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.



 

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