Stockholm Costume & Fashion Institute

Stockholm Costume Fashion Institute - SCFIStockholm Costume & Fashion Institute (SCFI) occupies the Erskine house in the Swedish meatpacking district (Hallvägen 21, Johanneshov). Unlike New York’s trendy meatpacking district, the Swedish one has stayed true to its roots and continues to function as just that, with the exception of SCFI’s temporary entrance onto the scene.

Stockholm Costume Fashion Institute - SCFIBox 9: Vikinga-romantik. Handbag Thierry no. 1 by Aia Jüdes, 2013.

Their current exhibition Kostym kontra mode, Svenska pärlor från scen till catwalk (January 21 – April 30, 2017), which translates roughly to costume in contrast to fashion, Swedish gems from the stage to the catwalk, covers Swedish 20th century costume from theater and film posed against contemporary Swedish fashion. Here’s a peek inside…

Stockholm Costume Fashion Institute - SCFIBeckmans Box, The Francis Rose Hasenkamp Collection by Klara Modigh.

Stockholm Costume Fashion Institute - SCFIBox 5: Kläder som skulptur (Clothes as sculpture)

Stockholm Costume Fashion Institute - SCFI

Stockholm Costume Fashion Institute - SCFIBox 7: För stor för Sverige? (Too big for Sweden?)

Globen, StockholmViews from the window reveal the Globe arena and Tele2 arena in the distance.

Galeries Lafayette, Paris

Pierre HermePierre Hermé macarons.

When in Paris one shops, so I visited the department store Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann, near Opéra national de Paris Palais Garnier, to do just that.

Galeries Lafayette Paris

Galeries Lafayette ParisThe interior architecture with its exquisite art nouveau stained glass cupola is quite the sight.

Galeries Lafayette, Paris

Galeries Lafayette GourmetGaleries Lafayette Gourmet with its fine food deli and marketplace full of mouth-watering delicatessen was a true sensory delight.

Tortellini at Galeries Lafayette GourmetAn assortment of fresh tortellini.

Galeries Lafayette GourmetCharcuterie.

La Route des Indes, Galeries LafayetteLoose-leaf tea at La Route des Indes.

Galeries LafayetteThe pâtisserie of my dreams. Pink, pink, and more pink with framboises (raspberries – which I love!), oh and let’s not forget about chocolate… drool! While in Paris, I’ve even tried pink sparkling raspberry wine.

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith

DSC_0159Yesterday was the last day of the Hello, My Name is Paul Smith exhibition at The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo and I was fortunate enough to catch it before it moves on to The Matsuzakaya Museum, Nagoya (11 September 2016 – 16 October 2016).

DSC_0121A recreation of Paul Smith’s Studio.

DSC_0140I first saw the exhibition when it debuted at the Design Museum, London back in 2013-2014 and even bumped into Paul Smith himself by coincidence, who was there for a book signing of the exhibition catalogue.

DSC_0127Paul Smith Mini Cooper.

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DSC_0147The Paul Smith watch collection plays on the conventions of classic watch design juxtaposed with playful details and unexpected elements.

DSC_0158Paul Smith’s personal selection from the collections in his archive. Currently Paul Smith produces two collections for men and women as well as one exclusive collection for Japan only.

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DSC_0151The exhibition was absolutely packed with visitors, which is of course great for the museum, but made it more challenging for visitors to see and appreciate all of the different aspects that the exhibition had to offer.

Thea Porter at the Fashion & Textile Museum

Thea Porter Exhibition

The Thea Porter 70s Bohemian Chic exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum here in London closed just last weekend and in case you missed the show, here’s an inside glimpse.

Thea Porter Exhibition

Thea Porter Exhibition

Highlights from the retrospective included Porter’s seven signature looks: the Abaya & Kaftan; the Gipsy dress; the Faye dress; the Brocade-panel dress; the Wrap-over dress; the Chazara jacket; and the Sirwal skirt.

Thea Porter Exhibition

Soho, The Colony Room & Rock ‘N’ Roll.

Thea Porter Exhibition

Thea Porter Exhibition

A Parisian Interlude, which launched in April 1976, was produced by a manufacturer in Paris and was originally a 25-piece collection of high-end, ready-to-wear garments in a more classical style. My photograph doesn’t do it justice but the garments were very luxurious and sophisticated.

Their upcoming exhibition is Riviera Style – Resort & Swimwear since 1900, which runs from May 22 – August 30, 2015.