The Josef Frank exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum taking place from the months of January until May,is a wonderful opportunity to get to know the man who redefined Swedish Modernism.
Born in 1885, in Austria to Jewish parents. He moved from Austria to Sweden with his wife in the 1930′s to escape Nazi persecution. Being an immigrant finding work proved difficult, until he caught a break landing a job at the Swedish interior design studio Svenskt Tenn (founded by Estrid Ericson).
For most of his life, Frank was an architect; he had a successful practice where he designed houses and their interiors. Frank is best known for the hundreds of colourful textile, wallpaper and fabrics designs he designed whilst at Svenskt Tenn. His highly anticipated fabric designs will showcase at the exhibition, along with some of his furniture and textile designs that he created whilst working for Estrid Ericson. The Swedish studio have confirmed that they will also be releasing a colouring book called Swedish Modern. The book was created with the inspiration from the work and creativity of Frank, using his ideas of combining high and low, old and new and different colours to create unique, individual living spaces.
He later moved to New York with his wife for the duration of the war and it is here that some of his most prominent and best works emerged during his time such as the hand-drawn map of Manhattan. In 1946, Frank returned to Sweden and continued his collaboration with Svenskt Tenn until his death in 1967. Frank created over 160 prints for the company, many of his beautiful textiles have been used by interiors decorators for decades, places such as Ikea get their inspiration of modernism and colour from the work of Josef Frank. Trained with the rigid confinements of mid-century classical architecture, Josef Frank embraced a freer and less confined design philosophy. He believed that each house created should mirror their owners and embody their personalities; his pieces, were a mixture of multiple patterns and a combination of antiques and new furniture. The key theme to Frank’s work is drama, the more dramatic the contrast the more appealing the end results were.
Just as Frank is unknown to most, so is Gio Ponti. Born Giovanni Ponti, but widely known as Gio Ponti, was an Italian architect, industrial designer and furniture designer. With a career that spanned more than 50 years, he tried his hand at almost everything from stage sets to cathedrals, to ceramics and furniture. He is known for completing the Pirelli Tower, at 127 metres, it was the tallest building in Europe in the 20th century.
Ponti was born in 1891, the only child of Italian parents, he studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano. His studies were interrupted as he was drafted into the army, after he returned from the war he continued his studies. By 1923, he became the art director for the ceramics manufacture Richard Ginori until the 1930′s were he fused the concepts of the old and new with classical themes.
In 1921, Ponti married Giulia Vimercati, a member of one of Milan’s most important families. He was a man who loved original ideas and experimented with new materials. In 1928 , he had set up an architectural and design magazine called Domus, where he expressed his world views and showcased the best of Italian design.
Gio Ponti died in 1979, in Milan, his pieces still remain in high demand today by those interested in the best of the 20th century design world.
If you want to visit the Josef Frank exhibition, you can buy tickets here.]]>
The marvellous, James Lavelle has curated the exhibition ‘Day Dreaming with UNKLE presents: The Road SOHO at the Lazarides Rathbone‘ to explore all things to do with UNKLE. There is literally something for everyone here. Having already begun on the 20th this January, it will be running until the 23rd February. Lavelle has included everything in this event, artists such as Doug Foster, John Isaacs, Norbet Schoerner, John Nolan, Nathan Coley and many more, will be featured. There will be a new virtual reality installation from ‘Day Dreaming with…Stanley Kubrick’ as well as special edition prints. If your into big brands, there will be a selection of coveted Nike and Converse vintage pieces. But, perhaps most surprisingly is the collaboration with perfumer, Azzi Glasser. Glasser and Lavelle have joined to create a scent that meets your nostrils as soon as you enter the gallery space at Lazarides Rothbone. The scent named, ‘Build and Destroy’ has been described as the ‘DNA print of the universe that Lavelle has created’. This time scent is used for more than just adorning your body, but instead to set the scene and eminate around the gallery. They say that scent is the strongest sense in bringing back memories, this exhibition will be one not to forget. We got in contact with James Lavelle, to find out more about his creative process and the importance of multi-sensory exhibitions:
How did you transition from recording artist to art curator? and what made you want to make the move?
