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Eggs? Check. Milk? Check. Bread, toothpaste and spaghetti? Check. Pair of Chanel knitted sneakers? Maybe not. Your local supermarket isn’t normally the place you’d expect to pick up the latest fashion tips, but that’s exactly what Karl Lagerfeld has recreated for Paris Fashion week.
The controversial German-born designer turned the supermarket into supermodel-market for his latest Fall/Winter 2014/15 collection, using the mundane setting to emphasise the glamour of the clothes. (And there’s also a certain irony of seeing a supermodel shopping for food.)
But it wasn’t just the clothes that caught our eye – no attention to detail was spared, and the shelves were lined with Chanel branded products, including olive oil, cornflakes and bin liners.
Forget the shopping channel, The Shopping Chanel is the place to be.
Your pink glove. Your keys. Your half-eaten pack of chewing gum. Have you ever wondered where they all disappear to? If they’re lucky, Yoonjin Lee gets her hands on them. In her project, named ‘Little Lost Project’, she finds discarded objects and gives them a life of their own with little arms and a heart-rending message on a cardboard sign.
The young graphic designer (who also goes by the name Zoonzin) is about to graduate from SVA under the tutorage of street artist Ji Lee, and wanted to raise awareness about our consumption of everyday objects. Once she’s set her findings up, Lee shoots them with a macro lens and takes video set to suitably sad music.
Maybe if we knew what our small, seemingly insignificant objects felt after they were lost and discarded we’d change how we treated them.
You’re just sitting down to your carefully crafted fish finger sandwiches when you catch a whiff of something delicious being cooked next door. Fortunately in the De Baarsjes neighbourhood of Amsterdam, food envy is no more.
Bilder & De Clerq has created a new breed of supermarket. Instead of having aisles and aisles of peppers, pasta and pretzels, they have fourteen individual stands, each with all the ingredients you need to make one delicious recipe.
The meals (and stands) change every week, and have a printed instructional card for you to take home with you. Most ingredients are locally sourced, organic and easily prepared in just 30 minutes – there’s even a recommended bottle of wine to complement your creation.
Finally there’s no need to be jealous of what your neighbours are eating. Bon appétit (or ‘eet smakelijk’ as they say in Holland).
One blade, two blades, three blades, four. There’s not an ad break goes by without the latest super-duper multi-blade razor popping up. But has anyone ever stopped to think if more actually means better?
Bevel has discovered that a single blade is far more effective for curly, coarse or Afro hair. Their new kit includes a brass-weighted razor that’s as good-looking as it is effective, as well as a shaving brush, priming oil, shaving cream and restoring balm.
Bevel has been created by Walker and Company, a business that aspires to be the Johnson & Johnson for black men. Founder Tristan Walker quotes the product as ‘the first and only end-to-end shaving system designed for men with coarse or curly hair’.
It’s like something out of Minority Report (minus the creepy spider robots). You walk into your local supermarket, take out your phone and open the Philips app. You’re presented with a map of the store and your precise location within it. You’re then given directions to the exact ingredients you need.
That’s not all; ads from the shop then pop up on your phone as you make your way around. Look, 2-4-1 on Sensations, or 50% off Colgate toothpaste.
Miraculously, it all works thanks to the overhead lights. Yes, Philips has figured out a way to feed all the data to your phone through certain wavelengths from their light bulbs.
Could that be the last time you scour 25 aisles for the garlic?