The beautiful painting above, titled “The Dying Dandy”, was painted by 1918 by Swedish painter Nils von Dardel. It is always a pleasure to discover an artist who depicted so vividly the style of men in his era, an artist who lived himself a rather self-destructive-dandy-hectic life.
Working mainly in Paris during the first half of the 20′s century Dardel was influenced by many of the era’s modernist genres, although he is known as a figurative and realistic painter. Obsessed with the the human figure Dardel painted many of his colleagues and fellow artists and The Garçonnière can only enjoy thi dive into early 20th century European style.
More images can be found on the Familie Dardel website.
Islands in the Stream
“2_Morumara” is Adam Gefen‘s second collection where he continuos to examine the strange beautify of fabrics and shapes of the male wardrobe, taking his inspiration from the french Polynesia.
“The collection was inspired by satellite vies of the region, alongside the specific architectural traditions that have developed due to the special terrain”, he said when The Garconnieres met him this spring. “what I like about it is the shapes of the islands, contour of lands and oceans, superimpositions of things on top of other things, the dynamic nature of the geography of the islands along with the life of the people who live there”.
But not only the shapes and textures of the islands interest Gefen, it is also the culture and the immediate references that go along with the french Polynesia. “Bora Bora, the resort appeal of the place, the French army that ruled the islands around the end of the 19th century and the atomic warfare tests that took place there. It’s the combination of resort fashion, post colonialism and the free spirit of the sea that influenced my collection”, he says.
The collection has 3 dimensional feel, from stitches to the fabrics and shapes: lots of sea blue, island shirts, tropical prints, genuine cuts and shapes. You can expect drop crotch pants, shorts, colorful oversize shirts and T-shirts, button down shirts, bags and a great play between slim and wide shapes for the (post) modern man.
You can find Adam Gefen’s collection at: Not For Sale, 3 Baaley Melacha St and Retro, 16 King Goerge st.
Invitation To The Cruise
A week after the collapse of a garment-factory building on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Chanel’s 2014 cruise collection was shown at an old nutmeg plantation in Singapore.
While the fashion world debates whether big labels should pull out of Bangladesh Karl Lagerfeld presented a black and white cruise collection inspired by traditional cricket wear and old colonialism.
Drawing the Roaring
Publishing house Taschen is reissuing Robert Nippoldt illustration book about New York’s jazz scene of the 1920s. The book won several European design awards and presents portraits of some the era’s music legends accompanied with beautiful iconographic.
The Great Cover
Before the great buzz of the current Great Gatsby trend there was an iconic film (1974, Redford, Clayton, Coppola) and before that – there were the classic book covers. The 1925 original cover of The Great Gatsby by Francis Cugat (below) was so effective that F. Scott Fitzgerald told his publisher he had to”written it into” the novel and added a new description of Daisy Buchanan: “A girl whose disembodied face floated along the dark cornices and blinding signs”.
While anticipating the new film version The Garçonnière remembers the various literature interpretations of this iconic character.