I didn’t, the language of the work I have done has always had a curatorial element to it weather it was putting together records with art work and videos to mixing in clubs. I curated my first art show with Eric Haze, when I was 20 and have continued to work on gallery shows through out my career from Kaws , Dysfunctional to now Day dreaming with .
I love to be able to work with lots of different mediums within the creative/ art worlds, but am especially interested in how music can be used in different spaces, ‘day dreaming with’ started as my reaction to what was going on in the digital world where more and more felt disposable.
What do you envisage the audience reaction to be, after visiting your exhibition?
I hope they will enjoy it most importantly and get a sense of how the dots join from the past to the present. I hope people will also engage with the music from the new album and stop to think and pause and take it in.
How important is SOHO as an influence, being described as the birthplace of UNKLE?
Massively, it was the first place I went in London to buy records, I would frequent bluebird, black market, red, mr bongo and others on a daily basis, it’s where I met many fellow artists and musicians. I have been having my haircut at cuts for 25 years now and it’s were I first started to go clubbing and djing, Mo wax was based in NOHO, soho is where it all happened the most creative and unique part of london for me growing up, it still has the most interesting mix of characters in london.
Taking on such a big project with so many mediums involved, how have you managed to get them to relate to each other? Using scent within the exhibition is great, what gave you the idea? and how does it fit into an art exhibition?
I think they relate due to the emotional and creative feelings that all the artists have. If you had them all around a dinner table they would all connect as they have similar forces driving their work, and that it also has the connection through the music of UNKLE. I have worked with azzi for the past 8 years, our first collaboration was to scent a gig we did at the union chapel, it was such an amazing experience being in a venue like that with an installation of light by warren and nick with this amazing smell. I think its quite a thing when all of the senses are played with and smell is such an interesting but important feature in our lives, so I love working with Azzi as it brings a whole other world to the creative table.
There’s plenty more multi-sensory experiences to be had this month if you liked Day Dreaming with UNKLE…
‘FOUND IN TRANSLATION’- London College of Fashion:
The proliferation of selfies, be it through Instagram , Snapchat or Facebook, is a tough one to fully get to grips with. Why do we insist on constantly re-producing our faces online? Are selfie’s part of a larger trend in attempting a perfect ‘truthful’ self-definition to the public? Regardless of this, the selfie certainly goes deeper than just copying Kylie Jenner. If you’re interested in the cultural meaning of the selfie or maybe independent publishing and the renaissance of print, is more your thing, then keep an eye out for ‘Found in Translation’. In tune with the massive influx of multi-sensory exhibitions happening this month, the MA exhibition from London College of Fashion’s school of media and communication will be one to make time for. Running from the 16th to the 26th this February, several talks, workshops and a catwalk event, will take place. This exhibition is about looking at the new ways of communicating available to us, through multiple mediums such as contemporary photography, fashion, or the selfie. Perhaps the most self-aware of multi-sensory events, analysing cultural trends and modern methods of communication.
‘INTO THE UNKNOWN: A JOURNEY THROUGH SCIENCE-FICTION‘ – The Barbican:
‘Dif-tor heh smusma’, a huge compliment in Vulcan terms. Otherwise meaning, ‘Live, long and prosper’. Whether you’re a Star- Trek fan or not, you most probably have heard of this phrase, famously used by Mr. Spock and if science fiction is your thing, then the Barbican centre’s much anticipated exhibition should be at the top of your list. ‘Into the Unknown: A journey through Science-Fiction’ begins June this year and stays at the Barbican for three months, so you have plenty of time to make it there. The exhibtion explores the wacky yet philosophical genre across all of it’s mediums, from space ship prototypes, film props, contemporary art, literature to design. Curated by Swiss writer and historian Patrick Gyger, the exhibition will be a feast for your science-fiction tastebuds. Gyger frames science-fiction as more of a cultural force, rather than merely a collection of films and literature. Gyger has stated on science-fiction and the Barbican centre itself, ‘There is a sense there of a brave new world and the Barbican is of course utopian in its perspective and has that sense of after the war, people thinking we have this empty space and we can shape it and make it somewhere for people to live and share culture’
ELECTRONIC RENAISSANCE, BILL VIOLA – Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
The old masters, don’t really get ‘old’. Or at least, they continue to have cultural relevance and prove their infamous status time and time again. Beginning this March, Bill Viola, a legendary video artist will be showcasing a body of his work from the beginning of his career in the 1970s, right up to now. While Viola’s use of sound and video is undisbutably contemporary, much of his work draws on the legacy of the old masters such as the frescoes of Uccello and Masolino. If you can’t head over to Florence for the weekend, at least check out Bill Viola’s work, where you can. He is pioneering the contemporary video art form while remaining deeply rooted in spirituality and religious imagery.
