The Curators: Please Do Not Enter

My interview with Nicolas Libert and Emmanuel Renoird, founders of Downtown LA’s enticing concept store – Please Do Not Enter – has dropped at New York-based wanderlust guide Melting Butter. ‘The Curators’ is a collection of interviews with vanguards from around the world who share their insight about their city and creative environs. After visiting the curated space of Please Do Not Enter last year, Nicolas and Emmanuel kindly shared their cultural and culinary hotspots of Downtown LA with me.
Nicolas Libert & Emmanuel Renoird
As well as staging an ambitious programme of events at their Pershing Square headquarters alongside the collection of unique and limited edition luxury products, their personal guide proves Downtown LA is one of the of the most enterprising neighbourhoods in the city worthy of exploration – the stylish duo recently swapped the cultural capital of Paris for the City of Angels after all.
Curated Space: Please Do Not Enter
Discover the full interview with Please Do Not Enter at Melting Butter as well as their curated guide of hotspots from daylight to nightlife across Downtown LA.
OHWOW in West Hollywood

My favourite art and design hotspots spanning from London to Europe are now available at my ever-expanding guide on Melting Butter here - happy exploring culture vultures!

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Images courtesy of Please Do Not Enter, Huffington Post, WSJ, OH WOW and La Cita Bar


Foot Werk

You don’t need Google to tell you anything goes on the internet. Add a hashtag to that anything and you find yourself sympathising with a global online community hungry for expression in as few and witty characters as possible. So to the recent buzz this week that has been reported by the likes of Dazed & Confused, i-D and PAPER Magazine on the curious hashtag that is #heelconcept. Punch this meme into Instagram and behold a collection of arched feet, precariously balancing atop resolutely lo-fi objects from the sublime to the ridiculous to create the illusion of a high heel shoe.

First recorded by the grammer @m.sty in December of last year, who stood on a bronze figure performing autofellatio against the backdrop of a cutting mat, the hashtag has since inspired hundreds of avant-garde prototypes as a means of alternative self-portraiture. 

High fashion, contemporary art and a generous helping of irony at its most fabulous come together in an amalgamation of DIY beauty and anti-aesthetic style, which has left trend forecasters head over heels. Perhaps because on closer inspection #heelconcept has been attracting both sexes with fashion journal WWD headlining ‘Ladies step aside: The men are coming up with their own #heelconcept’, with their respective hairy limbs en pointe, including that of my own. Having come across the phenomenon on my feed last week I couldn't resist raiding the kitchen cupboards to channel the lexicon of none other than pop culture supreme Mr Warhol, by putting my toes to werk.
#heelconcept by @jonathanvelardi

From running water to ‘walking on water’ and even the edible, here are a few of my favourite vertiginous creations…

by @m.sty


There are 764 images tagged #heelconcept on Instagram at the time of writing this post.

#heelconcept by @jonathanvelardi has been featured on:
- Dazed & Confused ('What the hell is #heelconcept?')

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