Stella McCartney::: “Sneaker Week Party” in London

Stella McCartney and Stan Smith celebrate the launch of Stella #stansmith, the first vegan leather edition of the iconic adidas Stan Smith.  The launch at the recently opened 23 Old Bond Street Stella McCartney store during London Fashion Week, follows in the designer’s long-term collaboration with adidas.

Stan Smith and Stella McCartney

The designer, alongside legendary tennis player, Stan Smith, signed pairs of the vegan sneakers for guests including Madonna, Riz Ahmed, Ellie Goulding, Anna Wintour, Edward Enninful, Tigerlily Taylor, Alasdhair Willis, Radhika Jones, Imran Amed, Mary Charteris, Keith Lemon and many more.

Anna Wintour and Stella McCartney

Tonight’s event was the highlight of Stella McCartney’s recent sneaker category focused campaign, #StellaSneakerWeek which includes activations in-store and social media.  As part of the celebration, Stella McCartney commissioned 6 artists to customise 23 limited edition vegan sneakers including the Loop and the Eclypse styles.  The sneakers will be available exclusively at 23 Old Bond Street from the 17th of September and proceeds from the sales will be benefit charities chosen by each artist.

 

LONGCHAMP | CELEBRATES ITS 70TH ANNIVERSARY!

“For 70 years, the House of Longchamp has been in constant motion. This is the hallmark of our family: moving forward, innovating, and always seeking to improve.

18-09-11_LONGCHAMP_70 ans_Opéra_©François GOIZE

It is a permanent challenge for a family business in the hyper-competitive world of fashion that never stops. Movement is a state of mind: the Opéra Garnier and the world of dance perfectly illustrate this philosophy.” Sophie Delafontaine.

PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 11: (EDITOR’S NOTE Photo has been retouched) Kendall Jenner attends the Longchamp 70th Anniversary Celebration at Opera Garnier on September 11, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images for Longchamp)

Kendall Jenner, the House’s new brand ambassador, was the Amazon of the evening in her custom embroidered tulle dress evoking the horse, Longchamp’s iconic emblem, recently featured in Longchamp’s latest brand film.

 

 

Vacheron Constantin Introduces the FITYSIX® Collection in London’s Legendary Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road Studios hosted Vacheron Constantin’s guests for the launch of the Fiftysix® collection. An exclusive performance by English singer-songwriter Benjamin Clementine provided a musical narrative for the launch of the partnership between the Maison and the legendary recording studio, as well as tunefully accompanying the presentation of the first Fiftysix® to feature a major horological complication: an ultra-thin automatic tourbillon model.

Benjamin Clementine, who fronts the new Vacheron Constantin communication campaign, treated the privileged 150 guests to a memorable acoustic showcase. Seated at his piano and backed by five strings, he notably gave a first ever performance of the song Eternity, the first exclusive composition produced by the new creative venture between Vacheron Constantin and Abbey Road Studios.

Highlighting a watch event that drew more than 100 international journalists, the evening and the concert chimed perfectly with the new signature of the Maison: “One of not many”. Over three days, guests had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the FiftysixR world by taking part in a variety of creative and trending activities, including a bartitsu masterclass, vinyl hunting in Soho or a chance to explore the photoshoot locations of Pink Floyd or David Bowie’s most famous album covers. This set of experiences was rounded off by a cosy and resolutely London-style soiree held at the highly exclusive Mayfair private club, Loulou’s.

The new Fiftysix Collection has been released Sept 1st worldwide and is available in Vacheron Constantin boutiques as well as across the Maisons’s authorized distributors network.

 

COACH FALL 2018:

INTRODUCING THE DREAMER “IT” BAG…

AND PRESENTING THE “COACH DREAMER POP-UP”:

Fala Chen, Hins Cheung and other Hong Kong celebrities join launch celebration.

top local celebrities Fala Chen and Hins Cheung celebrated the launch of the “Coach Dreamer Pop-Up”, featuring the Coach Dreamer “IT” Bag and Fall Winter 2018 Collection, at Pacific House, Central, Hong Kong.

Celebrity singer/actress Fala Chen and popular singer/songwriter Hins Cheung — both huge fans of the New-York-based luxury brand, Coach, along with Yann Bozec, President of Coach, Greater China, and Damien Tonneau, General Manager of Coach Hong Kong, Taiwan & Macau — were joined at the launch event by actor Carlos Chan, actress Michelle Wai, singer Angela Hui, Tsang Lok Tung and Angus Yeung. All were dressed in the latest Coach American-gothic-themed Fall 2018 collection and carried their favorite Dreamer bag for this special occasion.

