Mon 25 Feb 2013

60 Years of the Gucci Loafer!

We love a flat-soled shoe, especially one as chic as the Gucci loafer so if you’re anything like us, you’ll be interested to hear that these bad boys have been around for 60 years!

Gucci last week celebrated the 60 year anniversary of their iconic ‘horsebit loafer’ with an exhibition held in Florence followed by the unveiling of a global campaign transforming the store windows of the Gucci Museo.

The exhibition tales the story of the horsebit loafer and takes us through its origins in the fifties right through to the modern day. The exhibition also showcases the loafers made famous by celebrity wearers including Brad Pitt, Madonna and Jodie Foster!

Check out the Gucci Facebook page to get a glimpse of this wonderful celebration.

Thu 10 May 2012

Art Appy






Now you know we love a good exhibition and new app Art Guide fills us with more excitement than a dog with a pig’s ear! Searching over 600 galleries from across the UK, you can narrow down your selection to specific genres, artists or destinations and this clever little app will give you recommendations and ‘last chance’ options. It’ll even point you in the right direction, for FREE! Appy? We are!

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Tue 1 May 2012

Louboutin at the Design Museum

Calling all shoe lovers and fashionistas! The Design Museum exhibition showcasing a retrospective of iconic French shoe designer Christian Louboutin is now open.

Showing until 9th July, the exhibition celebrates Louboutin’s career thus far, and showcases two decades of designs. The show reveals the artistry, inspiration and theatricality of the shoe designer’s work from stilettos to lace-up boots, studded sneakers and bejewelled pumps. The very epitome of style, glamour, power, femininity and elegance, Louboutin’s are revered worldwide.

Visitors are allowed behind the scenes to share in the design process, construction and prototyping of the iconic shoes, allowing an unprecedented insight to the production process of the footwear loved by many.

Tickets are available with timed sessions each day:

Morning session: 10am – 1.45pm

Afternoon session: 2pm – 5.45pm

Saturday evening session: 6pm – 9.45pm

A key show in the diary of trendsetters and fashion lovers this is one not to miss.

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.

Fri 23 Mar 2012

My Day With Marilyn

She became the ultimate sex symbol yet remained a lady, exhuded confidence but was crippled with insecurities; not an actress, but a star, the late, fascinating Marylin Monroe still inspires art, books, documentaries and film. Singing Happy Birthday to President Kennedy, holding down her billowing white dress over the subway grate, or even Marylin reading; her iconic imagery is recogniseable to those far too young to remember her.

This month, to commemorate 50 years since her untimely death, Getty Images presents Marilyn, a collection of intimate, beautiful and rare imagery and ephemerae. The exhibition’s pictures range from the young aspiring Monroe through to her glamorous heights of international Hollywood stardom.

Alongside the photographs, original film costumes and dresses from famous collector David Gainsborough Roberts will be on show.

Mon 5th March 10am-5.30pm, until 23/05/11

Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, W1W 8DX

Free Entry

Fri 16 Mar 2012

Love for Louboutin

His Majesty Christian Louboutin will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of his fashion success this March with an exclusive exhibition at London’s Design Museum.

The exhibition, which is the first ever by the infamous shoe designer, will display some of his most famous designs ranging from his collection of stiletto heels to jeweled pumps.

Renowned for his red soles, the Louboutin exhibition will explore the process of high end shoe designing with visitors gaining insight into initial sketches through to the finishing touches on what is often classed as ‘a work of art’ amongst his clientele.

And what a clientele it is – Victoria Beckham, Dita Von Teese and Sarah Jessica Parker are all admirers with gossip-girl Blake Lively so huge a fan, that Christian himself is even know to take inspiration from Blake as his ‘muse’.

As well as a long-awaited exhibition, the designer has also launched a Capsule Collection in celebration of this milestone; “In France, 20 years defines a generation,” he commented in Vogue Magazine.

Naturally, the Capsule Collection will be available only in selected stores and boutiques worldwide and is thought to offer 20 new styles of shoes with an additional six bags, all having been inspired by his experience in the industry throughout the past two decades.

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.”