Johny Dar’s immersive, star-studded event transformed one of London’s most established members clubs into another kind of fashion week experience altogether….
Johny Dar’s new retrospective exhibition was launched with an exclusive London Fashion Week event at Blacks - a long established Members Club and registered four storey building in the heart of Soho - which housed a glittering array of guests, who wandered the exhibition admiring the prolific paintings hanging on the walls, which lit up the space with bursts of colour like undiscovered galaxies revealed.
Dardelica - Johny Dar’s newest brainchild and music venture - was performed as a DJ set by producer Dan Vinci, to a lively dance-floor that responded with animated enthusiasm to Johny Dar’s innovative vocals and undeniably infectious beats. Supported by Flex Radio DJ Kaizen Karnak, emerging underground talent Slack Baba, and celebrity bash veteran Sam Young, the event delivered an energised and eclectic sonic experience, through a tasteful fusion of cutting-edge electronic and acoustic music.
Paintings on display included Dar’s newly released War of Life series, Deep Down / Far Beyond, Rivers and Journey Into The Stars, as well as the acclaimed Horse Whispers body art series, featuring an Arabian stallion hand-painted and photographed by Johny Dar himself. Guests roamed the four floors exploring the jungle of creativity, enjoying Jagermeister cocktails served by body painted ‘Jagrettes’, and Aneesh Popat’s edible chocolate art, inspired by Dar’s paintings. There was a tangible sense of intimacy and inclusivity enhanced by cosy art-infused spaces where fashion-week tired guests could rest their weary legs, sip on cosmic cocktails, and browse the range of art publications scattered among the rooms. Popcorn and DAR the BOOK colouring books were offered up to guests eagerly awaiting entry outside the venue, while inside psychedelic motion graphics featuring Johny Dar artwork moved and spun on the ceiling above the heaving dancefloor.
photo credits: Tamlee Troy-Pryde, Chkorev Photography