every child from neglect or abuse to prevent psychological damage that later turns into psychopathy, anti-social personality disorder or narcissism. If we have no people of power in this world willing to take advantage of others or ruin the environment for their own personal gain, maybe we could see change in our socio-economic issues or halt global warming.

The most important thing artists can do is use their platforms sensibly. With big influence comes big responsibility. I doubt taking more trains rather than flights is going to save the world, but it also won’t hurt it.

Photo Credits:

Creative / Fashion director: Karl Yazigi @karl_gdf
Photography: Agustín Farias @agustinfar
Hair / Make up: Anastasiia Tymoti @tymoti_beauty

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN PRE FALL/WINTER 2022: PROCESS

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN PRE FALL/WINTER 2022: PROCESS

Alexander McQueen, in order to highlight the numerous perspectives of creativity, invited 12 artists to create their own personal works inspired by the looks from the Pre FW22 Women’s Collection…

Each artist chose a look from the collection for the project and, through creative dialogue with the fashion house, reshaped the look they chose with their own creativity. The environment of creative freedom offered to the artists created a rich dialogue between their work and the selected looks.

The artworks were designed to be exhibited together with the relevant McQueen designs, to show the individual approaches and the ways in which the artworks and the views interact.

Marcela Correa
Alexander McQueen Pre FW22
Marcela Correa

Artists Participating in the Project:

  • Ann Cathrin November Høibo
  • Beverly Semmes
  • Bingyi
  • Cristina de Middel
  • Guinevere van Seenus
  • Hope Gangloff
  • Marcia Kure
  • Jackie Nickerson
  • Jennie Jieun Lee
  • Judas Companion
  • Marcela Correa
  • Marcia Michael
Jennie Jieun Lee
Alexander McQueen Pre FW22

Alexander McQueen Creative Director Sarah Burton in her assessment of the project, she said: “This season, I wanted to enter into a new creative dialogue with the collection and see how the artists interpret our crafted designs. It was very interesting to see the creativity of so many different points of view, how various and beautiful results were achieved. We wanted the artists to have complete freedom in interpreting the Alexander McQueen looks by having bold and provocative dialogues with their works. We hope that the viewers who witnessed these creative processes will be as inspired as we are,” she said.

Guinevere van Seenus
Alexander McQueen Pre FW22
Guinevere van Seenus
Jackie Nickerson
Alexander McQueen Pre FW22

PRIDE 2022: WHICH BRANDS ARE CELEBRATING

PRIDE 2022: WHICH BRANDS ARE CELEBRATING

Warning: This article does not contain any queerbating!

Today (1 June) officially marks the start of Pride Month, and many big brands have released Pride clothing collections. Over the past couple of years, big name brands have started to release clothing collections, often covered in rainbow colours.

To become better allies, a number of brands have collaborated with LGBTQ+ artists for their collections and campaigns while others highlighted exactly how much they’ll be donating to LGBTQ+ charities or how much of the proceeds will go to charity.

For Pride 2022 Dr. Martens, Levi’s, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Converse and Adidas have released collections for Pride Month and they’ve teamed up with organisations including InterPride, GLSEN and LGBT Foundation, as well as queer stars, Gus Kenwrothy and Ms. Kylie Sonique Love for the campaigns.

Below we’ve compiled a list of big name brands that are celebrating Pride 2022, and most importantly where they’re donating to.

Adidas

Adidas has teamed up with Australian, queer artist Kris Andrew Small, who has created designs for the sport brand’s Pride collection. The Love Unites range includes Pride versions of classic Adidas shoes as well as a full apparel range, with overalls, t-shirts, hoodies, slides and more.

The brand has also confirmed continued partnerships with Athlete Ally, which is focused on ending homophobia and transphobia in sport and Stonewall UK.

Dr Martens

Dr. Martens has reimagined one of its classic silhouettes for its 2022 Pride collection. As part of their Pride campaign, Dr. Martens has confirmed it is pledging to donate €200,000 to charities around the world.

Converse

The popular Converse Pride collection doesn’t disappoint for 2022, with Chuck Taylor All Star, Chuck 70 and One Star sneakers alongside apparel and headwear. To mark Pride all-year round, Converse confirms its support of the transformative work of community partners through annual grants to develop safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth.

These partners include It Gets Better Project, The Ali Forney Center, Skate Like A Girl, Theater Offensive, Out Metrowest, BAGLY (the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth), and Las Fotas Project.

Levi’s

Levi’s Pride collection is designed to be both genderless and size inclusive, with the collection ranging from XXS to XXXL. It includes two firsts – the Denim Corset, made from Levi’s denim alongside a lace-up back, and the Pride Skirt, which fits like a kilt. Other highlights include jeans, a denim jacket, t-shirts, tanktop and accessories such as a head scarf, crossbody bag and charm bracelets. In support of the collection, Levi’s is making an annual $100,000 donation to OutRightAction International.

Diesel

Diesel has released a Pride collection celebrating Tom of Finland’s iconic homoerotic artwork. The capsule collection features artwork selected from the Tom of Finland Foundation’s catalogue on gender neutral pieces. This includes his recognisable designs of leather daddies with bulges printed on t-shirts, tote bags, shorts and shirts, as well as a jockstrap.

Ugg

The popular footwear brand is releasing a line of colorful items including sandals, slippers, shorts, shirts, and jackets adorned with various pride flags. Ugg will also donate $125,000 to The Trevor Project in honor of Pride month and the new collection.

