Madness is part of Life by Ernesto Neto at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo

Madness is part of Life by Ernesto Neto - photo: Louis Vuitton, Jérémie Souteyrat
Madness is part of Life by Ernesto Neto Рphoto: Louis Vuitton, J̩r̩mie Souteyrat

I came across this interesting exhibition called Madness is part of Life by Ernesto Neto which is being hosted at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo on the trendtablet.com site the other day. I thought it was pretty damn cool and wanted to share it.

Madness is part of Life by Ernesto Neto - photo: Louis Vuitton, Jérémie Souteyrat
Madness is part of Life by Ernesto Neto Рphoto: Louis Vuitton, J̩r̩mie Souteyrat

Ernesto Neto is one of Brazil’s biggest contemporary artists. He creates large installations that often fill an entire space. His works are sensory intensive and works with touch, smell and sense.

Madness is part of Life by Ernesto Neto - photo: Louis Vuitton, Jérémie Souteyrat
Madness is part of Life by Ernesto Neto Рphoto: Louis Vuitton, J̩r̩mie Souteyrat

Through this title we would like to challenge some human positions which place us at the center of the universe, multiverse, etc. The idea that takes our mind out of our body as if it were something supernatural beyond nature, as culture would be out of nature and not part of it. Life is bigger than us and we are part of it; if there is a God, God is nature, we are a special little part, but still a part
It is a sculpture from the family Balanço (Swing), made of a skin and a catwalk, this catwalk is in suspension, and people are able to walk, sit or lay down on it. In the case of LIBWPO (Life Is a Body We Are Part Of) , the piece is made up of two parts: Zoid aisle up and the ovule living room. It is a sculpture to be experienced. We also have the idea to lift people up close to the glass building in such a way that would cause them to experience some vertigo, or at least deal with the feeling of floating in the “Sky”. The piece is a work which deals with stability – how we move, desire and fear. With this work, we try to create a place that is body or animal-like, and at the same time a landscape for ourselves. The door is the portal between these two universes, or the continuity of them. The walls’ skin on the piece is made with interconnected spiral crochet cells. The body catwalk is made of “Roe Cells” – tubes full of plastic balls.(source)

Madness is part of Life by Ernesto Neto - photo: Louis Vuitton, Jérémie Souteyrat
Madness is part of Life by Ernesto Neto Рphoto: Louis Vuitton, J̩r̩mie Souteyrat

There is a great making of video available

The dedicated Louis Vuitton site for their artist series in Espace has a wealth of additional photos and videos to pursue. You can also see past exhibits. It’s worth dealing with the annoyingly stupid gallery interface. For those of you in Tokyo, you have till January 6, 2013 to see it in person.

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I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide – Part 1

So, this year I lost my mind and I decided to create a holiday gift guide. I’m usually anti-gift guides because I’m not much of a Christmas person and gift guides are a shit ton of work. I don’t know what made me change my mind this year but here we are. People have told me this is a good idea, so I hope you find it helpful or amusing.

This is the part one of four in the I want – I got Gift Guide series. I have so many favourite things I wanted to include. This gift guide is very much I want – I got. You’ll see things I want, things I got and other obsessions.  Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up. The list covers fashion, beauty, electronics, art, toys and booze. Basically, all the items on the gift guide are I want – I got approved.

So, join me on this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas.

