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SMALL IN JAPAN: While all eyes are still on Europe, Japan’s capital is gearing up for its own fashion week, scheduled to take place during the third week of October.

At a press conference on Thursday, organizers released the official show schedule, as well as details on some related events. This season, there will be few newcomers participating in the shows, and even fewer international brands.

The week is to open with Hanae Mori, a Japanese brand steeped in history that will be re-launching with a new designer. As reported, Henry Holland will also be in town to show his spring House of Holland collection.

A handful of brands that are normally on the top of editors’ lists to see are downsizing from a runway show to an installation this season. These include Somarta, Yasutoshi Ezumi and Motonari Ono.

Versus Tokyo, a related event that is open to the public and consists of both fashion shows and music events lasting through the night, will also be returning this season. Brands that will show during Versus include Mr. Gentleman, Facetasm and Toga Virilis, the men’s line of Toga.

Buyers whose trips to Japan Fashion Week will be sponsored by the Japan External Trade Organization, or JETRO, include representatives from Galeries Lafayette, Surrender and Front Row in Singapore, Heavy Selection in Thailand, and Brooklyn-based Bird. For the second season in a row, Nick Wooster will also be in town for the week’s festivities.
For Ae'lkemi designer Alvin Fernandez, it was "an honour" to open the 2014 Telstra Perth Fashion Festival last night along with two of Asia's most respected couturiers, Michael Cinco and Sebastian Gunawan.



Ae'lkemi showed 25 exquisite outfits as part of a new couture collection created especially for the opening night, International Runway - Beyond Imagination.

"The collection is partly inspired by Venetian Gothic architecture," Fernandez explained after the show, the first to be held at the festival's new Fashion Paramount venue at the Perth Concert Hall.

"I liked the idea of the contrast between structure and fluidity and also having a lot of different textures in an all-white dress, for example."



Many dresses featured intricate hand-finished French beading and experiments with laser-cut leather, a first for the Ae'lkemi brand.

"We still wanted to stay pretty true to our signature, which is elegant, nipped in at the waist, skimming the hips," Fernandez said.

"There's a lot of detail in there, but we also wanted some palate-cleansers, some simpler pieces before you go into the more in-your-face red carpet pieces of the finale."



Fernandez said the presence of delegates from the Asian Couture Federation and Singapore's FIDe Fashion Weeks was a valuable opportunity to showcase his work to a wider international audience.

"This is a valuable market that we really want to tap into," he said.

"For us to show the rest of the world what we can do is always a plus, and being given opening honours was huge for us."

Watching all the glamour from the front row were celebrities Dannii Minogue - flying the flag for WA design in an Aurelio Costarella outfit - Kate Waterhouse, Matthew and Lauren Pavlich, Coterie group member Emma Milner and international fashion blogger Diane Pernet.

Premier Colin Barnett, Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi and Asian Couture Federation chairman Frank Cintamani were among the dignitaries welcoming guests to the week-long festival.

Michael Cinco, who is based in Dubai but was born in the Philippines, has dressed the likes of Sofia Vergara, Beyonce and Rihanna, while Indonesian designer Sebastian Gunawan has built up a loyal fashion following throughout south-east Asia.

Both designers featured detailed beading, embroidery, sequins and lace-work.

Tonight Flannel designer Kristy Lawrence will premiere her summer collection in Perth for the first time, while Morrison and One Fell Swoop will share the runway with cult New Zealand labels Zambesi and Nom*D at the 3300 Miles Apart show.

(FACEBOOK og PINTEREST) – det er sjelden at Giuseppe Santamaria stopperenvelkledd mann på gaten for å ta hans bilde. I stedet fotograf og art director, enSydney, Australia-baserte kanadiske expat-tendens til å fange fag som de spasertur påav, ofte når de er ferske kledd og vei til jobb. Mr. Santamaria, 28, som sitererfotografer som ‘ 60s-tiden Magnum lensman Ernst Haas som inspirasjon, sa, “Det erom fryser det øyeblikket, gripe hvordan den fyren livet er.” Som et resultat, fyllerautentisk energi bildene han skyter for sin fire år gamle street-stil blogg, menn i dennebyen, som han er blitt en bok med samme navn, tilgjengelig 2.9.

