The latest Chanel collection was present yesterday, with Karl Lagerfeld being in excellent mood. You can see more looks and read my article in greek about the Chanel fashion show here, at the brand new website of Votre Beaute magazine.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
at the opening of the Athens Photo Festival on Tuesday.
it seems that i missed the third building with some of the best participants but i’m definitely going back
last night at bi-annual contemporary art platform Remap’s opening night: Hope’s performance and amazing art pieces,some interesting art and some not so interesting, statement jewelry, all in and around ruined old houses at midtown athens.
The Prada Foundation announced the opening, on May 31 2011, of its new exhibition space in Venice, the Ca’ Corner della Regina, an historic palazzo on the Grand Canal. Belonging to the Comune di Venezia, the building was made available by the Fondazione Musei Civici, which oversees its use and administration, for a period of six years with the option of renewal. Ca’ Corner will open with an exhibition documenting the multiple activity of the Prada Foundation.
Ca’ Corner della Regina is considered the first architectural example to introduce non-Baroque parameters as dominant themes, even if some elements of the prior style remain. Built between 1724 and 1728 by DomenicoRossi for the Corner family of San Cassiano atop the ruins of the palazzo in which Caterina Corner—future queen of Cyprus—was born, it displays an architecture stylistically reminiscent of Baldassare Longhena’s nearby Ca’ Pesaro, the current venue of the Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna.
With the support of the Prada Foundation, the restoration of the building, which for now will be limited to conservation, has been planned in gradual stages based on the directives of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Architettonici e Paesaggistici di Venezia e della Laguna, with the help of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.
The rooms of Ca’ Corner della Regina that have been involved in the first phase of conservation, will house the imposing sculptures of Anish Kapoor, Michael Heizer and Jeff Koons. Together they will constitute the entire exhibition space, interspersed with important works by Walter De Maria, John Baldessari, Charles Ray, Tom Friedman, Domenico Gnoli, Damien Hirst, Louise Bourgeois, Blinky Palermo, Bruce Nauman, Pino Pascali, Donald Judd, Francesco Vezzoli and Maurizio Cattelan.
PUBLIC OPENING: Saturday 4 June 2011, 10am-6pm, until Sunday, October 2 2011
HOURS: Wednesday to Monday, 10 am-6 pm, closed Tuesdays
all monsters rise and dance at the Monsters in Fashion exhibition curated by Atopos at Benaki Museum, including creations of Gareth Pugh, Issey Miyake, Cassette Playa, Maison Martin Margiela, Alexis Themistocleous, Bernhard Willhelm, Charlie Le Mindu, Jean-Charles De Castelbajac and the “Monsters’ Ball” by Atopic Bodies
at the opening of Art-Athina 2011
so much interesting art that definitely deserves a revisit and a second tour around. the place was so crowded that prevented one from focusing on the art pieces but on the other hand, contributed to the fun
after cutting down the photos to half, here’s my personal choices
During the 2011 Salone del Mobile, the courtyard of MARNI’s Milan flagship boutique on via della Spiga will become a green parlour. Inspired by the Italian metropolis of yesteryear, plants traditional to Milan’s public parks and private gardens will become part of a special landscaping. Bushes and trees, medicinal and kitchen plants will gather in the city’s center creating a temporary garden. Unique furniture, small tables and chairs made of recycled bases, padded and then wrapped with long strips of pvc, will invite quite repose from today’s urban chaos.
Each evening during the Salone del Mobile, the courtyard will come alive with images of Lanterna Magica (Spring) created exclusively for MARNI by film artist, Sara Rossi. A projection of butterflies, water and blossoming trees captured during an explosive Milan springtime will alight on mulberry trees covered in sheer silk, on walls, floor and furniture. Background sounds from nature will heighten the experience of finding one’s self in a magical city garden.
Following the Salone del Mobile, these plants will be donated to schools for educational projects and to green public space restoration in the city of Milan.
