Luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton’s art space which occupies the 7th floor of their vast Tokyo Omotesando boutique never seizes to amaze me with their interesting exhibition program and their Traces of Disappearance exhibition is no different. With a live bird sculpture and a gummy bear mosaic that mimics traditional stained glass windows, can you really blame me?
One of the key elements to a good exhibition is sensitivity to space. When the right art meets the right space it can make for a fabulous show and this is exactly what happened with Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo when presenting their 8th exhibition so far entitled Infinite Renew by Mariko Mori.
Espace Louis Vuitton is a modern exhibition space with tall floor to ceiling windows with a view out over the fashionable street of Omotesando and surrounding areas. However, the space transformed into a carte-blanche in order to accommodate Japanese artist Mariko Mori’s high-tech sculptures built out of fiber glass, mirrors, LED, and a real-time control system that allows the LED lights to change colors depending on visitor’s moment. The result was a wonderfully unique exhibition that looked like something out of a science fiction film with its white on white sterility and only a hint of soft glowing color in the Infinite Energy triptych spirals.
The minimalist art consists of a landscape grid of highways leading to nowhere, orchestrated by an automated Audi car windshield wiper. The wiper acts as a conductor, standing on a fragile steel column with two small loudspeakers playing ♪ Erik Satie’s Furniture Music ♪. I however, couldn’t keep from humming the tune of ♪ AC/DC’s Highway to Hell ♪ in my head as I viewed.
For the avid travelers and London residents/enthusiasts here’s a sneak peak into the perfect book for you. Luxury brand Louis Vuitton has paired up with Japanese graphic designer and illustrator Natsko Seki in order to produce this fun take on a travel book. Using a combination of collage, hand drawn illustrations and images made using the latest computer and photographic tools/technique, Natsko Seki captures the urban adventures that London as a city has to offer mixed with a certain amount of affectionate nostalgia towards the picturesque places.
The book includes a diverse range of locations covering everything from tube stations to museums, iconic buildings, markets, shops, department stores, parks and restaurants. It definitely makes for an interesting read (if you can really call it that since the book doesn’t include text) where time is spent either reminiscing about the time and memories you yourself have of those places or you become curious to visit the places that you’ve yet to properly acquaint yourself with.
Tonight’s the night, it’s Fashion’s Night Out here in Tokyo, Japan! If you missed last years and need a recap follow the link here, but to see the party going on now from the eyes of yours truly, just enjoy below.
The first Fashion’s Night Out event was held in New York in 2009. The purpose was to help encourage shoppers to spend freely on one special evening of the year. The evening was filled with free flowing champagne, luxury goods and the possibility to hob nob with celebrities from the fashion industry. Sponsored by Vogue and the CFDA, the event has quickly become a huge success with such nights now being hosted around the world.
Stopped by my favorite trendy hat boutique on 表参道 (Omotesandō) CA4LA. Fierce party!
I also caught a sneak peek of what’s to come with this winter’s collection. Exciting and soooo beautiful, but it’s not hard to guess why I like it as I’m absolutely obsessed with fluff, puff and feathers (glitter too but shhh)!
Ralph Lauren started quite a party outside their large 表参道 (Omotesandō) boutique with a graffiti artist working his magic while a DJ pumped up the beats. “Rugby” all the way!
One of two ongoing Marc Jacobs parties in their 表参道 (Omotesandō) boutique Marc by Marc Jacobs.
Indulged in a little break from all the people, party and noise by hiding away at Nicolai Bergmann’s lovely café and flower boutique. I recharged my batteries with a delicious fruit shake and a complimentary cupcake before heading out into the crowd but not before enjoying my new setting.
Look familiar? Not too dissimilar from when I hung out with Nicolai during his Christmas party last year.
Exotic animals such as this tropically decked out poodle, could be seen strutting the streets of 表参道 (Omotesandō).
Fleeing celebrities such as Japanese fashion model Ai Tominaga, could be seen leaving the Giorgio Armani party.
I also had an interesting heart to heart with Japanese artist and latest Louis Vuitton collaboration Yayoi Kusama, must have been the champagne and heat talking as this turned out to be a wax figure instead of the real deal. Too bad, maybe next time!
My darling sister!
Yes, the evening was filled with many exciting characters, and meeting new stylish friends around every corner. All in all, a fabulously stylish evening! Night, night darlings, it’s now time to keep the party going all night long with the champagne flowing, perhaps I’ll even enjoy a quick Anna Dello Russo style “fashion shower”.
Similar to Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with Japanese otaku/poku (pop+otaku) artist 村上 隆 (Takashi Murakami) back in 2003, it is now time for another Japanese collaboration with one of my favorite artists, 草間 弥生 (Yayoi Kusama).
Kusama was born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan. Just like Takashi Murakami, she started out in nihonga, Japanese style painting. She became frustrated with the strict Japanese style and prefered to experiment with American and European avant-garde. This lead her to venture out and move to New York in 1957, where she continued to work with pattern, repitition and the psychedelic colors that she’s so well known for. Much like other greats as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg, Kusama was a precursor of the pop art movement.
I fell for Kusama’s fabulous work after seeing her exhibition Kusamatrix at Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum in 2004. Everything featured was designed especially for the museum and showed a series of environmental installations, developed out of her auditory hallucinations, dot and net filled visual fantasies. Needless to say, I was mesmerized.
Then, a leap in time and Britain’s Tate Modern, supported by Louis Vuitton, hosted an exhibition of Yayoi Kusama’s work that ran from February 9th – June 5 2012. The exhibition showed a range of Kusama’s work, which included a variety of media such as drawings, paintings, film, and installations. There was a large emphasis on her work with penises, showing an obsessive atmosphere that hints at a desire to escape from her own psychological trauma. Personally, I prefer her colorful and fun polka dot installations and sculptures. They never seize to amuse, entertain, and make me smile.
With 100 postcards comes infinite different magical travel destination. I think it’s time to pack a bag, prepare my passport and pull out a postcard and go as every destination looks darling!
2011-07-21 @ 18:25:40
At the National Museum of China (!), I stopped by to see the Louis Vuitton Voyages exhibition which runs until August 30th. The exclusive fashion brand of luxury suitcases showed promise as it raved to show hundreds of handmade luggage.
The exhibition did not let down! It wowed me completely, not only by the sheer size of the show but also the range of items on display. Customized luxury suitcases for every imaginable activity and whim, including features necessary only for camping,
It was a Parisian wonderland, showing the art of classic luxury living!
While strolling down the infinite lanes of extravagant and lavish goods, I couldn’t keep myself from daydreaming of another time when these beautiful works were in legitimate use. Imagining a Maharaja travelling in style with his personalized shaving kit in hand as he steps onto a fine coal fuelled steam boat. What a lovely escape, it felt as if I were along for his and many other glamorous celebrities’ journeys around the world.
Some pieces were simply too cute for words! However, a common thread between the work was that everything was extremely well planned and practical. I certainly would have loved to have one of these cases when I was younger!
The exhibition focused not only on its glorious, successful past but also the brand’s transition through the years. Staying in touch with the latest technology, this ultra modern case guarantees safe travelling with your most precious cargo, an iPod with a fierce base.
I appreciate and absolutly love what the Louis Vuitton brand did with their display. Not only did the exhibition act as a small history lesson but also as a big celebration for the Parisian brand, which was founded in 1854. What a triumphant success!
Fireworks set the mood.