Thursday, July 30, 2015

MADEMOISELLE PRIVÉ at the Saatchi Gallery



This autumn, Chanel will return to the Saatchi Gallery for a new exhibition: Mademoiselle Privé.  It will follow The Little Black Jacket exhibition in 2012 and Sam Taylor Johnson’s Second Floor: The Private Apartment of Mademoiselle Chanel in 2014.

The exhibition will focus on the Haute Couture element of the renowned brand and the iconic Chanel No5 fragrance, as well as display re-editions of the High Jewellery Bijoux de Diamants collection created in 1932 – the only fine jewellery to be designed by Chanel herself. 

The exhibition will run from 13 October – 1 November 2015. 

Van Gogh


Exactly 125 years ago today, Vincent van Gogh died in his brother Theo’s arms in Auberge Ravoux. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Saint Laurent to return to Couture






In March 2012, Hedi Slimane returned to fashion to lead the artistic direction of Yves Saint Laurent. He renamed the brand shortly after to Saint Laurent, modernising all aspects of the house, from the design of the clothes, to the architecture of the shops, the size of the bags and the logo. 

This week, it was announced that Saint Laurent is set to return to the Paris Couture calendar in more than ten years – the last couture collection under Mr Yves Saint Laurent himself was presented in 2002. The new pieces – for both men and women - will be produced at the label's new atelier. The space, created inside a 17th-century mansion, Hôtel de Sénecterre, will house three separate departments: the Salon Couture,  the Atelier Flou, and the Atelier Tailleur. Hedi Slimane has supervised the design of this space, from the art collection, to the furniture and garden.

"Hedi began to recompose the traditional couture ateliers of the house in 2012. The ateliers are now at the centre of the Saint Laurent project by Hedi Slimane. The ateliers also produce commissioned hand-made pieces for movie stars and musicians. Hedi determines which of these pieces will carry the atelier's hand-sewn couture label 'Yves Saint Laurent'. These couture pieces may be women or men, a tuxedo or an evening dress, daywear or eveningwear. The 'Yves Saint Laurent' private atelier label is made of ivory silk satin and is numbered by piece. The atelier keeps a strict record of all the couture pieces in a gold monogram book."


Does this mean that Hedi is leaving L.A to permanently settle in Paris? 








Monday, July 27, 2015

Happy birthday Mick Jagger


NOT VITAL presents 700 snowballs at Galerie Andrea Caratsch


Not Vital
700 Snowballs, 2001
Murano glass
Each snowball circa ⌀ 18 cm
Courtesy: Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zürich/St. Moritz
Photograph: Daniel Martinek Fotografie, Bever

NOT VITAL: 700 SNOWBALLS
20 July - 12 September 2015
Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St. Moritz, Switzerland

This is stunning! 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Because it's July!




I love this video of Kylie, shot at the Olympic Pool of Monjuic, Barcelona and directed by Baillie Walsh and choreographed by Michael Rooney. I was recently there myself to enjoy the fantastic Spanish sun! I never had the chance to experiment it when I lived there...

Huang Po-chih, 500 Lemon Trees


Huang Po-chih, 500 Lemon Trees, 2015. Courtesy of CFCCA

The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) of Manchester opens its gallery to environmentally and socially concerned artists in its latest exhibition, Micro Micro Revolution curated by Lu Pei-yi.

Lily-Rose Depp becomes a Chanel muse


Chanel are masters of marketing! The daughter of Karl long-time collaborator, friend and muse Vanessa Paradis, Lily-Rose Depp is following the footsteps of her mum in becoming the brand's new face. This campaign quickly followed the fantastic show presented two weeks ago where Lily was officially introduced. Everything was perfectly orchestrated by the brand. And we love it... "Lily-Rose is stunning, she's a young girl from a new generation with all the qualities of a star," Lagerfeld said of the announcement. 



Alexis Mabille is Dita Von Teese's favourite!


This is from the Autumn / Winter 2015 collection and she looks stunning! As always! 

Bobby Becker


Martin Parr at Le Bon Marché


Until 19 August, 2015, the luxury Paris store Le Bon Marché features an exhibition of photographies by the British artist Martin Parr who was recently commissioned to shoot one the advertisement campaigns. Don't miss the exhibition!


