\ RUNWAY MAGAZINE ®: 11 September. Tea time at Bristol with Blumarine. The Tyranny of Beauty by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.

September 14, 2010

11 September. Tea time at Bristol with Blumarine. The Tyranny of Beauty by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.

I spent lovely tea time afternoon at Hotel Bristol at Private Fashion Show of Blumarine. It was not a pre-collection or official fashion show – it was little private event for Parisian friends of this brand before fashion show to remind about last Fall Winter 2010-2011 collection.
Blumarine – well known brand created by Anna Molinari proposes the new contemporary version of a strong and cosmopolitan look for women.
Pattern Remix - Sparkling Vibe - Street Deluxe, are the key words of the Blumarine lifestyle for women who possess a strong personality.
Sophisticated elegance and dramatic silhouettes is Anna Molinari’s world. It's world of seduction and charm, great vitality and a spontaneous sense of fun.
The blond designer created clothes considered true cult items, such as the t-shirts with logo in Swarovski crystals or the famous Blu-Vi, the small cardigan in cashmere with a mink collar, photographed on the greatest Hollywood stars: Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova, Helena Christensen, Carla Bruni, Carré Otis and Monica Bellucci.
For Anna Molinari fashion is a world of modern, sexy and feminine woman.
I deeply enjoyed elegance of leopards, wild birds and pythons. Personally I liked very much long black dress – typical classic elegance. I guess I'm different kind of blond :-) but I so much appreciated the collection and sexy elegance.
All photos for this show are copyright protected. Photographer Laurent Benhamou.

After tea time at Bristol I went to the opening of Jean-Charles de Castelbajac “The Tyranny of Beauty”.
Indeed like all shows of Castelbajac Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is a famous fashion designer. His creations, including a coat of teddy bears worn by pop star Madonna and by supermodel Helena Christensen in the film Prêt-à-Porter, are so famous by their extraordinary mix between classic and modern art, bringing in all his shows the kitsch in best of it - an imitation of art of recognized value and giving new sense by implanting lovable personages from animations, showing the real nature of romance and naive view of life. I certainly believe that it's not the bad thing to say “kitsch” - it's what it is. But the great meaning of it – the mixture of the old and modern values, matters, meanings of love and life, feelings of beauty, using reworks and appropriations to create kind of emotional world like Snow White syndrome in a series of Flanders tapestries. He always combines the images of famous art historical works with recognizable graphics from our contemporary culture in fashion and in art.

By the way everything what Castelbajac does – he calls it show “fashion show”, “art show” etc. After the installation on the Pont Neuf in Paris for Henri IV 400 years celebration (I went there with my friends and blogging about), Jean-Charles de Castelbajac now brings new show “The Tyranny of Beauty” at La B.A.N.K Gallery.
The tyranny in question is that of an insatiable need to please, of youth's domination, of a quest for immortality and of the denial of time past. Castelbajac adds trait, logo, sign or brand obliteration to classic master paintings. As if creams, capsules or other artifices could open up a path to eternal youth and stamp their radiant faces with indelible copyrights.
Recently I noticed while we were talking that Jean-Charles was checking me if I'm fitting well enough with his 3 busts of Marie Antoinette :-). He said "Apparently - yes" :-). Anyway I left exhibition with nostalgic feelings about Venues and romantic love story with Prince Charming, true love's first kiss and all courtesy of the romantic world.
The wonderful place to visit for real Princess. Exhibition will be open until 23 October 2010.
La B.A.N.K, 42, rue Volta, 75003, Paris.