‘TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES’- Pace Gallery
Team Lab, are an ultra technologist collective from Japan. They explore what happens when art, technology, science and design meet in the middle. In the exhibition ‘Transcending Boundaries’, canvas’s move with the sea’s current in gold and blue, strobe lights collide with each other and vivid fauna blooms on your clothes. Going from the 25th of January to the 11th of March, the exhibition takes public interaction with art to it’s maximum potential. Team Labs ethos of art as an inter-displinery practice, is so in tune with art as a potentially multi-sensory experience. Contemporary art doesn’t seem satisfied with placing a canvas on a white wall anymore. They discuss their concept on their website stating, ‘Creative expression has existed through static media for most of human history, often using physical objects such as canvas and paint. The advent of digital technology allows human expression to become free from these physical constraints, enabling it to exist independently and evolve freely.’ Team Lab are definitely synonymous with the information age and our new dependance on technology. However, rather than perceiving digitalisation as isolating, it is something that brings you closer to the art work and those experiencing it.
GO AHEAD AND DROP THE BOMB- Faber Social & The Wire
Events such as ‘Go Ahead and Drop the Bomb’ that combine prose, poetry and music are also ones to watch out for, if your searching for a gentler kind of multi-sensory experience. Big names such as, Dj Andrew Weatherall (also a previous contributor at .Cent) performed, David Keenan reading from his new debut novel This is Memorial Device, Micheal Peterson recited his much loved and critically acclaimed poetry, combined to make an evening that enables art to be experienced directly and with feeling. Although this event has been and gone, keep an eye out for more Faber social events such as the launch of Cosey Fanni Tutti’s new autobiography ‘Art Sex Music‘ at Rough Trade East, with a set from John Grant.
Galeria Melissa x Claire Barrow: Dancing With Dreams
Claire Barrow is bringing us another multi-sensory art experience and just in time for fashion week. The exhibition will combine technology, fashion and film. Barrow has also produced five clay sculptures, as well as included dance choreography. Set to be a truly immersive exhibition, doing away with the exclusivity of high fashion by combining both human physicality, sculpture and digital works. Barrow’s work is a primary example of the success that can be had from combining disciplines. What happens is both utterly modern and surreal.
So…why is there such an influx of these kinds of exhibitions? Is it because in an age of digitalisation, we demand instantaneous gratification? Or perhaps the growth of new technology offers us new creative opportunities? The boundaries of what constitutes art are definitely being explored, London (and Florence) is offering us some of the best and most innovative gallery experiences this month. It seems that our art scene is focusing now on the energy and direct instantaneous connection it can have with you, the minute you walk through the door. It’s not meant to be disorientating but fulfilling. Designer Eva Lotta Lamm’s philosophy to ‘practise wider than your discipline’, is something to keep in mind when making these gallery visits, it shows that the binaries between artistic practise are definitely being crossed and ultimately done away with.
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It’s the reason your hands got so clammy, makes you remember the way someone moved and mundane things like the washing powder they used. Love, breeds jealousy, joy, kindness, longing and hate. Yet, love isn’t restricted to the kind between two people, it goes further than that. In the words of American Writer, Chuck Klosterman ‘Art and Love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you’. Love has been a muse for Artists literally for centuries. To dissect it objectively, is perhaps done best through art rather than through feeling it yourself (as people in love have often been known to act irrationally and out of character). So on this note, lets take a look at a few beautiful enquiries into this wonderful and disorientating force:
THE WORK OF MASHA TUPITSYN
Artist and cultural critic Masha Tupitsyn has done a magnificent job of dissecting love and investigating it’s multiple forms. Perhaps most notable is her twenty-four hour long, ‘Love Sounds’ released in 2015, a meticulous cinematic enquiry into love and representations of it through out cinema. She’s divided the piece into eight sections, there are no images to the film, it is simply composed of audio clips taken from cinema. Whether it be an enquiry into Sexual politics, Break-ups, Trust/Betrayal, Desire/Sex, or Death, she goes into investigating love and all that surrounds it with forensic, scientific detail. Other works from Tupitsyn include the books, ‘Beauty Talk and Monsters’, ‘Love Dog’ and ‘Laconia: 1,200 Tweets on Film’.