complex geometries coma sweatshirt, complex geometries Long Turtleneck Dress
complex geometries coma sweatshirt, complex geometries Long Turtleneck Dress
  • complex geometries Coma Sweatshirt ($240) – online at complexgeometries.net and Fawn (967 Queen Street West, Toronto) carries complex geometries in Toronto
  • complex geometries Long Turtleneck Dress ($262) – online at complexgeometries.net and Fawn (967 Queen Street West, Toronto) carries complex geometries in Toronto. Looks like the gold turtleneck is sold out folks. There are grey and navy options.
Synergy Jem & The Holograms, Dean Davidson Plaza Ring, Hermès Clic Clac H Bracelet, Hermès Brazil Enamel Bracelet
Synergy Jem & The Holograms, Dean Davidson Plaza Ring, Hermès Clic Clac H Bracelet, Hermès Brazil Enamel Bracelet
  • Synergy Jem & The Holograms doll collection ($125) – Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West, Toronto)
  • Dean Davidson Plaza Ring ($185) – Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at DeanDavidson.ca
  • Hermès Clic Clac H Bracelet ($645) – Hermès (130 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at Hermes.com
  • Hermès Brazil Enamel Bracelet ($565) – Hermès (130 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at Hermes.com
Givenchy Dahlia Noir Eau du Toilette, Maison Martin Marigela (untitled), Balenciaga Florabotanica Eau de Parfum, Demeter Fragrance Mahogany
Givenchy Dahlia Noir Eau du Toilette, Maison Martin Marigela (untitled), Balenciaga Florabotanica Eau de Parfum, Demeter Fragrance Mahogany
Mykita x Moncler Lino Sunglasses, Gap Twill Parka, m0851 Medium Weekender, Moncler S Mayuko
Mykita x Moncler Lino Sunglasses, Gap Twill Parka, m0851 Medium Weekender, Moncler S Mayuko
Smythe Great Coat, Philip Sparks Slip Dress
Smythe Great Coat, Philip Sparks Slip Dress
Dell XPS13 Ultrabook, Worn Fashion Journal Subscription, Print from YellowKorner
Dell XPS13 Ultrabook, Worn Fashion Journal Subscription, Print from YellowKorner
Church's Classic Burwood glossy leather brogues, Jeremy Laing Mouton Knit Sweater, Jeremy Laing Ridged Fan Sweater, Maison Martin Margiela Glitter-finished raffia brogues
Church’s Classic Burwood glossy leather brogues, Jeremy Laing Mouton Knit Sweater, Jeremy Laing Ridged Fan Sweater, Maison Martin Margiela Glitter-finished raffia brogues
ROM Membership, AGO Membership, TIFF Membership, Opera Atelier The Magic Flute Tickets
ROM Membership, AGO Membership, TIFF Membership, Opera Atelier The Magic Flute Tickets

Check back tomorrow for Part 2 of the I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide.

Heartbeats for Africa Online Print Sale – Starts November 15, 2012

Heartbeats for Africa Online Print Sale - Starts November 15, 2012
Heartbeats for Africa Online Print Sale – Starts November 15, 2012

Heartbeats for Africa Online Print Sale – Starts November 15, 2012.

The third Heartbeats for Africa fundraiser launches on November 15, 2012 at noon with a limited-edition print sale by top Canadian artists including Aleks Rdest, Deborah Moss, Susan Collett, Miguel Jacob, Brendan Canning and many more to benefit the Stephen Lewis Foundation. For the first year the fundraiser will take place online so art lovers from coast to coast can shop and support.

You can view the full print collection here: http://heartbeatsforafrica.com/2012_Print_Sale.html

The print sale will go live on November 15, 2012 at 12:00pm EST here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/heartbeatsforafrica

i got: Long Cat Scarf by BECKSÖNDERGAARD

Long Cat Scarf by BECKSÖNDERGAARD
Long Cat Scarf by BECKSÖNDERGAARD

I received this lovely Long Cat Scarf by BECKSÖNDERGAARD from the Caroline and Matéo, owners of Canon Blanc during a little MasterCard Stylicity shopping trip. Check out an interview with them both for the MasterCard Stylicity Blog. It’s pretty obvious that as a cat lover I’d appreciate a scarf of a cat wearing a scarf. Very meta. This cotton scarf is lightweight but massive at about 1 ft x 2 ft. Normally, I only use light cotton scarves in the summer but I think the length of this BECKSÖNDERGAARD one will allow for multiple wrappings for warmth.

Long Cat Scarf by BECKSÖNDERGAARD
Long Cat Scarf by BECKSÖNDERGAARD

BECKSÖNDERGAARD is a Danish accessory brand started in 2003 by Lis Beck and Anna Søndergaard. The line carries scarves with unique hand drawn prints, handbags, gloves and knits. The line is known for their eel skin leather accessories and the hand drawn prints. The scarves are hand made in India. BECKSÖNDERGAARD products are available in Toronto at Canon Blanc.

Canon Blanc
679 Queen Street West
Toronto

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I want – I got x Wendy Ding

Illustration by Wendy Ding
Illustration by Wendy Ding

I’ve been lucky with getting illustrations of myself made. At Textstyle’s 4th anniversary party, Toronto based illustration Wendy Ding sketched me unbeknownst to me. I’m wearing a Mara Hoffman dress from Rac Boutique and a Nine West handbag.

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I want – I got Greeting Cards by Eighty Seventh ST.

I want - I got Greeting Cards by Eighty Seventh ST.
I want – I got Greeting Cards by Eighty Seventh ST.

Monica Smiley of Eighty Seventh ST. creates hand illustrated fashion inspired paper products. Monica is a Toronto based illustrator with a degree from Ryerson’s School of Fashion.

eighty seventh ST is a chic brand of hand illustrated paper products with a high fashion edge. A whimsical collaboration of art and design, eighty seventh ST offers unique gift ideas from greeting cards, to art prints, and custom design projects that go beyond design borders. Our products are 100% designed and produced in Canada, and all products can be 100% recycled.

