10 Oct 2014, Friday
The October issue of British Vogue invites us to escape to Istanbul for the weekend, and we did just that. This month, we had a busy week in our factory (stay tuned for a brand new collection that will be unveiled soon) in Istanbul: a city of rich cultural heritage, exciting art scene, a place where craftsmanship is celebrated (and hence the reason where all of our products are made by hand). We had a day of ‘playing tourist’, that first started with a visit to the rich historical sites of Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Basilica. Then, we made our way to the picturesque hotel that used to be an Ottoman palace, Ciragan Kempinski, and ended up going to an exhibition of Joan Miro. The evening finished at a family-owned seafood restaurant with freshly caught fish and organic food. This is what Istanbul is about: it has a way of surprising, delighting, and keeping you present with its varied colours, tastes and smells.
30 Apr 2013, Tuesday
Chelsea and Marylebone, London
During a short business trip to London, my friend Victoria Li photographed me.
Here are the snapshots of all the 8800 steps we took that day.
For more photos, visit Victoria Li's tumblr page http://viikiirolls.tumblr.com/
17 Apr 2013, Wednesday
TOP 5 ART EXHIBITIONS FOR SPRING 2013
As we step into first days of Spring, let your creativity blossom by visiting exhibitions and art galleries. Here is my top picks for art exhibitions from around the world.
1. Saloua Raouda Choucair, Tate Modern, London 17 April - 20 Oct
It's the world first major museum exhibition of Saloua Raouda Choucair, a Lebanese artist. Through painting and drawing, architecture, textiles and jewellery, Choucair worked in diverse media pursuing her interests in science, mathematics and Islamic art and poetry. Many of the works, made over a period of five decades, have not previously been seen outside of Lebanon. A rare female voice in the Beirut art scene from the 1940s onwards, Choucair’s work combines elements of western abstraction with Islamic aesthetics.
2. Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, Tate Modern: Exhibition, 21 February – 27 May 2013
Lichtenstein: A Retrospective is the first full-scale retrospective of the artist in over twenty years. Co-organised by The Art Institute of Chicago and Tate Modern, this momentous show brings together 125 of his most definitive paintings and sculptures and reassesses his enduring legacy. A must see – especially as pop art is the Spring trend for fashion.
3. Manolo Valdes, Pera Museum, Istanbul 8 May – 21 July
A leading figure of Spanish Pop Art, Manolo Valdés will be at Pera Museum between 8 May and 21 July 2013 with a selection of works that extend from the 1980s to the present. Organized in collaboration of Marlborough Gallery New York, the exhibition is comprised of a selection of the artist’s paintings and sculptures. Renowned particularly for the diversity of his media, his large-scale works, and quests in form, Valdés is hailed as one of the great masters of contemporary Spanish art.
4. Dalí, Reina Sofia - Madrid, April 27 – Sept 2
In collaboration with the Centre Georges Pompidou, this large exhibition devoted to Salvador Dali collates the artists work in effort to contribute to the reappraisal of Dali as the creator of the unique vision he had of the world, as well as being a thinker and writer. The work that Dali created during the surrealist period takes centre stage here, placing special emphasis on the ‘paranoiac-critical’ method he developed he evolved in order to transform and subvert reality. Expect to see some of his greatest works.
5. John Singer Sargent Watercolors, Brooklyn Museum, April 27 – September 2
The Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston collaborated in putting together a collection of watercolors by America’s pre-eminent early 20th century painter, John Singer Sargent. This is first-ever survey of its kind, offering stunning scenes of Venice and studies of Bedouin herders. A must see if you are in NYC.
16 Oct 2012, Tuesday
PARIS AND ISTANBUL
Paris Fashion Week and Istanbul Fashion Week are now over, but style continues to live on with the impressionistic art exhibition at Musee d'Orsay as well as Sakip Sabanci Museum.
4 Dec 2012, Tuesday
SANTA MARIA LIGURE
14 Sep 2012, Friday
1 Oct 2012, Monday
PARIS FASHION WEEK
4 Dec 2012, Tuesday
NERI KARRA CRAFTSMANSHIP
21 Nov 2012, Wednesday
DANIEL CRAIG AND NERI KARRA