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10 OF THE COOLEST ROOFTOP BARS IN HONG KONG
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10 OF THE COOLEST ROOFTOP BARS IN HONG KONG

Travel A trip to a vibrant metropolis like Hong Kong is never complete without a visit to one of the cool rooftop bars. Fortunately, the many skyscrapers in the city are perfect for this. Enjoy the best cocktails and delicious cuisine while gazing at all the beauty that this special place has to offer from a great height. To get you started and make sure you don't miss the best, read more about our 10 favorite rooftop bars in Hong Kong below.       SEVVA Located in Hong Kong's business district, the rooftop bar SEVVA is located on the 25th floor of the Prince's building. Guests here are treated to panoramic views of the iconic skyscrapers, Victoria Harbor and Kowloon, while sampling mouth-watering European and Asian dishes. While enjoying a classic cocktail you can enjoy the cozy atmosphere and magnificent neon lights until the early hours of the morning. Keep in mind that this luxurious setting comes with relatively high prices and a dress code. But hey, you can certainly spoil yourself for an evening on holiday!   W Hong Kong After a day of strolling through the city, you probably want nothing more than a moment of rest. Let the infinity pool and the jacuzzi on the roof of the W Hotel be the perfect place for that. Guests of the hotel can enjoy delicious food and drinks here by the water. In need of some more partying? Usually the most spectacular pool parties are held here every month, including a DJ and lots of champagne. A little more patience and hopefully we can experience an edition ourselves soon.   EyeBar On the 30th floor of the iSquare building, right next to the Tsim Sha Tsui Station, you will find the spectacular EyeBar. Although a cold beer can of course also be ordered, you should really go for the exotic signature cocktails that are served here. If you visit EyeBar between 6 and 9 pm, you will enjoy the happy hour and at the same time experience how bustling Hong Kong transforms from day to night. A real win-win!   The Lawn The Lawn is a rooftop bar that has a completely different setting. The terrace is designed in such a way that guests feel as if they are walking into a cozy garden. With a large green lawn, various plants and comfortable lounge sofas, this is the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon. Add to that the picnic style cocktails and tasty bites and the relaxed atmosphere is complete. Perfect for when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.   OZONE Perhaps not officially a rooftop bar as it is largely located indoors, but we should still mention OZONE. This sky bar on the 118th floor of The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong is the highest bar in the world! And of course you want to have been there. The pleasant atmosphere, the delicious small snacks and the creative cocktails; it is the perfect addition to complete your trip.     Piqniq On top of H Queen's is the cool rooftop bar Piqniq. From here you can enjoy the mesmerizing view from Victoria Harbor up to the Peak. During the day you can quietly enjoy a snack and a drink here, after which this fantastic place is transformed into a vibrant party under the stars in the evening. Whether you are looking for some rest and relaxation or are looking for a hip night out, this rooftop bar has something for everyone!    Red Sugar The Red Sugar is located in The Kerry Hotel and has a beautiful adjoining terrace. The special thing about this terrace is that it is located on the water and you have a view of the harbor from here. Not only the impressive view makes the Red Sugar unique. It also has a very extensive menu, where craft beers, wines aged in oak barrels, trendy cocktails and the tastiest bar snacks can be found. This makes the Red Sugar definitely worth a visit!   Popinjays This contemporary lifestyle rooftop bar and restaurant on the roof of hotel The Murray presents European gastronomy with a touch of Hong Kong. Popinjays has a huge lifestyle atmosphere, which is in contrast to the bustling city around it. Enjoy the most Instagram-worthy views while sipping on specially designed cocktails or classic top-class spirits creations.   Skye Bar With the Victoria Harbor and Victoria Park in the background, SKYE is designed for the true global nomads of today. This awesome rooftop bar is located on the 27th floor of Pullman Hotels and Resorts. SKYE is known for its outspoken, creative, culinary and enticing services, making for the most unique experiences. In addition, it has a large illuminated bar and three private rooms, which you can reserve for some quality time. And last but not least, a DJ will play the best and tastiest records here every night!     Sugar This hip rooftop bar is located on the 32nd floor of Hotel EAST, with a dazzling view of the harbor. This place is suitable for those looking for a relaxed atmosphere, where relaxation and socializing are central. Exceptional cocktails such as "Garden of Eden", "Swinging Monkey" and "Siu Tim 2.0", impressive wine list and tasty shared plates make this one of the most delightful places to watch Hong Kong's sunset. A trip to a vibrant metropolis like Hong Kong is never complete without a visit to one of the cool rooftop bars. Fortunately, the many skyscrapers in the city are perfect for this. Enjoy the best cocktails and delicious cuisine while gazing at all the beauty that this special place has to offer from a great height. To get you started and make sure you don't miss the best, read more about our 10 favorite rooftop bars in Hong Kong below.       SEVVA Located in Hong Kong's business district, the rooftop bar SEVVA is located on the 25th floor of the Prince's building. Guests here are treated to panoramic views of the iconic skyscrapers, Victoria Harbor and Kowloon, while sampling mouth-watering European and Asian dishes. While enjoying a classic cocktail you can enjoy the cozy atmosphere and magnificent neon lights until the early hours of the morning. Keep in mind that this luxurious setting comes with relatively high prices and a dress code. But hey, you can certainly spoil yourself for an evening on holiday!   W Hong Kong After a day of strolling through the city, you probably want nothing more than a moment of rest. Let the infinity pool and the jacuzzi on the roof of the W Hotel be the perfect place for that. Guests of the hotel can enjoy delicious food and drinks here by the water. In need of some more partying? Usually the most spectacular pool parties are held here every month, including a DJ and lots of champagne. A little more patience and hopefully we can experience an edition ourselves soon.   EyeBar On the 30th floor of the iSquare building, right next to the Tsim Sha Tsui Station, you will find the spectacular EyeBar. Although a cold beer can of course also be ordered, you should really go for the exotic signature cocktails that are served here. If you visit EyeBar between 6 and 9 pm, you will enjoy the happy hour and at the same time experience how bustling Hong Kong transforms from day to night. A real win-win!   The Lawn The Lawn is a rooftop bar that has a completely different setting. The terrace is designed in such a way that guests feel as if they are walking into a cozy garden. With a large green lawn, various plants and comfortable lounge sofas, this is the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon. Add to that the picnic style cocktails and tasty bites and the relaxed atmosphere is complete. Perfect for when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.   OZONE Perhaps not officially a rooftop bar as it is largely located indoors, but we should still mention OZONE. This sky bar on the 118th floor of The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong is the highest bar in the world! And of course you want to have been there. The pleasant atmosphere, the delicious small snacks and the creative cocktails; it is the perfect addition to complete your trip.     Piqniq On top of H Queen's is the cool rooftop bar Piqniq. From here you can enjoy the mesmerizing view from Victoria Harbor up to the Peak. During the day you can quietly enjoy a snack and a drink here, after which this fantastic place is transformed into a vibrant party under the stars in the evening. Whether you are looking for some rest and relaxation or are looking for a hip night out, this rooftop bar has something for everyone!    Red Sugar The Red Sugar is located in The Kerry Hotel and has a beautiful adjoining terrace. The special thing about this terrace is that it is located on the water and you have a view of the harbor from here. Not only the impressive view makes the Red Sugar unique. It also has a very extensive menu, where craft beers, wines aged in oak barrels, trendy cocktails and the tastiest bar snacks can be found. This makes the Red Sugar definitely worth a visit!   Popinjays This contemporary lifestyle rooftop bar and restaurant on the roof of hotel The Murray presents European gastronomy with a touch of Hong Kong. Popinjays has a huge lifestyle atmosphere, which is in contrast to the bustling city around it. Enjoy the most Instagram-worthy views while sipping on specially designed cocktails or classic top-class spirits creations.   Skye Bar With the Victoria Harbor and Victoria Park in the background, SKYE is designed for the true global nomads of today. This awesome rooftop bar is located on the 27th floor of Pullman Hotels and Resorts. SKYE is known for its outspoken, creative, culinary and enticing services, making for the most unique experiences. In addition, it has a large illuminated bar and three private rooms, which you can reserve for some quality time. And last but not least, a DJ will play the best and tastiest records here every night!     Sugar This hip rooftop bar is located on the 32nd floor of Hotel EAST, with a dazzling view of the harbor. This place is suitable for those looking for a relaxed atmosphere, where relaxation and socializing are central. Exceptional cocktails such as "Garden of Eden", "Swinging Monkey" and "Siu Tim 2.0", impressive wine list and tasty shared plates make this one of the most delightful places to watch Hong Kong's sunset.

