HEADY ART: Hedi Slimane, the former Dior Homme designer, is readying for a series of art shows even as he contemplates a return to fashion with his own label. A Slimane spokesman told WWD the French designer is focusing on art projects and editorial photography in the immediate future. A solo show of Slimane’s photography will bow at the Ellipse Foundation of Contemporary Art in Lisbon on May 25. The following month, he’s curating a group exhibition at the Arndt & Partners Gallery in Berlin. Called “Sweet Bird of Youth,” the installation will feature his own works as well as those by Terence Koh, Banks Violette and Ryan McGinley.
LUELLA’S NEW HOME: Luella Bartley might be opening her first stand-alone store in the upscale London neighborhood of Mayfair in June, but she won’t be far from her rock ‘n’ roll inspirations — the 25 Brook Street location is next door to Jimi Hendrix’s one-time residence in London.
The 1,400-square-foot store (in the same building as the Handel Museum, where the composer once lived) is near Claridge’s, Penhaligon’s and Sonia Rykiel. The ground floor will carry Bartley’s entire ready-to-wear and accessories collection alongside one-off pieces unique to the store, while the basement will be a client area. The two-story space previously housed an L.K. Bennett footwear store.
The decor will contrast dark wood finishes and antiqued leather fixtures with touches of graffiti and flea-market furniture, to create an atmosphere that the company has dubbed “stately home meets independent record store.”
And London is just the first step in Bartley’s expansion — a store in Hong Kong is set to open in October, while a shop-in-shop unit opened in Takashiyma in Shinjuku in Tokyo in March.