If you’re interested in a Love that harbours political or social connotations, definitely read and enjoy the work of Masha Tupitsyn. Whom will certainly deepen your understanding of Valentines day more than the Sainsbury’s card’s can. Her Tumblr account, Love Dog, is an accessible and informative stream of musings and questions into love and gender politics. It is definitely one of the most intriguing parts of the internet. Perhaps most importantly for February the 14th, in Tupitsyn’s words, ‘Nursing a broken-heart. (is) About Everyone’. Valentines day doesn’t have to be about a pair of lovers, but the immense commonalities between all of us, broken-hearted, maternal love, or the platonic and the connection that comes from it.
‘LOVETRUE’ DOCUMENTARY- Directed by Alma Har’el, Produced by Shia Labeouf
Israeli director Alma Har’el, having won Tribeca’s Best Documentary Feature Award in 2011, looks at three real life relationships in her 2016 documentary ‘LoveTrue’. Once again similar to Masha Tupitsyn, Har’el does not confine love to the romantic form but examines love with no hierarchy in mind, there is both familial and platonic present. In her attempt to unearth what it is to really wholly love someone, she includes personal accounts of past and present loves being lived.
All three narratives are set in America and each illustrate the challenges in loving, the fantasy of true love, and performance to portray non-fictional relationships. However, regardless of whether it’s Valentines day or not, Har’els dream like surreal cinematography, makes for gorgeous viewing. The Film is now showing in UK cinemas, just in time for Valentines day, make sure not to miss it.
ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF ATONEMENT BY IAN MCEWAN- Folio society
What’s an article about love without reference to the truly dramatic, soul twisting kind. Ian McEwan’s Atonement and his character’s doomed love story, falls into this category. This year Folio Books are releasing an illustrated version of the text, with Tina Berning’s creations adorning the pages. A Berlin based illustrator, she has been featured in IllustrationNow! and American Illustration.
The plot of this novel stems from a singular event, that takes place on a claustrophobic, hazy summer day in 1935, what unfolds is both tragic and consuming. Now folio books are giving us the text bound in cloth and with Modigliani paper sides. Atonement works with Shakespearian like tragedy but in a 20th century context, this is love at its most devastating.
Fast forward to the present, chiaroscuro has been taken to many different directions. For example, in our latest PATH issue, we explored its use in film, think film noir. In the 1940s and ’50s filmmakers started using black and white colours and specific lighting to convey danger, drama and intrigue, and now, using different colours, shadows and effects, Hollywood produces some of the most beautiful films.
Here, we explore another field where chiaroscuro has found a place, however unusual it may seem. Music.
“The word seemed to represent perfectly what I wanted to say; it makes me think of contrasts, visual identities, prospective on a single object, which modulates its shape depending on how and from where you look at it” Italian pianist and composer Federica Colangelo shares her thoughts with us.
After spending several years in the Netherlands, studying and playing music, she has now returned to Rome, where her musical journey began. We were intrigued by the connection between her life and some of the chiaroscuro masters – having lived in both countries where they created their masterpieces, she says she’s strongly influenced by fine art, images and colours. “Each note and tonality have their own colour and shade” Chiaroscuro is the name the second album which she recorded with her band Acquaphonica. We spoke to her about music, inspiration and being a girl-boss.
Federica has been in love with music since she can remember. She grew up listening to classical music and got her first piano when she was 8.
“I saw a piano at some family friend’s house and I totally fell in love with it. A few weeks later, my mum got me one. I started having piano lessons twice a week, with a marvellous piano teacher, who thought me until I was 18.”
When she attended concerts, she was impressed by the orchestras. She studied classical piano, and was inspired by composers such as Bartok, Stravinsky, Debussy and Ravel. 10 years later, she decided it was time to take a break from classical music. The Köln Concert by Keith Jarrett pushed her towards improvisation – which at that time for her was jazz.
