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Last night the glitterati gathered in Belgrave Square for the exclusive launch of Schön! 8, an event which brought together personalities from fashion, art, politics and the economy.
Photos by Raul Moya-Mula www.raul-Moya-Mula-photography.com
Hosted by the German ambassador in his sumptuous residence, the launch reflected the luxurious vision of Schön! Magazine. Guests were dazzled by work from creatives such as short film maker Max Hattler, gifted photographer Jannis Tsipoulanis and Alice in Wonderland illustrator Michael Kutsche, while a parade of mannequins displayed designs from the likes of Felder Felder, Silke Wilhelm and Kostas Murkudis. Copies of the newest edition of Schön! were hotly contested among the guests, as fashion collided with politics in a catalyst of talent.
For this one-off event the magazine collaborated with the Think German campaign to celebrate some of the most talented creative individuals from Germany, many of whom also contributed to the latest edition of Schön! The elegant setting – classic architecture and elaborate chandeliers - combined with the magazine’s sense of innovation flawlessly. Photographers and models, including the infamous Tony Ward, sipped champagne alongside the ambassador and drank in a banquet of German talent.
The Times, Channel 4 and the BBC were all there to capture the moment as the new issue was unveiled and celebrated, marking the success of both Schön! and its artists. A new direction in fashion media has arrived, and London welcomed it with open arms.
Who is Fulvio Maiani? He believes that all of the answers can be found within his pictures, as though they are tangible depictions of his identity. A visual artifact of himself as a person. Not many people put their souls into their work, but each of Maiani’s images incorporate a fragment of himself. A childhood memory, a street he visited, a book. Only when all of his work is placed together like pieces of a jigsaw will we fully grasp the real magnificence behind Fulvio Maiani.
As graduate of the European institute of Design Milano with a qualification in photography; Maiani has had immense success in the race for artistic recognition, with Grazia, ELLE and Vogue all parading his work. He is also represented by Factory311. Maiani was born within a humble family in the very small San Marino, his upbringing would prove to be the calm before the storm. His work now illuminates from the page like bolts of lighting, striking our minds with a surge of electricity. Blinding us to conventions and enlightening us to new notions of fashion and beauty. His unorthodox style can cause our hearts to thunder in awe and I bet you can’t find anything that can reverberate inside of you to such a powerful degree.
Maiani constructs a visually interesting scene that causes great impact as every corner of the picture is engaging, from the stunning models to the loud clothing, to the beautiful settings. All of these things compliment each other very well consequenting in all-round beautiful images.
Nothing like the average fashion photographer, his collection has a slight melancholy ambience to it, the use of silvers, grey and blacks, dusky themes and shades tell us that Maiani is not a man afraid of the dark. The sinister aura is so powerful and the clever use of lighting and minimal colour creates unfathomable intensity. His fearless choice of icy colour schemes and smoky undertones is not only rare but absolutely brave and inspiring. Its shows us that even without colour, a well executed image can still speak to our hearts, it can still captivate us and we can still be moved.
Maiani’s shoot with Ilse DeBoer in Issue 7 of Schön! Is adventurous and robust. There is an element of mystery within the photographs with the model never looking directly into the camera giving the idea that she is free and brave. The slight nudity in the shoot is nicely done thanks to the excellent body language of model Ilse DeBoer. The shoot is very sharp and has a somehow alternative idealistic picturesque sense to it, with the beauty of the environment, the green grass, the trees and the sunlight as important as the beauty of the model and the clothes.
This is an extraordinary collision that merges fashion and beauty with the wonder of the outdoors. Grand and rich are the words that best describe Maiani’s carousel of creativity featured in Schön! Issue 7. His images are like beautiful music resonating in our bones. Fulvio Maiani is a regular contributor in Schön! His images have been showcased in many issues and continues to excel beyond belief. The quality of Maiani’s images are incredible. Watch him, for he is a Lighthouse, sending out the brightest beams of creativity for us all to follow.
Words by Kadish Morris
New York photographer Jamie Nelson’s style is young, dynamic, de-constructing the conventional ideas of beauty and re-building them into a striking rainbow of masterpieces. Her work is a strong example of fashion and art crashing together resulting in beautiful repercussions.
Her Fine Art educational background can be seen in her pictures as she shows an invaluable attention to detail. Effective, emotive and exceptional, leaving a lasting impression in our thoughts. They allow us to think and build our own meanings and connect with them. The way in which she captures a scene and an emotion, just through a pose or a choice of scene is amazingly motivational and can resonate with us to an astonishing degree. Never choosing cliché styling or makeup, always picturing the most eye catching clothes, she represents all that fashion should be. Beautiful and like nothing we’ve ever seen before. Look through her portfolio, and you will see tense, hard and surreal punchy images with a great deal of kick and panache.
There is no shadow of a doubt that Jamie Nelson, is a shooting star. Her colourful array of innovative fashion and beauty photography comes alive, dancing on the page, like an extravaganza of creativity, a festival of imagination balloting in a spectacle of beautiful dexterity that pours from Nelsons ingenious mind. Her well executed artistic direction and bottomless palette of an imagination makes her even greater than a star, it makes her a supernova. Emitting light and energy that has the power to illuminate many years after the initial bright idea first burst at its conception. Jamie is also under the umbrella of Factory311, a platforming company which represents a unique selection of the world’s most exciting, boundary pushing talents in today’s industry.
