Valentino Resort 2015

IN/OUT: Valentino Resort Collection 2015

Valentino Resort Collection 2015

Valentino Resort Collection 2015

Valentino Resort Collection 2015

Valentino Resort Collection 2015

Valentino Resort Collection 2015

Valentino Resort Collection 2015

Valentino Resort Collection 2015

Valentino Resort Collection 2015

Valentino Resort Collection 2015

Since 2009, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have been flying the Valentino flag with floral embroideries, aristocratic elegance, sumptuously rich appliques and highly detailed, romantic prints.

This injection of colour right into the middle of an otherwise signature Valentino Resort collection of embroidered butterflies, flowers and classic modesty, is a shake up like no other. Its inspiration is taken directly from the Valentino’s archives, with a “visually disruptive” psychedelic print from 1973.

This layered, pixellated, jarringly-bold collection of sixties silhouettes in bright chevrons over stripes over squares is seen right in the middle of a monumentally impressive eighty-three piece line-up. The only consistency with the other looks of the collection, are the delicate feminine plaits of the models’ hair and their signature chandelier earrings.

It’s certainly a wake up for the eyes and makes for an energetic start to this fine Monday morning.

Credits: Style

Friday Musings: Mirrors at Milan

Out/About: Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Mirrors at Milan

Out/About: Mirrors at Milan

Out/About: Mirrors at Milan

Out/About: Mirrors at Milan

Out/About: Mirrors at Milan

The jewels of this year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan just keep on coming. First it was the Marni’s Animal House, then the new E15 lighting collection, followed by the genius of Dimore Gallery, then the delights of the Gubi & GamFratesi collaboration…

And our commentary doesn’t end without a moment to take in all the little mirrored treasures here, there and everywhere at this year’s Salone. Intimate in scale, these mirrors heighten the daily rituals of the time spent in front of them. The quality of the reflected light, the science of light and colour, the detail of where framing meet surface and the simplicity, is enchanting.

Norwegian designers Vera&Kyte celebrate the art and functionality of dressing and room-dividing with their ‘Apparel’. Doshi Levian’s collaged wall of finely-framed gems for HAY are almost cosmic. Bjørn van den Berg’s ‘Aura’ plays on the notion of reflection with sensibility and tactility, their solid half domed aluminium bases electroplated with reflective copper, chrome and nickel coating. The Aura is meant to fit perfectly into two open hands, a physical and emotional moment of recognition and reflection. And perhaps the most talked about is Georgian-duo ROOMS’ installation of medallion shaped mirrors with memorial textile straps in the ivy courtyard of Spazio Rossana Orlandi.

It’s a reflection on reflection.

Credits: Bjorn van den Berg, Ontwerpduo, Vera&Kyte, DESIGNISTI, no end to design, Studio WM, Nordic Days, Their&VanDaalen, Perimeter Collection, Joséphine Choquet

Issa Resort 2015

Issa Resort Collection 2015

Issa Resort Collection 2015

Issa Resort Collection 2015

Issa Resort Collection 2015

Issa Resort Collection 2015

Issa Resort Collection 2015

Issa Resort Collection 2015

Issa Resort Collection 2015

Issa Resort Collection 2015

Issa Resort Collection 2015

Issa Resort Collection 2015

Issa Resort Collection 2015

Issa Resort Collection 2015

Issa Resort Collection 2015

There is something especially captivating about the images from the Resort collections each year. Seeing the subtly styled, holistically vision for a label and the promise of it’s wearability off the catwalk is tantalisingly sweet.

Issa, Brit-born with Brazilian roots, is no exception to the rule. This year, it presents a carefully-collaged collection of solid cutout forms, painterly florals, abstracted leaf motifs in milky blues, coral, tropical greens, black and white. It’s has a sense of 1960s nostalgia, a silhouette of 1970s elegance and a fresh palette of now. Boxy shapes with structured flutes and large-scale scollops, stylised waves and the hint of a peplum take us on an oh-so-sophisticated tropical adventure with a quick sojourn back through the French Riviera.