Her music aims to draw together threads from diverse genres – there are elements of classical music, in the way she approaches structures, jazz harmonic frames for improvised sections and rhythmic diversion and modulation, which she acquired from the South Indian classical music.
“I think it’s pretty descriptive and visual, often compared to film music”, she explains. Federica is now her own boss and employee, and describes having a project like having a full- time job – she is the artist, manager, marketing director… “I had to learn skills which are not exactly what being an artist should mean; emailing, advertising, calling and contacting people for concerts, taking care of the social media, website and the design of posters and flyers, next to the musical aspects of writing, arranging, playing the music and preparing the material for the band members..”
Acquaphonica is a quintet, which features acoustic guitar and soprano saxophone, which steps out of the traditional sound of a jazz quintet, along with double bass, drums and piano. Federica started this project 7 years ago, and recently released the second album of the band.
“It’s a great satisfaction to have two albums on my name, and to build step by step the identity of my art; when the ideas come to life and reflect what first was just imagination, it feels magical.”
Their first album, Private enemy, came our 4 years ago, and it’s very different to Chiaroscuro, which has, in her view, a different, mature concept. Federica believes that contemporary jazz is the result of past experiences, knowledge and the subconscious, which tries to create a sound that reflects the life and the society we currently live in. It is evolving constantly, and is anchored to the tradition, yet inspired by it. We asked her to share with us her view on the transition from traditional to contemporary jazz.
“I guess it’s a pretty personal prospective, but the term jazz was first a term to describe the African American cultural movement, which started at the beginning of the twentieth century and it evolved from the blues. At that time jazz, the swing was dance music and was pretty popular; later the same word became much more abstract and nowadays it includes almost all that music which is improvised and is not classical music.”]]>
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Even though Valentine’s day is known as an overly saccharine celebration by many today, why not learn about the meaning of roses to show to your loved one exactly what they mean to you? It hasn’t always been a consumerism-driven day and was seen as a genuine celebration of love since the Pre-Christian era. The pink rose was the first one to be cultivated as it is most common in the wild, so it has a sort of classic, timeless feel. The meaning of pink roses is grace, sweetness and poetic romance, so if that’s what you want to convey to your loved one, why not get a McQueens and REN gift package made up of a bouquet of pink roses, a special Valentine’s vase created by Kathryn Sheriff and a REN Moroccan Rose body wash. The Moroccan rose is a warm, sweet and intense rose and comes from the “Valley of Roses” south of Morocco. If you want to convey your fiery passion and undying love, the red rose may be more suited for your cause. Beware though that even slight variations in tone have different connotations, and you might send the wrong message to your loved one!
And to further spoil that special someone, you might want to treat them to the new cocktail created by the head bartender from Connaught Hotel Walter Pintus in collaboration with Caorunn. Containing two dashes of rose water, mixed in with Caorunn gin and champagne, a tipple of this cocktail served in a sphere glass with a rose petal could be the cherry on top for this rose-tinted Valentine’s day celebration. Rose water was initially used as a method of healing, connected to Venus the Goddess of love and known as Cleopatra’s favourite beauty secret, symbolising and signifying love from there on.
On the 21st March 2017, the new film ‘The Artist’s Garden’ will be released, exploring how the relationship between art and gardening blossomed across the pond. The film tells the intertwining stories of American Impressionism and The Garden Movement which flourished between 1887-1920. These movements responded to rapid social change brought about by America’s industrialisation. With the increasing urbanisation prompting the emerging middle-class to seek refuge in the suburbs, they began to spend their free time and wealth cultivating impressive private gardens. The film reveals how American women saw the garden not only as a beautiful oasis but an important political space for women. As gardening’s popularity rose, women began to take on new professionalised roles, from garden design to horticultural writing, and lead activist movements to protect native species. The film is directed by Phil Grabsky and is part of the pioneering series EXHIBITION ON SCREEN, which offers a cinematic immersion into the world’s best loved art combined with detailed artist biographies.
