Sublime aesthetics and taste by the "sculptor of flavours" Patrick Roger who recently opened his new shop in Sablon, Brussels and left me speechless when I visited it. The images speak for themselves. As for the taste of his creations, you really do have to try them.
RA 13 is a platform of support for directional fashion and artistic talent in Antwerp, which I visited in my recent trip to Belgium. Site-specific installations decorate the various rooms of the space.
Over sixty pret-a-porter labels incuding bespoke fashion and accessories designers are hosted at RA.
RA's soul and co-owner Romain Brau posed for the eternal optimist (right below)
The 50-seat RA kitchen, also hosting works by emerging artists, has an amazing menu by Hadas Cnaani with weekly specials.
Three designers - Alexis Barrell, fashion designer, Joanna Cave, jewellery designer and Jason Spiliotakos, architect are friends. They decided to join forces to bring their creativity into the kitchen. Bringing people together to celebrate the simple things of life and express themselves through their gourmet creations is what inspires the trip to keep expanding. Their themed dinners became talk-of-the-town in less than two months since Athens Amateur Gourmet Society was born.
For those interested in combining shopping and food in the French capital, Cypriot designer Erotokritos has recently opened First Floor, a food hall on the first floor of his Parisian boutique in 46, rue Saintogne, 75003.
The most prominent fashion/charity event of the season will be held on May 2nd at 20.30 at the Athens Hilton hotel. Three Greek designers inspire and collaborate with three top Greek chefs in a spectacular gourmet dinner.
While Mi-Ro, Deux Hommes and Sophia Kokosalaki will be presenting their creations on a common runway, the guests will have the chance to taste the exclusive recipes of Christoforos Peskias (nBox), Yiannis Manikis (Athens Hilton) and Stelios Parliaros (Sweet Alchemy).
Αll proceeds from the invitations (100 euros per person) will be donated to Xamogelo tou Paidiou Foundation. Hurry up, they are almost sold out.
His majesty, Holy Mustache has convinced even the most suspicious ones about his vintage obsession. Recently, he opened HOLY ROOM, a space where vintage culture meets art and vegan nutrition. His next bazaar is titled "Awakening"in which he asked Georgina Mitropoulos to contribute with her own vintage collection. Right after he suggested me to present the video introducing his forthcoming event, programmed for April 15-17. And of course I said yes.
Video directed shot & edited by Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis www.kinemafilms.gr
There has been a lot of controversy in years regarding the fashionable side of the food as a form of art. Various fashion houses have opened restaurants and many designers have created recipes naming them with their logos.The eternal optimist met executive chef Kiriakos Melas and asked him his view over the fashion angle of the food nowadays.
Everywhere you look in fashion, you find food. Is food fashionable?
As a simple cook, I personally derive inspiration from everything when I create something new. Creating art, I use elements from many different art fields and one of them can be fashion. Food reflects the quality of our soul and character, according to each one's environment and conditions of life. Undoubtedly, we live at a time when fashion influences everything and food could not be excluded. However, I do not and cannot see food as fashionable.
How do you feel about the fact that many fashion designers create branded food recipes?
Eat-Pray-Love just like the title of the homonymous movie. I only see love for creation in what you are asking me. I think designers use food as another means to communicate their aesthetic and inspiration, building on the importance of the quality of the food. As a project, this movement is wonderful, since there is a great challenge in creating recipes in every level (food-food styling-art de la table-smell-taste) in conjuction to fashion. Imagine a dinner introducing the launch of a new fragrance identical to the product's aesthetics. Is there anything better than that?
And how about logos on food? Do you like them?
They are cute and fun but as a consumer I don't think I would be motivated to eat it. On the contrary, I would prefer to taste something that is defined by its quality. Still, everything is acceptable when maintaining the importance of nutrition.