Featuring a Carla Bruni dress and an art deco graffiti fair: Sabato’s agenda at the end of January

Always wanted to buy an evening dress worn by Carla Bruni? Or a piece of Stella McCartney design for the living room? Sabato guides you through the agenda for the end of January.

1 | Graffiti exhibition in Molitor

The life story of Piscine Molitor in Paris is similar to that of Villa Cavrois, just over the Belgian-French border. Both luxurious Art Deco buildings slipped into total disrepair: prey to squatters, graffiti artists and vandals. Until a fat pot of money and years of titanic work kissed the pearls of inheritance awake.

The Molitor, built in 1929, reopened in 2014 after a spectacular renovation and expansion with a star hotel. In the 1990s, the French graffiti artist Katre regularly visited the then deserted Art Deco pool. He even devoted his graduation project to it at the art academy.

So many years later, he re-enters Molitor, this time through the great gate. On January 27, he will open an exhibition here with works based on photographs from the recession years (Photo). But the eye-catcher is his large installation in the outdoor pool.


| Cats in Molitor, Paris
| From 27 January to 5 March

2 | Designed by Stella McCartney

Ever since 2001, Stella McCartney has rocked the fashion world with her radical animal-free collections. Now she also enters the world of design. She created her very first interior design collection.

Especially for B&B Italia, she set Mario Bellini’s ‘Bambole’ sofa (‘bambole’ is Italian for ‘doll’) in the ‘Fungi Forest’ fabric from her last summer collection. Additionally, these new versions are made from recycled materials. And they are removable for easier repair and reuse.


| B&B Italy
| From 5,347 euros

3 | Expo ‘Playdate’ at Galerie Zwart Huis

Since Christophe Coppens left the fashion world ten years ago, he has emerged as a versatile artist. He went on to make outrageous accessories for the likes of Róisín Murphy, but concentrated mainly on fine art, exhibiting in galleries and museums. He directed operas for which he also designed sets and costumes. And he created a children’s course for the recently reopened KMSKA.

But perhaps the biggest news is his return to fashion. This year the fashion house Natan has been in existence for forty years, and to celebrate it appoints Christophe Coppens as creative director.

Although art remains the focus: last week a new exhibition of his visual work opened at the Galerie Zwart Huis in Brussels: ‘Playdate’. The new work he shows there is largely based on his own childhood memories.


| Black House Gallery, Brussels
| Until March 4

4| Haute couture shows and auctions

Next week, from January 23 to 26, the fashion caravan travels to Paris for haute couture shows by Dior, Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier and Fendi, among others. And this time also from Artcurial. Because the Parisian auction house will showcase hundreds of couture silhouettes from the past century from January 20 to 25. If you see something beautiful, you can take it home. Because on Thursday, January 26, everything goes under the hammer.

Top photographer Steven Meisel’s 1995 portrait of Madonna in the Versace dress goes under the hammer at Artcurial on Thursday.
©Artcurial / Steven Meisel

Like a white satin and chiffon couture dress by Gianni Versace from 1995, estimated at 2,500 euros (photo above). Or the evening dress in black silk from Yves Saint Laurent, in which Carla Bruni – then still a model – paraded in 1997 (photo below). Other masterpieces include a 1937 Chanel dress and a Dior outfit from the 1958 ‘Trapèze’ collection, signed by the then 22-year-old Yves Saint Laurent.

Yves Saint Laurent wrote ‘Carla’ on the label of this couture dress; proof that Carla Bruni wore them during the 1997 fashion show.
©Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

All pieces come from the private collection of Didier Ludot, who has run an exclusive vintage boutique under the columns of the Jardins du Palais Royal since 1974. He mainly sells top-quality haute couture, often straight from celebrity wardrobes.

In addition to the live auction with almost 200 lots, an online auction with a further 150 items will take place until 31 January.

Exhibition and auction

| The Artcurial haute couture show runs from January 20 to 25 in Paris
| The live auction will take place on January 26
| The online auction takes place until January 31

5 | Design collections ‘Kos’ and ‘Tact’

The Belgian deco brand D&M launches its new collection at the beginning of February. For the first time, it knocked two young designers in Antwerp. Anouk Taeymans, trained architect, designed the ‘Kos’ collection (Photo) with pots and bowls inspired by Scandinavian design.

At the same time, Charlotte Jonckheer created a robust series of recycled ceramic flower pots: ‘Tact’. Jonckheer studied at the Eindhoven Design Academy and is part of the Brut design collective.


| D&M with Anouk Taeymans and Charlotte Jonckheer
| From 9.60 euros

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