The Room is a beautiful Hungarian magazine that is now on its 11th issue. Published on high-quality paper in a slightly oversized format, it has a sumptuous feel to it; heading in the direction of a coffee table tome.
Editor-In-Chief Ali Tóth and Fashion Director Anikó Virág oversee its content of fashion, art, design and culture which often has a central European focus to it, providing a fresh and insightful vision on such topics away from the same old centres that usually dominate. The overall art direction of Zoltán Lonovics is restrained and elegant allowing the fabulous photography a suitable framing.
In The Room 11, regular photographer Peter Hapak teams up with fashion editor Tracey Nicholson to produce a fashion story that is out of this world and definitely worthy of the recognition of ‘Editorial of the Month.’
Announcing its arrival with the enigmatic invitation, “May we introduce you to an unexpected muse from a distant pragmatic world…”, the fashion story ‘Linda’ makes stunning use of the bizarre and fantastic physicality of the cult underground model and actress, Linda Leven to showcase garments by Prada, Miu Miu, Proenza Schouler and Alexander Wang, amongst other brands. The story smartly gets rid of all other accoutrement: Linda Leven’s charismatic face and physique easily outdo the drama that any constructed set or location could hope to affect. The result is undeniably arresting and something of a gestural coup.
Linda Leven has, unsurprisingly, been cast in character roles in a slew of independent films and is, expectedly, something of a muse to photographers and artists. The work of her by Tanyth Berkley was shown in New York’s MOMA and is also in the collection of British art collector extraordinaire, Charles Saatchi. In the tradition of the true nineteenth century muse, it seems that Ms Leven is also becoming a woman of letters and has penned her first novel, ‘The Impassioned Escapades of Caroline W.’ which promises quite frisky reading indeed.