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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia: How It Was This Time


Julia Kryshevich

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia: How It Was This Time

Right before we start, let me remind you of the basics. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia or MBFW, for short, is a major fashion event in Russia, CIS, and EMEA (at least, under the version of the organizers), which happens biyearly, in spring and in autumn. 

If you managed to join the April 2020 season of the Fashion Week, you could see what a success it was: although entirely running online, the three-day event attracted about 830,000 spectators. Therefore, moving the program online proved to be a natural solution for MBFW promoters in October. However, almost half of the fashion shows this time took place physically at 8 Moscow venues. No, excluding the main one, Moscow Manezh, situated a stone’s throw from Red Square. Still there were some interesting locations like Moscow Museum of Fashion and the spacious ‘Nadezhda’ loft in the historically significant city trade district.

To attend the shows you as a fashion lover or a buyer or a journalist (whatever) needed an invitation, signing a verbal promise to comply with the preventive measures against COVID-19. If you more felt like staying at home and having settled yourself comfortable enough, watching an online stream, it was a massive hit, too. High-quality videos of the shows, including close-up shots and backstage footage were available to the guests through various platforms such as the official website of MBFW and the Russian popular social network VK. Another attractive option was to view some additional news and entertaining content provided by the fashion influencers, stylists, and other folks from the local world of vogue via TikTok.

So back to MBFW program. 74 designers from six countries showcased their collections in the autumn edition of the event, including the US, the UK, Argentina, Peru, and Indonesia. As for the Russian part, it wasn’t just Moscow-driven. Saint-Petersburg, Krasnodar, Sochi, and Yakutsk have proudly presented their natives (and hosted the fashion shows themselves). This season of MBFW was mostly about clothes — the only exception that comes to mind was the Brevno eyewear brand, which showed the step-by-step process of the goods manufacturing in a video presentation. Such major figures of the Russian fashion industry as Igor Chapurin (CHAPURIN) and Elena Souprun (ELENA SOUPROUN) were on the list together with some aspiring undergraduates of the HSE Art and Design School and the B&D Institute, both Moscow-based. In order to support young professionals under the economic recession MBFW organizers enabled 13 labels to take part in the event without paying any entrance fee. So there was no shortage in young up-and-comers this time.

Though relatively young, Russian fashion industry is worth maintaining one’s focus on it. While some couturiers prefer mimicking European fashion trends (successfully, I must say), others decide on demonstrating the authenticity of the Russian DNA and focus on symbolism and national motifs. I wouldn’t like to talk in general terms (it’s hardly possible even less), however, some trends can be spotted. Here are a few insights of what Russian fashion industry breathes today. 


N E W   F E M I N I N I T Y

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia has never divided its seasons into male and female collections. Not that gender-fluid clothing was widely spread in Russia (quite the opposite, it’s just on the up — more on that later), but femme fashion is still considered the prevailing one. So it’s the male outfits that usually accompany women’s fashion shows, and not vice versa. In that light it’s not a big wonder that the issue of femininity remains relevant. Who is she, the ideal woman? Sounds Jungian and utopian, but always excites people’s minds. This is how MBFW’2020 participants see the answer to this question. 

The name of Elena Souprun’s SS 2021 collection Bricolage’ speaks for itself. Just like the process of bricolage implies creating objects using different kinds of materials found, the new collection by ELENA SOUPRUN displays perfect integration of local motifs into a modern image. Chinese silk and moiré and Uzbek national adras fabrics formed the basis of the label’s outfits. Loose shirts, broad sashes, laidback palazzo-pants, and kimonos call for a careful selection of handmade accessories. Smells like East? Yes, but it’s also about the spirit of the Zeitgeist, independence, and infinite elegance

‘Bricolage’ SS 2021 Collection by Elena Souprun. Courtesy of the brand

‘Bricolage’ SS 2021 Collection by Elena Souprun. Courtesy of the brand

‘Bricolage’ SS 2021 Collection by Elena Souprun. Courtesy of the brand

K Titova’s latest fashion show might serve as a perfect example of conceptual completeness. Creative and self-aware women will enjoy stylish and practical garments by K Titova ingeniously performed in two colors only, blue and white. Plaids, patches, and flower silhouettes complete the image without overloading it. A bit off the point, a senior model was spotted walking the runway during the label’s fashion show. And that’s admirable!

