Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Brussels Burgeons with New Art Museums and Exhibitions

Belgian artist Rik Wouters' painting Autumn, 1913, part of a major new retrospective of his work at Brussels' Royal Museums of Fine Arts. Photograph (above) and Cover picture of James Lee Byars' 1994 work at the Vanhaerents Art Collection by Elli Ioannou

Brussels is fast becoming an international centre for modern and contemporary art. The cultural landscape is changing the face of the city, expanding it beyond a political and institutional hub for the European Union and NATO. New museums and exhibitions are making the Belgian capital one of Europe's top destinations, including creating its first public contemporary art gallery along with shows by Belgian Modernist masters such as Rik Wouters to the iconoclastic work of Yves Klein and Pol Bury and the sculptures of Dutch street artist Boris Tellegen. Report by Elli Ioannou and Jeanne-Marie Cilento. Photographs by Elli Ioannou

Artist Daniel Buren at Villa Empain
STANDING in the Art Deco Villa Empain, red and green light falling on herringbone wood floors, it's as if this survivor from the 1930s reflects Brussels own artistic rise in the 21st Century. Since the end of the Second World War, the Belgian capital has been an important place for international politics but today it is also developing a strong artistic heart. While the city hosts international organisations and is home to many politicians and civil servants, it has also developed some outstanding public and private museums and galleries. The rise of contemporary art in Brussels can be seen at galleries such as the new Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art (MIMA), that opened last year, the Boghossian Foundation at Villa Empain and the Vanhaerents Art Collection as well as prominent annual art fairs such as the forthcoming Art Brussels from the 21st until the 23rd of April. These all sit alongside the city's more established and well-known modern art museums.

Brussel's first public museum of contemporary art is currently being developed with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, in an Art Deco former Citroen building. The gallery is aiming for destination status such as Spain’s Bilbao or New York's Guggenheim Museum. Located northwest of the city, it is due to open in 2020, and will join the galleries housing both design and art that have taken up residence out of the historical centre. The Brussels Regional Government and Centre Pompidou have formed a partnership to transform the Citroën garage into a cultural centre of both modern and contemporary art and architecture that will add considerably to the Belgian capital's burgeoning artistic life.

Time in Motion: Pol Bury at Bozar

Time in Motion, Pol Bury at Bozar
Brussels' Centre For Fine Arts, known as Bozar, is one of the city's top museums. New exhibitions have just opened of two iconoclastic artists, Pol Bury (1922-2005) and Yves Klein (1928-1962). The exhibitions, Time in Motion and Theatre of the Void, are being held in another of the city's spectacular Art Deco buildings, designed by Belgian architect Victor Horta in 1928. Today, considered the heart of Brussels’ art precinct, Bozar hosts major art shows as well as music, theatre, dance, cinema and literature and architecture events. The latest exhibition Time in Motion looks at Belgian artist Pol Bury, one of the founders of kinetic art, best known for the fountains and sculptures he designed for public spaces in the second half of his career. This new retrospective at Bozar is an opportunity to discover Bury’s wide-ranging oeuvre.

Pol Bury's sculpture at Bozar
Paintings, sculptures, mobile works, fountains, jewellery, graphic and written creations are all on display in the biggest exhibition Belgium has dedicated to this major artist in twenty years. While Pol Bury started out as a painter, influenced by Magritte and the Jeune Peinture Belge, he decided to follow a new path. Alexander Calder's mobiles inspired him to sculpt and find ways to include motion in his work. An innovative atist, Pol Bury is considered one of surrealism's successors who made a name for himself beyond Belgium's art scene such as in Paris and New York, gaining international recognition.

Theatre of the Void: French artist Yves Klein

Bozar's other key art exhibition is Theatre of the Void  about French artist Yves Klein. Well-known for his ultramarine monochromes, Klein even licenced his own pigment called International Klein Blue. Describing his ‘IKB’works, French critic Gaston Bachelard said of Klein's blue period: "First there is nothing, then there is deep nothing, then there is a blue depth". Klein was the most influential and controversial French artist to emerge in the 1950s. He is remembered above all for this use of a single colour, the rich shade of ultramarine that he made his own. He continued to question established ideas that underpinned abstract painting that had been dominant in France since the end of the Second World War.

