The Mira Hong Kong Unveils New Glamorous Wedding Luncheon Banquets

The Mira Hong Kong, a trendy wedding destination hotel born out of passion for creating memories, has just announced the launch of glamorous luncheon banquets to be staged at its 10,000 square meter penthouse Ballroom designed by celebrity party planner Colin Cowie, as well as flexible Function Rooms, now matched with a range of exclusive privileges available until 31 December 2018.

Recently acknowledged with “Best Thematic Wedding Venue” and “My Most Favorite Wedding Banquet” awards from theWedding Magazine, this highly sought-after and well established wedding location in Tsim Sha Tsui situated on the 18/F of the design-driven urban retreat features an abundance of natural daylight with spectacular vistas; a collection of fashionable and intricate wedding theme setups enhanced by state-of-the-art audiovisual system complete with an impressive LED wall backdrop; and provides a five-star gourmet experience that truly delivers on a promise of a memorable “dream wedding”.

“Having noticed a growing trend in daytime events, it is only natural we decided to leverage on the immense potential of our versatile wedding venues with the penthouse Ballroom being the most spectacular of all our assets. We are delighted to present engaged couples from Hong Kong as well as overseas with a choice of gourmet Western Buffets or Chinese-style Luncheons to celebrate their special day,” reveals Senior Director of Events, Conferences, Special Projects, The Mira Hong Kong, Ms Eva Kwan, also a Chief Event Planner at the newly conceived event production agency, ZOUL, that specializes in complete development and staging of high-profile events and extraordinary weddings.

The trend-setting luxury hotel presents its latest offering conceived by a team of bridal experts and experienced Wedding Planners with a host of attractive privileges for wedding luncheon events with minimum attendance of 50 Guests, including: 15% discount on ZOUL memorable event decoration plans; naked wedding cake of choice (a bespoke frosting-free alternative to a classic wedding cake); “Chocolate World” with an assortment of heart-shaped chocolates, chocolate pop cakes and a chocolate fountain to complement a dessert buffet (for buffet luncheon only); as well as a complimentary candy bar, champagne toast at the cake-cutting ceremony, welcome mocktails and convenient parking coupons.

Extra privileges for a party of over 100 guests (Western Buffet Luncheon) or 8 tables (Chinese Set Luncheon) additionally include: stylish and spacious guest room accommodation with daily breakfast for two; chauffeured limousine service for the bridal party for 3 hours; and complimentary table centerpieces with fresh floral arrangement for all tables (valued at HK$450 net per table), whileparties of 200 guests (Western Buffet Luncheon) or 15 tables (Chinese Set Luncheon) and above will also enjoy a photo booth service with unlimited instant photo prints for 2 hours.

Featuring a combination of Western favorites and Asian dishes to honor the special occasion, three exquisite Buffet Luncheon menus ranging from HK$788 to HK$1,888 per person* offer a wealth of delicacies ranging from jet-fresh seafood with fresh oysters and Boston lobsters along with freshly cut sashimi, to a refreshing selection of zesty salads, premium meats such as Chinese BBQ Suckling Pig or Braised Pork Belly with Cherries and Apple Wedges among a decadent choice of entrées, and an impressive carving station with Salmon Wellington or Slow-cooked Rib Eye. A divine display of up to a dozen of delicate pastries and handcrafted desserts such as Raspberry Kiss New York Cheese Cake, Yuzu and Swiss Milk Chocolate Pudding Shooters, and Durian and 64% Vietnamese Dark Chocolate Tart presented on a glamorously golden “Sweet Stairway to Heaven” completes the abundant buffet which comes with free-flowing soft drinks, freshly squeezed orange juice and beer throughout the meal.

For couples who prefer a Chinese-style set luncheon wedding banquet format there is a choice of sublime of menus to pick from featuring a range of Cantonese classics carrying meaningful wishes of happiness.

Among a range of stylish table themes recommended by the expert wedding planners for a glamorous luncheon is the Verdant Noon setup which turns the indoor venue into an airy, blooming, garden-like setting with refreshing, toned down lime green accents pinpointed by classic, tall, brass floral stands offset by highly ornamental arrangements and delicate interlacing chair sashes, as well as vertical green wall backdrop for the ultimate splendor.

