PHANTASMAGORIA: VINCENT DARRE & PIASA





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Another day, another, auction house, another sale…and third time lucky.

At a time when the world and its geopolitics seem to have gone awry and make little sense, it feels right for A-gent of Style to welcome and celebrate Vincent Darré, the quirky, fanciful polymath as the parisian storyteller of fashion and design empties his now fabled maison de curiosités for a sale with Piasa in Paris today.


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This eccentric creative force who worked for fashion power houses such as Yves Saint Laurent, Montana, Karl Lagerfeld, Moschino and Fendi before going solo to set up his Maison Darré to make his own quirky and whimsical furniture and designs (and many collaborations with artists such as Pierre Le-Tan and textile master Pierre Frey) is inviting us to see for the last time most of the content of his “laboratory of dreams” which have been re-staged as room sets and vignettes at Piasa auction house prior to the sale this evening appropriately titled ‘Vincent Darré, extravagance dadaist’.


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Expect to find anatomical curios, anthropomorphic and skeleton pieces, antiques from the flea markets and many of his prototypes and creations influenced by surrealism, cubism and dadaism with odds to Cocteau, Braque, Dali or de Chirico in unconventional juxtapositions similar to his apartment, all filled with memories but little nostalgia. The “anarchist of good taste” is ready to let go of the elements of his phantasmagorical universe to create another one. Judging by his latest idiosyncratic but fantabulous project Hotel Montana in Saint-Germain-des-Près, it is difficult to gauge whether this enfant terrible will move from audacious maximalism to restrained minimalism, and what his reinvention and reincarnation will be. Time will tell. And A-gent of Style simply cannot wait.


– Vincent Darré’s apartment –


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– ‘Vincent Darré, extravagance dadaist’ exhibition at Piasa, Paris – 


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Vincent Darré with Vogue’s Suzy Menkes who wrote the preface to the catalogue

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You can view the full catalogue here

A-Gent of Style‘s selection of the sale –


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– Imagery by Piasa, Aurélien Mole, and from Piasa’s and Vincent Darré’s Instagram accounts –

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOWTIME: PETER PAN AND THE DESIGNERS OF THE CARIBBEAN





He’s behind you! Famous designers take centre stage for pantomime in aid of the NSPCC.

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Leading names from the worlds of interior design and fashion are joining forces again this autumn to put on a pantomime in aid of the NSPCC.


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Dame Vivienne Westwood – Peter Pan

 

 

From 28 October-1 November, London’s Bloomsbury Theatre will play host to the Interior Designers’ Pantomime sponsored by AkzoNobel, the manufacturers of Dulux.  This year the pantomime will tell the story of Peter Pan and the Designers of the Caribbean – a theatrical adventure which promises a fun and outrageously glamorous night out.

 

 

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The production will star leading figures from the world of interior design, including Tim Gosling, Joanna Wood, Trevor Pickett and Justin Van Breda, who will be treading the boards of this iconic London theatre alongside some celebrity cameos. And to add a little extra glamour to proceedings, costumes for the pantomime will be designed by some of the world’s most illustrious fashion designers, such as Dame Vivienne Westwood, Jasper Conran, Bruce Oldfield, Zandra Rhodes, Tomasz Starzewski, Anna Valentine, Piers Atkinson and Jenny Beavan.


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As the pantomime begins, London is grey and drab. All the interior designers have fled to Never Never Land to escape their clients’ bad taste and endless complaints. But with Captain Hook on the loose, how long before the designers realise they must return colour to London and save the city from Hook’s evil clutches? Join Wendy and the lost boys for a production of magic and fantasy, mermaids and pirate ships, ticking crocodiles, mischievous designers and fairies, all in aid of the NSPCC.

 

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Piers Atkinson- Captain Hook

 

 

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Tim Gosling, one of the founding members of the Interior Designers’ Pantomime team and a driving force behind the production, will be reprising his role as the pantomime Dame, this year playing the role of the outrageous Donna Kebab. Tim said: “It’s been four years since our last pantomime and so we’re all really excited to be back. This year’s production promises to be better than ever, and I hope that we’re able to raise lots of money for the NSPCC and bring a huge splash of colour and some glamour to London this autumn.”


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Jaspar Conran – DONNA KEBAB – ‘Carmen Miranda mantilla’

 

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Music legend and long-time supporter of the show, Elaine Paige, said: “The Interior Designers’ Pantomime is always a fabulous night out filled with glitz, glamour and generosity – I can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for us this year!”

