Whilst you are down at the Serpentine Gallery for Yoko Ono, make sure to visit this year's adjacent Pavilion designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei ........ open till October.
Saturday, 23 June 2012
Thanks to Emily Beard (middle photo) for these snaps from the new exhibition opened at The Serpentine Gallery - Yoko Ono "To The Light" . Make a wish on Yoko's tree outside and head inside to make your own Smile Film to join a world of smiles!
'People from cities and countries around the world will be able to freely upload and send their smiles by mobile phone and computer to the world and it's people. Each time we add our smiles to #smilesfilm, we are creating our future, together. Give us your smile! I love you!'
Yoko Ono, 2012
Check out the website for details of talks and events
Friday, 22 June 2012
Here is Suzannah Pettigrew at the opening of all female group show "The Yellow Wallpaper" at Camden's Cob Gallery . Suzy hand screen printed these three colour lengths that hang in the upstairs hallway entrance of the space which is flooded with sunshine thru the glorious glass wall front. Having studied Interior Architecture, Spatial and Fine Art at CSM this is a perfect, beautiful contemporary gallery for her to tailor her work to ....... watch this space to find out Suzy's future plans to set up her very own gallery!..........
(See Suzy's wallpaper and framed print at Cob until July 21st.)
You can't open a magazine or browser at the moment without being confronted by totally tropical prints for this summer season. The trend initially instigated by Maarten Van Der Horst has found him in good stead for selling both his mainline collection plus additional special projects. So far this year he has designed a window scheme and limited edition pieces for Selfridges "Bright Young Things", put together a capsule collection for Top Shop and now a collaboration watch for G-Shock. To celebrate their 30th birthday the brand have teamed up with Lulu Kennedy's Fashion East initiative by inviting both Maarten and Sibling to apply their trademark prints to the time-piece. Here is Maarten with his Hawaiian design and his regular muse Madeleine Ostlie wearing a new MVH pink t-shirt as shown last week at his menswear installation (see top photo). The watches are now available after last evening's launch, so head down to the Fashion East HQ local branch in the Truman Brewery to see both the jazzy watches and matching floor!
(All photos of Maarten and last image of leopard print watch by Sibling)
Thursday, 21 June 2012
Last evening I went West to check out the opening of the new Lacoste flagship store on Brompton Road, currently their largest premises to date. The classic crocodile has taken on an Olympic theme with the international flags - some you can see in the background of my photobooth picture. The shop was decked out in a French vibe with a pop-up creperie, bon-bon sweet section, mini quail egg Croque Madames and a performance by Singtank - the band of Josephine De La Baume. Here are dj's Alice Charity Goddard and Lotte Andersen looking lovely wearing some of the new Lacoste styles by creative director Oliveira Baptista. I myself fell for the L!VE range of pop colours actually aimed at the younger market but I wouldn't mind one of these jazzy print versions of the polo! On the Olympic / Euro sportswear tip - check out LACOSTE LAB to see the label's new branch into design products such as bikes, surfboards, skis, and even footballs!
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
From the run of free workshops that Work It have been hosting down at Radio1 Hackney Academy, some winners have been chosen from the t-shirt strand. Artists from different disciplines have held classes on designing apparell artwork (Chrissie Abbott, Patternity, Rosy Nicholas, Nina Mandandhar, Poppy Chancellor) and nominated their favourites produced from the group. On Monday evening the results of the final winners judged by myself and Meryl Fernandes were announced and these will be reproduced and sold as the official merchandise at the festival. So when youre at the festivities this weekend, be sure to check out the t-shirt stand to see the results from local kids handi-work which you can purchase to celebrate Hackney's summer of success!
My second accessories workshop is on Friday morning at the Hackney Academy so come down to make some paper flower treats! See here for details.http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01d77xq/profiles/academy-fashion
See the results of Anna Lomax 's art direction workshop above with the Hackney letters!