The newest table setup preview can be witnessed at the upcoming “Happy Ever After Starts @ The Mira Hong Kong” Open Day on 27 May (12 noon – 8pm) starting with a bridal showcase followed by wedding consultations paired with exclusive booking privileges for confirmed wedding banquet bookings with a token deposit of HK$5,000 settled, including a special offer for the new Wedding Buffet Lunch with minimum booking of 50 Guests enhancing the experience with a complimentary 1 night stay at Mira Suite 70 (valued at HK$3,500) for the newlyweds and a complimentary upgrade with house red & white wines throughout the meal (valued at HK$770 net per table).

Booking Enquiries / Appointments with Wedding Planners:
+852 2315 5688 or catering.event@themirahotel.com

The Mira Hong Kong, Mira Place, 118 – 130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

* All prices are subject to 10% service charge

JW MARRIOTT HOTEL MACAU & THE RITZ-CARLTON, MACAU CELEBRATE THREE YEARS OF DELIGHTING GUESTS WITH

EXCLUSIVE CULINARY AND CATERING PRIVILEGES

JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau set a new criterion for accommodation, fine dining and integrated resort experiences in Macau since 2015. In celebration of the auspicious 3rd anniversary, JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau presents a limited-time offering of spectacular dining and catering privileges.

Culinary Experiences that Leave an Indelible Mark

Lai Heen at The Ritz-Carlton, Macau has curated a lavish 3rd Anniversary Degustation Menu and 3rdAnniversary Lunch Menu exclusively from May 25 to 30. Lai Heen’s menus offer sumptuous Cantonese selections including Pan-fried Hokkaido Scallop with Black Truffle and Salmon Roe, Baked Abalone Tartelette with Diced Roasted Goose in Black Pepper Sauce, Sautéed Australian Beef Tenderloin with Okra, Black Pepper and Honey, and Deep-Fried Prawns with Tangerine Sauce. The degustation menu will be paired with a selection of coveted wines and champagne, including the world-famous Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV, Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs 2010, Louis Roederer Cristal 2009, Louis Roederer Brut Rosé 2012, Domaine OTT Château Romassan AOC Bandol 2011, and Château de Pez 2012.

Man Ho Chinese Restaurant at JW Marriott Hotel Macau presents guests with a truly authentic and gourmet dinner menu on May 27 only. Bringing out fresh and succulent flavors just in time for spring, the set menu comprises an elegant selection of dishes such as Roasted Suckling Pig Accompanied with Chinese Yam,Braised Winter Melon with Abalone and Baked Seasonal Fish in Champagne Sauce.

Offering ultimate indulgence for guests in traditional French style, Chef Raphaël Kinimo specially imported two additional cuts of steak selection on May 27 at The Ritz-Carlton Café. For one night only, guests may choose from a special selection of Smoked Canadian Beef Short Rib or Japanese Kobe Beef A5, seared to perfection and served with crispy golden fries.

Feather & Bone Launches Loyalty Programme to Support Three Local Charities Plastic Oceans, HELP for Domestic Workers, and Children’s Charity, Variety

Pioneering butcher and delicatessen Feather & Bone launches its Loyalty Programme, donating an optional percentage of customers’ points to one of three local charities in Hong Kong, according to personal preference, with each in-store purchase.

The Charities

Ever-committed to reducing plastic waste, Feather & Bone’s support for Plastic Oceans as its first Loyalty Programme charity is no surprise. This foundation focuses on creating social impact, generating ideas and finding solutions to reduce the use of plastic through educational programmes and global partnerships. By educating and engaging the public in a conversation to rethink plastic-use, Plastic Oceans challenges society’s perception of this indestructible substance that is treated as ‘disposable’.

As a brand that cares deeply about its eco footprint, Feather & Bone also offers 10% off of all coffee purchases when a customer brings their own takeaway mug, as well as exclusively using straws made of a biodegradable, FSC-approved eucalyptus pulp, and takeaway boxes made from all-natural sugarcane.

HELP for Domestic Workers also joins Feather & Bone’s loyalty programme, a non-profit that provides free advice and assistance on employment, education and advocacy to help foreign domestic workers gain access to legal support, as well as receive fair and equal treatment.

