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Polish photographer Lukasz Wierzbowski explores the relationship between model and surroundings in order to bring to life UO  ‘Prints Collection’. In what can only be described as a photographic game of hide-and-seek, he creates a balance and sense of equality between the two that allows the clothes to take centre stage.

Enjoy the interview!

We gave you a selection of our Spring/Summer prints collection
but what’s your favourite season and how does it affect your photography?

Spring. I love this freak-like energy kick it gives. Everything becomes vivid again. As days become longer I just spend everyday outside taking photos.

Tell us a little bit about the locations you shot in for the photo shoot…
Family and friends’ apartments, parks, woods, and gardens. I wanted to try a few spots I found recently, as well as rediscovering a few places I haven’t been for ages. I very much enjoy finding lovely spots in the parks or city areas. I guess that’s why every session is unique and funny, as I don’t usually plan the details of the shoot in advance.

You took some of the photos at your parents’ house and we love the decor!
Is it a true representation of a typical Polish home or is it just your parents’ style?

Thanks! Over the years I kinda persuaded my parents to preserve the old-school type of interior design. I find old polish apartments extremely inspiring. The colour pallet, style, and fabrics; it’s almost breathtaking. Nowadays all Polish apartments look pretty much the same, very modern and very boring. Sometimes I wish I could live in the ’60s and ’70s just to spend time in various interiors.

Is that a photo of your parents on the wall?
This particular photo was taken in an apartment of a 93-year-old lady called Stasia. She is an old family friend and one of the most fascinating people I have ever met. Her storytelling ability stays truly unbeaten. In the photo I took you can see her wedding photograph.

You have a degree in social psychology. Do you think studying people’s thoughts,
feelings and behaviour has had a dramatic effect on your photography?

Definitely. It helps me to communicate certain ideas more clearly. Recently I got interested
in the psychology field of Neuroesthetics, which tries to define the way the human brain reacts to art.

All your photographs seem to capture the in-between moments of a model in motion. What attracts you to these unconventional poses?
I like the feeling of these uncontrolled situations, certain moments in time when everything looks more natural but also confusing in a way. It makes all the captured situations a bit more unexpected. At first it seems rather strange for a model that is used to the regular kind of posing, but after some time she stops playing this role and shows her real personality, and that’s what I’m attracted to.

For a period of time you worked on project “Picture Shop” where you only shot the shapes
and patterns of Polish architecture. What made you swap back to photographing people?

I guess I was always fascinated by Polish architecture coming from a certain era, especially patterns and shapes made of concrete, steel and glass. With “Picture Shop” I wanted to try something I’ve never done before and see how it works for me. At first it was great, I was
traveling all day long looking for little gems, but after some time I started switching more and more into photographing people. It has just happened in a sort of natural way and “Picture Shop” will stay as my little monument of that fascination.

A recurring theme in a lot of your photos is to hide or obscure the models’ faces.
Was this a conscious decision or the result of natural evolution in your work?

My photography is very much based on the relationship between model and the surroundings, which creates a balance of equality between these two. The human face very often becomes the center of attention and steals the impact of the composition. Hiding faces is like setting my own rules of the interaction.

Do you think this adds to making other elements such as locations,
clothes and patterns more prominent?

The active use of space gives great possibilities of playing around with all these elements. As a result the viewer starts to notice more details, something not necessary visible at first glance. It’s a bit like looking for clues and finding surprises – a game I like to play with the viewer.

Do you have a motto or rule that you conduct all your work by?
“Less is more”

This Thursday, 26th of May at T2 , TRUMAN BREWERY, 85 BRICK LANE E1

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With only eight episodes of the Farewell Season left, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” welcomes American fashion designer Ralph Lauren for his first sit-down interview in almost 20 years.

Airing today, Wednesday, May 18, Oprah makes a special visit to the RRL Ranch, Ralph Lauren’s home outside Telluride, Colorado, for an exclusive interview providing a rare look into how Lauren has become an American icon and how he and his family live and spend their time together. This is the first time TV cameras have been allowed inside the Lauren home.

