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KOMONO X  ROYAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS ANTWERP  FASHION DEPARTMENT
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KOMONO X ROYAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS ANTWERP FASHION DEPARTMENT

Accessories After a successful first edition, KOMONO is proud to renew its partnership with the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. KOMONO worked together with three master students in the creation of a pair of sunglasses linked to the students’ personal work. The result is an outspoken collection that bolsters the fresh vision of tomorrow’s top designers.     KOMONO x Annemarie Saric:   Inspired by the concept cars of the late 70s and their aerodynamic qualities, Annemarie Saric’s futuristic-looking proposition features a shaped lens and intricate temple detailing. Formed by a cut-out and collage technique of vintage car parts, the glasses are characterized by their highly sculptural effect.     KOMONO x Karolina Widecka:   Investigating the duality between a fragile appearance and an extreme shape, Karolina Widecka proposes a capsule drenched in superstition and symbolism. Inspired by ex votos and Mexican religious art, the glasses function as a token of protection for its wearer with its ‘broken glass’ upper bar.     KOMONO x Florentina Leitner:   Florentina Leitner took to the 60s and its psychedelic art to create a pair of glasses that have been stretched and liquified to a vertigo or spiralling effect. Paying tribute to the art icons of those days such as Peggy Guggenheim, the capsule is a modern reinterpretation of the avant-garde eyewear of yesteryear.     The collection will be made available, starting from July 2nd, through komono.com, KOMONO flagship stores and selected retailers for a suggested retail price of 199 euros. On the initiative of the students, part of the proceedings of this sale will go to Survived and Punished, a US-based organization who supports survivors of domestic and sexual violence who have been incarcerated or targeted by law enforcement. They also created an exclusive colorway of the sunglasses for each student, limited to 1 piece only. These pieces will sold during a 24h auction on their @komono Instagram page on the 1st of July. These styles are limited to one piece per student and will not be sold through any other channels. The proceedings of the highest bid will be donated to Survived and Punished. After a successful first edition, KOMONO is proud to renew its partnership with the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. KOMONO worked together with three master students in the creation of a pair of sunglasses linked to the students’ personal work. The result is an outspoken collection that bolsters the fresh vision of tomorrow’s top designers.     KOMONO x Annemarie Saric:   Inspired by the concept cars of the late 70s and their aerodynamic qualities, Annemarie Saric’s futuristic-looking proposition features a shaped lens and intricate temple detailing. Formed by a cut-out and collage technique of vintage car parts, the glasses are characterized by their highly sculptural effect.     KOMONO x Karolina Widecka:   Investigating the duality between a fragile appearance and an extreme shape, Karolina Widecka proposes a capsule drenched in superstition and symbolism. Inspired by ex votos and Mexican religious art, the glasses function as a token of protection for its wearer with its ‘broken glass’ upper bar.     KOMONO x Florentina Leitner:   Florentina Leitner took to the 60s and its psychedelic art to create a pair of glasses that have been stretched and liquified to a vertigo or spiralling effect. Paying tribute to the art icons of those days such as Peggy Guggenheim, the capsule is a modern reinterpretation of the avant-garde eyewear of yesteryear.     The collection will be made available, starting from July 2nd, through komono.com, KOMONO flagship stores and selected retailers for a suggested retail price of 199 euros. On the initiative of the students, part of the proceedings of this sale will go to Survived and Punished, a US-based organization who supports survivors of domestic and sexual violence who have been incarcerated or targeted by law enforcement. They also created an exclusive colorway of the sunglasses for each student, limited to 1 piece only. These pieces will sold during a 24h auction on their @komono Instagram page on the 1st of July. These styles are limited to one piece per student and will not be sold through any other channels. The proceedings of the highest bid will be donated to Survived and Punished.

SmithDavidson Gallery in Amsterdam exhibits with Zhuang Hong Yi
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SmithDavidson Gallery in Amsterdam exhibits with Zhuang Hong Yi