Last but not least is Variety, one of Hong Kong’s best-known children’s charities which aims to provide resources to address the unmet needs of physically, mentally and socially disadvantaged children by helping them reach their full potential. With a notable number of Hong Kong children living without sufficient support, family-oriented Feather & Bone gives customers the option to donate their dollars to improve the lives of children in need.

At a generous HK$1 per point, customers can opt to donate their points to their preferred charity, or use any number of points to receive a discount of up to 3% on their shopping or dining bill, where the conversion is the same.

Shop details:

Feather and Bone – Sai Ying Pun

Address: Shop 1, G/F Commercial Accommodation, Bohemian House, 321 Des Voeux Road West

Tel: +852 3705 0280
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 7am – 10pm ; Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday 8am – 10pm

Feather and Bone – Gage Street

Address: 18 Gage Street, Central
Tel: + 852 2325 8570

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 8am – 9pm

Feather and Bone – Happy Valley

Address: Shop A&C, G/F., Winner Building, 11 Wong Nai Chung Road

Tel: + 852 2836 3789

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 7am – 10pm; Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday 8am – 10pm

www.featherandbone.com.hk

 

Café Gray Deluxe of The Middle House Coming to Town

The ever-changing, ever-evolving Shanghai dining scene will soon be welcoming Café Gray Deluxe of The Middle House into its ranks. This will be the fourth hotel under Swire Hotels’ acclaimed ‘The House Collective’, this newest addition brings with it the sophistication and quality that Café Gray Deluxe Hong Kong is known for, making it a perfect addition to Shanghai’s international metropolis.

As part of the HKRI Taikoo Hui office and shopping complex in the city’s historic Dazhongli neighbourhood, The Middle House Shanghai is located right in the heart of the city. Café Gray Deluxe features an impressive outdoor dining area, one of the largest in the city, complimented by an indoor dining area, an open kitchen, 2 private rooms for small gatherings, and a comprehensive wine cellar. Catering to your every need every moment of the day from dawn to dusk. Be it a quick or a leisurely breakfast, a workday lunch, a post-shopping reprieve, a night out with that special someone or an important business dinner, Café Gray Deluxe has got you covered.

Located on level 3 of The Middle House, Café Gray Deluxe embodies a lot more than your everyday hotel restaurant. This intricately designed – spacious yet welcoming space has an intimate atmosphere with high ceilings and art works.  The sleek indoor area which overlooks a lush green outdoor terrace decorated with stylish contemporary furniture and views of Nanjing West Road is best for relaxation with your friends, taking a coffee break with business partners or just enjoying the view.

Helmed by the New York-based Chef Gray Kunz who successfully headed the renowned Café Gray Deluxe Hong Kong, the menu at Café Gray Deluxe Shanghai will feature his unique style of modernised classic cuisine using locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Customer favourites include the seared foie gras & du Puy lentil salad, braised beef short ribs and crusted Maine lobster. And for those with a sweet tooth, the Dark Chocolate and Key Lime Tart, Stewed Berries, and Blood Orange Soufflé will prove irresistible. Don’t miss the live-cooking shows where you can watch the passionate theatrics in the open kitchen as they prepare your meal.

Chef de cuisine Peter Lin in tandem with his talented and dedicated team will be running the daily operations of the kitchen, ensuring exquisite cuisines and authentic flavours. With 17 years of hospitality experience in his repertoire, Peter has worked for many acclaimed hotels and restaurants in Germany, the US and China, including Michelin-Starred dining destinations Sens & Bund and Sir Elly’s at the Peninsula Shanghai. Over the course of his career, Peter has been dazzling guests with his distinctive style of traditional European fare with a contemporary twist. The multiple-time winner of the Bocuse d’Or Award and other prestigious culinary honours aspires to become the first Chinese Chef heading an excellent western kitchen in a five-star hotel. He will offer his inventive take on Chef Gray’s unique recipes with local inspirations and premium quality produce, curating delicious and eye-catching dishes with Asian and western influences.

Working alongside Chef Peter is top bartender Gary Hu and sommelier Feifei Liu. Gary has a career that spans many renowned hotel bars and clubs including Langham Hospitality Group and W Hotels. Gary’s artisanal cocktails deliver a creative and playful drinking experience that perfectly complements the all-day menu of the Bar and Lounge.

