WHAT TO SEE AT TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

Posted on April 23, 2014

Calling all New Yorkers (or those who happen to be visiting in the next month) look no further than the Tribeca Film Festival to get your fill of unique and inspiring film culture! Lower Manhattan’s Tribeca Film Festival has been running for 13 years but has already found its place among the like of Sundance and Cannes in the film festival stakes. I guess that’s unsurprising knowing the talent behind it – Robert De Niro – and the bounty of movie creatives that already exist in New York. That said, there’s an overwhelming 160 films on offer for viewing, so we’ve done the hard work for you and whittled down our favourite moments whatever your taste or fancy!

If you’re a music fan… The Nas documentary: Time is Illmatic

Embrace your New York state of mind! Go behind the recording studio door with Nas in a documentary following the story of Nas’ classic debut, Illmatic. From hearing about his jazz-musician dad to exploring his local neighbourhood, Time is Illmatic opens up Nas’s myriad of inspirations.

If you’re a fashion lover… Dior and I

Start the swooning now! If there’s an haute couture show us Topshop girls are unashamedly poring over, month after it’s happened, it’s Dior. There’s something about that romantic fashion house that is so iconic and now that Raf Simons has taken up the reigns, we’re besotted. Now there’s a chance to get a glimpse at how Simon’s artistic directorship has influenced the house and what goes into those intricately designed gowns. Race you to the front row?

If you’ve got a car… Tribeca Drive-In Screenings

That’s right, TFF isn’t just about classic cinema but bringing back some old school much-loved ways of watching films one of them being the drive in. We romanticise about hanging out in a convertible and watching a classic movie and now you can with TFF’s drive-in screening of Mary Poppins or Splash at the World Financial Centre.

If you’re a wannabe movie maker… Tribeca Talks

Calling all industry insiders here’s a talk you want to be at! Hone your film making skills with news from the greats. Whether it’s soaking up the Art of Sound & Design from the top lot at Dolby or getting an insight into editing room from legendary Martin Scorsese. There’s a talk and a guest that will have you movie-lovers hooked.

Make your TFF plans now and get tickets to all the screenings from their website right here.

YOUR SUMMER MUST-SEE: MATISSE CUT-OUTS

Posted on April 17, 2014

Cut-Outs are a big deal this summer. And no, we don’t mean cut-out crops or open-back shirts (although they are a favourite for us too). We mean Cut-Outs as invented by legendary painter Matisse, and the Tate exhibition dedicated to his later life’s vibrant work. We’ve seen the hype and read all the papers declaring it the exhibition of the summer so went to check out if the critics were right…

Icarus 1943, maquette for plate VIII of the illustrated book Jazz 1947

From epic wall-spanning canvases to mesmerizing stained glass windows, it’s a feast for the eyes. But it’s not just the size, scale and variety of mediums that have us enraptured, it’s the colours. The petrol blue dancing figures, the geometric burnt-orange collages, the sprawling purple seaweed. Not only is Cut-Outs a prolific and rich exhibition but one that excites our inner creative.

Large Composition with Masks 1953

It’s bright, it’s vibrant and it has made us yearn for summer to hurry on up. The fact that Matisse only came to this form in his latter years, and that it often only took a little paint, card and pins to create most of them, blows our minds! For your Easter weekend culture fix or for any weekend from here til September, we can’t recommend this enough.

Henri Matisse, pictured in his studio. Photograph: Lydia Delectorskaya

This will undoubtedly be a summer sell-out so make sure to book your tickets now and make sure to tell us what you think! 

THE ULTIMATE GLAMOUR OF ITALIAN FASHION

Posted on April 7, 2014

Photo by G.M. Fadigati, © Giorgini Archive, Florence

The late great fashion writer, Anna Piaggi, once wrote, “Italian fashion designers are a secret society make up of pioneers, a few investors and a few poets. They are the new phenomenon and the new elite.” Impressive, eh? And never does that statement feel more poignant than at the V&A’s mega new exhibition, The Glamour of Italian Fashion.

Let’s be fair, the curators couldn’t have picked a subject with more natural ability to shine and dazzle if they tried. Yes, we’re Brit fashion girls at heart at Topshop but when it comes to fashion history and craftsmanship the Italians steal the scene. Whether it’s Miuccia Prada’s latest flame-toting heels, Gucci’s peak-a-boo evening line (yes, that JLO one) or a dramatic Dolce and Gabbana hand-painted couture gown, the names, silhouettes and styles from Italy’s fashion designers have always been in the headlines.

