Over the past few weeks, London has been treated to a plethora of fashion and style focused exhibitions – all for free. I have been a little unwell recently with a nasty bout of cold however I have dragged my Prada-covered behind out of bed and headed out to see some incredible artistic offerings. First up was Tim Walker: Story Teller (Somerset House, until Jan 27th 2013) which looks at the work of the incredible and esteemed fashion photographer over his career. Telling quite a surreal and candy coloured view of his narratives, the exhibition – sponsored by Mulberry – is a must see, from the oversized props to Jonathan Saunders bearing all. However I won’t say any more as it will spoil the experience which makes for a perfect lazy Sunday morning wander.
The second was the superb Sneaking into Fashion (Covent Garden, now closed) which was situated in the central hall of the piazza’s market. Sponsored by online shoe retailer Javari, it celebrated the rise and popularity of the sneaker that has become a massive part of fashion and lifestyle. Featured below are my favourites; the Bernhard Wilhelm x Camper boot, a Converse x Missoni collaboration, the first Gucci canvas slip on, Pierre Hardy’s Powerama and the Jeremy Scott x Adidas teddy bear boots. There was a huge selection from celebrity culture from Mel B’s platform shoes from the Spice Girls and Mo Farah’s running spikes from this years London 2012 Olympic Games. This was a great example of democratic fashion, showcasing a superb free collection in the most public of places.
The last was Chanel: The Little Black Jacket (Saatchi Gallery, now closed) which was an homage to the iconic black boucle wool jacket from the Parisian design house. On its London leg, thousands flocked to the exhibition on the Kings Road in Chelsea, some for the free print poster of one of three images or just to longingly stare at the Lagerfeld shot visuals. Whilst I would have gone anyway, as a lover of Chanel and Largerfeld’s work, I was really pleased to see a large majority of the shots were of the men of fashion, putting their twist on how to wear such a classic item. From Riccardo Tisci, Kanye West and Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, all below plus more, this was one of the best photographic exhibitions with a recurring theme I have seen for a long time. If you did not see it, either in London or any cities before, then I would consider going to one of the European stop-offs before it finished mid December.
TIM WALKER: STORY TELLER
SNEAKING INTO FASHION
CHANEL: THE LITTLE BLACK JACKET