England’s Creative Coast
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England’s Creative Coast

Travel England’s Creative Coast announces new dates for 2021. The landmark partnership project spans 1400 km of stunning coastline stretching from the East Sussex Downs through to the Thames Estuary, launching at Turner Contemporary on 1 May and running until November.   Combining seven Waterfronts art commissions by internationally acclaimed artists with the world’s first art GeoTour, England’s Creative Coastis a new cultural experience connecting art with landscape, local stories with global perspectives and linking seven outstanding arts organisations — Cement Fields, Creative Folkestone, De La Warr Pavilion, Hastings Contemporary, Metal, Towner Eastbourne and Turner Contemporary.     England’s Creative Coastlaunches with lead partner Turner Contemporary on 1 May 2021 and then sequentially with each of the partner arts organisations presenting their Waterfrontscommission — a series of site-specific artworks curated by Tamsin Dillon — and part of the GeoTour. The new launch dates are:     Turner Contemporary presents Michael Rakowitz: ‘From Basra to Margate’ Margate, 1 May Cement Fields presents Jasleen Kaur: ‘The first thing I did was to kiss the ground’ Gravesend, 22 May (launching with Estuary 2021) Metal presents Katrina Palmer: ‘Hello’ and ‘Retreat’ Southend-on-Sea, 22 May (launching with Estuary 2021) De La Warr Pavilion presents Holly Hendry: ‘Invertebrate’ Bexhill-on-Sea, 29 May Hastings Contemporary presents Andreas Angelidakis: ‘Seawall’ Hastings, 29 May Towner Eastbourne presents Mariana Castillo Deball: ‘Walking through the town I followed a pattern on the pavement that became the magnified silhouette of a woman’s profile’Eastbourne, 29 May Creative Folkestone presents Pilar Quinteros: ‘Janus Fortress Folkestone’ Folkestone, 29 May (launch date tbc; and featured in the 2021 Folkestone Triennial)     England’s Creative Coastcrowns an exceptional year for culture along England’s South East coastline. In 2021 Turner Contemporary celebrates its 10th anniversary year; Cement Fields and Metal in partnership lead Estuary 2021, an art, literature, music and film festival celebrating the lives, landscapes and histories of the spectacular Thames Estuary (21 May – 13 June); and later in the year the Folkestone Triennial presents ‘The Plot’, the largest exhibition of newly commissioned work in the UK.     The beautiful and dramatic landscape stretching along the Essex, Kent and East Sussex shorelines has inspired artists for centuries and is home to some of the UK’s most distinctive and visionary galleries and art events, attracting visitors from far and wide. With so much creative commissioning in the public realm next year their cultural contributions are especially valuable, giving visitors the chance to see some of the UK’s best new art works safely in the outdoors.     Sarah Dance, Project Director of England’s Creative Coastcomments: ‘Conceived as a project outside of gallery walls,England's Creative Coast offers a naturally socially-distanced experience that connects people and places across the extraordinary network of arts organisations along the South East coast. We hope that in these troubled times these site-specific art commissions and geocache trail brimming with seaside tales inspire creativity through adventure.’     England’s Creative Coastis led by Turner Contemporary and Visit Kent, and principally funded by Arts Council England and VisitEngland through the Discover England Fund.     For further information please visit the website: www.englandscreativecoast.com. England’s Creative Coast announces new dates for 2021. The landmark partnership project spans 1400 km of stunning coastline stretching from the East Sussex Downs through to the Thames Estuary, launching at Turner Contemporary on 1 May and running until November.   Combining seven Waterfronts art commissions by internationally acclaimed artists with the world’s first art GeoTour, England’s Creative Coastis a new cultural experience connecting art with landscape, local stories with global perspectives and linking seven outstanding arts organisations — Cement Fields, Creative Folkestone, De La Warr Pavilion, Hastings Contemporary, Metal, Towner Eastbourne and Turner Contemporary.     England’s Creative Coastlaunches with lead partner Turner Contemporary on 1 May 2021 and then sequentially with each of the partner arts organisations presenting their Waterfrontscommission — a series of site-specific artworks curated by Tamsin Dillon — and part of the GeoTour. The new launch dates are:     Turner Contemporary presents Michael Rakowitz: ‘From Basra to Margate’ Margate, 1 May Cement Fields presents Jasleen Kaur: ‘The first thing I did was to kiss the ground’ Gravesend, 22 May (launching with Estuary 2021) Metal presents Katrina Palmer: ‘Hello’ and ‘Retreat’ Southend-on-Sea, 22 May (launching with Estuary 2021) De La Warr Pavilion presents Holly Hendry: ‘Invertebrate’ Bexhill-on-Sea, 29 May Hastings Contemporary presents Andreas Angelidakis: ‘Seawall’ Hastings, 29 May Towner Eastbourne presents Mariana Castillo Deball: ‘Walking through the town I followed a pattern on the pavement that became the magnified silhouette of a woman’s profile’Eastbourne, 29 May Creative Folkestone presents Pilar Quinteros: ‘Janus Fortress Folkestone’ Folkestone, 29 May (launch date tbc; and featured in the 2021 Folkestone Triennial)     England’s Creative Coastcrowns an exceptional year for culture along England’s South East coastline. In 2021 Turner Contemporary celebrates its 10th anniversary year; Cement Fields and Metal in partnership lead Estuary 2021, an art, literature, music and film festival celebrating the lives, landscapes and histories of the spectacular Thames Estuary (21 May – 13 June); and later in the year the Folkestone Triennial presents ‘The Plot’, the largest exhibition of newly commissioned work in the UK.     The beautiful and dramatic landscape stretching along the Essex, Kent and East Sussex shorelines has inspired artists for centuries and is home to some of the UK’s most distinctive and visionary galleries and art events, attracting visitors from far and wide. With so much creative commissioning in the public realm next year their cultural contributions are especially valuable, giving visitors the chance to see some of the UK’s best new art works safely in the outdoors.     Sarah Dance, Project Director of England’s Creative Coastcomments: ‘Conceived as a project outside of gallery walls,England's Creative Coast offers a naturally socially-distanced experience that connects people and places across the extraordinary network of arts organisations along the South East coast. We hope that in these troubled times these site-specific art commissions and geocache trail brimming with seaside tales inspire creativity through adventure.’     England’s Creative Coastis led by Turner Contemporary and Visit Kent, and principally funded by Arts Council England and VisitEngland through the Discover England Fund.     For further information please visit the website: www.englandscreativecoast.com.

Louis Vuitton's women's Summer 2021 capsule collection comes to Amsterdam de Bijenkorf
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Louis Vuitton's women's Summer 2021 capsule collection comes to Amsterdam de Bijenkorf

Fashion Louis Vuitton opens an exclusive pop-up on April 6, 2021 in the Bijenkorf in Amsterdam, dedicated to the capsule summer collection 2021 for women. The capsule collection is an ode to a carefree and warm summer. The spicy, colorful creations are the eye-catchers on the ground floor of the famous department store in the Dutch capital. The ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes and accessories in colorful and fresh hues are absolute must-haves for the upcoming summer season. The iconic Louis Vuitton Monogram with color gradient immediately catches the eye: soft hues of a sunrise, vivid nuances of a sunset and brilliant hues of a clear blue lagoon. Warm notes of vanilla, bronzey orange and pale pink make you dream of a wonderful day of relaxing on the beach. The design of the pop-up is inspired by the theme “a summer at the pool” and conveys the atmosphere of the capsule collection. In addition to an extensive range of ready-to-wear, footwear and accessories, some of the House's most iconic handbags come in colorful designs, such as Neverfull, Capucines and Twist.     Louis Vuitton de Bijenkorf, Dam 1, 1012 JS Amsterdam www.louisvuitton.com Louis Vuitton opens an exclusive pop-up on April 6, 2021 in the Bijenkorf in Amsterdam, dedicated to the capsule summer collection 2021 for women. The capsule collection is an ode to a carefree and warm summer. The spicy, colorful creations are the eye-catchers on the ground floor of the famous department store in the Dutch capital. The ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes and accessories in colorful and fresh hues are absolute must-haves for the upcoming summer season. The iconic Louis Vuitton Monogram with color gradient immediately catches the eye: soft hues of a sunrise, vivid nuances of a sunset and brilliant hues of a clear blue lagoon. Warm notes of vanilla, bronzey orange and pale pink make you dream of a wonderful day of relaxing on the beach. The design of the pop-up is inspired by the theme “a summer at the pool” and conveys the atmosphere of the capsule collection. In addition to an extensive range of ready-to-wear, footwear and accessories, some of the House's most iconic handbags come in colorful designs, such as Neverfull, Capucines and Twist.     Louis Vuitton de Bijenkorf, Dam 1, 1012 JS Amsterdam www.louisvuitton.com

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SUMMER IBIZA 2021 IS COMING!
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SUMMER IBIZA 2021 IS COMING!