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The show is a rich timeline of the Italian fashion industry that spans the country’s post World War 2 fashion boom, Hollywood’s affair with Italian designers to an uncertain present day. For us, the most enthralling moments were seeing the glamour up-close. We swooned over encrusted dresses and held our breath over bejewelled capes: it is worth the trip just to go saucer-eyed over Mila Schön’s sequin-covered kaftan that was worn by Marella Agnelli at Capote’s legendary Black and White Ball.

So if you fancy musing over Moschino’s cheeky map dress or discovering the palazzo pant (Jackie Kennedy was a big fan!) there’s no better place to spend a Sunday afternoon.

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014 runs from 5th April – 27th July.

FOUR NEW ARTY THINGS TO DO IN NYC

Posted on March 31, 2014

We appreciate a weekend slumped on the sofa as much as the next guy, but there’s no doubt we’d be much more interesting company if we always packed our days off with cultural pursuits. With this in mind, check out our timely selection of new and exciting things to see and do Stateside.

Maria Lassnig at MOMA PS1

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Austrian Artist Maria Lassnig’s portraits penetrate deeper than surface level. “Body awareness” is her thing, and the sheer diversity of style and range of colours is certainly a sight to behold. With roughly 50 pieces of work including paintings, watercolours and films, this is Lassnig’s biggest US-based exhibition to date – go see!

Garance Doré and Anna Bond for Rifle Stationary

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Francophiles among us will agree that dedicated blogger Garance Doré can do no wrong. Garance has made no secret of the fact that she loves a spot of drawing, so her collaboration with Anna Bond of Rifle Stationary seems wonderfully serendipitous. Pop along to the Open Studio on Saturday 28th for a day of activities with Garance, including calligraphy and letter writing etiquette and, of course to peruse some seriously attractive paper.

The No Fun Film Club

The No Fun Film Club

The No Fun Film Club does not live up to its name. Celebrating the work of New York’s up-and-coming filmmakers, you’re guaranteed to get inspired at a NFFC night. The next event on Sunday, March 30 at The Wythe Hotel features the work of Emily Kai Block. Music video buffs will know Block’s work from Grimes “Oblivion”, Grizzly Bear’s “Yet Again” and most recently Arcade Fire’s “Afterlife.”

Uprise Art – Dana Bell Exhibition

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Whether you’re stuck for inspiration when it comes to decorating your walls, or you just want to browse the best new art around, it’s hard to beat Uprise. The amazing online gallery houses a whole host of artists’ prints, available to order or simply gaze upon. This month they’re also exhibiting the amazing work of artist Dana Bell at 120 Ninth Avenue, NYC.

 

DAVID BAILEY’S STARDUST

Posted on February 25, 2014

We just can’t get enough of Kate Moss. Not to mention launching her new Topshop collection this spring (too exciting!) and rubbing shoulders with her at our LFW show, Kate set our hearts racing once again this week thanks to David Bailey’s new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Stepping into the legendary photographer’s retrospective, we were greeted by a never-before-seen portrait of Kate, looking arrestingly beautiful with her killer cheekbones and a mega mane of hair. Shot in Bailey’s signature black and white style, the new print is testament to Bailey’s knack at showing a famous face in yet another light.

When you finally manage to drag yourself away from staring at Kate, the rest of the exhibition offers a comprehensive look at Bailey’s career – one that spans more than half a century. You’ll see the shots of ’60s model Jane Birkin that made his name, to portraits of famous friends (we’re talking everyone from Johnny Depp to Salvador Dali), as well as his more thought-provoking work from third world countries like Sudan and Papua New Guinea.

Bailey himself oversaw the hanging of each and every  photo in the gallery, making it a wonderfully personal account of his work. Each room tells a different story – we loved the space dedicated to his model wife Catherine, as well as the room filled with Bailey’s ultimate fashion icons, with portraits of fashion greats from Diana Vreeland to Alexander McQueen.

Bailey’s Stardust is open until 1st June, so if you’ve never experienced the sheer power of Bailey’s portraits close-up, this is simply unmissable!

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