I want - I got Greeting Cards by Eighty Seventh ST.
I want – I got Greeting Cards by Eighty Seventh ST.

In collaboration with eLuxe they produced the best event swag item ever: personalized, illustrated greeting cards. For every attendee to eLuxe’s open house there was a set of greeting cards with our own personal Monica Smiley illustration. Completely amazing!

Cloudy by Friends With You

My friend Eric from Whistler always emails me the most adorable things. This video is an example.

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60 Years of Designing the Ballet & The Tutu Project – Till September 2, 2012

60 Years of Designing the Ballet & The Tutu Project - Till September 2, 2012
60 Years of Designing the Ballet & The Tutu Project – Till September 2, 2012

The Design Exchange is hosting two exhibits for The National Ballet of Canada: 60 Years of Designing the Ballet and The Tutu Project. Both exhibits will be at the Design Exchange until September 2, 2012.

60 Years of Designing the Ballet
60 Years of Designing the Ballet

60 Years of Designing the Ballet

This exhibition offers an intimate look at the design of one of Canada’s most celebrated treasures – the National Ballet of Canada. The exhibition is organized thematically – highlighting the various ways in which the ballet as an institution is designed through hundreds of items from the ballet’s archive. The exhibition provides a private invitation into the world of one particular company.

60 Years of Designing the Ballet
60 Years of Designing the Ballet

This exhibit brought me right back into The Nutcracker world again. I had to snap a photo of the Cannon Doll costume sketches and swatches.

60 Years of Designing the Ballet
60 Years of Designing the Ballet
60 Years of Designing the Ballet
60 Years of Designing the Ballet

There are a lot of costumes to check out and set pieces to see up close and personal. You can even try on a tutu and try out ballet moves right in the exhibit. Admission is $10.20 for the 60 Years of Designing the Ballet exhibit.

60 Years of Designing the Ballet
60 Years of Designing the Ballet

The Tutu Project is an extensive collection of artistic and hand crafted tutus. The imagination of all the participants is incredible.

The Tutu Project
The Tutu Project

The Tutu Project

The iconic tutu remains among the most coveted and imitated articles of clothing in Western culture. In celebration of its 60th anniversary, The National Ballet of Canada has engaged friends, audience members and professional designers from across the country to participate in this interactive and international art and community-outreach project. The Tutu Project features pieces by Canadian fashion designers such as David Dixon and Juma, artists like Julie Moon and Tania Sanhueza, and jewellery designer Shay Lowe. Many tutus have been created collaboratively by visitors to TIFF Kids International Film Festival, Toronto Fashion Week, Word on the Street, Toronto Pride, Canada Day Celebrations in Ottawa, Share the Magic and members of Kids Corps. The Tutu Project also includes costumes from great moments in The National Ballet’s history along with original pieces created by artists from Dance Victoria, The Port Theatre, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Giles Deacon for The English National Ballet, designers from the Fashion Design Council of Canada, and staff designers from The National Ballet.

The Tutu Project
The Tutu Project
The Tutu Project
The Tutu Project

I didn’t get to see all the tutus at the opening party, it was way too packed and I gave up after awhile. I’m planning to make a trip back to see them up close and uninterrupted. If you can’t get to the Financial District to check out the Tutu Project, you can view all the submissions at The National Ballet of Canada’s website

The Tutu Project
The Tutu Project
The Tutu Project
The Tutu Project

Admission to The Tutu Project included with the 60 Years of Designing the Ballet ticket.

Louie Gong x Manitobah Mukluks Gatherer Boot

Louie Gong x Manitobah Mukluks Gatherer Boot
Louie Gong x Manitobah Mukluks Gatherer Boot

I have to admit I’m a bit surprised that I’m writing about Manitobah Mukluks. I’m not a fan of Mukluks and I usually cringe whenever I see people wearing them around the city. They are very popular and the Manitobah Mukluks company is as close to the genuine article as you are going to get.
I’m a huge fan of Louie Gong though and he’s partnered with Manitobah Mukluks to create a boot even I can love.

Louie Gong x Manitobah Mukluks Gatherer Boot
Louie Gong x Manitobah Mukluks Gatherer Boot

Louie Gong x Manitobah Mukluks Gatherer Boot is described by Louie:

The eagle is a cross-cultural symbol of strength, leadership, and long-term vision. By portraying the eagle on a women’s mukluck with a diving posture, oversized claws, and open mouth, I offer symbolic acknowledgment of strong women of all backgrounds. When wearing this eagle design, each step represents bold movement towards your life goals and leading our families into the next generation.

