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The Best Art World Moments of Paris FW
These last two weeks in Paris were basically all about the love of art and fashion.
Entertainment 29 Jan 2019

 
 
Art Entertainment: Kim Jones on the Path’s of the Dior-and-Art history
Preluded with the announcement of a art influenced collection at Dior’s Men’s department, lead by Creative Director Kim Jones, who is known not only since the presentation of his last collection in Tokyo were he had placed a 40-foot female robot to sit on stage designed by artist for his fascination and admiration of modern artists.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Swan Gallet/WWD/REX/Shutterstock (10056828m) Models on the catwalk Dior Men show, Runway, Fall Winter 2019, Paris Fashion Week Men's, France - 18 Jan 2019
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Last Thursday in the presence of the who is who of his fans, like the Beckham’s, his muse and close friend Kate Moss and many others well known faces, he revealed his latest coup for Dior’s Men Line. The models were sliding without any movement a long a black travelator instead of a runway – dressed in modern, but classic tailored outfits. The literally eye-catching prints on the couture like sweaters and knitwear were created by no other than American artist Raymond Pettibon, who had once drawn the cover’s for bands like Black Flag and later in the 90’s the booklet for the iconic Sonic Youth Abum Goo. Like Pettibons art, the whole collection ranges in a gloomy color palette.
Collaborative Art Projects: Mira Mikati collabs with Mr. turning Perrotin into a showroom
Our favourite kind of Art and Fashion collaboration! It went on with a visit at the famous Perrotin gallery in the heart of the Marais in Paris, were the exhibition called Mr. Melancholy Walk Around The Town takes place since last week and was for the opening transformed into a special fashion showroom for designer Mira Mikati, to present her new collection during PFW. In an interview with High Snobiety the designer tells that she fulfilled herself a dream by working with Mr.

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Photo: Claire Dorn. ©2019 Mr./Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin


Typical Mikati colorful hoodies, tees and knitwear, like the artist himself is often seen in, printed like cut-aways from his paintings and prints. The pre-teen manga paintings and sculptures of the artist who made Anime respectably to Parisian galleries can still be watched at Perrotin until March’19.
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Best Artist Collaborations: Maison Margiela x Blue Poodles x Graffiti – an avantgardistic revolution in Haute Couture
An explosion of colors in the background and models in progressive art pieces on a mirrored runway. The Maison Margiela Haute Couture Show once again underlined the endless imagination of John Galliano and his courage to embrace new ideas. It might be pugnacious if he was still presenting a Haute Couture collection by bringing jackets with Yves-Klein-blue poodles and Graffiti-inspired combinations on the runway, but he definitely hit the point of nowadays luckily merging question of gender fluidity by proving how well modern art, modern fashion and traditional craft match.
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Gallery girls, bewar: Stella Mc Cartney brings back humor into fashion business
A rather humoristic homage towards her famous father was presented by  British fashion designer Stella McCartney: she demonstrated that high fashion does not have to be prude or boring by printing Penis-shaped clouds on a shirt of her latest Menswear collection. Also seen on the wearable canvas are the musicians themselves, Paul, Ringo, John and George running along a surreal landscape. Further more the collection features a brown tracksuit with John Lennon’s face on the front, combined with a bright yellow over coat and a large, grey hooded poncho.
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For this artsy surrealistic prints Stella was inspired by the style of the animated Beatles Movie Yellow Submarine, which was revived last year for it’s 50th anniversary. Thank you for this humorous breaking up in a busy week Stella!
Art World Men: Viktor & Rolf giving their Haute Couture a voice
Once upon a time the Haute Couture season was made exclusively for the rich and privileged – but the times they are a ‘changing, today everybody all over the world can follow what happens in Paris and on the most magnificent places of fashion.  Social Media and Live streaming make it possible to watch the newest creations of Valentino, Chanel, Iris van Herpen and all the other big names right when they lift up the curtains.
Viktor & Rolf, the eccentric Dutch design duo, presented a collection of tull robes and sweeping dresses, tailored in the style of Couture – but the topic of the conversations afterwards were not the beautiful garments, rather the slogans printed and embroidered on them, like “NO” or “I am not shy, I just don’t like you”. The collection was clearly dedicated to the ongoing discussions on Instagram and Social Media in general, referring to feminism, sexism, proving that fashion can be “loud” and beautiful at the same time.
 
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Text: Kathrin Rettig
Images: Instagram, Highsnobiety, fashionista.com

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