Mr. Santamaria spor hans Herretøy fascinasjon barndommen Toronto og en dapperfar delvis til polos, korte shorts og flettet sko. “Jeg trodde han var en eldre måte ådressing,” sa han. “Men nå jeg ha samme sko og skjorter. Det er denne påvirkningenjeg aldri skjønte jeg hadde.”

I dag, er Mr. Santamaria takknemlighet for Herretøy global. Hans nye bok dokumenterfem byer han anses Herretøy hovedsteder, New York, Sydney, Tokyo, Milano ogLondon. Hjembyen dugde ikke. Han forklarte, diplomatisk: “Toronto er en av dissebyene prøver å finne seg selv.” Her, fem bilder fra “Menn i denne byen” og Mr.Santamarias ta på den unike sartorial sjarmen av hver locale.

ARTFUL SKREDDERSØM I MILANO

“Milanesiske menn er født med smak, og ikke mye endringer,” sa Mr. Santamaria.Likevel, han ser en forskjell mellom generasjonene. Yngre menn slitasje sportslig klær,forklarte han, mens mer-skreddersydd ser synes å være reservert for eldre menn. “Det er nesten en overgangsrite,” la han til. “Du har å tjene retten til å trekke av dennefargen.” Har klokket litt tid på planeten jorden kan gjøre en mann mer fotogen, lagtMr. Santamaria: “[jeg] som du kan se den erfaring og tradisjon i deres ansikter.”Mange av Mr. Santamaria milanesiske bilder fokus på disse eldre herrer liker moteshowroom eier Alessandro Squarzi. Mr. Squarzi ELAN kommer via spezzato-kunstnerisk Feilkoblede jakker og bukser. Prøve den med en rutete blazer, vest og kakibukser.

TOKYOS FØLELSE AV PRESISJON

Japanske byen er hendene ned Mr. Santamarias favoritt til å skyte. “[Tokyoinnbyggere] betale så mye oppmerksomhet til hva de bærer,” sa han. “De kjøre en setil minste detalj.” Og det er sant om en fyr er arbeider en gamle-skolen dandyblomstre eller analyse av finere høy kvalitet rå denim. Når det gjelder sistnevnte, gjørenoen mennesker kule Americana bedre enn den japanske, som tilber selvage denimchambray skjorter og begrenset opplag joggesko. “Det er det mest fantastiske stedetjeg har vært,” sa han. “Du føler at du er oppslukt i dette andre universet.”

GIFTE FORTID OG FREMTID I LONDON

Mr. Santamaria uttales menn i London som high-fashion-besatt: “Når du ser noe pårullebanen, ser du det på gata noen uker senere.” Men det er ikke alt om mote-fram.London stil blander den nye med gamle. Det er et perfekt tatt av Dan Rookwood, denamerikanske editor for e-handel Mr Porter, som Mr. Santamaria intervjuet for boken.”Han har denne arven se om ham, men er alltid på toppen av hva er nytt,” safotografen. “Det er ikke om iført vintage, det handler om iført moderne klær men slagsfølge tradisjonene av sin fars garderoben.” Merk slimmed ned, moderne kuttet av Mr.Rookwoods kamel frakken og kofferten sin soft-rammen. En lignende effekt, kan duprøve Amis kamel frakken, klassisk Dunhill pinstripe dress og dandy-lignendeoppblomstring av floral silke slips.

NEW YORKS LAND OF OPPORTUNITY

“New York er det mest moro når det gjelder mote,” sa Mr. Santamaria. “Du har alt frabig-box til luksuriøse butikker. “Dette er der mote er mest tilgjengelig, og det er såmye muligheter gjøre ting med klærne.” Og ikke bare klær. Om bildet her hankommenterte i sin bok, “ingensteds men New York er et transportmiddel blitt moteuttalelse.» Understreke byens følelse av mote frihet, “Menn i denne byen” har etintervju med womenswear designere Jeffrey Costello og Robert Tagliapietra, kjent forsine tvillingmonterte uniformer orddeling, bukseseler og tømmerhogger skjegg. “De har gjort det siden ‘ 90s,” sa Mr. Santamaria. “De forventet hipster bevegelsen. De erpionerer.” Nøkkelelementer i Gotham stil: en subtilt raffinert versjon av at sportsklærclassic, en strikk og grunnleggende ryggsekk støpt i stripete ull og skinn. Den sistetouch er sko som tjente sin street cred tiår siden, Converse er Chuck Taylors.

