Seeing Irving Penn‘s works face-to-face, eye-to-eye, is an experience I will never forget. I find his photography so deep, so sharp, yet so refined. With a body of work stretching from portraits of Truman Capote, Marlene Dietrich, Pablo Picasso, and Alfred Hitchcock to abstract nudes, exquisite still lifes (my all-time favourites!), studies of flowers and cigarettes, portraits of children in Peruvian dress, New Guinean natives, all the way to the glamorous shots of Balenciaga and Dior dresses for Vogue, Penn is considered the most influential photographer of the twentieth century. C/O Berlin is commemorating the exceptional persona with a major retrospective on the centenary of his birth. Featuring around 240 works, the retrospective was organized by, yes, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in collaboration with The Irving Penn Foundation.
Irving Penn Centennial (until 01.07.2018) / C/O Berlin Hardenbergstraße 22-24
So, resort 2019 season has started. After a very tedious show Chanel staged in Paris a few days ago (that ship standing in the middle…), Prada‘s collection in New York makes a bit more sense. The MET is just around the corner; the company tries to re-enter the U.S. market with a boom – all of that is quite understandable. Miuccia Prada went for her archives (again), giving us some 90s feels. Her famous ‘ugly print’ from the time was all over the mini-skirts and dresses, while the ‘I don’t care much’ attitude of the decade was perceived. Even, if at some points it all felt forced. Other than the bucket hats and padded trappers, I just don’t understand the impact of this outing. Well, maybe seeing a bit more of Prada on Instagram was the entire point (plus the few-minutes long Times Square livestream that surely had all New York eyes watching).
Yes, it’s the sad truth. Phoebe Philo‘s pre-fall 2018 really is the last collection for Céline. And, once you calm down after a minute (or two), let the tears dry, face it – this collection is a gift that keeps on giving. I think I’ve went through the images dozens of times by now and I constantly discover something new, something completely fresh, something only Philo could do. As Sarah Mower wrote for Vogue, it’s a collection of “souvenirs”, collectibles to wear and adore in memory of Philo’s Céline era. Those wool ponchos; heavy rubber boots; Margiela-esque duvet coats; the white fur coat with an equally fur belt; simple, Katharine-Hepburn-would-approve blazers. The spontaneous shots of Binx Walton, Jess Cole, Karolin Wolter and Maggie Maurer (all the beloved Céline girls) by Juergen Teller get me freaking excited as well. That’s a very, very precious fashion moment to me. And I really can’t wait to see and get hold of some of these pieces once they hit the stores this summer.
Sportswear is basic, I know. But the burgundy track suit can’t be ignored.
Also, I’ve realised Juergen Teller wore this fur coat to his latest shoot for Pop Magazine.
That. Look. In. The. Middle. I can’t.
Well, that’s all. All good things come to an end, even if we don’t want to end.