Thursday, April 29, 2010

Chris Levine collaborates with Grace Jones


From 30th April until 15th May 2010 at The Vinyl Factory Gallery in Poland Street, London’s Soho.

'Stillness at the Speed of Light' is a new exhibition by Chris Levine, the light artist renowed for his 3D, and still images of the Queen - to commemorate 800 years of allegiance to the crown by the Island of Jersey. For this special collaboration with Grace Jones, the artist created amazing multimedia installations and soundscape. The Queen (no I mean Grace Jones) did a special performance at the vernissage tonight... very edgy !

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The 5 O’Clock Chair, by Dutch brand Moooi



The 5 O’Clock Chair, presented by Dutch brand Moooi, in Milan, is based on Zupanc’s memories of retro furniture and English porcelain and I love it...

More info on: http://www.moooi.com/

Scream Gallery in London : "The Rolling Stones: Against the wall"

"The Rolling Stones: Against the wall", and the exhibition dates: 13 May - 3 July

Courtesy Scream Gallery London
Copyright David Montgomery
 
The Rolling Stones keep fascinating and still inspire younger generations. Scream London will present a collection of behind-the-scenes photographs of the band by fashion and rock photographers  David Montgomery - who had a fantastic career at Vogue in the 60s and 70s featuring Andy Warhol and Jimmy Hendrix - but also Roberto Rabanne and Bob Gruen - John Lennon and Yoko Ono's personal photographer who extensively toured with Led Zeppelin, the Who, and the Clash amongt many other bands. Such an exhibition resonates a lot in London and this gallery, located just a moment away from the Royal Academy, is certainly trendy...

I am sure the opening will be packed !

More info on: www.screamlondon.com

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Balenciaga exhibition at the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Spain



"Cristóbal Balenciaga (Guetaria, Guipúzcoa, 1895–Valencia, 1972) is one of the most outstanding creative talents in fashion history. In 1913 he opened his own workshop in San Sebastián and from 1937 to May 1968 he had a boutique in Paris, where he became a benchmark figure in haute couture, tirelessly pursuing his ideal of perfection and elegance.

The exhibition shows around forty couture pieces from the Basque regional government’s collection, the Balenciaga Foundation and two private collections in the Basque Country and Madrid. Rather than trying to give a fashion-eye overview of Balenciaga’s work and creations, the itinerary running through different areas of the Museum aims to stimulate the spectator into thinking about the role of fashion and clothing in individual and group identity: delineating physical and social limits, Balenciaga’s dresses may be said to frame the women that wear them. His creations transform their wearers into elegant females who hide their individual femininity beneath the armour of good taste and refined form. The geometric beauty of the cut and the extraordinary chromatic harmony will astound the spectator in this exceptional show that focuses on one of the best fashion designers from the golden age of haute couture."

Orient-Hermès at Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris


Until 6 June 2010
Orient-Hermès

In 1978, Leïla Menchari designed beautiful windows for Hermès, 24 Faubourg St Honoré. For this specific exhibition at L'Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, the Tunisian artist who also partnered with Azzedine Alaïa in the past, created eight windows which reflect the skills of craftsmen and artists from the Mediterranean region, all inspired by her childhood memories, her trips, her life.

More info on: http://www.imarabe.org/

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Grace Kelly exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London opens tomorrow

Photograph by Erwin Blumenfeld, New York, 1955. Copyright The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld 2009.


The spectacular wardrobe of Grace Kelly will be on display at the V&A. Tracing the evolution of her style from her days as one of Hollywoods most popular actresses in the 1950s and as Princess Grace of Monaco, the display will present over 50 of Grace Kelly's outfits together with hats, jewellery and the original Hermès Kelly bag. Dresses from her films, including High Society, will be shown as well as the gown she wore to accept her Oscar award in 1955. These will be accompanied by film clips and posters, photographs and her Oscar statuette. The show will also include the lace ensemble worn by Grace Kelly for her civil marriage ceremony to Prince Rainier in 1956 and 35 haute couture gowns from the 1960s and 70s by her favourite couturiers Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy, and Yves St Laurent.

Fascinating and beautiful...

More info on: www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/future_exhibs/index.html

Acne furnitures are beautiful


The Swedish creative agency Acne, which is mostly known for its fashion brand, also designs furnitures.

The Swedish design by Carl Malmsten, which launched the design side of the company, is now becoming classic.  The New Berlin Sofa that he originally designed for the Swedish Consulate in Berlin for instance, is absolutely stunning.

It's very risky when a traditional retail company starts designing furnitures but this one is definitely a success.
More info on: http://acne.se/

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Beautifully designed watch by Milan designer Denis Guidone



Called Time Lines, this beautiful watch has been designed by Milan designer Denis Guidone and will be shown at the NAVA Design flagship store in Milan next week.

Quote of the week: Klaus Biesenbach, Director of P.S.1 to Lady Gaga

“All we have is our opinion.” Klaus Biesenbach, Director of P.S.1 quoting Susan Sontag to Lady Gaga, who had declared herself a performance artist.
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