What are you doing this weekend? I heartily recommend Pop Art Design at the Barbican in London. Hits include: lots of iconic pieces by absolute design hero Ettore Sottsass, brilliant works by Richard Hamilton, Studio 65 and this searing piece by Elaine Sturtevant. There’s a room of tired 60s music posters and paraphernalia (including Cream’s truly toe-curling Disraeli Gears) towards the end, but that’s a mere blip in an otherwise genius show.
Clothes as canvases, on the spring/summer catwalks of Celine (bottom) and Jean Charles de Castelbajac (top). Images via style.com
Spring/summer ’14 is strips, strips and more strips, says (clockwise, from top left) Chanel, Christian Dior, Valentino, Vivienne Westwood and Givenchy. Images via style.com. Imagine a more glamorous version of those leather skirts favoured by Roman centurions.
Fashion and interiors accessories that will look good for far, far longer than 15 minutes. Comic Book printed leather skirt, JW Anderson at Browns; I Love You necklace, Tatty Devine; Crash cotton sweatshirt, Iceberg at Browns; Wham! Plane cushion cover, Tate Modern; Boom Pow slippers, Stubbs & Wootton at Browns; Tom Ford, autumn/winter ’13, via style.com
I first saw the work of Brittany-based design studio Jallu Ebénistes earlier this year when I was putting together a feature for Alto magazine on decorating with semi-precious materials. Sandy from the company was kind enough to send me info about their latest pieces this week and, of course, they’re beautiful. The studio specialises in techniques from the Art Deco period, using materials including parchment, straw marquetry, horn, gypse, precious veneers and metals. This new Roxy cabinet is pure glamour, veneered in crystal-white gypse (selenite in English).
There’s nothing wrong with seeing everything in black and white. Outline clock, Habitat; Bamboo basket, Zara Home; Socks, &Other Stories; Fausto Puglisi skirt, Farfetch; Agnes vase, Normann Copenhagen at Bodie & Fou; Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes, Farfetch; Bra, &Other Stories; Moschino Polka dot blouse, Farfetch.
Anyone who loves fashion photography and is in London this weekend is lucky to be able to see great work by two icons of the field, within a 20-minute walk of each other. Gagosian Davies Street is showing Avedon: Women, a selection of works from The Richard Avedon Foundation. The photographs focus on women in motion, highlighting Avedon’s rejection of emotionless, posed modelling. Veruschka in Bill Blass from 1967 is snapshot of euphoria, in the image below she’s as beautifully composed as a ballerina, in mid flight. Richard Avedon’s fashion photography never feels sexual to me; it feels poetic, extrovert and epic. Robert Mapplethorpe’s work in the subject at Alison Jacques Gallery, on the other hand, has a strict, contained energy – ice queens versus Avedon’s free spirits. I love both.
As you’ll be crossing Oxford Street on the way, you might as well pop into Beyond Retro on Great Marlborough Street, Absolute Vintage on Berwick Street and the Salvation Army shop on Princes Street. Note: your journey will be a bit longer than 20 minutes.
Images from top left: Richard Avedon, Veruschka, dress by Bill Blass, New York, January 1967, 1981 gelatin silver print ©The Richard Avedon Foundation; Richard Avedon, Veruschka, dress by Kimberley, New York, January 1967 ©The Richard Avedon Foundation; Robert Mapplethorpe, French Vogue, 1986, silver gelatin print; Robert Mapplethorpe, Melody/Shoe, 1987, silver gelatin print
Mitas & Co is a great fabric and wallpaper company which curates prints by young designers. I saw their stand at Decorex and this design, Peg O’ My Heart by Alex Bigois-Jeambrun, was an immediate favourite. It’s like an Andy Warhol take on the peg, a mundane item transformed into a striking pattern in brilliant colours.
Duos are common in the design world – someone to balance you out, someone to make you laugh. Zak & Fox is a textile design duo from New York. I met the charming Zak at Decorex during LDF, while Fox was at home in the Big Apple. He was probably keeping the business ticking over, in between chewing bones and wagging his tail. Yes, Fox is my dream business partner – Fox is a dog. Back to the fabrics, though. They’re understated, modern yet timeless, drawing influence from Japan and the Middle East. My favourite is Uroko (below, top right) which is from a collection inspired by Japanese legend. ‘Kiyohime, a centuries-old, Japanese folktale spun of unrequited love and tragedy, served as the catalyst for our newest trio of geometric patterns,’ says Zak. ‘Classically inspired shapes are rendered in earthen and watery hues, giving a soft, almost aqueous quality to their structured formations.’ The whole story is beautifully told on the Zak & Fox website. I’d use it in a living room with chalky-black walls and wide-plank, pale-wood flooring. Zak & Fox has also designed fabrics for Sofa.com (above), the first US designer to do so. Zak & Fox fabrics are available in the UK from George Spencer Designs.
I WANT CANDY! And there was plenty of it at New York fashion week. They showed dresses, shorts, trousers and skirts, I saw marshmallows, fondant fancies, party rings and, grudgingly, macaroons. I hate macaroons. Clockwise from top left: DKNY, Tocca, Louise Amstrup, Victoria, Victoria Beckham, Prabal, Misha Nonoo
There’s no stupid rule about not wearing red and blue is there? That’s green and blue, isn’t it? Although, I’d ignore that rule actually. Anyway, rich reds and blues work brilliantly together.
Geometric stretch neoprene top, MSGM at Browns; Jurova Platform Blue Heeled Loafer Shoes, Shellys at Asos; Leather pouch, Kenzo at Matches; Penta poufs, Claesson Koivisto Rune for Arflex at Chaplins; Fingers iPhone cover, Keith Haring at Yoox; Peacock earrings, Silvia Rossi at V&A Shop; Mushroom chair, Pierre Paulin for Artifort at Chaplins.
Not emerald, not mint, it’s teal; shades thereof.
Ombre glass shade, Next Home; Capri sunglasses, Prism at Browns; Mamay Blue armchair, Roberto Lazzeroni for Poltrona Frau at Chaplins; Claire Judge bra, & Other Stories; Sintra plate, Habitat; Bag, Bao Bao by Issey Miyake; Moda necklace, Farfetch; Bell side table, Sebastian Herkner for ClassiCon at Aram Store.