with karl lagerfeld firmly at the helm of chanel, every six months the fashion pack eagerly awaits what he's got up his sleeve this time. and being the very clever creative that he is, you never know except that it's going to be fab. during last week's paris fashion week monsieur lagerfeld presented chanel's a/w 2014 collection at the grand palais in an extraordinarily detailed and rather surreal supermarket setting. models in full chanel regalia cavorted amidst laden shelves and displays toting designer bags and shopping baskets. and although surreal, the setting was appealing enough for the invitees to massively besiege and ransack the setting. but alas, inexorable security guards at the exit made sure all trophies were - although somewhat grudgingly - handed back. location: grand palais, 3 avenue du général eisenhower [champs-elysées].
for amsterdam-based denham the land of the rising sun is of great significance in more ways than one. the country's denim expertise and appreciation are obviously of main importance, but it's right here that denham first decidedly aligned itself with the luxury brand segment - and successfully so - by opening up shop at omotesando hills in tokyo. only a year after the denim brand landed at the swanky mall it has relocated to bigger premises. the new retail space encompasses a double unit, measuring a spacious 170 sqm. [1,830 sq.ft.]. it boasts a similar whitewashed interior, displays and shelving in a matching hue and untreated wood, hand-picked japanese paraphernalia, and of course a wall lined with the brand's signature scissor hooks. it's now big enough to present denham's complete men's and women's lines. location: omotesando hills, jingumae 4-12-10-b1f [harajuku].
ill-studio is a paris-based multi-disciplinary creative collective founded in 2007 by lénoard vernhet and thomas subreville. now a group of six, their expertise straddles many disciplines and includes photography, video, graphic design, typography and art direction, and the client list includes names such as nike, christophe lemaire, louis vuitton and australian band tame impala for which they directed the elephant video. currently on at 12mail gallery in paris is fetishistic scopophilia, an exhibition which gives you the opportunity to view some of ill-studio's recent work up close [on through mar 24]. location: 12 rue du mail [étienne marcel].
through the years we've come to know and appreciate ace hotel properties and the people behind them, as hubs, instigators and curators of local culture. the american trade hotel in panama city, the latest addition to its portfolio, is no exception. situated in the historic casco viejoneighbourhood, the hotel occupies a restored landmark building and the opening contributes a great deal to the further revival of a part of the city that once was a no-go area. following the widely publicized opening, the american trade hotel is now focusing on connecting with the local cultural scene, and it has just struck its first collab with danilo pérez. the acclaimed panamanian jazz pianist and composer has dreamed for many years of bringing a world-class jazz club to his hometown.
with the recent opening of danilo's jazz club on the premises of the american trade hotel that dream has come true. the new club occupies an intimate space seating only 50 people, and offers the casco viejo area music from panama and across the planet. mind you, many of the local music talents trained with pérez in the educational programs provided by the foundation that also bears his name. danilo's jazz clubwill also serve as a central component of the foundation's annual panama jazz festival. part of the proceeds from the venue go to thefundación danilo pérez. location: american trade hotel, plaza herrera [casco viejo].
french fashion designer agnès b. has always had a thing for street culture. this specific susceptibility is not only reflected in her collections, but has also made her a well-known protagonist of artists related to the genre. it's no wonder the designer has taken a liking to punk+, a new book by american photographer sheila rock. born in the states, rock relocated to london in 1970 and when she landed a job at legendary cult magazine the face her career took off. through connections and of course the fact that rock was based at the global epicentre of the punk movement, she befriended and shot many of its music icons such as the clash, siouxsie & the banshees and the damned. after previous launch showcases in london and paris, a sale exhibition of photographs from the punk+ book opens wed - mar 12 at the agnès b. boutique in aoyama. to celebrate the launch of the book in japan and the exhibition, a special punk+ night is held at the store the very next day [guest list closed], featuring a talk session with sheila rock, a gig by musician and punk connoisseur ken yokoyama, and last but not least, a fashion show of agnès b.'s s/s 2014 collection. location: agnès b., minami aoyama 5-7-25 [aoyama].
berlin's bikini-haus is massive mixed-use complex built in the 1950s by german architects paul schwebes and hans schoszberger. an extensive redevelopment has given the elongated structure opposite the kaiser wilhelm memorial church, one of the city's iconic landmarks, a new lease on life. the new bikini-haus will be having a curated and edgy mix of stores, office space, entertainment and also a new hospitality formula. it's quite massive and will without doubt have a major impact on the surrounding neighbourhood once it's fully completed.
