“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 –







PAD PARIS 2014





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Nothing would make A-Gent of Style happier today than being instantly transported to the City of Light to attend the preview of this year’s new iteration of
the Pavilion of Art and Design, more familiarly known now as the PAD, returning to the Jardin des Tuileries and now in its 18th edition.

A-Gent of Style, a customary enthusiast of the Paris and also London fair for the last five years (you can see a couple of his previous features here and here) had to break his own-made tradition this spring as he has been invited by KLC School of Design, of which he is an alumnus, to give a few lectures at the end of this week, a great honour and privilege he could not possibly refrain from accepting.


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PAD, pioneering event for Art and Design aficionados and collectors, has been reinventing for almost the past two decades the Cabinet d’Amateur and the notion of eclecticism, anticipating the aesthetic aspirations of its time. Season after season, it offers an intimate cocoon to those who have made decorative arts and design the core of their collection, driven by passion and heritage.

 
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Every edition evolves in aim to create an unprecedented dialogue between modern art, historical and contemporary design and jewellry. This year will give greater room to Primitive Art, and will highlight the vitality of raising such perspectives. The engaging aspect of PAD is its invitation to enter a personal collection, conceived by a selection of seventy-five local and international art dealers – all of whom are leaders in their fields, eager to address each passionate collector in a unique manner. In this salon, mind is enlivened and imagination is exhilarated, as entering a place where the contemporary taste for 20th and 21st century decorative art is born.

 


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This year again, the PAD Prize Jury will select from among the exhibitors the Award-Winning stand, Award-Winning Design Piece and Award-Winning 20th Century Decorative Art Piece. Each Award acknowledges the display and curatorial signature of the galleries’ booths and vignettes, as well as the quality and innovation of the works brought to the fair.

The Selection Committee, comprised of renowned art dealers, including some of A-Gent of Style‘s favourites such as Jacques Lacoste, Mathieu Richard, Chahan, Dansk Møbelkunst, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Gallery 88, Yves Gastou and Rossella Colombari is responsible for the examination of each new candidacy at the fair according to the high standards for which the PAD has become known.


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Since the PAD won’t open its doors to the public until tomorrow and his mole in Paris is not available today, A-Gent of Style sadly could not show you on time for today’s feature the stunning stands and seductive vignettes of this year’s sophisticated fair but in the meanwhile here is his selection of some of the wondrous objets on show ready to dazzle the connoisseurs during its four-day run.

And as usual, don’t hesitate to get in touch with A-Gent of Style at fabricebana@gmail.com if you want to get some information about any piece.



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– Photos by PAD and AD France –







LUXURY CHANEL SUPERMARKET SWEEP





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Kaiser designer Karl Lagerfeld transformed during Paris Fashion Week 2014 Paris’ Le Grand Palais into the most amazing giant supermarket to debut Chanel’s womenswear collection show attended by well-heeled celebrities such as pop star Rihanna and model Cara Delevingne who gladly partook in the fanciful supermarket sweep. The flamboyant aisles were replete with 500-odd Chanel-branded products in packaging designed specially for the show with over 100,000 mocked-up items on the shelves such as condiments, pastas, oils and vinegars, cheeses, charcuterie, brooms, dusters, fruits, vegetables, breads, alcohol, mops and more all stamped with the iconic luxury brand logo.


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Complete and utter genius if you ask A-Gent of Style.


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After the show was over, a tannoy announcement came out: “Dear valued customer, the Chanel store is closing. Please pick up complimentary fruit and vegetables as you leave”, which prompted a supermarket sweep as audience members pillaged and looted the shelves. Editors pounced on the non-perishable items with the Mademoiselle Privé doormats being the number one prized item to go first. Some of you might have seen some of the brilliant Instagram photos and videos by Anna Dello Russo

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Oh and the clothes? Candy-coloured tweed suiting came layered over purple glittery tops and metallic jeans. Elsewhere, tissue-thin leather tracksuit trousers were partnered up with sporty quilted cropped jackets, all set off with sneakers – some extending to boots – padlock necklaces or multi-strand pearls and full ponytails streaming in tweed rags.


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“I wanted to show the ease of the clothes, the way they walk in those shoes, the modern approach even to luxury”, professed Kaiser Karl. “Luxury should not be something like this, confined to a limited thing, that if you are lucky enough that you can buy those things, buy them, but don’t wear them to show people how rich you are. The big thing in Chanel is that we can play with everything and do whatever we want. Nobody tells us what to do, we are totally free. Which is nice.”


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Who said food-shopping shouldn’t be glamourous and that you couldn’t wear your sunnies in a superstore!? After seeing these images, even going to Waitrose will seem utterly dire.


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