“A LONDONER IN PARIS”: GOING, GOING, GONE



Another trip to Paris, another invitation, another auction. Artcurial has struck again.

 A-Gent of Style will be attending the private auction Hermès Vintage next Tuesday, May 21, where hundreds of luxury goods from yesteryear from the Parisian fashion house will go under Artcurial’s hammer.

The star of the show will be the legendary and timeless Birkin Bag commonly referred to these days as ‘The Birkin’, created by Hermès in 1984 and named after the 1960s icon Jane Birkin.

A tri-colored (orange, red, shocking pin) crocodile “Birkin” bag, 35 cm, gilt metal hardware, keyfob & padlock, double handle. Year: 2006. Good general condition (few used marks)


The estimation for this stunning orange and pink 2006 bag is… 40 000 – 50 000 €. Go figure! A-Gent of Style can’t wait to be at the auction next Tuesday where the adrenaline in the room will be undoubtedly soaring!

Jane Birkin and her eponymous bag


The story goes that back in 1981, Birkin was sitting on a plane next to Hermès chief executive and after the contents dropped out of her bag in the headlocker and she bemoaned she couldn’t find a suitable weekend bag she liked, he decided to create a bag just for her. The rest is history. Clever man!


                The exhibition will be however open to the public from May 17-20.
      Here are some beautiful Hermès items up for grab A-Gent selected for you:

Happy bidding to anyone going! See you there!


COZ WE CANNES, CANNES, CANNES







The Cannes International Film Festival is 66 this year. The prestigious, world-renown and European-centric festival kicks off today on the sun-kissed French Riviera until May 26. A-Gent of Style takes you on a small tour to see some of the films that have made it to the Official Selection 2013 and the members of this year’s jury. It looks like another diverse, rich and exciting festival ahead. May the best win the coveted Palme d’or!

Clockwise: Jane Campion, Agnes Varda, Lynne Ramsay, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Auteuil, Thomas Vinterberg, Vidya Balan, Christoph Waltz, Ang Lee. Centre: Steven Spielberg, President of the Jury

The jury (clockwise): Agnes Varda, Lynne Ramsay, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Auteuil, Thomas Vinterberg, Vidya Balan, Christoph Waltz, Ang Lee and Jane Campion, presided by Steven Spielberg

 



Opening Night Film: The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann




Behind the Candelabra by Steven Soderbergh with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon




Un Château en Italie (A Castle in Italy) by and with Valérie Bruni-Tedeschi (sister of former French ‘First Lady’ Carla Bruni)




La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) by Paolo Sorrentino




Jeune & Jolie (Young & Beautiful) by Francois Ozon




La Vénus à la Fourrure (Venus in Fur) by Roman Polanski




Le Passé (The Past) by Asghar Farhadi with Bérénice Bejo (from The Artist)




Only God Forgives  by Nicolas Winding Refn




Michael Kohlhaas by Arnaud des Pallières




As I Lay Dying by James Franco




The Immigrant by James Gray with Marion Cotillard and Joachin Phoenix



Inside Llewyn Davis by Ethan and Joel Coen




 Any Lovers Left Alive by Jim Jarmusch with Tilda Swinton and John Hurt




The Bling Ring by Sofia Coppola




Blood Ties by Guillaume Canet with Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard and Mila Kunis




Closing Night Film: Zulu by Jérôme Salle with Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker




And Cannes wouldn’t be Cannes without a bit of controversy. You won’t see Nymphomaniac with Charlotte Gainsbourg since its director Lars Von Triers was declared persona non grata since his Nazi gaffe at the 2011 festival. Pity!




As you can see, actresses more than their male counterparts will top the bill this year.  A-Gent of Style can’t wait to ogle at the celebrities arriving on the red carpet tonight in their couture regalia. Werk it, gurlz!




“A LONDONER IN PARIS”: REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST



Last week in Paris as A-Gent of Style went to the sexy and moody Hotel Costes to meet the talented and charming Mark D Sikes, one of his inspirational bloggers, he came across the French visual artist Sabine Pigalle after picking up the glossy Palace Costes magazine. I was immediately mesmerised by her latest series ‘Timequakes’ that she conceived just after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.

In her latest exhibition at the Art Paris Art Fair at the Grand Palais, her work deals with the reinterpretations of mythology and religious history and creating hybrid contemporary photographs produced from portraitures mostly from recognizable classical paintings – some Flemish, others Mannerist – from the late 15th to the early 17th century mixed up with Tokyo’s shaky lights.

I like the fact that her works deals with the past and the present, figuration and abstraction, painting and photography and I was particularly drawn too to the clothes her sitters wear. Have a close look at the magnificent silks, brocades, velvets, sheers and embroideries. Quel spectacle!

After Hans Holbein

After Hans Holbein

After Rogier van der Weyden

After Rogier van der Weyden

After Lucas Cranach

After Lucas Cranach

After Frans Pourbus

After Frans Pourbus

After Pisanello

After Pisanello

After Anonymous

After Anonymous

After Raffaelo Sanzio

After Raffaelo Sanzio

After Gerard de Saint-Jean

After Gerard de Saint-Jean

After Piero di Cosimo

After Piero di Cosimo

After Petrus Christus

After Petrus Christus

After Giovanni Bellini

After Giovanni Bellini

After Van Eyck

After Van Eyck

After Raffaelo Sanzio

After Raffaelo Sanzio

After Domenico Ghirlandaio

After Domenico Ghirlandaio

After Van Eyck

After Van Eyck

After William Scrots

After William Scrots

After Raffaelo Sanzio

After Raffaelo Sanzio

After Rogier van der Weyden

After Rogier van der Weyden

After Andrea del Sarto

After Andrea del Sarto

After Van Eyck

After Van Eyck

After Lorenzo di Credi

After Lorenzo di Credi

After Leonardo da Vinci

After Leonardo da Vinci

After Isaac Claesz van Swanenburg

After Isaac Claesz van Swanenburg

 

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