Thursday, 3 May 2012

May Must-See's: Fashion's Hot Dates #film #ballet #shopping #exhibitions #London

Dover Street Market MARKET

Image © Sølve Sundsbø

It's the return of the Dover Street Market MARKET, a pop-up sale in which Comme des Garçons hauls out 8 years worth of its brand archives, alongside DSM pieces, with discounts of 70-75%. Market MARKET will take place at Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, WC1B 4DA between 10-7pm with regular stock replenishments. Be sure to wear your best undergarments though, as like the NYC-based event, there are no dressing rooms to hide in. 

Image © TCS-UK / Hermès

The Birkin, the Kelly and the iconic silk print scarf which first appeared in 1937 - just a few of the accessories which have made Hermès one of the leading luxury brands in the world. 
Now in a new exhibition, the changing manufacturing processes and the heritage of the brand are explored - most notably their relationship with leather (such as their beautifully constructed saddles and riding boots) - a material which was first tamed and fashioned by Hermès.
The exhibition, which also celebrates their 175th year, is the largest Hermès display of its kind in the UK, and will feature 12 interactive rooms presenting a journey through leather, from equestrian to travel, handbags to accessories and unique bespoke creations.
To coincide with the exhibition, Hermès has also created four bags inspired by the UK which will be on sale soon, with all proceeds donated to The Royal Academy of Arts.
The exhibition is free to the public and will run from May 8-27, Mon-Sun, 10-6 (Fridays till 10pm) at 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1.

Image © Sadlers Wells

French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj brings his 2008 adaption of the Brothers Grimm fairytale, Snow White, to London's Sadlers Wells theatre. A contemporary ballet set to extracts from Gustav Mahler’s symphonies, it promises to be a tale fusing his signature dramatically physical choreography, set amongst dark and magical sets designed by Thierry Leproust. And if that wasn't enough to tempt you, all of the costumes are designed by Jean Paul Gaultier. Running from May 10-12, 7.30pm at Sadler's Wells.

Chanel & Film

Jean Renoir's Rules of The Game (1939) - © IMDB

In collaboration with Ciné Lumière, the V&A is presenting a three-part seminar which explores the relationship between film and the work of Coco Chanel, entitled Chanel & Film.
The designer regularly created iconic outfits for Hollywood's screen sirens and also worked closely on the costumes for films by Jean Renoir, Louis Malle, and Roger Vadim. 
Hosted by journalist Justine Picardie (author of Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life and Chanel: Her Life) and Professor of film studies Ginette Vincendeau, two film screenings will also take place entitled The Lovers/ Les Amants, and Tonight or Never, both of which feature designs by Chanel. 
The seminar takes place on May 19-20 from 2-5pm.


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