Yves Klein's famous monochrome blue
Some critics describe Klein as a descendant of Marcel Duchamp while others consider him a descendant of earlier avant-garde, monochromatic artists such as Kazimir Malevich and Aleksander Rodchenchko. He has also been though of as an obscurantist, yet much of his work continues to inspire and today his paintings command millions of dollars at art auctions. Klein can be compared to his contemporary Joseph Beuys, as he was also intrigued by Romanticism, mysticism and Eastern religion. Klein even went to Japan and became a master of Judo but when he began to use performance art later in his career, he went back to the tactics of earlier avant-gardes. The French artist's blurring of art and life foreshadowed movements such as pop, conceptual, installation and choreographed art while his eye-catching performances were the harbingers of the later “happening” and body art movements. The new Bozar exhibition explores this metier through unseen or rarely-exhibited visual works in the artist's short life, examining this brief yet prolific part of his career.

Important retrospective by Belgian master Rik Wouters 

Exhibition of Rik Wouters at the
Royal Museum of Fine Arts
Not far from Bozar are the Royal Museums of Fine Arts where there is a new comprehensive show of Belgian Modern master Rik Wouters, who also had a very short but productive life (1882-1916). The retrospective is organised in conjunction with the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp and the two museums bring together ~ for the first time in one exhibition ~ the most important collection of works by a Belgian artist of the early 20th century. Loans from private collectors and international museums make this a major exhibition. Known as a Fauvist painter, sculptor and print maker, Wouters was educated at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels yet he started life as an apprentice in the studio of his father, an ornamental sculptor. Then at fifteen he entered the Akademie van Schone Kunsten in Mechelen to study sculpture. Three years later he moved to the Belgian capital where he became a pupil of Charles Van der Stappen at the Academie des Beaux-Arts where he met Hélène Duerinckx who became his wife, model and muse. Being very poor, the young couple moved to the green outskirts of Brussels to Boitsfort where Wouters focused on painting and creating studies of light and colourful interiors and still lifes with a spatula. In 1911 he started using brushes and diluted his colours to create a more subtle palette. He finally escaped poverty a year later when he signed an exclusive contract with the Galerie Georges Giroux in Brussels. Wouters visited Paris and Cologne, studying Cézanne and Van Gogh and other impressionist painters and this influenced his own work that captured gleaming light and a luminous colour palette.

Boghossian Foundation Villa Empain: call for global dialogue

Jorge Pardo exhibition at Villa Empain
The Boghossian Foundation at Villa Empain in Avenue Franklin Roosevelt is gearing up for a new show Mondialité, that opens on April 19, with the focus on Edouard Glissant and his call for a global dialogue that does not erase local cultures. Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Asad Raza, the multi-artist show will feature artworks, documentary film and songs, and archival material. Today, exhibitions at the heritage-listed Villa Empain take into consideration the space of the building and many designs are created in situ. The centre aims to build bridges between East and West by focusing on similarities rather than differences through art. Another one of Brussels’ Art deco buildings, it was designed and built in the early 1930s by Swiss architect Michel Polak for Baron Louis Empain. From then on, the building suffered a turbulent history. Louis Empain barely inhabited the villa and after its completion in 1934, he donated the property to the Belgian state in 1937, with the intention of turning it into a museum of decorative and modern art. The foundation, known as the Le Cambre School, hosted various exhibitions in the villa until 1943.

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian at Villa Empain
During the German occupation in World War II, the property was requisitioned and served later as the Embassy of the Soviet Union. By the 1970s, the villa was used by a television station before being left unoccupied falling into ruin in the 1990s. In 2000, the villa was purchased by Belgian businessman Stéphan Jourdain who tried to modernise the building without gaining appropriate permissions, removing many of its original features. By the following year, the Brussels-based conservation organisation, Monuments et Sites rescued Villa Empain from further destruction and it was added to the architectural heritage list of Brussels. But then it lay empty and suffered from vandalism and squatters. Until in 2008, the Foundation Boghossian acquired the building and initiated an extensive renovation program. Inaugurated in 2010,  the villa is today a cultural centre hosting art exhibitions, concerts and conferences. The restoration and conservation of Villa Empain was awarded the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage in 2011.

