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2 posts tagged "Jean Nouvel"

Alaïa’s Aria

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In May of 2012, the L.A. Philharmonic launched its Mozart/Da Ponte project—a three-year-long commitment to staging the pair’s trio of eighteenth-century operatic masterpieces: Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, and Cosi Fan Tutte. Last year, the institution partnered with California natives Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte and architect Frank Gehry to create the Don Giovanni costumes and set, respectively. This year, for its The Marriage of Figaro production, the L.A. Phil sourced talents from across the pond, tapping Azzedine Alaïa for costumes and Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel for the set. Under the helm of conductor Gustavo Dudamel and director Christopher Alden, Alaïa (who’s also preparing for a solo exhibition of his work at Paris’ Musée Galliera this fall) has created rich wares for the opera’s female and male cast, marking the first time in our memory that he’s tried his hand at menswear. The designer stuck to his signature knit silhouettes for the onstage looks, infusing them with a hint of metallic and bead detailing to catch the spotlight. Alaïa’s original sketches for the leads—Count and Countess Almaviva, played by Christopher Maltman and Dorothea Röschmann—debut exclusively above.

The Marriage of Figaro: May 17, 19, 23, 25, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For tickets, visit www.laphil.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Azzedine Alaïa and the L.A. Philharmonic

Jeffrey Monteiro’s Moving Resort Collection

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Given the gossamer effect of the clothes in Jeffrey Monteiro’s first Resort collection, you would never guess that the designer found his inspiration for the season in architecture. “I went to MoMA for the first time in a few years, and I was studying the Jean Nouvel tower,” Monteiro recalls. “What I like about the work is that it’s not about a flat panel of glass; it’s all angled and cantilevered, so it looks like it’s moving.” Likewise, Monteiro has taken metals and made them move: His Resort collection features solid silks dappled with iridescence, a metal floral print developed in-house and served up in blouson shapes, and an all-silver tunic dress that’s already been poached by Monteiro’s Mirror/Dash partner in crime, Kim Gordon. She wore the dress for a Sonic Youth performance on the Jimmy Fallon show on Monday night.

Photo: Courtesy of Jeffrey Monteiro