Friday, August 20, 2010

New Marc Jacobs' ad campaign, Oh sorry it's Céline actually

Have you seen Céline's new Fall/Winter 10 ads' campaign? It looks like a Marc Jacob's campaign. How can a company like Céline make such a mistake?

I totally imagine the argument between the marketing team and celebrity photographer Juergen Teller who, yes madam, shot the ads:
- Marketing Manager: "I am sorry Juergen but it looks like an ad from our neighbour Marc Jacobs (both companies belong to LVMH)!"
- Juergen: " Well, I am sorry, I am an artist and that's my style..."

Anyway, this lack of creativity is really depressing... It might be time for these fashion houses to hire younger and emerging photographers to get a bit of a fresh air.

Louis Vuitton: men's bag

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Only a few days left to visit the impressive Basquiat retrospective in Basel

You only have a few days left to enjoy the first European retrospective of the Urban King of New York, Jean-Michel Basquiat at the beautiful Beyeler Foundation in Basel (closing 5th September 2010).

Basquiat's life was short, Basquiat's life as an artist was shorter. Across his meteor eight years of active artistic production the charismatic and controversial genius managed to paint 1000 paintings and 2000 drawings, using various technics and tools. Amongst these treasures, less than 200 artworks are featured in this amazing exhibition. My sources tell me that it's been really hard for Dieter Buchhart and superman Sam Keller to select them, given that too many collectors wanted to lend their private pieces. Only a few wanted to buy Basquiat when he was alive, everybody was now insisting to lend their million-dollars' jewels. It's quite ironic and does sound Van Gogh's familiar.

What's even more curious is that there had never been any retrospectives in Europe of the artist's oeuvre. “As one of the greatest artists, it’s incredible that there has never been a major show about Basquiat in Europe” said Dieter at the opening night, a sentence that encapsulates the power of the Beyeler Foundation. In fact, which institution would have been able to put up such a perfect show if it hadn't been the Beyeler Foundation?

This retrospective also marks what would have been Basquiat's 50th birthday and showcases the mixed influences of the self-taught artist: from his Haitian and Puerto Rican origins to the New York underground graffiti and music scene. The simple skulls, the vibrant colours and the naive figures will always fascinate me.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Quote of the week: American Apparel declines.

"A lot of assumptions that I grew up with are no longer reality. Those were things that we could rely on: that lenders will always be there, that they’ll behave ethically and they’ll always have money, that you can trust that as the sun comes up the consumer will be healthy, that we’ll always be close to full employment in developed nations. Now there are no certainties."

Dov Charney, CEO of American Apparel speaking to Bloomberg Business Week on the downfall of the brand.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Yves Saint Laurent retrospective in Paris

In 40 years of creation, Yves Saint Laurent revolutionised the female wardrobe. This retrospective exhibition, taking place in Paris in the Petit Palais features more than 300 models but also photographs and artworks either from the ad campaigns or from the master himself. If you haven't seen it, run because it's going to close on 29th August.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Marc Jacobs moving to e-commerce

Spring 2011 show will be a big date for Marc Jacobs. Not only will he open his new Manhattan book store, Bookmarc, but he will also debut his e-commerce site for US customers — both on the same day as his show. Looking forward !

Quote of the week: Francois-Henri Pinault

“Our groups are moving toward fewer logos, more discreet luxury. It’s a question of adapting our ranges very rapidly to this new perception of luxury, a luxury which is more subtle, more sophisticated — which is what we are doing.”

Francois-Henri Pinault on the new strategy of PPR.

Friday, August 6, 2010

"Pink Terror" by Mike Barzman seen at Portugal Arte

 A full review of Portugal Arte 10 will follow soon but for now, enjoy the amazing video!

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