Friday, 31 October 2014

Opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton

Last Monday, October 27th 2014, the Fondation Louis devoted to contemporary art opened its doors in Paris' Bois de Boulogne, the famous park on the west side of Paris, located next to the Jardin d'Acclimatation.


My Instagram of Fondation Louis Vuitton for the occasion of the 

An immense vessel in glass, wood and metal, it is the brainchild of Frank Gehry, the American architect to whom we owe the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and Prague’s Dancing House. A daringly architectural cloud, it has been intriguing visitors to the Bois de Boulogne and lovers of contemporary art for several months, long before it opened to the public today. The Fondation Louis Vuitton was conceived by Bernard Arnault, President of the LVMH group and Christian Dior SA, to promote contemporary art by housing both his own collection and two temporary exhibitions annually. It’s a major project, reflected in the dimensions of the grandiose dream it contains. Building it required six years of work, 13500m2 of glass panels, but especially some great feats of technical innovation.  

'We wanted to offer Paris an extraordinary space for art and culture and pull out all the stops when it comes to boldness and emotion by entrusting to Frank Gehry the task of creating a building that would be emblematic of the 21 st century,” explains Bernard Arnault.

In addition to the permanent collection, which gathers together works by the greatest names in 20th and 21st-century art, visitors will discover an exhibition devoted to the building itself. It offers a daydream promenade, courtesy of Janet Cardiff and George B. Miller. It boasts a light installation by Olafur Eliasson, who has taken over the pool area surrounds. There’s also a musical sculpture created by Cerith Wyn Evans, which seems to transpose the building’s characteristics into sound. And that’s just for starters. So many works celebrating creativity and daring in all their forms and which Dior's creative director Raf Simons, a great lover of contemporary creation, came to admire at its glittering inauguration event.

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Photo Credit / Source: Fondation Louis Vuitton
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As a brand, Louis Vuitton is about travel, and Nicolas Ghesquière is shouldering the responsibility for that as much as Frank Gehry did in the shape of his building. Ghesquière made the smart decision not to compete with the architecture (who could?). Instead, he led his audience below stairs into a darkened ship’s engine-room. The lights went off, the walls lit and became video screens. Huge projections of the faces of girls and boys of many ethnicities spoke in unison in words synthetized from 20 voices. Right here and now, they announced, Louis Vuitton was about to “explore any part of the universe without moving.”

My Instagram of the digital art installation at
LOUIS VUITTON Spring 2015 fashion show

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Blumarine Spring/Summer 2015

If you are, perhaps, a certain breed of global party girl in desperate search of frocks to wear to your various summer weddings you had much to be thankful for at Blumarine’s spring 2015 presentation in September.

There was the Valentino influence, evidenced by intricately embroidered (and often modesty-protecting) embroidered flowering vines on any variety of length of nude net tulle (these occasionally dangled, too, sequin-enriched and swinging from mid-thigh hemlines for a Josephine Baker-cum-glitzy-Tarzan effect).

There was the soothing effect of a gamine little block-heeled sandal, which had the ability to take a nude-colored tulle skirt with appliquéd flowers and cropped mink jacket from outré to actually quite adorable in an Edie Sedgwick sort of way. There were embroidered A-line skirts and digitally printed semisheer organza shift dresses that were ready for a balmy island tour, there were beach-party frocks and alluring long strapless gowns in pale peach with inviting cascades of ruffles, one which, on a pouty-lipped and appropriately tousled Anna Ewers, brought to mind Brigitte Bardot tangled in a bedsheet, which is, of course, the best kind of party. And even better, there were delicate organza shifts, whose intricate embroidery turned them from sheer to opaque, even demure, for brunch the next morning.

Blumarine's creative director Anna Molinari 

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Photo Credit/Source: Blumarine & VOGUE
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Rock-star allure meant duchesse satin miniskirts, slim tuxedos, racy dresses, oversize baby alpaca furs, and glitzy patchwork-lace frocks. Gracefully exploiting a vein of vivid colours, Molinari described them backstage as “imperial,” which translated on the runway into a regal purple, emerald, and royal blue the saturated colors infused the parade of daring dresses, buttery-soft leather trousers, and tops with a dramatic, not to mention Instagram-friendly advantage.

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