Forget Me Not - Winter Collection ‘’dream-catcher’’


We love the forget me not scarves, here a little description of the label and the new winter collection, all the scarves are produced in Italy (Como) using a very fine digital print mode which is best suited to render the minute details of hand-drawn compositions.

Coco - The designer
After five years studying fine arts in Paris, Coco forged a successful career as a communication consultant for leading French fashion designers and couture houses. She now also creates imagery for major retail brands and publications spanning both the independent and mainstream press, including Vogue, ELLE, Nylon and Muse. Her approach mixes several techniques, combining old-school processes such as painting and hand-drawing with digital techniques. For the finished product, she balances a mix of visual restraint and minimalism with a more leftfield and pop-friendly approach. Her work has been published in numerous publications including Taschen, Gestalten,Victionary and several exhibitions in London, Los Angeles and Barcelona. She has also worked on a series of collaborations, including Addition Adelaide in Japan, Evian, Longchamp, K Karl Lagerfeld.

Sources for inspiration
Forget Me Not is a concept that revolves around Coco’s own peculiar visual universe and most notably the encounter between several of her particular fields of interest. These include the collage works of the modernist avant-garde, Surrealism, montage as a way of enchanting reality, geometric patterns - especially in esoteric imagery, animals seen as totems, the talismanic power of the object and literary references ranging from childrens’ tales to fin-de-siècle novels.

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The inspiration for the new winter collection, Dreams & Feathers, is found in Coco’s trademark orchestration of ancient esoteric symbols with a hyper-contemporary approach to design. This year, the collection takes a foray into more graphic territories – cubism, kaleidoscopic refractions and the works of M.C. Escher all spring to mind – as well as adopting a new, ulltra-versatile lozenge silhouette.
Feathered messengers of ancient wisdom invite us to a flight into the unknown, a world of psychedelia, dream- like geometries and strange organic landscapes where feathers grow like clusters of plants and ancient jewellry unfurls into cosmic ‘’dream-catcher’’ devices.

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www.forget-me-not.me & www.cocopit.biz

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Madame Grès, couture at work


A true mistress of couture who was considered a genius by her peers, Madame Grès (1903-1993) influenced the history of fashion. A special exhibition at the Bourdelle Museum.

This is the first Paris retrospective dedicated to Madame Grès  (1903-1993). A mistress of couture who was adored by her peers, Madame Grès repeated throughout her life, “I wanted to be a sculptor. For me, working with fabric or stone is the same thing”.
In the world of fashion, she was the pioneer of an intransigent minimalism. The sculpted dresses of Madame Grès have found a home at the Bourdelle Museum. The exhibition showcases 80 creations from the collections of the Galliera Museum, as well as loans from private collectors and contemporary designers.
In 1933, the styles of the future Madame Grès – whose real name was Germaine Krebs – were already well-known within the Alix fashion house. In 1942, Germaine Krebs opened her own fashion house under the name Grès, which she managed until 1988. She dreamt of a seamless garment and following this dream she invented an economy of line and volume which was intentionally timeless. A Madame Grès masterpiece can be recognised by its purity – the apparent simplicity of her art always hides the extreme complexity of her skill.

Her most beautiful creations
The exhibition  allows visitors to discover her most beautiful creations: evening dresses – drapes which in 1976 earned her a Dé d’or (Golden Thimble). Created between the 30s and the 80s, always in jersey and often ivory or pearl grey, these sculptural dresses have radiantly withstood the test of time. They were photographed by Richard Avedon and Guy Bourdin and widely featured in women’s magazines. Her dresses and coats remain an inspiration for couturiers and designers today.

Exhibition organiser
Olivier Saillard, Director of the Galliera Museum
Laurent Cotta, responsible for contemporary creations
Sylvie Lécallier, responsible for the photographic collection
Practical information
Until 24 July, Bourdelle Museum
16 rue Antoine Bourdelle, 75015 Paris - Metro : Montparnasse - Bienvenüe / Falguière
Tel.: 01 49 54 73 73
www.bourdelle.paris.fr
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm except public holidays

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Hussein Chalayan - Fashion narratives


The Arts Décoratifs has given carte blanche to one of the most innovative and creative fashion designers of our time: Hussein Chalayan . Following his own unique approach to design for seventeen years, he stands on the frontier of fashion, architecture and design.

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His work is characterized by an int ellectual rigor and a quest for technical perfect ion that often defies fashion stereotypes. Chalayan stood out from the start of his career through his highly invent iveexplorat ion of various mediums ,including sculpture, furniture, video and special effects , which he uses in his fas hion shows, drawing ins pirat ion directly from the political, social and economic realities of his era.
The exhibition showcas es this rich, complex world, in which clothing, installations , fashion shows, projections and research are shown side by side to illustrate the artist ’s distinctive process .

