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CHANNEL CROSSING: Janina Joffe, founder of the online fashion illustration gallery East of Mayfair, has teamed with Roland Mouret to showcase rare and previously unseen drawings by the late fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez at Mouret’s Mayfair townhouse, marking the 70th anniversary of Lopez’s birth.
“When I was a young person, Antonio was one of the people who made you dream about fashion,” Mouret said during an event to kick off the exhibition on Friday night. He said he remembers seeing Lopez arriving with his entourage at La Coupole in Paris, but was too shy to approach him: “There are some people you think ‘I want to be like them,’ and Antonio was one of those people,” said Mouret.
Mouret’s Parisian youth has been at the forefront of his mind of late: That and the city’s Palais-Royal were inspirations behind his upcoming show. “It’s about my story and my love for that park in Paris,” he said.