A budding star trained by the best in France, Feifei Liu has been rising quickly through the ranks of the hospitality business since she began her career in 2014, and she has received various industry awards and honours. With her wealth of expertise and passion in wine, clients at Café Gray Deluxe Shanghai can expect to explore an impressive collection of wine with perfect food pairings to suit every mood.

Ermenegildo Zegna celebrates its 50th anniversary of the Ready-to-Wear

UOMINI ALL’ITALIANA 1968

Zegna Ready-to-Wear: from the tailor to industry

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Ermenegildo Zegna’s entrance into the business, the Ermenegildo Zegna Group will host a dedicated exhibition at the historic Casa Zegna in Trivero, where Ermenegildo Zegna opened the Zegna wool mill in 1910. This exhibition “UOMINI ALL’ITALIANA 1968” provides an in-depth look at the origins of Zegna during the decade that spans 1968 through the late 1970s. The story takes visitors from high-quality textile production to the artisan commercialization of sartorial expertise and onto the affirmation of a luxury lifestyle brand. It is told through photographs, vintage materials, outfits and period pieces, originating predominantly from the company’s historical archives.

It was a pivotal move founded upon the strong combination of creativity, craftsmanship and innovation applied to traditional expertise. It also marked the beginning of what has become a fully verticalized luxury offer which today includes a comprehensive range of clothing and accessories.

University of Venice

Zegna also created TOP, named for the precious wool tops the company relied on, to promote this new paradigm, and turned it from an in-house instrument into an authentic communications tool. Part catalog and part fashion magazine, TOP covered everything from new fabrics and menswear fashions to cars, culture and emerging lifestyles. Its purpose was to transmit the Zegna way of living and its interpretation of style which will become a masculine fashion diktat all over the world.

Maria Luisa Frisa, fashion critic, curator and Director of the Degree Program in Fashion Design at the Faculty of Design and Arts of the IUAV University of Venice, who collaborated in writing the chapter “Men’s fashion is not a passing whim”, underscores the link between fashion and style. “Fashion and style were mixed in the language that Zegna introduced to put a cross its own of ready-to-wear, unique in the panorama of the country’s menswear industry because it was founded on the desire to extend to larger scale production a quality of tailoring which it neither wished not intended to renounce: a true project of industrial design, developed on the basis of the observation of real men”. She goes on to explain Zegna’s unique approach, “this diversification corresponded perfectly to the strategies that Zegna put into effect, promoting a coordinated elegance, or perhaps it would be better to say that the idea of “total look” at the base of the Italian style for which we were to become famous all over the world”.

Moving beyond fabrics and mass production, Aldo and Angelo positioned themselves as a lifestyle brand whose offer was sold through franchised corner stores and shown at PITTI in 1976, for the first time. Over the fifty years that followed, Ermenegildo Zegna continued to expand its offer and solidify its role as the international protagonist of excellence in menswear and accessories.

Just as the second generation did the 70s, the third generation – led by Gildo Zegna as CEO – completed another important step by taking the company into the world of retail with the opening of its first mono brand boutique in 1980 in Paris, France. In 1991, Zegna was the first fashion brand to enter the Chinese market, opening its store in Bejing. Thanks to the third generation Zegna became a global lifestyle luxury brand with a strong focus on the omnichannel strategy.

Today, Ermenegildo Zegna’s multifaceted ready to wear collections can be found in 504 Zegna stores (272 company-owned) in over 100 countries around the world.

The exhibition UOMINI ALL’ITALIANA 1968 is open every Sunday (2.30pm to 6.30pm) from May 6 – October 28, 2018. Held at Casa Zegna in Trivero, the celebratory exhibition pays homage to the rich history of a lifestyle brand that continues to anticipate and interpret evolving global male identities.

