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Designer Diary: Aganovich’s Postcard From The Venice Architecture Biennale

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Meet Nana Aganovich and Brooke Taylor, the duo behind on-the-rise Paris label Aganovich. They must have finished their Spring ’13 collection (showing in Paris on September 25) a little early, because they managed to escape to the 13th annual Venice Architecture Biennale (currently under way) and find time to send us back a few snaps from their trip. Read all about it, below.

“Nana and I just got back from this year’s Architecture Biennale, curated by British architect David Chipperfield, who (for a bit of fashion FYI) designed photographer Nick Knight’s house. Chipperfield named the exhibition Common Ground in an attempt to draw the focus away from ‘starchitecture’ and back to common resonance and purpose. Apart from the usual unsettling sensuality of the location, we were treated to a visual and intellectual feast, ranging from the poignant presentation of our beloved East London’s Hawksmoor churches chez Louis Vuitton to the morbidly ironic but effective Aircraft Carrier at the Israeli Pavilion. We topped it all off with a great satellite exhibition of relational aesthetics artist Rirkrit Tiravanija and an after-party staged by our friend Alex Possati, whose family owns the cultural hot spot Bauer Hotel. All the world’s architectural luminaries were present at the shindig, along with a few from the fashion set, in the form of Jefferson Hack, Juergen Teller (who is the official photographer for the exhibition), and our favorite entertainer of the evening, Christopher Taylor (the former rock star-turned-award-winning film composer). For the record, he’s also a genius raconteur. (When I looked in the mirror the next morning, I actually had a six-pack, he had been making us laugh so hard.)”

“[Brooke] Coming into Venice getting serious pimp cane mileage out of a recent knee injury.”

“Louis Vuitton’s Mohsen Mostafavi-curated discreet perfection of an exhibit: Hawksmoor’s Christ Church Spitalfields in resin.”
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At Newcomer Aganovich, Harlechs and Ice

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It certainly doesn’t hurt to have über-muse Lady Amanda Harlech take an interest in a young label, but Nana Aganovich and Brooke Taylor of the line Aganovich are in no rush. The London-based duo are on their third outing, but it’s the first that’s commercially available. And on Lady Harlech’s advice, they headed to Paris to show it. At the Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Taylor, a philosophy major, explained the collection’s somewhat abstract inspiration: the barren landscapes of Greenland leading into Borges’ infinite paradoxes. It was up to Aganovich, a Central Saint Martins alum, to translate that into clothes. She did so with a stark white, black, and glacial blue palette, piecing together cotton, silk, and antique linen on seamed dresses, a trench, and a neat cape to clean, minimal effect. On the softer side: a prim ivory blouse with gently draped sleeves.

The duo used white-faced mannequins throughout, and the first three rooms toyed with a cold, too-perfect tension. But the final chambre held a warmer surprise. Asleep on a bed was Lady Harlech’s daughter Tallulah, who, as a warm-blooded woman, was, Aganovich said, “The one that all the icy mannequins vie to be.” The younger Harlech “awoke” to chat before resuming her repose. “I wanted to be involved because Nana has a way of cutting that is quite exquisite,” she told us. The budding actress added with a laugh, “This is definitely the most interesting role I’ve ever had!”

Photo: Courtesy of Aganovich