Art After Miami and Mexico City, SmithDavidson Gallery in Amsterdam presents a new solo exhibition of Zhuang Hong Yi from July 3rd until September 5th, 2020. The gallery celebrates 10 years of collaboration with the Chinese artist. The exhibition 'In Bloom' shows a colorful selection of floral landscapes and collage paintings with prominent use of origami rice paper.     Zhuang Hong Yi is currently one of the most celebrated international Chinese artists. He experiments with medium, technique, scale and above all with color. His work is sometimes bold and expressive, at other times delicate and impressionistic. The artist mostly works three dimensional and always layered with color and meaning. The optical illusions in his illuminating use of paint make the canvas shimmer like a rising sun, while the changing colors in the 'Flowerbed' series are reminiscent of the changing of the seasons.     All elements of nature appear in the intriguing and sculptural works of Zhuang Hong Yi combined with Eastern and Western influences. The flower motif, a significant image in Chinese culture, dominates his paintings. Utilizing hand-cut and folded pieces of painted rice paper, the works  represent traditional Chinese aesthetics.     Zhuang Hong Yi (Sichuan, 1962) started his artistic education at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing and finished at Minerva Art Academy in Groningen. Since 1992 he has lived and worked between the Netherlands and Beijing. The artist has exhibited in museums and galleries all over the world. In the Netherlands at Kunsthal Rotterdam (1999), Groninger Museum (2001 and 2007) and Museum de Zwarte Tulp in Lisse (2019). In 2013 his work was selected for the Venice Biennale.      Smith Davidson Gallery, founded in 1969 and with three locations in Amsterdam, Miami and Mexico City, has represented Zhuang Hong Yi for the past ten years. David Smith and Gabriëlle Davidson presented the artist at leading art fairs such as Art Miami, Expo Chicago, PAN Amsterdam, TEFAF Maastricht and Zona Maco in Mexico City. In 2021 a solo exhibition in Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in Saint Petersburg is planned. The autonomous work of Hong Yi is held in numerous esteemed public and private collections worldwide.     www.smith-davidson.com After Miami and Mexico City, SmithDavidson Gallery in Amsterdam presents a new solo exhibition of Zhuang Hong Yi from July 3rd until September 5th, 2020. The gallery celebrates 10 years of collaboration with the Chinese artist. The exhibition 'In Bloom' shows a colorful selection of floral landscapes and collage paintings with prominent use of origami rice paper.     Zhuang Hong Yi is currently one of the most celebrated international Chinese artists. He experiments with medium, technique, scale and above all with color. His work is sometimes bold and expressive, at other times delicate and impressionistic. The artist mostly works three dimensional and always layered with color and meaning. The optical illusions in his illuminating use of paint make the canvas shimmer like a rising sun, while the changing colors in the 'Flowerbed' series are reminiscent of the changing of the seasons.     All elements of nature appear in the intriguing and sculptural works of Zhuang Hong Yi combined with Eastern and Western influences. The flower motif, a significant image in Chinese culture, dominates his paintings. Utilizing hand-cut and folded pieces of painted rice paper, the works  represent traditional Chinese aesthetics.     Zhuang Hong Yi (Sichuan, 1962) started his artistic education at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing and finished at Minerva Art Academy in Groningen. Since 1992 he has lived and worked between the Netherlands and Beijing. The artist has exhibited in museums and galleries all over the world. In the Netherlands at Kunsthal Rotterdam (1999), Groninger Museum (2001 and 2007) and Museum de Zwarte Tulp in Lisse (2019). In 2013 his work was selected for the Venice Biennale.      Smith Davidson Gallery, founded in 1969 and with three locations in Amsterdam, Miami and Mexico City, has represented Zhuang Hong Yi for the past ten years. David Smith and Gabriëlle Davidson presented the artist at leading art fairs such as Art Miami, Expo Chicago, PAN Amsterdam, TEFAF Maastricht and Zona Maco in Mexico City. In 2021 a solo exhibition in Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in Saint Petersburg is planned. The autonomous work of Hong Yi is held in numerous esteemed public and private collections worldwide.     www.smith-davidson.com

GUCCI launches Off The Grid
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GUCCI launches Off The Grid

