One of my favorite events in Madrid is the Tapeo Mahou festival. Madrid offers several tapas tasting events, most of which included following a desired route to visit several bars and restaurants to taste their speciality tapa and enjoy a Mahou beer.
However, this event tops the charts for convenience, because participating restaurants set up stands at the Palacio de Deportes and everything is all in one location. You buy tickets and receive a map which includes all the names of the participating restaurants, their stand number and their offered tapa(s). Pick your favorites and visit those stands.
I´ve had an amazing time sampling the speciality tapas in the past and I can´t wait to stop in this weekend. Useful information:
From 12-430 pm and then from 8-midnight.
You must buy tickets for all, and the prices are:
Mahou Clasica or Sin: 2 fichas, 1 euro
Terico of Mixta, Light or Negra: 4 fichas (2 euros)
Tapas: 3 fichas (1.5 euros)
This year Fitting Room returns to Madrid for it´s 9th edition on March 9th. As always, it will be at the Petit Palace on Calle Jorge Juan 17 in Barrio Salamanca. I am pretty bummed I won´t be able to attend as I have for the last 2 years, because I will be in Miami. I guess I can´t complain!
Like past year, each room will feature a different designer showcasing their items which you can photograph, purchase, etc.
This year here are some of the participating vendors/designers are coming from as far as Mexico, Columbia, Singapore and Ukraine. See list below:
Hunna, elSuso, Alilovesyou, L’imperatrice, Lamauri, Les Tulipes, Lolita Butterfly, Lupe Giraldo, Mamenchica, Manuel & Ariana, Pecadille, Selected Homme, Vila Clothes, Chic ’n’ Bossa, Clavenié, Ksenia Schnaider, Bikini by Theresa Benavides, Proyectokwarzo, L’entoilage.
For more information visit the Fitting Room Website.
I finally had the opportunity to pop into the the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit and I was beyond impressed by what I encountered. Last year I saw a YSL exhibit in the same space and loved it, and the Gaultier exhibit literally blew me away.
Seeing the designs up close in itself is a guilty pleasure. His designs are not what I would consider beautiful… weird, creepy or strange are a better fit, but none the less-stunning and fabulous.
The unexpected part of the exhibit was that all the manniquins actually have FACES. Created by a hologram, they have eyes that move, open and close, and even stare you down. Their mouths smile and sometimes even talk. I have never seen anything like this before and it truly added to the shock value of the showcase.
Parisian flavour is what also helps give Jean Paul Gaultier his signature look, among other inspirations. Note the Eiffel Tower tights, heels and the Moulin Rouge inspired dress.
The exhibit is over on the 6th of January so I high recommend trying to stop in and see it. It´s 100 percent worth your time and only takes between 30 minutes and 1 hour to see it all. Best of all…it´s free! I considered this the best free gift I´ve gotten in a while.
Enjoy the pics and see my previous post on the Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibit for more details, hours, etc.
It´s about that time…the time of year when I´ve gone through all my fall and winter wardrobe essentials and decided I don´t have nearly enough to wear this season. Lucky for me, Thursday, Novemeber 15th is the Glamour Shopping Party, which gives me several discounts and options to add a boost to my lagging fall collection of clothes etc.
Glamour is throwing this event to celebrate their 10 year anniversary of the magazine in Spain. From 7-12 in the evening, participating stores offer discounts, drinks, free gifts and all sorts of fun things for shoppers to participate in. I myself would like to visit Dayaday, Nice Things, Hakei, and Mango. You can seem some of the other stores featured in the photo, but for a complete list of stores and promotions, you have to purchase the Novemeber issues of the magazine, currently available at newstands and kiosks. The magazine comes with a listing of everything you need to know as well as a small card you take with you when you shop.
¨La Moda es Sueño¨ is the third fashion exhibit currently on display here in Madrid. (The others being Cartier and Jean Paul Gautlier). It´s the fall/winter 2012 of fabulous fashion exhibits!
Literally translated to ¨Fashion is a Dream¨this exhibit features fashion creations in the last 25 years by successful spanish designers.
