Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Will.i.am unveils new eyewear collection

Singer and fashion-aficionado will.i.am has added another venture to his entrepreneur career by creating ill.i, a new eyewear brand comprising sunglasses and optical styles for men and women. Developed in partnership with designer and long-term friend George Gorrow, the brand is described by will.i.am as being “about dedication and passion” and draws inspiration from the sartorial styles espoused by hip-hop and graffiti artists in the 1980s.

Photograph © The Style Examiner / João Paulo Nunes

Featuring unique technical detail such as patented diagonal hinges and comfort acetate top bars, all ill.i eyewear models include a laser-engraved will.i.am ‘willpower’ logo and signature line. The inaugural collection’s colour palette combines matte and glossy finishes in gold, black, white, silver, gunmetal and tortoiseshell, whereas lenses come in silver grey, bronze grey, brown, and mirrored gold.

The Style Examiner got exclusive access to the first ill.i models and was impressed by the industrial aeronautics aesthetic that underpinned the sunglasses styles for men, which feature round and angular frames made from metal or acetate; whereas for women, frames vary between oversized cat-eye shapes, round thin spectacles and square translucent styles.

Photograph © The Style Examiner / João Paulo Nunes

Will.i.am and the first ill.i styles

Will.i.am and George Gorrow

Unless otherwise specified, photographs are courtesy of ill.i

Monday, 15 September 2014

Exclusive Readers Giveaway: $200 up for grabs to spend at East Dane!

The Style Examiner has partnered with East Dane to give 4 readers the chance to win $50 each to spend on an incredibly variety of men’s clothes, men’s shoes, and an array of accessories from a large number of brands!

To win, all you have to do is visit www.eastdane.com and pick your favourite item. Once you do, tell us what it is in the comment box below with a short sentence about it, and include the web link to where you found it on the East Dane website. And that’s it!

Launched in 2013, East Dane is a new retail concept based on a straightforward approach to fashion for men who are more interested in style than trends, and who understand that dressing well comes from a combination of confidence and quality. And with a current offer on 50% Off Men’s shoes and accessories, East Dane is an online destination not to be missed!

Photographs courtesy of East Dane

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Photography of Edwin Smith: On capturing the lyrical beauty of places and landscapes

The task of curating an exhibition of the relatively unknown work of one of Britain’s most accomplished and prolific photographers would not be expected to be met without some anxiety and curiosity. Hailed by Sir John Betjeman as a “genius at photography” and by Cecil Beaton as “an understanding and loving connoisseur of his subject”, Edwin Smith was a highly sought-after photographer during the 1950s (by publishers including Thames & Hudson and publications such as Vogue and the Shell Guides) whose work has not had the exposure it deserved since his death in 1971. However, a major retrospective at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London is set to change that.

Photograph © The Style Examiner / João Paulo Nunes

Opening on 10 September 2014, ‘Ordinary Beauty: The Photography of Edwin Smith’ displays 120 black and white photographs from a collection of over 60,000 negatives and 20,000 prints bequeathed to the RIBA Library in 2002 by Olive Cook, Smith’s widow and collaborator. The exhibition (adroitly curated by Valeria Carullo and Justine Sambrook) is organised under 10 thematic areas displayed on the walls and on two large cubes in the centre of RIBA’s compact Architecture Gallery (following an elegantly subdued design solution provided by Drinkall Dean). Alongside urban portraits, atmospheric interiors, and landscape images of Britain and Europe, the display is made richer by including Smith’s published books and photographic equipment, as well as filmed interviews with individuals who knew Smith in a personal capacity such as Alan Bennett and Gillian Darley.

Campo San Giogio Maggiore, Venice, 1961 © Edwin Smith, RIBA Library Photographs Collection

St Columba's Wells, Londonderry (Derry) , N Ireland, 1965 © Edwin Smith, RIBA Library Photographs Collection

St Lawrence, Didmarton, Gloucestershire, 1962 © Edwin Smith, RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Kentish Town station, London 1936 © Edwin Smith, RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Ultimately, ‘Ordinary Beauty: The Photography of Edwin Smith’ is not only a demonstration of the talent of a photographer whose name and large body of work is unreservedly owed more appreciation, but it is also a veritable document of British social history between the 1930s and 1960s that deserves further examination.

Ordinary Beauty: The Photography of Edwin Smith’ is open to the public between 10 September and 6 December 2014 at RIBA. Free curator tours take place every Friday at 13:30 for the duration of the exhibition. For more information, visit www.architecture.com/EdwinSmith.

Unless otherwise specified, photographs are © The Style Examiner / João Paulo Nunes

Friday, 5 September 2014

Zaha Hadid reveals designs for Brisbane residential towers

London-based Zaha Hadid Architects have unveiled plans for Grace on Coronation, a residential development on the riverbank of Brisbane, in Australia. Located four kilometres west of the city’s central business district on the former site of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the proposal includes three towers comprising a total of 486 apartments, eight villas and landscaped areas, while preserving neighbouring heritage-listed Middenbury House. Subject to planning approval, work on the project is expected to start in late 2015.

Images courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects / Sunland Group

Thursday, 4 September 2014

The most beautiful homes in the world: Casa AL in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by Studio Arthur Casas

São Paulo-based architecture practice Studio Arthur Casas has unveiled photographs of Casa AL, a three-storey private residence located on a hill outside Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Working against an original plot that did not offer direct views of the sea, the property was designed to maximise sightlines towards the ocean by relocating the entrance, social areas and the infinity pool to the first floor.

The house has direct access from the higher level of a steep adjoining street and the guestrooms and service areas at ground level are surrounded by an enclosed garden. Living accommodation is articulated around the swimming pool, with large glass panels breaking the division between internal and external spaces.

Photographs courtesy of Studio Arthur Casas