‘Gardens of Secrets’ by K Titova. Courtesy of the brand

‘Gardens of Secrets’ by K Titova. Courtesy of the brand

‘Gardens of Secrets’ by K Titova. Courtesy of the brand

Maison Esve decided to go artistic. Gloss, fringe, embroidered cardigans, and flirtatious skirts — the atmosphere of the 1920s has been perfectly retrieved. In the SS 2021 collection Maison Esve suggests its admirers to take on the role of the world-famous dancer Josephine Baker. But overall, it’s all about being spontaneous, open-minded, and enjoying life as it is.

Maison Esve SS 2021 collection. Courtesy of the brand

Maison Esve SS 2021 collection. Courtesy of the brand

Maison Esve SS 2021 collection. Courtesy of the brand

In the mood for something romantic? Then LUBOVI Naissanse’ collection will tune you in right. Light shadows, transparent fabrics, pleated skirts, and fitted shapes create such a tender image of the ambassador of love and affection. What’s more down-to-earth but yet enjoyable, most LUBOVI garments are created from natural fabrics such as wool, cotton, and silk. By the way, the label’s title as well as the name of its founder Lubov translates from Russian to ‘love’. 


Having taken a step in this direction together with ELENA SOUPRUN, we keep moving forward to the East. ‘Collection №47’ by KISSELENKO is nothing but an homage to oriental delicacy. 50 shades of black used in the outfits (I’m talking about anthracite, quartz, coal, and other rock hues) are counterbalanced with red lips and flawlessly white faces of the mannequins. The makeup of the models together with the high rolls on their heads leave no doubt: the story is about a geisha, but a contemporary one. She lives at the rhythm of the city and makes time for herself. Magnificent and laconic,Collection №47’ comes in line with the philosophy of the brand, which may be described as intellectual freedom of expression. Founded by the designer Lilia Kisselenko in St. Petersburg 20 years ago, KISSELENKO was named the best Russian fashion brand by Vogue in 2000.

‘Collection №47’ by KISSELENKO. Courtesy of the brand

‘Collection №47’ by KISSELENKO. Courtesy of the brand

‘Collection №47’ by KISSELENKO. Courtesy of the brand

G E N D E R   F L U I D I T Y

Unisex ready-to-wear garments have no longer been a wonder as a kind of way station between female and male fashion. But what about rewriting the history of vogue, enrobing men in outfits traditionally ascribed to women and the other way round? It’s the young designers who usually enjoy experimenting with gender in their collections. The results might be astonishing.

‘HARD 008’ by HSE Art and Design School

Fashion Department students of the HSE Art and Design School (Moscow) showed up at MBFW with their ‘HARD 008: THE EDGE OF SOMETHING NEW’ collection. Just as the title suggests, the new series is aimed at reminiscing about the past and coming up with new ideas for the future. Trench coats, T-shirts, and tops are featured both on male and female models being photographed in couples. Asymmetry, long trains, and discreet palette of colours define the spirit of the HARD 008’ outfits. 

The Case Project by Marina Aleksashina_HSE Art _ Design School

The Case Project by Marina Aleksashina_HSE Art _ Design School

The Case Project by Marina Aleksashina_HSE Art _ Design School


Meanwhile we keep on redefining fashion processes together with the Saint-Petersburg-based couturier Sergei Sysoev. The SS 2021 Ready-to-Wear collection by SERGEI SYSOEV isn’t just about dressing men and women in similar costumes that are marked by intimacy and sophistication. It’s also about the changing role of colour that loses its gender specificity. Intense magenta, noble navy blue, tender aqua marine — these shades are beyond the binary thinking and always ad rem. All you have to do is to get creative and match the colours properly. Bear in mind, such elements as tai dai and artistically designed rose-shaped prints will prevent the outfit from looking repetitive.


