This year, the Cannes Film Festival is in for a treat with a special evening of gold showcasing the The Ultimate Gold Collection Fashion Show, curated by Carine Roitfeld in partnership with Love Gold this coming Thursday (23rd May). The event, as part of the 20th Cinema Against AIDS to benefit amfAR during the Cannes, will feature incredible gold looks featuring forty top models ‚Äď among them Alessandra Ambrosio, Angela Lindvall, Jessica Hart, Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss, Liberty Ross, Lily Donaldson and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley revealing one-off, all‚Äďgold looks specially made for the evening. LoveGold, an initiative of the World Gold Council and online community is dedicated to gold jewellery highlighting gold as a precious and inspiring metal.
The show will be featuring designers and brands such as Eddie Borgo, Pamela Love, House of Waris, and Bulgari, which have also created custom pieces that will be presented on the runway Thursday night and streamed live exclusively on LoveGold.com with the exclusive pieces later sold via the website. Take a behind the scenes preview here at Carine Roitfeld and her team as they prep for the glamourous event.
Carine Roitfeld and Giovanna Battaglia at a fitting for the show
Giovanna Battaglia and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley fit looks for the show
Here's a sneak peak of what you can expect from legendary fashion houses Chanel, Burberry, Roberto Cavalli, Armani, Shiatzy Chen and Tarun Tahiliani, illustrated by Lula Herself, which will walk the runway.
Here is the team taking us behind the scenes during preparations for the show
by Annie Fong
all images Love Gold
For more information, please visit www.LoveGold.com
This week Clerkenwell Design Week (21-23 May) is showcasing a series of light sculptures created by Artemide in collaboration with fashion brand Issey Miyake. Situated in the prime location of the Farmiloe Building‚Äôs main window on St Johns Street, Artemide and Issey Miyake will curate a spectacular installation of the IN-EI light range, a collection of 10 lights born from a collaboration marrying Artemide‚Äôs lighting expertise and Issey Miyake and his Reality Lab‚Äôs innovative approach to material and design.
IN-EI is Japanese for shadow, shadiness, nuance and the lamps combine 3D mathematical principals with the harmonious balance of light and shade. The range includes 10 freestanding, table, and hanging lights with 2D and 3D lampshades made from recycled PET bottles. The shades feature Miyake‚Äôs signature folding technology, which have been interpreted into stunning architectural forms. The lamps were built to be collapsible but are structured enough to stand without an internal frame. Issey Miyake‚Äôs artistic vision, applied to the new 3D mathematical process, combines the Japanese tradition of light with Miyake‚Äôs unique ability to translate tradition into modernity.
by Annie Fong
all images Clerkenwell Design Week
For more information, please visit www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com
Stacy Makishi ‚Äď The Falsettos at the Chelsea Theatre
As part of Sacred's ongoing Season of Contemporary Performance at the Chelsea Theatre, ‚Äútransplant from Hawaii‚ÄĚ Stacey Makishi is this weekend premi√®ring her new show, The Falsettos, a tale of filial sleuthery, that amongst other things will address how to deal with a the pain of having a geographically estranged mother by killing her.
Suffusing the themes of mid-life, love and taboo with the ex stand-up's inimitable skewiff yet inflexible approach, this often abstract work with nods to E.T and the Sopranos, is perhaps intended as a loose sequel to the Making of Bull: A True Story, the acclaimed world-conquering performance-art show she performed earlier this week, also at the same locale.
Copyright: Stacy Makashi
Makashi, a Comedy Store alumni, who turned her back on the unforgiving gag-circuit to focus upon the creative fields ‚Äď live art, film and installation ‚Äď that she was more comfortable within, also inspects the very concept of the sequel within the show, that is, how can a performer stay fresh yet faithful to their ethos without pandering to expectation?
It promises to be two evenings of conceptual introspection and emotional purging that will cleverly and amusingly meditate upon two of the greatest polarities of life. As suggested in the tag-line to the show, ‚ÄúPerhaps love and violence are not such strangers after all...‚ÄĚ
by Benjamin Lovegrove
The Falsettos is at the Chelsea Theatre on the 24-25th of May at 7:30. Tickets ¬£10/12
Beck Song Reader at the Barbican, 4th July.
It's an eventuality that many a Beck-o-phile never believed would come to light. The literal interpretation of his ‚ÄúSong Reader‚ÄĚ a meta-music project - ten years in the making, and published last year through Faber - of twenty songs, simply printed as sheet music, aimed to inspire and encourage home musicians to record their own renditions.
On Thursday the 4th of July, in association with Faber Social and Glen Max events, The Barbican will play host to an evening of contemporary pop innovators, including the quirk-folk jongleur himself with Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beth Orton, who will pay testament to this innovative opus. The Odelay and Modern Guilt star has previously only performed a couple of songs from the book, enchantingly illustrated with its ‚Äúheyday of home-play‚ÄĚ art, namely ‚ÄúSorry‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúHeaven's Ladder‚ÄĚ at Santa Cruz's Rio Theatre this Spring, but this is the first time the material will be played out in its entirety.
The project has spawned many versions from amateurs and peers, some of which can be listened to at songreader.net, and the best of these will be included in an accompanying exhibition - also housed at the Barbican - that will seek to document the fascinating life of the Song Reader so far.
Photo credit: Gini Ribisi
Beck himself says: ‚ÄúThese songs are meant to be pulled apart and reshaped. The idea of them being played by choirs, brass bands, string ensembles, anything outside of traditional rock-band constructs ‚ÄĒ it‚Äôs interesting because it‚Äôs outside of where my songs normally exist. I thought a lot about making thesesongs playable and approachable, but still musically interesting".
