Chapeau sont en vacances! We will be back in business dazzling you with new finds from October 3, 2016. We love you! Chapeau!
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The persistence of grief and the hope of redemption are themes as timeless as ‘dramaturgy’ itself, but rarely do they summon forth the kind of extraordinary swirl of love, anger, tenderness and brittle humour that is ‘Manchester by the Sea’ Kenneth Lonergan’s (‘You Can Count on Me’ and ‘Margaret’) beautifully textured, richly enveloping drama about how a death in the family forces a small-town New Englander to confront a past tragedy anew. After the death of his older brother ‘Joe’, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to find that Joe has made him sole guardian of his teenage nephew ‘Patrick’. Taking leave of his job as a janitor in Boston, Chandler reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea, the fishing village where his working-class family has lived for generations. There, he is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. ‘Manchester by the Sea’ is currently doing the rounds on the film festival circuit and is getting a lot of buzz. The film will be released in the UK January 13, 2017.
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Chapeau last revisited ‘La La Land’ on April 22, 2016 and were super excited to see the film … then failed miserably to procure tickets at the BFI London Film Festival (60th edition). The premise; Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts, the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other, threaten to tear them apart. The seasons of their love affair are played out beguilingly in this wonderfully sweet, sad, smart musical movie from Damien Chazelle, director of ‘Whiplash’. For the opening sequence we are treated to a bunch of young kids with big dreams, symbolically stuck in a traffic jam on the freeway leading to Los Angeles, who get out of their cars and stage a big dance number and THAT is just the first five minutes (screams). Mia (Stone) and Sebastian (Gosling) meet in the traffic jam. Mia is a wannabe movie star like pretty much everyone else and while waiting she is distractedly going through her pages for an audition she has later in the day. Mia holds up the driver behind her, a disagreeable guy in a macho convertible, who pulls belligerently round to overtake, scowling at Mia and receiving the finger in return. This is Seb (Gosling) a pianist and jazz evangelist who is living a scuzzy apartment in the city. And so it begins. ‘La La Land’ enjoyed rave reviews when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival in August. Chazelle wrote the script six years ago but was not able to persuade anyone to make it until he broke through with ‘Whiplash’ in 2014. Since then musical movie ‘La La Land’ has picked up the prestigious People’s Choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Roll on January 13, 2017.
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A successful Los Angeles art-gallery owner’s idyllic life (Amy Adams as Susan Morrow) is marred by the constant traveling of her handsome second husband. Susan is successful, but her personal wealth derives chiefly from the business activities of her smoothie husband, Walker (Armie Hammer), with whom she is deeply unhappy. While Walker is away, she is shaken by the arrival of a manuscript written by her first husband (Jake Gyllenhaal as Eddie Sheffield and Tony Hastings) who she has not seen in years. Eddie is a sweet, sensitive boy and wannabe writer from her Texas hometown whose heart she broke twice over: by leaving him for Walker and by declaring he didn’t have the right stuff to be an author – that he was “insecure and weak”. There is also another terrible issue in their pasts. Eddie’s manuscript tells the story of a teacher who finds a trip with his family turning into a nightmare. This novel, a violent thriller, Susan interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale. As she reads the book, Susan is forced to examine her past and confront some dark truths. ‘Nocturnal Animals’ is a 2016 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Tom Ford. Ford based his screenplay on Austin Wright’s 1993 novel ‘Tony and Susan’. The film stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer and Laura Linney. ‘Nocturnal Animals’ was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize. ‘Nocturnal Animals’ will be released in the UK on October 14, 2016.
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“Our obsession with pastel comes through, I think?” – Poppy Jamie. Meet your new best friends in the form of Pop & Suki. Pop & Suki is a deliciously and deliberately plain accessories line, featuring two bags (tote and camera) and all the accoutrement’s you could want to accessorise them with (or not) think ‘best friend’ key rings , tassels and seriously gorgeous charms, in various shapes and hues, to be hung off paperclip chains in silver or gold. There are 17 pieces in total with personalisation being a key focus for the designers. Did we mention that Pop & Suki is also fabulously luxurious with a very keen price point. A bit about Pop & Suki themselves, this is what happens when two multi-hyphenates meet. Poppy Jamie has a degree in politics and social policy from LSE, she studied whilst simultaneously working for ITN News, this led to gigs with MTV, ITV, E! and Sky. Snapchat came calling last year and Jamie became the host of ‘Pillow Talk with Poppy’ a three-minute chat show on the wildly popular social media app. The show involves Jamie and her guests sitting on a bed in a mock teenager’s bedroom, wearing pyjamas (think The Big Breakfast for the app era). Her first guests included Seth MacFarlane, Brittany Snow and Suki Waterhouse. Jamie is writing and filming a documentary called ‘Addicted to Likes’ and developed an app, ‘Happy Not Perfect’, launched this spring, which encourages young people to think positively about their lives. “The aim of my app is to raise self-esteem and try to counteract the culture of likes and selfies through feel-good mantras, brain games and community.” Suki Waterhouse is a model, actress and photographer who directed her first music video earlier this year and now, accessories designer. Poppy and Suki are pretty much inseparable – they met on a dancefloor when Poppy had just moved to LA and Suki was an aspiring model. The two engaged in a dance-off, the kind of bonding exercise that only a seriously cool, yet slightly eccentric, pair of British girls would willingly partake in but they had both just moved to town to explore the fashion and entertainment worlds, respectively and it’s the sort of thing that you can get away with when nobody’s really watching you . . . yet. Pop & Suki launches this October.