Marni AW'15 campaign

Marni AW'15 campaign shot by Jackie Nickerson, styled by Lucinda Chambers.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Chanel family - Fall Winter 2015



"ALL OF THE PEOPLE YOU SEE HERE ARE FRIENDS. THEY LOVED THE IDEA." KARL LAGERFELD

Photo by Pari Dukovic

Happy Birthday David Hockney


Viktor&Rolf Couture Fall Winter 2015 - Art comes to Life - and Flowerbomb celebration with goddess Tori Amos





The Dutch duo Viktor&Rolf never fail to impress. They are one of my favourite designers ever! Yesterday's show proved amazing with a presentation that was closer to an art performance rather than a traditional fashion catwalk.

Models walked out wearing dresses made out of dripping paint, frames and canvas while the designers were deconstructing the artworks/dresses and hung them on the walls of the white cube/gallery. It was very impressive. This art-inspired presentation followed their previous collection which was dedicated to Dutch painter Van Gogh. The designers have always blurred the line between contemporary art and fashion (remember that Barbican exhibition in London?) and that's what I love about them!


And if the presentation of the Fall Winter 2015 collection wasn't succesful enough, Viktor&Rolf celebrated the same night the 10th anniversary of their L'Oréal-sponsored fragrance, Flowerbomb with the musical goddess / genius Tori Amos! 






Tori is a close friend of Viktor&Rolf and she performed with them in the past, in 2005. Such a great way to celebrate the 10th anniversary! Tori is another of my heroes and this collaboration comes full circle for me! Love you Tori! xx

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Julian Opie at Alan Cristea


Initially taking photographs of his subject matter - be it of people, landscapes or still lives - Julian Opie, the subject of an exhibition of new work at Alan Cristea gallery in London, then digitally manipulates the photographs and constructs his images by a process of elimination and distillation, and through this practice has developed a concise and reductive formal language. Drawing from influences as diverse as billboard signs, 18th Century portraiture, popular comics and Japanese woodblock prints, Opie 'paints' using a vast array of media and technologies. His works have been realised in silkscreen, vinyl, LCD, LED, lenticular and flocking, and he continues to push the boundaries of ‘traditional' artistic practice.

When There is Hope, Triennial of Photography Hamburg 2015



Adrian Paci (*1969), Centro di Permanenza temporanea, 2007 C-Print auf Aluminium Dibond, 127,5 x 147 cm Sammlung Deutsche Bank © Courtesy the artist, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, kaufmann & repetto, Milano, Photo: Martin Url, Frankfurt

As part of this year’s Triennial of Photography Hamburg presented at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, WHEN THERE IS HOPE features the work of 100 photographers. Don't miss it!

Ralph Brown


Three weeks with Coco Chanel by Douglas Kirkland published by Glitterati


Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962, Limited Edition by Douglas Kirkland, published by Glitterati Incorporated

Everyone wants to get closer to genius, to understand where it comes from and how it flourishes. A young Douglas Kirkland managed just that when in August 1962 the legendary photographer was granted three weeks with Coco Chanel.
Published to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Chanel's birth, the stunning black and white shots give fantastic insights into "Mademoiselle's" life as an established designer, tastemaker and woman.



"She spoke to me in English. She gave me the green light to photograph just about anything I wanted. She seemed to take me in in some way; I never fully understood why. I wonder if I was the son she never had, or if she recognised in my uncertain ways some of her own insecurities as a young girl." Kirkland told the Daily Telegraph in 2014.

Chanel, a controversial and innovative fashion icon invented modern clothing stripping down corsets and feathers, liberating women and giving them simplicity and freedom, bobbing their hair, introducing the most-sold fragrance ever Chanel No. 5 and later collaborating with Picasso, Diaghilev, Stravinsky, Cocteau and Visconti matching their modern and pioneering visions.



This amazing and luxurious book, published by Glitterati Incorporated, catpures a genius at the apogee of her talent - Jackie Kennedy had embraced her "tailleur" only a few months before and she was having another breakthrough with her little black dress.


"This is about who I was, who she was, and how she affectedmy life." Douglas Kirkland - from his introduction.

More details on Glitterati Incorporated: http://glitteratiincorporated.com/

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