Fashion house of fun Boudicca are hosting their third annual cake off tomorrow. All friends of the brand are welcome to showcase their culinary prowess – but entries must be received by 1.30pm. This year’s judges include ice cream makers Leila & Kitty, and 8 and 10 year old Jonny and Mercy. Points are scored for aesthetics as well as taste. So start perfecting your cake walk now.
Love art but can’t afford it? Recently there’s been a spate of initiatives to make sure you don’t have to starve yourself to be able to take home a piece of art. Outline Editions is one of them. Founded by arts, lifestyle and features editor Bill Tuckey and curator Camilla Parsons, Outline Editions recognises that graphic design is increasingly in demand as a new affordable wall art.
Following the success of their debut pop-up shop in May, Outline Editions are back with another. The temporary gallery, housed in a former second-hand record store on Soho’s Berwick Street will be a feature in itself: the window and floor graphics are produced by designer and illustrator Kate Moross.
Limited-edition prints from their nature-inspired autumn collection Into the Forest, will be on sale at smile-inducing prices – from £15 to £185. Take in the neon landscapes of new-wave graphic artist Anthony Burrill, or marvel at the intricate detailing in fashion illustrator Klaus Haapaniemi’s designs. Fancy an even more modest purchase? T-shirts, books, vinyls and other products will also be on sale from the likes of Kate Moross or Supermundane.
The temporary store is open until 31st January 2011 at 94 Berwick Street, London W1F 0QF. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 12 – 6.30pm
We’re excited. Our most lovely third issue is coming soon. To celebrate, we’re having a little shindig with Urban Outfitters (our new stockists) in Berlin.
It all happens on the 11th November at the Soju-Bar.
To join the fun RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
When Japanese visionaries Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto stormed the catwalks in the early Eighties they redefined fashion. The androgyny of their architectural shapes not only blew apart how women in Europe dressed, but succeeded in turning fashion into art.
Thirty years on and Japanese fashion continues to challenge Western notions of beauty and the Barbican’s new exhibition, ‘Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion’ charts the history and impact of the country’s inimitable style.
As Kate Bush, Head of Barbican Art Galleries says: “The tight silhouettes of Western couture were jettisoned for new fluid shapes. Out went the magnificent ornament and extravagant techniques of the post-war tradition and in came a stark, monochrome palette and an entirely new decorative language – holes, rips, frays and tears – emerging from the stuff of fabric itself.”
An epic journey through Japanese fashion history, featuring over 100 beautiful pieces by labels such as Comme des Garcons and Junya Watanabe – courtesy of the Kyoto Costume Institute – as well as catwalk footage and archive interviews, the exhibition dazzles the senses. Spanning the grand masters to the new radicals of Japanese design, it’s the story of an avant-garde fashion culture where breathtaking beauty and innovation are all part of the same rapid beating heart.
‘Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion’ is at the Barbican Centre until 6 February 2010.
Images by Lyndon Douglas. Words by Boudicca Fox-Leonard.
This month Twin’s art editor Francesca Gavin curates ‘Syncopation’, a ten-day Berlin exhibition that explores personal notions of selfhood. Gavin’s work as a curator, editor and writer is already varied, yet: “My true alternative self is a musician,” she explains.
Gavin grew up making music, performing below fleapit cinemas; steeped in the embrace of jazz and folk. Her grandmother’s record label Dial Recordings, which released Charlie Parker and Mile Davis’ records, sparked a love of soul, jazz, hip hop and black music culture and its relation to art.
The show presents the work of artists and musicians Cory Arcangel, Frankie Martin, Jeremy Shaw, Matt Stokes (pictured, top) and Mark Titchner, and is one part of a bigger exhibition – Despina Stokou’s project ‘D12’. Like the Detroit rap group who failed to find twelve members, instead asking six MC’s to create alteregos, Stokou has invited six artists to showcase theirs.
Head to the private view to catch a live lounge jazz performance by Gavin, accompanied by Julien Quentin. The party continues at Bierhaus Urban from 11pm with Jeremy Shaw and Gavin on the decks. Deeply buried true selves may just be revealed.
Jayson Scott Musson, How to Hip Hop, 2010, video still.
21.10-31.10, Grimmuseum, Fichte Straße 2, 10967, Berlin, open daily 2-7pm. grimmuseum.com.
The after party is on the 21.10, Bierhaus Urban, Urban Straße 126, corner Graefe Straße
Join model Dree Hemingway in the Hollywood Hills on-set with photographer Michael Flores.
The world of dance comes to life in front of Will Davidson’s lens in an energetic fashion film.
The surfers of Montauk are the subject of a dreamy, raw and romantic short from Jason Kibbler.
Photographer Beau Grealy captures our favourite twins – Ann and Kirby Kenny – on location in Brooklyn.
One of our standout booths at Frieze this year showcased the work of innovative Texan filmmaker Ryan Trecartin. New York gallerist Elizabeth Dee’s space was home to the first London solo showing of the young LA based artist. Shorts from Trecartin’s seven-part project ‘Any Ever’ (on now at MoCA in LA) sat alongside a series of images featuring the glamorous characters that inhabit his fantastical films. We were captivated by Veronica – pictured here with Ryan – the space-age go-getter who neatly sums-up our consumer culture – shiny, sexy and tantalisingly shallow. We’re hooked.