Sunday, 6 April 2014

Jean Paul Gaultier, Boundary Breaker

Exhibition at the Barbican, London, 9th April to 25th August 2014
From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk  is  the first major exhibition devoted to JPG whose place in fashion history as a witty and daring designer is deserved.  Fascinated by world cultures and countercultures  he has broken the boundaries not
only between cultures but also the sexes The infamous conical bra and corsets Madonna wore during her 1990 Blonde Ambition World Tour are showcased alongside stage costumes designed for Kylie Minogue as well as pieces created for the films of Pedro Almodóvar, among others.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Kelly Slater Lux Sportswear?

For lovers of water sports, the announcement that Kelly Slater - the worlds most famous surfer - has divorced Quiksilver to join luxury fashion conglomerate Kering to introduce his own line of clothing, is more than simply exciting.  Here's crossing fingers its a lux sports based collection for women as well as men.  We'll be amongst the first to place orders .....

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Alasdhair Willis in a Hold All

ALASDHAIR WILLIS, new creative head of Hunter and Stella McCartney's other half, is already making his mark on this heritage brand. Our tote of choice is a Goyard but this see-through version from Hunter seamlessly combines translucent PVC vinyl with soft Vachetta leather and moulded rubber. Contemporary and cool in a choice of six shades, we’ve pictured the grey although our preferred choice is black (but doesn’t picture well).  It comes with a removable purse to keep all your valuables safe. £175.


Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Oscar Winners in Play Doh!

Check out artist Eleanor McNair's work in Play Doh.  Her latest works?  Oscar winners in this medium.  More pix on  Lupito Nyongo'o in Prada, Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave, Oscars 2014

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Shocking Photographic Images of the Mafia's Work

Letizia Battaglia: Breaking The Code of Silence
22 FEB - 4 MAY 2014

Palermo, 1988. Assassination with Palermo plate © Letizia Battaglia

Open Eye Gallery presents the shocking images of Sicilian photographer and photojournalist Letizia Battaglia. The Liverpool exhibition guides the viewer through one of the darkest periods in post-war Italy spanning works from the mid ’70s to the early ’90s. The exhibition leads the viewer to reflect on the role of photography as an incentive for taking action, bearing witness, providing evidence and documenting history.

Friday, 28 February 2014

Marques'Almeida: Denim Never Dies

For us, denim remains a true staple whether in the form of jeans, jackets or skirts.  Now, design duo Paulo Almeida and Mara Marques (alumni of London's Central Saint Martins) expand the use of denim to create cutting-edge, utilitarian pieces, such as a frayed-hem chambray T-shirt dress and a distressed, oversized jackets. Their AW 14 collection again focussed on denim but Matchesfashion offers the current collection now.  If you're going to invest in denim, we suggest this is the label to go for.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Bold Prints at Milan Fashion Week

Show stopping STELLA JEAN  is a refreshing and bold designer off-the-block.  In Milan for autumn/winter 2014 she introduced a melange of Italian, Japanese and African cultures. Jean is a major stakeholder in the International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Initiative – gaining momentum for investment dressing.  We’ve been dressing our furniture in African printed fabrics for the past few seasons.  Looks like we might be stripping off the armchairs and wearing them!

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Germano Celant and Subodh Gupta at New Delhi exhibition

Germano Celant and Subodh Gupta join forces in an exciting exhibition  based on itinerant images such as an iconic Mumbai taxi drowning under the weight of its luggage.  Everyday commonplace items are transformed and given significance.  The exhibition is spread across the original 1936 residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur and the museum's modern concrete and glass extension.  Catch the exhibition at Jaipur House, New Delhi before it closes in March.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Infamous Hollywood Couplings

From the infamous – Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles – to the odd – Vanessa Paradis and Lenny Kravitz – to the unexpected – Tracy Chapman and Alice Walker Another magazine chronicles ten entertaining  Hollywood relationships: