This post was shot in the bathroom of a restaurant. The restaurant is Sketch by world-renowned chef Pierre Gagnaire. Now this is a special bathroom in the heart of London. It is a huge room filled with eggs, each egg a bathroom-stall in which is streamed the sound of croaking frogs. The ceiling is tiled in iridescent lighting and the floor is lit pink to give these pictures the exquisite look of the perfect women’s bathroom.
Sketch is a restaurant with ambition. Every touch is done to celebrate contemporary art. When you walk in through the otherwise inconspicuous doorway, only recognizable by an inverted dog sculpture walking down the building, are you greeted by the impeccable black open-shouldered dressed staff. With open arms, the maître d welcomes you, “Chicago!” You then walk through a darkened hallway to many wonderfully imaginative contemporary art installations that all pull your eye in different directions, all before you even enter the dining room.
Every couple of years the dining room is completely redesigned by a new artist. I have now been to Sketch twice, each time amused and surprised by the artist’s rendition. The first was by Martin Creed. He made every touch in the room unique: a different seat cushion for each guest, each utensil with its own quirk, and every chair individually perfect, no two the same. On the most recent occasion, I went for high tea, and the room was transformed by the imagination of David Shrigley. All is washed to a monotone of light pink. It is beautifully dizzying and plays off of the pink confections of Pierre Gagnaire’s fabulous high tea. The walls are lined with 239 original drawings by Shringley, the most expansive collection of his art shown together. Essentially, the Sketch dinning room has achieved a level of ambition and fun that had not been dreamt of until now. And I experienced it.
Having been to Sketch before, I knew I wanted to wear an outfit that was not only artistically sophisticated and fitting for high tea but also inventive and fun to pull from the same mindset of the makers of such an incredible restaurant. My dress is by Thakoon, a designer whose new collection I saw at New York Fashion Week. The way Thakoon looks and constructs clothes is beautiful in every respect. He plays with draping, cuts, and sizing to readjust your eye to the wearer’s figure and thus create a sense of intrigue. I tend to play with cuts in this way. For instance, I love a dress with a plunging neck line because it draws your eye into my bone structure and conveys a certain level of confidence, and in doing so forces you to sit with good posture so as not to be overexposed, and therefore appropriately well mannered for high tea. I got this dress two sizes too big to achieve a look that played with the expected structure of a garment and in doing so reveal a different look to my figure. What do you think?