Timeless creations from these luxury brands inspire creativity

The Ring bed designed by Masanori Umeda — Photo: Saint Laurent

In the midst of the pandemic, fashion, design and art have not been forgotten, as luxury brands continue to produce creative pieces of art in collaboration with talented artists, sculptors and designers.

A graphic exhibition inspired by colour

As part of the Saint Laurent Rive Droite project, Anthony Vaccarello is collaborating with the Italian design and architecture group Memphis, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2021.

Enchanted by the timeless creations which have become the objects of his inspiration – Vaccarello hosted an exhibition of pieces that contributed to the success of Memphis and its designers, such as the Ring bed designed by Masanori Umeda, the Carlton room divider by Ettore Sottsass, and Riviera chairs designed by MicheleDe Lucchi in 1981.

The Ashoka table lamp by Ettore Sottsass.  — Photo: Saint LaurentThe Ashoka table lamp by Ettore Sottsass. — Photo: Saint Laurent

Inspired by the magic of the ultra-graphic and very identifiable, playful and coloured universe of its furniture, Vaccarello created an exclusive capsule of two multi-coloured checkerboard hoodies, two dresses, one shirt and two pairs of sneakers for Saint Laurent.

The exhibition ran in May and June in both Saint Laurent Rive Droite stores in Paris and Los Angeles, along with a large selection of Homeware pieces, ceramic objects and textile accessories. A selection of rare books representing the history and works of Memphis was also presented in stores.

Visual manifesto

Salvatore Ferragamo’s new multimedia project, Tuscan Wildflowers – which features international artists – is a creative patchwork of different cultures and visions, inspired by spring, a time of year that symbolises rebirth, instilling new hope and energy.

Tuscan Wildflowers is a visual manifesto combining different perspectives of a single place, seen through the eyes of people with different cultures and backgrounds, a travel diary that encourages one to broaden their horizons.

Ferragamo’s journey is all about Tuscan Wildflowers, floral prints featured on Pre-Fall 2021 garments and accessories in celebration of the imperturbable beauty of poppies, daisies and sunflowers: typical emblems of the enchanting countryside around Florence, homeland to Ferragamo.

Artwork by Spanish sculptor Cabezas. — Photo: Salvatore FerragamoArtwork by Spanish sculptor Cabezas. — Photo: Salvatore Ferragamo

For the digital Tuscan Wildflowers campaign, Ferragamo called on painter and designer Lucas Beaufort (France), sculptor Diego Cabezas (Spain), illustrator and painter Marina Papi (Brazil), painter Boree Hur (South Korea), Art Media Studio, Firenze (Italy), a collective specialising in light installations, and illustrator Bijou Karman (USA).

Ferragamo will curate the images from their work to form a travel diary, visible on the brand’s social media pages and website.

Illustrations, collages, photos and animation used by the visual creatives to celebrate the fashion house’s prints and their personal idea of travel form a patchwork of different local cultures, memories and imaginary dreamscapes.

An immersive exhibition
Audemars Piguet recently inaugurated its new temporary exhibition “Extraordinary Friendships” at the Musee Atelier Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus, Switzerland.

Part of the museum guided tour, this immersive exhibition will take visitors on an interactive journey to discover some of the enduring collaborations and friendships which the brand has developed over the years with various celebrities and athletes.

This interactive exhibition presents nine talented personalities who have contributed to growing the brand recognition around the world.

The highlights include T-800, the mythical robot of the Terminator movies, who embodies the long-standing friendship between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Audemars Piguet; recipes from 3-Michelin-starred Chef Emmanuel Renault as well as a recreated locker-room featuring some of Serena Williams’ belongings.

“Extraordinary Friendships” at the Musee Atelier Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus, Switzerland is open until Dec 17.  — Photo: Audemars Piguet“Extraordinary Friendships” at the Musee Atelier Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus, Switzerland is open until Dec 17. — Photo: Audemars Piguet

“Extraordinary Friendships” also presents a room inspired by Marvel’s Black Panther to coincide with the launch of the Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon limited edition celebrating the beginning of the Manufacture’s long-term collaboration with Marvel Entertainment.

This dedicated exhibit immerses visitors in an interactive environment of sound and light, and takes them behind the scenes of the enduring friendship between Francois-Henry Bennahmias and Marvel Cinematic Universe Avenger Don Cheadle that sparked the beginning of the collaboration.

An immersive paper forest inspired by the Wakandan landscape completes the experience. The exhibition is open until Dec 17.

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