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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Flyer on the Wall

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Flyer on the Wall

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hint Tip: Fringe Projects

Fringe Projects, Henrik Vibskov's conceptual collaboration with artist Andreas Emenius, is now available in book form, documenting their first ten exhibits. Shredded cover included...

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Rendez-Vous, That's Who

After all these years, Paris-based Rendez-Vous has stayed true to its mission—to promote quality over quantity—and in the process redefined that crusty old term "tradeshow."

That's why we at Hint are proud to be the media sponsor of its New York debut during Fashion Week, showcasing over 70 our fave men's and women's lines from the U.S. and abroad: Henrik Vibskov, Rogan, Christian Wijnants, Nice Collective, April 77, Surface to Air and special guest Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. Also on display will be an exhibit by photographer Martine Mulder. More info to come, stay tuned.

Rendez-Vous, the Altman Building, 138 W. 18th St., Feb 20-22, 10:30 am - 7:30 pm

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Paris Men's Week: Day 1

By Rebecca Voight...

Why worry about your shrinking bank account when the really big problem is what to wear to the financial crisis? On the first day of the Paris men's shows for fall, there were enough men in plaid flannel shirts and work boots to fill all the lumber yards in Canada. Desperately seeking sartorial propriety, the boys (and girls) of menswear are determined to face hard times with New Deal grit—not unlike Dorothea Lange’s black-and-whites of migrant workers fleeing the Dust Bowl.

But while radical change is in the air, not all designers are working workwear. At Hugo by Hugo Boss, Bruno Pieters appears to have been beating the financial blues by listening to a whole lot of Kraftwerk, especially 1978's vocoder-ific “We Are the Robots." Allowing his taste for razor-sharp tailoring and dueling checks to go wild, Pieters also veered into Devo territory with Clockwork Orange overtones. The response was either love or hate; others just had to close their eyes.

Number (N)ine's Takahiro Miyashita opted to escape reality by time-traveling to the early 17th century, invoking D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers in tattered brocade frock coats, britches and grandfather shirts. I’m not sure how, but several of Miyashita's musketeers even managed to look like Clint Eastwood in Sergio Leone's “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

Number (N)ine

"When the going gets tough, just stay in bed" is what Yohji Yamamoto appeared to be saying in one of his best men’s collections in recent memory. Striped pajama sets and bathrobe coats worn with ski bonnets, oversized cardigans and leggings crumpled at the ankle like droopy socks are ideal for the laid-back, laid-off life.

Yohji Yamamoto

If Henrik Vibskov didn't stay in bed, à la Yamamoto, he only ventured as far as the hamper. The Danish designer capped the day’s shows with his “Human Laundry Service” performance at the Espace Saint Martin, one of those mysterious spiritual guidance places where people attend self-improvement seminars. I checked out a couple of their meetings, but unfortunately they weren’t doing anything seriously spiritual like channeling or flapping around on the floor. They should have seen what was going on upstairs!

Apparently the show Vibskov presented was only half of what he wanted to do because the room was too small to hold his entire Human Laundry Service apparatus, which originally involved water, of course. But he did manage to squeeze in five giant black-and-white striped treadmills manned by models dressed like surreal Tyrolean Elves. Oversized plaid shirts, bright and baggy long johns, shawls, blanket coats and candy stripe suits are for the man who combats economic adversity with joie de vivre.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

No Fair

Why do South Koreans and Mexicans get to have their own Henrik Vibskov show? ...


Friday, October 17, 2008

Fringe Benefits

Henrik Vibskov is at it again with Fringe Projects—his conceptual collaboration with artist Andreas Emenius exploring illusion, surface and movement—this time focusing on obsession and loneliness...

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Beer Mugging

Hint's Swiss style correspondent Play boozes it up...

Leather shorts and thigh-slapping dances aren't just perverse darkroom practices. I'm at Munich Oktoberfest, the world's biggest beer festival. And let me tell you, there's enough here to appeal even to non-devotees of wheat beer and dirndl chic. You see, if you hail from an over-styled yet narcoleptic city like Zurich (as I do), and are ever so tired of fast-fashion trends (as I am), the German tradition is full of kitsch curiosities, bar-wench charm, calorific treats and a dandy-esque disdain for what the arbiters of cool are wearing right now.


After the initial shock of encountering people of all ages strutting the city streets in embroidered deerhide shorts and dirndl dresses, you realize they actually look rather dashing. By the time you enter the Oktoberfest fairground, you feel seriously underdressed in your black hipster uniform. But it's okay, because once you've made it past the fierce security into one of the fourteen giant tents, anarchy rules. You fight your way past the masses of fellow revelers, somehow find your seat and in no time you have plates of Bavarian veal sausage with sweet mustard, pork knuckles and roast chickens arrive to your table—or, in my case, a very cheesy Swabian egg pasta. And pretzels, lots of pretzels. Of course, beer flows non-stop, from midday until 11 pm. Through it all, a live band performs sing-along anthems and before long, the cheery oom-pah-pah has everybody climbing on the wooden benches, swinging and swaying into blissful oblivion. That's what I call the sound of music.

As for Munich style, the locals love fusing Italian fashion with their own rustic DNA, which results in a preponderance of flashy sunglasses, perma-tans, contemporary Bavarian costume, brightly-colored sports apparel and BMWs. Which means the streets are refreshingly free of the Berlin Mitte brigade and skinny jeans-wearing wannabes. Instead, the luxury shopping area around Maximilanstrasse is bustling with groups of Middle Eastern women in Burqas carrying giant Dior bags, possibly to be unpacked at the legendary private pizza parties at Hotel Bayrischer Hof, Munich's premier address.

