“Forever Valentino,” the exhibition celebrating the maison’s legacy

“Forever Valentino,” the exhibition celebrating the maison’s legacy

Andrea Tuzio · 1 month ago · Style

On the occasion of Qatar Creates, the Qatar Museum and Maison Valentino present “Forever Valentino”, a major exhibition paying tribute to its founder Valentino Garavani and his priceless legacy of excellence in Haute Couture, yet to be discovered and rediscovered.

At M7, the design and innovation hub in Msheireb, Downtown Doha, “Forever Valentino”, an exploration of the Maison’s Haute Couture codes and a journey through Rome, Valentino’s home, the place where it all began and where his identity belongs, opened today-it will remain open to the public until April 1, 2023

The Maison’s largest exhibition to date, and its first ever presentation in the Middle East, comes to coincide with Valentino Garavani’s 90th birthday and the presentation of the Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2022 collection in the heart of Rome.
The exhibition is conceived as a vast overview of the history of the Maison, set in a setting that evokes the Eternal City, which has been Valentino’s home since its founding in 1959.

The exhibition builds a dreamlike image of the city of Rome, guiding viewers in and out of palaces, squares and courtyards, while allowing exclusive access to secluded and intimate spaces such as Valentino’s famous Ateliers, the Maison’s historical archives and the rehearsal lounges of the legendary Piazza Mignanelli headquarters.

The “Forever Valentino” exhibition chronicles a fast-paced city built as a collage of environments and experiences in which Valentino’s creations are displayed in constant dialogue with many of the sources of inspiration that stimulated the creativity of the founder and his successor and creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli

The exhibition composes an emotional dramaturgy inspired by capriccio, an 18th-century art form that combined disparate views of cities and architecture, reimagining them as fantastical landscapes of the mind. Conceived by Baroque geniuses such as Giovanni Antonio Canaletto and Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the art of capriccio transformed Italy’s marvelous vistas into enchanted mirages, creating many of the icons and myths that still build perceptions of Italy both locally and internationally. Fashion itself is composed of whimsy: fantasies, inspirations, art, music, culture, all translated into fabric.

Featuring more than 200 Haute Couture and ready-to-wear Valentino pieces accompanied by accessories and objects, “Forever Valentino” weaves a picture of the city of Rome filled with private memories and precious discoveries from six decades of the Maison’s history, including rarely seen dresses designed for the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy and, most recently, Zendaya.
Rather than recontextualized within the walls of a museum, Valentino’s creations here evoke their own context: carrying with them traces of where they were created, they are discovered in their natural habitat.

The pieces are chosen instinctively, emotionally, evoking the joy of color, the dignity and grace of Romanesque architecture, the love sewn into every seam. Part of the history of fashion, culture and Rome, Valentino’s creations appear as an integral part of the heritage of the maison and its birthplace. 

Few brands have established as deep a connection with their city of origin as Valentino has with Rome, and in the work of Valentino Garavani’s successor, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Rome appears no longer as an exclusive emblem of opulence but as a vibrant, multicultural metropolis. 

“Forever Valentino” stages a pop-up, dreamlike vision of Rome, even more fascinating when viewed in Doha, a city where the past and the future meet at a dizzying speed. 

The exhibition is curated by Massimiliano Gioni, artistic director of the New Museum in New York, and fashion critic and author Alexander Fury, in close collaboration with Pierpaolo Piccioli.

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Jared Leto will be Karl Lagerfeld in a biopic about the French couturier

Jared Leto will be Karl Lagerfeld in a biopic about the French couturier

Andrea Tuzio · 2 months ago · Style

According to WWD, Jared Leto will play visionary French couturier Karl Lagerfeld in a biopic produced by Paradox, the production company of Emma Ludbrook and Leto himself, along with the House of Karl Lagerfeld foundation.

The film’s executive producers will be the designer’s close collaborators Pier Paolo Righi, Caroline Lebar and Sébastien Jondeau. All three of these key figures in Lageferld’s life have held prominent roles in the French fashion designer’s work for more than 20 years, so who better than them to assist Leto in making the film. 

For now, there are no details regarding the plot of the film, but what is known is that the focus will be on what was Lagerfeld’s inner circle through a unique point of view.

“Karl had a career that spanned 50-plus years so both personally and professionally he was close to a number of people. I can say we are going to home in on key relationships that convey different parts of his life”, Leto said in the exclusive interview with WWD.

