Inside Rolls-Royce

Rolls Royce BespokeI recently visited the Inside Rolls-Royce exhibition at Saatchi Gallery here in London where the luxury car brand took center stage in order to highlight their use of exquisite materials, superior craftsmanship, customization and high-tech specs.

Audience interaction with an emphasis on innovative technology were the main focus points of the multi-sensory exhibition. Digital installations were featured, one of which could transform you into the iconic kneeling lady statuette that adorns every Rolls-Royce motor car. You could also race the luxury cars albeit only through video games.

Rolls-Royce EngineA motto to live by: ‘look for the best and make it better, and if it doesn’t exist, design it’ as it says on the Rolls-Royce website.

Rolls-Royce Car InteriorSo what model would I choose? Even though I’m not a bad ass rapper or a mafia boss, we have the same taste for champagne, expensive jewelry and luxury cars so I’d probably choose a model with tinted, bullet-proof windows from their timeless Phantom family like my man 50 cent. What would you choose?

Body Language at Saatchi Gallery

DSCN8929Tombstones: Marianne Vitale’s Markers (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) 2011, Reclaimed lumber, Dimensions variable.

DSCN8931Denis Tarasov’s Untitled (from the Essence series) x 40, 2013, C-print, Each; 119.2 x 101.5 / 101.5 x 119.2 cm.

DSCN8901Kasper Kovitz’s Carnalitos (Arana) 2010, Imberico ham and concrete, 31 x 47 x 29 cm and Carnalitos (Unamuno) 2010, Imberico ham and concrete, 50 x 29 x 29 cm.

DSCN8957American Native #2 by Eddie Martinez, 2012, Oil, spray paint, and collage on canvas, 213.4 x 305 cm.

DSCN8946Richard Wilson’s 20:50 site-specific oil installation, 1987, used sump oil and steel, dimensions variable.

Paper at Saatchi Gallery

DSCN6486Saatchi gallery, often known for it’s preference towards shock art pleasantly surprised me this time with its exhibition entitled Paper. What a neat idea having an exhibition with the theme being the material in which the art is made of and in this case it’s paper. Having done quite a bit of origami myself in the past, I know the pros and cons of working with such a fragile, lightweight material and was therefore extra curious to see how various artists decided to tackle this challenge.

DSCN6491Japanese artist Yuken Teruya used something as ordinary and readily available as recycled paper shopping bags to construct a series of works such as this “Golden Arch Parkway” from a fast food McDonald’s paper bag.

DSCN6505Portuguese artist Marcelo Jácome’s work Planos-pipas n17 (kite-planes), constructed out of tissue paper, bamboo, fiberglass and cotton thread levitating over the gallery floor.

A Rendez-vous with Hermès

DSCN5943The London Saatchi Gallery is currently playing host to Festival des Métiers, a rendez-vous with the Hermès craftspeople in an event that invites the public to learn more about the intricate skills behind the brand’s luxurious leather handbags, watches, silk scarves, garments and ceramics.

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Hermes ManufacturingLots of curious and often very feisty spectators pushed and crowded to see the craftspeople at their stations/booths working away. Next to the artisan stood an interpreter to whom you could pose questions about what you were witnessing and sometimes they even narrated step-by-step the process.

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Saatchi Gallery Rendez-vous with the Hermes CraftspeopleThe rendez-vous proved very popular and therefore also wildly busy. If you’re planning on attending, you should try to go during off peak hours if you want to fully enjoy the experience and take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions.

Chanel – The Little Black Jacket

Chanel - The Little Black Jacket ExhibitionWell, we all know the importance of owning and working that little black jacket or little black dress, regardless of whether or not it’s actually a Chanel. This was certainly the case when it came to Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket exhibition at Saatchi Gallery here in London. The exhibit acts as a sort of shrine to the iconic jacket but also to the iconic names that bear the garment in the photographs snapped by none other than Mr. Karl Lagerfeld himself.

Chanel- The Little Black Jacket ExhibitionThe rooms were naturally abuzz but the actual display and curation of the exhibition felt a bit too safe for my taste. The large collection of portrait posters created more of a hall of fame with celebrities, socialites and style icons acting as the focal point as opposed to the actual jacket itself. To be honest, I was a bit let down by the whole presentation as I simply have higher expectations when it comes to a large luxury brand such as Chanel. If this is their attempt at fashion as art, I’m going to need a bit more convincing!

linneabylinneanilsson fashion, coatYes, it was the stylish duo of me (wearing a linnebylinneanilsson coat) and my darling friend Haley who were on the judging panel for today’s event, which was nice but surprisingly left us neither impressed nor blown away.

Chanel- The Little Black Jacket ExhibitionAlthough, this image of a dark Marie Antoinette did have me slightly intrigued… an idea for my Halloween costume perhaps? ♪ Whip it ♪