Food “Hey, we’re going to Ibiza”. Finally the time has come. From the 14th of May THE BUTCHER will serve ‘the best bloody burgers’ of the Balearic islands. On the 1st of June IZAKAYA Asian, Kitchen & Bar will open the doors and you can enjoy delicious Asian dishes on this sunny island.     THE BUTCHER – The Best Bloody Burgers of the Balearic islands On May 14th THE BUTCHER will open his doors in the heart of Marina Botafoch Ibiza. Also this year THE BUTCHER will be serving the best bloody burgers of the Balearic islands. In the heart of Marina Botafoch Ibiza, the haute fast-food of THE BUTCHER, its relaxed atmosphere and distinctive personality have made it the place to be. The burger bar situated in boutique hotel SIR Joan overlooks the well-loved Old Town of the island. True to its metropolitan home, THE BUTCHER is a full-service concept offering all-day and night haute fast food. Everything is done with the greatest craftsmanship. The “butchers” in the kitchen exclusively work with the best quality Aberdeen Angus beef. From the best meat to the selection of herbs, the fresh vegetables, the special signature sauce, right down to the homemade semi-brioche bun; THE BUTCHER constantly commits to creating the best quality burgers. Ibiza’s haute fast-food menu consists of all THE BUTCHER classics: the glorious ‘THE BUTCHER’ Angus beef burger, the notorious ‘The Ugly’, ‘THE BUTCHER’s Wife's Favorite’ chicken burger, ‘TheGodfather’ fish and chips and ‘The Veggie Delight’. Would you like to experience THE BUTCHER at your home or on your boat? Place your order via Green Delivery [link.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com] and Ibiza Runners [link.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com]. On this menu you can find all the burger classics and is you all-day and night haute fastfood address.     IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar – Refined Dining on the Balearic Islands In 2017, IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar opened its third restaurant in the centre of Ibiza. Overlooking the Old Town and the Ibiza marina, IZAKAYA presents modern Japanese cuisine with South American influences in an outstanding shared-dining concept that suits the cosmopolitan nature of Ibiza. While the winter cold is slowly melting and jet setters from across the world are about to find their way to the island, IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar announces its reopening on Ibiza on the 1st of June. Time-honoured techniques blend with innovative signatures, with spectacular dishes as the result. A sophisticated menu is composed of a variety of small, unconventional dishes made for sharing and in line with Asian ‘grazing menus. Guests can order as much as they like and they get inspired to try something new.  As in Amsterdam, the traditional Robata grill is at the heart of the restaurant in Ibiza, where guests will be able to watch the chef work inimitably do their work. Besides the specialties of the Robata grill, IZAKAYA has a sophisticated menu of Sakana, a variety of small dishes, and dishes created with the Hibachi fire bowl, a Japanese small hot plate. The chefs find inspiration in distinctive elements of the Asian culture. IZAKAYA dares its guests to always try at least one thing they never had before. Along with redefining Asian culinary classics, IZAKAYA gives a cutting-edge twist to the bar with an array of house-infused tonics with the Japanese Shōchū as the base. “Hey, we’re going to Ibiza”. Finally the time has come. From the 14th of May THE BUTCHER will serve ‘the best bloody burgers’ of the Balearic islands. On the 1st of June IZAKAYA Asian, Kitchen & Bar will open the doors and you can enjoy delicious Asian dishes on this sunny island.     THE BUTCHER – The Best Bloody Burgers of the Balearic islands On May 14th THE BUTCHER will open his doors in the heart of Marina Botafoch Ibiza. Also this year THE BUTCHER will be serving the best bloody burgers of the Balearic islands. In the heart of Marina Botafoch Ibiza, the haute fast-food of THE BUTCHER, its relaxed atmosphere and distinctive personality have made it the place to be. The burger bar situated in boutique hotel SIR Joan overlooks the well-loved Old Town of the island. True to its metropolitan home, THE BUTCHER is a full-service concept offering all-day and night haute fast food. Everything is done with the greatest craftsmanship. The “butchers” in the kitchen exclusively work with the best quality Aberdeen Angus beef. From the best meat to the selection of herbs, the fresh vegetables, the special signature sauce, right down to the homemade semi-brioche bun; THE BUTCHER constantly commits to creating the best quality burgers. Ibiza’s haute fast-food menu consists of all THE BUTCHER classics: the glorious ‘THE BUTCHER’ Angus beef burger, the notorious ‘The Ugly’, ‘THE BUTCHER’s Wife's Favorite’ chicken burger, ‘TheGodfather’ fish and chips and ‘The Veggie Delight’. Would you like to experience THE BUTCHER at your home or on your boat? Place your order via Green Delivery [link.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com] and Ibiza Runners [link.mediaoutreach.meltwater.com]. On this menu you can find all the burger classics and is you all-day and night haute fastfood address.     IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar – Refined Dining on the Balearic Islands In 2017, IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar opened its third restaurant in the centre of Ibiza. Overlooking the Old Town and the Ibiza marina, IZAKAYA presents modern Japanese cuisine with South American influences in an outstanding shared-dining concept that suits the cosmopolitan nature of Ibiza. While the winter cold is slowly melting and jet setters from across the world are about to find their way to the island, IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar announces its reopening on Ibiza on the 1st of June. Time-honoured techniques blend with innovative signatures, with spectacular dishes as the result. A sophisticated menu is composed of a variety of small, unconventional dishes made for sharing and in line with Asian ‘grazing menus. Guests can order as much as they like and they get inspired to try something new.  As in Amsterdam, the traditional Robata grill is at the heart of the restaurant in Ibiza, where guests will be able to watch the chef work inimitably do their work. Besides the specialties of the Robata grill, IZAKAYA has a sophisticated menu of Sakana, a variety of small dishes, and dishes created with the Hibachi fire bowl, a Japanese small hot plate. The chefs find inspiration in distinctive elements of the Asian culture. IZAKAYA dares its guests to always try at least one thing they never had before. Along with redefining Asian culinary classics, IZAKAYA gives a cutting-edge twist to the bar with an array of house-infused tonics with the Japanese Shōchū as the base.

