Selected: This Week’s Events – NYFW, Sanremo Music Festival and German Drama Premiere

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This week has just begun and there’s already so much in the works. Fashion Week is on top of the list and is by far the most looked-after event of February, and goes further into the beginning of March when it’s all over (for a while). The shows began in New York, which is the place to be this week, literally, with both Men and Women following one after another. Fall/Winter 2019 is the phrase to talk about, and it will be for a while.
Yesterday’s Shows: Todd Snyder, Joseph Abboud, and Palomo Spain, the latter being the epitome of colorfulness and vibrancy in Men’s fashion, so far.

Front Row faces: Zachary Quinto, Johannes Huebl, Drake Bell, Cody Simpson, Neil Patrick Harris and more.

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Next on our list is 69th edition of Sanremo Music Festival, officially starting today and ending on the 9th of February. Yesterday the Festival had a celebrity-infused red carpet event, with artists such as singer Arisa, Paola Turci, Enrico Nigiotti, rapper Ghemon, Einar and so many more. The contest is taking place at Teatro Ariston of Sanremo and is being broadcast by RAI.

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Last, Deutsche drama ‘Club Der Roten Baender – Wie Alles Begann’ had its premiere in Cologne at the beginning of this week. The movie is set for its official release on Valentine’s day, definitely not in tune with hearts with chocolate, but the cast is young and talented and besides, who’s not into German dramas! As a plot, ‘The club of red ribbons – How it all began’ (translated) tells the story of six youngsters, each living their own story, till events bring everyone under the same roof of Albertus Hospital. Expect a lot of current societal issues such as family drama, body-image issues and so on. The end promises to be a good one.

Cast: Tim Oliver Schultz, Damian Hardung, Luise Befort, Timur Bartels, Ivo Kortlang, Nick Julius Schuck.

First Glimpse of Best Fashion From Venice Film Festival

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Spanish actress Lola Duenas was all a smile before the screening of her latest movie Zama, and I’m looking at her dress thinking to myself that I might’ve found the reason for her cheerfulness. Not that the actress shouldn’t be in high spirits, but the dress just might have gone through a trick. True or not, I am inclined to be in favor of her look. Next time, just rock it with more confidence, Lola Duenas!

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Jury member Mark Cousins adapted the Scottish kilt to a handsome red carpet appearance, honoring its roots and looking mighty stylish while doing it.

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The screening of ‘Downsizin’g happened with glitz and glam, but Rebecca Hall was the one capturing my attention. She had the look of refined elegance in her Armani beaded dress and behind ears bob.

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Kristen Wiig looked stunning in her plunging neckline Zuhair Murad dress and perfect sleek hair while posing on the red carpet before the screening of ‘Downsizing’. Go girl!

Bicep Releases Second Single from Upcoming Self-Titled Album

While writing this few lines, I am wondering why have I not been keeping up with what Andrew Ferguson and Matthew McBriar from Bicep have been doing. I must have been consumed by something entirely different, but here I am reporting on their most recent release, Glue. The guys are ready with a self-titled new album, set to be out September 1 and till then Glue has been given to us as a treat, on August 4. Plenty of time to make a pre-order, since the new track is simply outstanding. Noticeably softer and smoother than what they have created for Aura, released back in June, from the same album. Both tracks have received positive reviews, mine included. However, I am more inclined towards Glue, and that’s my final say on the matter.

Label: Ninja Tune

Genre: Electronica, Downtempo

Three Memorable Tracks Played at Ultra Miami by Seth Troxler and Jamie Jones in b2b Set

Seth Troxler had a b2b session at Ultra Music Festival Miami on March 26 with none other than Jamie Jones. These two guys seem to be often in each others company during music events, and that ends up well. At Ultra Miami the set they’ve build lasted for two hours and held Troxler’s unique style of interfering with the track right when you’re about to have your ascension to another dimension, and then still get you satisfied. As for Jamie Jones, I feel like his style is more aligned with the audience and when combined with Troxler’s craft, the delivery just gets to a whole new level.

The set had a lot to offer, most tracks being the treasure type, like Sweet Light’s Trixx. The tune is from 2004 and may be uncomfortable for listening to headphones due to a patterned scratchy sound, which gets better and better as the track evolves and relaxes.
Old School from Metronomy received a well-deserved attention at the beginning of the set, and it may be or may be not worked by ID artist, but Fatima Yamaha did just as good at remixing it back in June, last year.
What I Want from DirrtyDishes and Mikah, officially released in March this year, is another track that stood out with its impressive voice and lyrics repeated on a danceable orchestration.

 

4 Events of Music and Film Happening at the Beginning of July

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52st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, shortened KVIFF, started on June 30, in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, and it will showcase as per usual around 200 recent films native to Central and East Europe. Uma Thurman, Karolina Kurkova, and Casey Affleck were among the faces that took a sit for the opening night, with James Newton Howard having an intimate moment with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. The composer, who’s work has been honored on Friday, held an opening concert premiering music from his composition for the 2018 continuity to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

The festival is happening untill July 8.

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For lovers of Asian movies, there’s New York Asian Film Festival 2017 to have a look at between June 30 – July 16. The event has enough to feed any heart and features most recent Asian films, some of which have well-known actors from Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan and South East Asia. For the opening day “Bad Genius” Thai actors Chanon Santinatornkul and Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying posed elegantly next to the movie director Nattawut Poonpiriya.

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Puerto Rican rapper Residente is on a European tour till later July, checking in often in Germany. His latest appearance made it to Berlin’s Huxley on June 30, styled with good music and a great vibe. You have to check him out!

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Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica went multitasking for his latest project, and directed, wrote and took the leading role next to Italian actress Monica Bellucci in a three-part narrative Serbian movie. Yes, Bellucci is speaking Serbian in the film, and I can only receive it as a treat. As for the story, watching the trailer brought me thinking to Jim Carrey’s ‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events’. I doubt Emir Kusturica’s movie goes that deep into the magic, but there’s a hint of fantasy in there too, mixed with a story of love, war, and an unexpected end.