VAMP MAGAZINE CHRISTMAS â€“ 2018
THE FESTIVE ISSUE
ZOOBS ANSARI VAMP meets renowned celebrity Photographer / Contemporary Artist Zoobs. P.58
Discover the father of Tropical Modernism, Sri Lankan-born Geoffrey Bawa. P.86
++++ > 017. A CURATED CHRISTMAS > 046. ENGLISH ROSE > 098. MODERN RENAISSANCE > 081. ELEMENTAL FORMS > 058. Q+A WITH ZOOBS ANSARI > 040. INTERVIEW: JACK HUDSON > 092. TRAVEL: YANGSHOU, CHINA > 123. FESTIVE GUSTATION > 082. FUNCTIONAL ART ++++
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COVER: Fierce - featuring NICK BATEMAN by ZOOBS
The end of the year is near and VAMP is closing 2018 off with this Festive Issue! A celebration of colour, fashion, design and traditions. In celebration of this season - a total guilty pleasure for our team - we have taken a slightlydifferent approach on how we wish to celebrate the build up to the holidays. Tamara Fenech helps us out by giving us a few ideas on how to make our Christmas lists a little more sustainable and organized; by writing out lists before hitting the high street and doing a little mindful research on the collections in store. Buying into a collection story is always more meaningful.
Editorial VAMP Editorial Team Creative Director Chris Psaila Contributing Editor Carla Grima Copy Editor Hannah Cremona
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Asia is always hot on out list this time of year, as VAMP travels to the east to explore the ‘Wonders of Yangshuo’, an eastern enchantment - definitely worth a spot in your 2019 travel bucket list. For all of our design lovers, be sure to check out ‘Tropical Alchemy’, a beautiful read about tropical modernism, told through the eyes of Rossella Frigerio. In contrast to this, we givean insight into a minimal, modernised house in the West; a dreamy look into smooth surfaces and streamline furniture. Seasonal styles are a highlight in this issue, touching on different tastes for such a varied and sociable season. Get inspired by
Contributors Tamara Fenech Chanel Galea Rossella E. Frigerio Stefan Hogan Mark McBride Stylist Martina Zammit Maemple Karen Cutajar Noticed ModelSales Manager Management Sam Psaila 7788 0300 Derek Swalwell Sales B.E Architecture Keeley Bajada Jack Hudson 9996 0446 Photographers Matthew B Spiteri Rob Matthew Golfeo Alan Carville
Zoobs Ansari Jean Zammit Alex Lapira Niranjan Shrestha Alila Hotels This magazine is published by [ V ] Publications also publishers of Served Magazine + / The Malta Artpaper
our fashion editorial and take notes on the recommended looks for both him and her. Style file pages will also give you some ways to treat yourself to something special. It doesn’t stop there our much awaited Christmas Gift Guide will help you master your shopping list with curated gift ideas for every type. We cannot end this letter before outlining our incredible featured artists: Jack Hudson, the magical illustrator and celebrity photographer Zoobs, whose work has been featured on our cover, And with that we shall cheers to a year filled with the most creative and funloving contributors, supportive clients and our awesome readers who inspire each issue further. Until 2019... X
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015. CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE
064. LOST IN LIGHT
084. TROPICAL ALCHEMY
030. STYLE FILE
074. GUCCI CAMPAIGN 2018
090. WONDERS OF YANGSHUO
Master your shopping lists with our Gift Guide.
Our December picks from all the hottest shops on the high-street.
038. JACK HUDSON
Interviewing the artist behind some of the most playful illustrations out there.
044. ENGLISH ROSE
An exclusive look into our top winter picks from Marks & Spencer.
053. TOP OF THE HEAP
The lastest lustful gadgets from Doneo
056. VAMP MEET ZOOBS ANSARI
Vamp gets the opportunity to feature the renowned photographer once again.
Getting your seasonal wardrobe in order before the social season begins.
VAMP checks out the 2018 Gucci campaign for jewelery and time pieces launched earlier this year
077. TRENDING: TECHNO GYM
Minimalist living essentials reminiscent of the 50s paired with the warmth of natural woods
079. ELEMENTAL FORMS
Add lines and shapes to your living space with these minimalistic home essentials.
080. FUNCTIONAL ART
Chris Pace explores iconic and functional art in Germany and Switzerland and discovers the marvellous architecture, and buildings with exciting stories, of the VitraHaus.
Discovering the founding father of Tropical Modernism.
Exploring China’s enchanted county of Yangshuo.
096. MODERN RENAISSANCE
Uncovering the mystical impression of St. Vincent Palace, Australia.
118. CONSCIOUS CHRISTMAS
Mindful gifting and organising for a stressfree season.
111. EDITOR’S BEAUTY PICKS
All our favourite beauty products we just can’t live without
123. FESTIVE GUSTATION
Artistic family dishes by the super creative team at the Corinthia Palace Hotel.
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CAPTURE MOMENTS IN MOVEMENT Edouard Tabone is currently partnered with Peter Borg from Railway Studio MT, and with six years experience in video making for music, events, corporate and recently fashion, the young filmmaker is eager to broaden his client portfolio. Contact email@example.com Tel: +356 9904 0793
THALGO PRODIGE DES OCÉANS A combination of three premium skincare products for the ultimate skincare experience at home. Prodige des Océans has a patented innovation that reactivates 64 key proteins for a proven correction of wrinkles, firmness, dryness, complexion and blemishes. For Trade Enquiries: SV Beauty. Tel: +356 25467400
BOSS THE SCENT – MEN / WOMEN BOSS THE SCENT PRIVATE ACCORD FOR HIM refines the fruity facet of the Maninka fruit and adds an accord combining Cocoa & Mocha. It gives the fragrance a very seductive and addictive feature. BOSS THE SCENT PRIVATE ACCORD FOR HER emphasizes the original addictive note of Cocoa with the mysterious and irresistible charms of Dark Cocoa. Available from SV Beauty. Tel: 8007 2387
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ARTPAPER #5 OUT NOW artpaper #5 is out now, bringing together Malta and the world, through art. Created for and by those who understand that art can better the world, artpaper. is supported by various academics, art professionals and companies in Malta and abroad, and aims to be a source of inspiration, discussion and information. Available at all 8 Till late, WHSmith and Agenda & other selected locations.
CORINTHIA PALACE ATTARD
1 MILLION + LADY MILLION LUCKY Paco Rabanne presents two fragrances for him and for her. 1 Million Lucky, an intoxicating powerful blend, starts out fresh then moves into a spicy leather accord. Lady Million Lucky is dangerously sexy, with a trail of white flowers that awakes the skin with fresh notes and exudes an intimate woody warmth. Exclusively distributed by Ta Xbiex Perfumery Ltd
Fabulous Saturday and Sunday lunches including cocktails now served in Villa Corinthia. The Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in Attard launched a chic new concept for the winter season crafted to offer something discerning to weekend diners. The concept promises a world of flavours and exciting dishes to tempt every palate. To reserve your table this Saturday or Sunday, please call 21440301.
VAMP.COM.MT IS GAINING GROUND VAMP Magaizine is also online, helping you find what you need quickly and easily! Browse through thousands of curated international fashion, design, art and travel articles, along with creative recipes and high profile interviews + much more. Nothing is left unrevealed.
GOOD GIRL VELVET FATALE, CAROLINE HERRERA Velvet Fatale is the new collector edition of the successful Good Girl Eau de Parfum, one of the best-selling fragrances in the last years worldwide. The iconic shoe, a reference and a global hit, is enveloped in red velvet, a design that accentuates the sensuality of the juice. Exclusively distributed by Ta Xbiex Perfumery Ltd
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HERE IT IS! THE MUCHAWAITED SEASON IS FINALLY HERE AND WITH ONLY A COUPLE OF WEEKS TO GO, OUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING LISTS BECOME MORE SERIOUS. VAMP’S CURATED CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE WILL INSPIRE YOU WITH LOADS OF GIFT IDEAS FOR THE BEAUTY QUEEN, THE TECH SAVVY, THE NEW HOMEOWNER, THE REFINED STYLIST… THESE ARE OUR SELECTIONS OF THE IDEAL GIFTS THAT STAND TO IMPRESS. >> T H E F E S T I V E I S S U E 015
P O M E L L ATO I CO N I C A – D O LC E & G A B B A N A –
POMELLATO ICONICA – STARTING PRICE: €1,950 Daring, lightweight and stackable, Pomellato’s Iconica collection shines in bold rings of sensual rose gold or white gold, plain or studded with diamonds. The Iconica collection narrates two opposites – the unequivocally Milanese understated form and the exuberant expression when playfully combined. Exclusively available from Edwards, Lowell Co. Ltd, 6/7, Zachary Street, Valletta. Tel: 21247447 or 11, St. George’s Road, St. Julian’s. Tel: 21384503
ROLEX DATEJUST 36 – PRICE: €12,400 The Rolex Datejust 36 in Yellow Rolesor is a combination of Oystersteel and 18ct yellow gold, 36mm case, Silverset with diamonds dial and a Jubilee bracelet. The Rolex Datejust is the classic watch of reference and one of the most recognised and recognisable of watches. Exclusively available from Edwards, Lowell Co. Ltd, Rolex Boutique, 46, Republic Street, Valletta. Tel: 2744 4400
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DOLCE & GABBANA – PRICE: €314 The oversize cat-eye model, characterized by an acetate and metal embellishment, is a must-have for the coming festive season. The curved temples and the Dolce & Gabbana logo on the sacred heart embellishment will definitely turn heads as you stroll through the crowd. Dolce & Gabbana Eyewear available at eyewear.com.mt or call +356 238 11 000.
ROLEX – THALGO – TEOXANE – ARMANI EXCHANGE>>
TEOXANE ANTI– AGEING SOLUTIO PRICE: €45 R[II] EYES combines the TEOXANE anti-aging complex with Resilient Hyaluronic acid and other active ingredients recognized for providing an expert anti-fatigue and anti-aging solution, developed specifically for the eye-contour area. A fragrance- free formula suitable for sensitive area around the eyes. Available at F: Teoxane Distributor Malta
ARMANI EXCHANGE FAUX FUR GILET – PRICE: €260. Inspired by classically glam winter styles, our longline faux-fur gilet is an effortless way to add some elegance to your look, from day through the night. Available from Armani Exchange stores.
A. THALGO MARINE SILICIUM – PRICE - €71.85. Gift Set, made up of Lifting Correcting Day Cream, Wrinkle Lifting Serum and Lifting Correcting Eye Cream. To smooth and firm skin from the age of 40. Trade Enquiries: SV Beauty. Tel: +356 25467400
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DOLCE & GABBANA – VITRA – BRIEL –
D&G THE ONLY ONE FOR HER PRICE: STARTING FROM €63.16 The fragrance’s signature lies in the surprising combination of violet and coffee giving life to an enchanting floral scent. The violet opens the fragrance, combining with subtle touches of bergamot to create a lively, surprising and juicy bouquet. Available from all leading pharmacies and perfumeries.
