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The conceptual couture of Viktor & Rolf

 

With their 20th Anniversary, Viktor&Rolf return to Haute Couture after a 13-year absence:

“We chose to celebrate our 20th anniversary by looking forward and creating something new – a Haute Couture show as tribute to our collective brand’s history.  For us, Haute Couture is like a laboratory for experimentation and pure creation, and a place to where we always wanted to return.  Having been in a meditative, reflective mood – we  visualized this by creating 20 conceptual outfits that – when combined on stage – create one new piece: a tableau vivant of a Zen Garden.  We felt this was a beautiful symbol of mindfulness, serenity and gratitude”, said Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren.

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The 20 looks are executed entirely in a black, technical silk and manipulated in various ways to create the effect of a stone-surface.  Every girl in the tableau vivant takes on a different pose and each piece is designed specifically for this posture. This conceptual approach to pattern cutting and designing results, when standing straight, in new volumes and drapes. Extra-large zippers rendered in metal are the only visible, functional accessories on the garments: all closures are executed with magnets.  Key pieces in the collection are comprised of articulately hand-crafted miniature piping, made to resemble stylized grass. This labour intensive technique is used as an embroidery, partially or entirely covering garments. All looks are paired with flat, roped sandals, also in the same fabric as the garments.

 
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Zone D

Zoumboulakis Gallery launched the other day the exhibition “Mehr Als Schein / Shining Through / Αυτό που φαίνεται”, as part of Zone D project, at the beautiful neoclassical building at the number 135 of Ermou street in Athens. The exhibition consists of mainly greek and german artists’ work, who are preoccupied with the aesthetics of surface. The opening party was supported by Absolut vodka that, in addition, celebrates the artistic creativity with its new bottle designed by Dave Kinsey.

Artworks below: Cartographies by Maria Loizidou, How Far away am I by Manolis Zaharioudakis,  Ohne Titel, collage by Pichler Michalis, Last Year by Yang Kailiang, P_TBA 2011 by Xenofon Bitsikas. The exhibition will last until June 2nd.

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Wearing Les Petites shirt, Herve Leger skirt and a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti for Thakoon booties that I discovered at Factory Outlet in a you’ll-go-green-in-envy price.

Marni at Salone del Mobile 2012

Marni presents, during Salone del Mobile 2012, a collection of 100 chairs which have been made in Colombia by ex-prisoners, aiming to reinforce their resettlement into social and working life.  All chairs consist of metal structure and multi-colored PVC threads.

The chairs are linked to the “L’Arte del Ritratto” project through a photo exhibition, created in collaboration with the photographer and filmmaker Francesco Iodice, who will use the chairs as background for a series of portraits of Marni teams from different departments. “L’Arte del Ritratto” is an homage dedicated to them, destined to last in time, which is also accompanied by a video that reports the shooting experience.

The collection of 100 chairs, the photo exhibition and the video will be presented at the Marni boutique and all photos will be published on ANTICAMERA2, Marni’s online magazine on marni.com during the Salone del Mobile 2012. The amount raised from the sale of the chairs will be entirely donated.

Lo Spirito Vola

Gucci Museo announced “Paul Fryer: Lo Spirito Vola” as the second contemporary art exhibition of works, on loan from the François Pinault Collection. Curated by Francesca Amfitheatrof, the exhibition presents three of Paul Fryer’s iconoclastic art works on the transcendent, morality and religion: the major sculptural works Ophelia, Pietà (the Empire Never Ended) and Ecce Homo.

17th March – 4th September 2012, Gucci Museo, Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy