as any style-conscious damsel knows, shoes and bags can make or break your outfit. that's why pierre hardy showers his loyal following with an abundance of plenty of options. the designer's s/s 2015 collection is no exception, featuring a range of shoes and bags that add an inimitable style statement to a business meeting, frolicky dance floor moves or a full-on flirtation. the hardy woman is naturally persuasive, and her choice of shoes - and matching bags - are an obvious exponent of that elusive inner strength. yes, now you know. shown here are five models from the desinger's newest collection that we particularly like. pierre hardy's s/s 2015 collection is available at the pierre hardy flagships in new york and paris, and at select stores across the planet, including saks fifth avenue [san francisco], the webster [miami], free shop [athens], on pedder [jakarta] and space mue [seoul].
ultramodern and with a fast-emerging soaring skyline, porta nuova is milan's new business district in the making. it's a highly prestigious project with numerous residential and commercial skyscrapers that'll add a distinct futuristic edge to the northern italian powerhouse. the first wave of luxury brands have already gained a foothold in the buzzing area, and among them is maison martin margiela. the quirky luxury label has opened the doors here of its first shop that's exclusively dedicated to accessories. the interior is an eclectic amalgamation of maison martin margiela's signature style references, and includes polished concrete floors, fluffy trompe l’œil rugs and mirrored ceilings. the brand's interior design objects are presented under glass fronted niches, while footwear is displayed on shelves made of thin metal blades against a long white curtain backdrop. location: via capelli 5 [porta nuova].
dover street market has anticipated the arrival of frieze art fair's latest edition with a number of store installations that wouldn't look out of place on the premises of the renowned fair at kensington park. as with all of the store's artistic expressions, its frantically busy creative director rei kawakubo has once again supervised the subllime settings that adorn the floors of this highly adventurous emporium. the shop windows feature works by art magazine raw vision and hundreds of bottles covered with imagery from the publication. the recently inaugurated louis vuitton space presents the icon and the iconoclasts project of six exclusive bags, including one by rei kawakubo. the elusive high priestess has even whipped up an installation, using art work by french set designer nicolas buffe and a series of comme des garçons tees have also been thrown into the artsy equation. obviously, these are just a few of the highlights for you to discover across the shops four floors. location: dover street market, dover street 17-18 [mayfair].
is amsterdam's 290 sqm. store is gradually becoming a pan-european chain? well, it certainly looks like it. in a previous post we talked about the expansion to istanbul, and as of late another branch has bowed on zurich's badener strasse. measuring just about the same size of 290 sqm.'s original store in the dutch capital, hence the name adaptation, it occupies a compact ground floor unit of a new and rather unique structure. called kalkbreite, the building serves multiple purposes. not only does it accommodate a built-in garage for the city's tramway cars, but it's also an urban living community with variously sized apartments, in-house facilities, and last but not least, a sunny rooftop park.
designed by architect carla herrera, the aesthetic of the store interior is sleek and simple, and adapts brilliantly to the concrete shell. angular plywood displays present carefully curated offerings, complemented by a sales counter made of similar material, and suspended steel clothing racks line the alcove. the compact mezzanine floor presents additional coveted items. 90 sqm. stocks a contemporary range of men's and women's apparel, shoes, bags, accessories and select lifestyle items, and most of which have previously been unavailable in town. currently on 90 sqm.'s brand list are brands such as a.p.c., grenson, mismo, nanamica and levi's made & crafted. location: badenerstrasse 175 [kreis 4].
aesop has set up a special installation at merci concept store in paris to showcase its first fragrance, marrakech intense. as striking as the australian cometics brand's stores, the showcase consists of no less than 30 kilometres of linen rope, dangling in tresses from the ceiling and forming an intimate enclosure. the installation is situated near the store entance and forms the backdrop of a dadaist spinning wheel of sorts on which bottles of marrakech intense are discreetly presented. the fragrance has been created in collaboration with french perfumer barnabé fillion, it combines neroli and jasmine with sandalwood, cedarwood and bergamot. as its name already implies, the ancient city of marrakesh served as primary inspiration, for the evocative aromas of spices used in local dishes, intense colours characteristic of its souks and the surrounding desert [on through oct 27]. location: merci, 111 boulevard beaumarchais [marais].