Louie Gong x Manitobah Mukluks Gatherer Boot
Louie Gong x Manitobah Mukluks Gatherer Boot

The grey Louie Gong x Manitobah Mukluks Gatherer Boot are pretty damn cool. The boots are available for Pre-order on manitobah.ca for $299 with delivery happening September 15, 2012.

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I played a Cannon Doll in The National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker

Just when I thought things couldn’t get more exciting and random in life I get an email from the National Ballet. They have invited me to take part in this season’s performance of The Nutcracker as a Cannon Doll. Traditionally, the National Ballet asks Toronto luminaries, personalities and politicians to join the production in this small role. For those of you not familiar with The Nutcracker story, the Cannon Dolls are colourfully costumed, Russian Petrouchka dolls in Act I who shoot a cannon into the audience to begin the battle scene.

James Kudelka’s 1995 version of this evergreen seasonal classic is a perfect gem of a ballet, affectionate and reflective, at once cheeringly traditional yet freshly attuned to the rhythms and accents of the contemporary.

Rarely have the dreamscapes and wonder of childhood fantasy, the allure of spectacle and the mood of reverie been integrated in such a seamless blend of dazzling stagecraft, virtuosic choreography and ravishing design. Kudelka’s gentle re-shaping of the narrative releases the story (based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Christmas tale) into new thematic territory. Follow the quarrelling siblings Misha and Marie as they move not just through marvellous and extraordinary experiences but through surprising phases of understanding as they prepare to leave childhood behind and enter the very different world of adolescence.

The costumes and sets by Santo Loquasto themselves cast a spell, evoking an enchanted, rustic world of long-gone Imperial Russia, a place where folk rituals and the cycles of nature make way for the magical, ice-coated world of the Snow Queen and the spectacular beauty of the golden palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The entire production, underscored by Tchaikovsky’s glorious, timeless music, is like rediscovering a beloved heirloom and seeing it as though for the first time.

I played a Cannon Doll in The National Ballet of Canada's The Nutcracker

I was shocked and honoured to be asked. I’m a Toronto luminary, WTF. There have been 504 Cannon Dolls over the years that include Mats Sundin, Margaret Atwood, Kurt Browning, Rick Mercer and Doug Gilmour. You might have read the news earlier in December about Rob Ford’s Cannon Doll appearance.

I’m not a stereotypical fashion girl with a ballet obsession. I never took lessons as a young girl (I have neither the build nor feet to be a ballet dancer) but I do love the art form. I’d kill for a ballet dancers legs and watching them move on stage is sublime. It probably comes as no surprise to you all that I jumped at the chance. Thankfully, the National Ballet asked me to bring a guest so that I didn’t have to do this all alone or with a stranger. I brought my good friend Jason Morikawa, buyer at Holt Renfrew.

The role required no dancing (thank god) and not much preparation. We arrived at the Four Season Centre thirty minutes before the show started. Ballet legend, Rex Harrington led Jason and I through our moves. We were nervous as all hell. He showed us a video of the performance with two people from So You Think You Can Dance Canada. Of course they were amazing and their improv was great. Jason and I are great with spontaneous funny stuff when we are alone and there isn’t an audience but I didn’t think our brand of humour would translate on stage. Thankfully, the Cannon Dolls had personalities to work with. Jason was the introverted doll and of course, I was the extroverted doll.

Our time on stage was short, about five minutes. We basically followed the dancer who was in control of the cannon. We were given two moments each to express our Cannon Doll personality facing the audience and then we fell back to the side of the stage and continued to act like idiots until the end of the scene. The build up was more daunting than being on stage. The audience is this vast pit of black. I stared out into the nothingness as I jumped and kicked around on stage expressing my extrovert Cannon Doll personality. I couldn’t even see the orchestra. It’s a blessing not seeing the audience.

The Four Seasons Centre is incredible backstage. When it opened, I wrote about the building for BlogTO. We didn’t get to see backstage in 2007 so this was a real treat. The sets are massive and pretty incredible for The Nutcracker. The sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto were stunning. The kids in the production were so incredibly cute, especially the little mice from my scene. Jason and I were squealing all over the place.

My Mom and our friend Monique of MoonRox came out to support Jason and me. We joined them after the intermission to watch the second act together.

Thank you to the National Ballet for selecting me to be part of their annual Nutcracker tradition. It was quite the honour and I’m still pinching myself about it. I have a few things that I will always remember from this experience.

1.  Watch out for the large tree, it took out Mats Sundin one year.

2.  There are a lot of dick jokes in ballet.

3.  The amazing difference of on-stage grace and backstage panting of the dancers

4. Legs

The Nutcracker ends today but check out upcoming productions like Sleeping Beauty and Hamlet for the 2011 – 2012 season.