‘MOM’ collection by KRUZHOK is one of the bravest examples of gender fluidity demonstrated at the current MBFW season. It’s the superhuman with the distinctive feminine traits that serves as a prototype for the new collection. The colour palette is all lightness: peach, pistachio, and creamy hues. Large pockets, accented shoulders, A-line, and pencil skirts. Back to the 60s with its baby-doll image? Yes, in a way, and men can wear it!

‘MOM’ Collection by KRUZHOK. Courtesy of the brand

‘MOM’ Collection by KRUZHOK. Courtesy of the brand

‘MOM’ Collection by KRUZHOK. Courtesy of the brand


Having prior discussed new femininity, it would be fair to talk of men. Designer Yana Gilvichute devotes her new series to the wild 90s (at least, in Russia they were like that, with a highly unstable Perestroika period). GILVICHUTE SS 2021 plays upon the well-known taste of confusion and nascent freedom. Unisex leather coats are still the historically established classic, while male bodysuits, jabots, and puffy sleeves promise to be another sensation, experimental and romantic at once. It would be hard to avoid the choice of color: excellently light blue, it reminds of the times when the dreams and hopes were as endless as the sky. 

GILVICHUTE SS 2021 Ready-To-Wear. Courtesy of the brand

GILVICHUTE SS 2021 Ready-To-Wear. Courtesy of the brand

GILVICHUTE SS 2021 Ready-To-Wear. Courtesy of the brand

To be continued in Part 2. 

*All photographs provided by the press-office of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia

In the spotlight: Tomo Koizumi When dreams come true


Julia Kryshevich

In the spotlight: Tomo Koizumi When dreams come true

Just a few updates before we start. PH proceeds with the ‘In Focus’ column, exploring and highlighting art by the most distinguished photographers of the modern world. However, from now on, we also talk about fashion. Brands that have changed our idea of vogue, and people who stand behind the labels, extensive overviews of fashion collections, and many more. Meet our new ‘In the spotlight’ column! 

And our first guest today is Tomo Koizumi, Japanese designer who has rocked the fashion world with his organza ‘make-a-cake’ dresses.

Tomo Koizumi says he has always been interested in designing clothes. His childhood environment was a breeding ground for such an interest: his mother just loved vogue. Having discovered a work of John Galliano for Dior at the age of 14, Koizumi finally made up his mind to go in for fashion.

Koizumi’s A_W 2019 collection. Photo_ Jonas Gustavsson_MCV Photo for The Washington Post

His first education was rather general: Koizumi graduated with a fine arts degree from the National Chiba University (Chiba, Japan). Meanwhile his personal brand came to life and evolved progressively. In 2016 the young couturier took a chance to dress Lady Gaga, he also designed for some Asian celebrities such as British-Japanese singer and songwriter Rina Sawayama and female members from the Dreams Come True pop band. Sounds good, but no room for complacency, Koizumi probably thought. He kept on elaborating his taste and style and proceeded with studying at Coconogacco, Japanese fashion school founded by the Saint Martins graduate Yoshikazu Yamagata.

Lady Gaga in Tomo Koizumi’s dress, 2016. Image_ Vanity Fair Italia

Singer Rina Sawayama performs dressed in Tomo Koizumi’s, 2019. Photo_ Vogue Japan

‘I really like to make big gowns, but in Japan nobody wears them as there are no galas. I still wanted to make something big and extravagant, so the only way for me to fit in the Japanese market was to dress singers for performances’.(Tomo Koizumi, from the article on SCMP, 2019)

Tomo Koizumi recalls, he used to create rather fitted clothes in his early career since he wasn’t acquainted with the sophisticated technique of making voluminous gowns back then (may the latter be also a less obvious decision for ready-to-wear collections). Studying at Coconogacco gave him a pair of wings (in the sense of freedom to experiment) and a perfect chance, which happened almost by accident. 

Backstage. Preparing for the debut A_W 2019 fashion show. Photo_ Lexie Moreland_WWD

‘Working in the fashion industry means you eventually must think commercially so you can sell something, but I would still like to make something to entertain people’. (Tomo Koizumi, from the article on Vogue UK, 2019)

One day in October 2018 Sara Maino, Deputy Editor of Vogue Italia and Head of Vogue Talents, briefly interrupted her business trip across Tokyo to visit Coconogacco, a local pool of fashion talents. Among the other school students, Maino got to know Koizumi and posted one of his works on Instagram later. And then six handshakes came to aid (actually, even less than six). Designer Giles Deacon couldn’t help but admire a pumped firebird-colored dress made from Japanese organza and immediately resent the image to Katie Grand. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say, it was eventually Grand who launched the international career of Tomo Koizumi. Famous stylist, fashion-journalist, and head of Love Magazine at that time, she knew what links to use to polish the designer’s genius with the right opportunities.

