Félicitations Sir Paul Smith!

Last week, one of my favorite menswear designers Sir Paul Smith received France’s highest honor, recognizing his “indelible mark on French fashion”

The British designer was presented with the Légion d’Honneur – the highest distinction in France – by the French Ambassador, Sylvie Bermann, during a ceremony at the French Residence in London. On average only 10 Brits receive a Légion d’honneur each year.

In his twenties Paul Smith opened a tiny shop in Nottingham in 1970, called Paul Smith Vetements pour Hommes, and then six years later he showed his first menswear collection in Paris. He continued to have a strong connection with Paris throughout his career and still regularly shows his menswear collection in Paris Fashion Week.

Congratulations Sir Paul, You’ve really out done yourself!

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Such an honor to meet the man himself! 

Warpaint: Alexander McQueen and Make-Up

Warpaint: Alexander McQueen and Make-Up

A new satellite exhibition coinciding with the major retrospective on Savage Beauty, is the first ever exhibition to explore the designer’s catwalk make-up.

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It aims to unravel the process and inspirations behind the collections by exploring key looks developed by McQueen’s most trusted make-up artists through three recurring themes.

  • Amplified, where facial features are obscured and exaggerated.
  • Deviated, where make-up goes beyond the traditional areas and covers other parts of the body, and
  • Stripped, where the look is so subtle it intensifies the meaning of the collection.
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Alexander McQueen Ready to Wear SS 2008 & SS 2010

 

 

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Alexander McQueen Ready to Wear AW 2009 & AW 2008

 

Whats even more exciting is the exhibition also explores make-up digitally, working with digital creative studio Holition, visitors will be able to try-on a few select looks in a specially created app, using Holition’s new ‘FACE’ technology

I would love to take a flight to London, just to experience this exhibition – wouldn’t you?

 

Fun With Fashion

Italian apparel and accessories label Fendi, successfully took many of it’s patrons back in time!

Taking inspiration from an arcade for its new pop-up at Harrods, London making the shopping experience more of a game for consumers.

“Fendi Fun” ready-to-wear fashion, fur garments and accessories have been displayed in vending machines and hung from mechanical claws. Reminding consumers of their childhood games and memories.

Definitely a smart attempt to combat showrooming, as consumers will be inspired to purchase so they can be a part of the fun and games.

This pop up store opened on June 3, and it will run through till June 28 at Harrods,London. For those of you in London, Check this out!

LOVE the concept Fendi. I’m Definitely impressed!

 

Pradasphere at Harrods

In celebration of two iconic brands, Harrods presents Pradasphere, an exuberant, month-long exhibition that traces the diverse passions of Miuccia Prada, from fashion and accessories to art, architecture, cinema and beyond.

Pradasphere will be on display from Friday 2nd to Saturday 31st May 2014 and will be located on the Fourth Floor of Harrods.

Pradasphere at Harrods

Pradasphere at Harrods

Pradasphere at Harrods

Pradasphere at Harrods

Pradasphere at Harrods

Pradasphere at Harrods

 

When In London – P.S.

While in London for work, I took time out to visit the Paul Smith exhibit at the Design Museum. After a long, rather picturesque taxi ride along the London Bridge, I finally made it to the venue and I was immediately transported into Paul Smith’s world.

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The First Showroom

The First Showroom

The First Shop

The First Shop

Is That A Paul Smith Coat?

  Is That A Paul Smith Coat?

Take A Picture With Sir Paul Smith

Take A Picture With Sir Paul Smith

Paul Smith's Favorites

Paul Smith’s Favorites

Spaghetti Inspiration

Spaghetti Inspiration

Where The Magic Happens

Where The Magic Happens

Paul Smith & I

Paul Smith & I

The exhibit showcases at the Design Museum in London and will be on till March 2014.