Hermes and Louis Vuitton brought a little French flair to Milan Fashion Week, each hosting evening events in the Italian style capital.


On Monday, Hermes feted the reopening of its refurbished store on Via Sant’Andrea, watched over by two Carabinieri on horseback and a swathe of gilded balloons in the shape of a horse, a nod to the maison’s equestrian heritage.


On Wednesday, Louis Vuitton opened its hit art exhibit “Silent Writings” at Palazzo Dugnani, which featured artists’ interpretations of the ancient Rongo Rongo writing tablets from Easter Island. French artist Claude Closky added 74 new characters to the alphabet to form a dizzying display of letters and signs on the wall of the palazzo. “The alphabet becomes immaterial,” Closky explained, adding he is to launch a book of his work called “My People” in October. Italian artist Marco Nereo Rotelli created a mosaic using symbols from the tablets, on top of which he added quotations from his favorite poems. “Art is always aware of writing as a means to defend identity,” he said. Also showing were works by Tracey Emin, Guyton/Walker, Ni Haifeng, Jenny Holzer, Irdris Khan, Joseph Kosuth, Barbara Kruger, Ernesto Neto, Giuseppe Penone, Robin Rhode, Charles Sandison, Sun7 and Lawrence Weiner.

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