Canadian designers Wade Papin and Danielle Wilmore are the design duo behind jewellery label, Pyrrha.
Their intricately detailed, hand crafted wax seal pendants, necklaces, rings and earrings show remarkable skill and dedication to ancient techniques the designers are intensely passionate about.
The inspiration behind Pyrrha’s Seals line, which they are best known for, stems from their discovery of an old box of 19th century wax seals, which they were fortunate enough to stumble upon at an estate sale. Their skill of intermixing the past and the present extends to the brand’s name, Pyrrha, which comes from Greek mythology and intrinsically adds to the historical themes running through the duo’s collection.
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Papin and Wilmore’s signature line didn’t come easily. The self-taught duo underwent endless trial and error casting antique wax seals to evolve their enchanting pieces that often have imperfections from the cracks in the aged wax seals, which simply adds to the character of their unique collection.
To enhance the charm of Pyrrha’s line, each piece of jewellery has a personal symbolic meaning, where anchors offer hope, gryphons signify bravery and wings denote protection.
Papin and Wilmore are extremely conscious of the world around them and ensure that environmental responsibility is the fundamental priority of their impeccable jewellery items, which are made from bronze, reclaimed sterling silver, or 14k gold. Not only do they give a new life and purpose to the wax seals but they work to protect the environment, trying to eradicate the mass produced, throwaway society that we live in today, creating timeless pieces that will last a lifetime.
Pyrrha’s jewellery can be found all across the globe, from Liberty of London to Fred Segal of LA to United Arrows of Japan. It’s no wonder that the label has a celebrity fanbase including Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon and Jodie Foster, to name but a few and will almost certainly continue to expand in the imminent future.
To see more of Pyrrha’s exquisite jewellery visit their website: www.pyrrha.com
Pyrrha is represented by Pop PR: www.poppr.co.uk
Words by / Stephanie Richardson
Looking at the impeccable work of Newcastle Upon Tyne native photographer Anna Victoria Best who is now based in London, it is hard to believe that she is only 21 as her attention to detail in both capturing and post-production of her work is mature beyond her years.
Having only been photographing since she was 17, Best has already done work for a number of big name clients including Nigel Cabourn, Baartmans and Siegel, INDCSN and Velvet Johnstone as well as photographed the legendary rock band The New York Dolls. Her latest endeavours include the realms of videography and creative art direction in order to enhance the stage of her intriguing photography.
In her latest series of menswear photography, Best effortlessly captures the vintage-street chic inspired vibe of the clothing. At first glance of the images, they look as if they are old photographs that had been stored away for decades and have recently been rediscovered.
The fading of the images compiled with the wearing down of the surfaces create an affect that makes it seem like someone is looking at these images and having trouble recalling what happened in them. It is almost like there is a smoke screen covering the images fogging the viewers’ memory of what was in the photograph.
This unique technique proves that Best’s post production capabilities are magnificently carried out to create intriguing works.
Best is currently working with illustrator Nikki Farquharson to create an exciting new artwork collection fusing together Farquharson’s brilliant illustration techniques with Best’s ornate eye for capturing beautiful images.
Visit Anna Victoria Best’s website to see more of her spectacular photography www.annavictoriabest.com
Everything from the perfectly curled hair, created by hairstylist Charlie Le Mindu, to the tailored yet sexy pastel ensembles from designers like Christopher Kane, McQ by Alexander McQueen and Moschino as well as the elegant jewellery from MAWI, Erickson Beamon and Atelier Swarovski by Christopher Kane, chosen by stylist Anthony Stephinson, screams “Stepford!”
Photographer Karina Twiss precisely captures the robotic yet seductive expressions of models Annaleise Smith and Lena Lomkova.
Using whatever forms of paper he can get his hands on, London-based artist Mark Powell creates intricately detailed portraits using nothing more than his imagination and a biro. Powell invites Schön! to learn the secrets behind his unconventional means of art using just a pen and an envelope to create his masterpieces.
Words / Lydia Morton
Artwork / Mark Powell
Step out of reality with Italian born figurative painter, Lorella Paleni’s surrealist paintings that go beyond the basic four dimensional walls with which we live in. Focusing her paintings on sensitive events rather than chronological events allows Paleni to break down barriers of linear time and let her audience’s emotions run wild.
