Just looking at the blue Paris sky, it is so beautiful – and I hear people say, “it is like a painting”.  What a strange expression: because really nothing can ever beat nature.

Here the doors of BHV, one of my favorite destinations where I can buy everything from a nail ( and hammer) to a nail polish.

The Bazar de l’Hotel de Ville is an icon of the industrial revolution.

Large varieties of quality goods could be transported on rail to the cities and sold in one elegant venue, not local small markets – the birth of the department store and BHV is still faithful to its origins.

You enter a dream of shopping – much like watching the ever-changing kaleidoscope that is the Paris sky above the door.

In a week where fashion seemed to put focus on the new designers, the masters at Dior and Saint Laurent, both offered the most breathtaking entrances to their shows.

Dior with the Invalides and the early afternoon sky,

and Saint Laurent an amazing blue night sky.

Both started the dream outside, and elegantly escorted you in to their visions.

Walking in the street of Paris, I saw a shadow and took a picture,

only later realizing it was me!

The shape had intrigued me and my thoughts instantly flew to Alberto Rizzo.

Here one of his  “shadows” pictures shot on the streets in New York where he had his studio.  A great photographer and a painter, we showed his work at our  Gallery, “Shadows” in 2004.

 

Looking for shades this week I found these incredible honeycomb shades do exist!  Three distinct air pockets increase the shades’ insulating qualities because of the honeycomb-within-honeycomb construction.  All in different color combinations, like nature, just beautiful.

When I saw this architectural honeycomb wall I immediately wanted to know who had designed it and where it is. Honeycomb architecture has become popular recently.  Only I found out this interesting wall is actually a Grasshopper drawing.  A visual programming language creating 3D geometry, Grasshopper helps designers explore forms and shapes that look so real you wish they would build them.

 

Bees and honeycomb have been the inspiration of Sarah Burton for her amazing Mc Queen collection.  Here on the left an amazing honeycomb dress with a tortoiseshell-resin corset.On the right a honeycomb.  For 15 years the honeybees have been disappearing in masses all over the world – over a million colonies every year.  All fruits need bees to pollinate and both our wild pollinators and domestic are sadly disappearing.  Pollution of bee habitats and lack of understanding have contributed.  In Paris, the City actually maintains hives on the roofs of buildings there for the flowering trees.  Thank you Paris. New York and Milan do not….why not?

 

 

Burton’s honeybee inspired collection is aesthetically poetic and thoughtful.  A gentle reminder of the environmental and climatic problems we face.  Inspired by the bees patient and constant work, Sarah Burton  presented beautifully crafted jeweled bee chokers, beekeeper inspired hats, gold and black honeycomb jacquard jackets and pants.And here, the Queen Bee all in gold – with a cage like panier dress, to represent the one queen every hive has to create the 60,000 member colonies!

I fell in love with this corset.  The way the artist has plaited the copper wire allows both a soft and hard drape that sensually wraps the body.  Crafted in the late 20th century, it is a piece to own!

 

Thinking of the Mc Queen crinoline: here an exquisite mid 19th century cage crinoline in scarlet wool and metal struts with a checked glazed cotton inside.

A beautiful collector’s item.

The wide white collars of Rembrandt served as the inspiration for this incredible shoulder wide ivory piece.

Here the honeycomb and its importance in both nature and aesthetic is explored by designer Junya Watanabe in his “techno couture” winter collection of 2001.

In polyester chiffon, the extraordinary scale of this ruff top is all patiently stitched one pleat at a time by hand.

 

Azzedine Alaia achieved this masterpiece of knitwear, and made knitwear into a perfect hexagonal geometry. A type of work generally best achieved only with rice paper, as in this honeycomb white bell  decoration. Because of this construction, I will be  able to fold the Alaia into a bag without being scared it will wrinkle or destroy this amazing piece.

Alaia says that his new collection with a strong honeycomb structure

was inspired by Marc Newson’s Gello table.

The Gello table was the first mass market piece designed by Marc Newson in 1994 for the 3 Suisses International, a french mail order company.

3 Suisses visionary approach commissioned ideas from some of the worlds leading designers.  Here the Newson translucent PVC foil, folded polypropene table, 50 cm high with a 60 cm diameter, that came in a box you would put together, four different colors – green, red, blue and transparent. It is now of course a collectors’ item, especially if still in the box.

In the 70’s, Tatsuo Yoshida created an animated television series based on this children’s storybook of 1912.  It is all about the wonderful life and work of the bees. A poetic story full of adventures, with insects who are Maya’s friends and some who are enemies, until the final triumph of the bees, where the Queen Bee is saved and the wisdom of the kingdom of the bees is given to all the insects.

Posted on: Saturday, October 6th, 2012

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