An aesthete cannot live by fashion alone, which may be why W’s Contributing European Editor Gianluca Longo gathered a phalanx of rising stars from the worlds of art, design, illustration, and fashion in a group exhibition at David Gill Gallery in London. Appropriately titled “Young Bright Things,” get to know these emerging talents now, with a little help from Longo.
Alexander Lewis I am a big fan of his fashion, and in particular of a capsule collection of hand knitted cashmere jumpers made in Scotland, with slogans like “Mamacita” or “Yalla” as jacquard on the front. I also know Alex is a big art lover, so when I asked what he could do for a group show in the gallery, he suggested that the slogans would be art movements instead. So we will see “Pop,” “Dada” and “Cubist” on the jumpers. Charlotte Olympia Charlotte’s work is synonymous with witty and fun. And definitely wearable. Her totes collection features hand-painted portraits worthy of a gallery. At David Gill’s, she will have a whole white wall to show her work as painting. Annie Morris Annie is a pure creative schizophrenic. Her stacks of colorful clay balls have become her signature, but also see her hand-stitching on these pillow cases and sofa. Abstract and remarkable. Flavie Audi I have always loved Flavie’s clouds; I would love to own a dozen. In this case, I enjoyed showing them at the gallery and pretending they are mine. They will fit so well in the airy and light ambience of the space. Jordana Yachiel The shield is one of my favorite shapes, and then I met someone who makes them in precious materials and stones. Petra Palumbo Needlepoint is an art that is disappearing. Petra is taking over her mother’s business at Tapissere, in London, and she was brought up in a family where most members work in the arts. She asked young Rhys Coren to design a pattern she is hand-stitching as a seat for a stool. I think that is the perfect fit for a gallery like David Gill’s. Nick Hornby I have always been fascinated by Nick’s aerodynamic sculptures and busts. When I first approached him, we were discussing the classic Italian artists, and the idea of a “twisted” Michelangelo’s David emerged as the table he will show at the gallery. Tancredi di Carcaci Tanki is a rare example of a young kid who loves craft. I first saw his first ceramics at his mother’s house, and I thought they were some kind of vintage southern European art. His attention to detail is rather incredible. Noor Fares Noor’s jewellery are works of art. Why not include them? Photo by Billal Taright.