Set in Stone
There’s no rest for Karl Lagerfeld. Following countless collaborations under his namesake line, and days after wrapping his latest show for Chanel, the designer is readying his first sculpture exhibition, “Architectures,” at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris on Oct. 19.
Spanning gueridons, tables, lamps, consoles, fountains and mirrors, the ensemble of one-off functional sculptures was inspired by antiquity, a period that for Lagerfeld represents the origin of beauty, culture and modernity.
For the black-and-white architectonic designs, Lagerfeld mixed classical foundations with a present-day vibe, “like a modern mythology.”
Each piece is carved from a carefully selected marble block: the rare Arabescato Fantastico, a vibrant white marble with dark gray veins that has not been quarried for more than 30 years, or black Nero Marquina marble, chosen for its brushstrokelike, milky white veins.
Limited to eight editions in each marble variety, plus four artist proofs, the sculptures were cut, sculpted, faceted and polished by artisans in Italy, with high-profile Beirut-born architect Aline Asmar d’Amman overseeing the process.
A special daylight effect is diffused by the lighting pieces, described as “a laser blade from the future,” and handpainted lampshades borrow traditional techniques from the decorative arts.
The show will wrap on Dec. 22. — KATYA FOREMAN and activist on Oct. 22, the French luxury group said on Tuesday.
Fonda will discuss her career and causes with Costa-Gavras, president of the Cinémathèque Française, and Frédéric Bonnaud, its head. The talk will be followed by a screening of “Klute,” for which Fonda won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1971.
The 80-year-old, who is also due to receive the Prix Lumière in Lyon, France, on Oct. 19, has long been active in causes ranging from civil rights to feminism. Picking up the inaugural Women in Motion award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, Fonda said she was still campaigning for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
“You know, 73 percent of Americans think we’ve passed it, but we haven’t. We scold Iraq and Iran and Afghanistan for how they treat women, but we don’t even have an Equal Rights Amendment,” she told WWD at the time.
Fonda, who is a brand ambassador for L’Oréal Paris, is also campaigning to create more entertainment content for older women, such as her Netflix series “Grace and Frankie,” costarring Lily Tomlin.
Until Nov. 5, the Cinémathèque Française will screen 24 of her movies, including “Julia,” “Joy House,” “Cat Ballou,” “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” and “A
Launched in Cannes in 2015, the Women in Motion program aims to shed light on women’s contribution to film and share their recommendations for greater representation within the sector through talks open to journalists and film professionals. — JOELLE DIDERICH store and the city. As Cannavale put it: “The Ralph Lauren label really takes me back to a really specific time in my life, a time when I started to become aware of aesthetic and how important it is to look good so that I could feel good.”
As a further nod to the fact that Bloomingdale’s was the first retailer to buy Lauren’s first collection of neckwear, the store is offering an exclusive, limitededition collection of ties that commemorate the anniversary. The five handmade Polo by Ralph Lauren ties draw inspiration from the brand’s history and include Scottish tartans, paisley prints, club emblems and polo matches, each featuring a
50th anniversary label and numbered label. Only 50 sets were produced and they will be packaged in a collectible box and sold for $900.
The windows at the
59th Street flagship will also be dedicated to the designer.
“This anniversary for
Ralph Lauren is a significant milestone and given our rich history together we wanted to create something special,” said Tony Spring, chairman and chief executive officer of Bloomingdale’s. “Earlier this year, we launched our Heart of New York campaign celebrating our 59th Street store’s iconic heritage and customizing the campaign specifically to the RL50 seemed like a natural evolution.” — JEAN E. PALMIERI
Some pieces from Karl Lagerfeld’s exhibition of functional sculptures, “Architectures.”