Fashion Gucci announces the launch of Gucci Off The Grid, the first collection from Gucci Circular Lines, designed by Creative Director Alessandro Michele, an initiative created to support the House’s vision for circular production.    Designed for those mindful of their environmental impact, Gucci Off The Grid uses recycled, organic, bio-based and sustainably sourced materials, including ECONYL®, a regenerated nylon made from nylon offcuts and pre- and post-consumer waste.   Human beings crave a connection with the outside world and are rightly fascinated by the power and majesty of nature, and highly value the joy there is in being able to live in a natural environment. The desire to explore this way of life, and the natural world in general, is something we can consider an instinctive human desire; and journeys are valuable in being able to fulfil this need. A journey is a way of engaging and nourishing the imagination, and it is for this reason that Gucci embraces the idea of the journey as a means of self-discovery and self-expression.     Along with the launch of the collection, which comprises genderless luggage, accessories, footwear and ready-to-wear, Gucci is releasing a global campaign conceived by Alessandro Michele and shot by photographer and director Harmony Korine. Featuring a cast of city dwellers who have taken up residence in a rustic treehouse, constructed in the heart of a towering concrete and glass modern metropolis. The striking contrast between the small-scale, crudely assembled wooden structure, with its greenery and unfinished planks, and the slick, soaring skyscrapers that dwarf it, makes for whimsical images where our metropolitan explorers look like they are making a modest stand for the future of humankind. Of course, the treehouse and the simple way of life it represents becomes a powerful metaphor for the desire to escape conventional life and enjoy the experience of living more Off The Grid.     Alessandro Michele says: “The collection is the result of teamwork; everybody brought something to it. And in the campaign, too, there is this idea of dialogue among people building something new. I imagined that we could build a treehouse in a city centre, all together, like kids playing in the park. Because all of us need to build this house or to find out that our planet exists, even where it seems it’s not there, or it’s far away.”     The eclectic group of treehouse people starring in the campaign, which was shot in Los Angeles prior to recent events, includes: Jane Fonda, Academy Award-winning actress, producer, author and activist; guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer and actor Miyavi; David de Rothschild, environmentalist and explorer; GRAMMY Award-winning rapper, singer and songwriter Lil Nas X; and King Princess, singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and music producer.     The campaign will break on the Gucci ArtWalls worldwide from June 15th in the following locations: Milan’s Largo la Foppa, in the district of Corso Garibaldi; just off East London’s famous Brick Lane; Shanghai’s Fengsheng Li, Jingan district; and Lafayette Street, in Manhattan’s SoHo neighbourhood; Hong Kong’s D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong; and Yongkang Street, Da’an District, Taipei.     A special section on the Gucci App will allow users to challenge themselves to a themed quiz, responding to questions about the collection and its circular production process. Taking inspiration from the campaign’s concept, players can build their own city tree house virtually by correctly answering questions, and eventually unlock dedicated wallpaper to share on social media.     Sustainability – at all levels – involves fostering respect: respect for the people we share our planet with as well as for the environment. If we lighten our environmental footprint we can explore the world with greater freedom – the freedom to follow our dreams, with curiosity, openness and joy.   #GucciOffTheGrid     The collection’s main material is 100% regenerated nylon created from recycled ECONYL® yarn. This yarn comes from nylon from pre- and post-consumer waste, including abandoned fishing nets and carpets — transforming plastics that harm marine life and old materials that will likely end up in landfills into a new high-quality thread. Gucci was the first luxury brand to use ECONYL® regenerated nylon thread for its products, beginning in 2016. Other components of Gucci Off The Grid are made from recycled materials and more sustainable alternatives such as metal-free tanned leather, recycled polyester thread and linings, recycled brass, recycled gold and palladium hardware coating, and solvent-free adhesives. To support a continued cycle, the ECONYL® offcuts are recovered from Gucci Off the Grid’s manufacturing and then recycled to create new ECONYL® materials as part of the “GUCCI-ECONYL® PRE CONSUMER FABRIC TAKE BACK PROGRAM”. Leather scraps from the collection are also recovered and upcycled as part of the Gucci-Up programme.   Regarding greenhouse gas emissions, Gucci’s core approach to sustainability here is first to avoid and reduce the impacts in its own operations and across the entire supply chain, and then, as a last measure, to protect and conserve nature though offsetting. To this end, the House has incorporated more sustainable alternatives related to the sourcing of raw materials, the manufacturing and production processes, and distribution and sales, in order to lower greenhouse gas emissions, and has offset the remaining emissions through Gucci’s annual carbon neutral commitment, which supports REDD+ projects that protect forests and biodiversity in vital places around the world to help the conservation of our planet.   The Gucci Off The Grid collection comes with dedicated FSC-certified packaging, which includes a card displaying a Gucci logo that features information about the products and the story behind the Gucci Off The Grid sustainability project.     Creative Director: Alessandro Michele Art Director: Christopher Simmonds Photographer/Director: Harmony Korine Talents: Jane Fonda, Lil Nas X, King Princess, Miyavi, David de Rothschild  Make Up: Thomas de Kluyver Hair Stylist: Alex Brownsell Gucci announces the launch of Gucci Off The Grid, the first collection from Gucci Circular Lines, designed by Creative Director Alessandro Michele, an initiative created to support the House’s vision for circular production.    Designed for those mindful of their environmental impact, Gucci Off The Grid uses recycled, organic, bio-based and sustainably sourced materials, including ECONYL®, a regenerated nylon made from nylon offcuts and pre- and post-consumer waste.   Human beings crave a connection with the outside world and are rightly fascinated by the power and majesty of nature, and highly value the joy there is in being able to live in a natural environment. The desire to explore this way of life, and the natural world in general, is something we can consider an instinctive human desire; and journeys are valuable in being able to fulfil this need. A journey is a way of engaging and nourishing the imagination, and it is for this reason that Gucci embraces the idea of the journey as a means of self-discovery and self-expression.     Along with the launch of the collection, which comprises genderless luggage, accessories, footwear and ready-to-wear, Gucci is releasing a global campaign conceived by Alessandro Michele and shot by photographer and director Harmony Korine. Featuring a cast of city dwellers who have taken up residence in a rustic treehouse, constructed in the heart of a towering concrete and glass modern metropolis. The striking contrast between the small-scale, crudely assembled wooden structure, with its greenery and unfinished planks, and the slick, soaring skyscrapers that dwarf it, makes for whimsical images where our metropolitan explorers look like they are making a modest stand for the future of humankind. Of course, the treehouse and the simple way of life it represents becomes a powerful metaphor for the desire to escape conventional life and enjoy the experience of living more Off The Grid.     Alessandro Michele says: “The collection is the result of teamwork; everybody brought something to it. And in the campaign, too, there is this idea of dialogue among people building something new. I imagined that we could build a treehouse in a city centre, all together, like kids playing in the park. Because all of us need to build this house or to find out that our planet exists, even where it seems it’s not there, or it’s far away.”     The eclectic group of treehouse people starring in the campaign, which was shot in Los Angeles prior to recent events, includes: Jane Fonda, Academy Award-winning actress, producer, author and activist; guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer and actor Miyavi; David de Rothschild, environmentalist and explorer; GRAMMY Award-winning rapper, singer and songwriter Lil Nas X; and King Princess, singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and music producer.     The campaign will break on the Gucci ArtWalls worldwide from June 15th in the following locations: Milan’s Largo la Foppa, in the district of Corso Garibaldi; just off East London’s famous Brick Lane; Shanghai’s Fengsheng Li, Jingan district; and Lafayette Street, in Manhattan’s SoHo neighbourhood; Hong Kong’s D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong; and Yongkang Street, Da’an District, Taipei.     A special section on the Gucci App will allow users to challenge themselves to a themed quiz, responding to questions about the collection and its circular production process. Taking inspiration from the campaign’s concept, players can build their own city tree house virtually by correctly answering questions, and eventually unlock dedicated wallpaper to share on social media.     Sustainability – at all levels – involves fostering respect: respect for the people we share our planet with as well as for the environment. If we lighten our environmental footprint we can explore the world with greater freedom – the freedom to follow our dreams, with curiosity, openness and joy.   #GucciOffTheGrid     The collection’s main material is 100% regenerated nylon created from recycled ECONYL® yarn. This yarn comes from nylon from pre- and post-consumer waste, including abandoned fishing nets and carpets — transforming plastics that harm marine life and old materials that will likely end up in landfills into a new high-quality thread. Gucci was the first luxury brand to use ECONYL® regenerated nylon thread for its products, beginning in 2016. Other components of Gucci Off The Grid are made from recycled materials and more sustainable alternatives such as metal-free tanned leather, recycled polyester thread and linings, recycled brass, recycled gold and palladium hardware coating, and solvent-free adhesives. To support a continued cycle, the ECONYL® offcuts are recovered from Gucci Off the Grid’s manufacturing and then recycled to create new ECONYL® materials as part of the “GUCCI-ECONYL® PRE CONSUMER FABRIC TAKE BACK PROGRAM”. Leather scraps from the collection are also recovered and upcycled as part of the Gucci-Up programme.   Regarding greenhouse gas emissions, Gucci’s core approach to sustainability here is first to avoid and reduce the impacts in its own operations and across the entire supply chain, and then, as a last measure, to protect and conserve nature though offsetting. To this end, the House has incorporated more sustainable alternatives related to the sourcing of raw materials, the manufacturing and production processes, and distribution and sales, in order to lower greenhouse gas emissions, and has offset the remaining emissions through Gucci’s annual carbon neutral commitment, which supports REDD+ projects that protect forests and biodiversity in vital places around the world to help the conservation of our planet.   The Gucci Off The Grid collection comes with dedicated FSC-certified packaging, which includes a card displaying a Gucci logo that features information about the products and the story behind the Gucci Off The Grid sustainability project.     Creative Director: Alessandro Michele Art Director: Christopher Simmonds Photographer/Director: Harmony Korine Talents: Jane Fonda, Lil Nas X, King Princess, Miyavi, David de Rothschild  Make Up: Thomas de Kluyver Hair Stylist: Alex Brownsell

