Karl Lagerfeld’s Retro And FutureSpective Exhibition

Karl Lagerfeld, perhaps the hardest working and best known man in fashion today, is also synonymous with an exhaustive body of work, as creative director of the houses of Chanel and Fendi, and his own label Karl Lagerfeld. He has dominated runways of Milan and Paris with multiple collections each year, for years.

Paying tribute to his fashion life is an exhibition opening this Sunday March 29, at the Bundekunsthalle, the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, in Bonn.

 

Evening Gowns From Karl Lagerfeld Collection

Evening Gowns From Karl Lagerfeld Collection

Entitled Karl Lagerfeld: Modemethode, the exhibition displays a selection of his most memorable creations from all three fashion houses as well as from Chloé, where he headed design from 1963 to 1978, and from 1992 to 1997. This is the first comprehensive exhibition to explore the German-born designer’s contributions to the fashion history of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Though this show looks like a retrospective – but it might also be considered a future-spective. The idea is to show Karl’s complete life in fashion, as Modemethode meaning the designer’s ‘fashion method,’ depicting his all-encompassing attention to detail, from initial sketch to finished garment.

The exhibition displays 126 looks, 120 accessories, 177 buttons, hundreds more sketches, as well as advertisement campaigns and film clips.

Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld

Slated to run through September 13, the show is arranged like a road, inviting guests to explore the most noteworthy chapters in the designer’s professional career — one that is not over yet.

$140 Million Picasso at Christie’s Is World’s Most Expensive Pre-Sale Estimate at Auction. 

In May, Christie’s will offer Picasso’s iconic Les Femmes d’Alger (1955,) a painting that comes with a migraine inducing $140 million estimate — which traditionally marks the lower end of price expectations.

 

Picasso's Les Femme D'Algers (1955)

Picasso’s Les Femmes D’Alger (1955)

Now, the Picasso, which carries one of the highest—if not the highest ever—presale estimates, is the centerpiece of this auction, entitled Looking Forward to the Past. It is curated by Christie’s Loïc Gouzer. Other works in the sale include a 1950s Mark Rothko abstract (estimated at $40 million), a 1902 Monet painting estimated at $35 million, as well as works by Piet Mondrian, Egon Schiele, Magritte, and Martin Kippenberger. We will keep you informed as to the final price, with expectations, even now, to top the $140M conservative estimate.

Elon Musk Says Self-driving Tesla Will be Ready Sooner Than Later. Much sooner.

According to Motor Authority, March 23rd, there’s news concerning Tesla Motors and its ever-Tweeting CEO Elon Musk. This week, they have details about new self-driving features coming to the Model S.

 

Self-Driving Tesla S

Self-Driving Tesla S

Last fall, Tesla announced an “Autopilot” feature provided the Model S with some basic self-driving functions, such as being able to read speed signs and make lane changes. Eventually, the Autopilot will be enhanced via software updates to give the Model S self-driving capability on the highway from on-ramp to off-ramp, though there’s been no mention of a timeframe for this—until now.

 

According to Musk, who thinks fully autonomous cars may one day lead to actual driving being outlawed, a software update scheduled for release in about three months that will enable the Model S to handle highways and major roads by itself. Speaking on a conference call, according to Motor Authority, he said that the self-driving technology was technically capable of handling urban areas, though he said Tesla would disable the Autopilot in these situations, citing safety concerns.

 

Tesla Model S Dashboard

Tesla Model S Dashboard

During the call, Musk also revealed that the Autopilot feature will allow a Model S to be summoned by the driver via smartphone or told to go park itself. That feature will be allowed only on private property for now.

The Ultimate Easter Gift: A Rabbit Combo Of Diamonds And Chocolate.

VeryFirstTo announced this week that the World’s Most Extravagant Chocolate Easter Bunny is for sale. The luxury chocolate rabbit has been hand carved by award-winning Chocolatier & International Pastry Consultant and former Chef Décor of Harrods, Martin Chiffers.

 

The Diamond Eyed Chocolate Easter Bunny

The Diamond Eyed Chocolate Easter Bunny

The rabbit eyes are sparkling with two solitaire diamonds from luxury jeweler 77 Diamonds, who, according to VeryFirstTo, possess the largest selection of diamonds in the world.  Once this Easter Bunny has been eaten, the diamonds can be set into a bespoke piece of jewelry free of charge. The diamonds were chosen exclusively for inclusion in this chocolate, edible sculpture. This life-size bunny measures approximately 15 inches high and made from a solid piece of 75% Tanzania Origin chocolate. The sculpture weighs in at approximately 11 pounds — which translates to 584,000 calories total.

 

Diamond Eyed Easter Rabbit

Diamond Eyed Easter Rabbit

Detailing includes three solid chocolate eggs at the foot of the bunny, decorated with gold leaf. Price? $49,000.

A Pen Created From a Single Piece of Gold

Porsche Design this week launched an exclusive fountain pen: The Golden Gem: the P‘3135 Solid Gold Limited Edition.

Porche Design Solid Gold Pen

Porche Design Solid Gold Pen

This distinctive writing instrument has been strictly limited to eleven pieces worldwide and will only be available from selected Porsche Design stores from mid-April 2015

 

Porsche Design Gold Pen

Porsche Design Gold Pen

The limited P´3135 Solid Gold is milled out of a single piece of solid pure 14-/585 carat gold. The progressive pure silhouette underlines the fountain pen’s unique shape. It is rounded off by the integral 18-/750 carat gold nib, which has been especially designed for the Solid fountain pen and highlights its aesthetic and elegance. The icon of the Porsche Design brand is engraved on the surface of the nib and a limited edition number is lasered on the barrel.

The Porsche Design P‘3135 Solid Gold Limited Edition is available from mid-April with nib sizes M in selected Porsche Design Stores and retails for 25.000 euro, or $27,200 USD.