Arts ~ 川久保 玲

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Founder of Comme des Garçons and Dover Street Market, Rei Kawakubo (川久保 玲) is exploring brave new fashion. Avant-garde designs were created to challenge conventional thoughts for an upcoming exhibition.

The themed show displays around 140 pieces of Kawakubo’s womenswear collections from the 1980s to present day. The galleries demonstrate experimental ways to illustrate the space between boundaries. Rei Kawakubo continues to shape the face of global art and fashion with her work.

The Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons: Art of The In-Between exhibition debuts on 04 May 2017 until 04 September 2017 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

 

Fashion ~ London Calling!

London Fashion Week kicked off yesterday with Vivenne Westwood‘s Anglomania. There are many more shows to watch, names to know and venues to visit.

Over 5,000 global fashion professionals are expected to view about 83 designers shows for their spring/summer 2017 collections. Most shows are invitation only, however the event is being live-streamed for those who are digitally savvy and can’t make it.

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Here’s my suggested schedule of what to watch for the week:

Saturday 17 September

10:45-11:00 – Fashion East‘s Mimi Wade presentation at Topshop Show Space, Old Spitafields Market.

13:30-15:30 – Markus Lupfer, a true role model who graduated from University of Westminster (the uni where I completed my MA!) will rock the runway with sleek silhouettes and iconic embellished jumpers. Specifics provided on invitation.

16:00 – J.W. Anderson, the Northern Irish designer is head of this internationally renowned brand with exclusive style set to show somewhere special in West London.

18:00 – Simone Rocha, the Dublin born designer has gained a reputable status at prestigious stockists in the major fashion cities. Always has a beautiful show, details on invitation.

19:00 – Molly Goddard, an emerging designer who features fantasy filled fashion will show at the Topshop Show Space, Old Spitafields Market.

20:00 – Gareth Pugh who always delivers a provoking show will be situated at the BFC Show Space, Soho’s Brewer St Carpark.

Sunday 18 September

11:00 – Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, a fashion duo punk-inspired with cool creations.

12:00 – Mary Katrantzou, the Greek-born London based designer who happens to be one of my favourites. Expect a digital print party at her show by the BFC Show Space, Soho’s Brewer St Carpark.

13:00 – Topshop Unique, very excited for this one! What will Kate Phelan show us at the Topshop Show Space, Old Spitafields Market.

14:45 –Peter Pilotto often embraces elegance and structural shapes for his show. See invitation.

17:30-19:30 – Belstaff headed by Chief Creative Director, Martin Cooper will deliver a menswear and womenswear presentation. See invitation.

19:00 – Paul Smith‘s bright British fashion is sure to impress from the impeccable tailoring at his show. See invitation.

Monday 19 September

12:30-14:30 – Sophia Webster, get ready for a presentation centered around butterflies.

15:00 – Christopher Kane, one of the best success’s from Scotland with his inclusive direction to appeal to consumers is bound to be amazing. Invite only.

19:30 – Burberry, the iconic luxury British brand will have a menswear and womenswear show. Wish I wish going to this!

Tuesday 20 September

10:00-17:00 – NEWGEN ‘Pop-Up’ Showroom for Molly Goddard at the Designer Showrooms.

Two names to know as marvelous models rise up are Alanna Arrington at Next Model Management and Londone Myers at Premiere Model Management. They have been seen on multiple runways this year wearing various looks. As we move into the see now, buy now mode. Consumers are on looking where to go. Head to the brand boutique shops as more designers release pieces early to loyal customers and high-profile clients.

Anyone can get involved. Follow exciting trends on the British Fashion Council or on Instagram via @LondonFashionWeek.Strut your style and go to fashion workshops on Carnaby St. Customize your denim at Topshop’s Oxford Circus location. Attend a series of talks on Regent Street by fashion creatives hosted by Hotel Café Royal. Check out Burberry’s Makers House where industry talks, craftsmanship displays and music performances will be held. Curious to see collections? Explore #LFW!

Art ~ Frieze New York

Frieze New York is coming soon to the city with their fifth edition to present a variety of international contemporary art.

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Entrance to heaven. Photo: Frieze New York.

From 5-8 May, artists can admire a range of mediums and works from over 200 galleries representing four continents. The program consists of artist commissions, educational talks, imaginative installations, powerful presentations, solo shows and special sections. Buyers will envision the must have pieces to improve their collections. Get excited and explore the creativity at Randall’s Island. Book tickets here!

 

Culture ~ Suffolk Arms

Mixology is taking over on the Lower East Side scene in NY. Founded by Giuseppe Gonzalez and Ruben Rodriguez, creative cocktails are crafted in a classic decor.
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Destination found, Suffolk Arm in New York. Photo: Niya Sinckler.
Situated at the bar around 6pm, Suffolk Arms begins to fill up as indie rock tunes play to complement the background noise. I heard Metric! Just before 7pm, the owner arrives and the place comes alive. The bar allures visitors with a seated mahogany bar, pub style booths and portraits of influential New Yorkers.
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Calm before the evening. Suffolk Arms, NYC. Photo: Niya Sinckler.
The evening scene is cool and lively. The friendly bartender, Ricky and I discussed cocktails across the pond and I enjoyed hearing their fun bartender banter.
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I found London in NY! Perfection at Suffolk Arms, NYC. Photo: Niya Sinckler.
There is a serious approach to making the drinks as they are divided into three sections: signatures, modern classics and vodka cocktails. I was happy to find my favourite cocktail, Pornstar Martini. I highly recommend! Suffolk Arms brings a new level to cocktail culture. Cheers! Address: 269 E Houston St and hours: 5pm-4am.

Arts ~ Stones at Saatchi

Captivating 50 years of history, an international exhibition featuring rock music legends will debut tomorrow in London.

‘Exhibitionism’ unveils the life and career of The Rolling Stones at the Saatchi Gallery.

Over 500 artifacts are on display to engage the public. From 1962 to present day, personal diaries present an account of the band’s global journey. The days of youth and rebellion return to entertain. Creative cinema and media allows viewers to explore for interactive technologies. Never before seen photos depict how The Rolling Stones shaped popular culture. Original costumes are presented for fashion and design admirers. Also rare audio tracks will definitely get you in the rock and blues groove. The two floor exhibition offers an impressive insight of the cultural icons’ musical heritage.

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Photography ~ 25daysgirlinred

For the Christmas season, I created my own holiday photography campaign called 25 Days Girl In Red.

Between London and New York, I promoted holiday spirit with a variety of red items on social media.

Cool brands such as O.P.I., Hunter and Marc Jacobs were chosen. Then my favourite contemporary brands, rag & bone and Osklen are shown. Also, luxury brands including items Burberry, Givenchy, Hermes and Jimmy Choo were used. And of course, pieces bought during my travels were selected for selfies.

It was festive and fun! Posted below are a few of my snaps. Visit my Instagram: londonlady91 to see more.