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Christian Louboutin L’Exhibition in Paris extended until 3rd January
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Christian Louboutin L’Exhibition in Paris extended until 3rd January

Exhibition The Palais de la Porte Dorée is delighted to announce the reopening to the public of Christian Louboutin L’Exhibition from June, 16th and extended to January, 3rd 2021.     Designed as an invitation to discover Christian Louboutin’s rich universe, the unprecedented exhibition explores every facet of his multi-referential work, in an institution that has played an important role in inspiring his vocation. From the beginning, Christian Louboutin infused his designs with a great wealth of motifs andcolours inspired by his love of art and dierentcultures. Flamboyant, daring, open to the world, generous and at times caustic, the designer’s creativity is informed by a passion for travel and references from the worlds of pop culture, theatre, dance, literature and cinema. In revealing Christian Louboutin’s inspirations and creative processes, the exhibition showcases the designer’s vision through a selection of the most precious works from his personal collection and loans from public collections. A large selection of shoes are on display, some of which have never been exhibited before.     These historic and artistic pieces are shown alongside a number of exclusive collaborations which pay tribute to Christian Louboutin’s admiration for craftsman’s know how. Some examples include stained glass panels created by the Maison du Vitrail, a Sevillian silver palanquin and a cabaret sculpted in Bhutan. The exhibition also unveils collaborations, never seen before, with artists who are important to him: the director and photographer David Lynch, the New Zealand multimedia artist Lisa Reihana, the British designer duo Whitaker Malem, the Spanish choreo- grapher Blanca Li, and the Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, amongst others.     Born in the 12th district of Paris, close to the Palais de la Porte Dorée, Christian Louboutin was fascinated from an early age by the architectural beauty and ornamental richness of the institution, which was one of the earliest in uencesfeeding his love of art and applied arts. He borrowed a whole repertoire of forms and motifsfrom the Palais for his first designs, including the Maquereau shoe  made of metallic leather anddirectly inspired by the iridescence of the shin the Palais de la Porte Dorée’s tropical aquarium. It was also at the Palais, a masterpiece of Art deco, that Christian Louboutin, then a young adolescent, noticed a sign forbidding visitors to wear high heeled shoes. This sign subsequently inspired the iconic Pigalle shoe which has been reinvented over the course of the seasons.     Photos : © Marc Domage     To make your visit safe, we are implementing the following measures: Mandatory online reservation with time slots on the Palais de la Porte Dorée website. Mandatory use of the mask throughout your visit. The access is limited to few people at a time in the exhibition spaces. Markings on the ground allowing the respect of safety distances. Provision of hydroalcoholic gel at your arrival at the Palais de la Porte Dorée and the entrance of all exhibition spaces. Maintaining a distance of 1 meter from other visitors. Respect social distancing and sanitary gestures.     PALAIS DE LA PORTE DORÉE- MUSÉE NATIONAL DE L’HISTOIRE DE L’IMMIGRATION- AQUARIUM TROPICAL 293, avenue Daumesnil – 75012 Paris Métro - Tramway - Bus et 201 - Porte Dorée www.palais-portedoree.fr The Palais de la Porte Dorée is delighted to announce the reopening to the public of Christian Louboutin L’Exhibition from June, 16th and extended to January, 3rd 2021.     Designed as an invitation to discover Christian Louboutin’s rich universe, the unprecedented exhibition explores every facet of his multi-referential work, in an institution that has played an important role in inspiring his vocation. From the beginning, Christian Louboutin infused his designs with a great wealth of motifs andcolours inspired by his love of art and dierentcultures. Flamboyant, daring, open to the world, generous and at times caustic, the designer’s creativity is informed by a passion for travel and references from the worlds of pop culture, theatre, dance, literature and cinema. In revealing Christian Louboutin’s inspirations and creative processes, the exhibition showcases the designer’s vision through a selection of the most precious works from his personal collection and loans from public collections. A large selection of shoes are on display, some of which have never been exhibited before.     These historic and artistic pieces are shown alongside a number of exclusive collaborations which pay tribute to Christian Louboutin’s admiration for craftsman’s know how. Some examples include stained glass panels created by the Maison du Vitrail, a Sevillian silver palanquin and a cabaret sculpted in Bhutan. The exhibition also unveils collaborations, never seen before, with artists who are important to him: the director and photographer David Lynch, the New Zealand multimedia artist Lisa Reihana, the British designer duo Whitaker Malem, the Spanish choreo- grapher Blanca Li, and the Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, amongst others.     Born in the 12th district of Paris, close to the Palais de la Porte Dorée, Christian Louboutin was fascinated from an early age by the architectural beauty and ornamental richness of the institution, which was one of the earliest in uencesfeeding his love of art and applied arts. He borrowed a whole repertoire of forms and motifsfrom the Palais for his first designs, including the Maquereau shoe  made of metallic leather anddirectly inspired by the iridescence of the shin the Palais de la Porte Dorée’s tropical aquarium. It was also at the Palais, a masterpiece of Art deco, that Christian Louboutin, then a young adolescent, noticed a sign forbidding visitors to wear high heeled shoes. This sign subsequently inspired the iconic Pigalle shoe which has been reinvented over the course of the seasons.     Photos : © Marc Domage     To make your visit safe, we are implementing the following measures: Mandatory online reservation with time slots on the Palais de la Porte Dorée website. Mandatory use of the mask throughout your visit. The access is limited to few people at a time in the exhibition spaces. Markings on the ground allowing the respect of safety distances. Provision of hydroalcoholic gel at your arrival at the Palais de la Porte Dorée and the entrance of all exhibition spaces. Maintaining a distance of 1 meter from other visitors. Respect social distancing and sanitary gestures.     PALAIS DE LA PORTE DORÉE- MUSÉE NATIONAL DE L’HISTOIRE DE L’IMMIGRATION- AQUARIUM TROPICAL 293, avenue Daumesnil – 75012 Paris Métro - Tramway - Bus et 201 - Porte Dorée www.palais-portedoree.fr