From riding around the RRL Ranch in Lauren’s vintage 1948 jeep, and a private tour of the property that includes tepees furnished with antiques and whimsical artifacts, the hour is sure to make television viewers feel as though they have stepped inside a Ralph Lauren advertisement with the breathtaking views of the mountains of Telluride as the backdrop.

This episode also brings viewers an intimate interview with Lauren who has not given a television interview in almost 20 years. He talks with Winfrey about his first foray into the fashion business – and what his proudest accomplishments are – to what is next for the family man who is credited with changing the world of American fashion for more than four decades.

Oprah also sits down with Lauren’s wife Ricky, and the couple’s three children Andrew, David and Dylan.

Carnaby Street does not feel peckish to celebrate its 2011 Shopping Extravaganza…

To sum up, you are invited to the exclusive Carnaby Shopping Party to enjoy 20% discount* in over 100 shops, restaurants and bars on Thursday 19th May, 5pm-9pm.

Iconic fashion brands Diesel, Pepe Jeans, The Kooples, Levi’s, Lacoste L!VE, Barbour and American Apparel will be offering 20% discount, alongside independent boutiques Johnny Cupcakes, Traffic People, Illamasqua, Dahlia and Beyond The Valley. Find here the complete list of participants.

In addition to 20% discount, there are loads of cool performances and activities going on. Be part of a fashion photoshoot and listen to DJs and live music, while shops are also offering complimentary drinks and giveaways. Shop in style with DJs in Replay, Bolongaro Trevor, Pretty Green,  Miss Sixty and Ben Sherman. Listen to live music at Henri-Lloyd. Shoppers can enjoy complimentary drinks at Energie, Mor and The Great Frog.

Fashion and social media go hand in hand so why not taking part in a fashion shoot at eCatwalk, enter a prize draw to win a styling session at Style Showroom and discover Camellia’s extensive range of world tea’s with free tea tasting. Be aware of the Carnaby Style Scout fashion paparazzi, who will be out and about, snapping the latest looks on the street throughout the night.

Enjoy a complimentary drink at The White Horse Rekorderlig pop-up bar in Kingly Court. Try Wright Brothers’ delicious Oysters from the Oyster bar in the courtyard.

Discover the Newburgh Quarter, the destination for style hunters in search of something different. There will be exclusive giveaways with all purchases at The Lingerie Collective, Cowshed and Pyrus. Discover a new look with a complimentary make over at The Powder Room.

200 exclusive goodie bags will be given out to lucky shoppers in Kingly Court and the Newburgh Quarter. Treats include polo shirts from Merc, day passes to Marshall Street Leisure Centre, cool tees from Chateau Roux, £10 vouchers for Aqua and a gift from American Apparel.


Tatty Devine, Eley Kishimoto, Todd Lynn and Beatrix Ong have collaborated with John Lewis for its debut collection of limited edition sunglasses.

Launching at the end of this month at stores including the Oxford Street flagship and online, the eight-piece range includes: a bow tie-shaped pair from Tatty Devine (pictured); circular glasses with polka dot arms from Eley Kishimoto; and a pair of aviators from Beatrix Ong. Prices start from £65.

Rag Bone stripe sweater
$220 – barneys.com

Kelly Bergin silk top
$175 – net-a-porter.com

Christian Louboutin slingback pumps
739 EUR – unger-fashion.com

Ray Ban aviator shade
$108 – bluefly.com

Gerard Darel hat
gerarddarel.com

Lips in Ohh La La
$16 – topshop.com

Chloe Signature Gift Set ($143 Value)
$110 – nordstrom.com

I Heart Cookies – Tees – Women
$24 – davidandgoliathtees.com

New Look and Channel 4 have announced the launch of New Look Style the Nation, a new T4 programme airing from June 4. The partnership recognizes the style and creativity of everyday girls and boys across the country, with the winner landing with a job as a stylist at New Look.

The six-week series will be fronted by Nick Grimshaw, who will also help the judging panel, which consists of Giles Deacon and New Look Group Creative Director Barbara Horspool, along with celebrity guests.

The would-be stylists compete in a catwalk competition across five cities with the winning collection being decided by T4 viewers in a live vote where winners from each region compete against one another. The show also features a 2-screen technology which allows people at home to create their own outfits online, some of which will be modelled in the show itself.

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