Over the years, we have been approached by several Hollywood producers who suggested to partner on a movie about Karl’s iconic life, Pier Paolo Righi said in a statement released by Deadline. “It has been only since we met Jared and Emma that we felt truly confident about the story being told in the artistic way Karl would have loved to see. Throughout our conversations, we have created an equally trustful and inspiring creative relationship that will allow us to work together very fluidly on this beautiful project”.

All we have to do is wait!

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Rosalía is the new face of Acne Studios

Rosalía is the new face of Acne Studios

Andrea Tuzio · 2 months ago · Style

For three years now, Rosalía has been one of the strongest artists on the face of the earth. 
After eight Latin Grammys, ten number-one singles in Spain, your still-ongoing worldwide and her own radio station in Grand Theft Auto Online, the Spanish singer has become the new face of Acne Studios’ new Fall/Winter 2022 campaign.

Shot and filmed by Dutch photographer Paul Kookier, the campaign consists of a series of very intimate shots where the Spanish artist is immortalized as a true muse. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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“When I pose for a photographer, I always try to be myself but also try to channel an energy”, explained Rosalía who added: ”What appealed to me the most about working with Paul [Kooiker] was that he has an atemporal style, his pictures could have been taken when photography was invented. But, at the same time, he transmits a freshness of the moment. His pictures are badass”.

“I love how bold but elegant everything is. To me, Acne Studios is a brand that takes care with the fabrics, the colors, the textures – everything is so well thought through, impeccable and fresh”, Rosalía said about the Swedish brand.

“The campaign tried to capture Rosalía in a way she is rarely seen”, explained Kookier, who then added: “While shooting the videos, I discovered that her movements were so strong and confident that we continued this way of working for the stills. The approach was to shoot the contemporary collection in a timeless and historical atmosphere”.

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Palace’s infamous product descriptions in a book

Palace’s infamous product descriptions in a book

Andrea Tuzio · 2 months ago · Style

Palace is set to release Drop 2 of Fall 2022, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 14
In addition to the classic outerwear, sweatshirts, T-shirts, caps, and pants, the British skateboard brand has unveiled a book destined to become an absolute cult among fans, the title is Palace Product Descriptions: The Selected Archive

Published by Phaidon,the book was edited entirely by Palace founder Lev Tanju and is the official, printed archive of the infamous online product descriptions. Since its inception, Palace has always used descriptions that often had nothing to do with the product itself and were totally out of context and decidedly unconventional, chock-full of humor, social satire, strong opinions, and no-nonsense.

The Edinburgh-born writer, poet and literary critic Sam Buchan-Watts, was asked to write the preface, who, in the very preface to Palace Product Descriptions: The Selected Archive, scrive: “Ludwig Wittgenstein claimed that a serious philosophical work could be written entirely of jokes: we might now add product descriptions”.

Divided by points and strictly all in capital letters, the book consists of more than 3,000 descriptions divided into 22 sui generis categories, such as: “anatomy,” “animals,” “etiquette,” “philanthropy,” “romance,” “travel,” and many others, plus product photos of course. 

Palace Product Descriptions: The Selected Archive will be available starting October 14 from both Palace’s web shop and Phaidon’s website for €40.

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Supreme and The North Face rocked again

Supreme and The North Face rocked again

Andrea Tuzio · 2 months ago · Style

Right on time like every year these days, came the new collaboration between Supreme and The North Face for the seventh drop of Fall 2022 from the skateboard brand founded by James Jebbia.

Unlike the previous collabs, however, this one seems to have something more in all aspects, both at the creative and communicative level and from a materials point of view. 
The choice made by the two brands involved was to go digging into old joint ventures and restore contemporaneity to the aesthetic choices made in previous years. 

In the Supreme/The North Face Fall 2022 collection we find the fur print of the Nuptse from Fall 2013, or the map print from Spring/Summer 2014 and then again paisley, camo, denim in short, a look at the past but projecting everything into the future.

This collection represents The North Face’s first release under the creative direction of Tremaine Emory, and the direction taken is immediately apparent. 
The collaboration winks at the world of motocross, but all the garments in the collection can be worn regardless of context and look flawless perfectly within the contemporary urban context. 

The Fall 2022 Supreme/The North Face collaboration will be released online and in Supreme stores on Thursday, October 13.

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