Trixie Mattel exclusively by Marcus Cooper
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Trixie Mattel exclusively by Marcus Cooper

Fashion We are excited to share our latest collaboration with @trixiemattel for Pride.    TEAM CREDITS: Photography by Marcus Cooper Fashion Editor: Lisa Jarvis Editor-in-Chief: Timotej Letonja Props: Enoch Choi       “Do you believe in fashion? The smoke and mirrors of cosmeceuticals? Do you believe in 30-year-old Caucasian men alone in his house surrounded by 11 1/2 inch fashion dolls? You came to the right place. Tyra Banks was discovered at the airport. I was discovered on the tarmac; face down, breasts exposed, but still serving. I went on to model in my home for no one for another ten years before getting my first gig at a Buffalo Wild Wings. To stay thin, I got my ribs removed- I guess next time I should chew the food. I love dolls, I love comedy, and fashion is only a stepping stone to my true passion- secret shopping. Next time you’re shoving a Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue into your purse at the Neiman Marcus look over your shoulder- gotcha.” ~ Trixie Mattel   #Pride #NuméroNetherlands#TrixieMattel We are excited to share our latest collaboration with @trixiemattel for Pride.    TEAM CREDITS: Photography by Marcus Cooper Fashion Editor: Lisa Jarvis Editor-in-Chief: Timotej Letonja Props: Enoch Choi       “Do you believe in fashion? The smoke and mirrors of cosmeceuticals? Do you believe in 30-year-old Caucasian men alone in his house surrounded by 11 1/2 inch fashion dolls? You came to the right place. Tyra Banks was discovered at the airport. I was discovered on the tarmac; face down, breasts exposed, but still serving. I went on to model in my home for no one for another ten years before getting my first gig at a Buffalo Wild Wings. To stay thin, I got my ribs removed- I guess next time I should chew the food. I love dolls, I love comedy, and fashion is only a stepping stone to my true passion- secret shopping. Next time you’re shoving a Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue into your purse at the Neiman Marcus look over your shoulder- gotcha.” ~ Trixie Mattel   #Pride #NuméroNetherlands#TrixieMattel

Maggie Maurer by Elizaveta Porodina
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Maggie Maurer by Elizaveta Porodina

Fashion Maggie Maurer captured by Elizaveta Porodina in our second edition.     TEAM CREDITS: photography ELIZAVETA PORODINA styling LISA JARVIS casting TIMOTEJ LETONJA talent MAGGIE MAURER at IMG hair artist: OLIVIER SCHAWALDER at BRYANT ARTISTS make-up artist: CECILE PARAVINA at BRYANT ARTISTS light director JOSEF BEYER set designer NICOLA SCARLINO set design assistant LOUISE PISSELET retouch SHERIFF POST-PRODUCTION DPT Maggie Maurer captured by Elizaveta Porodina in our second edition.     TEAM CREDITS: photography ELIZAVETA PORODINA styling LISA JARVIS casting TIMOTEJ LETONJA talent MAGGIE MAURER at IMG hair artist: OLIVIER SCHAWALDER at BRYANT ARTISTS make-up artist: CECILE PARAVINA at BRYANT ARTISTS light director JOSEF BEYER set designer NICOLA SCARLINO set design assistant LOUISE PISSELET retouch SHERIFF POST-PRODUCTION DPT

First museum in the Netherlands dedicated to New Media Art to open in Amsterdam 29 August 2020
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First museum in the Netherlands dedicated to New Media Art to open in Amsterdam 29 August 2020

