I had the pleasure of being invited to the launch party of the collaboration between 2 of my favorite designers Gareth Pugh, who brings gothic sculptural designs with a rock & roll aesthetic along with Chrome Hearts the ultimate Rock & Roll leather & silver purveyors.
If that wasn’t exciting enough the party was hosted by Serena Rees, one of the founders of Agent Provocateur at her beautiful Georgian Maisonette in Marylebone, LDN. From the moment I entered I was blown away by her impeccable taste & style hallmarks of her vision with Agent Provocateur. It was a beautiful fashion crowd, but unlike most fashion crowds the people here were warm, stylish, friendly & open. I was taken in immediately by Carson McColl & Gareth who introduced me to everyone and made me feel completely at ease as I forged many great new friendships with their lovely crew including, Faye Hindle, Elodie Laurent, and Laurie Stark.
Gareth Pugh & Tamie Adaya
Faye Hindle, Gareth Pugh, and Elodie Laurent
Tamie Adaya & Carson McColl
The lovely host Serena Rees, Tamie Adaya, Laurie Stark, and Carson McColl
I experienced an absolutely exciting fashion show by Meadham Kirshcoff a collaboration between Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff. The stunning show took place in the Raphael room of the V&A museum in London last month.
Their designs were electric, vibrant, and incredibly wearable with beautiful headpieces, they are one of the first designers who have excited me in a long time because they are NOT minimalistic which can be so BORING!
They are opulent and colorful and their look is complete from head to toe.
I rang in 2014 at my home away from home, the Hotel Shangrila with friends old and new, in a gorgeously themed 1930s style party at the rooftop bar, Suite 700. Everyone was dressed to the nines & in the party spirit. Rarely have I seen such great energy and good vibes all over…people were complimenting strangers, toasting each other, dancing the night away and just spreading the love.
Wishing everyone a very special 2014!
Dressed for the occasion
With friends & fam
The dapper DJ for the evening, DJ Paper
For my summer family holiday this year, I decided to do something very simple with the children.
We spent four nights in Portland, Oregon and stayed at the Heathman Hotel which is a very lovely old world style hotel. Portland’s reputation was not for naught it certainly had an amazing foodie scene, the nature was beautiful, but not as magnificent as the stunning northern Californian Redwoods.
Here are my top 4 reasons you should go check out Portland, Oregon.
1. Portland is still known as one of the last hippy cities & enclaves in North America with it’s classic slogan “Keep Portland Weird” strewn about the city. I really enjoyed the quirkiness throughout the city.
2. The beautiful natural features of the land…fresh water rivers, lakes, mountains, forests and waterfalls to explore and create a very nice atmosphere by being fully immersed in all of the wondrous nature always a lovely place to be with Family. I had the chance to splash around in the rivers & waterfalls w/ my family which was a very magical experience.
3. The burgeoning farm to table foodie scene is always fun to explore with family, we enjoyed the Woodsman Tavern together which had a very nice old school tavern vibe with all the luxuries of a big-city restaurant.
4. Last but not least we really enjoyed the nations largest independent bookstore Powell’s where I spent the good half of an afternoon indulging in all of the fantastic literature.
I have recently noticed a burgeoning art scene in one of the last places I’d expect to find such substance… the city of Las Vegas can be a very magical place if you’re not too overly mesmerized by all the sensationalized and in your face surface attractions, if you take a moment to step back and truly experience the arts & culture you will find many special things that a lot of travelers do not take into account. Take the lobby installations in each Hotel & Resort for example, they spend so much time & energy producing these amazing experiences and I feel as though many people just pass them by and do not take it in or explore all of the fascinating elements Las Vegas has to offer aside from the constant debauchery and gambling.
One such experience left me absolutely floored, I had the serendipitous pleasure of walking into the Louis Vuitton Maison City Center in Las Vegas and was then lured in by an amazingly talented & knowledgeable staff who gave me a full gallery tour of the in-store installations, and also surprised me with setting up an appointment to personally experience the private James Turrell exhibit on the fourth floor. Louis Vuitton has always championed brilliant avant grade artists, architects, and designers such as Stephen Sprouse, Murakami, and now the legendary James Turrell.
The exhibit entitled “Akhob” meaning pure water in egyptian is an installation that plays on the ganzfeld effect of uniform colors and the impact they have on our imagination morphing your perceptual experiences into a truly inspiring otherworldly experience that would leave any soul mystified. Turrell’s work is inspired by the magic of vision & light, and when you walk into the exhibit you feel a true sense of weightlessness, ethereality, and surreality.
Your surrounded by wall to wall colors smoothly morphing in front of your eyes, and creating rays of halo light effects that you even see in the photographs, these only exist within your imagination which is a very awe-inspiring use of the powers of light, it truly takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas city life and takes you to a very magical place that everyone should experience!
James Turrell’s work is also currently being displayed at LACMA so if you can’t make it to Vegas, I highly suggest you experience his work here in Los Angeles.
Photo credits: Florian Holzherr
Most of you know that Selfridges is my favorite department store in the world and has been since I was a child in the 70s. When i was in London in May I was blown away by the relevance and influence of Selfridges to dictate the cultural conversation not only with the new Masterpiece Theater show, Mr Selfridge but also with their store windows which are legendary. Selfridges was basically telling all the passers by what the appropriate themes for their outfits should be for all the major cultural events of the summer, including Royal Ascot, The Lovebox Festival, Glastonbury and the Proms, They also had special windows dedicate to the Bowie Exhibit at the V&A and a special pop up store for that as well. Here are some photos for you to enjoy.
The Op Art inspired display, reminiscent of the iconic Biba style
Neon Electro Pop in this fun & sporty display
This gentleman providing the store goers a little traditional Scottish flare.
Stunning prints, the green shirt has a bit of a Keith Haring vibe to it.
The mirror stairs create a stunning effect.
Bowie invades Selfridges
V&A + Bowie + Selfridges = Amazing