amsterdam dance event is the planet's biggest of dance music culture, and the event returns to the dutch capital on oct 16-18 with a multitude of cool events at various venues. sonos studio, a listening gallery for kindred spirits with branches in both los angeles and new york city, once again joins the action by chipping in with an interesting event program of its own. held at the newly opened mayer manor, a hybrid hospitality venue with a meticulously conceptualized historic setting in the heart of the city, sonos studio extends its expertise by hosting listening parties, performances, screenings, conversations and connections with various directional artists who passionately share their music and experiences. events on the program can be accessed by clicking here to send in your obligatory rsvp. location: mayer manor, nes 116 [centrum].
frieze art fair is back in london, and the excitement resonates across all nooks and crannies, including the city's happening retail arena. it's at other/shop, a quirky emporium in the heart of soho where the event's 11th edition is timely paired with the launch on thu - oct 16 of the fourth issue of supplemental, the periodical of british design trio sidian, ersatz & vanes. in celebration of the launch the designers have commissioned british artist calvin sangster to produce new work that responds to the concepts behind their perception-warping garments for the season, as well as installing new photographic works made in collab with artist tim hattrick and le creative sweatshop from paris. additionally, a limited edition printed sidian, ersatz & vanes x campbell cole tote bag will be released. location: 21 kingly street [soho].
legendary urban artist futura is in moscow prepping his first ever exhibition there. born leonard hilton mcgurr in 1955, he emerged as an influential player in new york city's flourishing underground scene of the 1970s and 1980s, and eventually gained a foothold in established art circles because of his distinct style. futura first visited the russian capital in 1984 and was photographed breakdancing on red square by photographer sophie bramley. this particular image went on to symbolize the important historical period, forging cultural ties of sorts between two extremely polarized cold war era cultures. that same year also marked the birth of the futura’s son timothy mcgurr, who exactly 30 years later on, has taken the picture of his father on the very same spot on red square as a professional photographer. opening tue - oct 14 at the shchusev state museum of architecture is timewarp, an aptly named exhibition which presents a body of new work that the artist has created for this show right here at the venue. location: shchusev state museum of architecture, ulitsa vozdvizhenka 5/25 [arbat].
although the master has left the company a little while ago, the issey miyake brand remains a creative force to be reckoned with, especially in japan. churning out various collections each season and maintaining a sizeable network of stores nationwide, it's right here in the homeland where issey miyake arguably is the most popular. among the retail network the so-called elttob tep stores in tokyo  and in osaka  have a flagship status, and it's here where the splendour of the issey miyake brand is most visible. their interiors are supersleek and they stock all of the brand's men's and women's apparel, accessories, bag and fragrance collections. currently on display at both elttob tep stores are nifty installations by tokyo-based industrial designer ryuji nakamura. made from cardboard, the installation is inspired by the triangle theme of the a/w 2014 collection of the 132 5. issey miyake women's line. the installations serve as a fitting backdrop for the collection in both stores [on through oct 31]. location : 4-4-5 ginza [ginza]. location : 4-11-28 minami senba [minami senba].
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there's no sign of let up on london's carnivorous front as the proliferation of burger joints continue. there's something fresh about bobo social, less of the pile-it-high, slather-it-on concoctions, these are well crafted patties with a little something extra. positioned as an experimental burger club, the kitchen folk set to work every monday devising their next carnivorous composition. recent weeks have seen zoo favourites like antelope, zebra and camel on the menu cooked over different woods, from silverbirch to maple. these are then artfully placed inside an angel-light buttermilk bun before being branded with a capital b.
side-kicked with truffle salted sweet potato fries or chocolate drizzled bacon and you have a real flavour mashing combo. despite the exotic meats on the table, the cocktail menu is decidedly english with lavender bombs and black basil cosmos. switching the canine for the sweet tooth, the freshly potted desserts are superlative with chocolate mouse doused in a salted caramel puddle and thick sweet and tangy lemon cheesecake. like the moniker suggests bobo [a.k.a. bourgeois-bohemian] social bridges either side of shabby-chic and semi-formal. less of a hangout spot, this is definitely a place to book in a catch up over dinner with pals. location: 95 charlotte street [holborn].
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