 

American artist Chelsea Champlain — whose painterly mystic roses, moths and floral skulls adorn the new Dreamer collection — also attended the kick-off party, live-painting on bags in front of guests.

Opera Hong Kong presents The Magic Flute

Opera Hong Kong (OHK) is proud to present Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, The Magic Flute, which will take place at Hong Kong City Hall on 25 and 26 August 2018 featuring exceptional Hong Kong operatic talent. This production will be set in a Chinese cultural context including Cantonese dialogue and costumes. It features soloists and orchestra on stage, thereby creating a highly accessible operatic experience for Hong Kong audiences.

A fairy tale of the forces of good versus evil, The Magic Flute sees the Queen of the Night persuade Prince Tamino to rescue her daughter Pamina from the high priest Sarastro who is holding her captive. Instead, Tamino learns the ideals of Sarastro’s community and, together with Pamina undergoes severe trials of initiation in order to join the community, which ultimately triumphs against the Queen and her cohorts, who, in a plot twist, are revealed to be the true villains of the story. Tamino’s companion Papageno, who accompanies him, fails the trials but wins the hand of Papagena, his ideal female companion.

Director Shen Liang, Resident Stage Director for the National Centre for The Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing will make us consider these rigid ideals of good and evil and each character’s motives in an interpretation aimed at a modern-day audience. Liang has directed several critically-acclaimed productions including Carmen, La Traviata, Rigoletto, La Bohème, Aïda, Rickshaw Boy and The Chinese Orphan.

Dejan Savic, General & Music Director of the Serbian National Theatre, who made his Asian debut at the Busan Cultural Centre with a production of Tosca in 2014, will direct the soloists and ensemble in this production of The Magic Flute.

This production features a talented cast, many of whom are artists being trained in the Jockey Club Opera Hong Kong Young Artist Development Program, a three-year, tailor-made course providing intensive training to nurture Hong Kong opera singing talent. Bridging the gap between school and professional performances, the programme develops the singing and acting skills of the participants to international standards. Principal singers in this production include tenor Chen Yong who sings the part of Tamino, the young prince who sets out to rescue the brave princess Pamina, who will be played by sopranos Colette Lam and Phoebe Tam on alternate nights. Papageno, Tamino’s companion, will be sung by baritone Sammy Chien.

The cast of The Magic Flute also performed in Opera Hong Kong’s completely sold-out and critically-acclaimed production of Bizet’s Carmen, which took place in May this year. South China Morning Post hailed the production’s ‘irresistible music and gutsy performances (…) from world class singers, who brought out opera’s raw, dark and primal side’.

 The Magic Flute represents the culmination of Mozart’s creative genius and versatility. Written in 1791, the final year of his life, the opera is renowned for its extremely challenging vocal requirements. Both arias sung by the Queen of the Night are some of the most famous and challenging in the standard operatic repertoire, featuring some of the highest notes required to be sung by a Soprano in any opera. In this semi-staged production, the soloists in costumes will perform alongside the orchestra on stage. This minimalist stage setting allows the audience to see the integration of all the musical parts of the production and provides a highly accessible platform for first-time and frequent opera-goers alike.

Producer and OHK Artistic Director, Warren Mok, said, “It’s a great pleasure to present the best of Hong Kong’s talent in this challenging work. The main roles are taken by the young talents of the Jockey Club Opera Hong Kong Young Artist Development Programme. We believe it is very important to nurture these young artists by giving them a performance platform to enrich their experience. This will also help to develop the operatic art form and new audiences in Hong Kong.

Tickets are available from 13 July. Please visit operahongkong.org/magicflute for more details.

Event Details:

Mozart’s Magic Flute – A semi-staged opera in two acts

Performed in German with Chinese and English Surtitles. Dialogue in Cantonese.

Date: 25 & 26 August 2018

Venue: Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall

Ticket Price: $380, $280, $180, $100

Jaeger-LeCoultre pays tribute to Cinema and talent at the Shanghai International Film Festival

Fine watchmaking brand Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrated the opening of the Shanghai International Film Festival. Coinciding with the 185th anniversary of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture, this year guests were allowed a glimpse into the brand’s past. Thanks to a simultaneous exhibition full of history and a Gala Dinner, cinema and craftsmanship came together right before our eyes. After eight years of partnership with the festival, for the very first time, the Glory to the Filmmaker Award was presented by Catherine Rénier, CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre. This year, the award is in honor of the talented actress and director Joan Chen. Mr. Jing Boran, Mrs. Ni Ni and other friends of the brand, illuminated the festival and shared their passion for Cinema.

