Recently, Diane and I attended the show of 91-year-old Roman couturier Renato Balestra during the summer edition of AltaRoma. When we arrived at Maestro Balestra’s villa, Sabrina Baldi, the designer’s publicist, ushered us through a lush, verdant trellis-ed passageway, through the exceedingly muggy courtyard where rows of seated signoras who lunch frantically fanned themselves, and into the elegant demi-air-conditioned salon.
Here is a rough out take from a jam session, very fresh, they also made all the batik outfits together as part of a bigger workshop at NTU, CCA, Singapore this last month. More from Alex Murray-Leslie, aka Chicks on Speed, soon.
This was just sent to me today and made me smile. We had such a great time and warm welcome at Gallery Aesthete for the DPP perfume launch. It would be hard to find a better host than Stephen Naparstek, the owner of Gallery Aesthete.
Balenciaga and Alexander Wang today announce their joint decision not to renew their contract beyond its initial term. Alexander Wang will show his final collection for Spring/Summer 2016 womenswear on 2 October 2015 in Paris and a new Creative Director for the brand will be announced in due course.
Excitement in Singapore with Alex Murrray-Leslie and her computer enhanced footwear project FOOTwerk. Alex put on a performance with Singapore’s one and only trans-artist Marla Bendini. Marla performed in Alex's computer enhanced footwear while Alex did live sound synthesis of Marla’s foot movements during poling.
Above: Shoes by Who Is On Next winner Giannico; Insect-inspired accessories by BB Luigi Borbone, "made from a poor material bathed in gold."
Dear Shaded Viewers,
Presented at the AltaRoma Fashion Hub at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, A.I. Creative Crime tells the stories of 100 artists, artisans and designers who took part in the 10 editions of Artisanal Intelligence. The installation also provided a platform for new works, which we will focus on here.
Tailoring is calculated, rational, strict. Drape is unrestrained and unstructured in fluidity. This conflict is exactly what Abigail Jubb explored in her latest collection. Titled Tailoring Versus Drape, Jubb set a beautifully tonal base on which she was able to take this simple concept much further – looking at the social implications of each fundamental design process; their conflicts and similarities, particularly in the traditional cut of a riding habit apron skirt.
Climats artificiels, will open in Paris during the Climate Control Conference. The exhibition will include 30 exhibitions, videos and photographs expressing the vision of contemporary artists: Yoko Ono, Ange Leccia, Marina Abramovic, Laurent Grasso, Hans Haacke, Hicham Berrada and Charlotte Charbonnel...on their vision of the future of our planet.
Recently, in Rome, I attended the 11th edition of Who Is On Next, the fashion scouting project dedicated to the talents of Made in Italy fashion, created and organized by AltaRoma in collaboration with Vogue Italia. This authoritative platform serves as a means of promotion for young, up-and-coming designers who showcase their creations before a prestigious jury of industry experts.
During the latest edition of AltaRoma, the international press and VIPs stayed at the über-chic Rome Times Hotel on via Milano. Located within a gelato-spoon’s throw of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, where many of the AltaRoma events were staged, the Times features bright, spacious rooms and clean, contemporary design.