Art Nxt Museum, the first museum in the Netherlands dedicated to New Media Art, will open on 29 August 2020. Through a three-fold programme, comprising exhibitions, performances and learning and research, Nxt Museum will fuse art and technology to seek, show and question what is next The first exhibition, Shifting Proximities,will feature large-scale, multi-sensory installations by acclaimed artists and academics: Thijs Biersteker with Stefano Mancuso, Heleen Blanken with Naivi and Stijn van Beek, Roelof Knol, Marshmallow Laser Feast, Lucy McRae with Niels Wouters, and United Visual Artists (UVA) – and will include a number of newly commissioned pieces.   Nxt Museum will exhibit and commission ambitious, large-scale new media art installations born of interdisciplinary collaboration between leading and emerging artists, designers, technologists and scientists. Through immersive, multi-sensory exhibitions that shed new light on the world, visitors will be invited to engage and interact physically, conceptually and emotionally with the art. The inaugural exhibition, Shifting Proximities , will explore human experience and interaction in the face of technological and social change.     Curated by Bogomir Doringer and Jesse Damiani, the group exhibition will showcase large-scale, multi-sensory installations by some of new media art’s most prominent figures including London-based collectives United Visual Artists (UVA) and Marshmallow Laser Feast ; British-Australian sci-fi artist and body architect Lucy McRae and human-computer interaction researcherNiels Wouters in partnership with the Science Gallery Melbourne ; ecological artist Thijs Biersteker in collaboration with Italian plant neurobiologistStefano Mancuso ; Dutch visual artist Heleen Blanken with software developer Naivi and sound artist Stijn van Beek ; and audio-visual artist Roelof Knol . A number of newly-commissioned, site-specific installations, will be on public display for the first time alongside previous works that have been re-imagined for the museum’s expansive exhibition space of over 1000 sqm.     Nxt Museum is the brainchild of Merel van Helsdingen , founder and managing director. She said: “Living in London, a hub for innovation and home to some of the world's most forward-looking art institutions, inspired me to create a new space to champion the incredible art being produced today with groundbreaking tools. The Netherlands has a long tradition of leading developments in the art world and Nxt Museum has been created in this spirit. Our multi-sensory exhibitions are designed to shift not only our visitors' experience of art, but to inspire new understandings of the world around them and their place within it.”     Natasha Greenhalgh , co-founder and creative director, added: "We believe the future is collaborative. These large-scale installations are the result of convergence among leading international artists, designers, technologists and scientists. And when we welcome our first visitors in less than three months' time, we'll ask them to share in the act of creation by interacting directly with these visions of the future."     Nxt Museum’s three-fold public programme, comprising exhibitions, performance and learning and research, has been designed to appeal to a broad range of visitors and will be consistently led by the museum’s mission to incite curiosity, challenge assumptions and open minds. The museum will also host a residency programme, Nxt Lab, to facilitate collaboration between artists, designers, technologists and scientists, and allow for the invaluable exchange of skills and resources. By connecting interdisciplinary pioneers from around the world, the museum will provide a catalyst for new developments at the intersection of art, technology and humanity. Centrally located in a 2,100 sqm former production studio, Nxt Museum will open this summer with a bar-restaurant and a large terrace. The new museum will be a unique addition to the thriving creative district of Amsterdam Noord and a major new cultural destination for the city at large. Nxt Museum, the first museum in the Netherlands dedicated to New Media Art, will open on 29 August 2020. Through a three-fold programme, comprising exhibitions, performances and learning and research, Nxt Museum will fuse art and technology to seek, show and question what is next The first exhibition, Shifting Proximities,will feature large-scale, multi-sensory installations by acclaimed artists and academics: Thijs Biersteker with Stefano Mancuso, Heleen Blanken with Naivi and Stijn van Beek, Roelof Knol, Marshmallow Laser Feast, Lucy McRae with Niels Wouters, and United Visual Artists (UVA) – and will include a number of newly commissioned pieces.   Nxt Museum will exhibit and commission ambitious, large-scale new media art installations born of interdisciplinary collaboration between leading and emerging artists, designers, technologists and scientists. Through immersive, multi-sensory exhibitions that shed new light on the world, visitors will be invited to engage and interact physically, conceptually and emotionally with the art. The inaugural exhibition, Shifting Proximities , will explore human experience and interaction in the face of technological and social change.     Curated by Bogomir Doringer and Jesse Damiani, the group exhibition will showcase large-scale, multi-sensory installations by some of new media art’s most prominent figures including London-based collectives United Visual Artists (UVA) and Marshmallow Laser Feast ; British-Australian sci-fi artist and body architect Lucy McRae and human-computer interaction researcherNiels Wouters in partnership with the Science Gallery Melbourne ; ecological artist Thijs Biersteker in collaboration with Italian plant neurobiologistStefano Mancuso ; Dutch visual artist Heleen Blanken with software developer Naivi and sound artist Stijn van Beek ; and audio-visual artist Roelof Knol . A number of newly-commissioned, site-specific installations, will be on public display for the first time alongside previous works that have been re-imagined for the museum’s expansive exhibition space of over 1000 sqm.     Nxt Museum is the brainchild of Merel van Helsdingen , founder and managing director. She said: “Living in London, a hub for innovation and home to some of the world's most forward-looking art institutions, inspired me to create a new space to champion the incredible art being produced today with groundbreaking tools. The Netherlands has a long tradition of leading developments in the art world and Nxt Museum has been created in this spirit. Our multi-sensory exhibitions are designed to shift not only our visitors' experience of art, but to inspire new understandings of the world around them and their place within it.”     Natasha Greenhalgh , co-founder and creative director, added: "We believe the future is collaborative. These large-scale installations are the result of convergence among leading international artists, designers, technologists and scientists. And when we welcome our first visitors in less than three months' time, we'll ask them to share in the act of creation by interacting directly with these visions of the future."     Nxt Museum’s three-fold public programme, comprising exhibitions, performance and learning and research, has been designed to appeal to a broad range of visitors and will be consistently led by the museum’s mission to incite curiosity, challenge assumptions and open minds. The museum will also host a residency programme, Nxt Lab, to facilitate collaboration between artists, designers, technologists and scientists, and allow for the invaluable exchange of skills and resources. By connecting interdisciplinary pioneers from around the world, the museum will provide a catalyst for new developments at the intersection of art, technology and humanity. Centrally located in a 2,100 sqm former production studio, Nxt Museum will open this summer with a bar-restaurant and a large terrace. The new museum will be a unique addition to the thriving creative district of Amsterdam Noord and a major new cultural destination for the city at large.