Her images have been eaten up by some top magazines such as Nylon, Elle and Cosmo and she has even been featured on Ad Campaigns, Billboards and many international publications. She is still so young and yet so far, with only a few more mountains to climb as she one day dreams of shooting for Italian Vogue and Numero. Her work has been exhibited in Rome and she recently participated in a New museum/Chandelier Art exhibit in New York.
Model Emilia Navarecka is featured in Schön! Issue 7 photographed by Nelson. The images are bold, powerful and heavens above inspiring. Nelson’s ability to convey passion and intensity is genius. The brave use of severe reds pinks and yellows of lipstick, clothing and props against the dark colours of hair, makeup and shadows echoes fearlessness throughout the spread with a hard edgy, extremist approach to beauty as oppose to a soft subtle commercial approach. Nelson shoots always draw attention to the styling as well as the contemporary demeanour. The beautiful aura of the photographs, the way in which they affect all of our sense, as if we can almost feel the warmth, taste the light and smell the colours leaves us speechless, with the enlightened expression on our faces to be the language and words which express our feelings of gratification. Here are some of Nelson’s fruitful images featured in Schön! Issue 7
She is definitely a contender to watch in the race to artistic recognition. Jamie Nelson’s imagination is a bomb of ideas, and she set to blow the whole fashion scene up.
Text by Kadish Morris
photography/ Jannis Tsipoulanis
Schön! are collaborating with The German Embassy in coalition with “Think German” http://thinkgerman.org.uk/ . A Campaign set out encourage the world to learn the beautiful Language of Germany, for a “one night only” spectacle of flavoursome talent. The Invite only exhibit will befall inside the Embassy of federal republic of Germany at Belgrave Square in London. Exclusively selected guests can expect to indulge on the glorious nectar of Germany born and breed creatives as their magnetizing illustrations, photography, designs and writings are exhibited and showcased for those special chosen ones to feast upon.
Illustration / Luis Munoz-Rodriguez
The Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany
At the German Ambassador’s Residence
Mid September 2010
This exhibition is an invite only event. If you wish to be apart of this artistic spectacle you must first request an invitation.
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At present, Schön! Magazine is in the thick of a radical movement that endeavours to prosper the mouths of the world by soaking their tongues with the German dialect, and flourishing their taste buds with hard edges of this exquisite European language.
Think German is a campaign set to hit the U.K like a livid tornado that aims to inspire the public to learn the native vocabulary of Germany. It will give strength to Germany’s creative heritage and homage to its beautiful language. 2010 will host a wealth of events to entice the public to connect with all the arts and culture Germany has to offer. The Think German events will act as delicious bait, drawing people in to many opportunities that offer them the chance to understand why learning a foreign language is a fundamental tool of global communication. The Campaign will leave the world captivated with the taste of Germans beautiful vernacular, leaving a sticky residue of richness on their tongue unfeasible to be rid.
Schön! Is no stranger to German greatness. As many of our international contributors are born or have their ancestry rooted in Germany, Schön! Will be collaborating with The German embassy to exhibit the many Germany contributors featured in issue 8. The event will display some amazing artists, photographers and designers born, raised and influenced by Germany. Artists that have the power and ability to influence the world giving reverence where due to the country that built them into the something’s they are today.
The “one night only” spectacle of German creatives will be held inside the Embassy of Federal republic of Germany at Belgrave Square in London. Special guests can expect to be dazzled with the work of Jannis Tsipoulanis, by the wondrous illustrations of Michael Kutsche, and the designs of Visionary designer Silke Wilhelm. This will be a delectable feast of brilliance, a banquet of remarkable inspirational work that will have you obsessed, over dosing on the glory of Germany.
Karen Roze: Electric Dreams
Hunched limbs, refracted light, blurred faces…Karen Roze’s photography is not necessarily pretty. It captures something far more extraordinary than beauty. She creates art for art’s sake, to revel in its decadent possibilities and luxurious potentials. Her models are caught mid-movement, in avant-garde postures, sometimes half eclipsed by light.
Karen commits to a concept entirely, whether it’s a sixties-esque couple checking into a retro beachside motel or a grungy girl kicking up leaves in her torn jeans and killer boots. Her images create the impression that we are watching something real, something which is happening just for an instant, not a still set up by a stylist, model and photographer.
But for all her elevating energy, Roze’s photography often meditates on dark matters; ghostly figures in the dark, twilight hours, a model floating comatose in rippling, reflective water. Sated with electricity, her images are a study in expression. The heroin-chic of the nineties has been reinvented and recast, this time with a peculiar elegance.
This distinctive aesthetic lends itself seamlessly to high-end fashion photography, making her a regular contributor for the coolest of the cool; Dazed and Confused, Contra, Spade and Schön! Magazine have all recognised her talent and welcomed her work. Roze has been featured within our magazine, and has returned to contribute a thought-provoking editorial for Schön! 8 in her signature monochrome and washed-out sepias. Pained expressions and eyes bruised with shadows mark Roze’s series of intimate portraits as entirely her own, but created especially for us.
Words by Caitlin Leslie