A new museum of contemporary art opens

Artist Boris Tellegen's work at MIMA
Downtown in Brussels is the Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art (MIMA) that opened in April 2016. It sits along the edge of a canal with a backdrop of industrial redevelopment in the now notorious area of Molenbeek. Occupying a former brewery, MIMA's concept is the brainchild of Michel and Florence Launoit, Alice van den Abeele and Raphael Cruyt. Spread over three floors, the museum boasts a growing permanent collection including among others, Australian indigenous stencil artist Swoon, Ari Marcopoulos, Maya Hayuk and Boris Tellegen. MIMA aims to reflect on cultural and technological developments and is dedicated to show art that breaks down barriers and reaches out to the local community, attracting a broader range of people than traditional musuems. MIMA's exhibitions offer a mix of urban art that reflects subcultures in music, graphics, surfing and other sports along with fashion and design. The most recent show, A Friendly Takeover, is a retrospective of Dutch graffiti artist Boris Tellegen’s twenty year art journey from street to museum, spanning over all three floors of the museum. Boris Tellegen's career has evolved from a graffiti artist to creating three dimensional sculptural installations. Prior to his current sculptural phase his two dimensional art included musical interpretations in the form of paper collage, which then led to his album cover design period.

 Boris Tellegan's installation at MIMA
For his sculptural installations he uses recycled materials including wood that still have the style and ethos of graffiti art. At the exhibition's entrance the viewer is greeted by a large white “cube” which in fact is a word, referring to the shadow technique to create the 3D effect in early street art. Inside the gallery, is a reproduction /representation of the artist's studio with early works on display. The exhibition ends with a monumental installation at the very top of MIMA, visible from the glass rooftop. The installation physically interacts with MIMA ~ jutting out of two windows like a ginat U shaped magnet. There are different levels where children and adults can walk along and interact and view it from a different perspective. Boris Tellegen designs gigantic sculptural installations that are both aesthetic and functional. Everything happens in the centre of the room, while the walls remain untouched, the imposing sculpture playing with space.


Inside the world of the Vanhaerents Art Collection

Inside the Vanhaerents Art Collection 
The Vanhaerents Art Collection is housed in a quadrilinear, black monolith created from a former building in the Dansaert district, a manufacturing precinct in Brussels once known as Little Manchester. Bright neon lime and orange balustrades enliven the looming, rather forbidding facade. At the gated entrance is a small name plaque inscribed with the name. A gallery of contemporary art, it is privately owned by building tycoon and collector Walter Vanhaerent. Architecture and alternative cinema inspired and influenced the creation of the collection. Mr Vanhaerent says the design of the building itself was important as he wanted to create a symbiosis between art and architecture. He believes strongly in slow art with each exhibition spanning two to three years. Since the 1990s, he has only collected art produced from the 1970s onwards. As a private collector of contemporary art he consults with artists about how their work should be shown and whether it fits in with their original intention and vision. Current exhibitions include Many Suns and Worlds, Tomás Saraceno’s first solo exhibition in Belgium. Designed especially for the project space of the Vanhaerents Art Collection, the exhibition features a site-specific installation by the artist, as a part of his ambitious Cloud Cities works.

For information on the Brussels' museums and exhibitions visit:

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 The Royal Museums of Fine Arts Belgium:  Rik Wouters: A Retrospective. Pictured is Lady in Blue Before a Mirror, 1913.
The Vanhaerents Art Collection: Death of James Lee Byars, 1994 by James Lee Byars


The Vanhaerents Art collection: Many Suns and Worlds by Tomas Saraceno

Art installations inside the first floor of the Vanhaerents Art Collection

Inside the renovated former industrial building of the Vanhaerents Art Collection


Belgian Art Prize Finalist Maarten Vanden Eynde, The Gadget 2017  

Millennium Iconoclast Museum of  Art (MIMA): A Friendly Takeover by Boris Tellegen 
The rooftop of the former brewery at the Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art (MIMA)
Boris Tellegan's installation on the top floor of MIMA that "breaks" through the windows
Boris Tellegan's collage works at MIMA, part of his A Friendly Takeover exhibition
Bozar's Theatre of the Void exhibition of Yves Klein's work, including this Tree, Large Blue Sponge,1962.
Yves Klein's body art, part of the exhibition Theatre of the Void at Bozar

