News that Mary Katrantzou’s work can now be seen at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts shouldn’t surprise those familiar with her designs, which often seem to skirt the world of fine art as much as fashion. (”We did have some clients that bought scarves from the Spring ‘11 collection to frame and hang on their walls,” she confided.) But there are no framed scarves in the ICA’s new Pablo Bronstein exhibition of drawings, architectural moldings, and performance, Sketches for Regency Living. The Argentine-born, London-based artist worked with Katrantzou on a series of costumes for the dancers that perform two choreographed pieces in the museum. The two were introduced by curator Matt Williams, who suggested that they meet since, Katrantzou explained, “from a creative point of view, we share a passion for architectural lines and a love of classicism.” (Her breakthrough collection, for Spring ‘11, used digital prints of lavish home interiors.)
“I wasn’t familiar with her work previously, but as soon I walked into her studio, I knew that she would be perfect to collaborate with,” Bronstein said. “There are such diversities of sources, so many references in her work that I knew that there would be enough common ground for us to work together. We talked about Regency fashion, a sense of decadence for the evening dress, a sense of vulnerability and delicacy and wistfulness.”
The result is two costumes, inspired by Bronstein’s Horological Promenade and Drapes in the William Kent Style, for the morning and afternoon dance performances. For the former, the designer created a peplum-accented jacket and pants in a gold clock print; for the latter, a fluid, draped gown with a print that suggests, Katrantzou says, “a sense of voyeurism through the window that frames the dancer’s torso.”
“To be honest, I wasn’t sure that it was going to work until we did the final dress rehearsal because of the technical difficulty of the dancers’ movements and the fact that the costumes are very complicated,” Bronstein admitted. “[But] once the technical issues were sorted out, the results were amazing.” As for Mary, she’s on to new challenges—like the Spring ‘12 collection, for one. “I cannot yet reveal too much,” she told Style.com, “other than it will be colorful and there will be prints, that’s for sure.”
Pablo Bronstein: Sketches for Regency Living runs through September 25 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, www.ica.org.uk.
Photo: Tom Medwell; Illustrations: Mary Katratnzou
Another image from Helena Bonham Carter’s Jeurgen Teller-shot Marc Jacobs campaign has leaked. The first image from the forthcoming campaign to leak was quirky cute–this one is more quirky ugly. The polka dots from Jacobs’ fall collection seem to have infected the 45-year-old actress–she’s got spots on her face and hands, she’s sticking her tongue out (not in a playful way), and holding her stomach as if she’s ill. If anyone can pull this off it’s HBC. But still, would this image make you buy those clothes?
Jeurgen Teller himself leaked the photo on his tumblr (which is awesome, by the way) and although he doesn’t explicitly say the photo is for a Marc ad campaign, the fall 2011 outfit says it all. Though she has worn Marc before, Helena Bonham Carter may not have been an obvious choice, but neither were Dakota Fanning or Victoria Beckham, if you think about it. Regardless of your opinion of HBC’s personal style, there is no denying that she looks awesome in this picture, especially since she would probably actually wear one of those ridiculous shiny bonnet things. What do you think?
If you have a little baby girl desperate for some Pre-Spring/Resort pieces, look no further than Alber Elbaz at Lanvin, who has created quite possibly the cutest kids collection ever.
Inspired by Jeanne Lanvin‘s own daughter, Marguerite, Lanvin Petite features the house’s signature jewels, ballet flats, and pretty tulle dresses. There are even four Elbaz-designed rag dolls; part of the proceeds will go to the charity Designing Hope, a humanitarian design firm.
Unreasonably cute, these are the kinds of things a crazy lady would buy to put away for her unborn child. Not that we can relate or anything.
**Photos Courtesy of Lanvin.
Angelina Jolie is the latest superstar to pose for Louis Vuitton‘s “Core Values” campaign: previous participants include Keith Richards, Tony Blair, and Mikhail Gorbachev. The goal of the campaign is to reinforce the core ideas of the Louis Vuitton brand–it’s less about fashion, more about travel and quality.
The campaign was shot by Annie Leibovitz in Cambodia’s Siem Reap province, where Jolie first turned to humanitarianism in 2000 while filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, according to WWD.
PS, WWD also refers to Brad Pitt as Jolie’s “husband.” Either the trade knows something the whole world is dying to find out, or they made a fairly egregious error.
**Photo: Annie Leibovitz for Louis Vuitton.