Words / Katre Laan
Artwork / Lorella Paleni
In case you missed the delectable celebration of our tantalising 16th edition of Schön! Magazine on Thursday the 16th of February at The Rose Club, or you want to relive the spectacular night full of brilliant revelry watch this wonderful video by Jade Clarke for BlackJayFilms.com capturing a truly fabulous night.
The gorgeously detailed Rose Club provided the perfect atmosphere for our guests as they divulged in intriguing conversation and a night filled with endless entertainment.
Our guests were treated with delicious cocktails concocted from CÎROC® Ultra-Premium, one of the world’s finest vodkas as they mingled with creatives from media, marketing, advertising and press.
Thank you to all of our lovely friends for celebrating in our decadent 16th issue of Schön! Magazine.
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Allow us to introduce to you this glorious 16th edition of Schön! Magazine; a sequence of delights await to tease and titillate both your imagination and intellect. It’s time to strip yourself of cellophane, step outside the box and cease to be a living doll. Let us awaken your mind.
Take a trip into Wonderland with Ellen Von Unwerth’s spectacular photo-shoot ‘Eat Me,’ perfectly capturing the erotic femininity of performance artist Angeleno Lauren Avery. Dripping with pearls and enveloped in lace, Unwerth’s stunning photography perfectly captures our mysterious muse, topped off with a sorbet of candy floss hair. In direct contrast, male supermodel David Gandy brings his own brand of personal electricity as he smolders across our pages in this moody, eponymous shoot by regular contributor Dimitris Theocharis.
Step back in time and revisit all the ways in which Jean Paul Gaultier transformed the power of female sexuality in our ‘Retrospective’ editorial. Photographer Karel Losenicky and stylist Simone Valsecchi combine their respective talents to provide us with a powerful exhibition of Gaultier’s collections, whilst Saskia Reis gets to grips with fashion’s enfant terrible himself.
And whilst we at Schön! would never encourage violence, we must demand that you embrace your inner revolutionist and celebrate all things ‘Soviet’ with our emboldened editorial. Model Kat Cordts definitely earned her stripes in this authoritarian photo series, beautifully shot by Pierre dal Corso and styled by our very own Kay Korsh.
In a similarly radical vein, we meet the uber talented, whimsically minded Russian design duo, the Popovy sisters. The pair have managed to stretch reality, melding their creative interpretations of art and fashion into a collection of incredibly costumed, hyper real dolls.
On another planet, photographer Karina Twiss and stylist Anthony Stephinson’s collaboration manages to infiltrate the hidden world of ‘The Stepford Wives’, capturing the essence of waxen, unearthly beauty in their secretive suburban environment. Animatronic versions of the perfect woman, they are faultless at first glance but are simply going through the motions; frozen living dolls.
We are brought back to reality as the rugged model, Vladimir McCrary strikingly channels the essence of his inner warrior for photographer Diego Indraccolo in the ultra-masculine ‘Lost Warrior’ editorial.
Just in case you weren’t back on Earth yet, photographer Sergi Pons splashes you with a collection of sensual black and white imagery to awaken your senses in the ‘Poise’ photo shoot; whilst Olivia Palermo stars as our ‘American Rose,’ the epitome of a delicate veiled beauty shot by photographer Christos Karantzolas.
Dip behind the scenes and discover the creative process behind theatrical landscapes from interviews with acclaimed set designer Derek McLane and celebrated art director Paul Inglis. And if that wasn’t enough, Schön! has managed to look into the future with the help of visionary architect Ma Yansong and delve into the realms of the surreal and the subconscious with artists Anton Semenov and Lorella Paleni.
And there you have it, dear readers; we have presented you with a box of visual toys to occupy your mind. With further secrets waiting to be divulged within, we feel that the 16th issue of Schön! is a treat for all the senses; come inside and play!
A banquet of exquisite beauty and intrigue is bestowed onto the pages of the 15th Issue of Schön! Magazine.
The ravishing Daisy Lowe graces Schön! as ‘The Lady’ of the Magazine, photographed by Yuval Hen and styled by our very own fashion editor Kay Korsh. Model, Sam Webb, features as our ‘Maltese Falcon’, shot by our esteemed photographer Dimitris Theocharis. James Cooper and David Gant, shot by Blair Getz Mezibov, inspire effortless elegance. Wearing the timelessly chic Gieves & Hawkes, they are true visions of nobility.