Lardini's Spring & Summer 2020 sustainable t-shirt project
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Lardini's Spring & Summer 2020 sustainable t-shirt project

Fashion Lardini pays homage to Cuba and five hundred years of Havana, creating a collection suspended between present and past. Over five hundred artists from forty-nine countries paid tribute to the Caribbean capital with an art biennial. As part of the collection, four organic cotton T-shirts were also presented in fully sustainable and recyclable cylindrical packaging, reminiscent of the kind used for rum. The t-shirts feature illustrations created in collaboration with the illustrator Andrea Mancini, inspired by timeless images of Havana: marvellously decadent corners of the city, its colours, flavours and emotions. Available in four different illustrations: an elderly woman, a street lined with typically colourful buildings, a man playing the double base and a local car. Available on the e-commerce website Lardini.com Lardini pays homage to Cuba and five hundred years of Havana, creating a collection suspended between present and past. Over five hundred artists from forty-nine countries paid tribute to the Caribbean capital with an art biennial. As part of the collection, four organic cotton T-shirts were also presented in fully sustainable and recyclable cylindrical packaging, reminiscent of the kind used for rum. The t-shirts feature illustrations created in collaboration with the illustrator Andrea Mancini, inspired by timeless images of Havana: marvellously decadent corners of the city, its colours, flavours and emotions. Available in four different illustrations: an elderly woman, a street lined with typically colourful buildings, a man playing the double base and a local car. Available on the e-commerce website Lardini.com

With Rendez-Vous, opening 1 June, Museum Voorlinden focuses on the concept of the encounter
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With Rendez-Vous, opening 1 June, Museum Voorlinden focuses on the concept of the encounter

Art When Voorlinden reopens on 1 June, there will be a brand-new exhibition on display: Rendez-Vous. This presentation of selected works from the museum's own collection will centre on encounters: those between Voorlinden and its visitors, between the art and viewers and between the artists and the works themselves.In Rendez-Vous, works of art come together like lovers, embracing and lending one another strength – and occasionally clashing as well. These encounters walk a fine line between convergence and confrontation, between duet and duel.   What unites these works is their sensual aspect: they invite you to come closer and allow yourself to be swept away by their scents, sounds and movements. A physical encounter is the only way to understand what makes these pieces so remarkable, as they let you feel what it means to be human.   Now that the retrospective on British artist Antony Gormley has been moved to summer 2021, Voorlinden has seized this opportunity to conduct a new experiment with the works in its collection. Unlike a typical collection presentation, this exhibition has not been assembled under a single overarching theme. Instead, it features an assemblage of different themes that will bring visitors face-to-face with a new encounter in every gallery. While there will be opportunities to appreciate new works, of course, museum-goers can also look forward to reunions with several visitor favourites.   Rendez-Vous features works by artists including Etel Adnan, Francis Alÿs, Oliver Beer, John DeAndrea, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Erik Dietman, Tracey Emin, Leandro Erlich, Lara Favaretto, Dan Flavin, Anya Gallaccio, Shilpa Gupta, William Kentridge, Guillermo Kuitca, Maha Malluh, Jacco Olivier, Pablo Picasso, Abraham Poincheval, Jeff Wall and Jonas Wood.   Director Suzanne Swarts: "The works on display in Rendez-Vous offer a tantalising glimpse of exactly what we've all been craving recently: they entice us to draw near and surrender to an encounter with their sensory qualities." When Voorlinden reopens on 1 June, there will be a brand-new exhibition on display: Rendez-Vous. This presentation of selected works from the museum's own collection will centre on encounters: those between Voorlinden and its visitors, between the art and viewers and between the artists and the works themselves.In Rendez-Vous, works of art come together like lovers, embracing and lending one another strength – and occasionally clashing as well. These encounters walk a fine line between convergence and confrontation, between duet and duel.   What unites these works is their sensual aspect: they invite you to come closer and allow yourself to be swept away by their scents, sounds and movements. A physical encounter is the only way to understand what makes these pieces so remarkable, as they let you feel what it means to be human.   Now that the retrospective on British artist Antony Gormley has been moved to summer 2021, Voorlinden has seized this opportunity to conduct a new experiment with the works in its collection. Unlike a typical collection presentation, this exhibition has not been assembled under a single overarching theme. Instead, it features an assemblage of different themes that will bring visitors face-to-face with a new encounter in every gallery. While there will be opportunities to appreciate new works, of course, museum-goers can also look forward to reunions with several visitor favourites.   Rendez-Vous features works by artists including Etel Adnan, Francis Alÿs, Oliver Beer, John DeAndrea, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Erik Dietman, Tracey Emin, Leandro Erlich, Lara Favaretto, Dan Flavin, Anya Gallaccio, Shilpa Gupta, William Kentridge, Guillermo Kuitca, Maha Malluh, Jacco Olivier, Pablo Picasso, Abraham Poincheval, Jeff Wall and Jonas Wood.   Director Suzanne Swarts: "The works on display in Rendez-Vous offer a tantalising glimpse of exactly what we've all been craving recently: they entice us to draw near and surrender to an encounter with their sensory qualities."

In conversation with Rodney Lam
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In conversation with Rodney Lam

