Friday, 3 November 2017

NEW BOOK: THE ART OF THE EROTIC

Georgia O’Keeffe, “Black Iris” (1926)

New book The Art of the Erotic by Phaidon Editors, features 170 works which reveal how eroticism has been depicted in art over the centuries – from Renaissance painting and sculpture, to the work of Picasso, Bruce Nauman, Georgia O'Keeffe, Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tom of Finland and Anish Kapoor, each contribution is described and interpreted by Phaidon’s editors in terms of their place and meaning within art history.




With a cover echoing Lucio Fontana’s series of works, which featured slashes or punctures in the canvas, The Art of the Erotic features an introduction by Rowan Pelling, editor of the recently-launched The Amorist (and previously The Erotic Review):

“Eroticism is as much about what we do not see or know, as what we do" writes Pelling. 
"It prompts us to wonder about the dynamic between the creator and the subject, the finished work and the viewer who stands and gazes at its revelations and is very probably aroused by it. In other words, erotic art engages the imagination; it teases and seduces the viewer with all manner of mystery.”

Available now from Phaidon; £59.95. 

NEW EXHIBITION: THIERRY MUGLER - CREATURES OF HAUTE COUTURE



An upcoming new exhibition at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, is to showcase over 130 of Thierry Mugler’s most iconic designs, many of which will be seen in public for the first time, presented alongside work by famed photographers and archive materials.

“I have always been fascinated by the most beautiful animal on the Earth: the human being,” the designer said in a statement. “I have used all of the tools at my disposal to sublimate this creature: fashion, shows, perfumes, photography, video… I am not a person who dwells in the past, but the MMFA, through Nathalie Bondil, was the first to propose me to stage my creations and imagine together a free, global and reinvented artistic vision. How could I refuse?”




Bondil, the 
Director General and Chief Curator of the MMFA, commented, “Metamorphoses, super-heroines and cyborgs are already present in Mugler’s work. His streamlined and elegant creatures, and dangerous and alluring women, people a universe of glamour and seduction at the frontiers of reality.”

Thierry Mugler – Creatures of Haute Couture will open in February 2019. 

Thursday, 5 October 2017

DOCUMENTARY: WE MARGIELA

Image © Mint Film Office, 2015

This month on October 22, 20 years since Margiela staged its first museum exhibition in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the fashion house will return to the same space to host the world premiere of We Margiela, a new documentary created by Rotterdam’s Mint Film Office.
Revealing the house’s inner workings for the first time, the story is told by its elusive creative team, including co-founder Jenny Meirens - who passed away in July this year - unseen and unknown to many, Meirens played a vital role in Margiela's creation, its approach and style. 

Below you can watch an exclusive trailer for the film, in the run-up to its launch. 
It will also premiere on October 22nd at LantarenVenster in Rotterdam, and The Fashion Museum MoMu in Antwerp and 10 Corso Como in Milan will host exclusive premieres on Monday October 23rd and Thursday October 26th. 





Friday, 25 August 2017

NEW EXHIBITION: FASHION TOGETHER X FASHION SPACE GALLERY

Image © Nick Knight and Daphne Guinness, Visions Couture:
Junya Watanabe, SHOWstudio 2011

A new exhibition – entitled Fashion Together – is to open on September 8 at the Fashion Space Gallery. Curated by Lou Stoppard it explores the relationships of seven creative duos - Rick Owens and Michèle Lamy, Nick Knight and Daphne Guinness, Shaun Leane and Alexander McQueen, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Gareth Pugh and Ruth Hogben, and Thom Browne and Stephen Jones - showcasing the work of photographers and filmmakers to designers and milliners.

Speaking about the inspiration behind the exhibition, Stoppard says, “I’m interested in lasting partnerships - the formative, friendships, the unions that exist behind the scenes or the decades-long working relationships that have shaped each participant’s vision and life."

Giving an insight into the collaborative process, the exhibition will include never-before-seen photographs, garments, sketches and notes between the various duos, and recordings of the pairs in conversation with Stoppard.

In addition, there will also be a book to accompany the exhibition which features 18 of fashion's finest duos in conversation about how they have worked together over the years.
Published by Rizzoli, it goes on sale from 17th October 2017.


Fashion Together is open from September 8-January 13 at Fashion Space Gallery – 20 John Prince’s Street, London, W1G 0BJ. For more info, head HERE.

SHAKE IT UP: WORKS FROM THE MARIO TESTINO COLLECTION

Image © Martin Parr, ‘Untitled, from the Benidorm series’, 1997

Very soon we'll be able to see the photographic influences which have shaped, informed and inspired iconic lensman Mario Testino’s creative vision.
Dating back to the 1980s when he began collecting photography works, Testino's vast array of images has grown to include over 300 works by artists from 45 different countries, amongst them pieces by Wolfgang Tillmans, Inez Van Lamsweerde, Vanessa Beecroft and Martin Parr.

