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 ~ Making Statements

Consumers across the world are burning and destroying products of brands associated with particular political parties. Even athletes are considering to withdraw their sponsorship deals to endorse certain brands. The first brand is New Balance. Something tells me the brand won’t meet their sales targets on Black Friday or Christmas this year. Regardless, it’s interesting to see how politics can play a role in fashion. As consumers, we are able to choose. Following the discussion on social media, many images have been uploaded. Have a look at one below and seriously review the brands you’re supporting to stand for something.

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Burn New Balance. Photo: The Hunger.

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!

Arts ~ 村上 隆

Contemporary Tokyo-born artist, Takashi Murakami unveiled a new exhibition, “Learning the Magic of Painting” this week in Paris.

The mixed media works feature pop art blended with Japanese culture from A to Z: anime, Buddha, cartoon characters and dragons to traditional Zen. The bright and cute items span three spaces with colourful psychedelic themes.

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The first floor pays homage to the British painter, Francis Bacon with a series of sensational sculptures. Then there’s a room filled with textured tiles of the artist’s signature skulls. The other space shows over 15 painted handbags accompanied by paintings. For viewers, this will be art on a different level.

Explore the exhibition at the Galerie Perrotin which is on display until 23 December.

 

 

Fashion ~ Outfit of the Night!

In my opinion, the most beautiful moment to kick off New York Fashion Week was Naomi Campbell in a glamorous red and green gown at the Tom Ford AW16 show. So in love, she’s always absolutely gorgeous! x

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British supermodel, Naomi Campbell in Tom Ford. Photo: Matt Baron/BEI/Shuttershock.