Saturday, April 25, 2015

Collection SS2015: Brandebourgs

A very popular design has been re-issued in a gavroche size (45cm/16in) for all those loving the reference to military and their wonderful, unforgettable parades.  Who doesn't remember (fondly!) running to the first row of on-lookers gathered along a wide boulevard to watch a festive military parade?  The instruments, the swords, the flags, and not least the long lines of troops, all in splendid regalia, marching at the same pace in the rhythms of their own music ?

I've always dreamt of being in Paris on the 14th of July, and I'm yet to make my dream a reality.  One day, I'll post the pics, to share the joy.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Collection SS2015: Carré de Notes

In the caligram style (shapes built out of continuous words, be them poems, like those of the famed poet Apollinaire), between embroidery and impression, the Carré de Notes draws out the flânerie according to Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Collection SS2015: Serio Ludere

Born in 1978, Nicolas Buffe developed a fascination for Japanese culture – its manga cartoons, comic strips and video games – at an early age. A graduate of the Beaux-Arts in Paris, he has lived in Tokyo since 2007, where his work explores a mix of Japanese Pop and traditional imagery. In 2010 he won the Grand Prix Appel à la Création Contemporaine, awarded by the International Centre for Tapestry and the Weaving Arts in Aubusson, France. In 2012, he created the decor and costumes for Haydn’s opera Orlando Paladino at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris. Tokyo’s Hara museum presents a solo exhibition of his work in 2014.

Serio Ludere (‘to play seriously’) was a precept dear to the hearts of the humanist authors of the Renaissance.  Serious matters were to be tackled with a lighthearted, playful touch – a wise approach saluting the need to stand back and see things in perspective, the clever knack of communicating deep thoughts with a pinch of humour and imagination.  This young French artist, steeped in Baroque and Renaissance art, mangas, comic strips and video games, presents a unique but characteristic composition – a clever mix of ancient forms and contemporary imagery. At its heart, an elephant symbolises playfulness and wisdom combined.  Bernini, the 18th-century sculptor and archetype of the Roman Baroque, perched his obelisk on the Piazza della Minerva on the back of an elephant.  His inspiration was an engraving from the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (the Dreams of Poliphilus), a celebrated book published in Venice in 1499 by Francesco Colonna. In it, the author explains that a hard head (like the elephant’s) is the best support for the burden of wisdom.  

Nicolas Buffe gives us hard-headed, playful baby elephant, perched on a rocking-stool.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Collection SS2015: Brins d'Or

Embroidered with gold or woollen thread, decorated with stylized animal and flower motifs, geometric patterns or arabesques, these four aprons pay tribute to the people of the shores of the Aegean sea. At the centre of the design, an amulet set in a square of belt buckles affords protection against evil spirits.  The economic expansion of Greece in the 18th century, and sea-faring trade with the other Mediterranean countries, brought a new prosperity reflected in the lavish ornamentation of traditional costumes.  Bold, often geometric designs characterize the motifs on these aprons from Thessalia, Argos and Arachova.

Worn over dresses or skirts, their varied decorative motifs are steeped in symbolism, reflecting different times of day, and the succeeding ages of life: age, social status, the changing seasons and their festivities, captured in costume.