HARD ROCK HOTEL AMSTERDAM AMERICAN
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HARD ROCK HOTEL AMSTERDAM AMERICAN

Travel Located in the heart of buzzing Amsterdam, the Hard Rock Hotel Amsterdam American has set foot in this listed UNESCO Heritage gem. A thriving city with its famous canals, museums, boathouses and architecture. There is a reason why people call it “the Venice of the North”. The fully refurbished Hard Rock Hotel Amsterdam American dates back to 1875. By combining modern world class service and an Art Nouveau historic building, we’ve created a lavish experience like no other hotel in Amsterdam. The property will feature a Body Rock® tness center, signature restaurant Café Americain, a lively lobby lounge, Bar Americain and more.     The hotel is located near the lush green Vondelpark, the garden of Amsterdam, in the theater district and luxury shopping area. Hard Rock Hotel Amsterdam American can be seen as one of the best preserved public Art Nouveau buildings, with stunning Jugendstil stained glass windows in our listed restaurant Café Americain. Stunning views over historic Leidseplein Square, wall-to-wall luxury, and legendary amenities take your visit to the next level with 173 extravagant guestrooms, including 14 suites and of course our Rock Star Suite!     Explore their current offers here:https://www.hardrockhotels.com/amsterdam-american/offers.aspx Located in the heart of buzzing Amsterdam, the Hard Rock Hotel Amsterdam American has set foot in this listed UNESCO Heritage gem. A thriving city with its famous canals, museums, boathouses and architecture. There is a reason why people call it “the Venice of the North”. The fully refurbished Hard Rock Hotel Amsterdam American dates back to 1875. By combining modern world class service and an Art Nouveau historic building, we’ve created a lavish experience like no other hotel in Amsterdam. The property will feature a Body Rock® tness center, signature restaurant Café Americain, a lively lobby lounge, Bar Americain and more.     The hotel is located near the lush green Vondelpark, the garden of Amsterdam, in the theater district and luxury shopping area. Hard Rock Hotel Amsterdam American can be seen as one of the best preserved public Art Nouveau buildings, with stunning Jugendstil stained glass windows in our listed restaurant Café Americain. Stunning views over historic Leidseplein Square, wall-to-wall luxury, and legendary amenities take your visit to the next level with 173 extravagant guestrooms, including 14 suites and of course our Rock Star Suite!     Explore their current offers here:https://www.hardrockhotels.com/amsterdam-american/offers.aspx

STUDIO VOLTAIRE AND LOEWE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE A MAJOR NEW AWARD TO INCREASE OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNDER–REPRESENTED ARTISTS
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STUDIO VOLTAIRE AND LOEWE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE A MAJOR NEW AWARD TO INCREASE OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNDER–REPRESENTED ARTISTS

Fashion Studio Voltaire and LOEWE FOUNDATION have today announced the LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award – a new programme bene tting seven artists with two years of support through rent–free studio space, professional development opportunities and a bursary. The second phase of the award, a new year–long residency for an international artist to be based at Studio Voltaire, will also be announced later this year. This major new programme coincides with the reopening of Studio Voltaire in October 2021, following a transformative capital development project.     The award has been developed in direct response to the urgent need for affordable and secure workspace for artists. In recent years, there has been a signi cant decrease in studio provision in London. The Covid–19 pandemic has had a detrimental impact on artists’ lives, with many experiencing reduced opportunities, losses in income and isolation. The LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award aims to cultivate spaces where artists can connect in a supportive studio environment that facilitates creative possibilities, risk–taking, experimentation and exchange.     The LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award has been established to celebrate talent, individuality and original thinking within contemporary art practice. The award will support artists at all stages of their careers including emerging and underrepresented artists, particularly those who are marginalised or experience intersecting forms of discrimination. The programme aims to increase and strengthen equitable representation and access, and amplify artistic voices across class, race, gender, sexuality and disability.   The two–year programme has been developed to provide a range of support including: • A rent–free workspace within Studio Voltaire’s newly developed buildings • A bursary of £2,000 for each artist • An individualised programme of mentoring and professional development • Curatorial and pastoral support • Access to local and international audiences via public events programming     Awards will be allocated based on talent and need. Applications will be received through an open call and via a group of selected nominators. Nominators include: Sheryll Catto, Co–Director of ActionSpace; Languid Hands, an artistic and curatorial collaboration between Rabz Lansiquot and Imani Robinson, writer and lmmaker Juliet Jacques; Dr Mark Sealy, Director of Autograph ABP; Linsey Young;   Awarded artists will be selected by a panel of leading curators and artists: Sepake Angiama, Artistic Director of Iniva; Andrew Bonacina, Chief Curator of The Hepworth Wake eld; artists Anthea Hamilton and Elizabeth Price; and Studio Voltaire’s Curator of Studios and Residencies, Maggie Matić and Director, Joe Scotland.     