W hat makes the late summer even nicer this year? Aside from the hopefully soon tanned skin and airy summer dresses... Go on a fashion holiday to your heart's content. So that you don't have to wade through countless travel guides, browse the web for hours or ask all your friends on Facebook for tips, the Allude team has brainstormed eagerly and put together a top-fashion best-of of recommendations from Paris , Milan, New York, London and Berlin. From top exhibitions to new illustrated books (for rainy days) to cool design hotels and unusual flower boutiques. Make this summer a very personal experience.
Manus x Machina
Metropolitan Museum of Art , New York, 5.5. until 14.8.16
In hardly any other art discipline do machines and manual labor merge as perfectly as in fashion. The show in Manhattan shows numerous proof pieces for this unique symbiosis. Among the highlights: a wedding gown by Chanel with an endless train and elaborate embroidery.
Allure, photographs from the Susanne von Meiss Collection
cIo Berlin Foundation , Berlin, 28.5. until 4.9.16
The Susanne von Meiss collection looks at elegance from a completely new angle. The focus is on the fine game with the hidden and mysterious. The photos – such as those of Horst P. Horst, Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Jürgen Teller – often only show sections of individual body parts or accessories.
Fashion Forward, Three Centuries of Fashion
Musée des Arts Décoratifs , Paris, 7.4. until 14.8.16
The Musée is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the “Fashion Forward” exhibition, taking visitors on a journey through the history of fashion. The most impressive creations of the archive are shown on an area of around 100 square meters, from 1715 to 2015.
Undressed: A brief history of underwear
Victoria and Albert Museum , London 16/4/16 to 12/3/17)
"Undressed" deals with the exciting and often very controversial history of underwear. From the 18th century to the present. As an exception, looking is not only allowed here, but makes sense.
Antonio Lopez: Future, Funk, Fashion on View
El Museo del Barrio , New York, 25.5. until 17.9.16
With the spread of photography, fashion illustrations became less and less important. The American artist Antonio Lopez was not impressed by this and continued to capture the evolution of the design until the 1980s. The Museo del Barrio presents his drawings, photographs of close friends such as Grace Jones, and Lopez's own designs for shoes and jewelry.
FASHION PICTURE BOOKS
Louise Dahl-Wolfe , Aperture Verlag
Her distinctive style has already inspired Richard Avedon and Horst P. Horst. The American photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe is best known for her work for Harper's Bazaar. Aperture Verlag is now honoring her most beautiful and formative photographs with an illustrated book.
Naomi Campbell - The Art of Beauty , Taschen Verlag
She is the face of countless photo spreads and advertising campaigns and has graced countless covers of the most well-known magazines. So it's high time to sum up the unique career of the British supermodel in a limited edition book.
Miles Aldridge - Please return Polaroid , Steidl Verlag
For “Please return Polaroid”, British photographer Miles Aldridge rummaged through his 20-year Polaroid archive. An illustrated book that brings back memories: of the anticipation, the coincidence and the surprise effect when snapping with the cult camera. The volume will be released on June 28, 2016.
Behind the Runway: Backstage Access to Fashion's Biggest Shows – Matt Lever , Roads Publishing
Guests hardly notice the chaos that breaks out shortly before the big fashion show. All the rush, nervousness and tension that is in the air until the liberating moment when the show was a success. The photo book by British photographer Matt Lever provides exclusive insights, almost as if you were there.
Issey Miyake , Taschen Verlag
Just in time for the big "Issey Miyake" show at the National Art Center Tokyo, the very personal book by his longtime friend Midori Kitamura looks back on the important work of the Japanese fashion designer: from his life to the inspiration for his collections.
11 Howard , New York
Located between Soho and Lower Manhattan, 11 Howard is at the epicenter of design, indulgence, fashion, art and music. The house itself is also impressive with its casual Scandinavian style. The perfect oasis of calm after an eventful day in the Big Apple.
Le Roch , Paris (from June 2016)
Interior designer Sarah Lavoine dedicated an entire hotel to the city of love. Every detail, no matter how small, of Le Roch, which she furnished, exudes a particularly great deal of French chic and charm, which we have always envied the Parisians for.
Provocateur , Berlin (from autumn 2016)
Micky Rosen and Alex Urseanu are known for hotels with a twist . After the Hotel Roomers and The Pure in Frankfurt, the two now want to land the next coup in the capital: the Provocateur on Ku'Damm. Dim lighting and burlesque elements create a cinematic atmosphere full of sensuality.
The Laslett , London
The Laslett is more than just a hotel. The lobby is reminiscent of a chic library, the restaurant is reminiscent of a trendy café and the rooms are reminiscent of your best friend's pretty townhouse. The most beautiful pieces, such as cosmetics from Couveture & the Garbstone and fashion from Les Glorieuses can be bought in the hotel shop.
The Yard , Milan
The Yard in Milan sends its guests on a relaxing journey of discovery, for example with a number of old Louis Vuitton suitcases and sports trophies from a bygone era. A detailed little museum to live in.
Putnam & Putnam , New York
Darroch and Michael Putnam are not only connected by love. they also share a passion for flowers. In addition to magazines such as "Vogue", her customers also include normal customers who are looking for the perfect bouquet for a special day in their life or just because. And find what you are looking for here.
160 5th Ave, New York , putnamflowers.com
Baptiste Pitou , Paris
Baptiste Pitou has been the official florist of the French fashion house Hermès for several years. Cartier is also relying on the flower professional this season. Pitou is best known for its spectacular flower walls and braided bouquets to dream about.
4, rue de l'Abbé Grégoire, Paris , baptistefleur.com
Ruby Mary Lennox , Berlin
In addition to aesthetics, the florist also attaches great importance to the environment in her work. None of the flowers for her arrangements are shipped from far away or grown under questionable conditions, but come from the Berlin area. Regional, seasonal and beautiful.
Soho House Berlin, Torstrasse 1, Berlin , marylennox.de
Flora Starkey , London
Alexander Mcqueen, Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang... Flora Starkey's list of clients is long. The entire British fashion scene raves about her romantic floral compositions. She gets her inspiration from the Victorian era and Renaissance artists.
By appointment only , florastarkey.com
Photos: Upper Level Gallery View: Artificial Flowers Case Study Wedding Ensemble, Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg,1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913), autumn/winter 2005–6 haute couture, back view; Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection © The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Victoria and Albert Museum London; David von Becker; Taschen Verlag (2); Aperture Publishers; Steidl Verlag; Roads Publishing; Nicholas Koenig; Provocateur Berlin; Living Rooms The Laslett Notting Hill by Ana Cuba; Putnam & Putnam (via Instagram )