There is undoubtedly an influence of art and sculpture to this collection. Issa’s creative director Blue Farrier says, “I was intrigued by Picasso’s muse, the painter Françoise Gilot, and I wondered where she and other influential female artists like Barbara Hepworth or Niki de Saint Phalle would holiday, and how they would dress there”.

Magic.

Credits: Style.com

Gubi & Gamfratesi

n/Out - Out/About: Gubi & Gamfratesi

 

n/Out - Out/About: Gubi & Gamfratesi

n/Out - Out/About: Gubi & Gamfratesi

n/Out - Out/About: Gubi & Gamfratesi

n/Out - Out/About: Gubi & Gamfratesi

n/Out - Out/About: Gubi & Gamfratesi

n/Out - Out/About: Gubi & Gamfratesi

 

n/Out - Out/About: Gubi & Gamfratesi

n/Out - Out/About: Gubi & Gamfratesi

n/Out - Out/About: Gubi & Gamfratesi

n/Out - Out/About: Gubi & Gamfratesi

n/Out - Out/About: Gubi & Gamfratesi

Gubi & GamFratesi – how wonderful it sounds. Rich and lyrical, almost regal; it is an arranged marriage between the design gods. Gubi, thoughtful and timelessly Scandinavian sees with its keen eye, the fruitful relationship of Danish-Italian design duo GamFratesi.

Salone del Mobile Milano 2014 saw several new additions to the Gubi & GamFratesi collection – the taller brother of the Beetle chair; the Beetle Bar Stool, the strong and sophisticated Masculo chair (now available on a swivel base), and the TS table (named after The Standard, a GamFratesi designed hotel in Copenhagen).

All three of these designs have one thing in common, their heavy bodies float weightlessly on slender frames. Whether it be upholstered shells, curvaceous masculine backs or marble tops, their fine black legs almost disappear, giving them a sense of divinity. Sitting on parquetry flooring against vivid white walls, you can truly appreciate how each piece was conceived and implemented.

Gam and Fratesi speak about this design ethos as an expression of their relationship, the marriage of the playful, full-bodied Italian spirit to the immaculate, tender-handed craftsmanship of the Danish. It is a beautiful thing to witness a married bliss as pure as this.

Credits: Gubi flickeflu

Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

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In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

 

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

In Out - Friday Musings: Grand Budapest Hotel

Each time Wes Anderson makes a film, you just know you’re in for a delightful ride and this time around it is called Grand Budapest Hotel. Grasping life in all its knotted complexities, filled to the brim with colour, teeming with fastidious details, it’s a vibrant lesson in just about everything.

It’s an transportive allegory for a time when central Europe was the king of the world and when life was grandiose and layered with opulence. It’s a love story, a fairytale of loyalty, of companionship and survival. Part historical reality, part fantasy, the script is full of good humour and delicious tidbits.

The sets are plump and blooming with colour celebrating the opulence of the glory days of the Hotel before the outbreak of the war. Bold military red, fairy floss pinks and frosted whites of the hotel’s heyday then give way to faded yellows and dated mustards taking us on a colour-rendered journey. We are transported from the visual delights of the 1930s sugar-topped majestic treat of the hotel, to its sadder days of 1970s near-abandonment. Outside the comforts of the Grand Budapest, it’s all shades of grey contrasted against barren whitescapes.

It’s the details, those precious details, that we are still savouring. The signature Anderson symmetry of EVERY frame, the extremely intense close ups of the Lobby Boy’s sweat-smeared, drawn-on moustache, the perfectly formed fish waves of Madame D.’s intensely high quiff, William Defoe’s freshly scarred fist and skull-ringed fingers. It’s the nostalgic opulence and evocation of everybody’s hotel dream satisfied – the keys, the scent of ‘L’Air de Panache’, and the signature miniature cake ‘Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat’.

We are still licking our lips with delight.

Credits: CreativeCow Crome Yellow Hard Crimson BuzzFeed

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