Dolce & Noteworthy
Canadian designer Troy Smith makes his creative mark
Using furniture as a medium to express his creativity, Canadian designer Troy Smith is garnering international attention from notable galleries for his extraordinary art and eclectic collection of tables, chairs and sofas of exceptional beauty and built with meticulous care and craftsmanship.
Based in Toronto and Miami, Smith’s furniture has been referred to as avant-garde, visionary and classic, and his international travels are his inspiration to experience emerging trends. These influences are apparent in Smith’s Rebar Collection, as well as his other unique collections and abstract acrylic paintings.
Paris pays tribute to Karl Lagerfeld
In an evening and setting as grand as the talents of the man himself, the Houses of Chanel, Fendi (LVMH) and Karl Lagerfeld gathered this past June at the Grand Palais in Paris to pay tribute to the late Karl Lagerfeld at a celebration designed, directed and staged by Robert Carsen.
The 2,500 guests were immersed in a spectacular exhibition of 56 giant enlargements of Lagerfeld portraits taken throughout his life, a tapestry of videos, music from Pharrell Williams, and testimonials by such Lagerfeld friends as actresses Helen Mirren, Tilda Swinton, Fanny Ardant and Cara Delevingne. All in attendance agreed even the great man himself would have been impressed.
Ford track-only limited-edition GT Mk II takes supercars to the next level
Ford and Multimatic have revealed the next evolution in supercars with the introduction of the Ford GT Mk II, a limited-edition, track only race car with a 700-horsepower engine. Limited to just 45 vehicles being built in Markham, Ont., the Ford GT Mk II will have a starting MSRP of $1.2 million, and will join the GT race car, which won the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Ford GT supercar.
With a 3.5-Litre EcoBoost engine, race-proven aerodynamics and competition-oriented handling, the GT Mk II has been co-developed by Ford Performance and Multimatic based on competitive learnings from Ford’s successful worldwide racing campaigns. The supercar features enhancements for added downforce, further weight savings and chassis updates for better handling and increased engine power.
The car begins its production process at the main Ford GT plant before being transferred to a specialist facility at Multimatic Motorsports where it is crafted into the Ford GT Mk II.
Alice + Olivia spring 2020 fashion presentation
One of the fashion world’s most highly anticipated events is the Alice + Olivia presentation held every September in New York City. The brainchild of designer Stacey Bendet, the presentation long ago shed the traditional catwalk approach and the Alice + Olivia spring 2020 fashion presentation featured a series of nine “vignettes” – a kaleidoscope of colourful, social-media-ready interactive sets that had guests, designers and celebrities buzzing.
“When the colours are right in a space you exhale and tune into your own interior,” says Bendet on the eye-catching extravaganza. “I dream in colour and these rooms are fashion dreams come to life.”
Launched in 2002 by Bendet, Alice + Olivia has a global following for its unique combination of style, sophistication and whimsy, which is a strong reflection of the personality of its founder. Its colourful and bold clothing and accessories can be found in more than 800 department and specialty stores worldwide and 20 stand-alone boutiques.