The essay dedicated to the exhibition is published by Marsilio Editori and edited by Mario Lupano and Marta Franceschini. Contributing authors include:

  • Anna Zegna, President of the Fondazione Zegna
  • Maria Luisa Frisa, fashion critic, curator and Director of the Fashion Design Degree Program at the Faculty of Design and Arts of the IUAV University of Venice
  • Elda Danese, PhD, Lecturer at the Faculty of Design and Arts of the IUAV University of Venice
  • Danilo Craveia, Archivist

Elvis Presley’s OMEGA sells for a world record

An OMEGA timepiece belonging to the legendary performer Elvis Presley has been sold for CHF 1,500,000 at the Geneva Watch Auction: Seven, by Phillips.

After a lengthy and competitive round of bidding, the OMEGA Museum in Biel/Bienne became the proud new owner, not only attaining the watch for their significant collection, but also paying a new world record for any OMEGA watch ever purchased.

Described as the “most historically significant Elvis Presley-owned watch to ever appear on the market”, the 18K white gold wristwatch was presented to Elvis by RCA Records in February 1961, at a charity luncheon and concert to celebrate his 75 million records sold worldwide.

The 33 mm timepiece houses a manually-wound OMEGA calibre 510, and features 44 brilliant cut diamonds surrounding the bezel, as well as an elegant silvered ivory dial with a small-seconds subdial.

On the caseback, the engravings include the words: “To Elvis, 75 Million Records, RCA Victor, 12-25-60.”  In fact, Elvis was most likely the first artist in history to reach that impressive sales milestone. Amongst his album releases in 1960, the hits that propelled him to the peak of his career that year included “Are You Lonesome Tonight” and “It’s Now Or Never”.

The incredible provenance of this one-of-a-kind timepiece was further confirmed by photos of Presley wearing the watch, as well as a certificate of authenticity from Jimmy Velvet, the Founder/CEO of the Elvis Presley Museum.

Elvis Presley is known to have worn several OMEGA watches during his career, including the OMEGA Seamaster he wore during his time in the US Army. However, the very meaningful watch sold this week will surely be remembered as the most special.

www.omegawatches.com

Pacsafe Launches Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Collection

In celebration of the company’s 20th anniversary and World Turtle Day, leading anti-theft travel gear brand Pacsafe is launching a limited-edition collection made from regenerated waste materials, with 100% of profits going to the Pacsafe Turtle Fund to help endangered sea turtles.

 Migrating the globe with its home on its back, the turtle symbolises endurance, wisdom and life in balance with the environment. Twenty years ago, Pacsafe chose the turtle as its logo and today this majestic creature continues to inspire Pacsafe’s mission to help people explore the world safely and respectfully. The Pacsafe Turtle Fund was founded in 2014 and has since provided over HK$1.2 million in grants for sea turtle conservation projects.

 To provide even more support for sea turtles and celebrate 20 years of Pacsafe, the brand has developed two limited-edition bags for its Limited Edition 20thAnniversary Collection – the Vibe 28L ECONYL® backpack and the Travelsafe® 3L ECONYL® portable safe. 100% of profits from the 20th anniversary collection go to the Pacsafe Turtle Fund, to help conserve our planet’s most intrepid explorer.

The limited-edition Vibe 28L ECONYL® anti-theft backpack is designed to secure your gear during urban explorations and exotic treks alike. Whether on a beach break to the Philippines, or making the most of everyday adventures in Hong Kong, Pacsafe’s patented anti-theft technology keeps an eye on your things so you can concentrate on enjoying the moment. With space for a laptop, clothes and other essentials, this carry-on sized pack is your go-to bag for on-the-go adventures.

The limited-edition Travelsafe® 3L ECONYL® portable safe is a lockable, portable safe that you can anchor to any fixed object. Whether staying in an Airbnb or locking down your valuables in-flight, Pacsafe’s 360° eXomesh® technology keeps your essentials protected, so you can embrace life’s adventures with peace of mind.  

 Pacsafe’s 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Turtle Fund Collection is made with ECONYL® a yarn woven from pre and post-consumer waste including fishing nets, which pose an entanglement hazard to turtles. That means less plastic in our oceans, a cleaner natural habitat for marine turtles, and a more efficient production process to save natural resources. The result? A top quality bag that has your (and your turtle friend’s) back. 

 “The vision of the Pacsafe Turtle Fund is to help create a world where marine turtles thrive in healthy oceans the world over, safe against the threat of extinction. It’s not just about giving funds to an important cause, but also using the value of turtle conservation to filter through everything we do and inspire our efforts to improve how we do business,” says Pacsafe co-founder and CEO Rob Schlipper.

