Veuve Clicquot launches ‘Re-Creation Awards’ Design Competition

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On October 1st, Veuve Clicquot launched The Re‐Creation Awards, a new competition with an international judging panel including renowned designer Tom Dixon OBE.

Hosted in ten countries, the contest invites young designers and members of the public to create a limited edition of the Veuve Clicquot Mailbox. The gift box styled like a vintage American mailbox is inspired by Madame Clicquot’s archive letters to her clients, agents and suppliers.

The international winner will see their Mailbox design become the next limited edition for 2015, distributed worldwide, and revealed at Milan Design Week. The designer will also be featured in Wallpaper* Magazine and win 10,000€.

The competition will be judged in each country by the public and a jury of industry leaders, with the UK panel including internationally renowned designer Tom Dixon and Central St Martins Professor Nicholas Rhodes. Two finalists from each country will then be flown to the Hôtel du Marc, Veuve Clicquot’s hotel in Reims, France, for the International Final, judged by an influential judging panel including designers Pablo Reinoso and Ferrucio Laviani.

The competition opens on October 1st and all entries should be made before the deadline of November 15th. Submissions are to be made @ http://www.awards.veuve‐clicquot.com.

Check It Out @ Veuve Clicquot “Re-Creation Awards”!!!

More information can be found at the Veuve Clicquot Facebook page http://www.Facebook.com/veuveclicquotinternational

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HELLO, MY NAME IS PAUL SMITH

Hello, my name is Paul Smith

 The eclecticism between Fashion and Art on display at the Design Museum in London

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(Photographs courtesy of the press office of the Design Museum )

It is a universe of beauty, spark, creative twist and genius which is currently on display at the Design Museum.

Fashion, and much more. this is the essence of Paul Smith‘s brand, an inspired and always creative artist which is framed with a brilliant and comprehensive exhibition on the banks of the London Thames.

The first room of the exhibition is devoted to the beginnings of the British designer’s first tailoring: a tiny room of only nine square meters that accurately reproduces his first fashion shop in Byrd Lane, in the English town of Nottingham. ‘Paul Smith, vetement pour homme’ is his first trial, a small shop which was open only on Friday and Saturday with the money earned with freelance jobs.

Photographs, sketches, colourful moodboards and colour palettes enrich the exhibition, sealing the creative and a bit mad geniality of Paul Smith. Versatile artist with unlimited inspirations, he seems to epitomise the Niezsche’s child with naïve echoes. The British designer is an example of a perfect blend of classic minimalist style and eclecticism of inspiration.

A room is a reproduction of his London private office, full of objects he usually uses as a continuous source of inspiration. Oil colours, watercolours, books, clothes and dolls to remind the audience that the British brand is far from the idea of fashion as something merely frivolous.

Smith personally is usually to choose fabrics and materials that will be used for the creation of fashion collections. Smith follows with professionalism and attention the selection of building materials and furnishings for the creation of his elegant studios around the world.

“Literally anything can spark off an idea”, says the British artist who personally oversees the creation of each and every fashion store. The artist usually personalises his stores around the world (London, Milan, Shanghai, Los Angeles) with a team of architects and designers.

The designer began his first experiments in Nottingham helped by his wife Pauline Denyer. The first atelier was set up in a hotel suite in Paris in 1976 and the collection included only six shirts, two jumpers and two suits. A three-dimensional reproduction of cardboard in black and white has been placed in the exhibition to draw the viewer into the Paul Smith’s story, from the very beginning.

Today, the Paul Smith brand is well renowned all over the world, with a thriving market that finds popularly in distant lands such as Japan. Anticipating the upcoming shows in London and Paris, take a look at his collections, ‘classic with a twist’.