Matt Pullen, AkzoNobel UK Country Director said: “AkzoNobel is delighted to have the opportunity to support the NSPCC and the fantastic work it does to protect children across the UK. The performance will be a unique opportunity to see talented interior designers put down their colour palettes and show off their acting skills to raise money for this important cause.”



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Jenny Beavan – The Acolyte



Tickets priced from £20-£75 are available now, and the money raised will help the NSPCC to protect vulnerable children and prevent abuse through its projects and services including ChildLine – the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people.

To find out more or to book tickets, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/panto

Performance dates and times:

Tuesday 28 October: 7.30pm

Wednesday 29 October: 7.30pm

Thursday 30 October: 7pm (black tie gala performance with champagne reception)

Friday 31 October: 7.30pm

Saturday 1 November: 2.30pm & 7.30pm



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About the NSPCC:

The NSPCC is the UK’s leading children’s charity specialising in child protection. Our vision is to end cruelty to children in the UK and we make a difference for all children by standing up for their rights, listening to them, helping them when they need us and by making them safe. The NSPCC runs projects and services across the United Kingdom and Channel Islands to help vulnerable children. We also provide ChildLine, the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people and a helpline for adults who are worried about a child or want advice.

If you have concerns about a child or young person, you can call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, text 88858 or visitwww.nspcc.org.uk

Children and young people can contact ChildLine on 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk



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“A LONDONER IN PARIS: THE NOTEWORTHY DRIES VAN NOTEN RETROSPECTIVE





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Numerous are the fashion exhibitions A-Gent of Style has swanned around over the years but nothing had prepared him for the revelation that is the first ever retrospective currently at Les Arts Décoratifs museum in Paris celebrating the notable career of Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten. When his friend Christophe d’Aboville highly recommended he saw this exhibition during his stay in Paris last week, A-Gent of Style was uncertain as to whether he would make it to Inspirations as he shamefully knew little about Van Noten who had seldom been on his sartorial radar. Pleasantly surprised would be far too mild an expression to describe the indelible impression the exhibit on the artist’s work had on him.
A-Gent of Style left the museum buzzing, re-energised and completely inspired by this maximalist cornucopia of layers, textures and compositions with cross-cultural, cross-societal and cross-geographical references and visual stimuli.


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Dries Van Noten takes us on an intimate journey into his artistic universe created since 1986 where he reveals the singularity of his creative process illustrating his various and numerous sources of inspiration. This event, expertly curated in the most sterling and intelligent manner, is an eye-opening experience where
Dries Van Noten’s men’s and women’s collections are put together and juxtaposed with iconic pieces from the museum’s fashion and textile collection. The show also includes photographs and videos, film clips (the embroideries and beading ones shot in India are sublime), musical references, as well as artworks by renowned artists, from public and private collections, that have triggered the designer’s imagination throughout his life and career.



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For this beautifully detailed and extensively researched exhibition which takes the form, on the second floor, of a kaleidoscopic hothouse of enchanted wild gardens and blossoming prints on the walls and on the floors, Dries Van Noten has brought together elements which point to other sources of inspiration, such as the Renaissance ‘chambers of wonder’ or ‘curiosity cabinets’ in which collectors amassed memorabilia and souvenirs. He has selected anonymous 19th century pieces and works by emblematic couturiers such as Elsa Schiaparelli and
Christian Dior ans 1980s designers, to evoke intimate subject matters such as youth, the archetype, ambiguity and passion, while highlighting his ‘signature’ themes.

 

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Thanks to exceptional loans, masterpieces by important artists such as Bronzino, Kees Van Dongen, Yves Klein, Victor Vasarely, Francis Bacon,
Elizabeth Peyton and Damien Hirst are on display in each section of the show ranging from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the 1950s, military uniforms, Spanish bullfighters, ’60s hippy chic, Bollywood, African tribes, punk and many more. Major films, including Stanley Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange and
Jane Campion’s The Piano, are also part of the event.

The exhibition is the result of Dries Van Noten’s close collaboration with the Arts Décoratifs Museum, which has prompted him to use several 19th century textile patterns in his 2014 men’s ans women’s Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collections that he unveiled in Paris in June and September 2013.


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– Photos by A-Gent of Style and Les Arts Décoratifs –







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