 Magnus McGlashan, Managing Director & co-founder of Pacsafe, adds: “For 20 years, Pacsafe has enabled Safe Travels for people to enjoy this beautiful world, and life’s adventures, knowing their gear is safe. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 20th anniversary than by launching two limited-edition bags which support ocean waste recovery and donate 100% of profits to sea turtle conservation projects.”

 To shop Pacsafe’s 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Turtle Fund Collection, visit the brand’s flagship Hong Kong store at No. 283, 2/F, Shun Tak Centre; or, visitwww.pacsafe.com

Soravit on Granville is Now Officially Open The Very first Thai Concept Hotel in Hong Kong

Behind a striking concrete and hard solid facade on Granville Road, off Hong Kong’s bustling Nathan Road, Soravit on Granville emerges as a tangible celebration of the neighborhood’s multiculturalism, gaining its status as the first Thai-themed hotel in Hong Kong. The hotel is now officially open for visitors to stay!

An addition to the Soravit Hotels Group, founded and conceptualized by Alexander Fu (Vice Chairman and CEO), Soravit on Granville is designed by the renowned Oval Partnership. It aims to invite guests to feel the vibes of South East Asia, where hospitality, services, and attractions often strive to be the most welcoming. “Deliberately built and designed in a great contrast to its sister hotel, Attitude on Granville, Soravit On Granville is intentionally bold, unique, and explicit, but with a touch of elegance,” said Alexander.

The hotel features a collection of traditional and cultural artworks by two Thai artists from Bangkok, Mr. Tippanet Yaemmaneechai and Ms. Sirikoy Chutataweesawas. All art pieces are highly detailed with different thematic elements that illustrate the overall unique traditional culture of Thailand: The Guardian Angels, Thai Way of Life, Elephants, and Songkran (Thai Water Festival).

Offering 76 rooms and suites featuring custom-made Thai silk linens and traditionalThai wood furniture, the hotel rooms are categorized into Superior, Deluxe, Premier and Executive.

Alexander adds,“All paintings exhibited at the hotel on canvas are all oil based. The medium used highlights the postures of the locals, traditional costumes, and overall atmosphere of the most celebrated festivity at their best. The colors in our art collections add to the monotone nature of the hotel’s interior design and give the overall hotel ambiance a sense of life. Paired with carefully selected ornaments sourced from Thailand and displayed around the main guest areas at the hotel lobby, we get a sense of authenticity!”

The new hotel’s culinary offering also plays an important role in the project by adding diversity. Located on the 1/F, Queen’s Dining is the first to feature a taste of all three cuisines under one roof, giving epicureans the opportunity to enjoy the authentic tastes of Southeastern China, Thailand and Vietnam with a contemporary twist, all at the same time. A team of talented chefs use ingredients imported from across Asia to whip up a series of delectable dishes. In addition, Mrs. Joanna Em-On Fu, the Head Chef of renowned Thai private kitchen and cooking school, Queen’s Kitchen has created a traditional but dynamic Thai dessert menu that caters diners with an entirely new cultural and gourmet experience. Cocktails, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages are also available at the bar to spark off every evening.

Promotion: Soravit on Granville Opening Package

Validity: May to 12 July, 2018 inclusive

HK$1,588 per night

One night accommodation of Deluxe Room

Set dinner for two at Queen’s Dining (See below)

Weekend supplement of HK$200 per night applies on every Friday & Saturday- Above rates are subject to 10% service charge

Set dinner menu (for 2):

  1. Thai Beef Salad
  2. Pumpkin Crabmeat Soup
  3. Hanoi-style Cod Fish
  4. U.S. Jumbo Oyster w/ Thai Spice
  5. Mixed Mushrooms w/ Garlic Butter
  6. Miss Saigon Fried Rice
  7. Queen Selected Dessert

SYDNEY | MAJOR INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS AT CARRIAGEWORKS THIS WINTER

Carriageworks presents three major international artists this June and July, with two large-scale art installations and a contemporary music performance, all exclusive to Sydney. Grammy award-winning artist St Vincent headlines Carriageworks’ Vivid Sydney program on 17 June, followed by the unveiling of the Australian premieres of installations by leading Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda and seminal French conceptual artist Daniel Buren.

