June 2011

Masters of Style, London, UK

Photography exhibition celebrates Italian fashion

28th June 2011 A new exhibition opens at Somerset House this week, highlighting some of Italy’s mega fashion brands. Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo, Gucci, Prada and Missoni are represented through the years in a photographic display commemorating the passion, flair and creativity of Italian style. The images are accompanied by personal stories, reflections and anecdotes of the Italian designers themselves. CN

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Pictured above: Gucci S/S 1991. Picture supplied courtesy of Gucci. Exhibition opens 1st July to 14th August at Somerset House, Embankment Galleries, London, UK

June Edition: Tech, Trendy & Terrific

 

 

For our June edition, we explore the intriguing aspects of global eyewear materials.  Clodagh and I are always fascinated at how science and technology enhance the realisation of luxurious and unique eyewear. Remember to check out Boutiques for savvy eyewear shopping, and Design and Inspiration provides market and trend updates. Throughout the month, we’ll also bring you current events in City Guides. Welcome to new discoveries – and June Eyestylist! JG

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Luxurious wood

Gold & Wood’s Galaxy sunglasses

28th June Today I have Gold and Wood’s sunglass model Galaxy 2 in my hand, and it’s really quite something. I have seen nearly all the wood eyewear collections this year and each one is unique. This particular style from the luxury brand Gold & Wood is lightweight, and very sophisticated, produced in ebony with an incredible geometric 3D decoration in amourette wood – this detail reminds me of a medieval bas-relief, except the style of the patterning is timeless. It’s certainly a classic sunglass design and the use of wood will have great appeal to connoisseurs of fine craftsmanship and minute attention to detail. CN

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Chateau Hotel de Saint Paterne, Alencon, France

21st June 2011 The onset of summer reminds me of this wonderful French chateau I stayed in this time last year. And I can’t resist featuring it here, and am hopeful I will soon get a chance to go back. It is just off the motorway which many travellers use to go from Normandy to South West France…and it’s everything you might want from a luxury stopover with a very intimate atmosphere that makes you feel like you turned up at a friend’s house – although it’s a very large rambling place with stunning furnishings, a mix of French country house, bohemian elegance with some lovely eccentric touches.

We arrived as a family after 6 hours driving on the motorway; my boys went straight for the pool and enjoyed their early supper in the garden. They were particularly intrigued by their wood panelled room – adjacent to our room, the Chambre des Canards  and the very ancient bathroom (with modern fittings of course). This place should be kept a secret, it’s the perfect chateau for unwinding, and the unpretentious hosts make you feel extremely welcome. I have stayed in many other chambres d’hotes and chateaux in France and this is the very best I can recommend. There is very little doubt that you could feel anything but delighted to visit this wonderful hotel and well-loved family home! www.chateau-saintpaterne.com CN

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Yohji Yamamoto – Victoria and Albert Museum

Designer Retrospective in London, England

Iconic Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto can always be relied upon to deliver the unexpected in his creations. His visionary approach to clothing overlaps art, fashion and celebrity, and he blends strong hints of his native culture with modernity.  This retrospective at the V&A, also includes his revolutionary menswear.  Yamamoto  loves fabrics that flow, and then he uses his fertile imagination to create unanticipated cuts, drapes, folds, pleats and sculpture, to captivate the wearer.  He challenges the fabric to do what he demands.  His other accomplishments include costumes for Richard Wagner’s Tristan & Isolde, performed at the Bayreuth Festival, plus he achieved a law degree before embarking on his fashion career, and he is advanced in karate.  Truly a Renaissance Man. This exhibition features stunning examples of Yamamoto’s work,and is an exciting celebration of an idiosyncratic and skillful fashion creator. At the Victoria & Albert Museum through 10 July 2011.  www.vam.ac.uk JG

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