Mimi Xu’s July on the Road, from Miu Miu to Margate
Since July arrived, I’ve not unpacked my suitcase. A marathon of continuous plane, train, and car rides—to get somewhere, and to leave pretty much the next day—is my daily routine. Memory of precisely what I did can only be refreshed by images I took along the way. While I am writing this on a plane to Copenhagen, I know there’s still Cannes, Lisbon, and Ibiza to get through before the month ends. Here are a few visual highlights to recall some good times:
The Serpentine Gallery certainly made its donors and supporters happy this year, hosting an outstanding, good-vibes fund-raiser party. Sponsored by Brioni, the event reached its peak when Pharrell Williams delivered a generously happy “Happy” performance, making most ladies in the audience twerk inappropriately, regardless of their age. The opening of the Pavilion (above, designed by Smiljan Radic) was no doubt one of its most successful parties.
Miu Miu opened Paris Couture week with a show/dinner/concert to present its absolutely adorable Resort collection. However, my personal highlight was the outstanding live performance by Jack White, with his incredible full band. The skillful performance and musicianship onstage was mesmerizing and just electric. Finally, a fashion party that truly rocked.
The post-Couture-show Dior J’Adore dinner, for which I created a love-themed soundscape, was all about Charlize Theron and Sean Penn. Quite rightly, the newish It couple makes you want to be in a passionate relationship again, or question how to bring the spark back to your current relationship: Constantly touch and fiddle with your partner in public?
Late-night arrival for a girls’ night out with red-hot Jessica Joffe, blogger delight Camille Charrière, and creative director Nina Zywietz. The next day’s early start was not painless, but thank god Berlin fashion week kicked off with Dorothee Schumacher’s casually sophisticated and effortlessly elegant Spring 2015 collection. Berlin, I will back soon.
My dear and eccentric friend Francesca Von Habsburg, head of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Vienna, hosted the opening of LEBEN, an exhibition of the Belgian-German artist Carsten Höller. LEBEN pivots around a selection of works that invite specific forms of interaction, that induce moods and effects, and that generate “oriented” behaviors.
The evening continued with a Congolese dinner attended by an eclectic bunch, including savvy collector Miuccia Prada, Father George (a local clerical figure with an appetite for contemporary art), and an infamous Austrian taxidermist (see picture below, on the left). Our meal was followed by a dynamic performance by Baloji, a brilliant Belgian-Congolese performer, at a local techno club. What a night!
The fun is not always where you think it is. Discovering Margate, an English beachside village in Kent, on bicycles, was an enormous pleasure. Though far from the glamorous destination of days past (it was once a favored holiday spot for the Royal Family, as well as the rich and powerful in the eighteenth century), it’s still easy to understand why landscape painter J.M.W. Turner found so much inspiration there. Between the construction of the Turner Contemporary Museum, designed by David Chipperfield a few years ago, and the emergence of many foodie-friendly restaurants and hotels, Margate is definitely going through a well-deserved renaissance.
What to see:
Turner Contemporary Museum
Where to stay:
The Reading Rooms
Back in town for one night, to deejay a celebration for the reissue of Calvin Klein Jeans with www.mytheresa.com. The stylish campaign features Lottie Moss, Kate’s 16-year-old sister, and was shot by Michael Avedon, grandson of the great Richard Avedon. A new generation is born.
Photos: Courtesy of Mimi Xu