After Hong Kong, Mobile Art opened its doors in Tokyo. The pavilion that Zaha Hadid designed to welcome a contemporary art exhibition was set up in the center of the capital, on the site of the National Yoyogi Stadium, which was built by architect Kenzo Tange for the 1964 Olympic Games. The choice of this location is no coincidence; it allows a strong visual dialogue between 60’s Japanese utopian architecture and Zaha Hadid’s ultra-contemporary signature: fluid shapes, organic lines, and volumes without heaviness. After the Pavilion’s surprising arrival and the magic of its incredibly rapid construction (less than one month), Mobile Art has merged into Tokyo’s urban chaos, full of accidents, stylistic breakups, and clashes between extreme modernity and tradition.
It’s for a good cause: the fight against AIDS. Karl Lagerfeld and Madonna put together their talents and managed to sell this bag for 300 000 euros during the famous AMFAR dinner auction, which takes place every year at the Moulin de Mougins. For the occasion, Karl Lagerfeld designed an ultra-luxurious black version of the “Diamond Forever” bag with a white gold double “C” clasp covered in 334 diamonds (to be precise, 3.56 carats…), all held up by a white gold chain lined with alligator skin. Madonna also added her personal touch to this must-have bag: her own lipstick and a handkerchief with a carmine red kiss.
This year, the 7th edition of the Lille Transphotographiques photography festival is dedicated to the passionate and sometimes intense relationship between fashion and photography. “No one but Karl Lagerfeld could represent these two worlds so perfectly,” says Olivier Spillebout, the curator of the exhibition. “He is certainly the most emblematic person in fashion; everyone knows his work as a fashion designer, but not everyone knows him as a photographer. Karl Lagerfeld lets us into his intimate life, the result of a long-term project, a collaboration of top model Brad Kroenig and a designer behind the camera.” This “One Man Shown” shows the many faces of Brad’s masculine identity, as he poses as a “James Dean” cowboy or a contemporary playboy or in a chic tuxedo… A range of identities, which serves as a canvas for Karl Lagerfeld’s exploration of different photographic genres.