"I was collecting things that amazed me. Things that weren't like me," he says. "What you like, you know already, so the time that it's going to last in your head is limited. Whilst things that you don't understand, but that attract you and puzzle you and confuse you, those are the things that you need to be looking at, because those are the things that will make you change your point of view. Those are the ways we grow."

The photographs will go on show in London next month at Sotheby's, before being auctioned with all proceeds from the sale going to support the Museo MATE, which Testino set up in Lima in 2013 to promote culture in Peru.

"I'm selling because I have a unique opportunity to change something in the country I come from," he says.

Shake It Up - Works from the Mario Testino Collection exhibition will open on 8 September at Sotheby's New Bond Street ahead of two auctions on 13 and 14 September.


THE JOAN DIDION DOCUMENTARY IS COMING.



Photo: Julian Wasser/Getty Images


Pioneer of new journalism, literary heavyweight and cultural icon, Joan Didion - who has most probably been quoted more times on Instagram than she's been read, unfortunately - is to be the focus of an upcoming documentary entitled 'The Centre Will Not Hold', directed by her nephew Griffin Dunne.

Including archival footage and one-on-one conversations with 82 year-old Didion about “partying with Janis Joplin in a house full of L.A. rockers, hanging in a recording studio with Jim Morrison and cooking dinner for one of Charles Manson’s women for a magazine story," - the film is the first to feature Didion on Didion in her own words.

Last seen in the 2015 Celine campaign, shot by Juergen Teller, which kickstarted a new wave of Didion-mania, Dunne said in statement, “It is a tremendous honour to have the opportunity to convey the life and work of my aunt, and literary icon, Joan Didion.”

He continued, "She says somewhere in the movie how much the landscape of California and her ancestors and the women in her family who came across (the country), how deeply ingrained that frontier spirit and morality and work ethic and practicality is embedded in her soul.”


One not to miss, Joan Didion: The Centre Will Not Hold will premiere at the New York Film Festival and will launch on Netflix on October 27. Watch a preview below, and for more info, head HERE



BRUCE WEBER X FRAME DENIM


US denim label Frame has collaborated with iconic lensman Bruce Weber for a new project: “no season, no deadline, no perimeters”.

Frame founders Erik Torstensson and Jens Grede decided to take an alternative creative approach as long time fans of Weber's work, sending him a box filled with denim, asking Weber to send back his own visual interpretation of the pieces.

Weber of course responded with a series of unconventional portraits of different models, all wrapped in denim 
crafted out of pairs of jeans and denim button-downs, including my favourite image (below) - a dog, wrapped in a turban-like headpiece. You're welcome.



Image © Bruce Weber / Frame Denim

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

NEW TRACK: DRAKE 'SIGNS'


Just in case you've not yet heard the addictively hot new track 'Signs' from Drake, which made its debut recently during Kim Jones's island-hopping Louis Vuitton menswear collection (which also inspired Drizzy's soundtrack) - check it out below, while watching the spring/summer 18 show in Paris, as there's no official video for the new tune yet.

 

 

NEW BOOK: GUCCI 'HORTUS SANITATIS'



Translated as 'The Garden of Health', Gucci's new photo tome 'Hortus Sanitatis' showcases their Pre-Fall 2017 collection (the one seen in the Glen Luchford-lensed campaign), and includes visuals shot in Rome by the legendary subculture photographer, Derek Ridgers.

Presented in a red cotton pouch with skull and crossbones design, the book will be available to buy from July 15th in the Dover Street Market London store. If you're in Paris however, you can pop into the Comme des Garçons Trading Museum for a special book signing on July 5th.

With only a run of 1000 copies, make sure you get yours before they all sell out.



Images © Derek Ridgers

 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

BEATS: FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC



The 'French Touch' as it's known, is a term term coined by Melody Maker journalist Martin James in a 1996 column, in which he hit on the distinctive spin or je ne sais quoi which French producers and DJs put on house music in the mid-90s – think disco samples, robotic vocals and heavy filter and phaser effects.
Daft Punk, Cassius, Bob Sinclair and St Germain et al were at the forefront of this reinvention of French dance music, experimenting by marrying old disco loops to house beats, making something distinctive and beautiful which played out at raves inside a Chateaux, or underground warehouses in the suburbs. Today those sonically sensuous sounds have become mainstream tunes vibrating across Parisian clubland. 

So to pay homage to the City of Love's other passion - music - Beats have created a short film entitled "For The Love of Music", which showcases some of the people who have helped define Paris's music scene, and also the next generation of Parisians shaping it for the future - young radicals changing the way the city moves, its attitudes and how music pulsates throughout it all.

"With what is happening in the world right now, we need hope, we need curiosity, we need people who dare to say a positive message” explains androgynous model and DJ Agathe Mougin in the film's opening, which also stars musician and performance artist Oko Ebombo, iconic electro duo Justice and the new wave Gallic It-girls of Gucci Gang.

Watch the film below.



