LONDON FASHION WEEK MEN: Oliver Spencer Spring 2018

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AGENCY: AMCK 2017 London by Pantelis

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DONATELLA VERSACE MOMENT: Her Book, Promotional Tour, and The Day Before Documentary

We’re Experiencing a Donatella Versace Moment

Donatella Versace's promotional book tour included a stop in London, where she attended the Fashion Awards. Here she poses with Gigi Hadid. Image Amplified www.imageamplified.com
Donatella Versace and Gigi Hadid. Donatella’s promotional book tour included a stop in London, where she attended the Fashion Awards.

First, Rizzoli handed us a literary Donatella Versace moment when they published Versace, the book Donatella cowrote with Maria Luisa Frisa and Stefano Tonchi, with contributions from Tim Blanks and Ingrid Sischy. Next, Donatella has been on a promotional book tour consisting of stops in New York, Milan and London, where she recently attended the British Fashion Awards.

Finally, helping us to get our Versace fix is M2M, which is making the 2010 behind-the-scenes documentary available for streaming. See information on the Versace book and documentary, see below.

The Book, Versace

Versace.Written by Donatella Versace, Maria Luisa Frisa and Stefano Tonchi, Contribution by Tim Blanks and Ingrid Sischy. Image Amplified www.imageamplified.com
Versace.Written by Donatella Versace, Maria Luisa Frisa and Stefano Tonchi, Contribution by Tim Blanks and Ingrid Sischy.

From Rizzoli:

Written by Donatella Versace, Maria Luisa Frisa and Stefano Tonchi, Contribution by Tim Blanks and Ingrid Sischy

About This Book

A long-awaited and highly intimate visual history of Versace, the glamorous and globally renowned Italian fashion house. Versace—a name that epitomizes Italian opulence, bold sexiness, and a flair for the extravagant—holds its place firmly in the fashion world as a legendary and iconic luxury brand. Taking over the creative artistic direction of the family-run fashion house in 1997, the enigmatic and alluring Donatella Versace has since catapulted the brand into popular culture, cementing Versace as a go-to label for A-list celebrities. This richly illustrated tome chronicles Donatella’s interpretation of Versace in the twenty-first century and her remarkable work as the curator and face of Versace. Versace includes exclusive contemporary and archival imagery from runway and backstage shots to intimate scenes at the Versace atelier, with accompanying original essays penned by fashion’s most authoritative voices. Featuring arresting photography by Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Steven Meisel, among many others; images of Versace fashions modeled by the original “supers,” such as Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista; and red-carpet coverage of Hollywood’s elite wearing dazzling Versace couture, this glittering volume delivers the magnetic vibrancy, supreme luxury, and glamour quotient that define Versace.

About the Author

Donatella Versace is the artistic director and vice president of Gianni Versace SpA. Maria Luisa Frisa is a professor at IUAV University of Venice, respected critic, and fashion curator. Stefano Tonchi is the editor-in-chief of W magazine. Tim Blanks is the editor-at-large for the Business of Fashion. Ingrid Sischy was a revered writer, critic, and international editor for Vanity Fair and Vogue.

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SOUND CAFFEINE: Bjork Digital at Somerset House

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Bjork Digital is at Somerset House in London, where we spent a few Labor Day hours taking in a number of the singer’s virtual reality films, musical instruments, and the Biophilia music app. The exhibit features the film Black Lake, as well as Stonemilker, Mouthmantra and Notget, which are set out in a number of rooms in which we’re asked to sit on revolving stools, strap on the vr gear and immerse ourselves in Bjork’s music and collaborative visuals.

Bjork is an artist who often requires designated time to appreciate and digest. I appreciated such an opportunity provided by the digital exhibit. Her vision is rich, and incongruent with most of what is happening in pop culture. To have a few hours to engage with Bjork’s creativity was refreshing yet challenging.

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SOUND CAFFEINE: Bjork Digital at Somerset House

THAT CLOSER LOOK: Bjork at Somerset House

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Bjork is coming to Somerset House! Her exhibit will be there from September 1st, which is basically tomorrow.