Carriageworks Director, Lisa Havilah, said: “Carriageworks’ presentation of the Sydney exclusives of three of the world’s most dynamic artists in visual arts and contemporary music reinforces our commitment to ambitious programming for the multi-arts precinct.”

St. Vincent brings her latest album MASSEDUCTION to Carriageworks for her only Sydney performance on Sunday 17 June. MASSEDUCTION made last year’s Australian Top 20 and has received praise from critics and fans alike, being named the #1 album of 2017 by the likes of The New York Times and the Guardian. As one of the most compelling artists of a generation, St. Vincent aka Annie Clark has been described by the NME as the “closest thing that our generation has to David Bowie” and has released five albums to worldwide critical acclaim, including 2014’s Best Alternative Album, Grammy-winning St. Vincent. 

 On 5 July, Carriageworks will unveil the Australian premiere of Ryoji Ikeda’s  micro | macro exhibition, followed by the opening of a critically-acclaimed installation by seminal French conceptual artist Daniel Buren, titled Like Childs Play. These free exhibitions will run in tandem and challenge, in different ways, our perception of size.

Leading Japanese electronic composer and visual artist, Ryoji Ikeda pioneers new technologies and tests the limits of what is observable and knowable in our universe in an attempt to understand it and make it visible. Returning to Carriageworks for a third time, Ikeda’s exhibition micro | macro explores the intersection of art and science, in this case the materials that make up our universe. The exhibition consists of the plank universe series, two monumental audio-visual works that were developed during a residency at Switzerland’s CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. With one work reaching ten metres in height and the other stretching 173 metres in length, the works dominate the space and are tightly synced together by an electronic composition created by Ikeda himself.

Daniel Buren is internationally recognised as one of France’s foremost contemporary artists and has exhibited more than ten times at the Venice Biennale, winning the Golden Lion in 1986, and his work has been the focus of exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York. Buren’s career spans five decades of unforgettable interventions, controversial critical texts, thought-provoking public art projects and engaging collaborations with artists from different generations.

Buren’s installation Like Child’s Playis inspired by German educational theorist Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel’s famous children’s wooden block toys. The installation features 100 upscaled blocks, arches, triangles and pediments that play with scale so that objects, that as children, we towered over, now dwarf us. Buren arranges the works to create sight lines through the space. When we look into the void of one object we are looking through a tunnel made of several blocks lined by Buren’s iconic stripes. And while half the exhibition space is a riot of colour, this is juxtaposed with the minimalist look of the other half with its white floor and white blocks.

KEY DATES:

VINCENT: Sunday 17 June 2018, 8PM

RYOJI IKEDA: 5 JULY – 29 JULY 2018, 10AM UNTIL 6PM DAILY

DANIEL BUREN: 7 JULY – 12 AUGUST 2018, 10AM UNTIL 6PM DAILY

 

OUT & ABOUT WITH GIORGIO ARMANI AT CANNES

Giorgio Armani is pleased to announce that tonight, for the red carpet of Le Grand Bain directed by Gilles Lellouche during 71st Cannes Film Festival, the following participants wore Giorgio Armani:

Diane Kruger wore a Giorgio Armani Privé custom made ice blue chiffon dress with bodice and strap embroidered with crystals.

Guillaume Canet wore a Giorgio Armani tuxedo

Earlier today, for the red carpet of Lazzaro Felice directed by Alice Rohrwacher, the following wore Giorgio Armani:

Nicoletta Braschi wore a Giorgio Armani blue lace gown with embroideries

Roberto Benigni wore a Giorgio Armani tuxedo

Roberta Armani wore a Giorgio Armani black lace gown with silk and velvet details.

On 12th May 2018, Cate Blanchett, who presides over the Film Festival jury, wore a Giorgio Armani Privé one-shoulder mermaid dress in black silk satin with a wide bow on the side

Marion Cotillard wore a Giorgio Armani Privé bodice and trousers in white satin with wide sleeves and black belt for the red carpet of Gueule d’ange directed by Vanessa Filho