THE NEW BREIL SNAKE PRICE: STARTING FROM €89 The New Breil Snake is a unique jewel: light and flexible, it is characterized by a precious metal mesh. The snake can be modelled in different ways. Visit one of our Sun Lab shops located at Arkadia Gozo, Baystreet, The Point, The Plaza, Paola, Qormi & Valletta & VIP Sliema & Valletta. Or Online at www.sunlab.com.mt
DOLCE & GABBANA PRICE: €281 Adds a feline touch to their new “Cuore Sacro” project. The vintage cat-eye shape conveys a sense of elegance that echoes across the collection and features the sacred heart embellishment that is synonymous with this iconic project. For Dolce & Gabbana Eyewear please visit eyewear.com.mt or call +356 238 11 000.
VITRA - ROTARY TRAY, JASPER MORRISON, 2018 PRICE: €38 Giving the classic display bowl a contemporary twist, this High Tray is a flat plastic dish on a 12cm high base, in a design and colouring suited to a diverse range of settings. It retreats behind the objects it stores, keeping spaces tidy. Vitra products are available from Vivendo, Mdina Road, Qormi. Tel: 2278 6366
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C H O PA R D –
RALPH LAUREN HOME – CRIVELLI >>
RALPH LAUREN ROBE: PRICE: €185 Sink into the comfort of a luxury Ralph Lauren dressing gown in your downtime. Crafted from deluxe, 100% cotton toweling, your very own Ralph Lauren bathrobe is the ultimate in relaxation at home. Available in different colours for men and women, exclusively at LOFT, Naxxar.
CHOPARD’S HAPPY DREAMS COLLECTION PRICES: €5,530, €5,530 & €9,670 Chopard’s famous Happy Diamonds continue their dazzling waltz across a ‘heavenly’ stage with the Happy Dreams collection. Inspired by clouds, the collection takes the world’s most joyful diamonds on a fantastical journey, inspired by the same horizon: that of freedom and Joie de Vivre. Exclusively available from Edwards, Lowell Co. Ltd, 6/7, Zachary Street, Valletta. Tel: 21247447 or 11, St. George’s Road, St. Julian’s. Tel: 21384503
DOLCE & GABBANA – PRICE: €285. Enriched with a refined, lace-style detail, the round sunglasses hold a special place within the “Cuore Sacro” project. The shiny metal and nylon frame and the purple gradient within the lens are exclusive features that guarantee a distinguished look. For Dolce & Gabbana Eyewear please visit eyewear.com.mt or call +356 238 11 000.
CRIVELLI BRACELET PRICE: €4455 Crivelli has always been close to those who love jewellery with an endless creativity in which alternation has always captured the attention of many. Semi-closed circle bracelet made of white gold and brilliant cut diamonds from the new Feeling collection. Available from GABA, Naxxar road, Iklin.
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ECCO SHAPE – MONSOON – THALGO – AL
ECCO SHAPE PRICE: €149.90 The ECCO SHAPE is an elegant bootie with a 55mm heel made with full grain ECCO leather. The anatomical shape of the last ensures maximum comfort all day, the leather is designed to mould around the shape of your feet, adding to its comfort. Shop online: mt.ecco.com
IZABELLA EMBELLISHED RING HANDLE BAG PRICE: €49
THALGO EXCEPTION MARINE PRICE €120.00
Raise the bar at your upcoming event with our Izabella pouch bag, made from indulgent velvet. Reeling in the gaze with its ring handle, it’s ornamented with gorgeous jewels. Available at Accessorize.
Gift Set, with the new products from THALGO, Redensifying Cream, Intensive Redensifying Serum and Eyelid Lifting Cream. To combat skin sagging and loss of density from the age of 50. Trade Enquiries: SV Beauty. Tel: +356 25467400
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ESSI – ACCESSORIZE – RALPH LAUREN HOME >> “The ultimate christmas gift guide to help you to carefully select the right gifts for your loved ones.”
THE BLUE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION PRICE: €29 An enchanted mood for a fairytale in blue, the “Blue Christmas” collection is a tale of stories and characters that come to life through a series of objects designed to capture and share the magic of the festive season. Available from PETROLEA - Valley Road, Msida. Tel: 21234501
RALPH LAUREN HOME SCENTED CANDLES PRICE: €60. This single-wick candle is scented with tobacco flower, patchouli, sandalwood and vanilla. Cradled in a gold-toned glass vessel, the candle is made from premium soy wax and lead-free wick. Exquisitely presented in a Ralph Lauren signature box; a truly special gift for this festive season. Available at LOFT, Naxxar and LOFT, Tigne (The Point -3).
JANA EMBELLISHED TUNIC DRESS PRICE: €200
This Artisan piece includes intricate hand-embellishment. This highly skilled technique involves hand needle-work to add beads and sequins to the fabric, giving our garments a unique look. This short style fades through gold and black for a captivating effect. Available at Monsoon.
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J E A N PA U L G A U LT I E R – R I D L E Y ’ S G A M
RIDLEY’S GAMES PRICE: €12
Start with a healthy dose of nostalgia and vintage charm. Add a cool contemporary twist. And a great big dollop of fun. That’s Ridley’s Games all over. A happy blast from the past, when toys were proper toys. LOFT Naxxar and LOFT Tigne (The Point, MinusThree) have lots of these great games in store. Ridley’s Games should come with a ‘seriously could make you laugh’ warning! Happy Laughing Christmas to you all!
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER CHRISTMAS: PRICE: €99.50 A freezing mountain, Crazy Elves, Snowball fights, Red sweaters, and a new Christmassy look for Classique and Le Mâle! This year’s Jean Paul Christmas Collectors comes in the annual traditional snow-globe, but this time Le Male and Classique are kept warm with a pair of fabulous knitted Christmas Jumpers! #JPGCrazyElvesExclusively distributed by Ta Xbiex Perfumery Ltd
SPA PAMPERING WITH MYOKA
PRICE: STARTING FROM €40 A caring gift is always on the wish list! This Christmas touch the hearts of your nearest and dearest and surprise them with Myoka spa pampering packages and gift vouchers. Shop stress-free at www.myoka.com
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URBANISTA DETROIT WIRELESS HEADPHONES PRICE: €69 Urbanista Detroit Wireless Headphones Runway ready, the Detroit headphones are stunning to look at with its matte finish and grain pleather earpads. The Detroit headphones are the answer to those with heavy listening demands and busy schedules thanks to its 12hour playtime and standby time of 300 hours. Available at iCentre; Sliema, B’Kara, Valletta, The Point, Paola, Pieta, Arkadia
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ES - iCENTRE – MYOKA – LOFT – TECHNOGYM >>
CIRCUM WALL MIRRORS – PRICE: STARTING FROM €188 These mirrors are an elegant addition to the home and with their slim frames and tinted glass the Circum mirror range from ATYM are perfect for dramatic effects. Available from LOFT Naxxar in 3 different sizes three sizes: 70cms, 90cms and 110 cms.
CROSS PERSONAL: PRICE: €599 PER MONTH
Cross Personal is the cross trainer with a total body movement without ground impact. Eye-catching design by Antonio Citterio and cuttingedge technology with UNITY™ console for personalised entertainment. It’s so silent that you can use it at night without disturbing anyone. Available from Technogym. Official distributors: Vivendo, Mdina Road, Qormi. EUR599 per month with interest free payment scheme of 18 months.
“THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE TO HELP YOU TO CAREFULLY SELECT THE RIGHT GIFTS FOR YOUR LOVED ONES.”
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SOUVENIRS THAT DON’T SUCK – PRICE €20
Let’s be honest: swimming doesn’t end in Malta until at least mid-January, and even then you probably know somebody who tells you ‘uxe, it’s not cold, let’s go swimming!’ We can’t help you get out of it, but we can help you warm up in style with our beach towels, available in two colours. Visit www.souvenirsthatdontsuck.com. Facebook @souvenirsthatdontsuck. Tel: 7907 2313
RAINBOW SEQUIN SHOPPER BAG PRICE: €37.90
Sling Major Sparkle over your arms with our rainbow sequin shopper bag. Embellished with multi-coloured chevrons, this slouchy style will put the shine in your everyday style. Available at Accessorize.
SONIQUE RAINBOW SEQUIN TUNIC DRESS PRICE: €251
Brighten up the party scene in our limitededition Sonique rainbow sequin dress, one of just 800 made. Perfect for New Year’s Eve, this tunic style is striped with a beguiling mix of colours and sequin styles. It is fully lined and features a zip fastening. Team with heels and prepare to Wow. Available at Monsoon.
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PAT E K P H I L I P P E – R A L P H L A U R E N – J A M PATEK PHILIPPE CALATRAVA PRICE: €32,980
Patek Philippe’s Calatrava is one of the finest symbols of the Patek Philippe style. With its pure lines, it is supremely elegant and is recognised as the very essence of the round wristwatch. It charms each new generation of watch lovers by its timeless understated perfection. Exclusively available from Edwards, Lowell Co. Ltd, 6/7, Zachary Street, Valletta. Tel: 21247447
RALPH LAUREN HOME – BROGAN CLASSIC GLASSES AND DECANTER SET PRICE: GLASSES (SET OF 2): €110. DECANTER: €225.
A magnificent decanter and classic highball glasses make for a very special Christmas gift this year. This sophisticated crystal glass set is part of the Ralph Lauren iconic glassware range and comes wrapped up in a stunning gift box. Available at LOFT, Naxxar and LOFT, Tigne (The Point -3).
JAMESON FAMILY PACK RRP: €20.44
It’s no accident that we distil our whiskeys three times. It creates the smooth character you’ll find in bottle carrying the Jameson name. But while all our whiskeys are triple distilled, like any family they have their differences too. We invite you to savour their individual characteristics. Welcome to the family. Jameson is marketed and distributed by Farsons Beverage Imports Co.Ltd. Trade Enquiry Tel: 2381 4400
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ESON - LOFT – BREITLING – DOLCE & GABBANA>>
BREITLING NAVITIMER PRICE: €19,290
The all-time favourite among pilots and aeronautical enthusiasts since 1952 – The Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43mm combines technical mastery and original design. The Navitimer, available in red gold, is a true emblem of reliability and performance. Price: €19,290 Exclusively available from Edwards, Lowell Co. Ltd, 6/7, Zachary Street, Valletta. Tel: 21247447 or 11, St. George’s Road, St. Julian’s. Tel: 21384503
ECCO MELBOURNE PRICE: €129.90
The ECCO MELBOURNE is ideally suited to office-wear and smart-casual occasions. The expertly crafted twist on the traditional wingtip Derby is a refined and elegant addition to any wardrobe. The uppers are made from full-grain, cow crust leather with a smooth aniline finish for a hand-finished look. Shop online: mt.ecco.com
D&G THE ONLY ONE FOR HIM PRICE: STARTING FROM €53.16
The One for men: The cardamom opens the fragrance, combined with bitter citrus notes of grapefruit. Lavandin and vetiver power the heart of the scent. The base reveals The One for Men’s signature sensuality with warm tobacco and elegant grey woods. Available from all leading pharmacies and perfumeries.
