“The key to being a good cinematographer is finding a way to visually convey the emotion of the story, and it’s not always by creating beautiful images,” says celebrated director of photography Robert Yeoman, speaking over the phone from his home in Los Angeles. When it comes to his ongoing work with Wes Anderson, however, Yeoman does both, and to inimitable levels of perfection – from capturing the cerulean universe of The Life Aquatic to shooting the scrumptious…
It’s a truism that money can’t buy happiness, but in today’s consumer-driven culture it doesn’t hurt to be reminded. In The Millionairess, Italian icon Sophia Loren dazzles as an eccentric heiress on the lookout for love. Based on the 1936 play by George Bernard Shaw, this 1960 hit chronicles the adventures of Epifania, the wealthiest woman in the world, as she attempts to outsmart the terms of her father’s will, which dictates that she is unable to marry unless her…
It’s no exaggeration to call American crime drama Murder, She Wrote iconic. Leading lady Jessica Fletcher, a mystery writer and civilian detective played by Angela Lansbury, is famed for her bold wardrobe of statement skirt suits and shoulder pads – not to mention the fact that the actress holds the record for most Golden Globe Best Actress wins in a TV drama series. The suspense-filled “whodunit” plot-lines helped the show garner 26 million views per week in its…
The fashion industry is known for making statements – and in 2017, luxury labels, young designers, and independent brands made some big ones for animals. Two recent, major reports reveal that a staggering three out of the four materials that have the worst environmental impact are animal-derived, leather being the most devastating. And as consumers continue to demand ethical clothing for which no animals were beaten, slaughtered, or skinned, designers have taken note. The PETA Menswear Fashion Awards celebrate the biggest moments, greatest innovations, and standout brands that made 2017 a kinder year for animals and the environment.
Founded in 1993 by Doug Mignola, who wanted to use industrial hemp to create a warmer post-surf jacket, HoodLamb has gone on to become a leading name in outerwear. Its sustainable vegan parkas are designed for the coldest environments (with the help of Sea Shepherd crews) and made with natural hemp and organic cotton combined with innovative feather-free Thermore Ecodown and fur-free Satifur. The brand also makes vegan knitwear, T-shirts, hats, and other apparel.
In a monumental victory for animals – and after more than 20 years of PETA protests – the luxury powerhouse finally announced in October that it would be going fur-free, joining the ranks of Armani, Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood, and Stella McCartney, who have already banned fur from their collections.
Bruno Pieters, the former creative director of Hugo by Hugo Boss, is highly regarded for his avant-garde creations and sharp tailoring. He’s pledged never to stock leather, feathers, or fur on his platform Honest by, stating that he thinks “killing animals for human purposes is something that no longer fits within this modern world’s ideals.”
“Recycle”, the much-anticipated Christopher Raeburn x Save the Duck collaboration for the 2017 autumn/winter season, combines the British designer’s military-inspired pieces with cutting-edge vegan technology. The camouflage-printed parkas, jackets, and padded vests are made using recycled fabrics and high-performance Plumtech, a feather-free, duck-friendly padding.
Made in Italy, Vegea is a fully natural vegan material produced by processing the fibres and oils contained in grape marc, the skins, seeds, and pulp left over after pressing grapes. Designers of luxury clothing and accessories are already queuing up to get their hands on the new plant-derived leather when it hits the market next year.
Worn by big names such as Benedict Cumberbatch and Joaquin Phoenix, Brave GentleMan suits pair centuries-old craftsmanship with cutting-edge and cruelty-free fabrics – including “future-wool” Tweed milled in Brazil and “future-silk” made from recycled plastic bottles. The brand opened a flagship store in Brooklyn, New York, this year – the world’s first all-vegan luxury menswear store.
Designed in Paris, Good Guys‘ shoes are true to the fashion capital’s effortless, modern style – in 100 per cent vegan-friendly materials. The brand’s sneakers, Derbys, and desert boots are made with recyclable, supple vegan leather and suede.
Stella McCartney‘s “they have no idea they’re not real leather” accessories are now available in the brand’s menswear line. The embossed wallets, coin purses, and card holders are made of superior and sustainable vegan leather.
Built on the philosophy that a good bag should last for years, Tokyo Bags‘ classic briefcases, backpacks, and messenger bags are made with the highest-quality vegan leathers as well as sustainable materials such as cork and rubber. All the bags are delivered in 100 per cent recycled-paper packaging printed with soy-based inks.
Will’s classic belts are handmade in Portugal using vegan microfibres, which look, wear, breathe, and resist water like animal leather – without the abuse of cows, pigs, and other animals or the toxic chemicals used to process their skins, which are dangerous for workers and the environment.
With a commitment to making watches “that wear well and last”, Hurtig Lane designs have stainless-steel casings, Japanese Miyota movements, and straps made of cruelty-free materials – including nylon Tweed and vegan leather.
“It’s never been more stylish to dress with a conscience,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “Today’s designers are embracing ethical and eco-conscious materials because the future of fashion clearly lies in compassionate clothing.”
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Last week I was cordially invited to Northridge California for an all-inclusive, experiential event that focused on Harman Kardon and JBL audio, as well as Harman’s auto partners, Kia. Firstly, I had to double-back to the dictionary to ensure that ‘experiential’ is a word. Sure enough it is, though not one in my lexicon. I feel like we have experience and we have experimental, but I don’t know if we need experiential. Anyway, I digress. I signed up.
