amsterdam: anna lomax

© anna lomax

anna lomax is a london-based multi-tasking creative who has quite successfully dipped her toe in various pools. from illustrations - her original craft - and art direction, to installations and set design, she has collaborated with some of the planet's leading brands in fashion, lifestyle and cosmetics. at the newly established frame store in amsterdam's canal district, the retail extension of interior design magazine frame, lomax will display exemplary pieces of here work. opening thu - jan 22 [5pm-7pm], the exhibition will be shown across the entire premises, and will also include a number of eclectic, large-scale sculptures that have been especially made for this occasion. positioned in the period room of the historic canalside mansion where frame store is situated, these works will feature various shapes and playfully reference the room's most important characteristics. these sculptures are made up of metal, rubber and neon light fixtures, mixed and matched with a motley mix of materials that have also been used in this specific interior. location: herengracht 178 [centrum].

© anna lomax

melbourne: verner store opening

© verner / photography: simon shiff

previously part of a short-lived fashion duo, designer ingrid verner decided to go solo in 2012 and never looked back. since then her eclectic women's designs have gone from strength to strentgh, mashing up street elements, sportswear and leisurely hints of couture into strikingly contemporary silhouettes. with the verner brand now on the radar of most of melbourne's young and fashion-conscious damsels, the young designer takes her operations to the next level. by setting up shop at mitchell house - a landmark art déco building in the heart of the city where her atelier is also situated - the brand not only gains further exposure, but also a purpose-built and therefore seamlessly matching context which resonates the brand's values at its best.

innovative architecture practice sibling was enlisted to design the compact retail space on the second floor, and it has once again held up that reputation by creating a simple yet visually stunning setting. the room is cordoned off on one side by a wall of perforated corrugated steel. wafer-thin and dipped in a white hue, it forms the backdrop of niftily designed clothing racks, suspended from the ceiling with wooden rings attached to black rope. opposite the same intervention is repeated, but complemented by a plastered wall and boxy wooden furniture pieces. the verner store currently stocks the s/s 2015 eat cake collection, a range of women's items which takes cues from the many, and often sugar-coated, movie clichés and connotations that are linked to the city of light, but paired with dictinctly laid-back aussie perspective. location: mitchell house, 358 lonsdale street, second floor [cbd].

© verner / photography: simon shiff

global: lanvin summer 2015 ad campaign

© lanvin

in lanvin's dictionary fun is more that a three-letter word written in capital letters, and the luxury brand's ad campaigns are known to visualize that understanding of joie-de-vivre in highly contagious imagery. and next season's ad campaign is no exception. shot by photographer tim walker, it features a series of mother-daughter situations, starring among others legendary 1980s runway model pat cleveland and daugher anna cleveland, and a number of photogenic hipster male counterparts, in chic yet playful settings, wearing ensembles from the french fashion house. a special video linked to the campaign will be released by lanvin mid-february. shown here are our two favourite shots of its summer 2015 ad campaign.

© lanvin

paris: nixon store opening

© nixon

nixon has greatly expanded its footprint on the old continent by setting up its first store in the happening marais district of paris. to make an even bigger splash, the watch and accessories brand struck a collab with london-based architecture practice checkland kindleysides to develop a new retail concept, one that's based on a so-called architectural horizon line  – a design concept that allows the brand to own and present the space as a canvas for the nixon story, while also a nod to action sports such as surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding – has been implemented to create both aesthetic and practical sightlines. 

the concept challenges the often cluttered retail landscape with a bold simplicity that invites shoppers to explore both the brand's unique offerings and outspoken setting. the indoor setting is marked by glossy black and matt grey concrete, with the shop's interior very much reflecting nixon's core values of design, quality and heritage. nixon has aimed to give shoppers an immersive and fun shopping experience that brings in a level of infotainment with an led video wall screening various films, from a tide movie to scenes with nixon ambassadors, providing a dynamic backdrop for the extensive watch collection.

speaking of which, the watches are presented on a striking sculptural centrepiece in the store. the many watches are displayed rhythmically on undulating plinths, partly immersed below the surface of an under-lit aqua blue tank, and appear to be floating on the surface. the sense of watchmania is further boosted by a sizeable footwear-inspired watch wall which displays even more timepieces on a tinted glass matrix. set against a watch tile backdrop, it emanates a distinct sense of craftsmanship and innovation. while the front section of the store is dominated by watches, shoppers pass a transitional space with apparel items, before they enter a customisation area at the back of the store. this new way of presenting merchandise by bringing it out from behind glass is pushing boundaries in the retail space, inviting people to look, feel, and interact with nixon’s products.

toward the back of the store, the setting shifts into a slightly edgier gear, featuring plywood paneling and raw steel peg boards. it's here where a specially conceived customisation bar allows shoppers to choose from various elements, from watch faces and bands, to cases, and engraved detailing, allowing customers to create their trophy timepiece. this process is directed by one very crafty curator who happily obliges with helping shoppers to create the watch that speaks to them. the new nixon store carries the brand's full range of watches, apparel and other products, displaying them in a completely new and distinctive manner. location: 14 rue froissart [marais].

© nixon

online: hiro clark a/w 2014 collection

© hiro clark

launched by fashion veteran and new york transplant andy salzer, the hiro clark men's label oozes the spirit of los angeles. the name alone perfectly reflects its cosmopolitan vibe, but it's obviously the range of designs that caught our eye, reflecting the iconic lifestyle and adventure that's so often associated with this sprawling megalopolis. salzer, obviously a keen observer, captured all that plus what he found below the shiny surface, in an edgy range of limited edition men's tees. hiro clark crewneck t-shirts are made from high-quality cotton jersey, emblazoned with carefully selected screen prints and texts, the designs epitomize the understated, if not laid-back, cool that everyone perceives as typically socal. presented in hiro clark's first release are differently themed designs, including collabs with photographer john arsenault, who also shot the brand's beautiful launch campaign, and another talented lensman, michael bevilacqua. the hiro clark collection is exclusively available at the brand's online store.