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The Arts Décorat ifs museums - 107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Métro: Palais-Royal, Pyramides, Tuileries

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POP’SET PAPER ‘C-MYK


VIBRANT POP’SET PAPER ‘C-MYK’
RAISE FUNDS FOR UNESCO
DESIGN & CRAFT INITIATIVE

(London – 6 July 2011) Over 40 C-Myk [– n see-mike], the little paper creatures at the centre of the PopʼSet ʻColours’ Attackʼ contest from Arjowiggins Creative Papers, have been sold to raise money for UNESCOʼs ʻAward of Excellence for Handicraftsʼ programme during the Coloursʼ Attack exhibition, which ran from 1-4 July at The Dray Walk Gallery in Londonʼs East End.

The C-Myk selected to participate in the exhibition were those voted best in the international contest by peers online and by a jury of eminent designers. Designers from 26 countries as far afield as Chile, Korea, Taiwan, Australia and the Philippines sent in their C-Myk to be exhibited and sold. A gallery of all the competing C-Myk can still be seen online at www.popsetpaper.com/coloursattackcontest/gallery
The top price for one of the origami-like characters was £1,000, for a paper creation by cult Japanese graphic artist Shin Tanaka, who had invented the C-Myk master toy which participants customised. Postcards of the origami-inspired characters raised further funds. 100 percent of the proceeds goes to UNESCO.

The UNESCO ʻAward of Excellence for Handicraftsʼ programme aims to facilitate access to regional and international markets for creators in developing countries. The programme encourages creations rooted in tradition yet adapted to the contemporary world. The Coloursʼ Attack exhibition was opened by Arjowiggins Business Director Jonathan Mitchell and Ian White, Senior Communications and Research Officer at the UK National Commission for UNESCO.

Ambassador Artist:

Karim Rashid, Heath Nash,  Florence Béal-Nénakwé, Carlos Miele, Mathilde Nivet, Coco for Forget me not,  Jenny J, Christopher Labrooy,

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Alex Cayley photography


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BEYONCE RUNS DAZED & CONFUSED JULY ISSUE


DAZED & CONFUSED’S SUMMER MUSIC & FASHION SPECIAL STARRING BEYONCE

Pop icon Beyonce takes centre stage for July’s Dazed, in a trailer park fantasy shoot featuring bespoke outfits created by Tom Ford, Riccardo Tisci, Gareth Pugh, Haider Ackermann, Stefano Pilati and Marc Jacobs. Shot in New York by Sharif Hamza and styled by fashion director Karen Langley, the music superstar talks to Dazed’s music editor Tim Noakes about what she’s got in store for Glastonbury, her new album and how her life has changed since taking a year away from the spotlight.

Also in July’s music and fashion special, Dazed selects this summer’s hottest artists, including LA’s new rap queen Kreayshawn, mysterious Mancunian cult band Wu Lyf, and an in depth feature on the return of Britain’s most exciting young producers Tom Vek, Wiley, Zomby and Gwilym Gold.

Plus: Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and filmmaker Spike Jonze discuss their dystopian film collaboration Scene From The Suburbs, dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel explains why he’s the sexual liberator of Jamaica, cult pioneer of postmodern dance Anna Halprin looks back at a revolutionary life, and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon talks making monster hits with Kanye West.

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Palazzo Grassi - François Pinault Foundation


The five-year-old site of the François Pinault Foundation hosted a strong show that began with Joana Vasconcelos’ “Contamination,” a serpentine patchwork sculpture that slinked over the balconies (and grows each time Vasconcelos installs it). Upstairs, over 40 artists were represented including Maurizio Cattelan, Urs Fischer, Charles Ray, Marlene Dumas, Ger van Elk and Rudolf Stingel.

A journey through The World Belongs to You
The exhibition The World Belongs to You offers the public the chance to explore the world of artists from different origins, inviting them to reflect upon the vertiginous rhythm of change in a modern world characterised by nomadism, internationalism and hybridisation.
Taking its lead from François Pinault’s forward thinking approach to collecting, the exhibition embraces multiple fields of knowledge in order to offer a new way of understanding contemporary society. Originating from the four corners of the world – from China to South Africa, France to Italy, Japan to Iraq, the USA to Russia – the 40 presented artists all approach the upheavals of our world from different individual perspectives, illustrating the tensions but also the hopes that result from them.

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Big Bambú - Venice


Currently on display at the 54th venice biennale is ‘big bambú’, an evolutionary and complex structure by american artists and brothers Mike and Doug Starn. They bring their magnificent “Big Bambú” installation to Venice. Hosted by W magazine and Hogan, the opening night party offered one of the week’s most entertaining evenings.

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RENE GRUAU FASHION ILLUSTRATION


Powerful, striking, sophisticated, Rene Gruau‘s (1909-2004) beautiful illustrations have without a doubt had enormous influence on modern day fashion advertising and photography. Every time I see his illustrations I am completely overcome by the shockingly beautiful lines and spareness of composition. He was a genius!

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Judith van den Hoek


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Very talented Dutch graphic designer Judith van den Hoek. With various drawing techniques, Judith illustrates fashion with her very own touch.

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