“I WISH I COULD DO MORE FOR YOU”
There is a moment in the 1978 film Midnight Express when the character of Susan, goes to see Billy Hayes in the Turkish jail where he is being held for drug trafficking: Bleak and depressing does not begin to describe the situation he is in. After a moments of sad banter she removes her large breasts from her top, she presses them against the glass that is protecting them from each other and says “I wish I could do more for you.” I loved that scene, probably for all the wrong reasons. I remember bursting out laughing at the ludicrousness of it all.
But today I feel that way about this blog. Not that I want to press my breasts against the lens of my camera and share them with you, but “I wish I could do more for you.”
Today, Lucy and I went to see the Eccentrico exhibition of Armani’s greatest creations.
Before we left I pondered which camera to take. I opted for the Canon 15. While it does not get the color of the Leica as it works better in low light, and fashion shows usually have very low light. I checked it to make sure it had plenty of battery power left and the little battery icon was full. Then within two minutes of arriving at the show, my camera battery died. I was left with only my phone to capture images.
I am not that good with an iPhone. I need my better lens, and little gadgets to do a halfway decent job.
The show is wonderful. Armani has assembled some of the highlights of his long career. Eccentrico is travelling over the next few months to Tokyo, Rome and Hong Kong. It had a splashy party here on Thursday and was open to the public for three days. It is now closed.
This is what Armani has to say about it.
Eccentrico is an installation of exceptional clothes and unique accessories, a journey through the imagination and a study of the capacity for transformation, playing with shapes and materials to explore cultural connections and artistic symbols. It is this aspect – of the unusual – that I wished to highlight, because it represents an exuberant form of creativity that extends the concept of minimalism and rigour linked with my fashion design. And as simplicity of line does not equal simplicity of thought, I have underscored the wealth and freedom of inspiration that form the foundation of my work and that tell a long and unexpected story. My own story, beyond the clichés.
It is a wonderful exhibition. I am sorry I cannot deliver a better group of photos for you.
Though I did screen shoot a few from Olivia Palermo’s website. Not sure she took them herself, but I’m giving her the credit.
And I’m sure in the name of doing more for you, people would much rather see her breasts pressed up to the camera than mine. But alas, I can’t do that for you either.