This Month in Luxury Lifestyle

Issue #3: Sixofour Life Watches: Homegrown 604 Haute Horlogerie

Issue #3: Sixofour Life Watches: Homegrown 604 Haute Horlogerie

When looking for comparisons to finely crafted timepieces, only luxury vehicles come close, so much so that collector Jay Leno was inspired to write a book on it. Leno likens it to “a patient art form” and though people who know nothing about fine mechanical […]

Issue #2: West Lake Journey to Four Seasons Hangzhou

Issue #2: West Lake Journey to Four Seasons Hangzhou

To visit the incredible Four Seasons Hangzhou, guests usually arrive by taxi or private car. On a recent visit, I rethought this approach. Why shouldn’t the trip be worth the reward? I chose instead to begin at the legendary West Lake. An iconic and inspirational […]

Issue #2: Armani Casa Launches 2019 Collection

Issue #2: Armani Casa Launches 2019 Collection

On a brisk April evening, less than 24-hours before the official launch of Salone del Mobile, legendary design icon Giorgio Armani presented his 2019 Armani/Casa collection in the spectacular Armani/Teatro. The Brutalist space, created by Japanese designer Tadao Ando in 2000, was beautifully transformed into […]

Issue #2: Angelo Caroli is Italy’s King of Vintage

Issue #2: Angelo Caroli is Italy’s King of Vintage

Everyone in business has to start somewhere. For a teenage Angelo Caroli in the mid-1970s, it was offering styling advice on a local radio station which led selling secondhand American denim and military jackets at a hawkers market in the centre of his hometown. The […]

Issue #2: Loewe ‘Baskets’ Exhibition at Salon del Mobile.Milan Captivates

Issue #2: Loewe ‘Baskets’ Exhibition at Salon del Mobile.Milan Captivates

The stone-lined streets of the Quadrilatero d’Oro jostled with rushes of people – all trying to get by those stopping to smoke a cigarette or chat, others in the street dodging scooters and pedicabs. Each in search of the next ‘must-visit’ location as dictated in […]

Issue #2: Florence’s Antico Setificio Fiorentino Atelier Creates Luxury

Issue #2: Florence’s Antico Setificio Fiorentino Atelier Creates Luxury

Beyond the iron gate at Via Bartolini n° 4, under the shadow of abundant wisteria, the Antico Setificio Fiorentino produces the finest silk fabric in Italy, perhaps in the world. As our town car departs, the Director of Communications for Stefano Ricci begins to graciously […]

Issue #2: Philanthropy: Lambano Sanctuary & Dr Pavlou Foundation

Issue #2: Philanthropy: Lambano Sanctuary & Dr Pavlou Foundation

In Gauteng, South Africa a team of twenty dedicated medically trained staff provide full-time care for children who live with life-limiting HIV and other threatening illnesses. Theirs is a calling of dedication and sacrifice to ensure the quality of treatment provided is the best that […]

Issue #2: An Evening with Dea Fortuna at Ultra-Luxury Stefano Ricci

Issue #2: An Evening with Dea Fortuna at Ultra-Luxury Stefano Ricci

GOLDEN GOOSE Behold the delicious Golden Goose. Conceived and crafted by Andrew Fletcher, Operations & Creative Beverage Director of private members club Dea Fortuna. A gorgeous cocktail topped with edible flowers and flakes of gold, and served in a slender coupette to our VIP guests […]

Issue #2: Andy Dixon x Versace Home x Sasha Bikoff

Issue #2: Andy Dixon x Versace Home x Sasha Bikoff

Andy Dixon is a Canadian fine-artist based in sunny Los Angeles, whose works question the inherent value in coveted luxury. He is particularly fond of Flemish still-life, Versace silk shirts, and vintage Playboy magazine spreads, resulting in a perfect storm of culture, chaos, and appropriation. […]

Issue #2: Christopher Bates | Confident Canadian

Issue #2: Christopher Bates | Confident Canadian

It all started with a ‘kiss on a collar’ that solidified the name ‘Christopher Bates’ into the Canadian consciousness. This cheeky design catapulted Bates from novice to expert and launched a business that consistently delivers sophisticated yet edgy men’s wear in the highest quality Italian […]


Meanwhile in Montreal...

Issue #1: Thierry Mugler: Couturissime Exhibition Launches

Issue #1: Thierry Mugler: Couturissime Exhibition Launches

On March 2nd, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) launched one of the most exciting fashion events in Canadian history. The Thierry Mugler: Couturissime Exhibition follows a subtle campaign of exposure that culminated in Cardi B wearing multiple archive Mugler couture pieces at the 2019 Grammys. (Read Turnabout’s coverage here!)

The exhibition was initiated, produced, and launched by the MMFA through the vision of curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot who diligently pursued the notoriously reluctant designer until the collaboration could be solidified and the exhibition is proof of this amazing duo’s synergy.

Reoccurring theme of transforming the female form to insect, reptile, and aquatic forms

Mugler is a ground-breaking French fashion designer who is credited with inventing the runway show. In the late 1970s and peaking in the 1990s, Mugler commanded and reinvented the runway over and over using African, Asian, and transgender models. Initially trained in ballet, he moved on to fashion, and currently is designing theatre productions.

Collection sketches for Fall/Winter 1986/87 with model notations

 

Costumes from the 1985 production of Shakespeare’s MacBeth
The exhibition is comprised of 140 haute couture and ready-to-wear garments created between 1973 and 2001, plus stage costumes for Cirque du Soliel and theatre productions, accessories, and much more to feed the imagination.
David Bowie was one celebrity dressed by Mugler in the 1990s.
Those coming of age in the 1980s will immediately recognize many of the garments from the iconic 1992 George Michael video “Too Funky” which featured supermodels in Mugler creations walking probably the most memorable runway ever. Even though the video ends with ‘Directed by ?,’ it was Mugler who chose to remain nameless in the credits.
Various pieces in lush red velvets, sequins, and crystals, from mid to late 1990s.
Rubber tire suit created for the Été Hawaii Spring/Summer 1990 Collection
Stunning piece from the Music Collection for Fall/Winter 1990-1991.

Manfred Thierry Mugler arrived in Montreal in the week preceding the launch to attend three separate VIP events held at the MMFA in celebration of the exhibition. The events were spectacular with Kim KardashianPat Cleveland, and Tyra Banks, all making appearances as special guests.

Mugler designs from 1990s. Literally each piece has elements present in today’s trends!

According to Loriot, the exhibition is laid-out at an opera, with peaks and valleys of impact. As attendees move from room-to-room, they are transported to different areas of creativity evoking different feelings of empowerment. Walls are lined with colourful sketches, photography of celebrities wearing Mugler designs, 3D projections, and the fantastic fashion itself.

Pieces from various collections inspired by insects in velvet, feathers, sequins, and fringe.

Enjoy this abbreviated walk-through of the Thierry Mugler: Couturissime Exhibition and we are sure you will see the original garments that have influenced so much of the fashion we are wearing today!

For those up for a glamorous week-end away, the exhibition is on until September 8, 2019.

All exhibition photographs courtesy Helen Siwak.