THE TUNISIAN-BORN COUTURIER AZZEDINE ALAÏA ENJOYED HIS ROLE AS AN OUTSIDER IN THE WORLD OF FASHION.
ALWAYS DRESSED IN A UNIFORM OF BLACK, HE IGNORED THE STRICT FASHION CALENDAR OF SEASONAL COLLECTIONS WHILE TIRELESSLY UPHOLDING THE TRADITIONS OF HAUTE COUTURE. FROM HIS FIRST SHOW IN THE LATE 1970’S TO THE LAST ONE JUST BEFORE HIS DEATH IN 2017, ALAÏA’S WORK HAS ALWAYS GENERATED EXCITEMENT AND RESPECT.
SENSUOUS, BODY-HUGGING FORMS, DESCRIBED AS « SECOND-SKIN DRESSING », ARE ALAÏA’S ENDURING INFLUENCE. EXPERIMENTING WITH THE LATEST STRETCH MATERIALS AND PRECISELY TAILORED LEATHERS, HE WORKED IN THE TRADITION OF THE GREAT COUTURIERS HE ADMIRED AND STUDIED.
ALAÏA THOUGHT WITH HIS HANDS. HE GAVE HIS IDEAS FORM BY DRAPING, CUTTING AND PINNING FABRIC DIRECTLY ONTO THE STATUESQUE MODELS WITH WHOM HE LOVED TO WORK. HE COMBINED HIS RIGOROUS TECHNICAL SKILLS WITH AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW WOMEN WANT TO FEEL. HE ONCE REMARKED « I MAKE CLOTHES, WOMEN MAKE FASHION ». AND MANY WOMEN HAVE WORN HIS ELEGANT AND SENSUAL DESIGNS, FROM GRETA GARBO, GRACE JONES AND TINA TURNER TO NAOMI CAMPBELL, LADY GAGA AND RIHANNA.
CURRENTLY AT THE DESIGN MUSEUM IN LONDON TILL OCTOBER 7TH 2018, A WONDERFUL EXHIBIT IS TAKING PLACE ENTITLED :« AZZEDINE ALAÏA, THE COUTURIER » SHOWCASING SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DRESSES HE CREATED.
HIS WORK IS EXCEPTIONAL AND ONE CAN ADMIRE THE INTRICACIES OF EACH OF THESE HANDCRAFTED WORKS OF ART THAT ARE HIS DRESSES. A LITTLE MAN WITH GIGANTIC TALENT.
HIS PASSING IS A GREAT LOSS TO FASHION.
Source : https://www.yadcheri.com/talk-to-the-hand-blog-yad-cheri/azzedine-alaias-magical-touch
What does Design mean to you ? This crowdsourced wall offers a selection of items that have a special meaning. Some things are here because they do their job well. Some have been nominated because they are beautiful, and others because they carry special memories. Any piece of design that matters needs to offer at least one of these qualities.
Front door of a townhouse in Kensington, London
Brilliant exhibition about the revolutionary spirit of the Sixties.
This major exhibition will explore the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s, expressed through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century alongside fashion, film, design and political activism. The exhibition considers how the finished and unfinished revolutions of the time changed the way we live today and think about the future.
EXHIBITIONISM -The Rolling Stones is this summer’s must-see show, having opened to critical acclaim at London’s Saatchi Gallery.
Unlocking their vast archive, this exhibition is a Rolling Stones treasure trove, curated over 9 thematic gallery spaces with 500 items from original stage costumes, rare instruments and lyric books, backstage and touring paraphernalia, album art, photography, stage designs, personal diaries, and never before released audio and behind-the-scenes footage.
The Design Museum has opened its first ever standalone retail space, moments away from the museum’s new west London site.
Located on Kensington High Street, the Design Museum Shop presents a curated edit of design classics, collections based on current exhibitions and an ever-changing array of design-focused objects from around the world. source : Dezeen
With an understated colour scheme of inky blues and fluted stone columns inside and an exterior covered in graffiti, new Athenian eatery Suvlaki represents modern Greek dining and is a far cry from the traditional taverna. ‘Gone are the days of bouzouki dancing and plate smashing,’ says London-based Greek interior designer Afroditi Krassa, who worked on the project. ‘Greece is currently presenting itself as one of the creative powerhouses of Europe and our interior design studio is picking up on this energy: the project is raw, witty and idiosyncratic.’ The atmosphere is laid-back, buzzy and welcoming. 21 Bateman St, London W1 (suvlaki.co.uk). source : Elle Decoration UK
The temporary treehouse installation (only there for one week) was inspired by the Lion Sands Game Reserve accommodation in South Africa. Virgin Holidays have built a South African inspired treehouse on London’s Southbank, to promote travel to South Africa.
source : the contemporist
Charles and Ray Eames are among the most influential designers of the 20th century. Enthusiastic and tireless experimenters, this husband and wife duo moved fluidly between the fields of photography, film, architecture, exhibition-making, and furniture and product design.