Sara Maino’s publication of Tomo Koizumi’s firebird-colored dress. Image_ Sara Maino’s Instagram

A Love Magazine shoot, featuring a few dresses by Koizumi, became a good ground for further collaboration between the world-renowned stylist and the emerging designer. Tomo Koizumi claims it took him and Katie less than a half an hour to set up his first fashion show. Initially, the choice of the venue fell on London, but later it was changed to the big apple, considering a greater support possible there.

A_W 2019 Collection by Tomo Koizumi. Catwalk. Model_ Sara Grace Wallerstedt. Photo_ Armando Grillo _ Gorunway

A_W 2019 Collection by Tomo Koizumi. Catwalk. Model_ Emily Ratajkowski. Photo_ Armando Grillo _

A_W 2019 Collection by Tomo Koizumi. Catwalk. Model_ Bella Hadid. Photo_ Armando Grillo _ Gorunway

‘I don’t want to follow trends. I may be checking trends in order to not follow trends. I want to do something opposite of trends.’ (Tomo Koizumi, from the article on WWD, 2019) 

Tomo Koizumi had been in the US just once before. In early February 2019 he arrived at New York with three suitcases filled with the carefully packed 28 looks. Though feeling like a newcomer, the designer certainly enjoyed the best conditions while preparing for his upcoming show. Marc Jacobs lent Koizumi his boutique on Madison Avenue to use as a venue, Pat McGrath and Guido Palau agreed to take makeup and hair, while models Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski and actress Gwendoline Christie were invited to walk down the runway. With all the services being provided for free, needless to say, Tomo Koizumi was enormously grateful to his newly-minted team and Katie Grand in person. 

A_W 2019 Collection by Tomo Koizumi. Catwalk. Model_ Shanelle Nyasiase. Photo_ Armando Grillo _ Gorunway

A_W 2019 Collection by Tomo Koizumi. Catwalk. Model_ Zoe Thaets. Photo_ Armando Grillo _ Gorunway

A_W 2019 Collection by Tomo Koizumi. Catwalk. Model_ Londone Myers. Photo_ Armando Grillo _ Gorunway

‘After that show, I got many great compliments from all over the world. I want to give something joyful back to them.’ (Tomo Koizumi, from the article on Vogue UK, 2019)

Koizumi’s debut fashion show aka his Autumn/Winter 2019 collection was compiled within a couple of days. On February 08, 2019 around 6 p.m. in the Marc Jacobs store as agreed, Tomo Koizumi showcased his flight of fantasy featuring three dozens of frothy outfits. Each of a unique colour combination, dresses from Tomo Koizumi F/W 2019 remind anything but an exquisite dessert. There is quite a complicated background behind the collection, though. To create his magnificent gowns, Koizumi sought inspiration in rather diverse things, such as creations by the Italian designer Roberto Capucci, performance pieces by Leigh Bowery, and Japanese kind of funerary banner called hanawa. Another important and pretty unusual source of enthusiasm for the designer was the figure of Sailor Moon, a Japanese fairytale character and a symbol of a cute yet strong female capable of doing magic.

Tomo Koizumi’s Bridal Collection 2021. Courtesy of the brand

Tomo Koizumi’s Bridal Collection 2021. Courtesy of the brand

Tomo Koizumi’s Bridal Collection 2021. Courtesy of the brand

‘My dreams are coming true and I want to follow them’(Tomo Koizumi, from the article on Vogue UK, 2019)

As for the show, it was nothing but a success. Koizumi was accepted as a perfect dream catcher, persistent in following his vision and ideas. An American Dream for the world of fashion, no differently. Indeed, the designer has been doing well: in 2019 he took part in the high fashion art exhibition ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’, organized by the Costume Institute Gala, where he presented two of his models. Koizumi also carried on with fashion shows, introducing his Spring/Summer 2020 collection at the New York Fashion Week. Instead of 28 fantasy gowns, there were just 7 new looks that time, yet Tomo Koizumi decided to take a deep dive and created even bigger pieces to showcase at NYFW. And that doesn’t even count numerous publications in glossies and individual orders performed by the designer.