EOS The Artist’s Garden_Saint-Gaudens Park © EXHIBITION ON SCREEN
EOS The Artist’s Garden_Tom Quigley filming Celia Thaxter’s Garden on Appledore Island © EXHIBITION ON SCREEN
If you want to bring a bit of garden into your home, here is a collection of nature pieces for the home. The wallpaper brand Cole & Son have collaborated with Ardmore Ceramic Art and launched their new Ardmore Collection, which consists of new and exciting wallpapers inspired by African flowers and animals. Ardmore’s ceramic collections feature a narrative as well as a strong heritage rooted in African tradition and culture. They share the same values as Cole & Son, such as language of craft and craftsmanship and storytelling through their artworks. Their collection includes a range of conversational, vibrant, pictorial wallpapers and borders that add a new dimension to the Cole & Son library. The Creative Director of Cole & Son says of the collection, ‘Having coveted Ardmore Ceramics for several years and being strongly drawn to their whimsicality and narrative, it is now a privilege and a delight to be recreating these fabulous Ardmore stories onto wallpaper.’
And if you are looking for some flower and nature inspired jewellery, Tatty Devine just released new handcrafted Kimono Bloom Statement necklaces, and there are only 25 pieces in existence, so shop them now before they’re gone! The necklaces are inspired by Japanese lacquer ware and floral motifs and cut out detailing add a delicate touch to this structural design.
Intricate, highly embroidered and regal; these are words that surface often when thinking about D&G, but not necessarily the words that first come up when thinking about Youtube stars.The casting was a highlight of the show being made up of influencers from the media such as Youtubers Marcus Butler and Jim Chapman and Sofia Richie. Dolce & Gabbana again stayed true to their heritage with Italian and dark interesting pieces. The collection had the usual gold tapestries and prints but with a visible modern touch. Puffer jackets, popularised by Balenciaga and then the high street, were some of the more dominant looks. These were with a Dolce & Gabbana touch, however, with Renaissance print patches all over them. There were patchwork denim jackets but over lavish black suits. Black velvet, mustard yellow and embroidered bomber jackets were the star pieces of the show, even the odd bathrobe.
The futuristic prints used mixed with military-inspired tailoring maintains Jeremy Scott’s bold aesthetic. Dominated by army green, the Moschino Fall 2017 Menswear collection was full of harnesses, naive space prints and code page prints as seen on Sci-fi movies. The men were clad in full traditional army gear or in an orange rose print. The gear was either exposed or hidden, but it was obviously a sartorial exploration of how men prepare for war. Some of the berets and harnesses were covered in medallions as if to emphasise status. But if you take a closer look, the medallions are just safety pins, buttons and key holders. This was definitely an army of some sort, fighting for what they believe in and fighting for their views to be heard.
A beautiful flow of shiny black, mouse grey and navy blue with flickers of white, the Diesel Black Gold collection was a showcase of contemporary class. Led by oversized and skin tight leather jackets, this collection had something for everybody. A tracksuit jacket, blue parkas and work jackets, the outerwear was definitely the highlight of the show. The Diesel Black Gold collection showed definite Asian influences with asymmetrical tailoring and deep v-neck kimono-esque necklines. Some of the coats were even wrapped with ribbons and had wide, elongated sleeves as if inspired by Japanese kimonos. There were textures inspired by traditional Japenese wave patterns. The use of interesting textile textures could be seen in the garments giving subtle structure to the looks. The influence of Ninjas was also apparent in the general feel of the collection It is already clear that these will keep many fashion savvy men and women warm next winter.
The Dsquared2 show had interesting visuals with a lot of layering. The overall tone had an outdoors impact with different textures and thick hiking boots. Adorned by beanies as worn by Scrooge, this season the Dsquared2 designers were not afraid to be playful and silly. Packed with intriguing colour combinations such as moss green and mustard yellow and orange with a cow print, this collection was full of layers and a cascade of textiles. With a stark black finale, the show started off with plaid shirts wrapped around the waist, bright gloves in their pockets, neck scarves, sweaters in muted colours topped off with parkas and furry hoods. There was a sense of freedom, escapism and even some Kurt Cobain influence. It was an homage to Canada, the liberal nation that most Americans probably want to escape to, with silver plated hiking boots.