The Eames Office was a hub of activity where the Eameses and their collaborators produced an array of pioneering designs, communicating their ideas with a boundless creativity that defined their careers. The Eameses embraced the joy of trial and error and approached design as a way of life.
From personal letters, photographs, drawings and artwork, to their products, models, multi-media installations and furniture, The World of Charles and Ray Eames includes not only the designs for which they are best known, but provides an insight into the lives of the Eameses, the Eames Office and the breadth of their pioneering work, bringing their ideas and playful spirit to life.
Victoria & Albert Museum, London :
Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection
21 November 2015 – 28 March 2016
This exhibition showcases over one hundred exceptional jewels, jewelled artefacts and jades from the Al Thani Collection.
The pieces range in date from the early 17th century to the present day, and were made in the Indian subcontinent or inspired by India. They include spectacular precious stones, jades made for Mughal emperors and a gold tiger-head finial from the throne of the South Indian ruler Tipu Sultan.
Absolutely Spectacular – highly recommended
This private house in Kensington was designed by David Chipperfield. The house occupies the former site of a Victorian house and features a single storey annex and garage. The project achieved planning permission in 2009 following several months of consultation with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s planning committee, the Architectural Advisory Panel, and English Heritage. The visible concrete has been colored to match the bricks and has an exposed aggregate finish. All exterior door and window frames are generous in size and made of bronze. The main materials inside include travertine floors, oak doors and fittings, and polished plaster walls. source : trendland
A new exhibition at Somerset House in London, Tintin: Hergé’s Masterpiece—along with a companion book of the same name out this month from Rizzoli—explore how both interests which ranged from the Constructivist work he studied during his childhood in Belgium to a later fascination with modernist graphic design together with the events of World War II influenced the evolution of Hergé’s work.
For example, Hergé’s penchant for architecture and design is one of the reasons windows play such a big role in the comics. Besides his pop-artist contemporaries like Warhol and Lichtenstein, Hergé’s “clear line” style was also influenced by eastern art.
The evolution of Hergé’s work – from simple comic strips to sophisticated graphics – was influenced by a fascination with fine art and design.
source : fastcodesign.com
Over the next year, the turquoise fiberglass structure—designed by Finnish architect Marri Suuronen in the 1960s and recently restored by artist Craig Barnes—will be open up to the public for performances, talks and events on the roof of the Central St. Martins Campus in London.
When Suuronen designed the Futuro House in 1968, it was originally conceived as a mountainside cottage ideal for its simple transport, with low maintenance needs and sloped sides that could shed snow easily. source : fastcodesign.com
This exhibition looks at the extremes of footwear from around the globe, presenting around 200 pairs of shoes ranging from a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers.
Here below : This unique design brings together traditional craft with new technology!
A collection of close-up images made by Alex Hammond and Mike Tinney document that most accessible of creative devices: the pencil. Their 52 prints, in various materials, will be shown in Paul Smith’s Albemarle store until 3 June, and auctioned online in support of Children in Crisis. Sir James Dyson’s is printed directly on aluminum, so is Peter Saville’s; Anish Kapoor’s pencil is carved: ‘like a little, one-off Anish Kapoor sculpture’ source : Wallpaper
An alleyway off Dalston’s Shacklewell Lane might seem like an unlikely location for a luxury fashion boutique, but LN-CC (short for Late Night Chameleon Café) is full of surprises – even when it comes to tracking down the concept shop’s entrance.
London’s concept store offers inspirational luxury products hand-picked by global network of contributors.
Opening of Wanderland, the Hermès exhibition at Saatchi Gallery in London that travels to Paris and Turin later this year.
Wanderland, with its title reminiscent of that other almost untranslatable German term, ‘wanderlust’, is a feat of trompe l’oeil spread over 11 rooms. Conceived by curator Bruno Gaudichon and set designer Hubert Le Gall, the exhibition combines pieces from the Hermès archives with odd items from Emile Hermès’ personal collection, most of which relate to horses or walking.