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HUBLOT – SOUNDLINK – GAMEVICE – VITRA
HUBLOT CLASSIC FUSION CHRONOGRAPH – PRICE: €11,700
Available in an impressive 45mm case size, produced out of high-tech ceramic, ‘zirconium oxide’ ceramic, for a satin finish and polished black appearance. A popular choice in watchmaking, ceramic is known for its durability; a ‘scratch-proof’ material that will never show any signs of wear or aging.Exclusively available from Exclusively available from Edwards, Lowell Co. Ltd, 6/7, Zachary Street, Valletta. Tel: 21247447 or 11, St. George’s Road, St. Julian’s. Tel: 21384503
SOUNDLINK® BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS - SOUNDLINK® MICRO €99 SOUNDLINK® COLOUR €139 REVOLVE €199 REVOLVE+ €299
Engineered to deliver bold sound wherever life takes you. From the pool to the park to the patio, their rugged and durable design lets you enjoy the music you love in more places. Discover true 360° sound for consistent, uniform coverage from the SoundLink Revolve Speaker. Durable and water-resistant with a 12 hour rechargeable battery. Want more Bass? Try the SoundLink Revolve+ that plays up to 16 hours of music with fullness, depth and clarity. Available from Doneo, Mountbatten Street, Hamrun and online at www.doneo.com.mt. Tel: 21230741
GAMEVICE PRICE €110 Mobile console gaming is a reality. By combining the latest iOS device from Apple with Gamevice, you get a phenomenal mobile gaming experience. Gamevice delivers the controls with over 950 games. Available for iPhone and iPad. Available at iCentre; Sliema, B’Kara, Valletta, The Point, Paola, Pieta, Arkadia
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– MARSHALL KILBURN II – TOMMY HILFIGER >>
TURBINE CLOCK, GEORGE NELSON, 1948-1960 PRICE: €466
TOMMY HILFIGER 5-PACK GIFT BOX. PRICE: €29.99.
Equipped with high-quality quartz movements, Nelson’s clocks offer a refreshing alternative to conventional clocks – including a wide selection of different designs, shapes and material to suit almost every taste and fancy. Vitra products are available from Vivendo, Mdina Road, Qormi. Tel: 2278 6366
MARSHALL KILBURN II PRICE: €299
This stout-hearted hero weighs only 2.5kg and is the loudest speaker in its class. It produces a clear midrange, deep bass and extended highs that are unrivalled for a speaker this size, and its multi-directional sound will immerse you in your music, indoors or out. Available at iCentre; Sliema, B’Kara, Valletta, The Point, Paola, Pieta, Arkadia
Upgrade his sock game this Christmas featuring plain and vibrantly striped pairs, this five-pack of cottonblend socks will see him through the week in style. Price: €29.99. Gift boxes in various colours are also available in three-packs (€19.99) and four-packs (€24.99) from Tommy Hilfiger stores.
“Gift ideas that add festive sparkle to their style and home.”
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C hristm as _ 2018
[ Monochrome Mad ] Welcoming some gorgeous berry tones into our winter wardrobes. Don’t get too caught up with dull blacks and greys just because the sun isn’t shining. Keep things contemporary and colourful! 1.
1. Earrings, €54, fabmalta.com. 2. Blazer, €119.99, Broadway at NOOS. 3. Watch, €129, Fossil at Sunlab. 4. Blazer, €249, Weekend Max Mara. 5. Frames, €102, Vogue, eyewear.com.mt. 6. Trousers, €149, Weekend Max Mara. 7. Bag, €23.90, Accessorize. 8. Earrings, €19.99, Mango.
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C hristm as _ 2018
[ Toned ] Soft nude tones are your best friend for easy, repetitive wear. Invest in some key pieces that will last a lifetime! 1.
1. Beanie, €50, Armani. 2. Cape, €399, Weekend Max Mara. 3. Bag, €599, Max Mara. 4. Bangel, €69, Skagen at Sunlab & VIP. 5. Poncho, €899, Weekend Max Mara. 6. Frames, €232, Dolce & Gabbana, eyewear.com.mt. 7. Trousers, €359, Weekend Max Mara.
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C hristm as _ 2018
[ Super Starlett ] All that shimmers makes this season a little more festive! Take advantage of this glitzy time and enjoy getting dressed up in sparkles for your seasonal events. 1.
1. Sunglasses, €235, Dolce & Gabbana, eyewear.com.mt. 2. Top, €155, Armani. 3. Earrings, €15.90, Accessorize. 4. Dress, €94, Monsoon. 5. Set, €129, Armani, Sunlab & VIP. 6. Eyemask, €30, fabmalta.com. 7. Dress, €79.99, Broadway at NOOS.
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Christm as _ 2018
[ Vintage Revival ] Bringing out prints and texture that we all love to revisit over the winter season, from vintage sequence to wallpaper patterns. 1.
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1. Scarf, €29.99, Broadway at NOOS. 2. Sunglasses, €152, RayBan, eyewear.com.mt. . 3. Coat, €132, Monsoon. 4. Headband, €25.99, Mango. 5. Watch, €179, Armani at Sunlab & VIP. 6. Bag, €39.99, Mango. 7. Skirt, €39.99, Broadway at NOOS.
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ART + CULTURE
T H I S I S S U E , VA M P C A U G H T U P W I T H TA L E N T E D B R I T I S H I L LU S T R ATO R W H O L I V E S AND WORKS IN LONDON; JACK HUDSON
IN THE LS OF WORD JACK HUDSON [ Q ] I find your source of inspiration so unique! Could you tell our readers about all that triggers your creativity and how it’s transformed into illustrations? [ A ] Years ago it used to be quite clear to me exactly what my inspirations were but nowadays they tend to blend into one and can vary over time. Lately, I’ve had some time in between commercial jobs to explore more surreal themes; themes I don’t usually get chance to delve into when working on client based projects. I’ve recently started enjoying surrealist artists such as René Magritte and the famous album artist Storm Thorgerson. So exploring the weirder side of creativity has really opened my process. A constant source of inspiration for me is the relationship between micro and macro scales and the manipulation of both in order to create something magical or otherworldly; such as a tiny cell inside the body that is a miniature universe in itself and so on. Through books, TV shows or toys, this has always been a recurring theme and inspiration whilst growing up. >>
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Jack Hudson â€“ Heartburn
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[ Q ] What sort of mixed media do you use to achieve your sharp but playful images? [ A ] I usually produce a small series of compositional sketches first, and then move swiftly to the computer where I’ll block in areas in black and white. I’ll then search the web for some colour palette inspiration and get to work on colouring the work up using a Wacom Cintiq and a series of digital brushes and scanned textures. With fast turnarounds it’s important for me to have a method which is straightforward and fairly quick to complete; though my more detailed work can take quite a long time to produce and can involve hundreds of layers.
[ A ] It’s quite a difficult balance to achieve and it’s easy to burn out if you complete job after job of client based work with no break in between; you often start to lose your own interests and inspiration. However some jobs can be really challenging and I’d rather be working creatively and being paid than anything else as I genuinely enjoy collaborating with others and working with their ideas. This year I’ve had a good amount of time in between larger jobs where I’ve been experimenting with animation and learning a new skill set which in turn spurs on new ideas for personal work. Then hopefully an art director might spot these ideas and commission something similar in the future. This helps to keep things moving.
[ Q ] Could you give us some raw insight into a few challenges that you face regularly within your creative industry? [ A ] My main challenge is to try and avoid being pigeonholed into a certain category within the creative industry. I’d love to try more mixed medias and move into film or animation if I have time, but it’s very easy to do a job which is similar to the last so it’s important to book time off client work; this is an ongoing thing I need to make more room for. I also feel that at the moment the creative industry is more fickle. I’m having to do more and more tests for jobs (some of which are unpaid) rather than a client coming directly to me for my own work and ideas. You are amongst other artists often competing for the same job.
Jack Hudson – The Eath and I – The Human Cell
[ Q ] How do you balance your artistic work with more advertorial work? Do
you feel that this slightly blocks your creativity or is it an enjoyable challenge?
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Jack Hudson – BBC proms New Music Right: Jack Hudson – The Earth and I – Cycles
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. . . ” I T H I N K T H AT I N T E R M S O F A B O D Y O F W O R K , M Y S C I E N C E B O O K W I T H J A M E S L O V E L O C K A N D TA S C H E N T I T L E D ‘ T H E E A R T H A N D I ’ I S P R O B A B LY M Y P R O U D E S T A C H I E V E M E N T TO D AT E ” . . . [ Q ] What has been your favourite commissioned work? [ A ] I think that in terms of a body of work, my science book with James Lovelock and Taschen titled ‘The Earth and I’ is probably my proudest achievement to date. A culmination of three years of hard work and collaboration; it really was a labour of love. I remember receiving that first email from an editor at Taschen years ago and being absolutely ecstatic with the prospect of the commission! [ Q ] Have you ever experienced the London ‘struggling artist’ lifestyle? If yes what kept you motivated?
[ A ] London’s an expensive place to live for sure, but it also has so much to offer. I got signed to my first agency here along with joining 9 other creatives working individually in a shared studio, and these things really help to keep me motivated. Seeing all the other amazing projects my friends are working on makes me want to strive to achieve better things and talking through these ideas with like minded people is pretty essential for me. There have been times where things have gone a little quiet sure, but I’m in the studio every weekday, even when I have no client work on. I’m trying to think of new ways of approaching work and just generally keeping busy.
Quick facts about Jack Hudson: Current playlist? Anything Psychedelic. Top travel destination 2018? New Zealand. My family travelled around both the North and South Island for three weeks to kick off the year! Favourite time to work? At night. Magazines- print or online? It’s got to be print from me. [ V ]
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Scarf, €25. Shirt, €37. Jeans, €34.
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Photographer: Rob Matthew Golfeo Model: Maria @ Noticed Model Management Stylist: Martina Zammit Maempel Fashion Editor: Carla Grima
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Scarf, €25. Cross Bag, €40. Shirt, €37. Jeans, €34.
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Shirt, €34. Leggings, €34. Coat, €95.
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“ Y O U C A N H A V E A N Y T H I N G Y O U W A N T I N L I F E I F Y O U D R E S S F O R I T. ” —EDITH HEAD
Dress, €60. Jacket, €70. Right: Poloneck, €24. Blazer, €90.
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Trousers, €55. Poloneck, €24. Blazer, €90.
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> THE NEW FORD FOCUS IS DEFINED AS BETTER THAN ITS PREDECESSORS.
he new Ford Focus shows that the American motor company, Ford is back to its best. The compact car, which was first introduced in 1998, hits all the key family car requirements: it’s comfortable, spacious and well equipped. No doubt the latest Focus is based on a completely new platform, called C2, dressed in a sharp new suit and kitted out with the latest in-car tech and infotainment.
