Christian Restoin knew that he and his wife, Carine, would buy their apartment even before they saw it. “When I spotted the building, I felt it was for us” he recalls. “The localisation and the view are just perfect.” Carine Roitfeld is the ex editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris and the owner of CR Fashion Book while Restoin is the former owner of Equipment. As for the flat, it hadn’t been touched since the 60’s. To get into the shape, they called up the English architect David Chipperfield. The idea was to create something pure, without touching the historical features which give the flat its spirit. The fireplaces and mouldings remained firmly in place and hand-picked selection of design classics (like Mies Van Der Rohe metal cable chairs) installed. The apartment seems to be simple, but a lot of heart was taken into it… in other words, it’s purely parisienne, and possibly that was the main aim.
Cai Guo-Qiang is the moment’s artist, whic uses fake animal figures in his monumental installations. His current exhibition called “Falling to Earth” happens at GOMA Art Gallery in Australia, and it’s situated in a huge, white space, where the only sound heard are water droplets falling down from the ceiling. Here, you might see wolves replicas flying in the air and a huge crystal blue pool, from which such animals like leopards, polar bears and tigers drink… “My idea of making this work is not to do any criticism or replication but to focus on what it means for sculptors to create realist sculptures in the time the work was created. …The end goal is not to make perfect sculptures and have them exhibited elsewhere and then have them collected somewhere. The key is to focus on the process of fabrication of these artworks, to pay attention to the process of the artists making these sculptures, rather than where these sculptures will end up and how they will look in the end.” said the New York based artist. Surely the idea has a very strong aim… what do you think of these a bit creepy installations?
If Celine had a male reflection, NuGgETS would be the perfect guess… Japanese label NuGgETS present their Fall/Winter 2014 offerings, with a tightly colored range of menswear staples. In a departure from previous collections, the brand sticks to a tonal palette of navy, camel, burgundy and grey, contrasted against fresh white and denims, the range of staple garments stick to simple one-color makeups, allowing for bold, tonal styling. The brand has a cool “lazy” mood- melange sweaters tied around, denim outfits and chic camel trousers. I already have an eye for most of the looks…
While searching 2002 in fashion, I found the first runway collection by Rick Owens. The mood of Owens’ presentation was somber—a dark, raw space and a sound track of Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop—but the clothes were gently sexy and even cozy. Not one for color (despite his indigenous climate), Owens worked in grays, chalky white, black and taupe. Long clinging dresses were paired with fuzzy ankle-length sweater coats, while soft, baggy corduroy pants looked great with the distressed leather jackets the designer is known for.But all those greys and forms reminded me of something- the latest Haider Ackermann collection for women. His AW14 was totally like the description of Rick’s in 2002, but a bit more romantic and soft. I love both of these, and I can’t say that Haider copied Rick- rather, he was inspored by him and his first dark fashion moment.