SYDNEY LETTERE TA PÅ TRADISJON

Kanskje fordi han bor der, er Mr. Santamaria en vokal tilhenger av Sydneys spirendeHerretøy scene. “Spesielt i de siste fem årene eller så, har det begynte å boom,” sahan. Mennene kler hensiktsmessig for det meste varme klimaet, men det betyr ikke atflip-flops og shorts. “Du begynner å se ser gjort på napolitansk måte, men det erlettere og mer gratis” sa Mr. Santamaria. “Det er en blanding mellom sartorial ogbeachy.” Absolutt slår en skarp skulder jakke slitt med en t-skjorte og dashingly løkkerbohemske skjerf balansen. Som en uforet Boglioli jakke og smart casual, moccasin-lignende støvler.


While most creative people travel for inspiration, few truly repay the debt to their foreign muses. The following innovative designers, whether by supporting disenfranchised artisans or employing sustainable grazing practices, are teaching the rest of the industry how to walk the walk. Proof that good style and doing good are no longer mutually exclusive.
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STELLA MCCARTNEY
Because she took cruelty-free fashion from frumpy to fabulous.

It’s little wonder that McCartney, a lifelong vegetarian who was raised on an organic farm in the English countryside, has had a heightened eco-consciousness from an early age. “Nature is part of my roots,” she says. “The environment has always been important to me.” Since the launch of her line in 2001, the British designer has been a maverick for fashion that’s at once ethical and luxurious, and stubborn in her refusal to use fur or leather in her collections. That same sense of conviction brought her to Argentina, where she partnered with the Nature Conservancy and Ovis 21, a network of more than 140 farmers across Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay who have banded together to reverse the devastating effects of 100 years of continuous grazing in the Patagonia grasslands by adhering to a multi-pasture protocol that replicates natural grazing patterns. Argentina is the world’s fifth-largest producer of wool, and McCartney sourced much of the material for her fall 2014 collection (including oversized fringed woolen blanket coats) from Patagonian farmers who participate in Ovis 21’s program.

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McCartney’s wool is from Patagonia, Argentina.

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Patagonia, Argentina

This isn’t the first time travel has played a vital role in McCartney’s designs: Her clothes are rich with visual references from different destinations. Last year, she also collaborated with the International Trade Centre, a Geneva-based agency that has helped match luxury labels with artisans across Africa, to create printed totes made in Nairobi. “It’s important to encourage industry in small communities,” she says. “The luxury goods market has a long way to go, but we should all be taking steps toward sustainability.”
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Maiyet’s new weaving center will be in Varanasi, India.

MAIYET
Because they know that behind every great dress is a great artisan.

In 2010, when Maiyet co-founders Paul van Zyl and Kristy Caylor set off on their first exploratory 20-city trip around the world, an early stop was Varanasi, India, to visit the silk weavers for which the city, one of the oldest on earth, is renowned. “I remember Kristy admiring the silks and the complex way they’re made,” says CEO Van Zyl. “The experience encapsulated everything we hoped to do with Maiyet—create rare, beautiful, and covetable product, but also enable artisans to collaborate more productively.” Now the company has joined forces with Nest, a nonprofit organization that offers support to artisans in several countries, to finance a David Adjaye–designed silk-weaving facility opening next year in Varanasi. The new space will allow up to 100 craftsmen to work together in safe conditions—and to grow their own textile businesses. “We wanted to give them a chance to help themselves,” Van Zyl explains. This hands-on approach is at the center of Maiyet’s mission. In Varanasi, Creative Director Caylor found inspiration in both the place and the crafts produced there. In recent years, Indian saris have been made using a distinctive jacquard weaving method, and this fall some of Maiyet’s own polka-dot silk dresses will incorporate the same technique. Van Zyl and Caylor’s collaborations don’t stop in India, however; they’re currently working with Kenyan artists to create brass jewelry, and with Indonesian textile makers on experimental batiks. “One of the things our travels have taught us is that any craft demands a skill set, pride, and dignity from its practitioner,” says Van Zyl. “To be able to connect with these artisans and then bring their work to a Paris Fashion Week runway and to customers in London, Miami, and Tokyo—it’s at the core of what we do.”
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Péan sources her mammoth ivory from the Arctic Circle.

