Whether you’re soaking up some art (and partying hard) in Miami for Art Basel or getting your hands on some exclusive Kiko Kostadinov bits in London, there’s a lot to do this week. AMI is heading to the ice in Paris, Prada is launching the Pradasphere II in Shanghai, and FLANNELS’ RENAISSANCE flagship is back and better than ever. If you like the sound of that, keep reading to find out more about what’s happening around the world.
FLANNELS opens the doors to its Renaissance Flagship
In celebration of Beyoncé’s concert film, RENAISSANCE: A Film By Beyoncé, luxury retailer FLANNELS has opened the doors to the RENAISSANCE Flagship in partnership with Parkwood Entertainment, following its debut earlier in the year. For the second time around, the shopping concept is bigger than ever, with fans able to immerse themselves in the RENAISSANCE spirit at FLANNELS stores in London, Liverpool, Sheffield, and Belfast. As the exclusive retailer, members of the Beyhive will be able to get their hands on a 16-piece tour-inspired merch range, including T-shirts, tracksuits, and accessories adorned with graphic imagery and lyrics such as “COZY,” “I’M THAT GIRL,” and “UNIQUE.”
Kiko Kostadninov is opening an IRL release event in London
Kiko Kostadinov is hosting an in-person shopping experience in London this weekend. The brand will take over the 38 Newman Street space in Fitzrovia, W1T 1PZ, on December 9 and 10, offering a space for fans of the brand to shop exclusive items before they are available anywhere else. The event will see reimagined brand archetypes such as the Ribbon High Boot, Intaglio Line Bomber, Ketra Hoodie, and Murad Blouson available. On top of this, the label will release a limited-edition “STOOL” designed by Soft Baroque, which you can see for yourself between the following times:
9 December: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
10 December: 12 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Prada launches Pradasphere II in Shanghai
Prada is launching the Pradasphere II, a public exhibition tracing the history of the brand from its origins in 1913 until the present day. It will be told through a series of stories curated by Co-Creative Directors Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons, showcasing items from across art, architecture, culture, and sport, which are intrinsic to the output of the House. If you want to brush up on your knowledge of Prada’s 110 years of luxury history, head to the Pradasphere exhibition in Shanghai. It will run from December 7, 2023, until January 21, 2024.
Giorgio Armani is hosting an all-new exhibition in Milan
Giorgio Armani is hosting an exhibition at Armani/Silos in Milan, dedicated to the photographer Aldo Fallai. Curated by Giorgio Armani, Rosanna Armani, and Leo Dell’Orco, it explores the almost 30-year dialogue between Giorgio Armani and the Florentine photographer, which dates back to the mid-70s and continues into the early 2000s. The exhibition will run from December 5, 2023 – 11 August, 2024.
AMI hits the Ice in time for the Holiday Season
AMI has built an exclusive pop-up store and ice rink in its hometown of Paris for the holiday season, welcoming friends of the brand and customers to the historic Cour d’Honneur of the Palais Royal for a skating-meets-shopping experience. Parisians and tourists will be able to access the ice rink free of charge upon registration. The set design of the ice rink is largely inspired by the aesthetics of the AMI Holiday Season capsule collection and includes mirror-like chrome barriers and a black Ami De Cœur at the centre of the rink. At the side of the ice is the very first AMI Café in Paris, which sits next to a picturesque tree overlooking the scenery. The AMI ice rink will be open from December 16 – December 31 from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., with extended opening hours until 9:00 p.m. on December 16, 23, and 30.
Swarovski unveils new flagship store in Korea
Swarovski has opened the doors to its first Korea flagship store located in Dosan Park, one of Seoul’s most popular luxury destinations. The store spans four floors and measures 488 square metres, with a facade featuring a monumental Swan Logo in the brand colours of blue, yellow, and pink. The store boasts an immersive shopping experience rooted in the creativity, savoir-faire, and elegance that surrounds the brand. The flagship will unveil the Galaxy collection, an exquisite fine jewellery offering designed by Creative Director Giovanna Engelbert. If you’re in Seoul, be sure to check it out.
“Iris Van Herpen: Sculpting The Senses” opens in Paris
Iris Van Herpen is known for her pioneering approach to fashion, which saw her experiment with form and incorporate new fabrics and textures into her design. Now, her industry-defining work is being honoured at the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris. “Iris Van Herpen: Sculpting The Senses” questions the place of the body in space, its relationship to clothing and its environment, as well as its future in a rapidly changing world. It will house a collection of over 100 haute couture pieces made by Van Herpen, working with works of contemporary art by artists such as Philip Beesley, the Collectif Mé, Wim Delvoye, Kate MccGwire, Damien Jalet, Kohei Nawa, Casey Curran, Rogan Brown and more. The exhibition is open now and will run until April 28, 2024.
Acme Fire Cult x 40FT Brewery announce New Year’s Eve Yard Party
Acme Fire Cult and 40FT Brewery are throwing a belter of a New Year’s party with food, drinks, and live DJ sets across a host of neighbouring Dalston venues. On December 31, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., the party will see 40FT’s taproom take over the yard just off Abbott Street, soundtracked by live sets from celebrated Live DJs, including Arveene, Pam Hogg, and Simone Butler. Food will be provided by Acme Fire chefs Andrew Clarke and Daniel Watkins. If this sounds like a bit of you, you can grab presale tickets here.
Refy Beauty is opening a bar with Kerb Wine
Mancunians rejoice! REFY Beauty is getting us in the festive fashion-filled spirit with the launch of its REFY Wine bar. Opened in time for the Chanel event and in collaboration with Kerb Wine, Manchester’s finest purveyors of biodynamic grape juice, you can get in the mood even if you didn’t get an invite to the show. The collaborative bar is located at Kerb Wine in Ancoats until December 10 at the following times:
Thursday: 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 1:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Miami Art Basel is kicking off
Miami Art Basel is one of the most famous art fairs in the world, known for its comprehensive display of art from over 277 galleries. Kicking off on December 8 and running until December 10, it’s the perfect pre-holiday link-up of art dealers, artists, and collectors to delve into some culture (and have a hell of a party). If you’re lucky enough to be in Miami, you’d be stupid not to head down.
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