July 11, 2017, from 9:30AM – 1:00PM Li Edelkoort will give a seminar on portraits at the LA MOCA in Los Angeles.
A good portrait opens the soul of the sitter to the world and professes faith in the power of picturing an unknown truth, a portrait is thus an artistic representation of a human, driven by the ideal to represent the personality and even catch the mood of the person, or cat or coat for that matter. This focus on the face and shoulders will create a stir in fashion where the portrait collar will take on new social media value, showing the essence of dress within one detail. The portrait often shows a person looking directly at the artist and the audience in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer, and therefore a good portrait is not measured in likeness but in liveliness, in how to portray the energy that a person possesses, how to depict serenity, melancholy or spleen, how to sculpt strength and energy, how to paint pain. Hidden moods and thought processes are laid bare by the simple gesture of a piece of charcoal, undiscovered qualities unveiled with the movement of a pen, inner strength revealed by the stroke of a brush. Tears are rendered in watercolours, skin is highlighted with sanguine crayons, features are finely and precisely etched for historical purposes. The shutter of a camera will hold a stare into eternity, making icons of our contemporaries. With the push of a button people freeze themselves with others in selfies, creating their own singular legends, to be communicated instantly. But portraits can also be written and recited, hidden in a song, chosen by a poem, revealed in a story. Narrated as a portrait of a lady, a portrait of a marriage or a portrait of the artist as a young man.
July 19, 2017, from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Li Edelkoort will give a seminar on portraits at 354 West 11th Street, New York, NY 10014.
July 19, 2017, from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Li Edelkoort will discuss her personal view on the latest S/S 2019 collections, colors, textiles and beauty looks, dissecting the evolution of trends from forecast to fashion show.
July 20, 2017, from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Li Edelkoort will give a seminar on Home and Lifestyle trends at 354 West 11th Street, New York, NY 10014.
In response to a world in transition, the home environment becomes a sanctuary, an escape, a refuge and a comfort. Lifestyle embraces the federation of food, the connection of nature and the celebration of family, friends and pets. The spiritual home is a new domain in which our relationship to furniture, objects, materials and colours will gently shift, promising real change and great hope for the future. A profound search for simplicity, tenderness and humanity will pervade.
The Dutch Lidewij Edelkoort is one of the world’s most renowned trend forecasters. Recently she was honored by the french ministry of culture as an officer of the Order of the Arts & Letters. Her work has pioneered trend forecasting as a profession; from the creation of innovative trend books and audiovisuals since the 1980s to long-ranging lifestyle analysis and research for the world’s leading brands today.