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THE ART OF LONDON: Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld and Andy Valmorbida gathered a fashionable crowd to toast their exhibition of Los Angeles-based artist Retna’s works in London Wednesday night. Lily Donaldson, Maia Norman, Stephen Jones, Margo Stilley, Jo and Tyrone Wood and Caroline Sieber all turned out to take in the works at The Old Dairy galleries, along with Restoin Roitfeld’s sister, Julia. However, while she might be well versed in the visual world, Restoin Roitfeld said she doesn’t try to influence her brother’s endeavors. “It’s his own thing, I just come and enjoy it,” she said, casting her eye over the bold works, which were painted with a collage of different scripts. “I wish I could understand them — it’s meant to be a code,” she said.
Restoin Roitfeld and Valmorbida have previously showed Retna’s works in New York, and will next take them to Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, Norman said she’s busy working on her next Mother of Pearl ready to wear collection, for which she’s going to collaborate with the artist Fiona Banner.
And a similarly artsy affair had gone down in London Tuesday evening, when German artist Marcel Odenbach had a soiree at north London’s Freud Museum, which was once Sigmund Freud’s home. Odenbach’s works draw inspiration from Freud, and his main piece — a giant collage of Freud’s couch made from small hand-dyed historical photo cutouts — was displayed just meters from the real thing in Freud’s consulting room. Freud’s great grand-daughter Bella was one of the guests at private view. “As I get older I get more and more fascinated by this place and all it’s peculiarities,” she mused. Freud was joined on the evening by Odenbach, designer Kinder Aggugini and author Justine Picardie.