Male warriors and leaders of old, possibly even back to the pharaohs of Egypt, wore – and often were buried in – beefy, blinged-out bangles known as Armills. These bracelets symbolized prowess in battle, military leadership and elevated social status.
The velvet-lined, enameled armill at right was made for the coronation of Charles II in 1661, and used at every subsequent coronation until 1953. Interestingly, the Royal Collection
Here are faces that I have found memorable. If they are not all as happy as kings, it is because in this imperfect world and these hazardous times, the camera’s eye, like the eye of a child, often sees true.
– American photographer Toni Frissell (1907 – 1988)
Technology is changing life so dramatically and at such a headspinning rate, it can be challenging to find the time to breathe – let alone figure out the implications for “the future.” Nonetheless, that’s the role of the well-trained designeraccording to the 80s design theorist Victor Papanek, who predicted that “given the way technology’s transformative effects were accelerating so quickly, simply making sense of all the change was what a designer’s job eventually would become.”
The new documentary Fresh Dressed celebrates the roots of hip-hop culture’s early street style, when money seemed to matter less than your ability to dress with creative panache. “Being fresh was more important than having money,” reminisces the always-dapper Kanye West. “When I grew up, I wanted money so I could be fresh.”
“I know sometimes we shock people when they ask about a piece,” notes the Copenhagen-based design consultant and eponymous owner of Oliver Gustav Studio, a high-end mash-up of home-furnishings, art, antiques, interior-design consultancy, and boutique