Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Exception To The Rule


Illustration By Ellinor Forje

I went on a semi-rant a while back concerning my disdain for the phenomenon known as celebrity fragrances. I'm going to retract part of that tirade because I do like the perfume that was recently released by Sia (the late Elisabeth Taylor gets a pass, too). The concept that is, as I'm completely clueless to what it actually smells like - I'm judging the book entirely by its cover.

Sia is probably the most unlikely artist to put her name on a scent yet somehow it makes perfect sense in the universe she's created. And to think that "The New York Times" once slammed Bruno Mars for not being Super Bowl-worthy. According to the esteemed newspaper, his lack of a fragrance endorsement keeps him from being or becoming a household name. On what planet? Mars?

Anyway, Bruno did offer a clever repartee on "The Ellen Show" to what was nothing short of a diss. And Speaking of Ellen, hope you didn't miss Sia and Maddie Ziegler performing "Chandelier" live on there a few months ago. Later in the summer we got a bonus in the shape of their whimsical performance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live".

With that said, the celebrity perfumes that don't appeal to me will remain nameless like the Nameless Things underneath the Misty Mountains. Instead, since we're jamming to tunes on Youtube, other songs written by Sia for fellow singers well worthwhile are: "Diamonds" - Rihanna, "Pretty Hurts" - Beyoncé and the appropriately named "Perfume" performed by Britney Spears.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Anne Marie Mondrup

Photographed By Tommorow Management  

TELL YOUR STORY
I have a higher diploma in Marketing and a Coaching degree and used to work in a management consulting company in my early days. Got a chance to move into fashion and artist management 14 years ago and really found my path in life. Founded Tomorrow Management in 2005. And today we have offices in Copenhagen and New York, and represent 27 international talents working with fashion, editorials and advertising. I’m also the Editor in Chief of the bi-annual magazine "Tomorrow's Journal" - which was initially published in 2010 and now on its 9th issue. I live and breathe for supporting creative talents to reach their goals in life and aim at combining hard work and lots of fun to get there.

ABOUT "TOMORROW'S JOURNAL": HOW DO YOU CURATE AND CREATE THE MAGAZINE'S CONTENT?
With "Tomorrow's Journal" we aim to give creative talents freedom to showcase their strongest and most visionary work without any commercial boarders. We just released the 9th issue and the magazine is available globally in selected metropolitan stores. Usually we work around a theme with keywords that makes the foundation for an issue - then contributors interpret this in their own way - making all contributions unique. We provide the frame but not the whole content - that's up to each contributor. This way the content of the magazine remains versatile but still with a link that bines it all together.

WHY COPENHAGEN AND NEW YORK?
Copenhagen, as it’s the capital of Denmark and the center of Scandinavia. Sorry Swedes *smiles*. New York - there's no other city like New York. It's the city where dreams come true.

WHAT'S YOUR PERSONAL AESHTIC IN TERMS OF CULTURE?
My personal aesthetic is very Scandinavian. I love clean and simple design. Good craftsmanship, high quality and an environmentally sound consciousness in all that can be done, made or produced to the best extent possible. Whether it’s fashion, food, an art piece or music, whatever you do, keep it real and authentic. 

WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU OFFER ANYONE SEEKING YOUR PROFESSION AS THEIR PROFESSIONAL OUTLET?
Work hard, Do good. Treat everyone they way you want to be treated yourself. Be visionary. Aim high. Never lose yourself.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Event


Photographed By Ellinor Forje

 Launch of "Tomorrow's Journal" Issue 9. Copenhagen, August 8, 2014.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Look

Photographed By Ellinor Forje

Alexander Wang Suvi ankle-cuff leather sandals, plus bag. Blouse from Urban Outfitters. Skirt, picked up somewhere in New York.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Darya Kosilova

Photographed By Ellinor Forje

“K-O-S-I-L-O-V-A.”

“Darya Kosilova. Polish?” I asked.

“Russian,” she replied.

After three weeks in Europe, Darya Kosilova is ready to go back to New York which is home. She’ll miss Denmark. “It’s the most perfect place. Everybody is outrageously beautiful. And they’re all on vacation. I’m always working,” she said. She’s right. Getting in touch with a professional in the Scandinavia in the month of July and part of August - fuggedaboutit. Any semblance of a relationship you’ll have is with their automated answering machine telling you, in two different languages, “I’m on vacation”.

We’re on the rooftop of the Generator Hostel in Copenhagen with a view that could easily be the back drop in one Lemuel Gulliver’s voyages. The white flower pots that serve as part of the roof top décor appear to have been snatched from a Brobdingnagian’s window sill. It’s not a negative. The Generator has impeccable design for a hostel as other hostels are usually, as Kosilova and I would say in unison, “Disgusting”. The Generator has eight hostels across Europe that look more like boutique hotels than the tales of horror you sometimes here about from the adventurous traveller on a budget. Although I’ve crossed the main street to the side street Generator is on several times, I’ve completely missed it.

Kosilova works as an art director for “The Lab Magazine”, the producution house that curates Generator's #REGENERATE14 event where I’d earlier received the notification:

Hi

Sorry there has been a change and it’s Friday from 7pm. I've put you on the list and I hope you can make it! 

Unfortunately I won’t be there but my colleagues Emma and Ernest will be at the door so do say hi to them!

Thanks!

Belen

I reply that I'll be there with bells on.

#REGENERATE14 is an interactive concept of strangers sharing space peacefully. The first event was held in Berlin where Kosilova worked with the publication and website she joined four years ago. The team behind “The Lab Magazine” originate from Canada. And Kosilova met the lab leaders Justin Tyler Close and Jeremy Power Regimbal while an art student in Vancouver. She also has a visual collaboration called “Appppple Sauce" with creative director, Tyler Close.

In additon, she’s a model, which strikes you before her style. “Lately I’ve been enjoying softer dresses mixed with more conservative sexy as my outfits,” she said. She nailed it. Those black leather booties. I want them. Yesterday. We’re interrupted by a buzzing bee hovering over our drinks. It doesn’t disappear despite the effort to make the Honey. B. Fly away. After a minute of circulation it closes in on Kosilova’s cider then dives right into the bottle. “Did the bees all migrate to Denmark or something? I’ve never seen so many bees in one place,” said Kosilova. Neither have I. I also wonder about the exodus of ladybirds since I haven’t seen a single one the entire summer. I’ve noticed other insects I swear didn’t exist when I was growing up. Plain weird mutations seeking refuge in my bedroom at night. I’m not making this up nor have I been drankin’ on a beach like Beyoncé. Damn evolution if that’s what it is.

“I’m an animal lover but…” says Darya Kosilova before pouring out the liquid gold on the wooden floor. Our eyes meet. Then we get back to work.

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