Applications are now open at studiovoltaire.org.     Joe Scotland, Director of Studio Voltaire, said: ‘This special programme is even more urgent given Covid–19’s effects on artists. The need for spaces where artists can connect and be supported is vitally important. London has lost signi cant numbers of studio spaces in the last three years and it’s estimated that more than a third of existing studio spaces will vanish by 2024. 2021 is going to be an extremely important year for our organisation and through this award we will increase accessibility and opportunities for artists, speci cally those with limited nancial means or experiencing barriers within their careers.’     Jonathan Anderson, Creative Director of LOEWE, said: ‘Supporting creativity is at the heart of all LOEWE does and it is therefore a great privilege for the LOEWE FOUNDATION to support this vital new initiative, especially in light of the impact Covid-19 has had on the artistic community. I have long admired Studio Voltaire and the work it does and am delighted we can be a part of it.’ Studio Voltaire and LOEWE FOUNDATION have today announced the LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award – a new programme bene tting seven artists with two years of support through rent–free studio space, professional development opportunities and a bursary. The second phase of the award, a new year–long residency for an international artist to be based at Studio Voltaire, will also be announced later this year. This major new programme coincides with the reopening of Studio Voltaire in October 2021, following a transformative capital development project.     The award has been developed in direct response to the urgent need for affordable and secure workspace for artists. In recent years, there has been a signi cant decrease in studio provision in London. The Covid–19 pandemic has had a detrimental impact on artists’ lives, with many experiencing reduced opportunities, losses in income and isolation. The LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award aims to cultivate spaces where artists can connect in a supportive studio environment that facilitates creative possibilities, risk–taking, experimentation and exchange.     The LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award has been established to celebrate talent, individuality and original thinking within contemporary art practice. The award will support artists at all stages of their careers including emerging and underrepresented artists, particularly those who are marginalised or experience intersecting forms of discrimination. The programme aims to increase and strengthen equitable representation and access, and amplify artistic voices across class, race, gender, sexuality and disability.   The two–year programme has been developed to provide a range of support including: • A rent–free workspace within Studio Voltaire’s newly developed buildings • A bursary of £2,000 for each artist • An individualised programme of mentoring and professional development • Curatorial and pastoral support • Access to local and international audiences via public events programming     Awards will be allocated based on talent and need. Applications will be received through an open call and via a group of selected nominators. Nominators include: Sheryll Catto, Co–Director of ActionSpace; Languid Hands, an artistic and curatorial collaboration between Rabz Lansiquot and Imani Robinson, writer and lmmaker Juliet Jacques; Dr Mark Sealy, Director of Autograph ABP; Linsey Young;   Awarded artists will be selected by a panel of leading curators and artists: Sepake Angiama, Artistic Director of Iniva; Andrew Bonacina, Chief Curator of The Hepworth Wake eld; artists Anthea Hamilton and Elizabeth Price; and Studio Voltaire’s Curator of Studios and Residencies, Maggie Matić and Director, Joe Scotland.     Applications are now open at studiovoltaire.org.     Joe Scotland, Director of Studio Voltaire, said: ‘This special programme is even more urgent given Covid–19’s effects on artists. The need for spaces where artists can connect and be supported is vitally important. London has lost signi cant numbers of studio spaces in the last three years and it’s estimated that more than a third of existing studio spaces will vanish by 2024. 2021 is going to be an extremely important year for our organisation and through this award we will increase accessibility and opportunities for artists, speci cally those with limited nancial means or experiencing barriers within their careers.’     Jonathan Anderson, Creative Director of LOEWE, said: ‘Supporting creativity is at the heart of all LOEWE does and it is therefore a great privilege for the LOEWE FOUNDATION to support this vital new initiative, especially in light of the impact Covid-19 has had on the artistic community. I have long admired Studio Voltaire and the work it does and am delighted we can be a part of it.’