MONIQUE PÉAN
Because she knows that (ecologically friendly, ethically sourced) diamonds are really a girl's best friend.

When the New York–based fine jewelry designer launched her line in 2006, sustainability and luxury were rarely uttered in the same breath. In fact, Péan points out, few people realized then that the fine-jewelry-making process is actually extremely harmful to the environment: Gold mining, for instance, releases huge amounts of cyanide, lead, and mercury into local water sources. "It took a while for attitudes to change," says Péan, whose pieces pair ecologically approved materials like fossilized wooly mammoth and walrus ivory sourced from Alaska with 18-karat recycled gold and conflict-free diamonds. "But now collectors are starting to shift their mind-sets." While there are still only a few luxury brands that can claim to be truly environmentally sustainable, Péan continues to fight for responsible change by forging relationships with artisans everywhere from Washington to Peru—people whose skills might otherwise die out.

Then there are her travels, which inform all her designs: An overturned iceberg spotted on a recent trip to Antarctica, for example, inspired an oceanic-hued spectrolite ring with diamonds and recycled gold. "I have now visited 60 countries, and there are still so many I can't wait to explore," says Péan, who goes on one big scouting trip a year in search of new materials and artisans. "My list just keeps growing."
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The deep-blue spectrolite in this Monique Péan ring was sourced from Norway (price upon request).

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The art project “BCTION” will open from Sept 1 to 15 in a building located in Kojimachi, Tokyo. The building will be demolished after the event closes.

This project is led by artist Koutaro Ooyama and photographer Joji Shimamoto. Through the project, the two aim to make good use of buildings that are to be demolished and provide opportunities for young artists to present their works to a public audience.

The upcoming event will introduce the works of over fifty artists including DRAGON76, FRANKIE CIHI, RYUICHI OGINO, SHOGO IWAKIRI, SD duet with NUKEME, MICHINORI MARU, KLEPTOMANIAC and Tsuyoshi Nigamushi. The artworks will use all nine floors of the building as forms of expression.

Reservation is required in order to view the exhibit. A link is available on the official website. Further details will be provided upon reservation. A reception is also planned for Aug 31.

Koutaro Ooyama, a graduate of Kyoto City Univ. of Arts, presents live paintings, installations including wall paintings and canvas paintings. Inspired from Native Japanese Ainu and Native American Haida, he creates artworks using ethnic designs and colorful patterns of ancient temples.

Joji Shimamoto is a graduate of Academy of Art Univ. School of Photography. He planned and held a number of photo exhibits while he was in the USA. After coming back to Japan in 2008, he held a photo exhibit at The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo in Shinjuku. In 2009, he was selected as one of “Japanese Photographers 100” that was issued as a separate volume of “STUDIO VOICE.” Recently, he held photo exhibits at Laforet Harajuku and BLUE NOTE TOKYO.
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If New York City is the fashion capital of America, it should certainly be the fashion-startup capital as well. From Gilt to Bonobos, plenty of fashion/retail companies have gotten their start in the Empire State -- but Rent the Runway (RTR) distinguishes itself as the 'Netflix of luxury fashion.' According to NYU professor and researcher Arun Sundararajan, the dress-rental company represents a key aspect of the sharing economy because it democratizes luxury. "Sure, they're doing it for fashion, but they highlight the broader promise of the sharing economy: access without ownership," he says.

After five years in business, the founders of RTR have learned a lot about what it takes to succeed in the sharing economy. And they're not done learning yet.

The premise of RTR is revolutionary: to give people the chance to rent gowns and dresses from high-end brands like Badgley Mischka, Kate Spade, Nicole Miller, and 220 other designer brands at a fraction of the retail price. The business has grown to more than 4 million members since launching in November 2009. Its inventory of more than 50,000 dresses and tons of accessories are racked and shelved in a 40,000 square-foot warehouse in New Jersey.

Jennifer Fleiss and Jenn Hyman co-founded the shared-closet empire when they were classmates at Harvard Business School. They wanted to solve the old dilemma of finding something dynamite to wear to a wedding without breaking the bank. Today, RTR continues to disrupt e-commerce by keeping chic crowds allured by its user experience.

We sat with Fleiss at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn, N.Y., who has noticed a wave of ecommerce sites blooming in the Tri-State area and beyond. There’s an abundance of new ideas: some showcase emerging designers while others focus on sustainability.

