London’s Most Vibrant New Pop-up Shop
Fashion collaborations can feel like calculated mismatches meant to surprise you with their own improbability. Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos have taken the opposite approach, filling a pop-up shop in a South Kensington, London townhouse with design pieces by people they already love and collect: their friends. It’s an impressive group that includes Martino Gamper, famous for his 3D drawing project “100 Chairs in 100 Days,” whose button-top stools figure in the space, and his wife, the sculptor Francis Upritchard, who helped choose a vibrant orange for the walls. The shade reminded Pilotto and de Vos of houses they’d seen on a recent trip to Lima, Peru (“we’re currently in a South America phase,” Pilotto says). Elsewhere is a hand-knotted rug with a painterly diamond motif from Ecuador, an actual painting by Peter McDonald and a bench that the designer Bethan Laura Wood covered with a rainbow-hued patchwork textile. It’s a perfect complement to the brand’s latest ready-to-wear collection, which Pilotto describes as “tropical-baroque” and includes quilted microfiber jackets and an asymmetrical dress embroidered with chenille yarn. One day, he and de Vos were in the studio of the glassblower Jochen Holz and found themselves drawn to a series of glass coat hooks Holz had made, which Holz has now remade for them as a series of sculptural glass-drop earrings and cuffs. “It was about playing with different materials and seeing what we could do,” says Pilotto. “And just such a natural dialogue between disciplines.” Fittingly, the shop will stay open through fashion week, the London Design Festival and Frieze.
3 Cromwell Pl., London — KATE GUADAGNINO
Beautifully Bohemian Homes
For the past quarter century, Miguel Flores-Vianna has led the enviable life of an interiors editor and photographer. In his new book, “Haute Bohemians,” he chronicles the lush and layered homes of the friends and acquaintances he has made along the way. The well-traveled Venezuelan has a keen eye for the kind of offhand style that’s incidental to generations of taste and privilege, and each image is a glimpse into a life well lived. See more images from the book in our exclusive slideshow. $65, vendomepress.com. — TOM DELAVAN
Jonathan Anderson’s New Clothes — for Uniqlo
In what he calls “the most personal collaboration I’ve ever done,” Jonathan Anderson has created a 33-piece line for Uniqlo, launching Sept. 21. “I wanted to re-propose the timeless British classics,” the Northern Irish designer said; his men’s and women’s offering includes toggle coats, belted trenches, Fair Isle sweaters and plaid button-downs, all perfect should autumn arrive at some point. “Every single detail mattered, so it was me trying on a lot of clothing,” he noted, which encouraged him to reflect on his own work. “I’ve been going through a phase of trying to figure out where fashion really is right now. It’s as if we have loaded it with so much that we have no idea what the difference is between anything. What I want at the moment is a dose of reality, and that is what this collection means to me.” $30 to $150, uniqlo.com. — HILARY MOSS
Celebrating a Pioneer in Body Art and Sculpture
The artist Nicola L. first arrived in New York in 1967 — when other artists, such as Carolee Schneemann and Yoko Ono, were pushing the limits of the body as political terrain. Soon, she joined the roster with her corporeal, three-dimensional work that scrutinized impositions on womanhood, subverting the female silhouette and its sociopolitical undertones. Sexual liberation prevailed at the time; Nicola L. delivered “Femme Commode” (1969), a yellow wooden chest replicating the female figure, where drawers were substitutes for lips, breasts and vulva.
Now, “Nicola L.: Works, 1968 to the Present,” which opens at the SculptureCenter next week, pays an overdue tribute to the artist with a decades-spanning survey that manifests her flair for sculpture and painting in addition to collage and film. A documentary compilation of “Red Coat” (1969), arguably her most eminent opus, chronicles participants marching under an immense shroud, brazenly roaming city streets while swaying harmoniously.
“Nicola L. radicalized sculptural material, always in reference to the human body. She incorporated commercial fabrics, plastic, metal to eroticize tactility and spatial dimensionality,” Schneemann says by phone. “We have been friends from our first years in New York City, now celebrating the current acceptance of art by women.” Born in 1937 in Morocco to French parents, L has dwelled in the Chelsea Hotel since the late ’70s (the letter “L” abbreviates both her maiden name and former spouse’s last name). For the artist’s most comprehensive exhibition in the United States, the SculptureCenter curator Ruba Katrib selected a wide range of works including L’s “Penetrables” — a series of life-size wearable vinyl, cotton or canvas sculptures intended for performance — that encapsulate her prowess in merging sculpture with movement. “Nicola L.: Works, 1968 to the Present” is on view from Sept. 18th to Dec. 18, 2017 at Sculpture Center, 44-19 Purves St.. Long Island City, N.Y. sculpture-center.org — OSMAN CAN YEREBAKAN
A Handy Guide to Scandinavian Style
French-girl style, and how to bottle it, is the stuff of legend — or at least a thousand style blogs. But now comes a new kind of aspirational style: Scandinavian. Later this month, the Danish stylist and Instagram star Pernille Teisbaek delivers a new book, “Dress Scandinavian,” a kind of fashion manual you didn’t know you needed. The wildly addictive book is filled with styling tips and tricks, several pages on beauty (centered around finding “the glow”) — and loads more. “Dress Scandinavian,” $21, amazon.com. — ISABEL WILKINSON