DAM Television ~ Brussels: Art and the City



A short film produced by DAM television and filmed in Brussels by Elli Ioannou about the city's burgeoning contemporary art, with new exhibitions at museums including Bozar, Centre for Fine Arts, the Boghossian Foundation at Villa Empain and the Vanhaerents Art Collection. Artists include Pol Bury, Maarten Vanden Eynd, James Lee Byers and Tomas Saraceno. A special thanks to Visit.Brussels. See the full story in our Art section.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

The Tribal and Celestial At Manish Arora

Manish Arora takes his bow after his ebullient tenth anniversary collection in Paris earlier this month. Photograph and cover picture by Elli Ioannou for DAM 
Fashion designer Manish Arora started his career in Mumbai but this season celebrated 10 years of showing his ready-to-wear collections in Paris. His latest runway show mixed the tribal with the galactic, burgeoning with coveted pieces such as form fitting, embellished denim with brilliant colours and embroidery~ key trends for the autumn/winter 2017 season. We take a look back at his career and his vivid new work that is sleeker but still has his bohemian signature, Jeanne-Marie Cilento writes. Photography by Elli Ioannou

Psychedelic tribal motifs
MARKING ten years of ready-to-wear collections in Paris, Manish Arora held his latest show in the great domed edifice of the Grand Palais, rather than at the more cramped and eccentric spaces of previous seasons. Called Cosmic Love, the new show was full of whimsical astronomical references, strong colour and rich embroidery. Considered by many as the John Galliano of India, Arora's collections are known for their palette of luminescent colours and eclectic motifs that combine traditional Indian artisan workmanship such as appliqué and beading with Western silhouettes. Arora's collection in Paris was set to tribal beats and burst with a bevy of contrasting textures, patterns and ideas. African tribal tropes mixed with celestial themes, including tall head dresses, embroidered wraps and pearls decorating models’ faces.

Called Cosmic Love, the new show was full of whimsical astronomical motifs, strong colour and rich embroidery

Shooting stars & celestial galaxies
The designer started out life in India, growing up in Mumbai and going on to study commerce at university before applying for the National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi. By1994 he had graduated, winning a Best Student Award. Only three years later, Manish Arora launched his own eponymous label in India. By 2000, he was part of the first India Fashion Week held in New Delhi and then showed at the Hong Kong Fashion Week. A year later, the designer launched his second label, Fish Fry with Reebok, which has been an ongoing association. He opened his first flagship store, Manish Arora Fish Fry, in New Delhi, a second store in Mumbai with others following in Kuwait. By the time he had had another successful show at India Fashion Week in 2003, Maria Luisa in Paris began stocking his pieces and he launched his international business.

Arora has continued to be awarded, including the Best Women's Designer at the Indian Fashion Awards in 2004 held in Bombay and at Miami Fashion Week, where he was presented with the designer's choice for Best Collection Award. He expanded his label into the UK, debuting his collection at London Fashion Week in September 2005 where he received a great response from both press and buyers. Arora has exhibited some of his work, including jewellery, at the Victoria & Albert Museum for various exhibitions. Last year he received the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, and wore the insignia this month as part of an Indian delegation invited to meet Queen Elizabeth II, part of the U.K India Year of Culture.

Last year Manish Arora received the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, and wore the insignia this month as part of an Indian delegation invited to meet Queen Elizabeth II

Embroidered denim & velvet booties
Against the backdrop of a Europe in crisis, Manish Arora's  Cosmic Love collection in Paris celebrated a happier vision of the future, perhaps reflecting his own success and his ten years showing in the French capital. The festive aesthetic and space age references included shooting stars and sunbursts, meteors,  paisley patterns and Swarovski crystals on silk and velvet tunics. This season, Arora's usual eccentric collection of people wearing his clothes was replaced with lithe models in a more streamlined yet exotic collection. He mixed earthy tribal motifs, Aztec, Art Deco and peacock prints with spacey rockets, planets, and constellations. Apart from the embroidery and crystals mixed with digital prints, he created figure-hugging denim that was treated with appliqué, hand-cut velvet and wool patchwork. These denim pieces all looked very wearable (without the tall head pieces) as did the bomber jackets, silk trousers and velvet booties encrusted with sparkling diamante.