Spring 2020 Ready-To-Wear Collection by Tomo Koizumi. Courtesy of the brand

Spring 2020 Ready-To-Wear Collection by Tomo Koizumi. Courtesy of the brand

Spring 2020 Ready-To-Wear Collection by Tomo Koizumi. Courtesy of the brand

All right, what’s next? Is Koizumi going to further evolve his signature style? If so, how long will this ruffles craze last? 

‘I keep thinking about this. I know that I’m known for my ruffles, but I want to keep this signature and develop it in different ways. I’m not a big brand that has to sell all kinds of clothing, so I can only do this for now’. (Tomo Koizumi, from the article on SCMP, 2019)

Curious to see what Koizumi will come up with, considering his unwillingness to go commercial. Yet the designer has collaborated with the haute-couture brand Emilio Pucci recently. The results of the collaboration you could see at the latest Milan Fashion Week. The Pucci collection of tender youthful looks was slightly seasoned with Koizumi’s ruffled gowns, colours snow white, peach, and lemon yellow. Wait, ruffles again? Well, yes. So far it makes sense.

Cover: Designer Tomo Koizumi after his debut A/W 2019 show. Photo by Jonas Gustavsson/MCV Photo for The Washington Post

Vlada „RAMMSTEIN 2.0“

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art-director, photographer, videographer Vlada @vladarennes  @vladayegor
music Yegor Gavrin @yegorgavrin  @vladayegor
style Masha Borisova @masha_shanhai
style assistant Ulyana Morozova @chocoladkka
makeup artist Alyona Serbina @serbinamua
hair stylist Ekaterina Danilina @danilina_muah
models Aleksey Zuev @zuev.real Yegor Gavrin @yegorgavrin
Ivan Pavlov @van_vein Erik @xadriah @t_modelsagency
Roman Martynov @_romartyn_ 
Roman Chekrenev @romanchellla 

Art Digest: October 19—25

By /ART/, /BLOG/, /NEWS/

Julia Kryshevich

Art Digest: October 19—25

Have you ever noticed that anything lost gets found? No matter how well it was hidden… In fact, quite the opposite — the biggest secrets have a way of getting out. The same is true about the masterpieces — whether hidden, stolen or lost, so many paintings eventually get back to the home collection to the joy of numerous art lovers. That’s exactly the story of Gustav Klimt’s ‘Portrait of a Lady’ that was abducted from the Ricci Oddi gallery 20 years ago. The other discovery of the week is that three top Hollywood actresses are going to be guest narrators at the ‘About Time: Fashion and Duration’ exhibition, which finally takes place at the Met Museum starting from the next week. More on this and the other weekly news in the digest below.

Artist Gustav Klimt, right, with his partner, Emilie Flöge, circa 1910. Photo_ Getty Images_


‘Portrait of a Lady’ by Gustav Klimt to be displayed after 20 years missing 

Another art heist of the century, news. The collection of the Ricci Oddi gallery (Piacenza, Italy) received back its masterpiece in the beginning of the week. The painting by famous Austrian artist Gustav Klimt titled ‘Portrait of a Lady’ was stolen from the Italian gallery during its reconstruction in February 1997. The investigative authorities had a few versions of the incident, including the one suggesting that people close to the gallery had been involved in the scam. Currently robbers have been identified — the two elderly men confessed to the theft last year right after the limitation period for the crime had expired.

Left, Klimt_s Portrait of a Lady (1916-17)_ and right, the Ricci Oddi gallery in Piacenza. Courtesy of the Ricci Oddi gallery_

To be more precise, the thieves ‘gifted’ the painting to the museum four years ago having placed it in the niche of the gallery wall thickly covered with ivy bushes. It was the local gardener who discovered the work while clearing the wall a year ago. Now the ‘Portrait of a Lady’ is back at the Ricci Oddi gallery and there are big plans for it! Four shows dedicated to the figure of Gustav Klimt will run spanning two years in the institution. The first exhibition runs from November 2020 till March 2021. No doubt, the freshly recovered jewel is going to be in limelight on the display.

Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Julianne Moore to narrate the upcoming Met exhibition 

The annual exhibition organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, which comes as a conceptual sequel of the Met Gala, is a long-awaited event, no doubt. Yet this year we had to await it for too long — instead of traditionally taking place in May, the show starts off in late October lasting till February 2021. No more dwelling on the reasons of the postponement, we would better focus on the event itself. The intriguing topic of the year 2019 (remember it was Camp: Notes on Fashion’) gives a way to the no less interesting ‘About Time: Fashion and Duration’.

From left to right_ Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, and Nicole Kidman at the 2002 New York premiere of ‘The Hours’. Photo_ Getty Images

Perfectly in line with the Museum’s exhibition policy, the current show promises to be a visual delicacy, equally referring to the worlds of art and fashion. According to the Wendy Curator, Andrew Bolton, the exhibition was designed as a ‘meditation on fashion and temporality — drawing out the tensions between change and endurance, transience and permanence, ephemerality and persistence’. However, the show isn’t only about an image, it’s also about a sound. The soundtrack to the event (if it’s a right word) is based on Virginia Woolf’s novel ‘Orlando’. Hollywood actresses Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, and Nicole Kidman will voice the abstracts from Woolf’s work, thus creating the auditory background of the display. Why Streep, Kidman, and Moore? Well, if you’ve watched the 2002 film ‘The Hours’ starring the three actresses, you probably know the answer. 

From the display of ‘About Time_ Fashion and Duration’ at Met, May 2020. Photo_ Annie Leibovitz

Shepard Fairey creates US election-inspired posters for Time 

Right after designing an anti-Trump billboard for the Artists United for Change group, street artist Shepard Fairey took over another enlightening job. In light of the upcoming US election on November 03, Fairey decided to assist Time Magazine in encouraging Americans to demonstrate their citizenship. The artist created a cover for the November issue of Time, depicting a woman wearing a bandana as a face covering (a little criticism for those who skip doing that and, consequently, don’t really take their civil liability).

‘Even though the subject in the portrait knows there are additional challenges to democracy during a pandemic, she is determined to use her voice and power by voting’. (Shepard Fairey

The portrait originates from the artist’s 2020 series called ‘Our Hands — Our Future’. Shepard Fairey believes that it’s not only voting that constitutes the bright democratic future, yet casting a ballot is crucial to contribute to this honorable target. Remarkably, never before has Time Magazine removed their masthead from the cover giving space to the artist’s ideas. However, this concession might seem less surprising, bearing in mind that Shepard Fairey collaborates with Time for the third time already.

Artist Shepard Fairey working in his studio. Courtesy of Shepard Fairey _ Instagram_

F A S H I O N 

Nature-inspired S/S 2021 collection by Australian designer Dion Lee 

Even if the word collocation Australian fashion doesn’t ring a bell to you, it’s never too late to learn more. Especially with such talented Australian creatives on radar. The Sydney-born fashion designer Dion Lee established his eponymous brand in 2009. In the same year Lee took part in the Australian Fashion Week and got things rolling rather quickly in his home context. However, his international rise came in 2018, when the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle was seen in public wearing one of Lee’s dresses. 

Dion Lee has recently presented his S/S 2021 Ready-To-Wear collection, and it’s quite different from everything that came before under the label’s roof. Focusing on technicality and ‘intelligent sensuality’ (Dion Lee’s expression), the brand usually offers nontrivial, asymmetrical outfits that look bold and sexy. This time apart from sex appeal, the S/S 2021 dresses radiate intimacy and harmony with the world around. Inspired by the warming issue, the collection features organic curves (such as Monstera leaf-shaped leather tops), light natural shades, and sophisticated weaving (knotting, macramé etc). Dion Lee, all eyes on you, curious what’s coming next!

