Carine Roitfeld curates Seven: Veuve Clicquot’s third Widow Series in Islington
The third instalment of the series, entitled SEVEN, Carine Roitfeld’s highly-anticipated curation of the annual Veuve Clicquot Widow is an immersive experience that brings the acclaimed editor’s vision of the Seven Deadly Sins to life at 17 Islington Green, London. Tickets for Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October are now available to purchase from the Widow Series website.
Roitfeld, who is respected for her decisive role within the fashion industry as well as her own personal and daring aesthetic, will bring her individual style and edge to The Veuve Clicquot Widow Series. At SEVEN, guests are taken on a journey through seven rooms, to experience not only Roitfeld’s vision of the bewitching aspects of each sin, but their seven virtues as well. Roaming between spaces, guests will immerse themselves in the furore of Wrath, tempestuous Greed and Gluttony, slumberous Sloth, feverish Envy and Pride and uncontrollable Lust. With opposites attracting, the contrasts between good and evil will be starkly presented with their corresponding virtues. The event will also contrast Roitfeld’s truly French aesthetic with her rock’n’roll influences, adding layers to the theme and subsequently stimulating all five senses.
The editor’s enviable black book will be fully utilised for the creation of SEVEN, with Tom Ford announced as the designer for the main bar dressing the seven “Carine” hostesses, and FENDI providing lavish fabrics and a couture outfit for the sin of “Wrath”. Atsuko Kudo, the designer behind Kim Kardashian and Rita Ora’s famous latex dress designs, will also be co-curating the installation for the sin of ‘Lust’. No detail will be overlooked in this years curation and in line with this, renowned Italian designer Gianvito Rossi will be providing the shoes for the series. Also joining Carine on the Widow Series as Creative Director is artist Patrick Kinmonth, internationally acclaimed opera set director and costume designer, who works alongside his co creative-director in their company “The Visual Clinic”, Antonio Monfreda, famed for his artistic work with Italian fashion house Fendi. Both will support Carine to bring this chic exhibition to life.
Carine Roitfeld says of the theme: “Seven has always been my lucky number in life. I constantly find inspiration in the number seven: the shape of it, the sound of it, the meanings and what it represents. It’s the seven wonders of the world, it’s lucky seven, it’s the seven days of the week, and now for me it’s Seven Deadly Sins.”
Jean-Marc Gallot, President Maison Veuve Clicquot , commented: “We are delighted to be collaborating with iconic visionary Carine Roitfeld and CR Studio for the third instalment of the Veuve Clicquot Widow Series. Madame Clicquot herself challenged conventions and was a true innovator of her time. The Maison embraces the attitude Carine has consistently conveyed through her work, her artistic yet audacious aesthetic and fashion leadership over the decades. We welcome another empowering woman into the house of Veuve Clicquot.”
The Veuve Clicquot Widow Series pays homage to the revolutionary founder of the house, Madame Clicquot, who was famously widowed in October 1805. A trailblazer of her time, she single-handedly took on her late husband’s champagne business, and went on to pioneer several industry innovations whilst demonstrating her unparalleled creative dexterity, much like Carine Roitfeld. Now firmly established on the London calendar, this annual event allows Veuve Clicquot to seek seminal creatives who have an unfulfilled desire or passion project they wish to bring to life mirroring the values of Madame Clicquot. Carine will be using various forms of symbolism to nod to the heritage of the house – one of which is Madame Clicquot’s birthday year, 1777, reflected in the overall theme.
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Tickets are now available to purchase on the Veuve Clicquot Widow Series website at £35, which includes one glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label on arrival. 50% of the sales price of each ticket benefit amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.