I can’t help but feel instantly charmed by fabrics from Minä Perhonen, a clothing and textile design house from Japan. If the brand sounds familiar, you may have seen or heard of its collaborative projects with Danish textile and furniture manufacturers Kvadrat and Fritz Hansen.
The folk-inspired designs blend frolicsome graphic patterns with plucky colors and rich textures. Take a peek at the following sampling; don’t these swatches beg to be touched? To see the company’s entire range of textiles, clothing and furniture, visit the Minä Perhonen website.
This weekend, I checked out the YBCA party where I caught the Nick Cave exhibition. If you’re unfamiliar with his work, Cave combines Leigh Bowery‘s outrageous fashions with the obsessive embroidery skills of Francois Lésage, brought to life with the sweeping fluidity of modern dance (Ronald K. Brown and Arcell Cabuag performed at an earlier date in the soundsuits).
I met up with my favorite queen — decked in black, sporting a silver wolfhead fingertip and ready to impale new victims — and together we jiggled to Honey Soundsystem under video projections showing the soundsuits in action.
Later, we hit up Kontrol‘s fourth anniversary party just as the Wighnomy Brothers went on. Admist the sea of crappy music out there, the German techno duo still manages to produce some of the best dance music in the industry… Robag Wruhme, the group’s main musical genius, is a longtime favorite and I was most excited to see him live. His solo and extensive remix work are not to be missed.
Wighnomy Brothers at Sunset
On Sunday, I went to Treasure Island where the Wighnomy Brothers played a second set at the Sunset party. The two are so cute when they dance, like little techno bears! Robag ended the set by putting on Carmen McRae’s “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” much to everyone’s delight. As we were leaving we paused to look out at downtown San Francisco, framed by the beautiful bay and its two iconic bridges, blissed by the late afternoon sun.
I recently happened upon Zena Holloway’s exquisite work in photography. Shot underwater, Holloway’s work captures fugitive moments of fanciful visions, freeform in composition and suffused with mercurial light:
Holloway has also made several short films which give an animated grace to her still photography.
A little bird in NYC informed me that A.P.C., the French line made famous for its understated, impeccably constructed garments (not to mention its legendary dark-rinse denim), will soon release a new, nature-based multimedia piece.
A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou — who, after decades in fashion, has remained committed to unpresuming simplicity over celebrity — is now authoring a DVD of his journey to the North Pole, and it’s set to karaoke music. Can’t wait for what sounds like a creative gem.
Louis Vuitton has retained 9 of the world’s greatest artistic minds to reinterpret selections from its classic handbag collection. Shigeru Ban, James Turrell, Robert Wilson, Zaha Hadid, Sylvie Fleury, Bruno Peinado, Andr???e Putman, Ugo Rondinone and Tim White-Sobieski have offered their individual artistic versions of the tony line, which are currently on display at Espace Louis Vuitton Paris until the end of the year.
Espace Louis Vuitton
60, rue de Bassano
101 avenue des Champs-Elys???es, 75008 Paris
Open: Mon-Sat 12-7 pm, Sun 1-7 pm
More info and pictures available at LVMH’s online Magazine.