Technicolor Ultra Mall Book Launch – October 22, 2011

Technicolor Ultra Mall Book Launch – October 22, 2011

It’s with great pleasure that I post about my good friend Ryan Oakley’s book launch. I always knew he would be published and it’s finally happened with his first novel, Technicolor Ultra Mall.

The Technicolor Ultra Mall book launch is on October 22, 2011 at 3pm and is open to the public.  Ryan will be available to chat with fans. Most of all, Technicolor Ultra Mall will be available for purchase!

Bakka-Phoenix Books
84 Harbord Street
Toronto

The Machine

The Machine is another creepy video I recently viewed. It’s not fashion related like the
Miu Miu FW2011 Film “MUTA” by Lucrecia Martel but still well done. A feeling of dread stuck with me after the first time I watched it.

“The Machine” is an animated fable following the path of an innocently forged mechanical creature. As his independence and knowledge of the world grows on his journey, as does his desire to conquer all that we encounters, from the pastures of a farmer to the realm of man’s entire world.

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Noc Kupaly, Poland

Noc Kupały is a festival called Midsummer Night in English. They have a tradition of sending 1000s of paper lanterns in the air. It makes for spectacular video.

Midsummer Night , also called night kupalnÄ… , kupalnockÄ… , Kupala , Sobótka or sobótkami – Slavic feast associated with the summer solstice the Sun , celebrated the shortest night of the year, which is usually (not including leap year) from 21 to 22 June (later eve of St. John – also commonly called St. John’s at night and then having many borrowings from earlier holidays – is celebrated with a 23 to June 24 ).
Feast of fire, water, sun and moon, harvest, fertility, joy and love, celebrated in areas inhabited by the Slav peoples, Baltic, Germanic and Celtic, and also by some people coming from peoples Finno-Ugric peoples , such as the Finns (in Finland, St. John’s night is one of the most important holidays on the calendar), and Estonians. (source)

via Colossal

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Lanvin Dolls Spring Summer 2011

Lanvin Dolls Spring Summer 2011
The Spring Summer 2011 edition of the Lanvin Dolls collection is now available atLuisaviaroma. I don’t collect porcelain figures but I think the Lanvin stuff is fun.

Lanvin Dolls Spring Summer 2011

 

Lanvin Dolls Spring Summer 2011

 

Lanvin Dolls Spring Summer 2011

The snowglobe is my favourite.

Lanvin Dolls Spring Summer 2011

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CUTMR 2012 Call for Submissions – Ends May 31, 2011

Come Up To My Room 2012 Call for Submissions

COME UP TO MY ROOM 2012, The Gladstone Hotel’s 9th Annual Alternative Design Event

January 26 – 29, 2012 (Coinciding with Toronto International Design Festival and the Interior Design Show)

Submissions Deadline: Tuesday, May 31, 2011

ATTENTION: DESIGNERS, ARCHITECTS, VISUAL ARTISTS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, SCULPTORS, WRITERS, MUSICIANS, SET DESIGNERS, PROP MAKERS, SOUND ENGINEERS, CERAMACISTS, TEXTILE ARTISTS, CRAFTS PEOPLE, FILMOGRAPHERS, PRINT MAKERS, NEW MEDIA ARTISTS and ALL CREATIVE MAKERS:

The Gladstone Hotel seeks Expressions of Interest for innovative, cutting-edge, contemporary design and installation-based projects for The Gladstone Hotel’s annual alternative design event, COME UP TO MY ROOM. The ninth instalment of CUTMR will take place from January 26 to 29, 2012 at the historic Gladstone Hotel in downtown Toronto. Site-specific work will be mounted in the rooms and public spaces in the second floor Gladstone Gallery and ground floor spaces of the hotel.

Ideal candidates for juried consideration are practitioners who approach their discipline with a radical personal vision, and who use design to converse, connect, collaborate and construct delight in the unexpected.

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Garden of Roses: Denis Gagnon Interprets Alice at Luminato – June 10 – 19, 2011

Garden of Roses: Denis Gagnon Interprets Alice at Luminato - June 10 - 19, 2011
I love that Luminato and Lancôme bring Canadian designers to create beautiful art installations. Last season it was Mark Fast and this season it’s Denis Gagnon who is going gangbusters with good news this year. Garden of Roses: Denis Gagnon Interprets Alice is the name of the piece that will be on display during the Luminato festival in June.

Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, one of Canada’s iconic fashion designers creates a world of wearable fantasy.

