Lumiere London 2016

Last weekend, Londoners and visitors were invited to see the city in a new light with Lumiere London, the biggest-ever light festival to hit the capital.

Produced by Artichoke and supported by the Mayor of London, a host of international artists illuminated four of London’s most iconic areas: King’s Cross, Mayfair, Piccadilly and Westminster, creating opportunities to see iconic architecture transformed with 3D projections, interactive installations and other extraordinary light works.

There was so much to see we didn’t managed to cover it all, but what we did see was so gorgeous I couldn’t resist sharing a few pictures.

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IFO (Identified Flying Object) by Jacques Rival

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This giant, neon-lit birdcage has been a KX feature for a while, to the delight of art enthousiastic and kids-at-heart (there’s a swing in the cage’s centre!).

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Joining the Dots by Cleary Connolly clever video installation inspired by the work of psychophysicist Gunnar Johansson on how the mind can perceive the human body.

Very much in tune with its environment, using the newly-opened German Gym as its backdrop!

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Dresses by Tae Gon Kim

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Beautiful, shimmering dresses frozen in London shop windows. One of my favourite pieces.

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Circus of Life by Ocubo

Featuring acrobats, jugglers, dancers and performers, as well as the faces of some of the people who live, work, or play in King’s Cross.

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Which, judging by the crowds, seemed to have made it a popular piece.

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Or maybe we were just all there for the tea…

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I Haven’t Changed My Mind in a Thousand Years by Beth J Ross

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Bringing the wisdom of the past to the present.

A welcome bit of a modern clash with the very fancy Piccadilly Arcade (where change of heart over a Rollex or a diamond necklace happen far too often!)

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Les Voyageurs by Cédric Le Borgne

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Sitting on rooftops, frozen mid-air in flight, they invite you to glance up and around, offering the possibility of connection between dream and reality.

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It sure got me dreaming of flying away to Neverland ( and I might also have sung a little bit…)

You can fly, you can fly, you can flyyyyyyyyyy!!

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195 Piccadilly by NOVAK

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From the home of the Royal Society of Watercolour Paintings to that of the prestigious BAFTA nowadays, the stunning building at 195 Piccadilly is a fascinating piece of London’s architectural history.

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Even more so when arts manages to combine past and present and explore the different genres of cinema and television.

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Luminéoles by Porté par le vent

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Brightly coloured “dancing” fish, floating and swooping through the air. Simply beautiful.

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Shaida Walking. 2015 by Julian Opie

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Yet one more art piece projecting Carnaby at the front of London’s street art scene.

And last but not least…

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1.8 London by Janet Echelman / Studio Echelman

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Strung between buildings at Oxford Circus, this enormous net sculpture is named after onf of the astonishing impacts of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

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Such was the strength of the vibrations that the earthquake momentarily sped up the earth’s rotation and shortened that day by 1.8 microseconds.

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Using data from NASA, Studio Echelman turned this phenomenon into this wonderful interactive piece of art.

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Proof is you ever needed one of how beautiful science is.

And a truly brilliant way to start 2016 indeed!

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Mademoiselle Privé at the Saatchi Gallery

Two Cs are always better than one, so Chanel is pretty much as good as it gets when it comes to haute couture.

Creating one icone after the other, all stamped with the brand’s double C logo, the French fashion house is one I’ve always been fascinated about.

So after watching hours of documentary and movies, there was no way on Earth I’d miss the Mademoiselle Privé exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery.

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Early on Saturday morning, I met my friend Ilaria on Sloane Square.

Coffee in one hand and smartphone in the other, I was ready for a journey through the origins of Chanel‘s creations.

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My jaw dropped as we entered the building and pretty much stayed down there the whole time.

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The enchanted journey through the house’s creativity first took us through a reconstitution of Coco Chanel‘s iconic apartment and shop of 21 rue Cambon.

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In the next room, black and white drawings give some insight into the brand’s first steps.

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From the world-famous logo combining two interlaced Cs and a wheat pattern…

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…to Mademoiselle Coco’s inspiration for the sportive, casual chic clothing she was the first to make popular.