The event was held in the most dislocated of circumstances. On the shuttle bus from the hotel to Harman’s Northridge Experience Center, the driver was quick to highlight, ‘the air is bad in Hollywood, but not normally this bad’. Referring to the outbreak of fires that was currently eating its way across the hills of Southern California.
Inside the center (I will use the indigenous spelling as you may have noticed) down the warehouse corridors, the miasma of charred woodland and merciless destruction was omnipresent. It is as you’d expect, immersive, both sonically and visually. David Glaubke, the Director of Public Relations at Harman, curates a mini-tour by picking up an Under Armour visor from a table and immediately a seraphic light pierces the product from above and the product details are displayed on a flat screen in front. All made possible by the Martin Harman lighting, which focuses on creating attractive environments through the use of dynamic light and visual effects.
As well the retail sector, Harman also becoming a recognised force in the travel and hospitality industry. With IBM Watson it has introduced voice recognition into hotels, the perfunctory ‘open the blinds’ and ‘turn on the lights’ aren’t reinventing the wheel, but still impresses. Significantly it’s also piloted this technology in 50 Thomas Jefferson hospitals in Philadelphia.
“Health care is very interested in this technology. Nurses are saying they spend 10% of their time trying to find the remote control to the TV, doing the blinds, making the patient comfortable. Well if you’re able to take that off their plate they can reinvest that 10% into critical care for patients. It recognises multiple languages, it’s customisable, this is very aspirational stuff. You can send your presets on to the hotel ahead of time and you can walk into a room tailored to how you want it” – David Glaubke.
The Experience Center is like Disneyland for anyone involved in the creative arts, musicians especially. As someone that used to tour the country in originals and covers bands, I was suitably impressed with the crisp sound from the JBL EON ONE PRO. It’s light as heck, 37 pounds (that’s 17kg for us Brits and just over 2.5 Stone for us oldies), which makes it perfect for transporting for pub gigs. The bass had a good feel through the 8 inches of subwoofer and as its battery powered, you won’t be tripping over power cables (Occupational hazard of a musician or well-oiled wedding guests).
The highlight of the tour was having the opportunity to watch a couple of movie clips inside the $1 Million private cinema. All demonstrating the penetrable firepower of JBL audio capabilities. Watching Tom Cruise on a space bike whizz across a Mars-like planet for a 30 seconds in Oblivion, I thought not only is this the technically punctilious and audibly immersive experience I’ve ever had, but Tom Cruise gets to ride a motorbike, even when he’s in outer space.
Lastly, I had the distinct pleasure of road-testing the Harman car audio capabilities by driving the KIA Stinger around the hills of Mulholland Drive. It’s worth mentioning that circa 50 million cars on the roads have Harman technology. Manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Volvo, Aston Martin, Maserati, Toyota, all use Harman audio systems As Jonathan Pierce, Senior Manager of Global Benchmarking at Harman so eruditely mentioned in his keynote presentation, “Not everyone goes home to listen to their $30k speakers. A lot of people listen to music in their cars. We employ 42 trained listeners, to help us optimise this experience. That covers everything from detecting colourations, alterations in frequency responses and, minimising vibrations in doors”.
Overall I was spoilt. It reaffirmed my love of audio and it widened my appreciation of the technical design and emotion that goes into evolving each speaker. I felt that everyone from the PR side, to the technicians, many of whom had been at the company for a number of years, felt an affinity for JBL and the Harman brand. And they’re not alone.
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A ramble into the countryside is a tradition that many families across the UK take part in over Christmas. Yet with temperatures across the British Isles continuing to plummet, it’s looking likely that this year’s walk is going to a be a chilly one. To help make sure your time outdoors isn’t ruined by worries over frostbite, we’ve compiled a list of six items that will help to keep you warm.
Waterproof boots are an essential piece of footwear for the active man to have in their wardrobe. Their crossover ability to be both practical and stylish means they’re worth spending an extra few quid over.
Our fingers are one of the first places that we feel the cold, so it’s best to skip over the cotton gloves and to go for a real pair of winter warmers. Keep an eye out for a pair that have a waterproof outer shell and an insulation layer that stretches all the way to the fingertips. If you can live without your phone for the length of your walk, then it’s best to invest in a pair of mittens. Keeping the fingers together makes it easier to trap in any heat.
They might be an item of clothing that’s generally associated with older age, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying out long johns for yourself. Trust us, once you do, you’ll never go back! Avoid buying a pair that are made of cotton if you’re going to use them during any form of physical activity. Cotton traps sweat released by the body, which could cause a lowering of the body temperature if you take a break during your walk.
We lose around seven to ten per cent of our body’s heat through the head, according to studies. That’s why it’s essential to keep your noggin wrapped up when you’re exposed to the elements. While beanie hats aren’t going to earn you any points for your style, they do always guarantee a snug fit. Look out for one that has a warm, breathable lining to help keep your head warm.
Keeping the toes warm over the winter is a never-ending battle inside your home, let alone in the outdoors. Thankfully, merino-wool socks provide the ideal solution. They’re both breathable and moisture-wicking – two factors that are key to providing optimum temperature regulation. Despite the fact that merino-wool socks can work wonders, they’re still dependent on a decent pair of boots to work properly when outdoors.
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