What: The Cartel launch. Where: Desert Fish, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. When: Wednesday February 27.
The Cartel – a new ‘wearable’ art gallery – is aptly located in Al Quoz’s Alserkal Avenue among a cluster of art spaces, so its concept fits perfectly. As we arrived at the launch party I said hello to Desert Fish Photography co-founder Shub Qureshi, who I’ve been desperate to ink for ages. Shub has a beautiful geometric bone structure, large features and sharp glossy bob, and looks as though she has just stepped off the set of a ’60s movie. I asked Shub to pose next to a mannequin that was dressed in an exquisite avant-garde ensemble, and immediately knew my first inking was sorted.
There were lots of familiar faces, including Filipino designer Michael Cinco and Stylemonger blogger Butz Fuentes. The layout of the venue was really interesting, with a series of geometric-shaped units to showcase the collections in a futuristic manner, and a large array of styles, ranging from hand-painted vibrant silks to monochromatic geometric garments.
I caught up with The Cartel founder Peter Richweisz, who is also a photographer. Years ago Peter photographed my daughter Poppy, and I’d been really excited because his work is so edgy and conceptual – as a proud mum, I still have the photographs safely stored. The fashion show was dramatic and Peter’s film was uniquely styled and conceptual.
Finally, it was time to head home for the night. As I drove away from the event, I decided The Cartel offers a new shopping experience for those wanting something more unique. For Hatty’s blog and more of her art, see www.hattypedder.com.
Next week: ‘How to Write Successful Picture Books’ talk at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.