Details as follows:
Museo de Cerrablo
c/ Ventura Rodríguez, 17
28008 Madrid, España
Metro: Plaza España
Until January 13
3 euros to enter
Free on Sundays, Thursday evenings and Saturday after 2 pm.
The very first of it´s kind for the designer, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gautlier is an international exhibition featuring haute couture, audiovisual pieces, videos and excerpts from fashion shows and interviews, as well as the first designs and pictures by major photographers. All this will serve as testimony not only to his bold, cutting-edge designs, but also the creativity and craftsmanship of his creations, which have influenced the work of artists such as Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Richard Avedon, and Mario Testino-to name a few.
The exhibit was first featured in San Francisco, followed by Dallas, then Rotterdam, and now in Madrid. I think it´s an interesting collection of cities but I can´t complain as it´s finally in Madrid.
The exhibition will take place at the Fundación Mapfre, which is where I saw the Yves St. Laurent exhibit not long ago, so I am very excited to visit this. Jean Paul himself helped organize and put the exhibit together, which means it will have his special added touch. Can´t wait to visit!
Details as follows:
Runs until Jan 6, 2013
Monday: from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
From Tuesday to Saturday: from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Public holidays and Sundays: from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Salas Recoletos. Salas de Exposiciones de Fundación Mapfre
Paseo de Recoletos 23
Sala Mapfre Website
I can´t find any information on pricing, which leads me to believe its FREE. Hopefully that´s the case…the best things in life are free, right?
I was thrilled to finally be able to check out the photo exhibit from famous fashion blog ¨The Sartorialist¨. For those of you who aren´t familiar with the blog (gasp! blasphemy! Start reading it immediately HERE!), it´s a blog that takes pictures of people with interesting fashion on the streets of various cities around the world. I honestly think it has revoluntinized the way we see fashion. It´s not just about runway trends and expensive designers. The Sartorialist is all about having your own personal style, quirks, and personality and just rocking it.
The exhibit was small but tastefully done and I really loved each and every photograph I saw. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did and if you get a chance to visit the exhibit in person, please go, it really only takes a few minutes to stroll around.
For details about the exhibit, please visit my blog post HERE with the location, dates, etc of the exhibit.
Saved my favorite for last…the snow…the loubs…the coat…everything is magical!
Heather, Stevie and Me enjoying the exhibit!
Me, visibly excited to be seeing all these amazing photos!
Nowadays designers are really try to push the limits to create memorable and surprising fashion shows. I recently saw Forever 21´s holgram fashion show-talk about new and innovative!
Salvatore Ferragamo decided this year that to make the showing of their Resort 2013 collection extra special by hosting it in Paris´s most prestigous art museum, the Louvre. I can only imagine how fabulous this would be. This is the very first time the Louvre has opened their doors to this type of event. Clearly, it was a big deal, as celebs Leighton Meester, Hilary Swank and Freida Pinto were seated front row.
The Florence-based fashion house hosted the show in an impressive 120 meters of the Denon Wing arcade of the almost 900-year-old building thanks to its sponsorship of the Louvre’s current exhibition of “The Virgin and Saint Anne,” the last painting by Florentine master Leonardo da Vinci.
I do find it slightly interesting that the first fashion show in the Louvre was by an Italian and not French designer…hmmm?!
Apparently, the clothes were almost designed to match the Louvre´s light colored stone, with a light pastel colored palette.
See below for images of the iconic show!
Images from FashionStyle.com, Fashion-Court.com, Popsugar.com
One of the world´s most fabulous fashion blogs, The Sartorialist, will be hosting a photo exhibition here in Madrid. For those of you who don´t know (and all of you should!) the Sartorialist is a blog started in 2006 by Scott Schuman. He basically started the concept of ´street style´as iconic fashion. The blog features photos of people´s style in NYC, and other fashion cities like Berlin, Milan, Tokyo, and more.
I have not yet seen the exhibit but I am thrilled to go-I will definitely be visiting this week or next. I am an avid follower of the Sartorialist and it will be amazing to see all these photos in person.
Details of the event:
Date: Until August 5th.
Place: Loeew, Gran Via, 8 – 28013 Madrid