RAINBOW CINEMA: 10 LGBTI+ THEMED FILMS!

RAINBOW CINEMA: 10 LGBTI+ THEMED FILMS!

AHMET YILMAZ

Our list of LGBTI + themed movies consists of 10 films that are not recent and share common features such as staying out of mainstream cinema.

Some of the films we selected also claim to be cults for the time they were shown.

MADAME SATA

Karim Aon sits in the director’s chair of Madame Sata, which focuses on the life of a Brazilian black queer, who spent nearly 30 years of his life in prison. The script is inspired by the real life of Joao Francisco dos Santos, known as Madame Sata in Rio De Janeiro in the mid-1900s, prominent with his criminal identity. The film tells how Madame Sata survives in a hostile environment, aided by his passion, sense of humor, and determination. “Madame Sata “ premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002.

CHUN GWONG CHA SIT

Happy Together, directed and written by Wong Kar-wai, is regarded as one of the taboo-breaking examples of Far Eastern cinema during its period. The lives of Lai Yiu-Fai and Ho Po-Wing, woven with love and anger, changed when their relationship came to a deadlock in Argentina, where they came for adventure, is highlighted with a poetic narrative. One of the main venues of the 1997 movie, a tango bar is accompanied by Astor Piazzola songs.

STRELLA

The 2009 Greek production “Strella” tackles a rather gritty story. The main character of the movie directed by Panos H. Koutras is a trans woman named Strella. The name of Strella, who lives in Athens, comes from the combination of the words Stella, a female name, and Trella, which means crazy in Greek. The story begins with a coincidence at a cheap hotel in Athens. Strella meets Yorgos, who is staying in the next room in the hotel where she works as a sex worker and just got out of prison, and a relationship begins between them. The events that unfold with this relationship lead to an extraordinary point about Strella’s life and past. The film, which viewers sometimes liken it to a modern Greek tragedy, has a unique theme.

BENT

Adapted from Martin Shaw’s famous theater play, the 1997 movie features surprise cast members such as Clive Owen, Jude Law and Mick Jagger. “Bent” is about the platonic love affair of two homosexuals who were sent to a concentration camp in Nazi Germany during the years of World War II. The Film poignantly conveys to the viewer the experiences of the characters on the axis of pride, helplessness and resistance. Bent‘s first screening was at the Cannes Film Festival and won awards from many festivals.

DİE BİTTEREN TRANEN DER PETRA VON KANT

A shining star in the Fassbinder filmography, ” Die Bitteren Tranen Der Petra Von Kant ” consists of 5 scenes in total and long, powerful dialogues. Focusing on Petra’s obsessive desire for young model Karin, the film’s art direction, costume and space designs, which shake the power relations between people, also stand out with striking beauty.

PRIDE

The 2014 UK production Pride is inspired by real events. The film is about the struggle of homosexuals in Britain in 1984, who were the target of the conservative policies of the Thatcher government. The miners, another community that shook Britain with major strikes in the same period, are again targeted by the Thatcher government. Organized in a London bookstore, a group of gays and lesbians set up the LGSM (Lesbians and Gays Support The Miners) and set out to a mining town for support. The example of solidarity between these two social groups that are thought to never come together finds an almost magical expression in the film. Pride, one of the most striking productions among the post-2010 European-based LGBTI + films, is also a historical record.

CONTRACORRIENTE

2009’s Contracorriente is Peruvian director Javier Fuentes-Leon’s first feature film. The film, which won an award from the Sundance Film Festival in 2010, is about forbidden love between two men in a coastal town in Peru. The secret relationship of the fisherman Miguel, who lives with his pregnant wife, and Santiago, who lives a mysterious life alone in the same town, draws the audience into a realistic love story with an extraordinary fiction. Set in a charming fishing town in Latin America, the script is quite striking.

A ROSA AZUL DE NOVALIS

A Rosa Azul De Novalis, a 2018 Brazilian documentary, features a 40-year-old character named Marcelo. Marcelo, who lives alone in his apartment in Sao Paulo, does not hesitate to tell shocking stories about his life and childhood in a humorous language. He manages to focus the audience on the screen with eye-opening monologues on many topics such as conservative family structure, HIV experience, and social morality. A Rosa Azul De Novalis allows us to watch an extraordinary and daring film about a gay man’s grasp of life and art while witnessing Marcelo’s everyday practices.

THE BLONDE ONE

Marco Berger is the director of the 2019 Argentina-made The Blonde One. The film tells the story of two young men who share the same house and work in the same workplace in one of the slums of Buenos Aires. Although it has a very static atmosphere, the traffic of emotions in the film is moving in a quite opposite direction to this stagnation. The tension created by camera angles and dialogues manages to intertwine with the romantic flow of the film. Although The Blonde One may seem like a cliché at first, it offers a detailed analysis of hidden homosexuality.

PARADE

Parade is a LGBTI + themed film from Serbia, which has been a trending topic with the attacks on honor marches in the past. It’s exactly what brings this story into focus. A group of LGBTI+ activists in Belgrade is under constant pressure. As the date of the pride march they are about to organize approaches, they are attacked by homophobes and neo-Nazis. Some coincidences in which a Fag Hag woman plays a key role leading the activist group to cross paths with a team of war veterans, heterosexual, macho bodyguards, and events unfold. The 2011 film Pride, is a powerful movie with a humorous side, despite the many dramatic elements in its story. Although the film sometimes uses a stereotype of stereotyping LGBTI +, it has a fun aspect in its background that also ridicules the Balkan culture.

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