Vague Territories // Photography by Carsten Heisterkamp 

carsten heisterkamp vague territories photography ruhrpott düsseldorf ausstellung exhibitionFor years the talented Carsten Heisterkamp has ventured deep into the wilderness of the Ruhrgebiet. The outcome is now on display in the brick covered vaults of W57 Düsseldorf.

Im weißgetünchten Gewölbekeller des W57 zeigt Carsten Heisterkamp das visuelle Ergebnis seiner Expeditionen ins industriell vernarbte Ruhrgebiet.
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And Back It Goes // Balmain X H&M

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Did you grab anything of the Balmain x H&M collab? I was certainly interested in some of the pieces like that sparkly dress with the plunging v-neck but no way I would have gone through the torture of the actual in store experience. There were stampede like situations in Istanbul!

I once tried to get in online but like always the website had crashed so I decided that I wouldn’t waste my time further. Maybe for the better… All these people who I saw on Instagram photographing themselves with multiple bags must have spent several of their month’s rent, I think.

My friend managed to get onto the site and by the time of check out 1 piece of the 5 she picked remained in her basket. It was the silken black and white striped blouse. Upon arrival we were both so disappointed! The fit was so bad and the fabric although stated as silk reminded us more of a parachute. She sent it right away back.

At the end this collection is just H&M indeed.

And now I am curious did anyone of you splurge on #balmaination? And how is the outcome in your case?

The Sustainable Tee // Funktion Schnitt

funktionschnitt Köln nachhaltige Mode sustainable fashion Cologne Super Fashion Markt im MAKK fashion exhibition Modeausstellung LOOK Designer Behind the rather sterile brand name of Cologne newcomer label Funktion Schnitt there is not another distributor for practical outdoorsy wear hidden, no no. I mean, it certainly would be a seemingly natural conclusion as it is a well-known fact that Germans love functional clothing, just have a look on our inner cities.

Funktion Schnitt is a lot cooler than that mostly due to its nice logo design and well curated Instagram while of course still not being devoid of practicability…Hello! It is still a German brand, right?funktionschnitt Köln nachhaltige Mode sustainable fashion Cologne Super Fashion Markt im MAKK fashion exhibition Modeausstellung LOOK Designer

SeaCell is partly made of seaweed.

They only sell shirts, in four different garment qualities and various styles. But what my eco and organic obsessed self really likes is their sustainability philosophy.

When the Super Fashion Markt at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln happened I went and had a look. Like always I fell in love with the most expensive pieces, the merino t-shirts which come with a price tag of 70 €. Pretty reasonable, I think, but as I have bought so many things these days I could not shell out that much for a basic* though I was ready for a regular organic cotton half sleeve. It had a wider neck and would not peek out under my winter pullover if I layer for extra warmth. My choice fell on black but there was none in that style available at the time so I’ll wait until they open the pop-up store downtown.funktionschnitt Köln nachhaltige Mode sustainable fashion Cologne Super Fashion Markt im MAKK fashion exhibition Modeausstellung LOOK Designer delicate garments washing detergent waschmittel

Nice packaging!

Peter one of the brand founders gave me a sample size of their washing detergent for delicate garments. I am excited to try it out as I am always deeply worried about how to wash the good clothes.funktionschnitt Köln nachhaltige Mode sustainable fashion Cologne Super Fashion Markt im MAKK fashion exhibition Modeausstellung LOOK Designer waschmittel delicate garments washing detergentfunktionschnitt Köln nachhaltige Mode sustainable fashion Cologne Super Fashion Markt im MAKK fashion exhibition Modeausstellung LOOK Designer

* Still come to think of it if you have to choose I actually recommend at least go organic on basics and underwear. We wear them directly on our skin and tend to have them much longer stocked in our closets as I shamefully realized recently.

The Super Fashion Markt initiated around the fashion exhibition “LOOK! fashion designers A-Z” and I took the opportunity to examine that, too.  Continue reading

Carnival Fashions On 11 11

11.11. Karneval Prinzessin Leia Star Wars Zülpicherstraße KölnCologne loves Carnival. That has been made already clear before but I can’t help myself… it does get bigger with every year, no? Though nobody Bützes anymore (random kissing with everybody, mostly on the cheeks, no tongue involved).

Usually the peak is one week around Weiberfastnacht at the end of winter but the mad season actually starts on November 11. From then on the various committees and clubs will prepare for next years parades and feasts.11.11. Karneval Prinzessin Leia Star Wars Zülpicherstraße Köln Super Mario

This Wednesday just like on Weiberfastnacht people partied hard on the streets and I saw more people than ever poured out for this occasion. I was ill so I abstained and had the outside view. On my way to buy tea and throat remedies there was the usual madness which young and drunk people tend to on festivals (well here it happens in broad daylight… in residential areas) but I also saw some pretty dope costumes.11.11. Karneval Prinzessin Leia Star Wars Zülpicherstraße Köln Super Mario

Cologne had its rise of the hipster, too and what I love about that is the sense of originality. The portion of meticulously thought out and great DIY costumes was high. Fortunately the weather was also extremely mild and people did not have to wear coats so that I could admire them properly.11.11. Karneval Prinzessin Leia Star Wars Zülpicherstraße Köln

Mostly I did only a few random shots to document Ausnahmezustand but from that girl dressed as Leia in a very modern way I had to do a head to toe.11.11. Karneval Prinzessin Leia Star Wars Zülpicherstraße Köln

// click on the text links above to see techno gorilla from my Instagram //