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a date with rag & bone

lab by Lane Crawford welcomed Rag & Bone to Hong Kong with a special collaboration, and in-store exhibition. Here are some snapshots of the evening.

Installation of Rag & Bone's D.I.Y photos.

The lovely Sarah Fung talking to fashion blogger Tina Leung of Tina Loves.

New York-based Confetti System's festive holiday decorations for the shop.

Paola Sinisterra of Tangram gets playful with the decor.

Danielle and Marcus having a laugh after one too many sakes.

Kevin Poon, Stinger Wong and Cindy Ko at Yardbird.

Rag & Bone's David Neville, Marcus Wainwright and Catherine with Stinger, who pulled this all together with his team.

The night goes on...

D.I.Y. rag & bone

For their latest campaign, the boys at Rag & Bone took a different turn and asked their friends, such as Miranda Kerr and Karolina Kurkova, to point the lens - at themselves. Giving them a camera and a bag of clothes, they created a D.I.Y. project and the results are intimate portraits and candid snapshots - exactly the type of thing you don't see in other fashion campaigns.

David and Marcus from Rag & Bone have invited a few of us in Hong Kong to join the mix, and there will be an exhibition of the images in-store at Lane Crawford next week. Stay posted and see how we decided to express ourselves.

symphony of hong kong

Check out what the style-cats over at Lane Crawford are doing this season with the launch of Lab by Lane Crawford. It all starts off by inviting Marcelo Burlon to create The Symphony of Hong Kong.

Last week, Burlon created this film, where 23 local influencers expressed their individual style in selected lab fashion-brand wardrobes available at Lane Crawford. The cast included local fashion icon Hilary Tsui, stylist Tina Leung, blogger Cindy Ko and designer Philip Chu; as well as creatives Arnault Castel, Danielle Huthart and Kevin Poon. Featured lab brands included Acne, Alexander Wang, Band of Outsiders, Carven, Helmut Lang, IRO, Joseph, Markus Lupfer, McQ, Opening Ceremony, rag & bone, Rick Owens Lilies and Theyskens’ Theory.

Lovely behind the scenes photography of the shoot by Yuman Ng.

pink is punk

To celebrate the expansion of Lane Crawford Canton Road and the launch of “lab by Lane Crawford”, Lane Crawford invited enigmatic Italian maestro and Creative Director Marcelo Burlon to come to Hong Kong and create a video piece featuring 20 of the city's taste-makers, influencers and movers and shakers. The opening party and mayhem begins this evening with "Pink is Party" hosted by Marcelo and his band of mischief-makers. Watch this space for more images of the party and his video, "Symphony of Hong Kong".

celebrating new traditions

While Whitespace celebrates our 5th anniversary, Lane Crawford celebrates their 160th! They produced a beautiful book, Celebrating New Traditions, which creative manager Sarah Fung presented to me yesterday after a meeting at their offices. We're delighted to be called 'a pioneer of creativity in Hong Kong' and to share our special memories in the opening forward of this edition. We wish this very special store, a very special birthday, too! lanecrawford2

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future of magazines

We took some time out of our schedule to pen a little opinion piece for Lane Crawford on the Future of Magazines. Read the article below. itsnicethat_contents

The first issue of It’s Nice That is an eclectic mix of different writers and voices. The magazine is printed on uncoated paper. The list of contributors is displayed on the cover and the pages contain a variety of short entries and simple imagery. It’s not your typical publication, but the first issue sold out quick and fast.

What’s unique about It’s Nice That is that it grew out of a blog by the same name, www.itsnicethat.com, which is visited by some thousands of readers interested in design. While some magazines are struggling to find their way online, others like It’s Nice That are printing their online content. And they are finding success.

It’s no surprise that the state of the magazine industry is in flux. The influence of technology has never been so pervasive. With sales of the iPad reaching 600,000, combined with the popularity of blogs, and services such as print on demand offering inexpensive alternatives to publishing, we have to ask ourselves, what is the future of magazines?

Like most creatives, magazines have been a life-long obsession. I flirted with the idea of starting a magazine but then wondered how it would survive. The reality of creating a publication sinks in when you realize you have to find an audience. But these days, with all the tools and tricks of the internet, you can pretty much reach anyone and everyone.

Will more blogs move into print? I hope so. There are countless other blogs out there that would make a great publication. But would it be the same? Not at all. Bloggers have to consider layouts, formats, paper stock and content. There are no links, no videos and no keywords.

But in a time when everyone is crying out for sustainability and earth-friendly practices, does the move from online to print seem backward? For most designers and writers, we crave the physicality of print. Something published has a life of its own. The ephemeral nature of online leaves us wanting some reassurance that what we have done is worth preserving.

Yet the ephemeral nature is also what defines a magazine. It captures a particular time, a cultural movement, trends and topics of the day. Once an issue is done, the whole cycle begins again, next week, next month or next season.

In the early nineties’ there was a boom in ‘zines. These little publications were the cut & paste, photo-copied and stapled creations that sold for a few dollars and found in coffee shops and book stores like Printed Matter in New York. They expressed the perspectives and ideas of an indie-scene, catering to a small but devoted group of followers. It didn’t matter who was listening. The point was to get it out there, so it could be heard.

Print-on-demand is a relatively new process of allowing designs and writers to self-publish and be heard. With print technology changing from expensive color proofs and films to more affordable digital methods, magazines no longer need a large print run. Websites like www.lulu.com and www.blurb.com can help you print a book or any publication, and connect you to the people who will buy it. Voted one of Time’s 50 best websites, www.issuu.com has hundreds of periodicals available including Adbusters and Pica Pica.

Will more magazines adopt this format? Though print-on-demand has yet to catch on around the world, it’s a great way to test a concept and make it available to markets where you may never find the physical magazine.

And what about all those copies that are left unsold at the end of the month? Wouldn’t it be great if you could order your magazine online and have it printed and sent to you? Perhaps you could even customize it or choose from a few available cover options.

Magazines used to speak to us. They used to tell us what to wear and who we should be. What cars to drive, what holidays to take, what our homes should look like. Now we can talk back to them. We can upload photographs and be a voice in the conversation. We can become their fans. And if that’s not enough we follow them. Sounds like stalking but strangely, this is how we show our love.

There are some publications that have caught this wave early on and have successfully integrated their social media into their communications. The number of fans a magazine has is telling. V Magazine has 42,354. Vogue (www.vogue.com)has 484,523. At the top of the heap, National Geographic is nearing one million fans. One recent post on black holes garnered 343 comments.

Gone are the days of printing fan letters in the front pages. The readers themselves are shaping content and changing the editorial landscape by responding with their clicks. If magazines are a reflection of today’s culture and tastes, then they are closer to us than ever. Their stories are more relevant, driven by a cacophony of social media.

But perhaps one piece of technology could have the greatest influence yet.

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The first e-book came to life around the late nineties but it wasn’t until Apple’s recent launch of the iPad have people been wondering what the impact of this invention, and possible applications will be. Could the advent of this device really change the magazine industry?

Viv Mag, labeled as the first all-digital lifestyle magazine, is full of video and animation, leaving it feeling more like a movie than a magazine. The demo iPad issue was co-directed by Cory Strassburger and Ming Hsuing, and left some viewers wondering where the skip intro button was.

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But is this a glimpse of where magazines are going? Will we see Vogue someday not as still pictures but as moving ones?

I’m not certain I’m ready to see my magazine come to life on an iPad just yet, but as technologies bring costs down, and people closer together, the reality is that we may be one day looking at a talking cover and an animated masthead, with content driven by tweets and comments. Thumbs up?