A unique piece, donated to safeguard cinematographic heritage

During the 21st Shanghai International Film Festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre hosted a charity auction at the Expo I-Pavilion, with the goal of safeguarding cinematographic heritage. Guests from all over the world gathered in Shanghai, witnessing this momentous occasion. For this significant event, Jaeger-LeCoultre donated a unique Rendez-Vous Night & Day Tribute to Cinematimepiece, made with a great deal of enthusiasm and energy by the watchmakers of the Vallée de Joux in Switzerland. The auction piece is a one-of-a-kind watch with a diamond-set, rose gold case and an elegant red dial. The starry Night & Day indicator perfectly incarnates femininity and manifests Jaeger-LeCoultre’s shared passion for cinema. Its bezel set with diamonds and its intense sun rayed dial sumptuously pay tribute to Cinema.

Chinese film restoration is one of the major ventures between Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Shanghai International Film Festival. For several years, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been devoted to film restoration in an effort to preserve its heritage. More than ten classic films have been successfully restored through 4K technology, including A Better Tomorrow, Love Without Endand Stage Sisters. Following the restoration of Painting Soul, Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Shanghai International Film Festival jointly announced their latest project.

Rediscovering 185 years of history through exceptional pieces

To commemorate its 185th anniversary, Jaeger-LeCoultre held a brand exhibition to present the history of the Manufacture. Some of the most iconic pieces created during the 185 years of existence were presented in Shanghai, retracing the history of the “Métiers Rares” and the historical know-how acquired by the watchmakers of the Grande Maison.

The brands’ new collection Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris, the famous Master and Reversocollections were also part of the exhibition. Antique pieces traveled all the way from the Manufacture in the Vallée de Joux, Switzerland, to be amongst the fortunate viewers in Shanghai.

JAZZY WEEKEND WITH AUDE LHOTELAIS AT CENTARA GRAND BEACH RESORT & VILLAS HUA HIN

The sensational musical pleasure returns to Hua Hinthis July as the fantastic French vocalistAude Lhotelaisis set to revisit Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villasin The Jazzy Weekend with Aude. The exciting weekend will features the jazz star’s warm melodic Jazz rhythms, full of moments to delight your dining experiences at the iconic resort with no admission fee.

 Surrounded by the distinguished colonial setting, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin invites you to join the fantastic Aude Lhotelais in The Jazzy Weekend with Aude during her visit to Hua Hin this July. The exciting event will feature the French vocalist throughout the weekend, surely enhancing all your senses with her beautifully charming voice.

On Saturday, 21 July 2018at The Elephant Bar,soak in the venue’s relaxing ambience and enjoy vintage and classic concoctions like the “Heritage Fizz”, or a choice of prime whiskies – all elevated by Aude’sexceptional performance starting from 9 pm. onwards. All the while, on the following day; Sunday, 22 July 2018 atThe Museum Coffee and Tea Corner,guests can likewise expect to be indulged for the ears and eyes as it is for the taste buds, from The Heritage Afternoon Teawith live jazz entertainment from our beloved lady.

Look forward to what we promise to be an extraordinary musical journey from The Jazzy Weekend with Aude, presenting the fantastic French vocalist Aude Lhotelais withsets of warm melodic Jazz rhythms a rare haven of refined luxury.

 THE JAZZY WEEKEND WITH AUDE

 Saturday, 21 July 2018     at The Elephant Bar

Sunday, 22 July 2018        atThe Museum Coffee and Tea Corner

 Available for all guests to join with no admission fee.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call +66 (0) 3251 2021

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

STARS IN DIOR – CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2018

ADÈLE WISMES CAREY MULLIGAN
 
CELINA JADE
 
KIKO
 

TEO YOO

 

WANG LIKUN
Couture- @dior #MariaGraziaChiuri #DiorCannes #StarsinDior
Homme- @diorhomme

2018 Program celebrates electronic music’s original visionaries

Carriageworks today announced the program of artists who will perform as part of Open Frame 2018, to be presented at Carriageworks on 28 – 29 June by Room40, the label described by Pitchfork as “the foremost purveyor of experimental music in the Southern hemisphere”. The 2018 Open Frame Program includes the world premiere of an Occam composition by Éliane Radigue, commissioned by Carriageworks, and exclusive Australian performances from pioneers of electronic music.

Described by curator Lawrence English as a “meditation on states of sonic intensity”, Open Frame will explore each artist’s variety of intensity: “the beauty of William Basinski, the transcendence of Charlemagne Palestine, the performance approaches of Pan Daijing, the focus of Éliane Radigue’s compositions, and hallucinatory qualities within the music of Coil’s Drew McDowall. Open Frame celebrates an interest in music and sound that pushes at the very edges of practice and performance. This is music that reaches deeply inside us as activates a sense of being, which is beyond the moment of encounter. A chance for deep and lingering sonic affect.”

