Berlin: Alexandra Kehayoglou’s Carpet Viewing

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The long May weekend was a blast – the Gallery Weekend in Berlin as usually felt fun and inspiring! For this occasion, Andreas Murkudis presented an event which was a “must” for artisanal art lovers. A carpet artwork by Alexandra Kehayoglou, commissioned by Dries Van Noten for his SS15 fashion show, was there for three days, at the old Kaufhaus Hertzog. Alexandra, an Argentine artist, follows in the family tradition of her Greek grandparents who migrated to Argentina carrying with them this textile tradition of carpet making. She developed a new art work for Dries, a 48 metre long carpet. The carpet has been woven entirely by hand for over four weeks and arrived just in time for the show.

The carpet evokes moss and grass and is made of pure Patagonian wool. The setting for SS15 collection was inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” serenity and romantic mood – “As soon as I discovered Alexandra’s work I immediately understood she was the only one I could collaborate with to execute the idea” said the designer. Believe me – seeing this masterpiece in reality was a truly beautiful and one-of-a-kind experience.

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Coo-ee Couture. Romance Was Born SS15

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A bit Meadham Kirchhoff, a bit Schiaparelli – the Aussie brand, Romance Was Born took us to a wonder-land of diversity and nature. But in their signature, splendour style. That’s why their collection for summer is called “Coo-ee Couture”. Fearless design duo Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales didn’t disappoint. The eye-catchy collection is the result of Romance Was Born’s collaboration with artist, fashion designer and fellow free spirit Linda Jackson, who hand-painted each garment for the show. The intense jewel-toned dresses, mixed prints – including a striking beaded “Waratah “design – bold texture and glossy black plummage were accessorised by bright ceramic jewellery from the Australian label, Dinosaur Designs. If people in Australia are so easy-going with coo-coo fashion, then I love it!

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HC: Slavic. Valentino SS15

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Wow. I am moved. Valentino did a collection totally dedicated to Slavic culture and heritage. I definitely see so many Eastern Europpean accents – cubic prints inspired with  Marc Chagall; Polish ethno dresses; romantic embroidery; warm and and charming textiles. Chagall, in particular, captivated Maria Grazia and Pierpaolo Piccioli. “He had an incredible life, very hard, but he maintained his optimistic vision,” Piccioli said. The painter’s Belarussian origins provided a leitmotif for the embellishments that are so central to the designers’ aesthetic – bold, but with a toned touch. If talking of romance, Valentino also made hair decorated with real flowers – that was a cherry on the top of the cake. So, a Slavic person, I approve this collection.

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