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April 19 2014

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2 posts tagged "Sudarshan Shetty"

An “Object Lesson” With Some Particularly Covetable Objects

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Louis Vuitton unveiled Sudarshan Shetty’s piece House of Shades, the house’s latest art commission, in Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II yesterday. To the untrained eye, it looked something like the shell of a Sunglass Hut—700 pairs of Vuitton sunglasses silently gyrated underneath the famous glass-topped arcade. We were sure that there was a more profound message at hand. “The House of Shades is an object lesson; the sunglasses reflect the viewer and so the viewer transforms into the object and not the glasses,” the artist explained. But to be fair, he did admit that an airport kiosk was his point of departure.

Critics and the public alike were quick to try to uncover any “fringe benefits” this collaboration might lead to. A new line of Shetty-styled LVs in the pipeline, perhaps? “No,” said a spokesman; this type of artist/corporate collaboration is independent of retail and intended to show the public the philanthropic side of the maison. From where we stood, it was clear that those who circled around the installation were continuing to hope for an added extra, wondering how well those glasses where welded to the structure. But armed guards were stationed in place, as they will be for the whole week the installation remains up, to make sure that no one walks away with a pair.

Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Milan, Off The Runways

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Milan fashion week begins in earnest today, but the continuing financial crisis has put something of a damper on the party scene. That should make this February a perfect time to rediscover favorite old haunts. Expect the editors to beeline for the cozy trattoria La Libera—its Bugsy Malone-styled owner, Italo, has already found his way before the Sartorialist’s lens. For aperitivi, there’s the legendary Bar Jamaica. The clientele—largely from the nearby Brera Art Academy—gives it a suitably bohemian atmosphere, but it’s truly infamous for being the site where the Futurist manifesto was plotted. Fashion’s own futurists may find it an appealing watering hole. Anti-bohemians will flock to Armani’s revamped café (pictured) off Via Manzoni for the food and the model-gorgeous wait staff, or maybe just to get a feel for the new Giorgio Armani Hotel that’s due to open directly above it in early 2011. After hours, the fashion week party at Lotvs’ second floor, La Bouche, will draw crowds, but the real night owls will head to Marcello Burlon’s Pink Is Punk party. Why? The guest DJ, Margherita Missoni.

Of course, editors in their off hours are not only eating, drinking, and partying. There are plenty of art exhibitions—funded by the various fashion houses and retailers—going on for a little culture throughout the week. Louis Vuitton’s installation by Sudarshan Shetty, the Ferragamo-sponsored show on Greta Garbo’s style at the Triennale, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld’s exhibition of Richard Hambleton paintings (courtesy of Armani), and 10 Corso Como’s display of Tim Walker photos will all be on display. They’ll all, of course, be attended by parties to celebrate them—this is fashion week, after all.

Photo: Courtesy of Caffe Armani