This week sees the launch of fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto’s installation-based retrospective at the V&A. This stunning exhibition features mannequins arranged in small thematic groupings, in order to emphasize different aspects of Yamamoto’s design. The exhibition conjures the atmosphere of his spring 1999 catwalk show and you (the viewer) are on the catwalk. He truly is genius when it comes to draping fabrics to enhance women’s figures and you can see close up how remarkable his designs are.
Founded by four bespectacled friends in search of an alternative to overpriced glasses, Warby Parker is revolutionizing the eyewear industry with boutique-quality frames for under $100. Primarily an online operation, the company designs and manufactures its handcrafted specs in-house. We visited the stylish NY showroom for a quick ocular fix, but WarbyParker.com offers convenient virtual try-ons and samples by mail. Not only were we pleased with the fresh, affordable selection, but also to learn that for every pair of glasses sold, WP donates a free pair to someone in need.
Written by Ashley Boyle
A stone’s throw from the glossy redevelopment of Kings Cross lives Drink, Shop & Do. Friends since school, Kristie and Coralie opened the doors to this inspiring shop-cum-cafe in August ’10. The inviting shop is full of the latest craft covetables and treasured vintage finds, whilst the café sits in an ornate former Victorian bathhouse, with Formica tables and retro cabinets setting the scene. Cleverly named cocktails beg to be tasted, and on certain evenings you’ll find Play with Clay classes and Knit Nights. We encourage you to follow the mantra and get involved at Drink, Shop & Do. We certainly did.
Newly opened at the Aram gallery, The THEN-NOW Show is an exhibition of 15 designers who were originally amongst the graduates selected by Zeev Aram to take part in the Aram Design’s Annual Graduate Shows in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This exhibition revisits the work of these designers to show the development of their careers over the last 20 years or so. Designs by Konstantin Grcic, Thomas Heatherwick, Adam Brinkworth and Wakako Kishimoto is represented by both their designs at graduation (THEN) alongside recent work (NOW). The exhibition aims to show the progress these designers have made over the last two decades.
With all the noise generated by Latin American art lately, Gabriel Orozco’s retrospective at Tate Modern is timely. But I wouldn’t limit the artist to one place – he lived and worked in Mexico, New York and Paris at much the same time, making him a true citizen of the world. His sculptures received critical acclaim and works including the chess board with horses, an oval billiard table and the Citroen with no engine are all included in this show. But it is Orozco’s poetic approach to photography that really impressed me.
Written by Camron intern Nadia Mladenova.