Fendi collaborates with the architectural studio ArandaLasch on a multi- media installation and performance at this year’s Design Miami/. Part of a two-stage project, Modern Primitives features a collection of furniture and objects that resemble over-scaled minerals, first launched at the 12th Venice Biennale of Architecture in August and culminating at Design Miami/ this December.
In its debut at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the project is installed as a landscape, with the mineral furnishings dispersed loosely across the entry of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in the Biennale Giardini, creating a garden lounge that Biennale visitors are encouraged to explore, use and enjoy throughout the exhibition.
At Design Miami/, the project develops into a collaborative performance that exposes the design process behind the furniture. The pieces initially displayed in Venice are transformed by Silvia Venturini Fendi through the application of Fendi fur and leather. During Design Miami/, ArandaLasch will work on site to construct new designs, growing the installation space itself over the course of the 5-day event, where the fair’s visitors are invited to participate in the performance by creating their own designs.
Together, the different aspects of the installation comprise a synthesis of ArandaLasch’s technologically- informed design with Fendi’s legacy of craft – an experimental exploration of the creative space shared by architecture, design and fashion.
i shamelessly snatched those from my cool friend on the other side of the world, where it’s spring and bloomy
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot creates works by drawing on the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways. i instantly fell in love with him when i saw the video of his installation at London’s Barbican centre.
sunday morning in Paris was sunny and relaxing, until the sun went down and the vampires came out.
we first visited Diane Pernet’s ASVOFF3 film festival, where we had a chance to pose with huge masks, watch fashion films and listen to some cello. i was happily surprised to see Gaspar Claus again, a very young, talented sweet french cellist i met in Athens a few months ago, when he performed casually one night for ten people at Vinyl Microstore. Check-out his music and some beautiful videos by Blogotheque here. For the festival Gaspar performed with Sayoko.
after that, it was party time: Givenchy’s after- show party. Apart from celebrating the new collection, it was also Mariacarla’s birthday and Riccardo Tisci decided to combine it with a birthday surprise for her. Courtney Love accompanied by a guitar, sang unplugged Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance (!) and soon after that, things got out of hand, we danced and laughed and i’m quite positive there were no glasses left unbroken at L’ Arc club. Filep took many photos and some videos
one hell of a night..
Exclusive one-off pieces, limited series, creation in design, jewellery and fashion… A three-part editorial line launched by Galerie BSL which opened to the public in the Marais on May 7th, at 23 rue Charlot, Paris 3rd.
Founded by Béatrice Saint-Laurent, this is a place that aims at making over the codes of the genre. The on-site architecture by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance breaks with the international white cube standard for art galleries – a model that may suit contemporary artworks but does not cover the needs of a design gallery. Noé has re-shuffled conventional object display codes by proposing a white Corian spiral scanned by sequences, a sculpture extrapolated to architectural scale.
This structure becomes the founding statement in the gallery’s space: an object for displaying other objects. As the designer himself says: ‘It’s a straight-up piece that accentuates interior perspectives, but which can also be as neutral as a white sheet‘.
A shell that is showcase and cocoon, built to enhance the most advanced design projects of today and other rare pieces or exclusive commissions: 20th c. lighting, contemporary and vintage jewellery, fashion creations.
The aim is to effect a radical tearing down of the borders that separate modes of expression and periods, which Béatrice Saint-Laurent hopes will lead to any number of exchanges. Cross-overs, influences, correspondences – a source of transversal readings and discoveries.
The other good news is the collaboration of a greek designer with BSL Gallery! Lito Karakostanoglou, executive designer of “Cabinet des Curiosites”, is showing pieces of her beautiful Peacock collection and many more, in the heart of Paris.
yesterday at Neue Nationalgalerie
downstairs in the gallery, an astounding line-up of 20th century painters and sculptors, from expressionists of Die Brucke group to cubism and bauhaus creations