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KOMAKINO WAS A SINGLE BY JOY DIVISION RE-RELEASED IN APRIL 1980 AS A 7” FLEXI LIMITED TO 10,000 COPIES AND GIVEN AWAY FREE. THE B-SIDES ARE BOTH INSTRUMENTALS.

IT IS NOW A GUERILLA SHOP. WWW.KOMAKINOSHOP.COM


FEATURING RAD HOURANI A.P.C ASHER LEVINE COMMUNE DE PARIS RICK OWENS MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA CHRONICLES OF NEVER


RAD HOURANI R

ad Hourani is a fashion designer and visualist. He was born in 1982 in Jordan from a Jordanian father and a Syrian mother. When he was 16 years old, he moved with his family to Montreal (Canada) where he completed his high school studies. Shortly after his graduation, he started scouting for a modelling agency and eventually worked full time as a stylist. He moved to Paris in 2005, where he designed his first clothing collection. It is also in Paris that he launched his namesake label for a debut show on October 2007 at

age 25. As of early 2010, since 2008, and after 4 collections, he continues to show in New York and his label is carried by avant-garde retailers such as Seven New York, LeForm (Moscow), Argento (Ekaterinburg), Day&Night (San Petersburgo), Maria Luisa (Paris), Luisa Via Roma (Florence), Midwest (Tokyo), and Joyce (Hong Kong). RAD by Rad Hourani is a complementary unisex collection to the main label, and is recasting the same silhouettes in more casual cuts and affordable materials. Launched

in 2009 in New York, the aseasonal collection consists of basics and accessories in shades of black, white, grey and blue. Gender-agnosticism is the driving conceptual direction in Rad Hourani’s work as all of his products are specifically designed to be unisex. •


A.P.C - OLIVE OIL F

ashion brand A.P.C. designed their Olive Oil with the same clean minimal look of their clothing line, having the feel of a fragrance product. This is all kinds of bizarre for us. We love to eat, and we love A.P.C., so it’s only natural (?) for them to combine them? Wait. Maybe it’s a natural partnership because some of the best food and fashion come from France. Yah, that’s it. We love the minimalist design of this A.P.C. olive oil. Plus, if you like your A.P.C.

denim super skinny and tight, we can’t think of a better way to grease yourself up into them. Not too sure how different the A.P.C. olive oil would be compared to the usual 5 gallon metal jugs that most hardcore olive oil connoisseurs purchase., howeer so it is made in France and that the packaging is extremely well done. The Olive Oil has garnered mixed reviews online, with a handful of people praising A.P.C on its take to redesign food packaging, exclaiming

their inpatience to get their hands on a few bottles of the “special” olive oil,, while others have criticized it, calling it a mindless scam , referencing it to David Beckham’s Fish Sticks. •


ASHER LEVINE W

hile he was obsessively digging in the sand looking for clay so that he could sculpt, Asher’s mom put him into sewing class at ten-years-old. There should be awards for moms who have vision and nurture creativity when they see it. Ever since his first days of “sewing vests and shorts while the others were making pillows,” Asher has been consumed with creating silhouettes. The pieces shock you, in just the way he likes it, with their unconventional, yet accessible exaggerations and unusual configurations. ing, yet still accessible. Asher possesses both the talent and humility of someone beyond his years, and his intense and positive energy is infectious. The world is Asher’s garment laboratory. •


COMMUNE DE PARIS 1871 C

ommune de Paris 1871 has launched yet another attack. Uproar and smoke. A collection of menswear, lively classic. Scattered red and blue republican symbols appear on noble fabric of sober colours. A cabinet of curios,

packed with objects created by artists federated around the label (Lili Fleury, Munchausen, Adeline Cacheux), who reinvent the cockade, convert flags, coins and historical engravings, take over cannons, barricades, and furious

roosters. The label , in actual fact, is named after The Commune, the result of an uprising in Paris after France was defeated in the FrancoPrussian War. This uprising was chiefly caused by the disaster in the war and the growing discontent


among French workers. Parisians, especially workers and the lowermiddle classes, had long supported a democratic republic. A specific demand was that Paris should be self-governing with its own elected council, something enjoyed by

smaller French towns but denied to Paris by a national government wary of the capital’s unruly populace. An associated, but less wellarticulated, wish was for a more “just”, not necessarily socialist, way of managing the economy,

summed completetely up in the popular appeal for “la république démocratique et sociale! “ •


RICK OWENS B

orn and raised in Porterville, California, Owens studied fine arts at Otis/Parsons (now known as Otis College of Art and Design) in Los Angeles for two years before a pattern-making class led him to drop out and work for some local companies that produced sportswear and inexpensive imitations of designer clothing. His own label, begun in 1994[1] found a following, selling exclusively to Charles Gallay, a pioneering Los Angeles retailer who kept Owens in business for several years. In 2001, he signed with Ital-

ian sales agent Eo Bocci Associati for world wide distribution, and his production moved to Italy. His look has been described as “glamourmeets-grunge”, but Owens himself says “I try to make clothes the way Lou Reed does music, with minimal chord changes, and direct. It is sweet but kind of creepy. It’s about giving everything I make a worn, softened feeling. It’s about an elegance being tinged with a bit of the barbaric, the sloppiness of something dragging and the luxury of not caring. •


MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA A

fter graduation in 1980 he worked as a freelance designer for five years. Between 1985 and 1987 he worked for Jean Paul Gaultier, before showing his first collection under his own label in 1989. In 1997 he became, despite his non-traditional design, the creative director of the

Hermès women's line. Martin Margiela and the Antwerp Six revolted against the luxurious fashion world with garments of oversized proportions such as long arms, and with linings, seams and hems on the outside. The concept of deconstruction, also embraced by the aforementioned

Rei Kawakubo, is important for the understanding of Martin Margiela's fashion statement. Mr Margiela famously redesigns by hand objects such as old wigs, canvases and silk scarves into couture garments. Throughout his career, Martin Margiela has maintained an extremely


low profile. He has never had his picture taken and remains backstage after his shows. All media contact is dealt with via fax. Maison Martin Margiela’s ultradiscreet trademark consists of a piece of cloth with the numbers 0-23 . The badge is attached to the inside with its four little white

pick stitches, exposed to the outside on unlined garments. For the 20'th anniversary the anonymous tag was replaced by a classic logotype. •


CHRONICLES OF NEVER G

areth Moody, of denim brand, Ksubi, imagined Chronicles Of Never in 2006. Born from the desire to design using different mediums and shapes, the first collection of unisex jewely was the beginning of the forthcoming ready to wear collection known today as Chronicles Of never. It has sinced evolved into a

full unisex fashion line and Moody’s ongoing commitment to creative collaboration and consistent cross discipline approach to fashion has build a strong identity for the label : once that encompasses art and a strong conceptual framework. •


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