 

Monday, 19 June 2017

NEW MUSIC: LA DUO Pr0files RELEASE "MONEY"

Image © Fancy PR

LA duo Pr0files (Lauren Pardini and Danny Sternbaum) have released their latest offering "Money", which follows their signature gritty, sexy, melancholic synthpop vibe. 
Lyrically “Money” explores the themes of fear and failure, tapping into the duo’s own creative journey and the challenges they've faced along the way, while sonically the mood is seamlessly set to sumptuous dark dream pop production, the sort which invitingly stirs the senses and mesmerises the mind. 
Play it loud, while on a night drive, and try not to drift off into another world.

  


 

FASHION IN MOTION: MOLLY GODDARD AT THE V&A

Image © Philip Trengove (Molly Goddard SS17)

If you fancy free tickets to see designer Molly Goddard's latest creations as well as archive highlights from previous seasons live on the catwalk - then you'll need to get online as the V&A have announced that tickets for four shows which will take place on Friday 7th July, will be available to book from 10am on Monday 26th June. Tickets are limited, so booking is essential!

The four shows are part of the Fashion In Motion Series, which sees designers from across the world present their pieces on models strutting up and down inside the V&A - Alexander McQueen and Yohji Yamamoto are past participants in the series.
CSM graduate and London-based designer Molly Goddard will present her signature bold, colourful and voluminous designs as the finale of the week-long REVEAL Festival, which celebrates the V&A's new Sainsbury Gallery - where Goddard's four shows will take place - the gallery is part of the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter, the Museum’s largest architectural intervention in the last 100 years. 

Speaking about her involvement, Goddard said: "I’ve always thought of the V&A as an enormous cabinet of curiosities. I grew up exploring the galleries and they continue to be a huge source of inspiration for me. To be part of such a special event is incredibly exciting and we are looking forward to creating a fashion show in a totally new space while celebrating the history of the V&A and the preciousness of the objects."

The V&A's fashion curator, Oriole Cullen, said: "We are delighted to feature the work of Molly Goddard as part of the opening celebrations for the Museum’s new Sainsbury Gallery and we are thrilled that she is creating a special selection of pieces which will be shown for the first time at Fashion in Motion. Molly’s use of narrative and the immersive experience to showcase her work makes her an ideal partner to bring the V&A’s new exhibition space to life."

Fashion In Motion will take place at the V&A on 7th July at 13.00, 15.00, 17.00 and 20.00. The 15.00 show will also be live streamed via the V&A's Facebook page.
For more information, head HERE


 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

WE MARGIELA: THE UNTOLD STORY



If you've ever wondered what really went on behind the scenes at Maison Martin Margiela in the label's early days, then your wait to find out will be over soon.

A new documentary and book, both released later this year entitled 'We Margiela', will provide an emotive and illuminating look into one of the most enigmatic and influential fashion houses, featuring former members of the creative collective - including co-founder Jenny Meirens, the first design teams, Axel Keller (who worked in sales), make-up artist Inge Grognard, and in-house model Grace Fisher (who met Margiela in a nightclub) - all revealing their personal collections and stories about how the brand became an unforgettable chapter in their lives. 
None of the subjects of the film have spoken extensively or publicly about their experiences before.

The documentary will also explore the genesis of the house and the legacy of MMM, breaking boundaries and going against the system of fashion, ultimately resulting in a conflict between creativity and commerciality, and how it all ended.

For more info, head to the documentary's official website HERE.


 

LANA DEL REY - "LOVE"

Image © Neil Krug

Lana Del Rey has shared the Rich Lee-directed otherworldly video to her new track, "Love", which features the singer in a dreamy visual, performing in a music hall and later on a lunar landscape, juxtaposed with footage of young people in love, alternating between black-and-white and washed-out colour effects with a 60s / 70s aesthetic.

"Love" is the first single from Del Rey's upcoming fifth studio album, a "body of work" created by the singer and her longtime producer and collaborator Rick Nowels.
"I made my first 4 albums for me, but this one is for my fans and about where I hope we are all headed," says Del Rey.
The new LP's release, track list and "guest featured artists" will be revealed at a later date.

"Love" is available via Interscope/Polydor. Buy and stream the track HERE.



 


 

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

MARTIN MARGIELA RETROSPECTIVE - PARIS 2018

Image © Maison Margiela

A Martin Margiela retrospective is coming to Paris' Palais Galliera in March 2018.
The Belgian designer will co-curate the show with Olivier Saillard, director of the fashion museum, and in true Margiela style, it's all very secretive on the details for now.

Margiela began his career in Paris in 1980 as an assistant to Jean Paul Gaultier, later running his own label between 1989 and 2009. The brand was eventually bought by Italian Renzo Rosso in 2002, and in 2009 Margiela left the company. After years of anonymous designers heading up the label, John Galliano was appointed Creative Director in 2014, when the brand became Maison Margiela.

It's one of the most boundary-pushing labels in the business thanks to Martin's own unique vision, with a legacy that turns preconceptions of clothing on its head - it’s a world where everything is beautiful, and nothing (deliberately) makes sense.

While we wait for more info to come on the exhibition, watch the SS17 womenswear show below:




 

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