Saturday, 30 July 2011

THE FRAGRANCES

All a bit odd given that I rarely wear fragrances (I think the ideal thing to smell of is nothing), but nonetheless these are my favourites...













Saturday, 16 July 2011

MERCEDES / BERLIN

Photography by Hedi Slimane from his Berlin series / GTA Vice City / Still from I AM LINKOLA 2007 by Thorbjørn Rødland / Dubai style / photograph by me, Berlin

I am in Berlin for the three day Transmission 1 festival, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and curated by Raf Simons. Held in the Berlin Congress Centre, designed by Hermann Henselmann in the 1960s, the centrepiece of the festival is a new concept A-Class car from Mercedes, presented in a smoke and light 'cube' by the artists Germaine Kruip and Thierry Dreyfuss, with Kraftwerk's 'Autobahn' playing on repeat. There are exhibitions/installations by Peter de Potter, Peter Saville, Konstantin Grcic and Germaine Kruip. Last night These New Puritans performed; tonight, Goose and Fischerspooner will take over the stage, while tomorrow the Michael Clark dance company will perform and Jo-Ann Furniss, Tim Blanks and Paul Morley will hold a panel discussion entitled "Show & Tell: Pop Culture." Each night there are film screenings in the cinema, which is appointed with huge black cushions. And finally, I am live blogging from a specially designed 'blogger room' straight onto a big screen beside the showcar, as is Begüm of the incredible Dandygum blog.

If you want to have a laugh, there is a video clip of me discussing one of my favourite pieces of architecture, the Barbican Centre in London, on the Transmission 1 website.

Stay tuned, because I am going to blog more about the installations here, as well as my thoughts on Mercedes in culture, what they are trying to achieve from this event, and about the commercial/marketing event as a creative installation in general. And, of course, about what it felt like to meet my all-time fashion hero, Raf Simons.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

A NIGHT IN PARIS

Bit of Paris always goes down well. Like a bit of Pompidou Centre action too.

It's always fun to get a €20 cocktail with appalling service in the bar at the top. Very French.

Rineke Dijkstra's 'I See a Woman Crying (Weeping Woman)' (2009-10) is a fun video installation set across three screens, featuring Liverpool school children reacting to Picasso's (unseen) Weeping Woman.


Cerith Wyn Evans worked with the industrial band, Throbbing Gristle, to create A=P=P=A=R=I=T=I=O=N (2008). The mirrors make noises and stuff.

I quite enjoyed Thomas Hirschhorn's 'Outgrowth' (2005), in that bullshitty modern art sort of way

From the design gallery, Pierre Paulin's 'Tongue' chair (1967):

Chair by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, from 1971.

'Giant Triple Mushroom' (2010) by Carsten Höller.

Colette chocolate ice cream:


Medication bag in Colette

Palais de Tokyo:

Mostly the bookshop is more interesting than the exhibitions there.

T-mix shirt by Fulguro (2006), snapped in a book, forgot the title...

Other random things I like about Paris...

The carefully spaced-out molded plastic seats at the Metro stations:

Eiffel Tower shit:

Hyper-real brightness and colours of the Jardin Luxembourg and all the sightseers on a sunny day:

Also liked my new hotel discovery, Le Citizen. I finally found somewhere with good service and minimalist decor and reasonable prices in Paris (if you've encountered the staff or prices at Costes, or the Ikea catalogue on MDMA decor of the Murano Urban Resort, you'll know what I'm talking about).

There are just 12 rooms, each of which comes with an iPad you can use during your stay, with free internet access.

The hotel is beside Canal St Martin, a little bit north from République. The view from my room:

Main reason for being in Paris was the Raf Simons show (blogged about here). I wore an SS03 Raf shirt with SS08 sandals (and H&M shorts):

A moment of lottery-winner-chic (minus a win) on the Eurostar home:

Liked this Playmobil and fine jewellery editorial in Numéro:

That's all for now; more soon from Berlin, where I will be live blogging from the Mercedes-Benz Transmission1 event, curated by none other than Raf Simons..