We missed out on her exhibit at MOMA. However we’re excited to see her work on Biophillia and her Black Lake video, which will be showcased. This being an exhibit on Bjork, we’re expecting a unique juxtaposition of nature and technology, and its expression in music.
 
The exhibit at Somerset House will also feature video by Nick Knight, Michel Gondry, and Spike Jonze, who just released a top form commercial for Kenzo.
 
Check this space for our experience at Bjork Digital. Did we mention that we scored tickets for Bjork’s 24th of September performance? September is my birthday month, but I’ll happily christen it Bjork Month this year.

An immersive virtual reality exhibition from Icelandic icon Björk.

Somerset House is thrilled to announce the European premiere of Björk Digital, an exhib­ition of digital and video works, resulting from Björk’s collaborations with some of the finest visual artists and programmers in the world and coinciding with a special performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

Björk constantly and consistently challenges the status quo, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in music, art and technology. The exhibition at Somerset House invites visitors to engage with her work through the latest in virtual reality (VR) technology. Björk believes that by offering a private theatrical experience, VR provides a unique way to connect with her audiences.

The exhibition will include Black Lake, Björk’s groundbreaking immersive film commissioned by the New York’s Museum of Modern Art where the audience is treated to panoramic visuals and enveloped by a bespoke, cutting edge surround-sound system. Filmed in the highlands of Iceland, the work was directed by the Los Angeles-based filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang. Huang also collaborated with Björk on Stonemilker VR, a project that transports the viewer to a private performance of the first track from Björk’s critically acclaimed Vulnicura album. Shot on location on a remote, windswept beach in Iceland and viewable in full 360-degree VR, the viewer will be able to experience a one-to-one recital.

In Mouthmantra VR, Björk worked with director Jesse Kanda to capture intense footage from inside her mouth whilst she sings the title track, her teeth and tongue twisting and seemingly taking on a life of their own. Meanwhile, Notget VR, directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, presents Björk as a digital moth giantess transformed by stunning masks created by artist James Merry.

As part of the European premiere of Björk Digital, Björk will hold two special concert performances in London in September. These are her only UK shows this year and her first London shows since her acclaimed sold out Biophilia show in the round at Alexandra Palace in 2013.

Somerset House’s edition of the Björk Digital exhibition will include never-before-seen work by Björk. There will also be an interactive educational space which showcases the innovative apps and custom-made musical instruments from Biophilia, an app created by Björk that explores music, nature and technology. A programme of Björk’s extensive video work will run alongside the exhibition, spanning the artist’s 24-year career during which she has collaborated with film directors including the award winning Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, Nick Knight and Stephane Sedanaoui.

Bjork Digital Exhibition at Somerset House is supported by
Intel, AMD, HTC, Bowers and Wilkins and Barco Iosono.

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IA UPDATE: London Street Style 2016 by Troy Wise & Rick Guzman

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London Street Style 2016

Oxford Street, Carnaby London, Chelsea, Bond Street & Covent Garden

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IA UPDATE: Dolce & Gabbana’s Italian Journey with Alexandra Shulman at Vogue Festival 2016 by Troy Wise & Rick Guzman

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Sunday: Next up for us was Dolce & Gabbana’s “Italian Journey,” which featured their conversation with Alexandra Shulman. There’s no denying the depth of Stefano and Domenico’s vision, and their unwavering commitment to it. The question, though, remained: would their recent controversies overshadow the talk? The answer? No. By launching into a discussion on Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda, the conversation stayed on the work. Throughout the talk, Stefano and Domenico were witty, playful and opinionated.

Unsurprisingly, these two almost seemed like relics of another time. Stefano has pulled back somewhat from social media in recent years. Domenico revealed that he doesn’t have an email address (Did we hear that right?). They’re also resisting changes happening elsewhere in the industry. They won’t consider launching their collections simultaneously with their runway shows, as Burberry, Tom Ford and Vetements have recently chosen to do. Furthermore, Stefano and Domenico reject the idea of combining the men’s and women’s shows. “Men are men, and women are women,” pronounced Stefano, his finger waving in the air, even as Alexandra offered possible logistical solutions.

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