"We use one butterfly, 400 cocoons and 450km of thread to make one Hermes scarf! It’s a nice story, no?"
This exhibition opened yesterday and closes on the 27th. Pop in via the Chelsea Flower show to see Hermes take on flora and fauna.
When Hermès, the 175-year-old French luxury house
synonymous with timeless elegance launched the silk square or “Carré” in
1937; few could have predicted that a simple 90 by 90 centimetre square
of silk twill would attain such must-have status (one is sold every 20
seconds) or that it would lend itself so well to interpretations from
artists as diverse as Rei Kawakubo, Daniel Buren and even a postman from
Texas called Kermit Oliver. This astonishing fact is just one of many
gleaned from a fascinating afternoon spent with the artisans of Hermès
on display at the Festival des Métiers held at the Saatchi Gallery in
London. This travelling festival serves to underscore the point that in
addition to superb good taste, matchless craftsmanship is at the heart
of the brand. Says Kamel Hamadou, who heads the silk printing atelier – “We are more than just a luxury brand, we are about the craft.” Wandering the stands, meeting a remailleur (twin-set linker) or gem
setter or the bag expert who makes the iconic Kelly bag from start to
finish; you get a sense of savoir-faire that Hermès has invested in its
craftsmen. Case in point is Hamadou who studied photographic printing
and came to Hermès on a whim, where he has remained for 25 years. For
him, “the Hermès scarf is like a chain that links”, each design taking
two years from its inception by Bali Barret, the creative director of
the Women’s Universe to the finished product. A deceptively simple scarf
with 46 colours takes 46 separate silk screening processes and a
painstaking 2000 hours to develop. And as for the silk itself? “We use
one butterfly, 400 cocoons and 450km of thread to make one Hermès scarf!
It’s a nice story, no?” Story courtesy of Another Magazine
Riccardo Tisci, Marina Abramovic + Sidi Larbe Cerkaoui collaborate on the sell out Magic Bolero at the Paris Opera fusing contemporary art and fashion with contemporary and classic music.
Collaborations of this type are becoming more usual: Rodare and Christian Lacroix are frequent collaborators with ballet companies and later this month a production of Mazart's Marriage of Figaro at the Los Angeles Philharmonic is planne with sets created by Jean Nouvel and cosutmes by Azzedine Alaia
New York saw the launch of a capsule collection for Versus, the result of a collaboration between JW Anderson and Donatella. Acclaimed by the fashion press it looks to us like a rewind to the Punk era rather than breaking new ground ....,
The Hot on the heels of the controversy about the missing Banksy mural 'Slave Labour' which disappeared from a north London wall amid wild speculation and
intrigue, it returns to the capital as the centrepiece of a private art exhibition and sale at the Flowers Cellars.
The mural first appeared just prior to the Diamond Jubilee
celebrations of 2012, on the wall of a Poundland store in North London's Wood
Green. In February of this year the mural and the wall it featured on
mysteriously disappeared resulting in a media frenzy and wild speculation as to
its whereabouts, within just two days it surfaced at a Miami auction house
making headlines worldwide.
Sensitively restored under a cloak of secrecy, the piece will
be returning to London for one night only to be shown at the London Film Museum
in London's Covent Garden on June 2nd. Exclusive works from Banksy, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Mario Testino and
Russell Young along with a number of emerging young artists .
AN EXHIBITION dedicated to Hermès'
craftsmanship will open at London's Saatchi
Gallery from May 21 to 27. A selection of 10 different crafts
will be demonstrated live, as artisans show how they make the
luxury products in their workshops in France.
The week-long Festival de Métiers exhibition is
designed to "provide a fascinating insight into the traditions and
values of Hermès in the crafting of fine objects," allowing the
public to interact with the brand's craftspeople and see them at
work. Visitors will be able to see the house's famed silk scarves
being printed, as well as the creation of handbags, watches and
The exhibition was previously held in Beijing
and Shenyang in China and, following its tenure in London, will
move on to Dusseldorf. Admission to the Festival de Métiers at the
Saatchi Gallery will be free of charge.
Poor guy - it transpired the faculty and students wanted an open forum during which they would be able to cross examine him about his offensive remarks made in Paris which led to the loss of position and a huge income. Give the guy a break - he's been cross examined in court - and let's move on. Great creatives are usually as mad as hatters and Galliano is no exception.
The Photographer's Scrapbooks Showcase His Aesthetic Flair
Photographer, illustrator, painter and diarist Sir Cecil
Beaton, famous for his portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and
the Queen of England, was a man whose instinct for pure beauty and
fantasy perfectly captured Hollywood’s golden age. His fluid, elegant
style matched a thoughtful, generous personality––a trait that helped
put his sitters at ease and enabled him to deliver some of the most
iconic celebrity images of the era. Beaton developed his approach over a
career... read the full story onNowness