The new Ford Focus shows that the American motor company, Ford is back to its best. The compact car, which was first introduced in 1998, hits all the key family car requirements: it’s comfortable, spacious and well equipped. No doubt the latest Focus is based on a completely new platform, called C2, dressed in a sharp new suit and kitted out with the latest in-car tech and infotainment. Ford is making bold claims about the latest model, calling it the best car in the company’s history. Now in its fourthgeneration guise, the new model is defined as a much better car than its predecessors, bigger inside with a sweet engine and a proper automatic transmission. On engineering and usability merits alone, the new Ford Focus has its sleeves rolled up and ready for action. The new Focus has a 50mm longer wheelbase, with all of that and
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more handed over to rear seat legroom, yet overall the hatch is about the same length as its predecessor. Luggage space is up, as is head, shoulder, knee and legroom, while fuel consumption is down. The success of the new Focus starts outside, where the look is better proportioned and more finely detailed than before, even if little about it screams originality. The good part of all of this is that the 2018 Ford Focus hatchback is now a very good car. Its ride is good, it’s quiet and the cabin has just about everything people have come to expect in this class, with the Focus ST-Line looking like the pick of the model walk for value and dynamics. The Focus offering improves even more inside, where the upper-spec models now score a stand-alone touch-operated 8.0inch infotainment screen atop a surprisingly shallow dashboard, which no longer eats
deep into the cabin area. The Focus entire chassis architecture is new, with a massive step forward in body stiffness and torsional rigidity -- so much so that the Focus has claimed five NCAP stars in Europe with only six airbags, rather than the now-customary seven. The Focus is an easy car to quickly feel at home in. It starts with the little threecylinder engine, which is a delightful companion and its exertions are beautifully isolated from the car’s occupants. It’s smooth and calm, surprisingly flexible and it’s even cheerful about chasing high revs at full throttle. The new Ford Focus feels like it hasn’t just stepped up a single generation. It’s a very good car that feels like it’s stepped up a whole class. Come visit the GasanZammit showroom in Mriehel and take the opportunity to test drive the new Ford Focus.
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[ Maxed Out ] Urban Jungle is here to inspire your fitness wardrobe for a New Year and new fitness goals. What better way to hit the gym than in these retro colourful picks! 1.
1. Jacket, €70, Puma. 2. Sneakers, €114, Nike Air Force 1. 3. Watch, €177, Casio. 4. Sneakers, €185, Nike Air Max. 5. T-shirt, €26, Nike. 6. Beenie, €21, Nike. 7. Jacket, €68, Nike. 8. Sneakers, €114, Nike Air Force 1. 9. Sunglasses, €182, RayBan’s Blaze.
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The Revenge of Mr Cecil
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> Z O O B S < Interview: Carla Grima
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Q +A: ZOOBS
VAMP HAS YET AGAIN HAD THE PLEASURE OF F E AT U R I N G RENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHER AND ARTIST, ZOOBS ANSARI. IN THIS F E AT U R E , W E TA K E AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK INTO ZOOB’S L AT E S T W O R K S TO B E RELEASED OVER THE COMING YEAR.
[ Q ] Your work is inspired by many different social issues. What has influenced your Social Anxiety series? And why has this become such a huge topic over the last year?
Social Anxiety Number 8 Top right: Social Anxiety Number 5
[ A ] The social anxiety project came about organically after five years of living in the United States and from a need to explore and express ideas surrounding survival, mortality, and reality. It attempts to visually portray, in montaged portraiture, a sense of restlessness with its angst-ridden energy, that disturbs with its strange monstrosity. Social anxiety is a growing problem in modern society and affects people from many age groups and backgrounds, and for a broad spectrum of reasons. The modern era is inundating mankind with endless ideals of perfection which can hardly be acquired, and in turn, it seems to be instilling a certain sense of worthlessness in people, and it’s getting worse. On the surface, people seem to be ecstatic, euphoric, but more often than not, it would seem that deep within the collective psyche of our modern society, a sense of inferiority lurks. Social media platforms are often being used to portray this falseness in a desperate attempt to ‘fit in’ and appear worthy. I wanted to use my own vast inventory of celebrated portraits to paradoxically construct montages of faces and expressions that reflected this sense of uncertainty, which people could identify with. >>
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[ Q ] The Vamp Team is more familiar with your photography work, however, you have not limited yourself to just this medium of creativity. Would you describe yourself as a mixed media artist, a visual artist? What do different forms of creative output mean to your work? [ A ] When I finished high school and first started out, I studied Fine Art at The Slade School of Art at University College London, with a heavy emphasis on life-drawing and painting in a traditional sense. This was followed by design, photography, and mixed media painting. More recently I have been working with video, literature and sound, so I would probably describe myself as a multi-media contemporary artist at this point; it umbrellas most of the disciplines I have been working in for my latest collection of works. My most recent art inventory is a culmination of work carried out between 2012 and 2018, in London, but predominantly in the U.S., between New York and Los Angeles, where I now reside. The inventory includes works created in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, photography, video, sound, literature, and performance.
[ A ] Portraiture is my first love. Portraiture enables me to make studies of human faces and emotions, and to tell stories. Sometimes I choose my subjects and at other times my subjects choose me. I am almost always drawn to a good story in my subjects. Sometimes I can be completely seduced by a face and feel the need to study it, photograph it, celebrate it, but the story is always of utmost importance and will take precedence. If there isnâ€™t a story that is apparent, one will be created and told for the subject in question. And in this way, I either create images of fantasy and fiction or ones that evoke gritty realism. For instance, for a number of years, I have been preoccupied with finding and photographing homeless people in Los Angeles. Having captured the beauty of rich, famous, and celebrated people of society for most of my time here, I decided to embark on a project which was to photograph the down-trodden, the forgotten, the lost souls that call the streets their home, and broaden my study of the human condition here. To capture the beauty of their vulnerability, within their chosen surroundings, without showing their faces clearly, and thereby retaining their >>
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Grotesque by Zoobs
[ Q ] Portraiture seems to play a big role in each of your collections. How do you go about choosing your subjects? Are you attracted to their stories or appearance?
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sense of privacy and dignity. It proved a humbling and almost mind-expanding experience. On the other hand, I have celebrated specific people whom I have been intrigued or impressed by e.g., financial forecaster Martin Armstrong, writer Virginia Woolf, Abraham Lincoln, Jean Michel Basquiat, Debbie Harry of Blondie, Amy Winehouse, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, and John Lennon. [ Q ] Our readers are super interested to know what your career path has been. Can you give us a brief timeline of how you got to where you are today? [ A ] After finishing high school, I was absolutely certain that I was going to continue to pursue my artistic goals. I studied fine art at The Slade School of Art in London. I then studied design and photography and gained my BA Hons degree before starting an internship at Shiseido Cosmetics in Tokyo, Japan in 1996. This was followed by time spent in Paris working for Shiseido Europe, and in particular, Mr. Serge Lutens. By the year 2000, I had left the Japanese giant, and had decided that I was never going to work for anyone but myself. There was a period of time when I was keen to work as a fashion photographer,
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and I had aspirations to work for some of my favourite magazines like Vogue Italia, but that never happened and I kept meeting people connected to the subject of fine art. It seemed to me that my work was too surreal for fashion, so I ended up concentrating on working as a fine art photographer, which was actually a complete blessing because I got to do whatever I was inspired to do, and live my life in freedom. I worked with amazing young art dealers like Guy Hepner and Jean David Malat, and showed work in commercial galleries like Opera Gallery, and art institutions such as Saatchi Gallery. Then one night I decided to created portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which ended up getting so much media attention all over the world that Dolce & Gabbana ended up buying the portraits for quite large amounts of money and hung them in their flagship store. Despite the allure of this success, I was horrified by the idea of being typecast as an artist who ‘creates portraits of celebrities’. This, combined with a strange sense of complacency that I could feel take over me in London, resulted in me relocating myself to the U.S.; a destination I had secretly always dreamed of, and allow myself the time and freedom to do whatever I felt like doing, which was quite
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a lot! Five years on, this is the work thus created. [ Q ] What has been your career highlight so far? [ A ] I’d like to think that I haven’t had it yet :) [ Q ] What can we expect to see from you in 2019? [ A ] I am very excited about 2019. I will finally get to showcase work which I have been creating for the last 7 years or so, in different parts of the world, via great art institutions; I will get to travel to these different parts of the world which I am very excited about. I am also excited about the new genres I have been experimenting with and perfecting. For instance, the sound projects combined with literature, video portraits, video art pieces, and short films. I am looking forward to showcasing this new work alongside new photographs, and large format cubist paintings, in the format of interactive installations, within specific spaces around the globe. And other things which have yet to be thought of. I think you can definitely expect much spontaneity and some surprises. >>
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. . .” I a m v e r y e x c i t e d a b o u t 2 0 1 9 . I w i l l
nally get to showcase work
which I have been creating for the last 7 years or so, in different
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p a r t s o f t h e w o r l d , v i a g r e a t a r t i n s t i t u t i o n s ”. . .
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Quick facts about Zoobs:
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Favourite Celebrity to shoot… Mr. Quincy Jones. I recently watched the amazing new Netflix documentary ‘Quincy’ and I would love to photograph him, I would love that unique experience and time spent with such greatness.
Top travel destination 2017 - Israel. I felt a strange magnetism to the ground. I would like to go back for longer.
Current playlist - Elephants on Acid by Cypress Hill on repeat.
Magazines - print or online? Print is print ! [ V ]
Favourite time to work - midnight, or early morning - if i get to sleep early, which doesn’t happen much.
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L O S T IN LIGHT S O R T I N G O U T Y O U R W A R D R O B E I N S P I R AT I O N FO R Y O U R B U SY S O C I A L C A L E N D A R !
Skirt, €72. Jacket, €119. Shirt, €64, all available from Monsoon. Watch, €159, Daniel Wellington at Sunlab.
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Dress, €490, Sportmax by Max Mara. Coat, €695, Sportmax by Max Mara. Sunglasses, €134, Armani, eyewear.com.mt. Watch, €159, Daniel Wellington at Sun Lab. Ring, €55, Breil at Sunlab.
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Giuseppe Jeans, €39.99. Jumper, €59.99. Scarf, €39.99, all available at NOOS. Frames, €160, Versace, eyewear.com.mt. Watch, €185, Ted Baker, Sunlab. Justina (Left + Right) Coat, €79.99. Leggings, €45.99. Backpack, €35.99, all available at NOOS. Silver ring, €20.72, big bracelet, €131.75, bracelet €66.95, all available at Sunlab.
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Giuseppe: Jacket, €199, Tommy Jeans at The Point. Jeans, €39.99, NOOS. Anchor Leather Bracelet, €69, Fossil. Leather Bracelet, €39, Breil, both available at Sunlab. Justina: Top, €89.90. Jeans, €119, both available at Tommy Jeans at The Point. Silver ring, €69, Breil at Sunlab. Sunglasses, €192, RayBan, eyewear.com.mt.
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Top, €65, fabmalta.com. Cape, €110, Carla Grima Atelier, available at Salt&C. Headband, €25, Carla Grima Atelier, available at Salt&C. Necklace, €230. Ring, €85. Cuff, €100, Ted Baker, all available at Sunlab. Leggings, €45.99, available at NOOS
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Giuseppe: Jeans, €119, Tommy Jeans at The Point. Shirt, €35.99. Jumper, €39.99 both available at NOOS. Anchor Leather Bracelet, €69, Fossil. Leather Bracelet, €39, Breil, both available at Sunlab. Justina: Jacket, €59.99. Gilet, €45.99. Shorts, €25.99, all available at NOOS. Ring, €69. Shoot Location: Late interactive - Caqlembut Piazza San Gorg.
GUCCI A D V E RT I S I N G C A M PA I G N 2018 Gucciâ€™s 2018 advertising campaign for its timepieces and jewelry is permeated by a mysterious, mystical atmosphere that is perfectly in keeping with the aesthetic of the new collections.
Channelling an other-worldly spirit, inspired by the practise of divination, Gucci tells the story of a fortune teller who is visited by young people wearing key pieces from its timepieces and jewelry collections. The images focus on the Gucci Ouroboros, GG Running and Le MarchĂŠ des Merveilles fine jewelry collections and also feature G-Frame, G-Timeless and the new automatic watches. The star of the campaign is undoubtedly legendary American actress Tippi Hedren, who, after a career as a successful fashion model, became celebrated for her work with director Alfred Hitchcock in The Birds and Marnie. In the new Gucci campaign, Hedren plays a mysterious fortune teller. Seated in a richly decorated interior in contemporary Los Angeles, with gilded gold chairs, silk table cloths, crystals and candles, she holds the attention of her young visitors as she practices the arts of palmistry and crystal ball reading.
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Revolutionising the indoor bike for cyclists
professional revolutionary stationary bike that simulates the emotions and challenges of outdoor experiences, designed to raise your performance, endurance and stamina. World leading fitness and wellness products and technologies brand Technogym has introduced its new SKILLBIKE™, a revolutionary stationary bike that enables cyclists, triathletes and cycling enthusiasts to live the emotion and challenge of outdoor experiences in an indoor environment. SKILLBIKE includes exclusive features specifically designed for athletic and performance training: it is the first indoor bike with real gear. The REAL GEAR SHIFT patent allows users to replicate the dynamics of hill riding. By shifting gears, riders can counter the change in resistance and maintain the correct power and cadence for the maximum efficiency. Real Gear Shift enables the unique MULTIDRIVE TECHNOLOGYTM (patent pending) that allows riders to switch from SKILLBIKE is a digital and fully interactive product: the integrated 7” colour LCD connected console provides all of the exerciser’s relevant performance data with real-time feedback on cadence, watts, speed, distance, gradient, heart rate, selected gear and gear ratio. Thanks to its PEDAL PRINTING™ technology, SKILLBIKE also offers feedback on the circularity and symmetry of the exerciser’s pedalling at different gear ratios to monitor and increase efficiency. power based training routines to hill climbing simulations. This improves strength and endurance as well as maximizing efficiency in a new and engaging way. To offer the same feeling of outdoor riding, SKILLBIKE’s RIDING DESIGN (Patent) reproduces the biomechanics of outdoor bikes. The frame and handlebar are shaped to seamlessly accommodate different riding positions such as road, time trial and mountain bike. At the heart of SKILLBIKE™ is the ingenious ROAD EFFECT system, which simulates the feeling of riding outdoors by reading your pedalling style and performance parameters.
Technogym sees that SKILLBIKE is also ideal for small group training sessions on the gym floor or in a studio environment. With SKILLBIKE, trainers can offer two different yet equally engaging class experiences: Race and Performance. The SKILLBIKE™ professional app allows trainers to prepare the class in advance and enables seamless class management. Vivendo Group, in close collaboration with Technogym Cesena, are pleased to launch the Skillbike™ to the local market in an exclusive event targeted to gym owners and managers, personal trainers and renowned athletes.
Technogym’s Global Master Trainer, Grant Powles, presented the great features and the latest technology of the SKILLBIKE in a competition between two personal trainers who went head to head in a simulated race. The new concept of SKILL ATHLETIC was demonstrated in a short, high intensity workout incorporating the SKILLROW, SKILLMILL, and SKILLTOOLS. This concept aims at improving athletic performance and offers a wide range of workouts based on the four Skill Athletic key abilities – power, agility, speed, and stamina. Vivendo Group is the official distributor of Technogym in Malta. Technogym’s mission is to help people improve their physical and mental health by providing a total well-being solution that can be customised for consumers and professional operators. For product enquiries, contact us at info@ technogym.vivendo.com.mt or +356 2223 1320, or visit our premises at Mdina Road, Qormi.
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‘ Elemental Forms ’ Add lines and shapes to your living space with these minimalistic home essentials. 1.
1. Repos Chair. Vitra, Vivendo, Mdina Road, Qormi. 2. Aoyama Dining Table. Loft, Naxxar and The Point, Sliema. 3. HK Living Brass Palm Tree. Loft, Naxxar and The Point, Sliema. 4. La Chaise. Vitra, Vivendo, Mdina Road, Qormi. 5. HK Living Rattan Rocking Chair. Loft, Naxxar and The Point, Sliema. 6. Mategot Coat Rack Soft Black. Loft, Naxxar and The Point, Sliema. 7. Twiggy Candleholder. Loft, Naxxar and The Point, Sliema. 8. Hubsch Round Metal and glass table. Loft, Naxxar and The Point, Sliema.
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Chris Pace explores iconic and functional art in Germany and Switzerland and discovers the marvellous architecture, and buildings with exciting stories.
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The Vitra Schaudepot
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“The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.” – Orson Welles. Art is a global language, yet it is so incredibly personal. But what about art that serves a purpose and function? On my latest wandering trip to Switzerland & Germany, I set out to explore iconic art, which is also functional. I decided to start my journey in Weil am Rhein, Germany, visiting a private chair collection which has just recently opened its doors to the public. Mr Fehlbaum’s chair collection, Germany. Ranked among the most important holdings of furniture design in the world, the Vitra Schaudepot exhibits over 400 key pieces dating back from 1800 to the present. The permanent exhibition includes iconic pieces from Ray & Charles Eames, Alexander Girard, Pierre Paulin amongst many more. From elegant seating to over-the-top quirkiness, each piece tells a different story of its time. Having an ever-growing personal interest in peculiar chairs, I noticed some pieces, which
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were familiar too. Like the Carlton partition (1981) by Ettore Sattsass, and First chair (1982) by Michele de Lucchi; coincidently both owned by the late David Bowie. This was a great place to start my search for inspiration and I did not need to travel too far for my next; Architecture. The Vitra Schaudepot itself, designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron is a simplistic marvel and is situated smack-bang in the middle of an architectural wonderland; the Vitra Campus. >> Frank Gehry Office - Swizerland
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...”SOLID SHEETS OF PLEXIGLASS, EACH TEN METERS HIGH, PLACED ALONGSIDE EACH OTHER W I T H P E R F E C T P R E C I S I O N N O T O N LY G I V E S T H I S BUILDING A UNIQUE LOOK, BUT SERVES OTHER FUNCTIONS TOO”... >>
Schaudepot - Vitra Design Museum – Marc Newson, Orgone chair, 1993
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The Vitra Campus, Germany. Previously used as a cherry farm, Willi and Erika Fehlbaum, owners of Swiss furniture brand Vitra, transformed this land in a remarkable ensemble of contemporary architecture over the decades. Each building on the campus is an attention hog. You cannot help but stare in astonishment at the incredible time & craftsmanship that went into these buildings, including the Factory Building, designed by SANAA. Solid sheets of plexiglass, each ten meters high, placed alongside each other with perfect precision not only gives this building a unique look, but serves other functions too. The direct sunlight is reflected off the building, and the non-erosive material stays sparkly clean indefinitely. The Factory building is one of the most energy-efficient factories around, with natural cooling
and ventilation, bringing together the commercial and cultural aspects. The VitraHaus, which displays the latest furniture collection, is a building like no other. Stacks of container-like blocks, which look as though they were randomly placed on top of each other with the internal spaces all interconnecting. Inside the building is a labyrinth with quirky art waiting around every corner. On the higher floor of the building the view is breath taking, and you can literally see three different countries; Germany, Switzerland & France. At every turn on the campus, there’s an exciting building with an even better story. Fire Station, Zaha Hadid’s first ever commissioned building. Conference Pavillion, by self-taught Japanese architect Tadao Ando is my
favourite. The building transports you into a calmer state, lowering your heart rate gradually. On the campus I also came across a bizarre building that is impossible to ignore. Designed by the eccentric Frank Gehry, the building’s curves and shapes all intertwine with your eyes travelling back and forth endlessly. Limitations shape art. Constraints are an important part of everyday life. Tadao Ando’s great respect for nature inspired him to design a building, which unearthed the least amount of cherry trees from the land as possible. The building is mostly underground too as he did not want the building to be higher than the trees. Limitations, whether voluntary or forced, have inspired artists to dig deeper and challenge the obvious, creating useful iconic art along the way. [ V ]
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Words by: Rossella E. Frigerio
– Discovering the founding father of Tropical Modernism, Sri Lankan-born Geoffrey Bawa, wh
Almost all of my life threads back into Asia. Years spent growing up and traversing what were then the lesserknown corners of the Orient fuelled my love of buildings with wide, ventilated spaces that embraced the tropical vegetation, embodied local building materials and kept temperatures naturally cool. It was only when I visited Sri Lanka at the very end of its decades-long civil war that I realised that such design elements were synonymous with a distinct architectural movement – Tropical Modernism – the founding father of which was Sri Lankan-born Geoffrey Bawa.
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Bawa has acquired something of a superstar status within his home country, and it is not uncommon to chance upon a private bungalow, hotel or governmental building bearing the Bawa hallmarks in the most remote corners of this dazzling island. So influential was his aesthetic within Sir Lanka that it radically transformed the architectural landscape both across South East Asia and beyond.
