Oscar Magnuson picked up Just Kids after meeting Patti Smith herself at last year’s Polar Music Prize in Stockholm. It was soon making the rounds of the office like no other book and for good reason…
To those who know Patti Smith’s work, it won’t come as a big surprise that the singer-songwriter’s latest non-fiction reads like poetry, tells a magnetic love story and is an utter page-turner. Patti is a heroine of music who found her feet and her voice in culturally exploding 1970s New York. Set against a backdrop of Hendrix and Morrison, the Beat Poets and art projects, Just Kids is the beautifully lyrical love story of two penniless creatives – Patti and the superstar photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. A true story of rag to riches, the path was not smooth for these two as they struggled to define their identities as artists and individuals, socially and sexually. Eventually it would tear their love apart, but not before a lifelong friendship was created. To fulfill a promise, Patti documented their story. The result is the phenomenal Just Kids.
Oscar Magnuson featured at Stockholm Fashion Week 2013 together with Swedish label Mayla.
Swedish graphic designer Marlene Abraham founded her label Mayla in 2010. She has always had a keen eye for style, shape and form so the leap from graphic to fashion design came quite naturally. The collection is made out of timeless, feminine pieces, designed to become all-time wardrobe favourites.
A/W 2013 - "Hitchcock Muses"
This season Mayla enters the cinematic world of Alfred Hitchcock offering a contemporary take on some of his favorite muses referencing Tippi Hedren, Grace Kelly and Kim Novak. The mood is dark and edgy, a tribute the psychological subtleness of his leading ladies. Quirky bird prints and different textures create an eclectic mix of silk jacquard knits, metallic bouclé, feather lace and sheer silk pleats, topped with frames by Oscar Magnuson.
A burning intensity coupled with a quiet awkwardness gave Ian Curtis, the lead singer of Joy Division unmatched magnetism. His extraordinary, seizure-like dancing and haunting baritone voice branded the band with a trademark image that would kick-start a new wave of music.
Ian Curtis’ penetrating genius and individualism have influenced a new pair of Oscar Magnuson spectacles: ‘Ian’ 8726. They are part of the SS13 collection inspired by punk and post-punk icons, and come in four colours.
With interviews and photography, we have delved into the souls of modern-day creatives. One furniture designer, one architect and one photographer share with us their notions of artistic integrity, their battles with self-doubt and how their soul is represented through their work. These people are changing the fields they work in. This time we talk to designer Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm.
Patti Smith performing at Cornell University, Ithaca NY, 1977.
New OM Styles Ian, 8723 and Rei
A chance meeting with seminal punk singer Patti Smith at last year’s Polar Music Prize in Stockholm set Oscar Magnuson’s mind rolling about progressive, iconic characters once again. After reading her autobiography Just Kids, he further understood and wondered at her drive to succeed; her ability to ignore what others thought of her; and the fierce loyalty of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe’s tender relationship as they fought to survive as artists in New York. These ideas spiralled into bigger questions: a deeper analysis of the whole punk culture. What is punk? Where did it come from? And who belongs to this subversive society? From here, the OM13 collection was born. The release includes the new styles Patti, Robert, Ian and Rei.
Salvador Dali's portrait by photographer Willy Rizzo (image source: artinfo.com)
Spectacles are the only accessory to adorn the “golden triangle” of the face, the space from eye to eye to lips. They are the first accessory to catch our attention, a key part of first impressions and consequently an important tool for the individual to express identity. Nowadays they are worn not only to counter visual impairment, but also purely as a fashion accessory. Just as people use spectacles to relate various impressions, artists use spectacles for a range of purposes in their work. In art as in life, the symbolism of eyewear has changed greatly over the centuries.