In-Store Tech, Sales Driver or Hype?

Fashion retailers are increasingly integrating slick interactive technology into their physical flagships. But is all this in-store technology actually making the tills ring or merely providing opportunities for short-term PR?

LONDON, United Kingdom — Against the backdrop of a 22-foot screen playing lush campaign and runway videos, impeccably dressed staff members sit with shoppers at Burberry’s high-tech Regent Street store tapping customer profiles onto their iPads. The flagship is arguably the world’s most technically innovative store and the brand’s much-discussed strategy to integrate the digital and physical worlds has set a bar for retailers everywhere.

But Burberry is by no means alone. Slick digital technology — including the use of virtual mirrors, digital screens, RFID chips and iPads — is fast becoming a feature of store environments across the pricing spectrum, from luxury flagships to fast-fashion emporiums. But do these innovations really make customers spend?

Kate Spade is one retailer investing in the space. Earlier this year, the womenswear brand launched interactive displays across ten of its stores, mainly in the US. The technology encourages shoppers to touch and pick up products from a carefully merchandised table, which then displays content, such as campaign videos and Instagrams of women wearing the products. Kate Spade chief marketing officer Mary Renner Beech says the technology, created by New York-based start-up Perch, provides an engaging experience for its customers. She describes the technology as “cost effective,” but like many tight-lipped retailers, declines to disclose figures. “What I can share is that we believe that technology has to have a purpose,” she tells me. “Sometimes that may be financial or brand equity or sometimes both. Technology should always enhance the brand. The aim was to bring Kate Spade products to life rather than being a sales driver. That said, we’ve been incredibly pleased with the reaction. We have seen positive results by giving customers content.”


Building on past success, Mode in France Tokyo is now Mode in France Asia with two new locations, Taipei and Hong Kong. Mode in France Tokyo was created in 1996 to present women’s ready-to-wear and accessories brands to the Japanese buyers who may not travel internationally.

Asia, a key business partner for France, met expectations in 2013 with 12 percent export growth (source IFM) in the apparel sector. The Féderation’s International Division, managed by Patricia Brafman, works to develop opportunities in new growth areas, so for the past two years, the Division has increased business contacts in Hong Kong and Taipei to assure the success of these two new trade shows. The two events will be complements to the Tokyo show (3,000 visitors and around 100 exhibitors for the two 2013 sessions).

The biannual Mode in France Asia now offers three ‘business boosting’ destinations. 

- 15/17 July 2014 at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong

- 19/21 July 2014 at the Regent Hotel in Taipei

- 23/25 July 2014 at the Hilton Hotel in Tokyo

The Fédération’s International Division, an expert on global markets, helps over 200 businesses with their export projects every year.

The Division also gives Export Directors and General Managers for fashion businesses the tools to access all the strategic elements for a particular country:

- The Focus Pays program reviews a different country with strong economic potential one Friday every month.

- The Strategic Monitoring program gives monthly presentations of operational information on market opportunities.


Black is red hot in the hands of Tokyo-based designer Kei Ninomiya. A former pattern-cutter for Rei Kawakubo, and current inclusion under the doyenne’s Comme des Garçons group umbrella, Ninomiya is a chosen one in a line of luminaries like Junya Watanabe. Quietly launched two seasons ago, Noir Kei Ninomiya is a laboratory of technique for the designer, and it is in this third collection that he has hit his stride. Here, the designer explores his chosen hue via varying shades, textures, and frequencies, and each piece is labored over with painfully detailed execution.

The result is a fusion of punk DIY and elegance, anchored in reality. The 30-year-old Royal Academy graduate’s main driving force in fashion is to create something new through a formula of impactful design, beauty, wear ability, and a nice price. Biker jackets appear in various forms: Complicated as they may look—bat wings with metal piercings delicately holding the strips together—they wear effortlessly. Men’s tailored pants are constructed of intricately woven velvet and jacquard tape strips or destroyed with laser slashes. Feminine lace is rethought using durable vinyl fabric punctuated with laser-cut patterns, while sequins take on a new identity in faux black leather.

It’s figuring out how to make it as a product at the same time as exploring techniques,” he explained from the Comme des Garçons building in Tokyo. “There is a dangerous element. The fragility somehow looks beautiful. But you can still wear them as clothes.”