So while it's safe to say Munich won't be fashion's next erogenous zone, the city definitely cuts a dash when it comes to eccentricity. Blame Ludwig II, Bavaria's equally extravagant and bumptious king and uber-dandy icon. Think Michael Jackson-meets-Liberace-meets-Elton John-meets-Cinderella and you have some measure of the man who built Neuschwanstein castle as a fantasy retreat and an ode to his male muse, Richard Wagner.

The other dandy icon who's left his stamp on the scene is gay filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who introduced post-war femmes fatales and leather nazis to 70's German cinema. His hang-out, the gay district of Glockenbachviertel, is now home to the hip kids, among them up-and-coming fashion designer Patrick Mohr. Championing an eclectic personal style, the former model is living proof that a mustache and traditional Norwegian knit jacket can be very fashion-forward, especially if styled with Bowie pants and moccasins. Patrick's eye for what I call acid folk is most evident in Henrik Vibskov's fall 08 collection, which he worked on. Which reminds me I must now get back to making my acid dirndl for Oktoberfest '09. Watch this space.

Fassbinder graffiti, Patrick Mohr

Text & images by Play

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Extended Play

So genius is the idea—to take the tedious and/or revolting aspects of having a kid (booties, diaper bags) and make them cool—that we don't know why it hasn't been done before. We're talking about Quinny, a Dutch kids' line that, like everyone else these days, has gone designer, commissioning Henrik Vibskov to create a limited-edition collection of children's things. Think $40 baby wipes and $2000 strollers, no kidding. Henrik's graphical concept was to create a fairy-tale in which a group of children flee the city for the forest, where they form a music band and become world-famous. It's Peter Pan meets Partridge Family with a big dollop of whipped cream on top. The debut fall collection, shown at Copenhagen Fashion Week, will be available this October at Henrik's multi-brand store in Copenhagen, Colette, Amsterdam's SPRMRKT and Seven New York, which will throw a launch party during New York Fashion Week...

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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Henrik Vibskov and Peaches in Zurich

Photographer and Hint's Zurich correspondent, PLAY, caught up with the two mavericks...

The alliances that luxury brands make can sometimes be quite odd. Take, for example, the flagship launch of premium travel agency Kuoni last week in Zurich. The event promised a panel of opinion leaders from the worlds of art, fashion, music and science, apparently to give us a glimpse into the future of luxury travel. Among them were fashion designer Henrik Vibskov and raunch-and-roll singer Peaches, and I just had to meet them.

Who is Henrik Vibskov?
A tall Scandie with big feet, long legs, a hat, an old cardigan and suspenders.

You were introduced tonight as Fashion's Pop Star.
I don’t want to be a pop star. I just do creative stuff and I don’t really care what side of the mind it comes from—whether I play music, do drawings or paint. So I am just a creative. Inspiration is something that’s always there.

Alliances between luxury brands and the creative world are popping up all over the place. Like this event tonight, which is trying to sell us a new form of premium travel. What do you make of the trend?
It’s interesting because I get to meet people from different fields. I am a businessman, but I’m not an entrepreneur or a business spotter. That’s not my field, even if I am part of it. I am more like a creative developer. I don’t think in strategies like they do here. Sometimes people ask me what my plan is. And sometimes I don't know. The plan is to have no plan. I do a hell of a lot of things. Some of them really kick off, but 90% don't. I play around, trying out different things. It’s very laissez-faire.

Do you work mostly on your own or with a design team?
I have a little creative team, but it's a small, small company. Normally I have a team of four interns from all over the world. At the moment they come from Canada, Holland, Germany, even Saudi Arabia. I am open-minded about people and their opinions. I want to know what they think? Some people really get shocked by that.

The Internet and street-style blogs have made fashion faster, more democratic and easier to access. But if everyone follows their own style then individuality becomes a uniform. Can there still be an avant-garde?
There have always been the ones looking out for what's new. Then the new gets accepted and everybody wants the same thing. It could be an iPod or a Louis Vuitton bag—anything. I think we will always have both the masses and the individual. Maybe one day we will have a super-avant-garde.

What music are you listening to right now?
I’ve been listening to a PJ Harvey track called Down by the Water. I like rock music, I have to say. I'm a big fan of Thom Yorke of Radiohead. Also the UK indie scene—the old scene and also the new scene, like Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys. A year ago I was into electronic music, but I changed. Maybe I was overloaded with electronic music.

How would you like to leave the earth?
I’ve already experienced so many strange things. I’d be fine. I’d be ready. Maybe I should build a box for myself, maybe with drumsticks? [Henrik is also a drummer in a band.] I don’t know. I would like to have some good friends around, of course. Some music, good friends, good moods, and that should make it a happy day.

And now for Peaches. I was expecting to meet a hirsute damsel-in-distress, as seen in the video for her current single, Get It. But instead she looked like a cool version of Sissi, the 19th-century Austrian Empress. As we walked out onto a fifth-floor balcony, before I could stop her, she climbed onto the balustrade and started posing. I knew right then that my interview with Peaches would be in pictures...

She put a skewer into her mouth, et voilà. "I am my own circus," she said.

"Here's another circus trick." She pulled up her hood and shook her heavy chain, like her Shake Your Dicks video.

DJing at the after-party.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

On November 4, Danish designer Henrik Vibskov repeated his spring 08 collection at Noovo Fashion Festival in Spain. You remember, the collection with musical instruments that play when models get on stationary bikes and pedal. It's cute and conceptual at the same time. And the message is clear, that a group must act together to create peace and harmony. As I took this video, though, I had the feeling that it must have been a real pain in the arse to get all the heavy pieces of the large installation from Copenhagen to the little town of Santiago. And, as Henrik confirmed later, it was...

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