Her Name is Rio

Louis Vuitton Rio

At the end of last week, the fashion set travelled to Rio de Janeiro to witness Nicolas Ghesquière’s weekend presentation for Louis Vuitton Resort 2017. The Saturday spectacular was staged at the Oscar Niemeyer–designed Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, which sits atop a cliff at Guanabara Bay, providing a stunning backdrop for the designer’s third destination show.

What began as a trend among the top-tier brands, including Chanel and Dior, for choosing ever-exotic venues to reveal their resort-wear – Nicolas Ghesquière has previously shown at the former Palm Springs’ home of Bob Hope and the Place du Palais in the principality of Monaco – has now become an industry mainstay. And as clearly evidenced at Chanel’s recent show in Cuba, these far-flung locations have a significant impact on the designers’ collections.

So with Brazil playing host to the Olympic Games next month, sports references and sportswear in general were unsurprisingly in abundance on the Louis Vuitton catwalk. And the clothes were playfully colourful too, reflecting the city’s climate as well as its vibrant culture.

Louis Vuitton Rio

However, the designer didn’t forget his customer from cooler climes, and his Rio girl also showed her darker, more dramatic side.  The military inspired tailoring in a more sombre palette and monochrome all-in-ones which also made an appearance were, needless to say, among my personal favourites.

Louis Vuitton Rio

I wonder where Louis Vuitton Resort will land next?

See all the looks from the show here

Image Credits: harpersbazaar.com / vogue.com

Mario Testino: No Limits

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Kate Moss / British Vogue / 2008

If you’re lucky enough to live in or near Copenhagen, or are planning a visit over the summer, then if you’re a fashion lover, Mario Testino’s ‘No Limits’ exhibition is a must-see.

Staged at the city’s GL STRAND until 18th September, the celebrated photographer’s work is being shown across three floors, highlighting three distinct themes across his vast body of work: high fashion imagery, nudes and royal portraiture.

There is also the chance to see a short film featuring the man himself, in conversation with filmmaker Jesse Dylan, where he talks about his life, work and many famous, and infamous, subjects.

Stella Tennant

Stella Tennant / American Vogue / 2006

And although the exhibition was specially conceived for Copenhagen, a city much admired by Mario Testino for its sense of freedom, I for one hope that it will travel closer to home.

Learn more about the exhibition here

Image Credits: mariotestino.com

Ballet Beautiful

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These beautiful black and white images, captured by renowned German photographer Peter Lindbergh, form part of the New York City Ballet’s 2016-17 campaign.

Shot out of context, at a country house in upstate New York rather than in the dancers’ traditional theatre home, and styled ever so simply by Julia von Boehm, the elegant and informal photographs capture a not often seen side of ballet…

Ballet dancers

Ballet dancer

Ballet dancer

See more images from the shoot here

See more of Peter Lindbergh’s work here

Image Credits: fashiongonerogue.com

From Underwear Factory to Understated Living Space

 

The transformation of this former state-owned underwear factory by German architect Arno Brandlhuber is quite amazing.

Known among his contemporaries, according to T Magazine, ‘…for his affection for the ugly, the discarded and the minimalist’, the Berliner has reimagined what was a concrete bunker in Potsdam into an elegant, contemporary home.

I love the jagged windows, which the architect and his friends knocked out with sledgehammers!  And inside, the huge open space, dotted with pieces from Arno Brandlhuber’s collection of modern art, is a minimalist’s dream.  Simply stunning.

Source: T Magazine

 

 

 

Come to the Cabaret!

Come to the Cabaret | MODE+MAISON

These spectacular sketches were penned by Jean Paul Gaultier.  The French designer, who has in the past created tour costumes for the likes of Madonna and Kylie Minogue, has long wanted to create costumes for  a cabaret show, and this autumn his ambition will finally be realised.

Come to the Cabaret | MODE+MAISON

To be staged at the famous Friedrichstadt-Palast venue in Berlin, ‘The One Grand Show’ will feature over 500 of John Paul Gaultier’s costumes on a cast of over 100 performers, and you can clearly see many of his style signatures in these colourful images. I love the feathers and fishnets!

Come to the Cabaret | MODE+MAISON

‘The One Grand Show’ is scheduled to run until the summer of 2018.  Another reason to visit Germany’s uber-cool cultural capital.

Source: i-D

Vogue 100: A Century of Style

 

This year, British Vogue is celebrating its centenary, and to mark the milestone London’s National Portrait Gallery is hosting ‘Vogue 100: A Century of Style’, an exhibition featuring the stars of fashion and film, as well as royalty, who have graced the influential magazine’s pages over the years.

This great video short gives a snap shot of what to expect at the event, which is showcasing work from the glamorous, think  Cecil Beaton and Norman Parkinson, to grunge-era Corinne Day, and everything in between.

Three years in the planning, the exhibition runs until 22nd May. A must-see!

 

Flowers & Cars

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Dublin-born designer Simone Rocha opened her first store on London’s Mount Street last year, and I was curious to find out the inspiration behind her latest fascinating shop front.

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Apparently, it was inspired by a project with photographer Jacob Lillis entitled ‘Flowers and Cars’, and then brought to life by Janina Pedan who created a 3D version for the window display.

But what started as a personal, observational project by the two creatives, soon began to influence the designer when she looked at the images, and in particular their contrasting elements, the manmade versus the organic.

‘Flowers & Cars’

I found it ironic that someone would buy something that was cut from the earth, then take it in the car home to your house.

Simone Rocha – Love magazine

Her spring/summer collection is therefore a reflection of contrasts – the contrasts of modern femininity – the designer combining her signature, sometimes overtly feminine aesthetic with tougher, bondage-like elements of straps and ties…

 

See Simone Rocha’s spring/summer 2016 collection here

Image Credits: i-D / Jacob Lillies / vogue.com