Priced between $480 and $3,585, Noir Kei Ninomiya is sold at Dover Street Market, Comme des Garçons stores, Le Bon Marché, 10 Corso Como in Seoul, and other select retailers.

—Tiffany Godoy

We look ahead at the best London art openings in May, organized by category and opening date. We hope you find it handy for planning ahead. Useful? Missing something? Pile of crap? Please let us know and we’ll tweak the format in future installments. This time we’ve added new sections for ‘London-y’ and ‘Must See’.


Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK is on at The British Library 2May-19 August. See details below. Photo: Misty – well known 1978 dark female comic book of supernatural and horror stories. Photography (c) British Library Board.

Must See

2 May: British Library hosts Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK, a major exhibition about comics and graphic novels, exhibiting works from names such as Alan Moore, Grant Morrison and Jamie Hewlett — Gorillaz co-creator. For comic passionate and… anarchists! Read Londonist preview. £9.50/£7.50, prebook, until 19 August

20 May: Tate Britain hosts a major exhibition about Kenneth Clark (1903–1983): mainly art historian but also public servant, collector, patron and broadcaster. He’s widely seen as one of the most influential figures in the popularization of British art of the 20th century. £11.00/£9.50, prebook, until 10 August

22 May: Ancient Lives, New Discoveries unveils hidden secrets and reconstructs the life of eight mummies who used to live along the Nile Valley over 4,000 years ago. Take a journey into history at the British Museum. £10/£8, prebook, until 30 September

22 May: Prix Pictet, the Prize for Photography and Sustainability, is on display at The Victoria & Albert Museum for a few weeks. Eleven internationally famous photographers show projects on the theme of earth consumption. Free, until 14 June

26 May: Reception, Rupture and Return is a free long-term display at Tate Britain about the role of the life model for the artist, the relationship between these two subjects and the changing status of life drawing from the 19th to the 21st centuries. Free, until 12 October

Architecture & Design

1 May: Explore the relationship between architecture and jeweler at the Platform Gallery, with the exhibition Space Craft: Architecture Meets Making. The display is connected to COLLECT, the international art fair for contemporary objects taking place at the Saatchi Gallery (9-12 May). Free, until 1 June

4 May: Anise Gallery displays works from the Society of Architectural Illustration’s latest book Drawing on Architecture, which is also the title of the exhibition. Expect a rich variety of drawing, which shares a focus on architecture. On Saturday 3 May from 6.30pm, night of the private view, there will be a live performance from three award winning young musicians: Jenni Hogan (flute), Rosanna Ter-berg (flute) and Olivia Jaegers (harp). Free, until 25 May

8 May: Enjoy a solo exhibition about British designer David Pearson, well known for his series of Penguin book cover designs, who recently played a key role in the re-emergence of the publishing company. Discover his world at the Kemistry Gallery in Shoreditch. Free, until 28 June

14 May: The Design Museum dedicates an exhibition to Argentinian designer Daniel Weil, famous for his series of inventive objects, products and interiors. This exhibition focuses on Weil’s personal process of design: how he interprets sources, chooses projects, uses colour and creates form. £12.40/£9.30 (tickets include admission to the museum), just turn up, until 31 August

30 May: The Royal Academy of Arts pays homage to architect Norman Shaw, who contributed to the renovation of the Royal Academy itself. See a fascinating array of Shaw’s artworks: from working drawings to dazzling perspectives. The display takes place in the Tennant Gallery and Architecture Space. Free, until 26 October


Drawing

27 May: Artist Aleksandra Mir and her team of assistants take over the entire Drawing Room art space and give life to a giant artwork. The live drawing installation will be entirely made with marker pens, created during the first days of the exhibition, and then it will be left on display. The main theme of the artwork will be London and its architecture. Free, until 19 July

30 May: The F Word Project displays a series of comic books — otherwise called graphic fables — by Maureen Burdock, taking place at Space Station Sixty-Five in Kennington. Each fable features a unique common heroine negotiating a world that still legitimizes various forms of violence and

Fairs

9 May: Saatchi Gallery hosts this year are Collect: International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects. Galleries from all around the world showcase work of museum quality from their portfolio of artists, showing their best design ideas. £12, prebook, until 12 May

