london: joe cruz

© the book club / joe cruz - dive

joe cruz [1988] is a london-based graphic designer with illustration as a specialism. cruz is particularly fond of using fashion photography to express youth and beauty, but with the objective to emphasize society's blatant obsession with celebrity culture and the aspiration to be recognised and remembered. the world of fashion is also a strong influence because his grandmother owned a factory in north london making garments for the likes of vivienne westwood and alexander mcqueen. opening on thu - sep 3 [6pm] at the book club in shoreditch is a solo exhibition of exemplary pieces by the artist. on display are works infused with colour, but applied in different formas and in a symbolic way. cruz mainly uses soft pastels, acrylic paints and a mixture of printing technique. topic-wise, he draws inspiration from beautiful and strong men and women. the main theme is portraiture, expressionism and form, and as said, he predominantly uses pictures from old fashion publications. location: the book club, 100-106 leonard street [shoreditch].

© the book club / joe cruz - submission and versace [top to bottom]

antwerp: issey miyake store opening

© issey miyake / photography: olivier baco

antwerp's retail landscape has fully regained japanese luster with the arrival of an issey miyake boutique, the brand's third european outpost after paris and london. situated in the historic heart of the city, the store occupies a lofty 300 sqm. [3,229 sq.ft.] ground floor unit of a listed 16th-century building, replete with a tranquil inner courtyard with soaring bamboo plants. in stark contrast with the ornate façade, the store interior intriguingly pairs sleek understatement with rough edges, provided by exposed brick walls in seemingly dereliction. large windows allow in floods of daylight and give the store an airy feel, and bespoke furniture pieces, made in white concrete and sand blasted glass, add up to the contemporary vibe. a sophisticated lighting system has been designed by zumtobel and subtly changes within the space according to the movements of the customers, creating a luminous ambiance. the new issey miyake store carries a rather complete collection of lines for both men and women, including issey miyake, issey miyake men, pleats please miyake, 132 5. issey miyake, homme plissé issey miyake, cauliflower and bao bao issey miyakelocation: eiermarkt 13-17 [centrum].

© issey miyake / photography: olivier baco

online: never met you

© moutwatering records - oskaar

oskaar is a future r&b pioneer, a modern day minstrel committed to harnessing unchartered soundscapes to articulate the boundless complexities and contradictions of the human soul. his voice is a signature baritone – smooth, grounded, yet vulnerable. also masterfully dabbling in visuals, he is on a mission to create an ethereal world that perfectly embodies his idiosyncratic sound. finally, the artist is an urban nomad – commuting between disparate locations such as berlin, new york city, los angeles, and his beloved marrakesh. after sending a hungry, viral tornado through the music and fashion blogosphere with his acapella version of röyksopp's monument, oskaar is back with a captivating song entitled never met you.

this sultry, liquid, steel drum-driven future r&b tune is a heart wrenching epitome break-up song. all the key ingredients that make for a classic in this genre were polished and distilled to essential perfection – the song is raw, emotionally exposed, savagely honest, hauntingly tender, and like a good fuck it straddles the fine line between pain and the gratification of emotional release. oskaar's song was turned into an elegant, mesmeric video through a collab effort with swiss photographer + creative director daniel bolliger and indonesian performance artist + model fahrani empel a.k.a. favelapunk. the result is a stark, arrestingly minimal meditation on the bondage of shattered affection – call it a simple vessel embodying the knotted complexity of the human love condition.