GEHRY'S LONDON DEBUT: Frank Gehry is aiming to bring a slice of urban edge to London's Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park this summer. The celebrated architect is the latest to put his spin on the gallery's annual summer pavilion project, for which past creators have included Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Oscar Niemeyer. Gehry has designed a jagged, timber construction set to be unveiled in June, which from initial models looks like a chaotic web of wood, metal and glass spliced together, in which visitors can mill about.
"The pavilion...acts as an urban street running from the park to the existing gallery," said Gehry. The pavilion — the ninth in the gallery's history — marks Gehry's first built structure in England and the architect's first collaboration with his son, Samuel Gehry. The space, which Gehry likened to an "amphitheater," is designed to host music, performance and debating events in the four months it exists in the park.
And while the pavilion is a summer project, luckily Gehry is well aware of London's famously inclement weather — he assures the pavilion will protect against wind and rain, as well as provide shade on those rare sunny days.
X MARKS THE SPOT: Kylie Minogue is the latest pop icon who will take to the stage in Jean Paul Gaultier couture. The Australian singer tapped Gaultier to create all her looks for the "KylieX2008" European tour, which kicks off in Paris May 6, and winds up in London in August. Giving her latest outing a distinct French accent, she also posed for photographers Pierre & Gilles for her tour program. Gaultier, who outfitted Madonna for her "Confessions" tour in 2006, is keeping busy in the costume department. Rumor has it he's also in line to create costumes for choreographer Angelin Preljocaj's production of "Snow White" this fall.