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World-renowned architect, Frank Gehry, winner of the 1989 Pritzker Prize, is turning his talents to the design of window displays for the first time. In September, Louis Vuitton store windows will feature Gehry’s sculptures alongside its autumn-winter 2014 collection.
Strongly inspired by stylish schooners of the past, the sculptures are made from wooden structures covered in metal. “They are like sails filled by a following wind. We’ve called them Wind Wings,” explains the architect.
Bulging oblong, metal hulls are curved, twisted, exaggerated and grouped together. They partially cover one another, rolling against each other, nestled together, caressing one another. They stand like caparisoned horses, or shell-patterned mantillas. They are at once sails and hulls.
Shells, casings and armour alongside corsets and sheath dresses… The sculptures pay tribute to both architecture and fashion, two arts that protect the human body.
The sculptures are static yet capture a sense of movement. Frank Gehry believes that architecture and sculpture must be dynamic.
From September, the Louis Vuitton window displays will dance on imaginary waves.

Crafted in tones of blue, grey, brown and rosewood, these sculptures are pearlescent, gleaming, iridescent in the light and splattered with reflective glints; they are almost liquid in places and bear a resemblance to the work of Frank Stella, another Frank and close friend of Gehry’s, (the architect himself acknowledges the similarity).
By creating subtle combinations, these basic elements can be used to vary the groups of sculptures. Like a composer with musical notes, a conductor with his musicians, Frank Gehry uses his metal sails to bring elegance and lightness to the Louis Vuitton window displays.

VOYAGE

Long time PR to Valentino Garavani handsome Carlos Souza cooked a destination book “#Carlos’s places”.
His tips in the trips to Rio, Paris, Rome, London, NY, Gstaad, Miami, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo are jewels. Catch him if you can. If not – go to Assouline stores in October.

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Fashion expert Evelina Khromtchenko is a member of Business of Fashion 500 – the prestigious list of www.businessoffashion.com showing The People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry. Evelina Khromtchenko noted in Media category side by side with Anna Wintour (Vogue US), Carine Roitfeld (CR Fashion Book), Suzi Menkes (Conde Nast International) etc. She had the same position in BoF 500-2013. BoF 500-2014, representing 55 nationalities in 40 countries, across eight distinct categories: Designers, Executives, Retailers, Models & Muses, Fashion 2.0, The Creative Class, Media and Catalysts. There is only 10 ”Russian” positions there in 2014: Natalia Vodianova (Naked Heart Foundation), Mikhail Kusnirovitch and Ekaterina Moiseeva (Bosco di Ciliegi), Alla Verber (TZUM), Leonid Friedlyand and Leonid Strunin (Mercury), Khaled Jamil (JamilCo), Miroslava Duma (Buro 24/7), Vika Gazinskaya, Ulyana Sergeenko, Anya Ziourova (Tatler).
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