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:




 

FILM: SAINT LAURENT SS17 #YSL04 PART 2


Images © Yves Saint Laurent / Collier Schorr

Part 2 of a short film directed by Nathalie Canguilhem capturing the Saint Laurent SS17 campaign has been released, visually treating us to Anthony Vaccarello's continued reinvention of The House of Yves Saint Laurent, bringing sexy back with a high-glam aesthetic.

Featuring Mica Arganaraz, Freja Beha Erichsen, Yasmin Wijnaldum, Binx, Selena Forrest, Lexi Boling, and Vittoria Ceretti all working the new collection,
 the campaign has been lensed by Collier Schorr. 
Watch below:


And if you missed Part One of the film entitled 'Evening Part 1', set to Beethoven's Symphony No 7 with a voiceover by Freja Beha Erichsen, you can also watch it below:


 

"WALKING” A FILM BY PETER LINDBERGH


Irina Shayk "Walking" © Peter Lindbergh Vogue Italia October 2016
Carolyn Murphy "Walking" © Peter Lindbergh Vogue Italia October 2016

A new edit of the film entitled "WALKING" by Peter Lindbergh & Thomas Lachambre has been released, dedicated to Franca Sozzani, who sadly passed away in December last year.
Filmed in Times Square, New York in June last Summer, during the shooting of the October 2016 Vogue Italia issue, the short features models Milla Jovovich, Adriana Lima, Irina Shayk, Lara Stone, Karen Elson, Isabeli Fontana, Carolyn Murphy, Liu Wen, Alek Wek, Helena Christensen, Karen Alexander, Tatjana Patitz and Eva Herzigova, set to music by Ryan Rumery entitled "On Time".
Watch below:



 

Monday, 9 January 2017

THE xx - SAY SOMETHING LOVING

Image © Alasdair McLellan

Ahead of the release of their third album 'I See You’ on January 13th, The xx have shared new song ‘Say Something Loving’ - the track is available to download via iTunes now.

Listen below:


 

SPOTLIGHT ON ARTS EDUCATION: TATE MODERN x CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS

Tate's New Extension © Tate

A pop-up art school created by the students, staff and alumni of Central Saint Martins opened at Tate Modern's Switch House today running until 15 January. 

The scheme forms part of a wider drive to make the gallery more accessible to the general public, and will enable visitors to attend workshops, lectures and classes that aim to highlight the current crisis facing arts education in schools.
Government plans could threaten the future of how arts subjects will be taught in UK schools, with a possible exclusion of those subjects from the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) – a new performance measure - sparking a campaign to ensure traditional subjects like art, music and drama are not withdrawn from curriculums.

The Tate's workshops, lectures and classes in collaboration with CSM aim to draw attention to the forces "currently threatening arts education" and "what resistance we can offer", according to the organisers.  
Alex Schady, the fine art programme leader at Central Saint Martins, says, “Now is a good time to put a spotlight on arts education; it is crucial that the arts are a mainstay of the curriculum, we need daring thinkers from diverse backgrounds. There have been dramatic drops in people taking up art A-level.”

Anna Cutler, Tate’s Director of Learning says, “This is an exchange between what the public brings and what we bring to the conversation. Our visitors carry their own culture with them and can use museums and galleries as creative spaces for exploring what that means.”

Highlights of the pop-up art school include a fashion show featuring clothes made from recycled street rubbish found in London, and an event / discussion about women in art. 
With students becoming teachers and galleries becoming studios, standard orthodoxies of the art school will be upturned.

This is an Art School will take place at Level 5 of the Tate Modern Switch House from 9 -15 January 2017. For more info head HERE.

 

RESONANCE OF THE NORTH

Photograph © Jason Evans, Untitled, Manchester, 1997

North: Identity, Photography, Fashion is a new exhibition co-curated by Adam Murray, academic and co-founder of photography collective Preston Is My Paris, and writer Lou Stoppard of SHOWstudio.com

Hosted at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool (and in celebration of its 40th anniversary), the exhibition will look at the region’s huge influence on fashion and visual culture, and the rich and varied ways it's been depicted across spectrums of style, photography and artwork - referenced by everyone from Raf Simons to Virgil Abloh, both of whom have work in the show.

Also featured will be visuals by art director Peter Saville and photographers including Jamie Hawkesworth, Nick Knight, Corinne Day and Jason Evans. 
Running until March 2017, for more info head HERE.


Raf Simons A/W 2003 Collection © Open Eye Gallery

 

CHLOË SEVIGNY FOR J.W. ANDERSON


If you didn't catch the news back in December, actor and director Chloë Sevigny is the face of J.W.Anderson's SS17 campaign. 

In collaboration with graphic design duo M/M (Paris) and shot by one of my favourite photographer's, Jamie Hawkesworth (with whom Anderson regularly collaborates) - Sevigny poses on a stool in dresses from the womenswear collection, with additional abstract shots indoors and outdoors featuring colourful sweaters from the menswear SS17 collection.
See the campaign below.


Images © Jamie Hawkesworth

Anderson also recently announced his first foray into exhibition design, opening a show at the Hepworth Wakefield gallery this coming spring, which will explore the human form in art, fashion and design. Having already published several books in collaboration with cult creators such as film director Larry Clark and photographer Ian David Baker - Anderson will present 'Disobedient Bodies: J.W.Anderson', featuring work by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Louise Bourgeois, Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rei Kawakubo and Helmut Lang.

“I want the exhibition to mirror the speed and unexpected encounters that characterise the way in which we consume images today, as well as being a space in which to explore ideas of gender and identity that have been an ongoing part of my creative practice," says Anderson.

Disobedient Bodies: J.W.Anderson at The Hepworth Wakefield is on display from March 18th-June 18th, 2017. For more info, head HERE.


 

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