Much as I love to party party, and dance to um, celeb DJs (iTunes Party Shuffle), what I really love are exhibitions, and being able to be in a room and if not touch, stand very close to clothes that I will never own, but am just happy to be next to them. I suggest never going to an exhibition with me because I do get very absorbed in clothes and pictures. And my mouth is open a lot.
I headed to the private view of the SIX plus THREE DESIGNERS Exhibition at the Hellenic Centre, in Marylebone with my good friend and fellow blogger/writer/and all around top banana Akeela. Upon arriving at the Hellenic Centre, a deceptively slim townhouse, but a lovely high ceilinged space inside, we listened to a speech by Ioanna Papantoniou, President of the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation on the exhibition.
The exhibition shows six contemporary Greek designers of the 20th Century who revolutionised the concept of couture in Greek, Jean Dessès, Yannis Evangelides, James Galanos, Dimis Kritsas, George Stavrapoulos, and Yannis Tsekenis. Alongside these six designers were three Greek international designers, Mary Katrantzou, Marios Schwab (whose stuff I adore) and Sophia Kokosolaki.
Top to bottom: Mary Katrantzou AW11, Mary Katrantzou SS11, Sophia Kokosolaki, Mary Katrantzou, Mario Schwab SS12, Sophia Kokosolaki.
Mary Katrantzou was the flavour du jour, with several attendees decked out in her clothes.
It was a rather lovely evening as we also ran into Kristabel of I Want You To Know and her painfully stylish mother Sandria (in Mary K no less), and spent a rather pleasant time, talking, standing too close to the mannequins (because I don’t get invites to the shows *cough* not that fancy a blogger really), chasing waiters for canapes and discussing my inability to talk like a normal person in mixed company.
If you’re in the Baker St area, the exhibition runs until the 22 March and is free entry. Highly recommend popping down there, especially if you’re a fan of Mary, Marios or Sophia.
The Hellenic Centre
6-18 Paddington Street
Nearest station – Baker St
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 11am-7pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12am-4pm.
Photos courtesy of Akeela Bhattay