Satellite Voices champions creative cultural provocateurs from around the globe that deserve the rest of the world’s attention. This new cultural platform - led by independent city editors from Tokyo, Paris, Moscow, Rome, Munich, Dubai, Shanghai and Santiago, highlights the month’s best stories across fashion, music, art, film, photography and culture, and is brought to you by Dazed and Swatch. Here are our top four Fashion picks from this month...
At only 24-years-old, Japanese jewellery designer Joji Kojima’s dark, fantastical, sculptural creations have been commissioned for the likes of Lady Gaga (as featured on her Fame Monster album cover) and he’s already on his second self-started and eponymous jewellery label. After an early start, designing his first pieces at 15-years-young, Kojima’s first label was named Hotel Gluttony and created whilst still studying graphic design and typography at Tokyo’s Tama Art University (whilst he also worked at the couture house, Yoshiko Creation Paris). His latest peacock-inspired talons were recently unveiled at Tokyo’s Velours.
Munich’s hometown fashion heros A Kind of Guise are a young label and collective celebrating the city’s new gentleman’s aesthetic - one part street culture, the other a love for tailored menswear that combines classic Scandinavian cuts with a laid back, Bavarian spirit. Founded in 2009, their first outing was a limited range of leather duffel bags that evolved into a full on cut and sew collection, with all their pieces crafted and produced in Germany. Their work with Danish dons Wood Wood alongside Munich’s local streetwear label Beastin and the Folk-affiliated Harvest boutique has seen A Kind of Guise breakout to an international audience. A Kind of Guise host a monthly special guest column for Satellite Voices.
Guillaume Steinmetz is the Editor-In-Chief and one of eight co-founders of the acclaimed Parisian fashion blog, De Jeunes Gens Modernes. A staunch supporter of the next generation of emerging French designers, Guillaume Steinmetz shares his team’s passion for creating a platform that embodies a new way of approaching fashion and lifestyle. “We thought about the editorial line over-and-over, we wanted it to represent a true global ‘art de vivre’, not only another vision of fashion for fashion groupies,” says Steinmetz. “It’s a new state of mind. The generation of Galliano, McQueen, Jacobs and Tisci does in no way look like the new one.”
The acclaimed Chinese fashion designer Jiji has been showered with accolades from being named one of Shanghai’s ‘Heros of the City’ to one of China’s ‘100 Fashion Leaders’. With his fashion empire burgeoning (complete with recent Parisian expansion), the creative polymath and internationally renowned pop artist who has exhibited at the V&A Gallery and Palais de Tokyo, has evolved his fashion meets art manifesto and opened his own J Gallery in Shanghai. “99% effort + 1% mind = success. I think the 1% mind is the key, whatever creativity or business you may need,” he explains of his work mantra. “Through the J Gallery, I want to be more patient and more tolerant which what I am not good enough yet at. It’s a challenge.”