DRG’s diary dates: April and May 2012

Smythsons at the ready, here are a few events I think you should know about…

Extended until 28th April 2012: Paolo Roversi at the Wapping Project Bankside
Situated five minutes from Tate Modern, the photography outpost of The Wapping Project hosts Roversi’s first UK solo exhibition. It’s not big but there are enough pictures of Guinevere and ‘portraits’ of Roversi’s lights, tripod and blanket backdrop to satisfy you if you’re a fan of his poetic, minimalist aesthetic.

Sophy Robson’s Nailporn nail salon opens in Regent Street, W1, April 10th 16th*
Not much more to add… see Sophy’s Tumblr here for sneak peeks. (And read my ancient Q&A with Sophy here) [*Updated]

Hormazd Narielwalla’s ‘Fairy-God, Fashion-Mother’ exhibition, until 30th April, Harvey Nichols Personal Shopping Suite, Knightsbridge
I love collage so I’m looking forward to seeing paper-artist Narielwalla‘s artwork in the flesh. Upcycling discarded paper patterns and other ephemera, this exhibition is a tribute to Diane Pernet.

Wolf & Badger. Dover Street, W1 opens 18th April
Bringing its support of emerging fashion designers to the West End, Wolf & Badger will also be adding beauty to the mix of products in its new Dover Street flagship store. Browse the new Wolf & Badger website while you wait…

Leather Forever, Hermes exhibition, 6 Burlington Gardens, W1; 8-27th May 2012
An exploration of the craft of leather, this free exhibition (celebrating Hermes’ 175th anniversary) promises such riches as pieces commissioned by the Duke of Windsor for his Duchess plus live bag-making by Hermes artisans. While some experts claim that the top end of the luxury market is unaffected by recessions, clearly the likes of Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Hermes are keen to assert their luxury credentials in these competitive times, hence the rash of exhibitions. For once, we’re the ones who benefit.