Thu 28 Jun 2012

Yayoi Kusama, Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton… Could it be?!

Louis Vuitton has made the oh-so-great decision to team up with Marc Jacobs and renowned artist Yayoi Kusama to offer a unique line of clothing and accessories for the Parisian brand.

Being in her eighties has not meant that Japanese artist Yayoi is planning on slowing down any time soon. On the contrary, she’s very much embracing her new venture and looking forward to working with Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton; “Mr Jacobs is very talented and I respect him as a designer and a human being, so I was happy to collaborate… I want to show people the beauty of the universe, and the line allows me to reach the very wide LV audience.”

Well, we must say, she is not the only one to be excited about this collaboration. It’ the biggest partnership that Louis Vuitton have ever embarked upon and will see Kusama’s trademark polka dots (inspired by the Japanese flag) projected on to some of Louis Vuitton’s most coveted models, such as The Speedy, The Lock-It and The Keepall bags. There will also be designs which incorporate Kusama’s ‘nerve’ motif which have a hint of ‘hallucination’ to them and these will go on display in the Bond Steet Maison throughout July, along with life size casts of Yayoi. Selfridges will also be devoting not one, not two, but all of its windows to the collaboration throughout August, where there will be a pop-up shop inside the department store.

In summary, the message of the Yayoi’s work is simply but effectively; “Love forever”. We think we will!

Tue 10 Apr 2012

Thirst for Hirst

Granted, he’s not for the faint hearted, but Damien Hirst has to be admired as the Modern Art Maestro of 2012.

From his formaldehyde creations (including a 14ft tiger shark suspended in a glass tank) to a £50 million skull (diamond encrusted of course), Damien has long been the topic of contemporary British art.

Now, The Tate Modern has honoured his achievements with an exhibition simply entitled ‘Damien Hirst’. Showcasing over 70 of his pieces, the exhibition has taken three years to plan: “We started planning it in 2009… We have brought works from everywhere from Oslo to San Francisco.” says curator Ann Gallagher.

Running until 9th September, tickets to the exhibition are £14. For more information, please click here.

Tue 13 Mar 2012

It’s Pandemonia!

At a towering 7ft tall, Pandemonia is hard to miss – blonde, leggy and what’s that last one… Oh yes, covered in latex.

Pandemonia is the wacky conceptual artist who has been taking the fashion world by storm. Rocking up at fashion week, she was previously considered a gate crasher but now she is a full on F-Rower. Somehow, since her birth in 2008, Pandemonia has become a coveted VIP! If truth be told, many guests at Fashion Week were rumored to have ignored their hosts and instead gone straight ahead to pat her inflatable dog, Snowy.

So who is behind all of that latex? Nobody knows! Pandemonia recently gave an interview in which she talked about her work; “I’m just an idea. It’s irrelevant who is behind the mask. We all hide behind masks of identity at some time; both in the real and virtual world.”

Pandemonia is a big hair fan too – wonder if she’s heard of STRUCTURE..? At her recent outing at fashion week, Pandemoni said; “They tell me big hair is back in… Could that have something to do with me?”

Maybe Pandemonia, just maybe.

Fri 9 Mar 2012

Click, Click, Click… Flash

Yesterday saw the launch of new exhibition ‘Reworked’ by British Fashion Photographer Terry O’Neil.

The exhibition at the Rook and Raven Gallery will showcase the photographer’s most iconic images alongside more modern visuals which have been subject to reinterpretation – Raquel Welch on the Crucifix being one of them.

Terry’s most famous work stems from his time spent photographing the celebrities of the 1960’s and he is known for capturing images in unconventional settings.

Renowned for his work with The Beatles, Elton John and The Rolling Stones, Terry commented; “I have been looking at my photographs for decades and they’ve become very familiar to me. What I love about this collaboration with Rook and Raven is having young artists with a fresh eye interpreting iconic images for a new generation. I am excited to see what they do and why they do it. For me, there is nothing so rewarding as working with new talent and fresh ideas.”