One of the most acclaimed Canadian designers of his generation, Denis Gagnon is noted for his bold traversal of the boundaries between the fashion industry and art. For over a decade, his concept of clothing as “moving sculpture” has informed his innovative collections for fashion lovers across Canada while also finding expression in the realms of pure creativity.  As a result, Gagnon, who began his career designing theatrical costumes, recently became the first Canadian in his field to have his work exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

In this installation, a one-of-a-kind dress surrounded by a garden of roses provides an intriguing complement to Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet performed by the National Ballet of Canada.

Commissioned by Luminato and Lancôme.

June 10-19
Wintergarden Lobby
225 King Street West (beside David Pecaut Square)
Toronto

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Je m’appelle Denis Gagnon, A Documentary

Je m'appelle Denis Gagnon, A Documentary
It’s Denis Gagnon news day at I want – I got. He has a documentary called Je m’appelle Denis Gagnon. It should be very interesting.

Denis Gagnon, fashion designer, is putting the final touch on his latest collection. Confined in his basement, turned atelier, he instinctively assembles materials (glitters, Jersey, leather and silk). Denis returns to his home town of Alma (Lake Saint-Jean) where he meets up with family and old friends. During this visit home he shares his concerns, inspirations and perceptions as a creator. The “enfant terrible” of Canadian fashion is the subject of this new cinematic picture. Rather than solely focusing on the clothing, “My name is Denis Gagnon” is an intimate portrait of a complex character. Denis Gagnon presents himself as the artist behind enormous dark glasses.

There is a trailer out too

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at The Met, May 4 – July 31, 2011

Alexander McQueen Dress The Horn of Plenty, autumn/winter 2009–10 Black duck feathers
Photography by Sølve Sundsbø

I have to get my ass to New York City to see the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit running from May 4—July 31, 2011 at The Met.

The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute, will celebrate the late Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary contributions to fashion. From his Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway presentation, which took place after his death in February 2010, Mr. McQueen challenged and expanded the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity. His iconic designs constitute the work of an artist whose medium of expression was fashion. The exhibition will feature approximately one hundred ensembles and seventy accessories from Mr. McQueen’s prolific nineteen-year career. Drawn primarily from the Alexander McQueen Archive in London, with some pieces from the Givenchy Archive in Paris as well as private collections, signature designs including the “bumster” trouser, the kimono jacket, and the three-point “origami” frock coat will be on view. McQueen’s fashions often referenced the exaggerated silhouettes of the 1860s, 1880s, 1890s, and 1950s, but his technical ingenuity always imbued his designs with an innovative sensibility that kept him at the vanguard.

This video is a great overview of the collection to watch if you can’t make it in person.

unScripted: Opening Night Gala Performance Party – May 13, 2011

unScripted: Opening Night Gala Performance Party - May 13, 2011

Canadian Stage Visionaries are thrilled to present unScripted: Opening Night, the annual gala fundraiser in support of Canadian Stage, one of the country’s leading non-profit theatre companies. This unique celebration, which plays on the theme of backstage drama from the 1920s to the 21st century, will be held at One King West on Friday, May 13.

The evening includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dancing, as well as exciting celebrity-curated live performances and dramatic installation spaces, inspired by the glamour of opening night at the theatre.

Artistic concepts will be brought to life by a stellar roster of Canadian talent including fashion designer Evan Biddell, Republic of Doyle’s Allan Hawco, stage director Weyni Mengesha, filmmaker Charles Officer, visual artist Charles Pachter, Slice and ReVamped expert Kaitlyn Regehr, The Company Theatre’s Philip Riccio and unScripted event host, MuchMusic’s RAPCITY host, Tyrone “T-RexXx” Edwards.

Proceeds from this fundraising initiative will support the youth and community initiatives of Canadian Stage, working to make the theatre experience more accessible to future artists and new audiences.

The unScripted: Opening Night Gala Performance Party will begin at 8 p.m. The $90 ticket includes drinks, delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by One King West, door prizes and an exciting silent auction featuring a deluxe trip for two to St. John’s, Newfoundland to visit the set of CBC’s Republic of Doyle.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available at $250 per person. VIP guests are invited to join the Visionaries at 7 p.m. for a pre-show dinner, with a three-course meal prepared by One King West executive chef Samuel Fiore. VIP tickets also include entrance to the Gala Performance Party and a tax receipt for the largest allowable amount. Corporate packages are also available.

To purchase tickets please visit www.theatrevisionaries.ca or call 416.368.3110.

The Roaring Twenties: Heels, Hemlines and High Spirits at The Bata Shoe Museum

The Roaring 20s:  Heels, Hemlines and High Spirits

I attended the opening party for the new exhibit at the Bata Shoe Museum: The Roaring Twenties: Heels, Hemlines and High Spirits.