This season, Arora's designs had a deeper, richer palette with ochres, dark green, royal blue and burgundy ~ all enhanced by opulent fabrics like velvet, silk twill and boiled wool. The galactic leitmotifs of planets and shooting stars were printed or embroidered on to sweatshirts, coats and dresses and contrasted with the more geometric, diamond-shaped Aztec designs that had a Seventies feel. Peacock embroidery featured on lavish gowns including the paisley patterns embellished with crystals. Arora’s new sweatshirts reinterpreted the genre in magenta velvets and silk and designed with stars and space stations while intergalactic prints on colourful padded coats and moon-shaped handbags added to the picture of a contemporary, athletic collection with stylish silhouettes and a dash of whimsy enriched by the embroidery of new galaxies and stars.

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High head dresses and fringed, woven neck pieces with Seventies style patterns created Manish Arora's eclectic aesthetic

Rich velvet and embroidered capes in bright pink, red and blue


Crystal encrusted gown with sunbursts and paisley decoration with deep-red boots


Fuchsia pink, red and yellow enliven a blouson top and full skirt
 
 Tall head dress, digitally printed shooting stars on a tunic top, swirling zebra stripes and sparkling, embellished boots.
 
Fringed, knottted necklaces added to the tribal ethos 
Brilliant emerald green peacock feathers, black ruching and burgundy velvet, studded booties
Starbursts, planets and paisley on silk and velvet 
Sweatshirts with digitally printed galaxies and planets
 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Street Style: Critical Mass in Milan and Paris

Stopping traffic in Paris, Italian street style star Chiara Ferragni wearing Dior. Photographed outside the Dior show at the Musee Rodin by Elli Ioannou. Cover picture at Ferragamo in Milan by Kseniya Segina
Street fashion pitstops outside shows in Paris & Milan have become alternative runways, stages for the exuberant & extroverted. The past decade has seen an explosion in both photographers and their willing subjects at fashion weeks. But it's becoming more difficult to be noticed among the crowds & to make a career from shooting them, Jeanne-Marie Cilento writes. Photography in Paris by Elli Ioannou and in Milan by Kseniya Segina.

Photographers' quarry at the Rodin Museum
ON a grey and cloudy day in the French capital at the Rodin Museum, all you can hear is the crunch of feet on the Parisian white gravel, chattering voices, the call of photographers and the incessant whirr of cameras snapping. The French police are out in force and the street has been closed off. It is the day of Maria Grazia Chiuri's ready-to-wear show for Christian Dior and street style photographers and their subjects are beginning their dance of posing and shooting that will go on before and after the show. Like the ebb and flow of the sea, the photographers, photojournalists, bloggers and TV crews wash around one street style star, who stands alone like an island in an ocean of cameras, before they move en masse to their next willing quarry.

Like the ebb and flow of the sea, photographers wash around one street style star, who stands alone like an island in an ocean of cameras.

 Winnie Harlow outside Dior in Paris
Among the scrum, are models of the moment like Canadian Winnie Harlow, Italian fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni and American Vogue's creative director Grace Coddington. Even though it is a cold, wintry day German blogger Caroline Daur's arms and torso are bare but for a horizontal sliver of Dior with thin straps and loose, high-waisted trousers. The only thing that looks warm is her fluffy, bright orange purse. Across town, another band of enthusiastic guests stand outside Indian couturier Manish Arora's show wearing his signature vividly hued pieces and their own brand of colourful maximalism. Singer Aria wears one of the designer's long, silken gowns in bright pink decorated with tiny sea animals like coloured candy. A few days earlier in Milan, the street style photographers were arriving at the Italian designers' shows waiting to shoot not only Vogue Japan's editor-at-large Anna Dello Russo, an original fashion favourite famous for her extravagant outfits, plus a panopoly of uber models including Bianca Balti, but also interesting-looking people wearing their own mix of high and low fashion. Some of the bloggers, actresses or digital influencers wear a "total look" of the design house like a walking billboard for the brand while others combine one piece from a designer's current season sith earlier pieces and cheap chic from Top Shop or Zara.

What is worn on the runway during Milan and Paris fashion weeks has always commanded attention around the world ~ today acres of pictures are also now devoted to what is worn off the catwalk.

