September 23, 2012
SUNDAY FROM MY DESK
The Kris Ruhs sculpture you see here was commissioned to celebrate the 22nd Anniversary of the Gallery and also to mark the opening of the extension of the street at the end after years of construction. Now several modern glass buildings have joined this traditional Milanese neighborhood, creating a whole new urban landscape.
To celebrate our new collaboration with thecorner.com and our shifting from an Earth to Air shopping through E- commerce, 10 Corso Como hosted a party last night with Ginevra Di Marco singing for the guests on one of the more beautiful evenings this fall we have had in the gardens. Her combination of rhythms from around the world form memorable words and experiences that she shares in her great voice. Today many people were coming to 10 Corso Como carrying the shopping bag we had created in partnership with thecorner.com.
Here, during fashion week, for the first time the Triennale,
the Museum of Design presented a very large and impressive retrospective of design,
reinforcing the link between design and fashion. This is an important joining of two wonderful elements of creative force, fashion and design
that has always existed but now seems to be growing.
The major retrospective of Gino Sarfatti, known for his work with over 400 designs to his credit, including the use of the first halogen bulb in 1971, was born in Venice.
The exhibition was crowded with fashion, art and design people from all over the world. Here an example of his “Space Age Design” using painted metal and translucent plastic dome. This amazing Moon Lamp from 1969 was made by Arteluce.
Exploring the designs and history of Japanese architecture and culture, the shapes and colors created a poetic mood at the Prada show this week. The declination of the naif daisies and their echo of the 1960’s that appeared in several different ways were enchanting. Here one of my favorite bags.
It is so easy to forget all of the elements that went into creating the POP movement of the 1960’s, but surely the hair cuts of the Vergottini Family became iconic and must be remembered. Jill Vergottini has recently brought out a book, “Mi raccomando la frangia” telling wonderful stories of these times and the styles they invented as one seen here with daisy clip. Vergottini’s cut became the Mary Quant signature.
Movies of the 1960’s, even from mainstream producers were getting pretty wild, so when the New Wave Czech director Vera Chytilova made Daisies, a film that follows two teenage girls and their rebellion against the world they find themselves in, it was banned – and she was forbidden to work again at home until 1975.
I didn’t know about Jacques Tiffeau until Cathy Horyn told me about him and his work.
I put the name aside waiting for a good moment to look at what he had done.
This year, with the A line seeming to show up a bit in many collections in fashion shows it seemed a good time to look at this talent. Jacques Tiffeau was the first designer in America in the 1960’s to raise hemlines to the mini length, use black models on the runway and play pop music. He made so many enemies in America he moved to France where he worked for Yves Saint Laurent in the mid 70’s and where he died at age 59. Here the back of a wonderful A line little black dress from 1969 when he still was in US.