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Floating Flower Garden

TeamLab, formed in 2001, is a collaborative, interdisciplinary creative group that brings together professionals from various fields of practice in the digital society: artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects, web and print graphic designers and editors. Referring to themselves as “Ultra-technologists,” their aim is to achieve a balance between art, science, technology and creativity

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Their recent project titled Floating Flower Garden – Flowers and I are of the same root, the Garden and I are one, was on show at Maison et Objet Paris – a major event for professionals working in the art of living in all its rich and varied expressions. Previously exhibited at Tokyo’s Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, TeamLab’s flower installation is an interactive project providing the visitors with a particular experience. 

Floating Flower Garden is designed so that viewers can walk through a suspended garden while sensors detecting the presence of the viewer cause the flowers to rise upwards all at once, creating a hemispherical space with the viewer at its center.

Inspired by Japanese Zen gardens, the interactive floating flower garden is conceived as a place where viewers are immersed in flowers, becoming one with the garden itself. I found this creative/conceptual approach both contemporary and sublime.

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Floating Flower Garden – Flowers and I are of the same root, the Garden and I are one – TeamLab‘s art installation

Yohji Yamamoto – SHOWSPACE

SHOWSPACE, the Yohji Yamamoto exhibition presented by Live Archives, uncovers this week (31 July – 8 August) a selection of over 60 exceptional Yamamoto pieces. Jeffery Horsley, the curator, gathers together pieces from different collections and lines of the Japanese designer, in order to deliver a live show instead the normal fashion exhibition experience. Garments are displayed on live models and visitors are allowed to touch or try-on the clothes. I guess this is a proper take on the work of a fashion designer, especially when we’re talking about Yamamoto. Some of the pieces on show are also available for sale.

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31 JULY-8 AUGUST 13.00-19.00 DAILY

Live Archives present
Yohji Yamamoto: SHOWSPACE,
an exhibition of work by celebrated Japanese-born fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto exhibited on live models, with a selection of specially sourced items for sale.

LIVE ARCHIVES, 81 MARE STREET, LONDON E8 4RG

Craig Green’s Art Installations

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Usually Craig Green’s fashion shows delight the audience through designer’s signature mix of art installations and ready to wear outfits. His new Spring 2016 menswear collection makes no exception. The clothes designed in sparkling colors, with all the quilted and laced details, spread good vibes as for a perfectly summery mood. I guess the proper craftsmanship combined with the lightness and looseness of the outfits is one of the most important assets of Craig Green menswear.
In terms of installations, I particularly liked the minimalist approach in this collection. With the skeleton hidden inside, cleansed from additional details, the black/red/white color blocks look really powerful. Merely flat as canvases, these giant installations are endowed with a more subtle spatiality – the slits and round cutouts look as accurate and concise as Lucio Fontana’s artworks.

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Craig Green Spring 2016 Menswear/ images via style.com

 

Spring Poetic Undertones in T Mag

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The spring issue of T Magazine Men captures Spring Poetic Undertones in an artsy fashion editorial. Just a boy, a wall, a sunny day, plus exquisite designer clothes (Lanvin, Dries Van Noten, Alexander McQueen, Hermes) – beautiful! Photo: Matthew Kristall/ Styling:  Jason Rider/ Model: Simon Fitskie/ images via thefashionisto.com

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Anrealage

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ANREALAGE, whose name comes as a worplay of real/unreal/age, is definitely an intriguing fashion label. The designer behind the Japanese label – Kunihiko Morinaga, was born in Tokyo and studied at Waseda University and Vantan Design Academy. He launched his own brand ”ANREALAGE” in 2003. Winning the Avant-Garde Grand Prix at Gen Art in New York (2005), he showed this first runway collection at the large observation platform in Tokyo Tower with the brand of Keisuke Kanda (2006). He opened the Anrealage  flagship store in Harajuku, Tokyo (2011). Mainly concerned by conceptual design, Kunihiko Morinaga presented his works in exhibitions: “ANREALAGE EXHIBITION ‘A REAL UN REAL AGE’ ” (solo exhibition – Parco Museum, Tokyo), “Fhilosophical Fashion 2 : A COLOR UN COLOR” (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa). In partnership with Trident gum, Morinaga conceived the first line of clothing that completely shields all incoming cellphone signals (the Focus project was featuring a radio-wave blocking jacket).

ANREALAGE fashion collections reveal designer’s passion about technology and object design, delivering unexpected visual solutions and artsy outfits. Exploring intriguing themes such as Shadow, Air, Low, Bone, Colour etc., ANREALAGE fashion discourse revolves around essential concepts in fashion design – shape, dimension, resolution, the interplay of light and shadows.

Anrealage is showing for de second time at Paris Fashion Week, and their Fall collection certainly deserves a closer look.

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images source: style.com

Sergei Polunin Performs for Hozier’s “Take Me to Church”

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Russian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin dons an amazing performance for Hozier’s Take Me to Church music video. The video was directed by famous photographer David LaChapelle. I think this way of combining music with dance, as we saw earlier at Sia who partnered with Maddie Ziegler and Shia LaBeouf, is a relevant trend. And it is extraordinary.

Watch LaChapelle’s video below.

 

 

 

Performing Fashion

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Paris Opera House ballerina Marie-Agnes Gillot is featured in the editorial of Crash Magazine, December/January issue. Photo: Julien Vallon

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Paul Smith launched his latest innovation for menswear – A Suit to Travel In. A troop of exceptional performers were selected to demonstrate the extraordinary qualities of the suit. Cut from a 100% wool fabric, flexible and breathable, the item provides the wearer with complete freedom of movement.