Dior Secret Garden

Christian Dior unveils its new commercial “Secret Garden – Versailles”. Directed by Inez & Vinoodh, this video includes models Daria Strokus, Melissa Stasiuk and Xiao Wen Ju in the gardens of Versailles and “La Galerie des Glaces”. Brilliant choice of track as well we must say…

Lamborghini Aventador Carbonado

Referencing the rare black diamonds in Africa and Brazil, the Carbonado is quite something. It’s being presented in Geneva and only 6 are being produced so you’ll need to move fast!

Audi City

Audi City has just opened its doors in London, right down the way from Piccadilly Circus and a stone’s throw from the Summer Olympics park.

Trying to sidestep lumbering showrooms, the Audi City aims to create a sleek retail experience within an urban setting that’s tight on space. The rows upon rows of physical cars are replaced by maybe one full size vehicle…the rest is created by you.

Virtually build your perfect Audi, customise every detail…then take your USB to the nearest dealership to buy.

www.audi.co.uk/audi-innovation/audi-city

Thread Portraits

Kumi Yamashita has created these stunning artworks using only nails and thread – whatever next!

How do you hold yours?

How much do you love Mac…

Apple – now the biggest tech company in the world – once ventured into the world of fashion, releasing an entire collection in 1986… make of it what you will.

^ Love this guy

Dover Street to NYC

The New York Times has revealed that COMME des GARCONS are currently searching for a location in New York City to open their third Dover Street Market mini-department store. (The other two are located in Ginza, Tokyo, and London’s Chelsea)

We’re big fans of the London store so can’t wait to see the New York version in 2013.

www.doverstreetmarket.com

Hermes

SC Global Developments, a leading luxury residential property developer, has unveiled a private hospitality apartment decorated by Hermès at its flagship development, The Marq on Paterson Hill, in Singapore. This is the first apartment entirely decorated by Hermès.

The spacious 6,200 sq ft apartments at the Signature Tower at The Marq feature a carefully curated combination of Hermès furniture, furnishing fabrics, wallpapers, carpets, tableware, along with made-to-order leather upholstered items and a choice of artworks.


Louboutin

The Design Museum presents iconic French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, celebrating a career which has pushed the boundaries of high fashion shoe design. This exhibition celebrates Louboutin’s career showcasing twenty years of designs and inspiration, revealing the artistry and theatricality of his shoe design from stilettos to lace-up boots, studded sneakers and bejewelled pumps. Be taken on a magical journey of style, glamour, power, femininity and elegance.

A must for any shoe lover…
designmuseum.org/exhibitions/2012/christian-louboutin

Typographic Travel

Lovely stuff.

http://graphism.fr

Aerial by Debombourg Baptist

Aerial is a site-specific installation piece by French artist Debombourg Baptist which examines the idea of togetherness within something broken. The piece is made from over two tons of glass, wood and nails and took over 420 hours to create.

Speaking about the piece Baptist said, “Destruction, like construction, is a human expression and a paradox of life because it is can be both good and evil. My personal point of view is that destruction is inevitably linked to repair.”

Serpentine Pavilion 2012

This year’s Serpentine pavilion, designed by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and Beijing national stadium architects Herzog & de Meuron, will take visitors below the lawn of the London gallery into an underground maze of contoured cork, hidden under a watery roof. It is the twelfth commission in the gallery’s annual series and will form part of the London 2012 festival.

Royal (Mail) Stamp of Approval

Celebrating 60 years of British fashion and of course also in anticipation of the upcoming Olympic Games in London, Royal Mail will be releasing a series of Fashion Designer Stamps. Featured designers are Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Hardy Amies, Norman Hartnell, Granny Takes a Trip, Ossie Clark, Tommy Nutter, Jean Muir, Zandra Rhodes and Paul Smith.

Lyonheart K

This beauty, designed by Robert Palm, is the Lyonheart K. The inspiration for it clearly stems from the Great British E-Type Jag, but when Enzo Ferrari names it “The most beautiful car ever made”…well you know you’re on to a winner.

lyonheart.com

Britweek LA Art Battle

To celebrate the BritWeek T4C Artists Competition Closing Ceremony, BritWeek hosted Art Battle LA, paying homage to the 2012 Summer Games’ theme on sustainability and its overall spirit of unified competition across borders.

This special event featured a live Art Battle between four notorious names in the London and Los Angeles street and graffiti art scenes. Two UK artists (Inkie/Eine) and two LA artists (Mear One/Man One) went head to head in the spirit of unified competition. Battle was brought to the historic arts district core of Downtown Los Angeles. Audience members were given the opportunity to view the Art Battle live throughout the evening with artists painting one-of-a-kind designs onto recycled furniture pieces by globally acclaimed furniture designer Christopher Guy and Jaguar hoods.

The overall winner was declared as Man One from LA, but the people’s choice award went to Inkie, who created the rather fetching black and gold hood below.

All images by Rex Gelert