Thursday, 31 October 2013

Galliano takes on Puppet Role

JOHN GALLIANO's famous comeback interview with Charlie Rose is being adapted for a puppet show called Little John. The 20-minute play was commissioned by fashion annual Vestoj to celebrate its autumn issue, which has the theme "Fashion and Power".  Based on the interview that John Galliano gave to Charlie Rose in June this year following his dismissal from Christian Dior and subsequent court case for anti-semitic comments, the play will be shown on December 10 at the Silencio nightclub in Paris, before the puppets travel to the London College of Fashion for a show on February 4.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Bejewelled Men: Treasures at the Museum of London

If another excuse is needed to visit the Museum of London (where the eye watering Cheapside Hoard is on show), we recommed a peek at Tomfoolery.
From gold chains to signet rings, male ‘bling’ and their wearers are represented in a new photography display. The acclaimed portrait photographer Ross Trevail was commissioned to photograph men and their jewellery.
 Browse Burlington Arcade's wonderful antique jeweller
Susannah Lovis for a treasure trove of pieces to suit even the most masculine of men to preen (and be seen) in!

Thursday, 17 October 2013

London Frieze (s) Up!

London's Art Set all in a Frenzy at Frieze ...


Outset Acquisitions

Works by Terry Adkins, Christina Mackie, James Richards and Sturtevant have all been bought at Frieze London to benefit the Tate Collection.
The Fund enables Tate to acquire works by emerging and leading international artists from London’s Frieze Art Fair. This year £150,000 has been made available for the Fund. With Tate’s annual government funding for its acquisitions effectively frozen since 1982, the Fund helps provide a much needed contribution towards Tate’s ongoing campaign to develop its Collection.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Paul Klee at Tate Modern

We're off to the PV of a major exhibition of Paul Klee’s works which opens at Tate Modern tomorrow. It’s the big autumn show held at the gallery and will feature key paintings by this giant of twentieth-century art.
Described as one of the great creative innovators of the time, Klee’s work is often grouped together with pieces from Matisse, Picasso and Kandinsky.
Works by Rothko and Miro have also been inspired by him and the exhibition aims to shine a new light on his pieces.
Paul Klee – Making Visible’ starts with some of his breakthrough pieces during the First World War, when he first developed his individual abstract patchworks of colour.
It then goes onto to focus on the decade he spent teaching and working at the Bauhaus and abstract canvases he produced there.
The exhibition runs until the 9th March and tickets cost £16.50.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

The Nude Man from 1800 to Today

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Bare Boarders!

Seven (mad!) snowboarders go streaking down a backcountry run in professional rider-turned-director Jim Mangan’s exhilarating short film Winter’s Children. See the video and listen to the music on
Nowness, our favourite site:

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

London Film Festival starts Tomorrow

The programme for the 57th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® showcases a rich and diverse programme of international films and events from both established and upcoming talent over a 12 day celebration of cinema.  

The Festival will screen a total of 234 fiction and documentary features, including 22 World Premieres, 16 International Premieres, 29 European Premieres and 20 Archive films1. There will also be screenings of 134 live action and animated shorts. A stellar line-up of directors, cast and crew are expected to take part in career interviews, master classes and other special events.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Fashion Heavyweights

The youngest self-made female billionaire.
Sara Blakley - #91 on Forbes list of 100 Most Powerful Women, and the youngest self-made female billionaire, with a net-worth of $1 billion. The Florida native turned her $5000 investment into $250 million in annual revenues selling Spanx brand body-shaping women’s undergarments. She was the first female billionaire to sign the Gates-Buffett Giving Pledge and established the Sara Blakley Foundation to support women’s causes.
Industry Heavyweights
According to, the world’s 2012 top ten fashion designers included:
1. Calvin Klein – The native New Yorker began his career with a coat store in 1968. His line now includes sportswear, women’s wear, fragrances, cosmetics and accessories. His estimated net worth is $700 million. Calvin Klein, Inc. is currently owned by Phillips-Van Heusen.
2. Donatella Versace – Following her Italian brother, Gianni Versace’s murder in 1997, the Donatella took over as Vice-President of the Versace Group, as well as chief designer. Her net worth is estimated at $200 million. She shares a 20% interest in the Versace brand with her brother (30%) and daughter (50%).
3. Valentino Garavani – First acclaimed for designing Jacqueline Kennedy’s dresses, the Italian’s iconic line now caters to European royalty as well as the world’s elite. Despite having officially retired in 2008, he maintains an estimated net worth of $1.5 billion.
4. Giorgio Armani – The Italian creator of the world-renowned Armani suit has recently extended his empire to include British and Italian sports uniforms. His various luxury lines of fashion, accessories, watches, eyewear, home decorations and retail stores support a net worth of $8.5 billion.
5. Coco Chanel – The famed French creator of the classic women’s suit, LBD (little black dress) and Chanel No. 5 perfume, rose from obscurity as an orphan. Her “take no prisoners” approach included anti-semitism and harsh labor conditions for her workers. The House of Chanel, owned by Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, is #12 on Forbes’ list of World’s Most Powerful Brands, valued at $6.2 billion.
6. Ralph Lauren – Born Ralph Lifshitz in New York, he changed his name after years of constant bullying at school. He designed neckties under the now-famous Polo Ralph Lauren brand. This served as the cornerstone of his empire of sportswear, accessories, fragrances and eyewear. He enjoys a net worth of $7.5 billion.
7. Tom Ford – As Creative Director, he transformed Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent before creating his own clothing line. The American then turned his attention to the film industry, successfully directing the Academy Award-nominated The Single Man. He is rumored to be planning to direct a second film. His net worth is $70 million.
8. Kate Spade – The erstwhile Fashion Editor of Mademoiselle made her entrée into the fashion industry with her Kate Spade New York collection of serviceable yet chic handbags. Her full line of eyewear, shoes, sleepwear, stationeries, personal beauty, kitchen and bedding items, has amassed a net worth of $150 million.
9. Betsey Johnson – The Andy Warhol-inspired 71-year-old Connecticut native served as House Designer of the Manhattan Boutique Paraphernalia, and directed the Alley Cat label before creating an eponymous fashion line. She maintains a personal net worth of $50 million. Despite Betsey Johnson LLC’s recent filing for bankruptcy, which resulted in the closure of most of her 63 stores, her wholesale line will continue to be sold through major retailers.
10. Marc Jacobs – This native New Yorker is currently the Creative Director of Louis Vuitton, as well as the head of his own two lines – Marc Jacobs and Marc. Known for his retrospective designs, Jacobs’ current worth is estimated at $100 million. He was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Gay Men in 2009. 
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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Zaha Hadid Reboots the Sackler Gallery

Opened last weekend, the curvy white fibre glassed conopied, Zaha Hadid designed Scakler Gallery at the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park.  The old gunpowder store has been transformed into something new and exciting with curvy shiny surfaces.  The Today We Roboot the Planet is the opening exhibition featuring larger than life sculptures by Argenita born Adrian Villa Rojas.  Be amongst the first to visit – you’ll find it worthwhile!
Free, September 28 to November 10
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA

Also opening in December, the new visitors centre at Stonehenge , a glass and 'stick' building which promises to transform the visitors experience of the site.  The only remaining problem - passing traffic on the nearby main road.