Quickly after this, the brand grew in popularity and turned towards high fashion, but Chanel’s influence quickly extended far beyond couture clothing.

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In 1920, Gabrielle Chanel commissioned the creation of a perfume to Russian-French chemist and perfumer Ernest Beaux.

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Mademoiselle Coco always had potent association for the number 5, so when presented with small glass vials containing sample scent compositions numbered 1 to 5 and 20 to 24 for her assessment, she chose the fifth vial and decided to let this sample number five keep the name it has already “for good luck”.

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Chanel no. 5 has been chosen as a signature scent by millions of modern, elegant women ever since.

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In 1932, Coco Chanel also designed her first and only jewellery collection, “Bijoux de Diamants“.

My favourite part of the Mademoiselle Privé exhibition though? The one focusing on the the House’s essential symbols.

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The Camellia flower and the pearls.

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The Venitian Moor.

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The Black Line.

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The Wheat.

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The golden chain and, more recently, Greek pop.

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Just as iconic are Chanel’s signature ‘petite veste’ tweet and knowledge of tailoring.

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But the part all of London’s fashionista made a beeline for?

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The gorgeous gowns of course!

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Rows after rows of sublime, black lace creations.

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With a bit of bling and feather here and there…

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And how gorgeous is this hand-embroidered beauty? ?

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It was only fitting we finished our visit by paying our respect to the very people who created that golden wonder; the Ateliers Lessage.

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We didn’t get to experience their know-how first hand but spend quite a while starring at those who did!

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If you’re as interested in fashion and its history as I am, you absolutely MUST go see Mademoiselle Privé. It’ll be at the Saatchi gallery until November 1st and it’s every inch as classy and fabulous as it says on the box!

Mademoiselle Privé at the Saatchi Gallery

Postcard from New York City

New York City’s most iconic feature might be its skyline, but once you venture into the small streets, you’ll see a completely different side of the city.

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#FiftyChefs: The Hands that feed London | Photography | Shoreditch

I grew up in a family where food was very very important. It was never just fuel. Food is social. It’s an import  moment in the day where you should get together with friends, family or someone else.” says Michel Roux Jr on the introductory picture of Fifty Chefs: The Hands That feed London.

From that moment on, I knew I’d love it. 50 or so chefs, facing the objective of the talented Katie Wilson, revealing how they came to cooking and showing how a lifetime behind the pots and pans has changed them. Showing their scars, reminding us that despite it looking like a very glamourous choice of carreer, life in a kitchen is tough, loud, tiring. But in the honest eyes and the tired smiles, each one of them still shows that cooking is their life and no matter how hard, they wouldn’t exchange it for the world.

Cake + Whisky | #FiftyChefs Exibition | PhotographyCake + Whisky | #FiftyChefs Exibition | PhotographySome of the UK’s top chefs and some not-so-well-known, yet still top-knotch restauranteurs.Cake + Whisky | #FiftyChefs Exibition | PhotographyI especially liked reading about Nuno Mendes‘ (of the Chiltern Firehouse fame) tatoos (and how they remind him where he comes from and went through).
Cake + Whisky | #FiftyChefs Exibition | Photographyfifty-chefs-7Also very touching where those stories about those places which became some of London’s top dining spots almost by accident. Because the people who created them worked hard, day and night, and cared about the quality of the food and the service they were providing to their customers.Cake + Whisky | #FiftyChefs Exibition | PhotographyCake + Whisky | #FiftyChefs Exibition | PhotographySo many hands, so many faces, so many stories making up London’s exciting, incredibly diverse food scene.Cake + Whisky | #FiftyChefs Exibition | PhotographyMy favourite of the pictures was probably that of Bread Ahead‘s Justin Gellatly, which reminded me of my dad’s (who started working as a pastry chef when he was 15). I guess when it comes to food, we never really forget what we grew up with…Cake + Whisky | #FiftyChefs Exibition | PhotographyFrom Shoreditch, with love! ❤

#FiftyChefs: The Hands that feed London | Photography | Shoreditch