Style star Anna Dello Russo in Milan
While what is on the runway during Milan and Paris fashion weeks has always commanded attention around the world, today acres of digital pictures are also now devoted to what is worn off the catwalk. Street style has become it's own industry taking up many column inches online and in print. The late American photographer Bill Cunningham brought street style to readers in his New York Times columns, On the Street and Evening Hours, chronicling the city’s inhabitants from the fashionable to the frankly eccentric. In his nearly 40 years working for The Times, Bill Cunningham covered New York on his bike recording a history of 20th and 21st Century dress and social mores. But the rise of the blog and the use of the internet to publish pictures really took off a decade ago. American self-taught photographer Scott Schuman set the trend with his The Sartorialist blog in 2006, shooting people who looked stylish yet natural at the same time in the New York streets ~ he wanted to connect fashion and quotidian life. The Sartorialist soon became a must read for those curious about style on the streets of the world's capital cities and those working in the industry who wanted Schuman to shoot campaigns for fashion houses and magazines.

The late American photographer Bill Cunningham brought street fashion to readers in his New York Times' columns, 'On the Street' and 'Evening Hours', chronicling the city’s inhabitants from the fashionable to the frankly eccentric.

Today, although there has been a rise and fall and rise in the popularity of street style within the
Nicole Warne in Milan 
fashion industry, every season there appears to be more photographers and more willing ~ and aiming ~ to be photographed. While The Blonde Salad's Italian blogger Chiara Ferragni and Gary Pepper Girl's Australian Nicole Warne built their careers on being street style favourites and became self-made stars within the street fashion firmament, both have moved on to create business interests from their original popularity as bloggers. Ferragni has broadened her interests to include a range of footwear and is building an extensive e-commerce website. She has broken out from the online blogger mould and has been photographed for more than 50 covers of well-known print magazines. Even Harvard University did a special report on The Blonde Salad blog and how Ferragni and her partner Riccardo Pozzoli turned it into a business. Since Pozzoli, Ferragni's boyfriend of the time, started taking pictures of her in Milan's streets in 2009, street fashion has exploded. Today, the sheer number of photographers and people wanting to be photographed has grown so exponentially it is increasingly difficult for photographers to make any money from it and for wannabe style stars to get any attention.

For anthropologists curious about the human social condition to followers of fashion, pictures of people in the street wearing both the bizarre and the banal has an enduring fascination.

However, for the readers and followers of fashion, the pictures of people in the street wearing both the bizarre and the banal has an enduring fascination. While images of impossibly slim, teenage models who are coiffed to perfection walking the runway has a distancing effect, those of people wearing their own concoctions and pictured in an urban environment still seems to offer a window into the fashion world that is much easier to relate to. Although only the very few will be able to make a viable career out of either being photographed or working as the photographer taking them, our keen interest in looking at what other people are wearing is a human trait that is unlikely to wane.

The Sartorialist's Jenny Walton in Milan
Street fashion originally emerged not from photographic studios, but from what people are wearing in cities. It began with youth culture, beginning in urban places all around the world. Newspapers and magazines began to feature photographs of people in the street wearing stylish, eccentric and individual outfits with a certain amount of insouciance. Japanese street style has been one of the great propellers of street style with many diverse movements happening all at once that are then co-opted by fashion designers for their own collections. Many of these trends have been chronicled by Shoichi Aoki since 1997 in the fashion magazine Fruits.

Since the late 19th Century, there have been pictures of fashionable ladies photographed in the street, particularly in Paris. But the modern sense of street fashion only really took hold in the 1960s. The concept of photographers shooting outside the studio and capturing what people are wearing in the street goes back to Japan again. Though the styles have changed over the years, street fashion is still prominent in Tokyo today. Subcultures have formed in large urban fashion districts such as Harajuku, Aoyama, Ginza, Odaiba, Shinjuku and Shibuya. Street fashion in Japan is created from a mix of both local and foreign labels and some of the styles are extreme and avant-garde, similar to the haute couture seen on European catwalks and now outside fashion shows.

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Italian dandy Niccolo Cesari in suit and tie with a touch of flair and a burnt orange overcoat in Milan.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina


 Italian blogger Chiara Ferragni is surrounded by photographers and fans in Paris at the Dior show.
Photographed by Elli Ioannou

Photographers in a scrum outside Dolce & Gabbana's Metropol Theatre in Milan.
Shot by Kseniya Segina

Filippo Bologni mixing classic checks and sportswear in Milan outside the Etro show.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina


