July 11, 2012 in Shops
With heatwave after heatwave hitting the whole of Italy, riding à la ’mad dogs and englishmen out in the noon day sun‘ has become a total impossibility!
So when a lucky dash around Reggio at a passably warm 6:00pm revealed 2 exciting stores, it was fun!
Mas 505 Concept Store prides itself on the immaculate condition of its vintage labels: Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermès, YSL, Dior, Tiffany & Co, Miu Miu, Balenciaga, and affordable luxury designed items Charlottenborg, Tarina Tarantino, Tardivo Jewels and Minnetonka. They believe that these beautiful and extraordinay objects of quality, which might end up in a stuffy cupboard, are given a second chance. I actually quite like their own designed tees with illustrations of designers that have shaped fashion history, entitled – La classe n’est pas de l’eau! – which just sounds divine!
Tag Art Shop Gallery stocks street art, pop surrealism, low brow and vinyl toys together with clothing labels that carry designs in the same vein! This fabulous illustration was tucked away in a silent corner and just too beautiful to pass, making me so yearn for my favourite illustrator, Artist Andrea.
November 28, 2011 in Bright and Shiny
OMG and it’s happening right here almost right now, on the 1st of December, in fact: Christie’s South Kensington at 11.00, selected from The Billy Boy collection (the wunderkind who owns the largest PRIVATE vintage collection in the world) , and a couple of other owners too. I am totally fascinated by Billy Boy who schooled in Europe, counted Yves Saint Laurent as a chum, wore his pieces and grew his collection over 40 years whilst successfully managing a career as an author, model, artist and designer, ever so elegantly. He promised himself that a certain age he would refine the collection and then put together a museum. There are some stupendous pieces. The runaway sample of a green and gold lame tunic from Saint Laurent’s first solo collection (below) and the 1948 Lahore from Christian Dior’s second collection – selected at the time by the Duchess of Windsor and Wallis Simpson. And then the jewellery, shoes and accessories…just swoon. Swoon.
Encrusted beaded sheath dress, 1960 Balenciaga est. £1,000-£2,000
Telephone Dial Compact, 1950 after Salvador Dali for Schiaparelli est. £5,000-£6,000