Fashion Special  exclusive interview with Rodney Lam.   Who are you  and what do you do?   Wow, You guys aren’t saving the difficult question for last. I always struggle to tell people who I am, or what I do, because I don’t know where to start. In the first conversation I might tell them I’m a serial entrepreneur. Later I might tell them about Daily Paper. Then that person asks me: did you make a movie? To which I confess that I produced, wrote and played the lead in my own movie. I guess, I take my inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci. He was an artist, engineer, inventor and a scholar. I think he just did what he loved with the people he liked. And to me that’s a great philosophy to live by.      How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?    In the short-term it will be very hard for some Brands to survive. If they were already struggling this could be the nail in the coffin. But a lot of companies reinvented themselves during this crisis. Like people, business also had time to think about who they are. Some redesigned their collection; others changed their marketing strategy; and we all got a lot greener. Let’s hope that we don’t go back to normal. We owe it to ourselves, our customers, and last but not least, to the environment to be better.       What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   People need less management than we assume. As managers we like to think the work stops without our direct involvement. However, workers can we very effective on their own. Working from a distance forced us to look at performance and it made other things like attendance and effort less important.      What is your favorite painting/work of art and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   I don’t have a specific artist or work that directly inspires me. I like the playfulness of Kaws. And especially the effect it has on fashion. I get my inspiration from music. At the Daily Paper Office, we listen to a lot of hip-hop. But in my home office I listen to Ludovico Einaudi. It really doesn’t matter if I’m crunching numbers or writing a script. It gives me the focus I need.   What has been longtime dream of yours? After already achieving so much.    I have two dreams that I still want to achieve. I hope that I will see space tourism become a real thing. I would love to go into space and see the earth from a distance. And the second thing I really want to do is build a successful movie franchise.      As a fan and a regular customer of Daily Paper, I would love to know what is in store for DP next, besides opening stores in Amsterdam, New York and London?  We’ve recently started the Unite Hub: https://www.dailypaperclothing.com/pages/unite-overview   A place where we share our inspiration online with our community. This was a great success from the beginning. It would be great to see that grow in the near future.       How do you see your entrepreneurship as a way to make difference in society?   It’s important to me to think about the legacy of what we are building. How do we change our society to give our next generations the fundamental chances that we had to work very hard for? To me it isn’t enough to inspire. I want to facilitate people achieving their dreams.     What is your advice to young entrepreneurs who are starting their own business ventures? Be patient my young padawan. Don’t be in a hurry to grow your company too fast. Work a solid foundation first. Don’t overestimate what you can do in a year. But also, don’t underestimate what you can do in five years. So instead of making a plan for a year, make a plan for five years. Think tall, start small.   What makes a successful business in your own words?   A successful company is based on a good and healthy cashflow. If you have a big company without profit or even operating on a loss, you’ll be stressed all the time. And if you only have profit on paper but not in your account, that’s even more frustrating. A friend just gave me the book: Scaling up from Vern Harnish. It will tell you everything you need to know about cashflow. My mentor always said: You keep the profit; I’ll take the cash.      Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   A lot of people are shocked when they hear I used to be a Pastor. I preached for fifteen years. And did a lot of personal coaching. I still use this in my management style. My objective is always to help other achieve their goals in business or their personal lives. The fastest way for your company to grow is to nurture employees and help them grow first.     Photo credits: Mark Bolk   You can follow Rodney on INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/rodneylam/ Special  exclusive interview with Rodney Lam.   Who are you  and what do you do?   Wow, You guys aren’t saving the difficult question for last. I always struggle to tell people who I am, or what I do, because I don’t know where to start. In the first conversation I might tell them I’m a serial entrepreneur. Later I might tell them about Daily Paper. Then that person asks me: did you make a movie? To which I confess that I produced, wrote and played the lead in my own movie. I guess, I take my inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci. He was an artist, engineer, inventor and a scholar. I think he just did what he loved with the people he liked. And to me that’s a great philosophy to live by.      How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?    In the short-term it will be very hard for some Brands to survive. If they were already struggling this could be the nail in the coffin. But a lot of companies reinvented themselves during this crisis. Like people, business also had time to think about who they are. Some redesigned their collection; others changed their marketing strategy; and we all got a lot greener. Let’s hope that we don’t go back to normal. We owe it to ourselves, our customers, and last but not least, to the environment to be better.       What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   People need less management than we assume. As managers we like to think the work stops without our direct involvement. However, workers can we very effective on their own. Working from a distance forced us to look at performance and it made other things like attendance and effort less important.      What is your favorite painting/work of art and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   I don’t have a specific artist or work that directly inspires me. I like the playfulness of Kaws. And especially the effect it has on fashion. I get my inspiration from music. At the Daily Paper Office, we listen to a lot of hip-hop. But in my home office I listen to Ludovico Einaudi. It really doesn’t matter if I’m crunching numbers or writing a script. It gives me the focus I need.   What has been longtime dream of yours? After already achieving so much.    I have two dreams that I still want to achieve. I hope that I will see space tourism become a real thing. I would love to go into space and see the earth from a distance. And the second thing I really want to do is build a successful movie franchise.      As a fan and a regular customer of Daily Paper, I would love to know what is in store for DP next, besides opening stores in Amsterdam, New York and London?  We’ve recently started the Unite Hub: https://www.dailypaperclothing.com/pages/unite-overview   A place where we share our inspiration online with our community. This was a great success from the beginning. It would be great to see that grow in the near future.       How do you see your entrepreneurship as a way to make difference in society?   It’s important to me to think about the legacy of what we are building. How do we change our society to give our next generations the fundamental chances that we had to work very hard for? To me it isn’t enough to inspire. I want to facilitate people achieving their dreams.     What is your advice to young entrepreneurs who are starting their own business ventures? Be patient my young padawan. Don’t be in a hurry to grow your company too fast. Work a solid foundation first. Don’t overestimate what you can do in a year. But also, don’t underestimate what you can do in five years. So instead of making a plan for a year, make a plan for five years. Think tall, start small.   What makes a successful business in your own words?   A successful company is based on a good and healthy cashflow. If you have a big company without profit or even operating on a loss, you’ll be stressed all the time. And if you only have profit on paper but not in your account, that’s even more frustrating. A friend just gave me the book: Scaling up from Vern Harnish. It will tell you everything you need to know about cashflow. My mentor always said: You keep the profit; I’ll take the cash.      Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   A lot of people are shocked when they hear I used to be a Pastor. I preached for fifteen years. And did a lot of personal coaching. I still use this in my management style. My objective is always to help other achieve their goals in business or their personal lives. The fastest way for your company to grow is to nurture employees and help them grow first.     Photo credits: Mark Bolk   You can follow Rodney on INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/rodneylam/

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