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  • Aug 31 2016

    Bottletop Rio Launch Party

    As the 2016 Olympics drew to a close BOTTLETOP staged an exclusive exhibition in Rio for the designs that it created for the Opening Ceremony, coulped with a Preview of the FW16 collection at the historic Bhering Chocolate Factory.
     
    Suspended from the ceiling at Feira were the custom enamel ‘Firesword’ outfits that BOTTLETOP designed for thirty dancers who performed in the Opening Ceremony. The walls featured a series of images of BOTTLETOP muse and brand ambassador Lais Ribeiro, photographed in NY by Grayson Hoffman, wearing a white catsuit based on the design created for Brazilian superstar singer Ludmilla who featured in one of the most explosive moments of the Opening Ceremony. The exhibition was styled by Daniella De Aguiar.
     
    The event was co-hosted by Gringo Cardia, Nachson Mimran, Arieh Mimran and Waldick Jatoba, the curator of MADE, South America’s leading design fair. Guests included actors Chay Suede and Marisa Orth as well as model Fernanda Liz and Olympic sailing gold medallist Ricardo Felice.
    Marisa Orth
    Chay Suede
    Fernanda Liz
    Cameron Saul, Flavio Nappi and Ricardo Felice
    Guests enjoyed rare intimate performances from iconic Brazilian band Azymuth with super-producer and bass player Kassin joining them live on stage for the first time. The hottest new DJ duo rom Rio, Balako, set the scene.
     
    Kassin and Azymuth
    The aluminium Miller airstream was reimagined as a BOTTLETOP concept store with special limited edition BOTTLETOP pieces.
     
     
    Guests enjoyed fabulous beverages throughout the night courtesy of our partners Miller, Chandon and Do Bem.
     
     
    The event was proudly sponsored by Ruppert International and Luxios in partnership with MADE (Mercado Arte Design) and Feira, the beautiful interior design store on the ground floor, which partnered with BOTTLETOP on the launch.
    Renata Grabert, Renne Tavares, Tennile Tavares
    The event was staged in support of Spectaculu; one of the BOTTLETOP FOUNDATION education projects, empowering young people from across Rio.
     
     
    Oliver Wayman, Barizon, Cameron Saul 
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  • Aug 16 2016

    BOTTLETOP at the Rio Opening Ceremony 2016

    Brazilian singer Ludmilla features in one of the most explosive moments of the Opening Ceremony wearing a white, couture body-con catsuit and a troop of 30 ‘Firesword’ dancers wearing metal designs based on vintage motor-cross protective armor.

    BOTTLETOP Co-founder Cameron Saul and Ludmilla backstage

    A blend of sustainable design and intricate hand craftsmanship, these unique pieces designed in London. The creation of the designs has taken place with local artisans between London, Salvador, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

    Featuring thousands of hand painted, up-cycled metal pull tabs, collected especially from across the state of Bahia in the North East of Brazil and thousands of up-cycled Swarovski crystals from Europe, the hand application of which has happened over a six-month period.

    London-based, long-time BOTTLETOP collaborator Bertie Bertinez is the incredible artisan maker of the couture catsuit, gave us a preview of the timely process:

    @bertiebertinez

    The selection of black-and-white bespoke designs were photographed alongside key monochrome BOTTLETOP styles from the enamelled range including the Carolina and the fringed Suzannah, as well as our Dani Backpack made from Zero-Deforestation Amazon Rainforest leather.

    Modelled by Brazilian VS Angel and BOTTLETOP brand ambassador Lais Ribeiro and photographed by Grayson Hoffman in New York. 

    For Enquiries on BOTTLETOP Bespoke pieces, please contact info@bottletop.com

     

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  • Jul 13 2016

    Candice Swanepoel with the Jessica clutch in Oggi Magazine

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  • Jul 11 2016

    ICA Recognises Judy Blame with Show and Book

    Stylist Judy Blame and Author Kasia Maciejowska

    Long-time friend and supporter of BOTTLETOP Kasia Maciejowska launched her book last week at Dover Street Market, telling a story about the early days of upcycling in London during the 1980s. Her book focuses on design collective the House of Beauty and Culture, of which a founding member was Judy Blame, one of BOTTLETOP's first collaborating artists and a genius when it comes to creating beautiful luxury accessories out of lowly found materials.

    Sir Bob Geldof styled by Judy Blame at an early BOTTLETOP shoot

    Jeanne Marine & Bob Geldof styled by Judy Blame at an early BOTTLETOP shoot

    Catherine Dyer and David Bailey styled by Judy Blame at an early BOTTLETOP shoot

    Blame is an inspirational figure here at BOTTLETOP, so we're thrilled that the ICA has dedicated its leading summer exhibition to his innovative craftwork. The ICA is publishing the House of Beauty and Culture book in sync with the show, and is also holding a partner exhibition upstairs showing work by related artists who have collaborated with Blame in one way or another over the years.

    Deconstructed jacket by Christopher Nemeth with embellishments by Judy Blame and demon insignia by Dave Baby. Courtesy Nemeth Archive

    Blame's craft mixes cheeky humour with subversive taste. It's high fashion as well as punk, which has perhaps been his key to success from London to Paris, and Tokyo to New York. He's worked with Louis Vuitton, John Galliano, Jo Malone, and countless other luxury labels throughout his career. He's also defined the looks of seminal musical artists such as Bjork, Kylie, and Massive Attack, among many others. Yet he has also remained underground, which is why it's so exciting to see him recognised by an arts institution like the ICA, and to have the progressive nature of his imaginative creative work being acknowledged by the House of Beauty and Culture book.

    The House of Beauty and Culture by Kasia Maciejowska, edited by Gregor Muir, published by ICA, £20

    Judy Blame / Never Again Exhibition Info here

    House Beauty and Culture by Kasia Maciejowska here

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  • Jun 30 2016

    Backstage at Glastonbury with BOTTLETOP

    Back for our sixth consecutive year at our spot by the Bandstand between the ‘Pyramid’ and ‘Other’ stages.

    We reunited with old friends and Glastonbury devotees as we set up our stand and braced ourselves for the exceptionally muddy weekend to come. We were visited by Bottletoppers from all over the world, who came in hunt of limited edition samples and rare one offs. We are always inspired to see how each one of you wears their BOTTLETOP bag with unique style and inimitable charisma.

    Special edition guitar straps and all-star BOTTLETOP Band albums were especially popular alongside our best selling Misty and fringed Anja styles.

    Glastonbury style and spirit never fails to disappoint. This Pacman suit was exceptionally bold!

    Our musical highlights included iconic Earth, Wind & Fire, alongside old skool legends New Order and pioneering electronic artists Midland, Will Saul, Floating Points and Jon Talabot. Our local favourite J-Felix delivered feel good sets and magical hands in the air moments that will no doubt give us strength all year round…

    Spirits still soaring, despite being one of the muddiest we have seen! A Big Thank you to all who visited us, new friends and old friends - can't wait to see you all again next year!

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