15 May – The 20/21 International Art Fair takes place at the Royal College of Arts just for three days. Defining itself as a boutique fair, you will find here modern and contemporary art from the UK and around the world. £8, just turn up, until 18 May

29 May: Free Range 2014 is a two-month event that features graduate art and design shows at The Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane. The collective event shows young talents and includes: design week, fashion shows, photography week, design art week and interiors architecture week. Free, until 14 July

30 May: Chelsea Old Town Hall hosts the Untitled Artists Fair, entirely run and owned by artists. The event is entirely free to attend and artists sell directly their works to the public, free of commissions. Private view is on the 30 May, and you can book tickets in advance both for the private view and the other two days. Free, prebook, until 1 June

London-y

1 May – See drawing of London that looks like an intricate net of wires at the Curious Duke Gallery. Architect-Artist Tannaz Oroumchi’s first UK solo show Rectified interpreters the city as a playground. Free, until 31 May

2 May - Saving a Century is a touring exhibition that shows the Victorian Society’s most remarkable campaigns, among them the battles for Liverpool’s Albert Dock, St Pancras station, the Foreign Office and the much-regretted Euston Arch. See unique archive photographs and material from throughout the Victorian Society’s fifty years of fighting for historic buildings at the Waltham tow Library. Free, until 31 May

9 May: From Bow to Biennale displays the East London Group’s works at the Nunnery Gallery in Bow. A collection of paintings and archival material that explores the transformation of a group of working class East End painters, firemen and basket weavers into a group of world renowned artists. A way to discover a part of East London’s history. Free, until 13 July. LIKE US HERE.

9 May: Grade II listed Belair House in Dulwich opens to the public just for a few days, as part of the Dulwich Festival. The historical building hosts a one-off art and design exhibition curated by arts duo Cavaliero Finn, featuring works from up-and-coming artists and designers. Themed connected events will take place: artists’ talks, a workshop for children and a Q&A with interior designers. Free, just turn up, just until 11 May

16 May: The title says it all: Life in the City is the painting exhibition that focuses on daily life activities in our capital. Paintings exhibited are by Deptford-born Trevor Burgees, whose portraits of everyday people doing everyday things in London are a true social exploration. Free, until 13 June

Painting

2 May: cueB Gallery presents this is the Tunes and Whispered, John Duckworth’s debut exhibition in London. The exhibition features seven large format paintings that explore a dialogue between Eastern Buddhism and Western consumerism, exploring thematic concepts and questions of identity, purpose and perspective. Free, until 1 June

2 May: German painter Juliane Hundertmark holds a solo exhibition, Strange Animals, at the Knight Webb Gallery Brixton. Enter a world of mythical and rebellious creatures from her imaginary world, which are represented on a theatrical and disturbing background. Free, until 31 May

9 May: Kensington and Chelsea College presents Hidden, a three-day exhibition in a unique London historical venue. See the artworks by Fine Art students on show at the Crypt Gallery inside St Pancras Church, on Euston Road. Don’t miss the private view which will take place on Thursday 8 May (free, prebook, 6pm-9pm). Free, only until 11 May

13 May: Artist Annie Kevans presents her solo exhibition Woman and the History of Art at The Fine Art Society. You may remember her as she’s currently exhibiting her paintings as part of The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: from Sidewalk to the Catwalk, on show at Barbican Art Centre until 25 August. Free, until 6 June

21 May: See paintings by John Monks at Long & Ryle gallery, who has been described as one of the most important painters working in Britain today. We saw his solo show last year and we’re sure you won’t be disappointed by this year’s exhibition. Free, until 26 August

22 May: Somerset House’s Inigo Rooms host Art & Life: The Paintings of Beryl Bainbridge, an exhibition organized by King’s College Cultural Institute. The exhibition focuses on the artworks made by the writer and presents a rich programmer of connected events. Free, until 19 October

22 May: Find some Renaissance-inspired paintings with a futuristic twist at The Art Cabin gallery in Southfields. Painter Henrietta Simon’s exhibition Scenario will take you to another dimension of post-apocalyptic flavor. Free, until 15 Jun

23 May: Maze lovers should see the artworks by French painter Bernard Frize, on display at Simon Lee Gallery. The paintings are taken from a single series and they re-visit one of his earlier works: a labyrinthine painting made in 1986 on the ceiling of the Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Free, until 24 June. READ FULL ARTICLE.