PENNY McCORMICK rounds up the best events and new openings taking place this weekend …
WHO: The Milan Fashion Week catwalks were dominated with a slew of favourite supermodels – Tatjana Patitz, Stephanie Seymour, Amber Valetta – in keeping with the 80s vibe on the catwalks. Right on trend therefore is The Museum of Style Icons’ new exhibition at Newbridge Silverware. “Supermodels and Playboy – The Evolution of Sex Symbols” officially opens today and traces the evolution of the pin-up with images of some of the most famous models in the world. Original photos (by Herb Ritts and Andre de Dienes among others) and magazine covers of well-known models include Bo Derek, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Rachel Hunter, Elle Macpherson, Gisele Bündchen, Tyra Banks, Adrianna Lima and Liz Hurley. The exhibition runs until May 31. www.newbridgesilverware.com.
WHERE: Good news for fans of Elephant & Castle, which already has branches in Rathmines and Temple Bar. It opened this week in Monkstown (18a Monkstown Crescent) and is already buzzing. Spacious and bright, the restaurant’s oak clad walls are decorated with vintage black and white photos from Elephant & Castle’s native New York. As for the menu, it caters for everything from a leisurely weekend brunch to family lunches and dinners. Menu favourites include their buttermilk pancakes, crispy spicy chicken wings, caesar salad and juicy burgers. The top floor of the 90 seater restaurant is available for private functions too. All told, this is a welcome and laid-back addition to Monkstown’s famous Golden Mile. www.elephantandcastle.ie.
WHY: The Dublin Film Festival is still running and top picks for this weekend include She’s Missing by Irish director Alexandra McGuinness, starring Josh Hartnett, Lucy Fry and Eiza González, on March 1 at 8:40pm in Cineworld. Wild Rose, directed by Tom Harper and starring Jessie Buckley will be screened on March 3 at 8.15pm in Cineworld. www.diff.ie.
HOW: An interesting “Three Things” event is happening this weekend with Jameson, profiling talented individuals from around the world and learning more about their inspirations, passions and influences. Graffiti artist Maser will be revealing his three things with DJ Keith Walsh at an event on March 1 at D-Light Studios. The event also features installations, a retrospective of his iconic pieces and the chance to become part of Maser’s work. Guests can expect music, food and of course some Jameson whiskey. To join Maser, visit www.jamesonwhiskey.com.
WHAT: Pop artist Orla Walsh’s new exhibition “From Pop Art to Pencil: 50 Shades of Grey” comprises large scale pencil drawings which will be on display at The Design Loft, Powerscourt until March 29. Each piece resonates with something from Walsh’s childhood and includes the Brown Thomas bag, Sindy and Action Man, a 1987 U2 ticket, Tayto crisps and her obsession with Heinz ketchup. In fact it was chance encounter with a Heinz lawyer which catapulted her global success and career, and her work has depicted some of the world’s favourite brands such as Guinness, Jacobs and Converse. www.designloft.ie.
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