the first businesses are now actually opening up and one these is the 25hours hotel berlin bikini, the first property of the design hotel chain in the german capital. it occupies floors four to nine and features 149 rooms in six different categories. half of the rooms look out over the monkey and elephant enclosure of the berlin zoo, while the other half enjoy stunning city views. totally geared towards today's traveller with a penchant for cool design, the guestrooms not only look the part, they offer the modern comfort and amenities too, including free wi-fi internet access - it's actually available throughout the premises - and even free mini car and bike rental.
as for 25hours hotel berlin bikini's public spaces, a lot of effort has been made to create a series of facilities and settings that aren't simply appealing but add up to the hotel's happening vibe. there's an elaborate choice of in-house wining and dining. the monkey bar on the top floor is a good place to start the evening. killer cocktails are paired with great views and catchy dj beats. if the social action makes you feel a little famished, head down to burger de ville for a signature hamburger, or neni berlin for something more substantial. this diner up on the 10th floor serves tasty dishes from a wonderful mash-up of different cuisines in a wonderful setting.
oh, let's not forget about the fabulous outdoor terrace it has! woodfire bakery is an extension of sorts of the ground floor lobby, and as the name already implies, it serves freshly baked bread and pastries. but if you simply want to chill out by yourself or perhaps do some business, there's the multi-functional wohnzimmer lounge. divided into various sections, it boasts both comfy seating areas and so-called microhouses. these are cleverly created units - dare we say they look quite cool too? - intended for small meetings and conferences. location: budapesterstrasse 40 [tiergarten].
creative collective études studio has struck a new collab with the broken arm store in paris that totally tickles our sense of global citizenship. next to a bold globe symbol, the world talk crew neck sweater features texts in english, arabic and korean, silkscreened respectively on chest and sleeves. the garment comes in dark blue, and has a ribbed neckline, cuffs and hem. and in case you wondered, it's made from a cotton [70%] and polyester [20%] mix. this special design is obviously available at the broken arm boutique in the french capital, but if you reside elsewhere on the planet you can also purchase the item online.
for quite some time the far east has proved to be the new frontier for european and american luxury brands, but specific markets have reached such maturity that homegrown brands and companies are looking abroad for expansion and are starting to reciprocate with sophisticated initiatives in far flung territories. and such a venture has just been launched in the heart of paris. called tom greyhound it's a new retail concept by handsome, a leading korean retailer which already operates a series of eponymous shops and monobrand flagship stores in the homeland. the store occupies the ground floor of a building that was previously home to a renowned modern art gallery. french practice architecture & associés has redesigned the premises and the existing chain of both big and more intimate rooms now decidedly look the part of an inviting shopping haven.
the interior of the tom greyhound store has become much more layered, featuring bold rectangular light fixtures, a new tiled floor and a series of displays, wooden clothes racks and floor-to-ceiling partitions. aiming to serve both male and female shoppers, it has put together a quirky blend of offerings with a typically asian sensibility, but decidely intended for an international clientele that's equally discerning when it comes to style and fashion. the offerings consist of established brand and emerging labels from around the planet, and possibly also from korea at a later stage. tom greyhound's current brand list features fashion-forward labels such as maison martin margiela, avelon, j.w.anderson, r13 and opening ceremony. location: 19 rue de saintonge [marais].
belancé is a new emporium filled with coveted accessories in sydney's paddington area, set up by theodore english and oscar perez. initially started as an online business, the duo eventually opened a pop-up store which proved to be so successful that they decided to permanently open up shop in this upscale shopping district. they created a store interior with an industrial edge that's very compatible with belancé's tightly curated offerings. the retail space is furnished with a number of cherry-picked pieces from vintage stores that add a distinct character and style. english and perez make a real effort to get to know the ins and outs of a brand before it lands on belancé's shelves, and only pick the ones that reflect a contemporary notion of balance, quality and design that's similar to their own. the shop's merchandise encompasses almost a complete wardrobe, and currently includes eyewear by (h)aze, qwstion bags, baxter cosmetics, triwa watches and even suits. the latter comes with a made-to-measure service which offers no less than 500 fabrics to choose from. location: 8 william street [paddington].
pro176 is an established name in the urban art scene in paris and beyond. he started dabbling in art at an early age and american comic book artist jack kirby proved to be highly influential. to this day, pro176's work shows many elements that reference kirby's eternal philosophical quest of the good against the evil, played on the background of universes filled with infinite stars and galaxies, and populated by superheroes and supervillains. obviously, the prerequisite big futuristic machines and spaceships straight out of a science-fiction movie are not forgotten. opening thu - mar 6 [6pm-9pm] at pure evil gallery in london is liquid mechanism, an exhibition dedicated to pro176's newest works. presented are a series of wildly imaginitive canvases that depict the aforementioned themes in a bright colour pallete. location: 108 leonard street [shoreditch].