© hiro clark

moscow: superstar moscow store opening

© adidas russia

the top echelon of russian retail may have been a little static lately, there's still intrepid action to be found among premium brands. sporstwear brand adidas has raised its profile with a brand new store dedicated to the adidas superstar, one of its iconic sneakers which was first launched in 1969. aptly named superstar moscow, the retail space is situated on ulitsa kuznetskiy most, one of the city's most expensive stretches of downtown real estate, and doubles as an art + events venue. occupying two floors of a rather monumental 19th-century structure built in italian renaissance and baroque style, the ground floor is home to the store section and features a modern setting with boxy displays, a sneaker wall and whitewashed brick walls. in the area upstairs there's plenty of room for play, relaxation, and as said, special events. adding up to the fun vibe is a homey screening room with leather sofas. currently on display upstairs is a collection of vintage adidas superstar shoes which have been flown in straight from the archives of the adidas headquarters in germany, in addition to rare releases from private collections. the floor is further adorned by authentic photographs of a number of leading contemporary photographers, such as martha cooper, joe jordan and beau roulette. location: moscow superstar, ulitsa kuznetskiy most 12 [tverskaya].

© adidas russia

melbourne: made by jimmy pop-up store

© made by jimmy / photography: willem-dirk du toit

in australia, where laid-back isn't just an adjective but a way of life, a pair of shorts is the prerequisite uniform of many. but not just any uniform, no sir. we're talking the sought-after man leg-baring designs by melbourne-based label made by jimmy. founded only two years ago by designer james andrianakis, the brand has gained a growing following down under and overseas - notably in japan - with playful designs that effortlessly blend the savoir-vivre of beach life with elements of urban cool. made by jimmy has taken its operations to the next level by launching a pop-up store in the heart of homebase melbourne. occupying a narrow but lofty ground floor unit, it features a collab interior design with local archtecture practice herbert & mason. dipped entirely in a very appropriate aquamarine shade, the flooring has a curved edges and heighten the sense of being submerged in a tank. suspended metal clothing racks in a similar colour line the walls, showcasing made by jimmy's s/s 2015 collection of men's shorts and matching t-shirt designs. a linear configuration of neon light tubes that dangle from the ceiling add an industrial touch [open through feb 28]. location: 10 crossley street [cbd].

© made by jimmy / photography: willem-dirk du toit

new york: helmut lang

© sperone westwater

helmut lang may have disappeared for quite some time from the frantic fashion front, but that hasn't stopped him from freely letting the creative juices flow. the vienna-born designer has simply shifted his focus away from that rat race and the intrinsic limelight, dipping his toe in another passion of his: contemporary art. now living a secluded life, lang only seems to emerge from time to time to reveal his creative output, as is currently the case in new york city. at a solo exhibition at sperone westwater - his very first in town - lang displays a series of sculptures that are exemplary of his particular use of materials and textures. shredded fragments from his séance de travail archive serve as raw material for the largest series of works, and are transmuted with resin and pigment into a series of nearly 200 pillar-like sculptures with a striking organic quality. a series of wall sculptures, composed of resin and pigment pressed together in plankton-like sheets, provide a stark contrast while also demonstrating lang's versatile and dynamic artistic lingo [on through feb 2]. location: sperone westwater, 257 bowery [nolita].

© sperone westwater

hamburg: aesop store opening

© aesop

aesop accelerates its expansion in germany, adding a new signature store in downtown hamburg. occupying a ground floor unit of a late 19th-century structure, it measures a sizeable 112 sqm. [1,206 sq.ft.], and features an interior design - mind you, it's the first ever collab between the two parties - by antwerp-based practice vincent van duysen architects. the walls and ceiling have been revamped and now boast a pale and roughly textured plaster. providing a dramatic contrast is a freestanding sink of solid bluestone and fitted out with blackened steel fossets. the very same stone has been used as flooring. display shelves along the wall are crafted from untreated oak, while the ones in the window come in blackened steel and reference the store's cast-iron façade. along with the opening of this aesop store is the debut of the cosmetics brand's very first european facial treatment room, discreetly concealed by floor-lenght linen curtains beind the sales counter. it offfers offers six treatments, ranging from a 60-minute detox overhaul, designed to decongest and revitalise tired skin, to a 90-minute lactate surge, created to stimulate, nourish and restore. the new aesop store carries the brand's full range of skin, body and hair care products. location: poststrasse 22 [mitte].

© aesop

istanbul: say what?

© galeri zilberman / uriel orlow - the long and the short of it - untitled, from the bitter lake chronicles [2010-2012]

opening wed - jan 14 at galeri zilberman in istanbul is the say what? group exhibition curated by gülsen bal and walter seidl. the turkish-austrian duo have rallied have gathered a variety of works around the increasingly important question of how to relate to community and belonging in light of the fact that the debates on the conditions of global capitalism affect different countries in different ways. the failure of modern history, coupled with a fading consciousness of personal interests, leads to representation under the umbrella of internationalism, reinforcing the familiar process that unfolds as a result of flogging the multiculturalist image of belonging to the 'people of the world'. the exhibition presents a variety of artistic stances before the backdrop of significant historical and community-related contexts, and the works on display bear witness to how present day individuals have to claim a status of exceptionality in a seemingly globalised world. the artists participating in this show are heba y. amin, valie export, uriel orlow, nada prlja and santiago sierra. location: mısır apartımanı, istiklal caddesi 163 k3 [beyoglu].

© galeri zilberman / santiago sierra - 1000 black posters [2012]