Cannes catwalk looks with Mont Blanc
Mes: mayo 2017
Georgia O Keeffe “Art should not be separate from life” by Sebastian Marc Georgia O Keefe is without a doubt one of the most important American artists of the 20th century and female artists of all time. O Keeffe and her outstanding position on American […]
Mille Miglia One thousand Miles of driving bliss
by Sebastian Marc
On your marks, get set, go! May marks the commencement of one of the worlds most exclusive open air races the renowned Mille Miglia
Imagine driving down winding roads , deep in the Italian hinterlands, bathed in sunshine in a 300 SL. This is the Mille Miglia the ultimate open road endurance race for true driving purists. Today’s 1,000 mile race was originally 1000 Roman miles roughly a 1500km figure eight course. The first race commenced in 1927 with an all Italian line up. Over the course of the years the race evolved with Mercedes, Porsche and BMW challenging the Italian marques. The epic route from Rome to Brescia sets the tone for this mesmerizing and one of a kind race. After a small hiatus the Mille Miglia came roaring back to life in the late seventies and car enthusiasts and racers alike had the pleasure to welcome back Italian and German thoroughbred’s race on Italian roads.
Mille Miglia happens to be one of the most challenging and demanding rallies as it happens to be the ultimate test of skill for the gentleman or woman driver. Many great drivers have graced this magnificent event such as the late Stirling Moss who’s stunning Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR #722 guaranteed him triumph in the 1955 race. However, many other great drivers faced a less fortunate fate. IN 2017 you are more likely to bump into Adrien Brody or David Gandy but the Mile Miglia remains to be quintessential to its roots. Entry is strictly restricted to automobiles that were one registered or took part in the original races and subsequently no car can be newer than 1957.
The Mille Miglia has become a testament to its time and a beacon of sophistication and classic car nirvana. The Mille Miglia is about prestige and a beautiful reminder of classic open air racing.
Cannes Film Festival 2017 “70th Anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival” by Sebastian Marc The stars, the press , film directors , make up artists and film aficionados all descend upon Cannes this time of the year to witness the spectacle that is the Cannes […]
Christies Auction “The Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis Cartier Tank” By Sebastian Marc On the 23rd of June Christie´s New York Watches is set to auction a very unique timepiece Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Cartier Tank and accompanying painting by Jackie herself. The Cartier Tank was one of […]
Balenciaga Shaping fashion exhibition at the V&A museum London
By Sebastian Marc
Balenciaga needs no introduction, regarded as the master of Haute Couture, recognized world over by his iconic designs and craftsmanship his work revolutionized the female silhouette and set the basis for modern fashion. His work will be showcased in a much awaited exhibition at the V&A in London. Original pieces, sketches, fabrics and many surprises will be on show from the 27th of May.
Cristobal Balenciaga was born and raised in Spain´s Basque region in the town of Getaria. His mother, a seamstress who dressed the Basque region´s most glamorous ladies, influenced Cristobal to follow her footsteps. By 1917 he had already established his first fashion house in chic San Sebastian. He continued to launch fashion houses n Barcelona and Madrid before taking his genius to Paris in 1937. His exclusive flagship in the heart of Avenue George V became the most solicited and exclusive store in all of Paris.
In the 50´s and 60´s Balenciaga explored shapes and fabric that were unforeseen in the fashion industry. In 1957 he stunned the fashion world with his inception of the “sack dress”. Although it initially faced criticism, like most of his radical designs, it became a fashion staple in the 60s and continues to do so in the present day. His abstraction of the female figure was his way of sculpturing the body into his desired shape. His famous Envelope dress was the pinnacle of this technique. The use of delicate materials such as silk Gazar contrasted with highly structured forms laid the foundations for the modernity of fashion.
Fashion lovers are in luck as the V&A will debut the first exhibition dedicated to Balenciaga´s life and work in the UK. The exhibition will showcase over 100 of Balenciaga´s original pieces a long with sketches and photography of Balenciaga. From his iconic baby doll and shift dresses ,to garments worn by Ava Gardner, along with commissioned pieces by one of the richest women of all time, Mona Von Bismarck.
“Haute couture is like an orchestra whose conductor is Balenciaga. We other couturiers are the musicians and we follow the directions he gives.”
Furthermore, an exciting new collaboration with the London college of Fashion has enabled to showcase forensic investigations and X rays, by artist Nick Veasey, which display the hidden details behind Balenciaga´s masterpieces.
“Elegance is elimination”
The exhibition continues with an exploration to Balenciaga´s legacy and influence in modern fashion. Pieces designed by Balenciaga´s former protege´s such as Emanuel Ungaro and Andre Courreges are also on show. Balenciaga´s Influence is drawn into the modern day with references of his creative use of materials and attention to detail that perpetuate in the works of Nicolas Ghesquiere or Phoebe Philo.
“A couturier must be an architect for design, sculptor for shape, a painter for colour, a musician for harmony, and a philosopher for temperance.”
The “Shaping Fashion Exhibition” marks the centenary anniversary of Balenciaga´s first fashion house in San Sebastian and the 80th anniversary of his Parisian flagship. Which makes this exhibition not only a commemoration but an ideal way to celebrate all things Balenciaga and his invaluable legacy on the fashion industry.
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, sponsored by American Express, at the V&A from 27 May 2017 – 18 February 2018. vam.ac.uk/balenciaga
“Brown Beach House Hotel Croatia” by Sebastian Marc The dramatic Adriatic Coast line is one of the most breath taking places in the world. Its rugged shoreline, crystalline waters, undulating mountain-scape and medieval villages is somewhat of a fairy tale. Romanesque palaces and Gothic Church […]
Ancient Greece lands in Paris for Chanel 2018 resort collection
Karl Lagerfeld transformed Paris´s Royal Palais into an ancient Greek temple to set the mood for Chanel´s 2018 resort collection. The Palais was adorned with olive trees and Marble columns and models draped in gilded headbands, sandals and chic gowns!
A close look into our favorite Jewelry on show at the MET Gala in New York City “Rihanna Loves Chopard”. 18K white gold floral earrings, a ring of 18K pink gold with a selection of fine gems. And a 18K watch in white gold set […]
Best Dressed at the Met Gala 2017 The 2017 run of the annual fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute takes place in New York This year’s theme is “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between,” paying homage to the Japanese […]