Westfield Mall of the Netherlands officially opened
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Westfield Mall of the Netherlands officially opened

Fashion Today the doors of Westfield Mall of the Netherlands officially open. A unique, fully covered shopping and experience mall of 117,000m² with a four-star service level. In this way, Westfield gives entrepreneurs the space to start selling safely under the current circumstances and in accordance with the applicable guidelines. The planned festivities will be postponed to a later time, when the restaurants, cinema and other leisure activities can also be opened. Westfield is the first comprehensive shopping experience of this size in the Netherlands.       Westfield Mall of The Netherlands is a unique, innovative shopping, dining, leisure and entertainment destination in the heart of the conurbation, Leidschendam. From brunch to shopping, from a movie to extensive dining, experience is central at this mall. Completely different from other shopping centers in the Netherlands, partly due to the arrival of various flagship stores, the high-quality architecture, distinctive catering establishments, special events and a wide range of leisure. Experience is key at Westfield, so everybody sat around the table with all the retailers to create a unique experience within the Mall.     The Gallery is also a completely new concept for the Netherlands, where visitors can find an attractive and unexpected mix of designer and lifestyle brands such as Ace & Tate, Skins Cosmetics, Smaak Amsterdam and Miccy's Jewelz on 3,000 m². Ranging from a special selection of boutiques, lifestyle shops, coffee shops and pop-up stores, this revolutionary concept in the Dutch retail world makes it possible to create the intimate atmosphere desired by consumers. A modern reinterpretation of a classic shopping street.       The fact that Westfield Mall of the Netherlands offers a wide range of flavors is also reflected in the F&B range. The brand new Eat Theater features a mix of local and well-known eateries. In addition to spacious seating, good coffee and kiosks, ten restaurants are also located, including The Butcher and pizza hotspot Toni Loco. The prominent centerpiece of the dining and entertainment space is the elegant gold hanging decorations, which create an enchanting centerpiece. The thirty golden curtains consist of no less than 12,251,200 links and have a total surface of 3,020 m2. In other words, a 235 km long chain, approximately the distance between The Hague and Maastricht.   In addition to the impressive Eat Theater, the Mall also contains the regional destination for daily groceries thanks to the Fresh! food market. You can also find bakery at Robèrt by master Patissier and Master Boulanger Robèrt van Beckhoven, known from 'Heel Holland Bakt', , and many others here. The heart of Fresh! is the special kitchen in which famous chefs will soon give cooking workshops. The chefs work with seasonal products from the entrepreneurs in Fresh! to inspire visitors in a culinary way. The refrigerated lockers for groceries characterize Westfield Mall of the Netherlands, which is fully equipped.       Westfield Mall of the Netherlands is a place that is part of the local community. A place where people want to spend time, come together, seek connection, discover new experiences and above all enjoy. With a huge Kinepolis cinema, O'Leary's with bowling, Gamestate arcade hall and the Instagram museum Youseum under one roof, Westfield Mall of the Netherlands really offers an exceptional location in the Netherlands. The restaurants and leisure destinations will open as soon as the measures allow.   “We are extremely proud that we can support our retailers in these difficult times by opening our doors. A grand opening with all our 280 hotspots is not possible unfortunately , but we hope we can have one later in this year, ”said Bart van Twillert, Country Manager The Netherlands.   Although Westfield is a diverse destination in retailers, catering and leisure, the design concept is based on the idea of ​​one movement, one design, one identity. This is reflected in the Mall's impressive interior and exterior, designed by MVSA Architects under the direction of Roberto Meyer. For example, the facade is inspired by a voile, a silk scarf, which is draped smoothly over the building like a second skin. The shape of this voile is the starting point for a spectacular facade design that brings the new and existing buildings together.   Westfield is the only global B2B and B2C brand for retail, leisure, entertainment and hospitality destinations. With the opening in the Netherlands, it has eleven centers in continental Europe. Ten centers have already been opened in France, Sweden, Poland and the Czech Republic. Today the doors of Westfield Mall of the Netherlands officially open. A unique, fully covered shopping and experience mall of 117,000m² with a four-star service level. In this way, Westfield gives entrepreneurs the space to start selling safely under the current circumstances and in accordance with the applicable guidelines. The planned festivities will be postponed to a later time, when the restaurants, cinema and other leisure activities can also be opened. Westfield is the first comprehensive shopping experience of this size in the Netherlands.       Westfield Mall of The Netherlands is a unique, innovative shopping, dining, leisure and entertainment destination in the heart of the conurbation, Leidschendam. From brunch to shopping, from a movie to extensive dining, experience is central at this mall. Completely different from other shopping centers in the Netherlands, partly due to the arrival of various flagship stores, the high-quality architecture, distinctive catering establishments, special events and a wide range of leisure. Experience is key at Westfield, so everybody sat around the table with all the retailers to create a unique experience within the Mall.     The Gallery is also a completely new concept for the Netherlands, where visitors can find an attractive and unexpected mix of designer and lifestyle brands such as Ace & Tate, Skins Cosmetics, Smaak Amsterdam and Miccy's Jewelz on 3,000 m². Ranging from a special selection of boutiques, lifestyle shops, coffee shops and pop-up stores, this revolutionary concept in the Dutch retail world makes it possible to create the intimate atmosphere desired by consumers. A modern reinterpretation of a classic shopping street.       The fact that Westfield Mall of the Netherlands offers a wide range of flavors is also reflected in the F&B range. The brand new Eat Theater features a mix of local and well-known eateries. In addition to spacious seating, good coffee and kiosks, ten restaurants are also located, including The Butcher and pizza hotspot Toni Loco. The prominent centerpiece of the dining and entertainment space is the elegant gold hanging decorations, which create an enchanting centerpiece. The thirty golden curtains consist of no less than 12,251,200 links and have a total surface of 3,020 m2. In other words, a 235 km long chain, approximately the distance between The Hague and Maastricht.   In addition to the impressive Eat Theater, the Mall also contains the regional destination for daily groceries thanks to the Fresh! food market. You can also find bakery at Robèrt by master Patissier and Master Boulanger Robèrt van Beckhoven, known from 'Heel Holland Bakt', , and many others here. The heart of Fresh! is the special kitchen in which famous chefs will soon give cooking workshops. The chefs work with seasonal products from the entrepreneurs in Fresh! to inspire visitors in a culinary way. The refrigerated lockers for groceries characterize Westfield Mall of the Netherlands, which is fully equipped.       Westfield Mall of the Netherlands is a place that is part of the local community. A place where people want to spend time, come together, seek connection, discover new experiences and above all enjoy. With a huge Kinepolis cinema, O'Leary's with bowling, Gamestate arcade hall and the Instagram museum Youseum under one roof, Westfield Mall of the Netherlands really offers an exceptional location in the Netherlands. The restaurants and leisure destinations will open as soon as the measures allow.   “We are extremely proud that we can support our retailers in these difficult times by opening our doors. A grand opening with all our 280 hotspots is not possible unfortunately , but we hope we can have one later in this year, ”said Bart van Twillert, Country Manager The Netherlands.   Although Westfield is a diverse destination in retailers, catering and leisure, the design concept is based on the idea of ​​one movement, one design, one identity. This is reflected in the Mall's impressive interior and exterior, designed by MVSA Architects under the direction of Roberto Meyer. For example, the facade is inspired by a voile, a silk scarf, which is draped smoothly over the building like a second skin. The shape of this voile is the starting point for a spectacular facade design that brings the new and existing buildings together.   Westfield is the only global B2B and B2C brand for retail, leisure, entertainment and hospitality destinations. With the opening in the Netherlands, it has eleven centers in continental Europe. Ten centers have already been opened in France, Sweden, Poland and the Czech Republic.

EXHIBITION VOICES OF FASHION: BLACK COUTURE, BEAUTY & STYLES IN CENTRAAL MUSEUM UTRECHT
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EXHIBITION VOICES OF FASHION: BLACK COUTURE, BEAUTY & STYLES IN CENTRAAL MUSEUM UTRECHT

