August 22 2014

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3 posts tagged "Hisham Bharoocha"

Fall Accessories, Set To Drums Or Strings


Pamela Love’s presentation last night was a feast for the ears, as well as the eyes. As she had last season, Love recruited pal Hisham Bharoocha to pound out a psychedelic drumbeat, live; this time, Bharoocha’s drumming made for a particularly fitting accompaniment to the new jewelry Love showed. Forgoing last season’s exploration of dimension and scale, Love turned her eye to color, working rainbow-hued raw crystals into her pieces. The stalagmite-esque settings were shown with long, featherweight white dresses Love created with Frank Tell—dresses that once again raised the question, when is Pamela Love going to start designing clothes?

Down the hall at MAC & Milk, there was more music, of a very different kind. Eyewear brand Illesteva staged its first-ever presentation this season, and in lieu of models, branch honchos Daniel Silberman and Jus Ske decided to put their new sunglasses on the players in a 17-piece string orchestra. “We like to show our glasses on regular people,” Silberman noted. “Just artists, doing their thing.” Their “thing,” in this case, involved playing a number of classical tunes, as well as one setting—for strings—of a Tupac track. No doubt the party Illesteva is throwing tonight at Milk, to celebrate the launch of its collaboration with André Saraiva and Annabelle Dexter-Jones, will get a slightly more danceable soundtrack.

Photos: David X Prutting/ (Pamela Love); Courtesy of Illesteva (Illesteva)

Mountain Living


Think of shopping in Japan, and the mind conjures images of Harujuku girls and the endless electronic billboards of Shibuyu. But despite its kawaii-cutesy name, the cult-worshiped Tokyo design store Playmountain (above) is something else entirely: a shrine to clean, artisanal product design. Bowls? Brooms? They’re not exactly the sexiest items on the shop floor, but as selected by Playmountain’s meticulous owner, Shinichiro Nakahara, they make a very good case for need-to-have status, and have lured design snobs worldwide.

Tomorrow, the store’s first shop-in-shop, curated personally by Nakahara, opens at the Nolita outpost of Creatures of Comfort. “Everything is really simple and functional and beautiful,” says proprietor Jade Lai. “The products really embody the current incarnation of Japanese craft.” Many of the offerings stem from Nakahara’s own projects with artists and craftsmen, like wood pieces from his Landscape Products line and ceramics from his Chin Jukan collaboration. From 3 to 7 p.m. tomorrow, Creatures of Comfort will be hosting a launch party for the new shop, which is open to the public. And to quell any fears that this might be a polite little house wares party, the event will feature a performance by Soft Circle, the smash-it-up art rock band led by sometime Nike and Rogan collaborator Hisham Bharoocha. Just keep clear of the ceramics, please.

Playmountain shop-in-shop comes to Creatures of Comfort, 205 Mulberry St., NYC, (212) 925-1005,, tomorrow through February 26.

Photo: Courtesy of Playmountain

For Earth Day, Rogan Gregory And Co. Would Like You To Try On A New State Of Mind


Earth Day turns 40 this month, and the eco-friendly guys at Loomstate are throwing the holiday a birthday party. Nature being in relatively short supply at the Good Units space at the Hudson Hotel, Loomstate founders Scott Hahn and Rogan Gregory (pictured) decided to bring the great outdoors inside, with a little help from jewelry designer Pamela Love and a 40-large drum circle rounded up by composer Hisham Bharoocha. “We were thinking about it as sort of like a modern rain dance,” Gregory explains of the drum circle. “A way to bring people together, and get them on the same beat. I think you can create something incredibly positive out of that energy.” A giant pyramid installation installation by Spoke Visuals and a psychedelic light show top off the indoor-hippie vibe, and Bharoocha encourages attendees to bring along their own instruments. (Kazoo, anyone?) Here, Gregory, Hahn, Love, and Bharoocha talk to about nurturing nature, fashion scene-style.

What inspired you to throw an Earth Day event?
Scott Hahn: Well, it’s the 40th anniversary. I’m not sure why that means anything, actually, other than 40 is a nice round number, but there’s good energy around the event this year, and Loomstate is a brand inspired by nature, so…

Rogan Gregory: I feel like most fashion labels, when they do a big event, it’s for fashion week. But our emphasis is fashion and sustainability, and it felt more appropriate to do something now. Something fun.

SH: We’re really trying to get away from the messages everyone’s already heard, away from advocacy per se, and find new ways to speak to people. There’s a lot than can come from, you know, sharing and energy and inspiration. It’s hard to ask people to change; it’s better to inspire them to change.

RG: And inspiration is something fashion is really good at.

What should people expect at the event?
RG: There are a lot of moving pieces, so we’ll see how everything comes together, but basically we’ve got this space with 20-foot ceilings, we’re installing a giant pyramid in the center, and the drum circle will be around the pyramid. And there’s a light show. Obviously, there will be drinks and normal party stuff, too, but we’re really trying to make this an immersive experience for people. If we could have gone and done something outside, like, far away from the city, that would have been great, but it wasn’t practical. So the thinking has been, let’s try to transport people in another way.

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