A new and lovely department store has been opened: Magasin Horaz in The Hague. Why is Magasin Horaz special? The shop itself: it’s divided into separate rooms in a historical violin workshop (from Josef Joachim Vedral, violin maker) built in 1700. The goods: a mix of, well, everything; carefully selected by owner Horas Simanullang. Browsing the store you can feel the fun it’s owner has with filling his store, we think that’s very special! Magasin Horaz has a small selection of high quality goods like menswear fashion (Comme des Garcons, Van Slobbe Van Benthum) bespoke designer objects, (cook) books, interior design items, some top notch foods and sooooo much more. The back of the store houses a small art gallery with a new exhibition every two months. You can also have a drink in the “Red Room” and sit outside on the patio if you like. The shop has yet to have a “Grand Opening” but it is open already!
Shopfront seen from the inside
Old violin store
Things not for sale at Magazin Horaz
Things not for sale at Magazin Horaz: poetry from 1900 (image courtesy of Magazin Horaz)
The Hague: the city where queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands live. Magasin Horaz is situated in the old part of town: the center in the Molenstraat, a stones throw away from the Royal Palace Noordeinde, that’s where the Dutch king works. Visit Magazin Horaz on Facebook
Cindy Sherman x Comme Des Garçons. Cindy Sherman for Comme Des Garçons advertising in 1993; Cindy Sherman produced a series of photographs for the clothing company Comme des Garçons that break virtually every rule of fashion photography. These “anti-fashion” photographs’ effects are shocking and discombobulating, particularly when viewed in the light of conventional fashion photography. They are not, however, out of place in the context of Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo’s approach to the business of fashion design, which is strongly inspired by the values of the contemporary art world. (read more: nyu.edu)
Comme des Garçons. Spring 1988 Photographer: André Kértesz
Comme des Garçons. Fall 1988 Artists: Inoue Tsuguya and Jim Britt
Comme des Garçons 1989
Comme des Garçons Fall 2005
Comme des Garçons Shirt 2010
Comme des Garçons Shirt. Fall 2007 Creative Directors: Ronnie Cooke Newhouse and Stephen Wolstenholme
Machine sculptures by the French artist Paul Granjon, titled “My Little Eye,” and “Heart Beat Machine.”
Comme des Garçons Shirt. Fall 2010 Creative Directors: Ronnie Cooke Newhouse and Stephen Wolstenholme Sculptor: Simen Johan
L — Illustrator Daniel Clowes. R — Illustrator Leland Myrick.
Comme des Garçons advertisments are really something else! Never ever have we seen a single garment in them, most of the time they are just inspiring pictures. That’s how we like our fashion! Flipping through any given fashion magazine, the CdC ads are like a breath of fresh air, they stand out amongst all the pictures of pretty women gazing at you wearing the most desirable garments, make-up and jewelry etc. We always imagined that these wonderful images were the personal favorites of Rei Kawakubo and imagined Rei browsing through many books after a day of designing clothes at the Comme des Garçons offices. Well, it’s not that way at all! We have been fooled by creative directors House + Holme ( Ronnie Cooke Newhouse and Stephen Wolstenholme ) whom are not only responsible for the Comme des Garçons ads but also for the ones by Lanvin and Louis Vuitton (to name just two brands from a long list) they are represented by Total managment in New York City (check that link for more of their work) The Comme des Garçons advertisements are probably most similar to the
Benneton, United Colours of the world,
Benneton, United Colours of the world,
Benneton ads made from 1982 to 2000 by Oliviero Toscani; showing no clothes but just images of mostly people, the difference being that the Benneton ads clearly had a message, often political, and were famous for its controversial nature. Both brands started with these campaigns in the late eighties of the previous century, the age in which a punk-mentality had become mainstream.