“I look forward to seeing Christopher Kane, Roksanda Ilincic, and Mary Katrantzou’s shows,” 10 Corso Como’s Carla Sozzani (pictured, left) told Style.com last night at the exhibit Landing on Earth, curated by her partner and 10 CC’s creative director Kris Ruhs (pictured, right). “They always surprise me—those minds!”
It was Queens-born, Milan-based Ruhs’ first London exhibition, held in Wapping’s former Hydraulic Power Station. And despite being located in the innermost bowels of East London, Hussein Chalayan, Roksanda Ilincic, Peter Pilotto, Jean-Pierre Braganza, Boombox’s Richard Mortimer, Paolo Roversi, and Princess Julia still managed to find the venue, hidden in a dark cobblestone alleyway close to where Jack the Ripper did his work and where his spooky vibe hangs thick in the air. With the station’s soaring vaulted ceilings, gigantic boilers, wood beams and brick walls, and creepy atmosphere, Sozzani was busy taking pictures all night: “Look at that, how fantastic,” she said, snapping away as giggling partygoers lay down on Ruhs’ rotating table, their faces reflected in the Raku ceramic tree chandelier hanging above. Sozzani also trained her lens on Ruhs’ maze, which resembled a car wash (created entirely out of rubber from old tires rescued from Morocco and splashed in red paint), as well as a 30-foot metal curtain fashioned into a lattice effect. When suggested she should blog about it, Sozzani laughed: “Do you think the world needs another blogger? I am so absorbed with 10 Corso Como anyway!”
10 CC’s shop, restaurant, bookstore, gallery, and hotel rooms mean the couple is busy enough (especially Sozzani, who just arrived from the New York shows), and explains why Ruhs had been down to the eleventh hour in creation mode. “I was up painting this last night,” he said, referring to the Moroccan mosaic-motif painting. “Yes, we are busy, but the sense of liberation when it’s all done is exhilarating.” Speaking of busy, we asked Hussein Chalayan what else he will attend during LFW: “Are you kidding? I am just here for Carla and Kris! I show my collection in Paris in a couple weeks so it’s all nonstop,” he said, as other guests slowly made their way over to event number two—the Dover Street Arts Club for Stevie Wonder’s surprise gig. “I will be exhausted if I attend everything—I have to pace myself,” he said. For fashion week-goers, wiser words never spoken.