Hermès Wanderland, Saatchi Gallery’s latest exhibition, realistically recreates the hunting ground of the nineteenth-century flâneur, complete with covered arcades and shopfronts
Read more at http://www.wallpaper.com/fashion/strolling-in-an-herms-wanderland/8687#aBRtsrshvQXJ1YvV.99
London studio Claridge Architects designed the wooden house, named Oak Hill, for the grounds of a Victorian mansion block in north London. Diagonal strips of timber clad this single-storey addition to a Hampstead apartment block, which also features a rooftop garden that can be used by neighbouring residents. source : dezeen
Opened just recently by identical twins from Belfast, Alan and Gary Keery, the Cereal Killer Café sells over 120 different types of cereal from around the world. “If we can source it, we will sell it”. They offer British, American and global cereals all at £2.50 for a small bowl with a choice of milks and toppings such as banana or marshmallows. The journalist from TimeOut asked for the most obscure cereal they have: an Oreo cereal from South Korea – “very hard to source”. A must-see !
Source : taken & edited from TIMEOUT
As featured in Sunday Times, March 1st :
“Designer brands don’t make pizzas, but what if they did? We asked Finbar Curran and Ivan Imperiali of the hip London pizza joint Voodoo Ray’s to imagine the toppings for our fave labels” The Ultimate Fashion Takeaway !
A pop-up gallery celebrating the life and work of artist Chris Bracey, who died earlier this month, has opened this week in London’s Soho. Launched as a partnership between Gods Own Junkyard and Lights of Soho, the temporary space showcases pieces from throughout Bracey’s 40-year career. Alongside the spectacular neon artworks for which Bracey is best known, the exhibition features upscaled fairground, film and circus signage. There are also references to Soho’s colourful past in the form of strip-club memorabilia and furniture rescued from nightclubs.
The retrospective is a fitting tribute to the vision and imagination of a man described by his wife as ‘a light that will never go out’. source : ELLE DECOR UK
The home of the handmade, online marketplace Etsy.com has opened the doors of its first ever UK pop-up shop. Located in central London between Covent Garden and the West End, the store is a cornucopia of the best Etsy has to offer, including ceramics, art work, cards and stationery, foodie gifts, toys, fashion and textiles. Source life.style.etc
The latest private member club opened in London. This very exclusive Club is described as a club for “the eclectic literary, thespian, music and design communities” featuring artwork, meditation classes, nightly musical entertainment, and unsurprisingly, a library. via Imalondoner.com
One of the UK’s oldest food markets created The Real Apple Store to showcase 1,000 British apple varieties as part of its anniversary celebrations. London’s Borough Market commissioned communications agency TinMan and London events company Teatime Production to create an installation for the market’s annual Apple Day – a festival to mark the end of the harvest season – as well as remind visitors that it is celebrating its 1000th anniversary this year. source : Dezeen
Thomas Heatherwick has completed Boiler Suit, an undulating facade of woven steel panels encasing the boiler house at Guy’s Hospital in London. via dezeen
Dennis Severs’ House is a time capsule attraction in which visitors are immersed in a unique form of theatre. The ten rooms of this original Huguenot house have been decked out to recreate snapshots of life in Spitalfields between 1724 and 1914. An escorted tour through the compelling ‘still-life drama’, as American creator Dennis Severs put it, takes you through the cellar, kitchen, dining room, smoking room and upstairs to the bedrooms. With hearth and candles burning, smells lingering and objects scattered apparently haphazardly, it feels as though the inhabitants had deserted the rooms only moments before. via timeout
In celebration of Frieze Art Fair 2014, Paul Smith teams with art:i:curate to host an innovative exhibition of work by emerging London-based artists that combines Mayfair’s deep-rooted art heritage with the digital world’s trail-blazing creative community
Launched in 2013, art:i:curate is a global network consisting of a new generation of art collectors and curators. Hosting a vast catalogue of digital artworks from some of the most exciting creative minds, art:i:curate promotes its contributors’ talents through art events around the world.
The brother duo, Oliver and Richard Gladwin, have created a restaurant that is an extension of their rural lifestyle back in Nutbourne, West Sussex.
Growing, foraging, great cooking and great company have always been the order of the day and this ethos has been brought to life at The Shed.
They have put together a fantastic daily-changing menu of Sussex produce sourced from their youngest brother (whose roots are firmly planted in Nutbourne as a farmer) and other local suppliers. http://theshed-restaurant.com