Friday, 31 May 2013

And .. So It Goes Magazine

Love the look of this new magazine which  went on sale in the UK yesterday for the first time.  Follow the link for a better look.  We wish the magazine many more copies to come!

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Hermes at the Saatchi

"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

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Magic Bolero at the Paris Opera with Tisci, Abramovic and Cerkaoui

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

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Versace and JW Anderson Collaborate

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 ....,

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Missing Banksy Goes on Sale

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 .

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Hermes at the Saatchi

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 fine-jewellery.
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.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Galliano in the Dock

JOHN GALLIANO's workshop at  Parsons design college in New York has been cancelled. The designer was due to teach a three-day master class called Show Me Emotion at the celebrated school.
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.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Cecil Beaton's Visual Diaries

Cecil Beaton's Visual Diaries

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 on Nowness