The Serpentine Pavilion 2015

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If you’re in London and have nothing to do this weekend I highly suggest you go see the Serpentine pavilion, which is on until tomorrow. This year, it is designed by the architectural firm Selgascano and I think they did an amazing job. Really, my pictures don’t do it justice.

I was a little unsure as to how to categorize this post; but I ended up putting it in Walking Across because visiting the pavilion was an experience rather than a passive visit. It is relatively small but I spent quite a long time there, they have a small cafe set up inside so I sat and colored a whole mandala there. It was a nice feeling to be making art inside the art.

I think pictures are going to convey the feel of it better than words so I’m going to let you scroll through them (and spot me in the selfie!). Can’t wait to see next year’s pavilion now.

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Plato’s Atlantis

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Alexander McQueen’s Spring-Summer 2010 collection is inspired by an apocalyptic vision of the world where humans have to adopt animal characteristics in order to survive, especially underwater. This collection is the last one that has been fully designed by McQueen himself before his death in February 2010. Dresses from this collection are now extremely valuable and hard to find, due to their popular success as much as to their historic value.

The patterns on the fabrics are digitally printed, all inspired by nature. Some of the collection features reptile prints and the rest of it looks into the aquatic world. I think it totally redefined animal prints and how they are perceived. You can look at all of the collection and learn more about it here. I chose this dress because it’s my personal favorite. I love the kaleidoscopic symmetry in both the print and the cut (and I actually think it would look good on me, I would buy it if I were super rich).

This collection is also featured in the exhibition Savage Beauty, on view at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London until August 2. Unfortunately, I will not be in London until late August so I will not have time to see it and review it but it looks worth it. More info about it here. Fun fact, this exhibition actually originated at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York but it was so successful that people started asking for it to become a travelling exhibition. Let’s hope it will be coming to a museum near you (and me) soon.

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AIR: London 6K


All photos courtesy of Vincent Laforet

This incredible set of pictures was taken from a helicopter above London on the night of May 13 2015 by the photographer Vincent Laforet. The photos are part of a project entitled AIR and will be published in an upcoming book which you can already pre-order. London is actually the first European city to be featured on this project; up next are Paris and Berlin.

There’s two main things going on with this particular collection, urban planing and lightning. The artists was a bit concerned about London being an organic city as opposed to a planned city with perpendicular street. He describes is as “chaotic” and at first he was concerned that it may not render as aesthetically as some of the cities he had photographed in the US. However, it turns out that London is actually beautiful from above and that geometry and patterns can be found even in the seemingly disorganized planning.

Another comment Laforet makes concerns the vibrant colors transmitted from the lightning. I am not going to go into technical details but the colors you can see in these photos are partly due to the increased use of LED lights, and partly due to the great sensitivity of the camera. Basically yay for 2015!

Anyway I find these photos absolutely incredible, I think they show the city in a totally different and unexpected way (and make me miss it a lot!). I know I’ve been drifting to lightning a bit in the Metal Colors exhibition but I couldn’t resist. Also some of these pics definitely have a great metal to light color thing going on. You can and you should check out the rest of the set right here (and also read the story behind the shooting).