Etro and Fendi showed kitsch touches with a generous use of colour and novelty accessories. Ethnic prints on a range of different textiles with a colour palette dominated by earthy shades, Etro showcases intriguing new ways to combine prints in a contemporary way. Fendi once again showed a very now collection with bright yellow and blues to highlight the greys. And a Fendi show wouldn’t be complete without some adorable graphic pieces!
Jill Sander and Versace show a traditional masculine clean man with the use of muted tones and block shapes. The Versace show conjured up an image of an FBI agent, with the models mysteriously walking down in shades. The play on tailoring by Jill Sander nods to a Scandi minimalist style and keeps the look fresh and modern. With crisp and clean lines and luxurious fabrics, Jill Sander focuses on the quality of timelessness.
Palm Angels and Missoni however, play with the mix of print within menswear. Missoni showed what the nerd of today would wear; burgundy, plaid trousers, workwear jackets and tie-dye jumpers. The accessories play a big part in the overall look at Palm Angels showing berets and strong 90s sunglasses. Palm Angels play on skate culture and also the androgynous approach to the men’s and women’s mix here again pushes the boundaries of what menswear is today and how it looks for Fall 2017.
Toyota invited 100 guest from around the world and sent them on a secret car journey ending up at the London Printworks Location. Once there they were guided on what felt like a secret mission. They were taken by foot and also driven in the new C-HR around different ‘locations’ within the space. The seven different spaces represented seven cities so guests could experience the ideas of driving a hybrid SUV style car that has been built specifically for city driving. Each of the seven scenes brought with it unexpected twists and exciting scenarios, all inspired to highlight features of the car; dynamic driving, stylish diamond design, sophisticated interiors and JBL concert hall sound system.
The event titled ‘The Night That Flows’, presented the story of one fictional night as it unfolded simultaneously across five European cities: Berlin, Milan, Paris, Barcelona and London. Those that know the brand well know they have been at the forefront of hybrid cars yet Toyota continues to investment in this technology, with the new Toyota C-HR being aimed at buyers seeking the high-driving SUV experience, alongside the city car encounter. It shares many mechanical components with the Toyota Prius yet is built to be agile by small SUV standards, handling well through the twists and turns expected in any city. The event encouraged guests to find their ‘perfect flow’ and took inspiration from the ‘flowing’ design of the new car with its build and design to give a sense of always moving, even when at a standstill.
The multi faceted event was given a layer of a narrative delivered by none other than queen of the future Milla Jovovich. Her eerie voice-over began ‘in’ Berlin; lights flashed and swarmed reminiscent of Berlin International Festival of Light. The guests were seated in the C-HR whilst innovative projected footage captured at the Festival flooded the surroundings. An optical festival giving the feeling of driving around the cityscape.
Then on to ‘Milan’ for a paparazzi moment, led by Fabio Attanasio, (Italian fashion designer and founder of ‘The Bespoke Dudes’) with Italian model Giorgia Palmas, into the backstage preparations of a fashion show. The car was the model on show, sitting within a mirrored space giving a full 360 degrees viewpoint so that every angle of the car’s dynamic design and elegantly integrated detail was exposed.
Next came the Parisian casino, where the guests were encouraged by French croupier Etienne Pradier into a game of chance by betting at the roulette table, when out of nowhere arrived French rally driver Guerlain Chicherit, who drove the guests at breakneck speed around a giant projected roulette table; akin to a chase scene in a spy movie!
Then on to the Spanish city of Barcelona, where DJ Cuartero played tunes out of the C-HR’s JBL sound system to a crowd of clubbers.
Of course as the event was in London, London was the final destination where the guests were greeted by mixologist duo, Alex Kratena and Simone Caporale in a red and gold ‘private members club’. Low and behold a new guest walked in, and it was none other than Milla Jovovich herself.
The C-HR is available with 1.8-litre hybrid petrol system or 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine. Built as a five- seater, four-door car, it has the lowest centre of gravity in its class for balanced handling. Ideally created for driving through urban centres as well as out on the open road. Its low, coupe-like roof line makes it stand out from the crossover competitors. It has a tapered cabin, has CO2 emissions below 90g/km whilst being covered by Toyota’s five-year/100,000-mile new vehicle warranty. Priced from £20,995 on the road it is available now.
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