Born in 1919 in Ceylon, as Sri Lanka was then known, Bawa read English at Cambridge University and studied law in London. He returned home in 1946 to begin his legal career, yet soon tired of the profession. After several years of further explorations, he bought a derelict rubber estate at Lunuganga, near Bentota, with the aim of transforming it into a tropical evocation of an Italian garden. The year was 1948, and it would mark the beginning of his prolific journey as one of Asia’s most influential and innovative architects whose portfolio of designs would span from India to Indonesia to Fiji. What distinguishes the Bawa aesthetic
ose work radically transformed the architectural landscape across South East Asia and beyond.
is the desire to respond to the local context and embrace the tropical climate, creating airy spaces that blend into the natural surroundings as opposed to building stark barriers against it. This translates into sloped roofs, overhanging eaves, internal courtyards, ponds and glassless windows – each implemented to enhance openness, ventilation, natural lighting and privacy. Integral to his designs is the use of locallysourced materials and locally-trained craftspeople, harmoniously blending the building with the local landscape both aesthetically and socially. For Bawa, the ultimate objective was to produce a spatial experience rather than a visually prominent and symbolic structure. As C. Anjalendran, his former assistant notes “His architecture recedes – it’s invisible.” Encompassing both a revival of the past and a drive towards a new future,
Bawa became an icon, inspiring a new generation of talents internationally – from Kerry Hill in Australia to Mok Wei Wei in Singapore and Ernesto Bedmar in Argentina. Ahead of his centennial celebration next year, we shine a spotlight on several of his iconic projects suffused with Sri Lanka’s 2,500-year-old architectural heritage and tropical alchemy. >>
“What distinguishes the Bawa aesthetic is the desire to respond to the local context and embrace the tropical climate, creating airy spaces that blend into the natural surroundings”
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> 1992 The Kandalama Hotel, Dambulla: This was the first of Bawa’s designs to be carried through to completion when he set up his own design studio. When taken to inspect a proposed site near the foot of Sigiriya Rock, he rejected it and suggested instead that the hotel be built upon land overlooking the ancient Kandalama reservoir some miles away to the south that would give distant views of the Rock. With some difficulty, the party drove to the north side of the reservoir and looked across the water to the cliffs where Bawa proposed to build. After overflying the site in a helicopter, the proposal was accepted. The hotel was built on a ridge against the north-facing cliff and enjoys spectacular views across the reservoir. After travelling along jungle tracks, visitors are swept up a steep ramp to the hotel’s cave-like entrance. A corridor snakes through the rock and leads to an open lounge where one may catch the first glimpse of the reservoir and distant Sigiriya. The building, with its stark and understated architecture, seamlessly disappears into the surrounding lush jungle. >>
“So influential was his aesthetic within Sir Lanka that it radically transformed the architectural landscape both across South East Asia and beyond.”
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> 1948 / 1998 Lunuganga, Bentota: This is Bawa’s own beloved country house in Bentota, on Sri Lanka’s southwestern coast, and the most celebrated home in the architect’s portfolio. Every corner of Lunuganga is designed to maximize the setting’s natural beauty. Bawa conceived areas that were to be enjoyed at various times of day, depending upon the position of the sun: a southern terrace for breakfast in the mornings, with a view toward a Buddhist shrine on a distant hill; a lunch table under a jackfruit tree, with a bell salvaged from a temple used to summon the staff; a shady spot for afternoon tea; a sunset corner with space for a few folding directors chairs; and a dining table in a veranda near his favourite frangipani tree. [ V ]
About Rossella E. Frigerio Formerly one of Dame Vivienne Westwood’s legal advisors and co-founder of luxury accessories brand Sofia Capri, Rossella is currently based in Malta where she is the co-hotelier of her family’s boutique hospitality concept, Locanda La Gelsomina. A strong believer in positive, genuine collaboration, she has co-founded the Malta Creative Collective and launched consultancy brand One Blue Dot, which guides emerging ventures that hold a positive and global vision.
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Words: Chanel Galea Images: Steve King Hotel: Alila Yangshyo
THE WONDERS OF YANGSHUO
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owing backpackers destination, abundant in natural scenic landscape and tradition.
angshuo, a county in the southwest of China, forming part of the Guilin region, was almost untouched and totally authentic until it experienced a growing surge of backpackers within the last quarter of a century. Since then, it has been influenced by the west and transitioned into a more modern town, catering for national and international visitors. However, looking past the touristic areas, Yangshuo has so much more to offer. Yangshuo is perceived as paradise on earth. Popular for its scenic landscape, it is probably the closest vision we have to heaven. Yangshuo boasts numerous karst hills covered in lush vegetation, each vertical peak protruding up towards the sky. The picturesque landscape is beautifully reflected onto the ribbon-like, winding rivers. On a misty morning, such a view is unforgettable. Yangshuoâ€™s landscape is so iconic that it is featured on the 20-Yuan bill. Its timeless beauty is so much related to scenes from a painting, that a stretch of the area is known as the Ten-Mile Gallery. Ideal for hiking or cycling, the Ten-Mile Gallery has various points of interest, each offering something >> T H E F E S T I V E I S S U E 093
unique, such as springs, caves, and ancient trees. Towards the end of the gallery, one may find Moon Hill, a precipice with a giant hole formed through it; thus resembling the moon in its different phases, depending on the point of perception. One may walk over beautiful bridges and pass through charming villages, or simply head towards the traditional market at Fuli; a great spot to pick up Yangshuo specialties such as honeysuckle or myrtle from local merchants. Another way to enjoy the countryside is from the Yulong River. One can sit through a ride on a bamboo raft and simply take in the surrounding views in total tranquility. The Li River is also a sight to behold and offers impeccable scenery. One may even spot fishermen using the traditional technique of cormorant fishing. Every night, the Li River becomes a dramatic stage as it hosts the Liu SanJie Impression Light Show, an experience like no other. In the heart of it all sits the resort of Alila Yangshuo. Alila, which means ‘Surprise’ in Sanskrit, merges the old and the new. The resort, which is an ancient sugar mill, is a combination of heritage buildings and modern architecture. The main guestroom building is designed in harmony with the natural landscape, featuring a combination
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of local stone and bamboo, creating the feel of exploring a karst cave and embracing nature’s mystery. The resort boasts more prestigious rooms such as the Sugar House Deluxe Retreat, Pool Villa, or Garden Townhouse; each clad with beautiful and modern design, ample space, and gorgeous views of the gardens, mountains, or river. Forming part of the sugar factory, the resort gives guests the opportunity to travel back in time and tour each unique heritage building, retracing the steps of the workers whilst understanding the key stages in the artisanal sugar-making process. The
captivating experience also allows guests to try their hand at sugar making, finishing with an exquisite creation perfect as a takehome memento. For the more daring types, the resort’s backyard offers the possibility of rockclimbing its very own karst hill for an incredible back-to-nature adventure. To finish off any activities, guests can take a dip in the outdoor pool or head to the spa for a heavenly experience. >>
T M E E T S T H E P R E S E N T , & S E R E N I T Y & W H E R E A D V E N T U R E F U S E T O G E T H E R .”
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I N T H E H E A R T O F I T A L L S I T S T H E R E S O R T O F A L I L A YA N G S H U O . A L I L A , W H I C H M E A N S â€˜ S U R P R I S E â€™ I N S A N S K R I T, M E R G E S T H E O L D A N D T H E N E W.
Housed in a unique underground location, guests descend to a luxurious cocoon, which walls and floors are made from underground volcanic rocks producing jeweled hues in the cave-like interior. Alila Yangshuo integrates indigenous nature, traditional culture, and the local community, providing an authentic and meaningful experience to visitors. From the bars and restaurants of West Street to the natural karst hills and abundant overgrowth, Yangshuo has something for everyone. It is the perfect combination of East and West, where the traditional past meets the present, and serenity and adventure fuse together to create one magnificent experience. [ V ]
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V A M P U N C O V E R S T H E M Y S T I C A L I M P R E S S I O N O F S T. V I N C E N T ’ S P L A C E , A RESIDENCE IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA.
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THIS INTRIGUING S PAC E E X H I B I T S A N ABSOLUTE BALANCE BETWEEN HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE WITH ITS CLASSICAL REFERENCES A N D I N T R I C AT E CRAFTSMANSHIP WITH CONTEMPORARY F E AT U R E S .
As a modern renaissance home, St Vincentâ€™s Place Residence is a new archetype developed through reinterpretation of classical references with a modern sensibility. The client, as a patron, put his belief in architecture, artists and artisans to create a nourishing environment that goes beyond surface treatments by inscribing contemplative experiences into the physical form. Positioned behind a significant heritage faĂ§ade, with its intricate designs and mystical impression, the new extension is a cultural bridge between historical significance and modern progress. Embracing the consideration of time, the design response examines pinnacles of architecture and design throughout history. It recreates original elements that extract and expand upon qualities of substance, inspired by those that are proven to span the test of time. Although the majority of the home is a new building, it is not immediately recognisable as such. >>
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“A p l a c e o f r e b i r t h , simultaneously reviving an exceptional period home and cultivating a place of renewal that elevates the quality of life...” The reworking of older-style details in the front section of the original building includes curved cornices, arched doors and custom steel fireplaces, which are not typical modern construction methodologies but feel at ease within the Victorian frontage. Integral to the details is an authentic demonstration of the unusual level of craftsmanship, an appreciation of the capacity of mankind. Even the smallest of details, like the hand-stained dovetail joints along the timber skirting, is deserving of a moment’s reflection. The luminous and spacious dining area welcomes guests and family dinners on a large solid wood dining table that contrasts against the industrial-like panes of glass and iron-work. The modern counterpart in the rear extension uses insitu concrete, terrazzo style stone floors, painted timber ceilings and bluestone walling to create a point of difference from the front. A zen-like ambience is created in the home’s attraction areas that are finished with stone flooring and with water presenting itself as a common element: the bathrooms, jacuzzi area and indoor pool. Rejecting stark minimalism, the classical details are exchanged for rich textures continuing the hand-hewn character throughout the house. As seen in the main bedroom, the white crisp walls are softened with classical interiors and warm textures. The high arches continue in this intimate space. >>
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“integral to the details is an authentic demonstration of the unusual level of craftsmanship, an appreciation of the capacity of mankind.”
Leading the way to intellectual discourse, the substantial art collection explores topics of philosophy, literature, religion and even science. At moments these are literally written into the walls, such as the three-storey light well built around the light work. Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens by artist Nathan Coley and the niche installation of the wax sculpture Romeu ‘my deer’ by artist Berlinde De Bruyckere. As carefully curated as the art collection, the interior for the house is an eclectic mix covering diverse cultural references across many eras. Many of the rooms are positioned around knowledge, encasing collections of books on expansive shelves and using them as a centrepiece within the custom coffee table in the living room. A refined, casual aesthetic is created, incorporating unique vintage pieces sourced from Europe and Asia as a direct historic reference. Each piece adds to the dialogue of the space with exotic and interesting stories of when or where they are from or how they were created. Many of the pieces are one-of-a-kind designs by B.E Architecture, commissioned expressly for this project, pushing the artisanal character of the architectural detailing into the furniture. >>
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i n e s p i n n a c l e s o f a rc h i t e c t u re a n d d e s i g n t h ro u g h o u t h i s t o r y. ” > >
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Combining history, art and culture, the St Vincentâ€™s Place Residence is ultimately a place of rebirth, simultaneously reviving an exceptional period home and cultivating a place of renewal that elevates the quality of life for the client. The multidisciplinary B.E Architecture team addressed all elements of lighting, interiors and landscaping including many custom designed pieces of furniture. The design does not accept the limitations of a standard terrace house but creates new solutions to explore what is possible in the urban context. The team worked closely with the engineers to develop a commercial solution to support the existing house and allow the addition of the new basement.
