This might sound truly surreal, but yes, an exhibition dedicated to Iris Van Herpen‘s sci-fi creations has opened in my hometown, Poznań. “Alchemic Couture” is on show until the end of January in Stary Browar’s Art Station Gallery and presents some of the most striking designs coming straight from Van Herpen’s studio in Amsterdam. This exhibition shows how Iris van Herpen perceives haute couture as a transformative language, an interdisciplinary entity that emerges from the space in which innovation and craftsmanship interlace. The Iris van Herpen maison was founded in 2007 and showcases its collections bi-annually at Paris Haute Couture Week as a member of the Fédération de la Haute Couture. The brand stands for slow fashion with a multi-disciplinary approach towards collaborations with artists, architects and scientists. Each collection is a quest to venture beyond today’s definition of a garment, exploring new forms of femininity for a more meaningful, diverse and conscious fashion for the future. Organic, innovative femininity is expressed through state-of-the-art couture that embraces individuality powerfully and fearlessly. Van Herpen’s work is deeply rooted within nature – water, air and earth are elements that leave traces in the sensorial garments. The infinite properties alluding to movement such as the unbound forces and fluidity behind water or its crystalline formations are facets that flow into the designs. Through biomimicry, the maison visualises and materialises the invisible forces that shape our world, perpetuating a deep sense of organic presence. Captivated by architecture and how we embody space and inhabit sculpture, Van Herpen recognises both fashion and architecture as expressions of self, culture and community that link to the times and fabric of society. Changes of perception provoked through dichotomies between the hard and soft, structure and movement encompass the poetics of the brand’s craft. Transcending boundaries within the industry by liberating our sense of limitations, the maison is known for binding emerging technologies like elaborate 3-D printing or laser-cutting with delicate handwork such as embroidering or draping, creating a hybrid of haute couture. ‘Craftolution’, coined as the evolution of craftsmanship and the embracement of change form the core of the brand’s identity, fusing layered lightness, three-dimensionality, and undulating volume into ethereal creations. Summing up, seeing those works IRL is a mind-blowing experience.
Photos by Edward Kanarecki.
There’s no need to introduce Frida Kahlo. The Mexican artist is one of the most important artists of the 20th century and up to now, her paintings spark controversy and debates. Her world, which was filled with both passion and pain, was reflected in her portraits, illustrations and collages. Whether affected by her suffer (caused by countless illnesses) or being under the impulse of love, each work by Kahlo paralyses the viewer with its elusive, reality-subverting power.
You can’t imagine how happy and proud I was when I discovered last year that an exhibition devoted to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera (her husband, with whom she shared a very, very intense relationship) is arriving to Poznań, my hometown. The exhibition, Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera. Polish Context also considers a quite unknown, yet close relation between the couple and Polish -born artists (photographer Bernice Kolko and painter Fanny Rebel). There’s a section of Nickolas Muray’s incredible photographs of Frida during her trip to New York; an entire display dedicated to the artist’s personal diary. If you’re planning a trip to Poznań, make sure to see mark the exhibition as a MUST – it would be a shame to miss this one-of-a-kind event.
CK Zamek in Poznań / 28.09.2017 – 21.01.2018
Photos by Edward Kanarecki
Spring is here, so it’s the high time to supply yourself with fruits, fruits and once more, FRUITS! Or, if you like, accessories which will become your bold essentials of the season. A nutritious, fruity brunch is served – N021 best-selling “knotted” sandals and Ca & Lou double-ring with Swarovski’s stones, only at Concept 21 Store.
Photographs by me (Edward Kanarecki)
On Saturday, the event of Ania Kuczynska‘s pop-up store took place, giving Poznan a new fashionable place to visit. In the lobby of the most design-forward hotel in the city, PURO Hotel, Kuczynska is going to sell and exhibit (note the way the products were presented – on copper hangers that look like contemporary art!) her signature, Shanghai bags. The must-have bags, which are the constant best-sellers in Warsaw’s flag-ship store on Mokotowska street, will be available in different sizes and textile varieties. My favourite is the black handbag – the size of it seems to be perfect for more than one occasion, and I can see it worn with both, casual look, and something much more elegant. And of course, meeting Ania for the first life was a pleasure – just like the talk about Milan’s best spots and sharing our “wow’s” and “oh’s” regarding the new designer at Gucci!
Puro Hotel Poznan / ul. Stawna 12 / The pop-up store of Ania Kuczynska is going to be open for one year.
Howdy! My favourite place in Poznan, Concept 21, is all steady-and-ready for autumn! New arrivals from Milan-based brands, N021 and Stella Jean, are all about warm sweaters, bold dresses and great denim. The hand-made shoes from Italy by Coliac are the must-haves of the season. And all of that is scented with niche fragrances from Meo Fusciuni, that are sold only in this place in Poland. However, I can’t forget about the absolutely ecological cosmetics from ILA SPA that keep our faces and bodies always clean and “pure”. I know this might sound as some kind of extreme favourism, but this is the best place (and at least concept store) in Poznan.
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