The Roaring 20s:  Heels, Hemlines and High Spirits
I'm in love with these Russian inspired heels

Born in the age of post-war exuberance, nurtured by the dynamism of the machine and seduced by the lure of the exotic, the Roaring 20s infused modern society and fashion with an energetic modernity. As hemlines rose, shoes became increasingly important for stylish women and many of the decade’s exceptional shoes illustrate the electrifying synergy between fashion and design.

The Roaring Twenties: Heels, Hemlines and High Spirits focuses on the wardrobe and widening horizons of the “New Woman” and looks at how the myriad influences of the period such as cinema, jazz clubs, and world travel influenced the shape of fashionable footwear.(source)

The Roaring 20s:  Heels, Hemlines and High Spirits

The Roaring Twenties: Heel, Hemlines and High Spirits exhibit is on now at The Bata Shoe Museum. It also has a series of lectures and events that you can view in PDF format for details.

The Roaring 20s:  Heels, Hemlines and High Spirits

See all the photos I took at the The Roaring Twenties: Heels, Hemlines and High Spirits exhibit at The Bata Shoe Museum

I want – I got does Toronto Design Week: SUNG Outdoor Preview 2011

SUNG Outdoor Blogger Preview 2011

I attended some exhibits during Toronto Design Week from January 24-30, 2011. Toronto Design Week culminates with the Interior Design Show but many local designers showcase their exhibits at this time. It’s taken me some time to get my photos all together and organized. There is a lot of sorting, tagging, cataloging and purging of photos going on. It’s often a nightmare task I hate performing. It feels hella good when it’s done though.

SUNG Outdoor Blogger Preview 2011

SUNG Outdoor held a special media preview for bloggers during Toronto Design Week. Bloggers got a chance to see the currently SUNG Outdoor collection and the special IDS11 Blackwatch collection. The limited edition SUNG Outdoor Blackwatch collection is different due to the colour scheme of black, blue and green. It was only available for purchase at IDS11 this year. Designer Alfred Sung and Saul Mimran, President of the Mimran Group were on hand to talk.

SUNG Outdoor Blogger Preview 2011

SUNG Outdoor Blogger Preview 2011

SUNG Outdoor Blogger Preview 2011
SUNG Outdoor Blackwatch Collection

See all my photos from the SUNG Outdoor preview.

I want – I got does Toronto Design Week: MADE at HOME 2011

MADE at Home 2011

I attended some exhibits during Toronto Design Week from January 24-30, 2011. Toronto Design Week culminates with the Interior Design Show but many local designers showcase their exhibits at this time. It’s taken me some time to get my photos all together and organized. There is a lot of sorting, tagging, cataloging and purging of photos going on. It’s often a nightmare task I hate performing. It feels hella good when it’s done though.

MADE at Home 2011

MADE at Home is the new Radiant Dark in a way. Julie Nicholson and Shaun Moore have moved on from that project to new pastures with the MADE at Home show. I loved the presentation of this show because it felt so familiar. Turns out, I’ve attended creative exhibitions at this apartment on Dundas West before. This was the former apartment of Siya Chen, who is an artist and held installations in her home.

MADE at Home 2011

There is an accelerating culture of craftsmanship and creative labour which lives here. Julie Nicholson
and Shaun Moore of MADE will introduce 28 new Canadian designs highlighting this culture through their
2011 exhibition MADE at Home. MADE at Home is a counterpoint to MADE’s previous Radiant Dark series of shows.

The designs of thirty three individuals, forming twenty six design studios and collaborations, are gathered together in a downtown Toronto apartment. Their display in the kind of environment for which they are ultimately intended becomes an inventory of the sorts of things we might use for home.

MADE at Home, in its rather ordinary apartment setting on Dundas Street West, speaks to the personalized and intimate details of the things people choose to live with through their choice of functional objects for the home. The works both stand out from, and transform their temporary, rough-around-the-edges home.

MADE at Home 2011

MADE at Home 2011

See all my photos from MADE at Home

I want – I got does Toronto Design Week: Capacity 2011

Capacity at Bookhou

I attended some exhibits during Toronto Design Week from January 24-30, 2011. Toronto Design Week culminates with the Interior Design Show but many local designers showcase their exhibits at this time. It’s taken me some time to get my photos all together and organized. There is a lot of sorting, tagging, cataloging and purging of photos going on. It’s often a nightmare task I hate performing. It feels hella good when it’s done though.

Capacity at Bookhou

Capacity is a group design show that had it’s debut during Toronto Design Week.