Combining history, art and culture, the St Vincentâ€™s Place Residence is ultimately a place of rebirth, simultaneously reviving an exceptional period home and cultivating a place of renewal that elevates the quality of life for the client. The multidisciplinary B.E Architecture team addressed all elements of lighting, interiors and landscaping including many custom designed pieces of furniture. The design does not accept the limitations of a standard terrace house but creates new solutions to explore what is possible in the urban context. The team worked closely with the engineers to develop a commercial solution to support the existing house and allow the addition of the new basement. [ V ]
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VA M P s i t s w i t h t h e w i n n e r s f r o m t h e Tr a s h Fa s h i o n competition, held a couple of months ago by ‘ The Don’t Waste Waste’ campaign.
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“ This ethical fashion, this sustainable fashion, that complies to what fashion really is, that is borne out of passion, skills, h e r i t a g e , a r t i s t r y a n d b r a v e r y, i s fa s h i o n . I t ’s e v e r y t h i n g e l s e t h a t isn’t”. - Orsola De Castro
From Left: Jesabel Mizzi, Sarah Scicluna, Monalisa Muscat (textiles Studies teacher), Shania Ellul, and Nicole Gafa
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Q+A Students: Sarah Scicluna, Jesabel Mizzi, Nicole Gafa, Shania Ellul School: St. Benedict College Secondary School, Kirkop Campaign: Don’t Waste Waste Photography: Matthew Spiteri Hair: Roberta Curmi [ V ] What sparked your interest in fashion and design? (S.E) I like to wear different types of clothes. I like the variety and the different styles to choose from. (N) I love trying different types of styles and I love clothes. (S.S) I always had an interest in designing clothes. From a young age, I wanted to become a fashion designer. (J) Fashion changes from season to season and I think that we all follow trends to be cool. Fashion is a form of art and a personal expression of the individual. [ V ] What is your personal fashion style, and do you incorporate it into your designs? (S.E) What we design in class is not really my personal style as I tend to go for a more casual look. (N) My personal style is casual 80’s and yes I usually incorporate it into my designs. (S.S) My personal fashion style is classy and casual, and smart casual while my designs tend to be very elegant. (J) I would say that my personal fashion style is casual. I feel more comfortable wearing a casual outfit. [ V ] What inspires your designs? (S.E) Other fashion designers, such as Coco Chanel and Charles and Ron. (N) Lots of fashion designers and my mother’s fashion style.
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(S.S) My personal designs are inspired my mother, as she always had the best fashion sense. (J) I get my inspiration from magazines and from photoshoots. [ V ] Having won this Trash Fashion competition, do you have a different approach to waste and how it can be reduced? (S.E) I became more aware of the need to reduce our waste and how to reuse it, for example before I used to throw everything away, now I donate to charity or make out something from it. (N) I learned a lot more about waste reduction and what can be done to help reduce waste. Now I sort everything out before throwing away and reuse my old or torn clothes. (S.S) Yes, because we had to use upcycled material for this competition which opened my mind to my approach when looking at old and reused clothes. (J) Well, I am more aware of how we can re-use old clothes, whether through upcycling them or giving them to charitable organisations where they are much needed. [ V ] Has it made you more aware of the need to reduce waste through your fashion designs? (S.E) Yes, because some waste can be recreated in other objects. (N) Yes, because lots of waste can be recreated and reused. (S.S) Yes, it did now when I make my own garment I reuse materials that were used as clothing but were either damaged or unusable.
(J) Yes definitely, because in our case we made clothes from other unwanted clothes. [ V ] Do you think the future of fashion is in sustainability? (S.E) I think so; the international landscape is showing other ways of creating clothes through upcycled materials. (N) I think there is a bright future for sustainable fashion as more and more people become aware of the problem. (S.S) Yes, I do think, it’s sustainable because designers, in general, are already looking at how to reuse upcycled materials. (J) Yes, sustainability is becoming more important for consumers and fashion brands are starting to introduce sustainable practices. The word itself is not a word that you usually hear associated with fashion. In fact, the clothing industry is the second largest polluter. Some information on Textiles Studies All students interviewed, took Textiles Studies at secondary school. The subject incorporates a variety of topics which help the students to open different paths in the Textiles industry and Fashion Designing. Topics vary from skills like sewing, using different textiles, design, the consumer and lastly the environment, which was the topic that dealt with the Trash Fashion competition. Next scholastic year, this subject will take a different dynamic, as it will be offered as a Vocational subject under the name of Textiles and Fashion. Vocational subjects will help our Maltese economy to help students get into the industrial area.
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’ve always loved the magical spirit that the Christmas season creates. It has a beautiful ability of bringing people together to celebrate, while simultaneously acting as a time of reflection and spirituality - if that’s your thing, of course. Regardless, ultimately its fundamental intentions are indeed positive. As autumn comes to an end and the winter season quickly kicks in, the Christmas frenzy immediately explodes. While having to manage and juggle our already jam-packed daily schedule, the three-week Christmas period brings on a whole load of “to do’s” that need to be added to the list; a list that somehow always seems to get bigger each year. All the lunches, parties and functions to host or attend, individually all expect a standard amount of joy that Christmas requires from us, which let’s face it, can be quite mentally draining. Or even having to find the “perfect” gift for all those parties we attend and for all our loved ones, who kind of “expect” to be given at least one present at Christmas. It is no wonder that stress tends to swallow everyone up at this time of the year. In fact, studies confirm that a large number of people find that the Christmas spirit can be undermined by many different factors, like financial and time pressures, isolation, family tensions, bereavement and more. While the season is indeed packed with jolly activities, it tends to result in a seasonal guilt-trip of gluttony and heavier scale readings, paired with a poorer bank account and more stuff we probably don’t need or will never use. In all of the rush and high expectations brought on by the season, more often than not, we end up losing sight of what Christmas is all about. And while the magical spirit will be in the air, the social and financial pressures can easily prevail. This is where the importance of mindfulness comes in. From finding ways and means of managing the levels of stress, to approaching the season with more intention, mindfulness can help to let the true spirit of Christmas prevail instead. Organisation plays a key role in helping to manage stress, especially at Christmas time. Make lists, draw up budgets and take steps to avoid over spending. Shop early and try not to leave things for the last minute. And finally, don’t overschedule. We tend to always want to be everywhere at Christmas time, fully channelling our social-butterfly persona. But it’s important for us to recognise that we have one human body and that sometimes it is not possible to attend and be present at everything. So try and plan, budget and schedule consciously to help minimize the
different stress factors brought on by the fast paced season. When it comes to buying gifts and dealing with the way that the list seems to grow each year, it can easily become a daunting and overwhelming task. Besides always running out of new ideas, and the obvious financial strain it causes, annually, with the amount that we buy it tends to become more of an added bullet point on our ‘to do’ list; resulting in a not so intentional and meaningful purchase. Being more mindful of this can allow us to put more intention into what we are purchasing. Playing secret Santa amongst family and friends, for example, is a great way of putting clearer intention into a present. Focusing on one person allows you to have more time and give more attention to what is being bought, while allowing you to manage lesser finances. My extended family, all the cousins, aunts and uncles and grandparents, and I have been playing it for a few years now and it has been a great success! Intention and mindfulness in the way that we shop and choose to spend our money can also come through in other ways. I’ve drawn up a few ideas of how to make that happen. Shop local & artisan Support local and artisanal brands. Not only does this directly give back to the community, instilling a sense of support towards the particular trade, more often than not, the shopping experience turns out to be a more personal one. Even by simply purchasing from the online platform Esty, more of a connection is made between the maker and the buyer. This also commonly creates a stronger connection with the person receiving the gift. Following is a list of potential local & artisan gift ideas: 1. Monsoon & Accessorize - The well-known global fashion brand Monsoon & Accessorize are exemplars in artisan and ethical trade, having built their core business model on these same foundations. Working hard to remain true to its greener roots, you are sure to find a suitable gift at their multiple outlets spread across the Island. 2. Toms shoes: The concept of Toms shoes was built around a onefor-one business model. For every pair of shoes sold, another is given to those who need them the most. Since 2006, Toms have given 60 million pairs of shoes to children in over 70 countries. Ranging from their classic espadrilles to slippers or even boots, Toms are the perfect kind of gift that keeps on giving. >>
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3. Carla Grima - No stranger to the local scene, Carla Grima’s atelier is the perfect example of the bursting creative flair that the Maltese Islands bring, while having quality play an important part of the brand. Inspired by nature’s hues, textures and luxury, you are sure to find the perfect Christmas gift suited for different budgets, from cosy headbands to funky notebooks in Carla’s beautiful Iklin studio. Salt & C is a collaborative project created by Carla Grima Atelier and Mediterranean Ceramics - 2 design companies inspired by the beauty of the Mediterranean lifestyle and carefully crafted production. The project seeks to create a unique platform for local design businesses to commercialize their products in a well-curated location. Visit our little Concept Shop to browse our range of carefully selected items.