 Carriageworks Director, Lisa Havilah said, “We are thrilled to welcome these great artists to Carriageworks, and honoured to have commissioned the world premiere of Occam XXIX, by renowned French composer Éliane Radigue.”

 In 2018 Open Frame will celebrate a series of senior figures, all immeasurably influential artists who set the benchmark for electronic music:

  • Éliane Radigue, b. 1932, is arguably France’s most important female electronic music composer. Historically, one of only a few female composers working in the 20th century, and a dedicated Tibetan Buddhist, over the last decade Radigue has begun creating works for specific performers called Occam after the theory of philosopher William of Ockhamthat the simplest option is always the best. There are no scores, only verbal instructions. The first of these was for bass player Kaspar Toeplitz, and more recently the American cellist Charles Curtis and the 2017 recording of three of Radigue’s Occcams, Occam Ocean 1, was awarded 5 stars by The Guardian UK. Radigue’s twenty forth composition for a specific performer, Occam XXIV, is Open Frame’s first world premiere and a commission by Carriageworks that will and will be performed by leading Australian composer, musician and Head of Music at Monash University, Cat Hope, who travelled to Paris to be instructed by Éliane.

  • William Basinkiis, at 60, amongst the most important ambient artists of this century. A composer of ambient music via tape music and process music, Basinski is also a clarinettist, saxophonist, sound artist, and video artist. His Disintegration Loops is a benchmark for affective music and now deeply tied to the events surrounding 9/11. The elegiac work has become emblematic of all that changed in the post 9/11 world, and is one of the very few electronic albums to be awarded a perfect score from Pitchfork. He will premiere a new piece for the festival.

  • Charlemagne Palestine one of the most important American composers of the past 50 years, presents his only Australian piano performance in 2018 for Open Frame at Carriageworks.  An iconoclastic maestro he works across visual and audio mediums and beyond music, installation. He recently exhibited Ccornuuoorphanossccopiaee Aanorphansshhornoffplentyyy, an installation work of 18,000 stuffed animals in Paris, Los Angeles and New York. A leading contemporary artist, his work has been included in the Venice Biennale, the Whitney, MOMA (NYC), Documenta Kassel and many more. A contemporary of artists such as Steve Reich, Philip Glassand Terry Riley, Palestine’s music and sound compositions have garnered a devoted following since the 1960s. He has released more than twenty solo albums and has performed in festivals around the world. His Strumming Music is now considered one of the most important ‘maximal minimal’ works of the 20th century.

  • Electronic artist Drew McDowall is the last living member ofEnglish experimental music group Coil. He will perform music from Time Machines, the legendary electronic record with each pieced dedicated to a different hallucinatory chemical. It is only being performed this year and this may be the only chance for Australian audiences to experience a performance of Coil’s material by a member of the group.

  • One of the most uprising figures in the current avant-garde, Chinese born, Berlin-based Pan Daijing is influenced equally by 1980s industrial music, Chinese minority and Tibetan music, field recordings in temples and ritual practice. Rooted in noise music, her raw approach as a composer and performer takes many forms; primarily performance art, sonic installations for exhibitions, live scored art performances and dance shows. She has showcased her work and performed in museums such as Palais de Tokyo and Rockbound Shanghai, theatres such as Volksbühne and HAU, underground clubs like Berghain as well as festivals such as CTM, Sonar, Unsound and London Contemporary Music Festival. Daijing released an acclaimed album debut, Lack, on PAN, and is currently constructing a multidisciplinary New Opera, a series of collaborations with fashion designer Ximon Lee, as well as her next album.

  • Sydney-based artist Gail Priest uses field recordings, processed voice and noise in her live performance to explore the interaction of the figurative and the abstract, the machinic and the organic, the sensual and the brutal. She has performed and exhibited nationally and internationally and has several CD releases on her own label, Metal Bitch, as well as other labels including Flaming Pines.

DATES

THURSDAY JUNE 28, 8PM

Éliane Radigue’s Occam XXIV performed by Cat Hope (World Premiere)

Charlemagne Palestine (Piano performance, Australian Exclusive)

The Speaker performed by Werner Dafeldecker, Pan Daijing, Valerio Tricoli

Ears Have Ears DJs

 

FRIDAY JUNE 29, 8PM

William Basinski

Pan Daijing

Drew McDowall presents Coil’s Time Machines

Gail Priest

Ears Have Ears DJs

 

TICKETS $35

http://carriageworks.com.au/events/open-frame- room40/