Our photo shoots, “Baccara”, “Svelte”, and “Contour”, will ease your winter chill. Nikola Jovanovic shot by Christos Karantzolas and styled by Kyle Anderson, dispenses a burst of neon to break the grey of winter. David Agbodji transforms into immortalised figures in his series of auto-portraits edited by Laurent Dombrowicz! Reminisce fondly on the “Sweet Sixties”, shot by Squiz Hamilton. Then later we’ll show you a darker side of the past in “Russian Criminal Tattoos” by Anne Combaz.
Hajime Machida’s poignant paint strokes mix the human and the mechanical, while Oleg Dou’s ambitious project blurs the line between paintings and photography. In addition, we present musician Casey Spooner, one half of the electro music duo Fischerspooner, in an interview by Vincent Urbani.
Issue 15 also brings you the words of geniuses such as Jany Temime, the costume designer for the Harry Potter films, Qiu Hao, a fresh new fashion designer from China, and the makers of the infamous children’s program Sesame Street. These incredible people will make you smile and laugh and appreciate their dedication to their respective crafts.
Readers indulge; meet the people, see their works, and enjoy the show!
We invite you to go behind the scenes with Fashion One Television Ltd. and see how our gorgeous cover editorial ‘Soviet’ featuring model Kat Cordts came together.
Coordinator Alexander Esguerra along with cameraman and director James Wilson give us an inside scoop on everything from the pristinely executed styling by Schön!’s own Kay Korsh to the phenomenal production of ‘Soviet’ shot by photographer Pierre Dal Corso.
Watch as Cordts channels a strong fearless female for photographer Pierre Dal Corso providing a breathtaking fashion narrative for issue 16 of Schön! Magazine.
Coordinator/ Alexander Esguerra
Creative Producer – Operations Manager (United Kingdom)
Fashion One Television Ltd.
Cameraman/Director/ James Wilson
Model/ Kat Cordts @MD management
Photographer/ Pierre Dal Corso
Fashion Editor/ Kay Korsh
Hair Stylist/ Graig Marsden @Carol Hayes Management using Bumble and Bumble
Make Up Artist/ Lynsey Alexander using MAC
Manicurist/ Joanna Webb @Frank Agency using Ciate
Set Designer/ Eoin Dillon
Production Manager/ Marianna Frannais
Photographer Assistant/ Lindsay Watson
Fashion Assistants/ Oliver Garcia, Susanne Kuuskman
Special thanks to Curtain Road Studios and the Museum of Mariinskaya High School, Odessa, Ukraine and Tamara Duz.
One look at the realistic fashion illustrations by esteemed illustrator Arturo Elena will have you envying the fictitious modelesque women he chooses to draw. His signature aesthetic of cinched waists, overly elongated limbs and highly glamorised women create very surrealist images.
Wanting to have the clothing that Elena illustrates is simply not enough, his aesthetic makes you yearn for the lifestyle that his subjects portray. Simply put, he makes you fantasise about luxurious living.
Looking at his work, it is no wonder why this Spanish based award winning illustrator, artist and educator has had so much international success. This self-taught illustrator has had his work featured in numerous exhibitions, master-classes and workshops. Not only that, he has been published in an array of international publications including a feature in issue 15 of Schön! Magazine as well as created collaborative works for an assortment of well-known luxury brands.
His illustrations are reminiscent of the days when luxurious fashion illustrations adorned the covers of high-fashion magazines rather than the latest trending celebrity, but his illustrations do what earlier illustrations did not by adding an element of realism to them. They offer a scene and a story rather than just a figure standing absent minded wearing illustrious clothing.
He has the ability to capture what the camera cannot by being able to manipulate the situations of his illustrations and add in the emotions he feels are necessary to give each piece of work a life of its own. The women in his illustrations exude confidence in their luxurious garments and have an attitude about them that makes them seem well-versed in their lifestyle choice.
The precision of detail he has is immaculate. Everything from the colouring, shapes, lines and designs of his illustrations are articulately executed to create highly stylised images. His eye for detail and knowledge of the movement of clothes and how they are constructed allows him to recreate different fabric textures; giving each illustration a personality of its own.
Arturo Elena has been in the fashion illustration industry for over 25 years and is living-proof that the need for elegant and dynamic illustrations are still in demand even after the gradual decline of illustration on the covers of fashion magazines.
Elena’s most recent exhibition of his fashion illustrations ran in Madrid in February at the ARCOmadrid, the International Fair of Contemporary Art where he showcased his most immaculate images for thousands to see.
View his work here and let his realistic illustrations tantalise your fashion fantasies
Arturo Elena is represented internationally by Factory311