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4. Mediterranean Ceramics: Also located at the Ta’ Qali Crafts village, Mediterranean Ceramics are the perfect epitome of the Maltese lax and sunny lifestyle. Oozing with Mediterranean hues, patterns and materials, their unique products are sure to grab people’s attention. Working closely with their clients and makers, Mediterranean Ceramics collaborate with skilful artists to bring their pieces to life. Ranging from bowls, to bottle tops, you are sure to find something unique and special for your loved ones. 5. Make Smthng Campaign; Follow the Greenpeace led campaign to get those creative juices flowing. Created intentionally as a way to combat over-consumption, the campaign is there to support makers around the world while providing alternatives to consumerism, especially at Christmas time. Head over to their website for a whole load of inspiration, tutorials and resources to begin your Christmas making journey. https://www.makesmthng.org/ 6. Wool & the Gang; Another one of my all-time favourites. This innovative concept was built around the very idea of DIY products. Mainly focused on knitwear and crochet, the brand provides different DIY kits - including resources, ingredients and components for an array of products. You can either buy the kit yourself to make the product, or even give the kit as gift, and encourage your loved ones to
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tap into their creativity too. From jumpers, to bags to home wear; you are sure to find something you love. 7. Support WWF: The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) organisation is renowned for their amazing work regarding environmental conservation, and there are many ways that we can support them. A great input to do over Christmas is to adopt an animal in someone’s name. Starting from €40 for one year, animal adoptions give a huge boost to their work, helping to fund the projects related to all the different animals. Head over to their website for more details! https://support.wwf.org.uk/ 8. Jays of sunshine: A new local initiative set up by two young women, Angie & Maxine. Inspired through their own personal journeys, they have set up a charity organisation with the aim to help make dreams come true for children and young people undergoing treatment in the Rainbow Ward of Malta’s Mater Dei Hospital. Spending time, playing and making memories with patients and their families is just one aspect of what they do. These Jays of Sunshine also do their very best to help make the fondest wishes of these young people a reality; like Jan who got to take a dream ride in an American muscle car. Donating what we can afford to the cause or volunteering your time to play or interact in story time is always appreciated and sure gift that goes beyond ourselves! For more information contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org > Conscious brands: One would say that conscious brands within the fashion industry are only just about booming. While fashion can be known to be rather impactful, both environmentally and socially, the global industry seems to suddenly be moving in the right direction. As a well-established system, that tends to be more depleting than anything else, changing this will therefore take time. However, the good news is that today, brands are taking more responsibility for the way that they produce and sell their clothes. While emerging and newer brands are establishing
well-grounded values within their businesses from the start, older and more established brands are making huge commitments and investments for a cleaner and better fashion industry. Brands that consider their impact are the brands worth investing in. Here is a range of the more conscious brands to those who are in transition and on a good path forward. > More Conscious Brands: These refer to brands that have built their business model to be in line with environmental and social aspects of the fashion industry from the start. Disrupting the current fashion system, these brands intentionally and innovatively use fashion as a means of engaging in conscious business strategies. Whether it’s through chosen materials or through innovative circular business models that allow you to rent a pair of jeans, for example, you are sure to find the perfect conscious Christmas present. Here are a few of my favourite brands: Mud Jeans, UNDERPROTECTION, O My Bag, Eco Alf & Armed Angels. > Transitioning Brands: These refer to the brands that have been long established within the fashion industry, but are making commitments and taking strides towards a more sustainable future for their business. Considering the commonly long histories of functioning within the currently more impactful fashion industry, it is important to understand that transitioning to a more conscious way of business takes time and requires setting target goals. With today’s awareness across the globe, some of the bigger and more established companies are also reacting to this in many different ways. Which I must say, is fantastic news for us all. Here are a few of my suggestions: M&S, Armani, Mango, Tommy Hilfiger & ASOS Eco Edit. Practicing more mindful patterns and behaviours during the Christmas holidays suddenly doesn’t seem so out of reach any more. Ultimately, if we take the time to organise the weeks, to put more intention in the way that we consume, and to find other creative ways and means to manage the holiday induced-stress, then perhaps we will be successful at gliding through the season stress free. Or at least, stress-reduced. [ V ]
Stefan Hogan Executive Head Chef Claire Giordmaina Chef de Partie Mark McBride Pastry Chef
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LANGOUSTINE, PRAWN & BABY LEEK TERRINE, CELERY, HORSERADISH CREAM Baby leeks 15 large langoustines (poached & peeled) 12 large Mediterranean prawns (poached & peeled) Outer leaves of one large leek (blanched) 500ml Shellfish stock 50ml White wine Gelatine leaves (The above recipe is enough for 12/14 portions and is adapted to fit a terrine mould that measures 25cm L x 12.5cm W x 4cm H) NOTES: leeks need to be blanched, refreshed in iced water and placed in trays, slightly weighed down one day before assembling- this is to ensure they leeks are dry. The outer leaves to the large leek will be used to line the terrine and they will need to be pressed with a rolling pin between muslin cloth to get a thin outer lining and extract all the excess moisture.
Bloom the gelatine leaves in iced water. When they are soft, drain and squeeze out excess water, dilute with the white wine and melt over a bain marie. Strain the liquid through a sieve into the warm shellfish stock. Check the seasoning and place a few tablespoons of the liquid on a cool plate in the refrigerator to check the set point (you are looking for a soft jelly set). Line the terrine with cling film and dip the large outer leaves. ine the terrine with enough overlap to fold over and cover the top once all ingredients have been placed. Place all the separate ingredients in bowls, season with salt and ladle over some shellfish stock. Start by placing a layer of baby leeks, then top with a layer of Mediterranean prawns and leeks; this is then followed by a second layer of leeks and finally a layer of langoustines and leeks. Spoon in some additional stock and close with the large leeks. Trim off any excess and cover with a lid that can be weighed down. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill for 24 hours (in a large tray as all the excess liquid will gradually overflow).
FOR HORSERADISH CREAM: 15gr fresh horseradish grated 200ml whipping cream, fresh 50gr crème fraiche Pinch of Salt to taste Juice of half a lemon Warm 50ml of the cream and add the grated horseradish. Remove from the heat and allow to infuse. Whisk the remaining cream until you have soft peaks. Season with salt and infused horseradish cream, fold in the crème fraiche and adjust taste with lemon juice. Decorate the plate with compressed celery, caviar, celery gel and dill tops. Wine Recommended – Barbera D’Alba (Luciano Sandrone, Piemonte, Italy) This inky-purple Barbera exhibits black and red fruits on the nose, with notes of sage and dark chocolate. The palate is full-bodied, with raspberry and plum fruit; a significant mineral aspect and a balanced oak note that gives this wine its muscle and power. The typical acidity of Barbera shines through to give a vibrant, bright and long finish. Farsons Beverage Import Co. (FBIC) proudly imports and distributes Luciano Sandrone wines locally. Available in selected restaurants, wine boutiques and Farsonsdirect in Mriehel (www.farsonsdirect. com). For trade enquiries kindly contact 2381 4372.
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SEED CRUSTED ROAST VENISON RACK, VENISON PUDDING, PLUM CHUTNEY FOR PUDDING FILLING: 400gr venison shoulder, diced 125ml red wine 2 slices of smoked streaky bacon 1 small onion, diced 1 carrot, diced 1 stick celery, diced 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 100gr cooked chestnuts (cut into bite size pieces) 400ml chicken stock Bouquet garni (bay leaf, thyme, parsley, celery wrapped in a leek and tied) Oil 4gr mixed spice Salt & black pepper Season the venison with salt and pepper. Heat some oil in a heavy bottomed pan and sear the venison, getting a nice deep colour all over. Drain off the venison and in the
same pot add the bacon, onions, carrots, celery and garlic, cook for at least five minutes. Pour in the red wine and reduce by half. Add the stock and the venison with the bouquet garni, cover and cook over a low flame for an hour (or until meat is tender). Once cooked remove from the stove and strain the liquid into a clean pan. Return the sauce to the stove over a low flame. Reduce until you have around 125ml. Strain over the venison to moisten the meat and allow to cool. Once cool, add in the chestnuts, check the seasoning and adjust if necessary. FOR SUET PASTRY: 250gr plain flour 5gr salt 135gr suet In a bowl place the flour, salt and stir in the suet. Add some cold water and with a palette knife make cutting motions to incorporate until a soft dough is formed. Tip dough onto a clean surface that you have dusted with some flour, knead gently into a ball and cover to rest for 20 minutes. Roll out (either into individual rounds or one large round).
Line the chosen tin or ring with melted butter and place the pastry, allowing some to overlap the edges. Fill with the venison stew and cover with the remaining pastry. Bake in a pre-heated oven set at 180 degrees for 20-30 minutes (until pastry is crisp and golden brown). This cooking time is for the small individual rings; it will take 45-60 minutes if you are baking one large pie. Served with roast venison rack, brushed with Dijon mustard and coated with crisp fried seeds (pumpkin, sesame and sunflower), roasted baby vegetables, butternut squash puree and a spiced plum chutney.
Wine Recommended – Cotes du Rhone Rouge (Château Mont-Redon, Rhône, France) This deep colour rouge has a very expressive and complex nose with red fruit aromas. The mouth is rich with fines tannins and well structured with cherry, plum and chocolate aromas. The finish is lightly spicy. Farsons Beverage Import Co. (FBIC) proudly imports and distributes Château Mont-Redon wines locally. Available in selected restaurants, wine boutiques and Farsonsdirect in Mriehel (www.farsonsdirect. com). For trade enquiries kindly contact 2381 4372.
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BLOOD ORANGE SORBET, LEMON POSSET, CURD PINK GRAPFRUIT GELEE
FOR MERINGUE KISSES: 300g superfine sugar (1 1/2 cups) 150g egg whites (from about 5 eggs)
FOR BLOOD ORANGE SORBET: 6 blood oranges, juiced 275ml of water 175g of caster sugar 1 lemon, juiced
Pour egg whites into the bowl of your stand mixer (make sure it’s clean) fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on low allowing bubbles to form. Increase to high and continue whisking until stiff peaks form and you can turn the bowl upside down without the egg whites falling out.
Place the sugar and water in a pan and bring to a boil. Keep cooking until all of the sugar has dissolved, then leave to simmer for a further 5 minutes. Set aside to cool, and then mix in the blood orange and lemon juices. Set aside in the fridge until chilled, and then churn in an ice cream maker. Freeze until ready to serve. FOR LEMON POSSET: 4 lemons, juiced and zested 280g of caster sugar 850ml of double cream 1 gelatine leaf, soaked in cold water To make the lemon possets, bring the cream, sugar and lemon to a boil. Stir in the gelatine, and then pour into silicone moulds. Freeze the lemon possets overnight, de-mould and spray with yellow cocoa spray. Place in refrigerator until needed.
Add sugar, one big spoonful at a time, ensuring that the whites come back to stiff peaks after each addition. Once all the sugar is added, continue to whisk for 5 - 7 minutes. You should be able to rub the mixture between your fingers and not feel any grit from the sugar. You know it’s ready to use when it forms a smooth shiny peak on the tip of your finger. Set oven temperature 75 Celsius. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a dab of meringue on the four corners of the pan and press the paper on top to hold it down flat. Spoon in meringue mixture so it is packed in tightly. Snip off the tip of the piping bag, about an inch in diameter, and pipe kisses on the baking sheet. Bake at 75 degrees for 30-40 minutes until the kisses can easily be lifted off the parchment paper with bases intact. Let it cool completely.
FOR LEMON CURD: 5 lemons, zest and juice 3 egg yolks 100g of sugar 25g of cornflour 40ml of water 75g of butter, cubed Place the lemon zest and juice in a pan over a medium heat and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, mix the cornflour into the water to form a smooth paste. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar and egg yolks, then stir in the cornflour mixture. Pour this into the boiling lemon juice, whisking continuously until the mixture is smooth and has thickened. Remove the pan from the heat and beat in the butter a little at a time until smooth and glossy. Leave to cool and fill into a piping bag. FOR CANDIED ORANGE PEEL: 1 Orange 100ml sugar 100ml water With a peeler, peel off strips from the orange, place into the water with sugar and cook until translucent. Leave to cool until needed. FOR PINK GRAPEFRUIT GELEE: 45ml lemon juice 15ml cold water 125ml pink grapefruit juice 2 agar agar 3 tablespoons sugar In a bowl, sprinkle agar agar over lemon juice and water, stirring vigorously. Add to pink grapefruit and sugar in a saucepan and over medium-low heat until completely combined, bring to a boil. Remove from heat, pour into container and leave to cool. Once cold, blitz in food processor until a smooth gelee is reached.Fill into a piping bag and put aside until needed.
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