Dion Lee S_S 2021 Ready-To-Wear Collection. Courtesy of the brand

Dion Lee S_S 2021 Ready-To-Wear Collection. Courtesy of the brand

Dion Lee S_S 2021 Ready-To-Wear Collection. Courtesy of the brand

P H O T O G R A P H Y 

Foam Talent Call 2020’ winners announced 

Keen photographers know it firsthand. Organized by Foam Magazine, the annual event has been running for five years, creating opportunities for young and aspiring visual artists. All right, it’s Foam Talent Call. On the table is going on public display as well as having one’s works featured in Foam Magazine. Not bad, right?

The Foam Talent 2020 edition has recently announced the finalists. There are 19 of them, selected out of 1,619 portfolios from 69 countries. The chosen visual artists will showcase their works at Kühlhaus Berlin (Berlin) from 22 October — 1 November, 2020.

Foam Talent 2020 _ From the series ‘Charlie Surfs on Lotus Flowers’. Photo_ Simone Sapienza_

Foam Talent 2020 _ From the series ‘PVC Meatway’. Photo_ Aadesokan

Foam Talent 2020 _ From the series ‘Fire Island Night’. Photo_ Matthew Leifheit

Later on the exhibition will move to Amsterdam. Here are a few sneak picks, if you are sure about your plans to attend the show yet.

On Cover Photo: Annie Leibovitz

Kyna Marie „soft edges“



Makeup Artist: Anny Chow @annychow
Model: Shea Mcloughlin @shea_mclo
Photographer: Kyna Marie @kyna_marie

Cheeks: Shu Uemura Glow On in Soft Pink; Lips: Face Atelier Lip Glaze in Paradise; Eyes: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Yeyo;

Cheeks: Ben Nye Creme Blush Wheel; Brows: Mac Cosmetics Shape and Shade Brow Tint in Fling, Mac Cosmetics Brow Set

Eyes: Mac Cosmetics Chromagraphic Pencil in Genuine Orange; Brows: Mac Cosmetics Shape and Shade Brow Tint in Fling, Mac Cosmetics Brow Set; Lips: Face Atelier Lip Glaze in Enigma

Lips: Mac Cosmetics Pro Lip Palette in Editorial Reds; Mac Cosmetics Lipglass Clear

Face: Face Atelier Ultra Skin Foundation, Face Atelier Ultra Camouflage Duet in Light, Makeup Forever Artist Face Color, Makeup Forever Pro Light Fusion in Golden Pink

Ekaterina Maltseva „alchemy“



Photographer — Ekaterina Maltseva @rina_m_ph
Style&set design — Anastasia Tumanova @art.stasia
MUAH — Danya Che @danya.che_mua
Model — Dzera @dewydim @genom_mgmt

Body H&M; Skirt Prada; Mules D&G; Necklace stylist’s own; Cuff Nullum

Bra Weekday; Skirt Collusion; Coat Vintage; Mules Zara; Earrings Weekday; Cuff Nullum

Body H&M; Skirt Prada; Mules D&G; Necklace stylist’s own; Cuff Nullum

Dress H&M; Shoes Gucci; Tights Calzedonia; Earrings Weekday; Cuff Nullum

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Helmut Newton, Amica, Milan_1982_copyright Helmut Newton Estate


On 31 October 2020 Helmut Newton would have been 100 years old. His foundation was established in Berlin Charlottenburg in the fall of 2003, and then opened in the summer of 2004 since then it has presented more than 50 exhibitions. Now, the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin is taking this special anniversary as an occasion to celebrate the exceptional photographer – for the first time by presenting his legendary, timeless, and innovative work in a large public outdoor exhibition in Berlin.

The Helmut Newton Foundation will present a large outdoor exhibition along the 85 meter-long wall at Kraftwerk Berlin on Köpenicker Strasse 70, in the Kreuzberg district. On vew from 26 October to November 2020, the exhibition will be publicly accessible 24/7. Some 30 images from all of Newton’s creative periods as well as some quotes by Newton have been selected for this temporary show, HELMUT NEWTON ONE HUNDRED

Additionally, 250 City Light posters depicting Newton’s work will be on display during this time throughout Berlin, with the generous support of WALL Never before has Newton’s work been seen in this way.

More information on official website

Press contact:
Nadine Dinter @nadine_dinter