There's no doubt that the beguiling musicians on offer here will manage to do this idea justice.
By Benjamin Lovegrove
The Song Reader is playing at The Barbican Hall on the 4th of July at 7:30pm
Tickets are ¬£35/30/25/20
British fashion designer Phoebe English has unveiled her first-ever window installation, The Glass Globe, at Dover Street Market.
For Phoebe English, this blue spherical window installation is appropriate of the brand's attention to construction, texture, detail, and surface throughout its collections.
Dover Street Market, the concept store created by Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Gar√ßons, houses Celine, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, as well as Phoebe English among others. The store is both a shop and an art gallery, with items displayed in exhibition style.
This window installation is thus an appropriate development for Phoebe English, an alumna of the prestigious Central Saint Martins MA programme who started her own label in 2011 and who is fast becoming a regular on the London Fashion Week scene.
Phoebe English's Glass Globe will be exhibited to the public from May 17 to May 29, 2013.
by Gabriela Villafradez
Image: Tom Jamieson
by Roberta Lister
Leonardo DiCaprio melted most of your hearts in his eponymous role of The Great Gatsby, and if his
lovelorn puppy dog eyes for Daisy Buchanan hadn‚Äôt captured you, then his latest project with Brioni and Christie‚Äôs will.
Brioni and Christie‚Äôs hosted the 11th Hour Charity Auction, an evening sale to benefit environmental and wildlife conservation efforts, in partnership with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
A dream rosta of top-tier artists donated pieces, many created especially for the project. Along with an overwhelming international interest, a plethora of famous faces such as Salma Hayek, Toby Maguire, Bradley Cooper and Mark Ruffalo turned out to bid on work from today's elite of living artists.
The auction raised a staggering $35 million. Leo spoke about the importance of the project, ‚ÄúOur natural systems are under immense pressure from modern human civilization. With less than 2 per cent of the oceans and 12 per cent of our forests and wildlands protected, we must do better. I am very grateful to Brioni, Christies and our participating artists for their commitment to conservation and the opportunity they are providing to raise both awareness and funding for the protection of nature.‚ÄĚ
by Joseph Kocharian
Artists participating in the 11th hour Auction: Kai Althoff, Banksy, Peter Beard, Carol Bove, Joe Bradley, Cecily Brown, Dan Colen, George Condo, John Currin, Zeng Fanzhi, Urs Fischer, Walton Ford, Mark Grotjahn, Andreas Gursky, Sergej Jensen, Anish Kapoor, Bharti Kher, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Adam McEwen, Takashi Murakami, Cady Noland, Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, Richard Prince, Rob Pruitt, Neo Rauch, Ugo Rondinone, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Mark Ryden, Julian Schnabel and Rudolf Stingel.
Rosenfeld Porcini gallery are to launch a cultural programme that begins with an exclusive performance from experimental sound artist ‚Äď Raymond Delepierre, this Friday.
As part of the gallery‚Äôs work to provide a dynamic and international cultural hub, this new cultural programme will feature innovative and experimental approaches to the arts, with a series of monthly events ranging from sound, dance and film performances to debates and open conversations with the public, academics, artists, and professionals looking at contemporary topics and issues in art.
For the launch event, Delepierre will employ uncommon sound associations such as ice, water and fire ‚Äď elements at the genesis of life ‚Äď punctuated by simple actions to create unique emotional responses to his observations of reality and silence. The performance, divided into 15 min segments, will incorporate acoustic loops using equipment such as electromagnetic sensors, piezo microphones and resonators and will also feature a video projection, specially created for the event.
Friday‚Äôs performance begins at 7.30pm and will last 60 minutes, with 4 segments of 15 min with intermissions. Tickets are ¬£5 and advance booking recommended. http://point0rpgallery.eventbrite.co.uk
by Tara Wheeler
Image: Courtesy the gallery.
With Christian Dior‚Äôs 2014 cruise collection, Raf Simons created a feminine, futuristic tribute to mid-century glamour, evocative of the era of film stars and motoring, appropriate for a show held in Monte Carlo during the Cannes Film Festival the week before the storied Monaco Grand Prix.
Dior's 2014 cruise collection is one of the prettiest resort collections we have seen thus far this season. Befitting a high-end resort collection, Dior held its show during the Cannes Film Festival, one of the glitziest weeks in the international calendar. Unsurprisingly, the show was a star-studded occasion with everyone from Marion Cotillard to Liv Tyler in the front row.
Raf Simons‚Äô collection was ultra-modern yet retro, harkening back to the golden age of Christian Dior. The backdrop of a seaside resort was thus perfect for this flirty collection full of highly covetable pieces with lace and sporty details running throughout. Silhouettes were trim and full of movement with knee-length skirts and architectural pops of colour with many looks paired with classic ankle-strap heels. Hair was sleek and lips were pink for a quintessentially elegant but unmistakably modern collection.
Standout looks included: a breathtaking flowy white dress with shots of black, yellow and blue; a deconstructed 50s-style pink swing dress appropriate for a modern rock Grace Kelly ‚Äď a frivolous but serious yellow floral motif sheer sundress with unexpected but oddly congruent slashes of black fabric at the neckline; and a cobalt blue suit with white lace crop top that in combination were simultaneously feminine and masculine.
Images courtesy of Dior
by Jessica Quillin
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