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“I do not think there should necessarily be a link between my works, but they do have a lot in common. You find the same sense of movement in each group of works. In my paintings it is all about liquid movements, the colours and the materiality of painting, and how these masses merge into one and other. When I work on the sculptures, in some ways, I manipulate this viscosity, this liquid matter, and I solidify it into sculpture.” – Henrique Oliveira. Young Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira brings nature to urban settings with his large scale, organic sculptures and installations. Oliveira is a sculptor of organic forms. He uses ‘tapumes’ (Portuguese for ‘fence’), referring to the temporary construction fences that are used in the city of São Paulo. To these ‘tapumes’ he adds PVC pipes and creates gigantic, organic forms that seem to invade the space that house them. Oliveira works in various mediums, such as painting, sculpture and installation all of which form a type of hybrid art that expresses architectural anthropomorphism. Impressive.
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Meet Shellie Garber. She is a self taught, contemporary abstract artist who lives in Portland Oregon with her dog ‘Moose’. Barber began painting “off and on” about twenty years ago, mainly still life watercolours which she sold at local street fairs in Oregon for several years. In the summer of 2015, Garber painted her first abstract painting and a star was born. In Garber’s own words, “I see my paintings as a language of images that allows me to communicate feelings that are beyond words. I work with acrylics, oil pastel and pencil exploring colour, design and mark making. I enjoy creating interesting shapes and colours and seeing how they interact with each other on the page. I paint from instinct and intuition. My work is experimental and playful. I begin with random marks, colours and shapes putting down several layers until I achieve an image that feels complete and satisfying. I feel more connection to myself and others through my art.” To see more visit Garber’s online art gallery. Smashing!
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Dan Havel and Dean Ruck turned a to-be-torn-down house into an art installation known as ‘Inversion’. Latterly known as the ‘Tunnel House’, the condemned structure’s transformation marked a refreshing change from the vandalism that often befalls many abandoned buildings and places. The property on Montrose Blvd. belonged to the Art League of Houston. Using the boards from the outside of the houses Havel and Ruck created a large funnel-like vortex running between the two which ended in a small hole in an adjacent courtyard. In their previous lives both buildings had been used for over 30 years as exhibition spaces and art classes, they were torn down in 2005 shortly after this “goodbye installation”. Havel Ruck Projects (Dan Havel and Dean Ruck) is an artist collaborative that works in public and quasi-public environments to repurpose architectural structures and remnants of no perceived market value into works of art. Beginning informally in 1994 with Project O House, in collaboration with Kate Petley, the duo came together again in 2004. In 2009 they formalized their collaborative as Havel Ruck Projects, LLP.
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The gardenia, peony and rose give Carin Gerard, Santa Barbara-based classical realism painter, an opportunity to exaggerate nature’s robust yet impermanent brilliance. ‘Inner Beauty’ is a series that relies on both realistic and fantastical colours to portray the vibrancy of each blossom so making the grade are purple, pink and blue playing off subtle greys and whites. “I wasn’t confined by real colour value,” Gerard states. “I went into fantasy which is unlike my other work and added a sense of excitement and lusciousness.” A quality that is ever-present in Gerard’s paintings is sensuality; they are feminine, sexy and powerful. Perhaps more than with any other series, ‘Inner Beauty’ showcases Gerard’s technical prowess, using the Munsell colour theory, she works from an equation for each colour to create a string of values. “It’s like math,” Gerard states “The process is complex, but in order for a painting to be complete, there must be a looseness, an informality amongst the precision.” Gerard’s work is dynamic, three-dimensional and interpretive. We likey!
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“I am a ‘word collector’. Unusual words with wondrous meanings fascinate me. My favourite word at the moment is ‘sonder’. John Koeng describes this noun in his Dictionary Of Obscure Sorrows – “The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own – populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness – an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.” – Humayrah Bint Altaf. Exotic words from old, half-forgotten books, natural ephemera and memories, Humayrah Bint Altaf unravels her love for these things stitch by embroidered stitch. Altaf began embroidering at the age of 14 after seeing her grandma lovingly make crocheted gifts for friends and family. Later her keen sense of creativity and design found Altaf studying fashion at the University for the Creative Arts in Surrey, but in her second year there she became discouraged by the competitiveness of the industry and so she returned to her first love, embroidery. Altaf spent two years studying hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework in Hampton Court Palace in which time she developed skills in traditional hand embroidery techniques like goldwork and silk shading. It was here that Altaf’s love and appreciation for exquisite craftsmanship blossomed. You can see for yourself on Altaf’s Instagram and listings in her Etsy store. Altaf, it is clear to see, is greatly inspired by the natural world. “Hand embroidery is a dying art that I strive to keep alive.”
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