Creative Mapping Presents Sister Agency Mapping Creatively in a Night of Femme Fatale, Film Noir Indulgences
What does erotic mean to you? Is it a strip of silk which covers the body in just the right places, or the outline of the female form drawn out in charcoal? An engaging, eye-locking conversation or a tantalizing dance? Or something as simple as biting into a piece of chocolate concealing a core of liquid caramel that coats the lips?
The erotic speaks in many tongues and comes in many forms but perhaps its most fascinating quality is that it is ripe with creativity. And while the Hallmark enthusiasts of the world interpret Valentine’s as a day filled with all things red, rose and dipped in chocolate, yours truly is taking a far more erotic, femme fatale film noir interpretation for the launch of Creative Mapping’s sister agency Mapping Creatively. We will be putting on a sensual-chic event and pop-up at the Exhibitionist Hotel in London in a unique showcasing of our Mappers and their bespoke creations.
The link between Creative Mapping and Mapping Creatively is more than just a palindrome of sorts. With the launch of Mapping Creatively, we are taking our Mappers a step further: while the magazine features established creatives, the agency designs boutique interiors and curates matching creative events… or rather, experiences…to showcase our collective of artists hand-selected from the online pages of the magazine, in unique locations from hotels to galleries and pop-ups to display bespoke creations designed especially for the event.
We are literally bringing the virtual pages of the magazine to life, and for the debut of our sister agency, we are putting on a unique sensory enveloping and interactive experience set to the tune of a contemporary film noir, femme fatale aesthetic. And for one night in the days leading up to Valentine’s, the doors of the Exhibitionist Hotel will be closed to all but a hand-picked group of creative enthusiasts and influencers invited into a world filled with creative indulgences and delights to tempt the eye. The South Kensington townhouse is turned into a nucleus of creative energy curated to the tune of a contemporary film noir escape with a mystery and seductive vibe of Kubrickean proportions. Our hand-selected a group of our Mappers hailing from LA to London and Paris have created stunning bespoke designs especially for the event.
The game begins the moment the guests walk through the front door… a black trench coat donning femme fatale presents each guest with a playing card featuring special edition illustrations of playfully seductive muses which Los Angeles illustrator Connie Lim created especially for the event. More than just a gimmick, these cards are the key to immersive narrative game that will ensue. Connie, known for her signature playing cards which feature high fashion gothic waifs has created a bespoke collection of femme fatale film noir vibing illustrations in collaboration with Mapping Creatively especially for its launch to be sold exclusively at the pop-up boutique along with the other indulgences at the end of the night.
Now that the games have officially begun and the cards doled out, let us set the scene: A contemporary pop-furniture hotel interior with graphic wall art crossed with modern speakeasy lighting. And what would Valentine’s be without flowers? Sleek, sophisticated everlasting arrangements by Fleur Elise… you heard correct, their signature preserved (real) roses will never die and stay as fresh as the moment they were picked…a fairytale feat straight from Beauty and the Beast. Specially concocted signature cocktails served at the hotel’s graphic and colorful bar are sipped to the swinging tune of a live jazz saxophone as guests step through the looking the looking glass into a world of modern film noir intent. Alongside Connie Lim’s high fashion muses, the event is graced by the graphic and lusciously glossy signature lip paintings by artist Sara Pope. Her limited edition creations–perfectly curated to the hotel’s interior and the graphic pop-art meets dark cinematic feel of the event–add an ironic note of beautiful decay to the night.
And what is more sensually and creatively erotic than the surrealist photographs of fashion photographer Guy Bourdin? Bourdin is close to Creative Mapping’s heart, having lifted his enigmatic veil in our recent tribute feature to reveal the Creative DNA of a timeless artist with a ground breaking vision that transformed the landscape of fashion advertising. We then delved even deeper by interviewing his muse Nicolle Meyer. And while Bourdin photographs are notoriously guarded, especially for the launch of Mapping Creative, we have the rare honor of displaying Bourdin prints straight from the photographer’s estate.
And when we say femme fatale, we aren’t messing around. Bourdin’s leggy muses come to life in the form of our gracious hosts who weave throughout the crowds offering specially concocted epicurean delights by celebrity chef Tom Wolfe, known for his food art creations and his impressive resume having fed the mouths of fashion and film’s golden crowds from Kate Moss, Jennifer Lopez, Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp to grand affairs hosted by Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney and Selfridges.
And while some femmes mingle and tempt with couture and mouth watering creative delights, others will select guests according to their card of chance–Queen or hearts anyone? Seven of spades? Follow me!–And take the groups on an immersive narrative throughout the hotel. And it’s not simply their 1940’s hair and scarlet tinged lips that a femme fatale makes… our girls are strapped and bound in luscious silk corset contraptions by British haute lingerie designer Nichole de Carle. The luxury and craftsmanship of Nichole’s creations are striking, taking lingerie design to another level, that of an art form. It is no wonder she has designed exclusive creations for the like of Beyonce and Lady Gaga.
From the moment the guests are tempted to follow our Nichole de Carle clad femme fatales and the clinking of their killer Nicholas Kirkwood heels, they will find themselves in an immersive, sensory enveloping journey throughout the hotel’s rooms and floors, each holding a creative experience of its own, including a room designed exclusively by Mapper Jimmie Martin, whose modern baroque furniture fills the homes of creatives from Madonna to Pete Doherty. A journey through the senses: from jazz sounds to edgy skits of mistress drama proportions and curated performances by dancers of the famed Crazy Horse cabaret in Paris. Mapper and Crazy Horse dancer Leslie Louis Jean is specially choreographing stunning and sensual performances to match the event, and which will take place in mysteriously lit corners to the edge of the hotel’s luxury penthouse plunge pool.
Mapping Creatively’s launch event brings the style of Creative Mapping to life with collaborations and a creative collective that merges the realms of art, design, fashion, food, music, and film together under the carefully curated roof of a contemporary film noir femme fatale aesthetic that turns the pretensions of Valentine’s day upside down. Always edgy, always innovate, and endlessly creative and chic. And after temptation has been amply heightened throughout the night, by the end, we promise not to leave you hanging… desire can become possession with the bespoke creations available at the pop-up boutique to fulfill all your creative, Valentine’s or simply self-indulgent creative desires.
Guy Bourdin – Charles Jourdan, 1979 © Guy Bourdin Estate. Courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery.
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