Billowing Dior in Paris at the Rodin Museum.
Photographed by Elli Ioannou
Canadian model Winnie Harlow is surrounded by television cameras in Paris at Dior.
Photographed by Elli Ioannou
At the Gucci show in Milan, musician Maxime Sokolinski.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina
Camel-hued overcoats and patterned scarves in Milan.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina
Black and white elegance in Paris outside of the Dior show.
Photographed by Elli Ioannou
Black leather, black jeans and tiny clutch at the Rodin Museum in Paris.
Photographed by Elli Ioannou
On a wintry day in Paris, German blogger Caroline Daur wears a sliver of Dior to the show at the Rodin Museum.
Photographed by Elli Ioannou
 Gilda Ambrosio in Milan during fashion week.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina
Captured looking casual in Milan, model Elsa Hosk.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina
Bright red flowing skirt and leather jacket at Dior in Paris.
Photographed by Elli Ioannou

Sleek hair and chignon outside Armani in Milan.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina
Cherry-red roll-neck and smooth, plaited chignon at Armani.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina
Vivid colour and pattern outside the Grand Palais in Paris, before the Manish Arora show. Photographed by Elli Ioannou

 Classic camel shirt and gold make for a stylish getaway in Paris at Dior.
Photographed by Elli Ioannou

Grace Coddington, creative director for American Vogue, in Paris.
Photographed by Elli Ioannou

Meimei Zhao wearing a white space age outfit with brilliant heels finished with depictions of small warning signs.
Photographed during Paris Fashion Week by Elli Ioannou  
Denim and Diesel in Milan at Armani.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina

Spiky leather jacket and Moschino phone case makes a sharp look in Milan.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina
High and low heels and a Saint Laurent bag at Dolce & Gabbana in Milan.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina
 Singer Aria in pink dress decorated with tiny sea creatures at the Grand Palais in Paris.
Photographed by Elli Ioannou
Butterfly high heels and a buttercup yellow dress at Manish Arora in Paris.
Photographed by Elli Ioannou
Seventies style cool in Milan.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina
At Marni in Milan, Daria Shapovalov wears velvet flower-strewn denim.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina

Denim on denim with gold, low-heeled pumps at Manish Arora in Paris.
Photographed by Elli Ioannou 
Fervent fans mixing brilliant colour and floral patterns with pink-lipped shoes at Manish Arora.
Photographed by Elli Ioannou
Denim overalls and checked shirt at Fendi in Milan.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina
Fringed, yellow earrings, faux fur and denim makes a street style star in Milan at Pucci.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina
Nose ring and rainbow coloured jacket outside Manish Arora's show at the Grand Palais in Paris.
Photographed by Elli Ioannou
Black lace and white stripes at Manish Arora's show in Paris.
Photographed by Elli Ioannou
Bomber jacket and red-check grunge on the way to Pucci in Milan.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina
Black leather jacket ~ a perennial fashion favourite ~ at the Etro show in Milan.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina
Simone Marchetti, fashion editor at La Repubblica, outside the Dior show in Paris.
Photographed by Elli Ioannou
Black and white printed sweater with paisley-patterned ruched skirt in Milan.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina

Feminine ruffles and embroidered jacket at Milan Fashion Week.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina

Barbora Podzimkova at Ferragamo in Milan.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina

Carlotta Oddi, Chiara Totire and Anna Dello Russo and in Milan during fashion week.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina

Model Bianca Balti in Milan during fashion week.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina

 Silky blue bomber jacket and jeans in Milan at Dolce & Gabbana.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina
Purple and blue in Milan make another Italian dandy at Ferragamo.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina
Fun at Milan Fashion Week.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina
Sackcloth and a white,scalloped head scarf make an eccentric mix in Paris.
Photographed by Elli Ioannou
White eyelashes and burgundy and camel at Pucci in Milan.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina
Roberta Ruiu at Milan Fashion Week in pale green lace.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina
A single diamante is this girl's only make up in Milan. Photographed by Kseniya Segina
Photographers surround Giorgio Armani at his fashion show in Milan.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina
Carlotta Oddi at Armani during Milan Fashion Week RTW AW17
Photographed by Kseniya Segina
Tamu McPherson wearing a check overcoat with bright blue collar at Marni in Milan.
Photographed by Kseniya Segina
Tulle and sequins with a bamboo handbag make a whimsical look in wintry Paris for the ready-to-wear AW17 collections
Photographed by Elli Ioannou
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