DRIES VAN NOTEN: CURATING INSPIRATION
Visiting “Dries Van Noten: Curating Inspiration” at Arts Décoratifs in Paris was like stepping into the genius designer’s head – there was something ethereal about taking a tour on the other side of creation. It is peculiar in the fact that not only Van Noten’s work is displayed, but also the inspiration behind it – from Schiaparelli’s designs to Cecil Beaton’s photographs and the iconic Iris Apfel’s jewelry – spanning across cultures and generations. A master of embroidery and magical prints (he’s the only one out of the Antwerp 6 who specializes in prints), he creates clothing for someone who appreciates art. Even though all the clothing displayed was ready-to-wear, there was a couture quality to it. If you’re in Paris this summer – this exhibition is a must!
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“EXTREME” – MARIO TESTINO SHOW
On one stormy Paris day, we were transported back to the iconic Mario Testino imagery from the ’90s, when Carolyn Murphy looked impeccable with a towel on her head, and Nadja Auermann wore a white blazer with stockings. Spanning Testino’s 20-year career, the show is entitled “Extremes” because, in the words of the Galerie Yvon Lambert’s general director, Olivier Belot, “it can be a little too much, done in the most beautiful way.”