RA rules Paris
Since its opening in Antwerp, RA has been a platform for up and coming talent. It's a brooding place for tomorrow's avant garde designers and their restaurant is a hangout for the cool kids (if they can't afford the clothing, they can always drink herbal tea). For 2012, RA cements a permanent position within the artistic and fashion hub, by opening a Paris extension of their original retail concept and exhibition space.
Inspired by the city of light, RA Paris channels a new focus on a bygone era of bespoke creation, to bring to life a salon ambience channeling Gertrude Stein. The monumental front door is sculpted with symbolic carvings in heavy bronze, and layered curtains create shifting scenographies.
In true Bohemian spirit, RA Paris will host regular salon events, including readings, performance art and intimate fashion shows. The space will be a living part of the fashion equation, inspiring designers and artists to explore a unique potential for customised installations. The connection with RA Antwerp will continue to evolve, creating an enriched artistic dialogue between two fashion capitals.
What's on show? Expect the unexpected. RA Antwerp is has a well known reputation to promote young and up and coming designers and RA Paris will continue this tradition: modern couture offerings from artisanal designers like London’s Meadham Kirchhoff, eveningwear from Serkan Cura, millinery by Nasir Mazhar, and handcrafted costume jewellery from Heaven Tanudiredja. These will be complemented by an opulent selection of vintage garments from houses such as Chanel, Alaïa and Mugler, evoking the decadence of a bygone era. Without any doubt the new place-to-be for the Paris bobo scene (bourgeois bohémien).