What is your capacity to understand? To withstand? To produce? To learn? To love? Is your cup half full or is it half empty? How much of who you are is what you collect? Is infinity possible? Ten of Toronto’s top industrial, graphic, textile and product designers– Maiwenn Castellan, Joy Charbonneau, Michelle Ivankovic, Arounna Khounnoraj, Erin McCutcheon, Katherine Morley, Nathalie Nahas, Ayla Newhouse, Ange-line Tetrault, and Kirsten White– grapple with the concept of ‘CAPACITY’ and how it applies to who we are and what we do.(s0urce)

Capacity at Bookhou

There were a lot of interesting visual exhibits at Capacity. There was a lot of diversity in the works with wall fixtures, lighting, furniture and egg cups making an appearance.

Capacity at Bookhou

My favourite pieces included the alphabet wall fixtures and the hydrological map of Canada.

Capacity at Bookhou

Capacity at Bookhou

See all my photos from Capacity.

I want – I got does Toronto Design Week: Come Up To My Room 2011

Bruno Billio

I attended some exhibits during Toronto Design Week from January 24-30, 2011. Toronto Design Week culminates with the Interior Design Show but many local designers showcase their exhibits at this time. It’s taken me some time to get my photos all together and organized. There is a lot of sorting, tagging, cataloging and purging of photos going on. It’s often a nightmare task I hate performing. It feels hella good when it’s done though.

Xiaojing Yan

Come Up To My Room is an event I thoroughly enjoyed covering when I wrote for BlogTO. The 2011 edition would be my first CUTMR event since 2009.  This also the first CUTMR post for I want – I got.  The photos look so amazing because my friend Paul Bailk was around to snap away.

Rob Southcott

Cyborgesses

Come Up To My Room (CUTMR) is the Gladstone Hotel’s annual alternative design event. This year’s show, curated by Jeremy Vandermeij and Deborah Wang, invites artists and designers to show us what goes on inside their heads. Coming together in dialogue and collaboration, participants are limited only by their imaginations, making CUTMR one of the most exciting shows in Toronto. The four-day exhibition is in its 8th year at the Gladstone Hotel, featuring 11 rooms and 14 public space installations, design talks and curatorial tours.(source)

Becky Lane & Chrissy Poitras

CUTMR is comprised of room installations and public space projects that literally take over the Gladstone Gallery and other public spaces of the hotel. Curators select participating designers and artists based on their past work and experience. Once these creative individuals and collectives have been selected, they are given a public space or one of the 11 exhibition rooms on the hotel’s second floor. Curators consult and discuss public space projects with their makers, but know next to nothing about the room installations. (source)

Amanda McCavour

The CUTMR website has great descriptions of all the rooms and their deisgners. The slideshow below identifies the designers so you can take a look at their artistic statement. There were a couple of installations that were perfect for video.
Patrick Svilans

Denise Ing & Ken Leung

My favourites of the night were Patrick Svilans, Rob Southcott, Xiaojing Yan, LeuWebb Projects, Amanda McCavour and Jen Spinner.

images: Photos Taken by Paul Baik for I want – I got www.paulbaikphoto.com

Tagging the Mini Countryman at the Canadian International Autoshow

Mini Countryman Street Art - Canadian Intl Autoshow 2011

MINI decided to have another event this year at the 2011 Canadian International Autoshow. Last year, MINI debuted the Beachcomber concept car with pin up models. This year, they took it to the streets and brought together some well recognized street artists to collaborate on an interactive project involving a matte black MINI Countryman.

Mini Countryman Street Art - Canadian Intl Autoshow 2011

The all new, ALL-4 MINI COUNTRYMAN gets ‘INKED’ at the 2011 Canadian International Autoshow in Toronto. An unaware crowd of Autoshow patrons witness a team of street artists as they “tag” the matte all black MINI Countryman. Shock hits the audience as they see “vandalism” transform into a show stopping Creative Use of Space. One by one, street artists Elicser, Uber 5000 and Herbs take over the Countryman with strokes of white and silver creating a magnificent cityscape, live in front of hundreds of show goers.(youtube description)

Mini Countryman Street Art - Canadian Intl Autoshow 2011

Luckily I had Paul Baik with me taking photos and I had my trusty N8 taking video. We both captured a lot of media.

Mini Countryman Street Art - Canadian Intl Autoshow 2011

Mini Countryman Street Art - Canadian Intl Autoshow 2011

Mini Countryman Street Art - Canadian Intl Autoshow 2011

Mini Countryman Street Art - Canadian Intl Autoshow 2011

Here is a video that gives you the whole entire process in about 2 minutes. This isn’t mine.

I took some video of each individual artist working.

See all the photos taken by Paul Baik in the Slideshow