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Scene setting: Under the painted domed ceiling of Cipriani Wall Street (formerly the New York Merchant Stock Exchange), Victoria Beckham sent out a softly tailored collection comprising fluid trousers, sharp collared shirts, wide-shouldered jackets and gauzy, billowing dresses, in a perfect balance of power and femininity.
Mood board: Bringing back familiar silhouettes but reworking them in new fabrics featuring prints, pastels and embellishments, Beckham’s latest collection was a study in the multifaceted aspects of female identity. Transparent pencil skirts were paired with oversized men’s-style shirts and realised in candy pink and butter shades. Sleeveless trench coats resembled dresses thanks to the use of delicate fabrics that elegantly hung on the form. The mood was easy and comfortable, yet bold and confident in the clothing's restraint, making it a well-received showing in all regards.
Finishing touches: While known for her minimalist approach, Beckham embraced some spa..
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Scene setting: In an inspired move, Sies Marjan designer Sander Lak brough the fashion crowd to his front door, unveiling his latest collection where it was conceived: his studio. With the catwalk running through the atelier, the library and the studio’s reception, guests were able to get a first-hand glimpse into Lak’s processes and sources of inspiration.
Mood board: Texture was the connective thread for spring/summer 2018. Garments boasted a wrung and wrinkled quality, whether crafted from chiffon, moleskin and satin, all achieved by putting them through a humble wash cycle.
Best in show: Distortions such as bleeding paint strokes, snagged stripes, picked up hems and twisted details gave the otherwise classic and elegant silhouettes a fresh and disruptive look. Teamed with sneaker mules and twisted booties with sculptural, exaggerated heels, the thoughtful, yet carefree collection was an alluring breath of fresh air.
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The former home of Canada’s railway pioneer, George Stephen, and later a private members’ club, the neoclassical landmark on Montréal’s Drummond Road has had another reincarnation, this time is as Le Mount Stephen Hotel. Here, 90 contemporary guest rooms, a sizeable ballroom, a spa and a series of meeting spaces are discreetly tucked away in a new-build behind the original mansion.
Prerequisite bells and whistles include Japanese toilets, showers with Chroma lighting therapy and multiple USB ports in all the right places. But for a touch of heritage, head to the restaurant and bar, where British fare, such as Welsh rarebit, is served among the original wood panelling and stained glass windows of the 19th-century pile.
Scene setting: Designer Tory Burch led her models down the garden path for S/S 2018, with an open air show held in the verdant exterior of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. They traversed the grassy floored and impeccably pruned landscape on the Upper East Side, some even armed with rolled-up picnic blankets, as if ready to recline on the grass with a bottle of Burch-branded bubbly.
Team work: Last September, Ashley Hicks, the son of renowned British interior designer David Hicks edited his father’s eclectic scrapbooks into a selection of limited edition volumes. The scrapbooks contain vast arrays of Hicks’ fabric and carpet swatches, and nod to his 1971 publication On Decoration with Fabrics. For her S/S 2018 collection, Burch took inspiration from Hicks’ colourful and mix-and-match aesthetic, gaining access to the designer’s library from his son. Mosaic tile patterns, floral prints, stripes and retro graphics appeared on breezy silk shirts and dresses, kaftans, ponchos a..
A mountain village in Switzerland is an unlikely location for cutting-edge culture, but in Pontresina, in the Engadin region of Switzerland – famed for its large Belle-Époque hotels – the historic Hotel Walther has unveiled some avant-garde art to rival Zurich’s blue-chip galleries, as part of an extensive, multi-million makeover.
A triumphant 110 years after it welcomed its first guests into its reception area, visitors in 2017 will step in and be greeted by a gigantic cube, carved from a 20.5 tonne piece of marble. It is the creation of a relatively unknown Swiss sculptor and architect, Veit Rausch, framed by lush and lavish textiles and furnishings, part of the hotel’s striking transformation by Virginia Maissen, the interior designer who has worked her magic on Hotel Adler, Cafe Oscar and Airport Hotel Basel in the past.
Hotel Walther in Pontresina, Switzerland
In the bar and smoker’s lounge, the hotel commissioned Swiss artist Rolf Sachs to create an installation responding to..
Single-storey, flat-roofed, grey, minimalist houses don’t usually feature on the postcards and calendars for Suffolk. But these buildings, and the architects who created them, are increasingly gaining recognition. The stark, simplistic lines are now being seen as complementary with East Anglia’s broad skies and flat North Sea.
‘We tend to think of modernism in an urban context,’ says Emily Richardson, an artist-filmmaker who is currently profiling three modernist architects in this region. ‘Historically people have not really liked modernism – some kinds of building have a stigma attached to them,’ she says. ‘But, as time moves on, with a greater distance, things are seen differently. I’m interested in the fact that there are so many wonderful examples in East Anglia.’
Richardson is highlighting the work of John Penn in East Suffolk, Jim Cadbury-Brown in Aldeburgh, as well as a house designed by the architecture firm Team 4, commissioned by Humphrey Spender in Ulting, Essex. Initiall..
Designed by architect Claudio Silvestrin for forward-thinking developer Gary Giessing, our location house for our September 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*222) was built on a constrained site and faced some important planning stipulations, but it certainly isn’t lacking in amenities.
From the basement pool and spa, past a multi-level garden by Chelsea gold medallist Chris Beardshaw, all the way up to the rooftop bedroom with City skyline views, it’s the epitome of high-end contemporary residential design.
The local council’s demand for a brick façade and continuity have resulted in a very stealthy dwelling at street level. Three materials – stone, oak and bronze – form the core of the house with the Bolzano-sourced stone giving the interiors a carved, cave-like quality (albeit one with meticulously precise geometry).
A spread from the ‘Trench Fever’ leather coat shoot in our September 2017 issue (W*222). Photography: Máté Moro. Fashion: Lune Kuipers
Inspired by the soft structuring o..