Bill Cunningham: Façades

10 January 2014

 Unknown artist. Bill Cunningham Photographing Models, New York County Court House, ca.1975.

In 1968, photographer Bill Cunningham embarked on an eight-year project to document the architectural riches and fashion history of New York City. Scouring the city’s thrift stores, auction houses, and street fairs for vintage clothing, and scouting sites on his bicycle, Cunningham generated a photographic essay entitledFaçades, which paired models—in particular his muse, fellow photographer Editta Sherman—in period costumes with historic settings. Bill Cunningham: Façades will be on display at the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library from March 14, 2014 - June 15, 2014. See NYHistory.com for additional information.

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William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain Exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center

08 January 2014

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain, on view at the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture from September 20, 2013 to February 9, 2014, is the first major exhibition to examine the life and career of one of the most influential designers in eighteenth-century Britain. Visitors will discover Kent’s genius, through nearly 200 examples of his elaborate drawings for architecture, gardens, and sculpture, along with furniture, silver, paintings, illustrated books, and through new documentary films. As most of his best-known surviving works are in Britain’s great country houses, the exhibition is rich in loans from private as well as public collections. Organized by the Bard Graduate Center in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the exhibition is curated by Susan Weber (BGC) and Julius Bryant (V&A). It will travel to the V&A where it will be on view from March 22 to July 13, 2014. See bcg.Bard.edu.com for additional information.

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Gjelina Venice Beach

13 December 2013

Gjelina is the quintessential chic but cool Venice beach restaurant manned by chef Travis Lett. Serving a menu of American bistro dishes, the restaurant is located on one of L.A.’s most famous shopping streets making it a great destination while in town. 1429 Abbott Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA. www.gjelina.com.

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Dover Street Market Opening in New York

09 December 2013

Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo is bringing her London-based concept store Dover Street Market to New York later this month. Located at 160 Lexington Avenue (at the corner of Lex & E.30th St.), the new DSM is housed in a classic Manhattan Beaux-Arts style building. Due to open a just a few days before Christmas on December 21st, collections to be expected range from Kawakubo’s own to Saint Laurent, Prada and skatewear label Supreme. The cafe will be operated by Rose and Jean-Charles Carrarini, the owner’s of Paris’ acclaimed Anglo-French restaurant Rose Bakery. Visit NewYork.DoverStreetMarket.com for Additional Information.

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élu by Cristina Nicoletti

08 December 2013

The upscale contemporary label Henry Beguelin has recently rebranded to élu, a chain of multi-brand boutiques carefully curated by owner Cristina Nicoletti. Long an admirer of the brand’s casual luxury look, the aesthetic of élu’s offerings remain similar to that of the Henry Beguelin line. Below is some of the new élu lookbook and an old interview with Cristina Nicoletti beyond the page break.

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“Avedon: Women” at Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills

01 December 2013

“Avedon: Women,” is an exhibition that spans six decades of Richard Avedon’s photography. This is the first solo exhibition of Avedon’s work in the Los Angeles area since 1976.
From the beginning of his career as a fashion photographer in the 1940s, Avedon was renowned for his distinctive and transformative imagery of women. His inventiveness, humor, and versatile talent flourished throughout sixty years of capturing both well-known and anonymous female subjects, ranging from celebrities and models to his friends and family. His images were imbued with an unconventional beauty and formidable intelligence.

More than 100 silver gelatin photographs form the core of the exhibition. Ranging from oversized exhibition prints dating from the artist’s 1978 showing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, to more intimately scaled photographs that he printed and editioned throughout his lifetime, the exhibition emphasizes the striking visual connections that lie beyond chronology or subject matter. It opens with a portrait of Cheryl Crane, the daughter of actress Lana Turner, who Avedon photographed in 1963 after she was exonerated for the killing of her mother’s abusive boyfriend. A 1959 portrait of Brigitte Bardot, printed on a monumental scale, presents her as serious and mysterious. In counterpoint is the large-scale print of artist June Leaf (1975), equally beautiful in her earthy understatedness. A salon-style hanging juxtaposes images such as the elegant Vicomtesse Jacqueline de Ribes (1955) and socialite Elsa Maxwell, lying in bed with her pet skunk (1957).

Approximately 300 contact prints, drawn from the Foundation’s extensive archive of sittings, reveal the tremendous range of subjects that Avedon photographed: musician Ella Fitzgerald; Avedon’s adored sister, Louise; and the young actress Elizabeth Taylor, among many. An additional room is devoted to his unprinted color work, with dozens of transparencies displayed in wall-mounted light boxes. Subjects range from 1958–59 advertisements featuring Carmen Dell’Orefice to supermodels Stephanie Seymour and Christy Turlington.

The accompanying exhibition catalogue features an essay by Joan Juliet Buck that describes the experience of modeling for Avedon via interviews with his subjects, including Anjelica Huston, Lauren Hutton, Veruschka, and Andrea D’Amato, one of the many women from Avedon’s In the American West series. Art historian Abigail Solomon-Godeau discusses how Avedon’s depictions of the feminine extended beyond traditional notions of beauty to convey the deeper significance of his female subjects. View additional information about the exhibition on Gagosian.com.

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Jewels by JAR at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

26 November 2013

This exhibition will feature more than four hundred works by one of the most acclaimed jewelry designers of the last thirty-five years, Joel A. Rosenthal, who works in Paris under the name JAR. A notoriously private individual, the exhibition will be the first retrospective of Rosenthal’s work in America; the only other major exhibition of Rosenthal’s work was held in 2002 at Somerset House in London. Continue reading to view additional details.

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Restaurant Laperouse Paris

22 November 2013

La Maison Lapérouse was founded in 1766 by Lefèvre, beverage manufacturer to the King, who purchased this former hôtel particulier from Forget, ‘Master of Water and Forests’ for Louis XIV.

Lefèvre’s business blossomed after he converted the establishment into one of “Marchand de vin” (wine merchant), and after the demolition of the Couvent des Grands Augustins across the street, and the construction, in its place, of the Marché de la Vallée, specialized in the sale of poultry and game. The establishment rapidly gained notoriety for the quality of its food as well as the presence of a curious turnstile that indicated how many bottles should be brought up from the glorious wine cellar.

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“Hello, My Name is Paul Smith” at the Design Museum

19 November 2013

From the 15th November 2013 to 9th March 2014, London’s Design Museum invites you into the world of fashion designer Paul Smith, a world of creation, inspiration, collaboration, wit and beauty. Looking to the future as well as celebrating his career to date, the exhibition will reference Paul Smith’s influences and fashion designs, charting the rise of one of the world’s leading fashion brands.

Drawing on Paul’s personal archive, from the company’s beginnings in Nottingham to its international prominence today the “Hello, my name is Paul Smith” exhibition will explore how the designer’s unique creative intuition together with an understanding of the roles of designer and retailer, have laid the foundations for the company’s lasting success and offer a unique insight into the magnificent mind of Paul Smith. Read more about the Exhibition on PaulSmith.co.uk.

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J.Crew Brompton Cross London Boutique

19 November 2013

J.Crew has been taking London by storm this year, first with a pop-up boutique at the new Central Saint Martins King’s Cross campus, and more recently with the unveiling of the Regent Street flagship store. Accompanying this outpost of the brand are two smaller shops including a menswear boutique located in Lamb’s Conduit Street and the womenswear boutique located at Brompton Cross in Chelsea. The Brompton Cross location houses the more upscale J.Crew Collection and is presented alongside selections from local antique dealers and illustrator’s like Tanya Ling. Continue reading to view additional images.

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