Exhibition Centraal Museum Utrecht presents the major fashion exhibition Voices of Fashion: Black Couture, Beauty & Styles, in which iconic designs, models and sources of inspiration promote a more inclusive fashion legacy. In this multi-disciplinary exhibition, fashion curator Ninke Bloemberg teams up with fashion activist, co-curator and founder of Diversity Rules, Janice Deul, to examine how Black designers have influenced the world of fashion, what stereotypes continue to exist, and how beauty is perceived. Voices of Fashion was created in close collaboration with designers, photographers and models from the Netherlands and abroad. The visually striking exhibition design is by AFARAI’s Afaina de Jong, and the exhibition is structured according to several themes.     COUTURE   The exhibition opens with a dazzling display of couture by domestic and international Black designers. To name just a few highlights: first is a highly personal installation by South African designer Thebe Magugu, who also presented this collection during the Paris Fashion Week. Magugu won the prestigious LVHM prize for young designers in 2019. Also, from South Africa, filmmaker and photographer Kristin-Lee Moolman worked with the stylist Ib Kamar to produce photographs and a film featuring Magugu’s work.   Of course the exhibition also features work by Virgil Abloh, creative director of men’s fashion at Louis Vuitton and founder of the label Off-White. Several of his ensembles are on display, including the black- and-white men’s suit consisting of woollen pants and a coat decorated with what seems to be a classic pied-de-poule pattern. On closer inspection, however, the motif turns out to be based on the shape of the African continent.   Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh are represented in the exhibition with two ensembles: one which they created for Nina Ricci, consisting of silk pants and blouse and their signature ‘bucket hat’, and a second iconic design by their own Botter label. Maria Grazia Chiuri, the first-ever female creative director at fashion house Dior, worked with the African designer Pathé Ouédraogo – better known as Pathé’O – to pay tribute to the African continent, as part of Dior’s Resort 2020 collection. On display is an indigo-coloured skirt and jacket. This collaboration embodied the identity of the entire collection.   We are also proud to show an iconic evening gown made of down, from Moncler. It is the result of a collaboration between Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli with the Ethiopian label Lemlem, founded by model and designer Liya Kebede. The Surinamese-Dutch designer Marga Weimans launched her own label in 2006 and has presented several successful collections, investigating themes such as identity, technology and beauty. The exhibition shows an outfit from the Power of my Dreams collection, in which she infused traditional African wax prints with new meaning. We furthermore show an impressive black evening gown from her Debut collection, about which Weimans says: “It is my first collection, in which I tell a story about the sublime and seductive beauty of the Parisian couture landscape, using the archetypical ballgown as basis. I combine this with the horrors of slavery, from which the fashion industry arose. The blood, sweat and tears of ambition are mixed with the blood, sweat and tears of my enslaved ancestors.”   Stereotypes still abound: consider the Surinamese-Dutch designer Giorgio Toppin of the Xhosa label, who is regularly asked whether he makes streetwear while in fact, he specialises in men’s couture.     THE INFLUENCE OF STEETWEAR AND MUSIC   Hip-hop music has had a strong impact on everyday fashion and even couture. Cross Colours, famous for dressing ‘the Fresh Prince of Bel Air’, among others, was founded in 1989 by TJ Walker and Carl Jones. Their goal was to design clothing that is blind to prejudice. With their creations, full of symbolism and statements, the designers aim to give Black youths a voice. This goal is echoed by Dutch Black- owned brands like Patta, Daily Paper, Filling Pieces, The New Originals and HOSSELAER. These brands staked out their spot in the fashion industry by selling sneakers or T-shirts, soon followed by complete collections and sales points across the world. Such labels have become a permanent fixture of the fashion landscape. They owe their success in part to their collaborations with domestic and international labels like Nike and Adidas, but the real strength of these entrepreneurs is their sense of shared responsibility towards young people who feel unheard or misunderstood.   Political and social messages are also found in the colourful streetwear collections by Priya Ahluwalia. Her designs are always geared to sustainability, for instance by creating a series of new designs using Adidas deadstock. The creations by Farida Sedoc, artist, entrepreneur and founder of HOSSELAER are likewise suffused by statements. Especially for Voices of Fashion she made an installation using a selection of T-shirts from her private archive.     BEAUTY   Black women often were and continue to be marginalised. Their skills, beauties and body shapes are rarely celebrated and their natural Black hair is viewed as ‘unprofessional’. The cosmetics industry, with its limited colour palette, has likewise seemed to ignore them. Black women have been fighting to change this for decades. A selection of Dutch and international fashion magazine covers from the 1960s until today celebrates the diversity of Black models. This part of the exhibition includes photographs made by Kwame Brathwaite in the 1960s of the people and street images that inspired the Black is Beautiful movement in New York. The Black Panthers and icons such as Angela Davis, instantly recognisable for her large afro, contributed to the international reputation of this movement. More than 50 years on, the goal of highlighting the beauty of Black women remains relevant, although change does seem to be underway.     A BOOK, A MULTI-MEDIA TOUR, AND FRINGE PROGRAMME   The exhibition is accompanied by a lavishly illustrated book containing unique interviews and several long-reads, designed by Serana Angelista and Glamcult.Studio. The book will be published in mid- February and can be purchased in (among other outlets) the Museum Shop and from Waanders publishers.   Discover much more through the Voices of Fashion multi-media tour featuring the voices of Guillaume Schmidt (Patta), Giovanca Ostiana (singer, model, presenter) and Denise Jannah (singer).   There is also an extensive fringe programme, with the collaboration of The Black Archives, the African Fashion Research Institute, The New Originals, and others. More details of this programme will be announced online. The exhibition is sponsored by the City of Utrecht, BankGiro Loterij, Fonds 21, the   Creative Industries Fund NL, VSBfonds, Prins Bernhard Culture Fund, Mondriaan Fund and Prins Claus Fund.   Musea Bekennen Kleur (Museums Face Up to the Matter of Race)Voices of fashion is part of Musea Bekennen Kleur (Museums Face Up to the Matter of Race), a partnership between twelve museums in the Netherlands that are all working to embed the practices underpinning true inclusion and diversity in the DNA of the museum industry. The Centraal Museum’s partners in this venture are the Amsterdam Museum, the Bonnefanten, the Dordrechts Museum, the Frans Hals Museum, Museum Arnhem, the Rembrandt House Museum, the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Van Abbemuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Zeeuws Museum. We hope to welcome other museums aboard in the future. The museums in this partnership will this year hold exhibitions and stage events highlighting themes of cultural diversity and slavery/the legacy of colonialism. Centraal Museum Utrecht presents the major fashion exhibition Voices of Fashion: Black Couture, Beauty & Styles, in which iconic designs, models and sources of inspiration promote a more inclusive fashion legacy. In this multi-disciplinary exhibition, fashion curator Ninke Bloemberg teams up with fashion activist, co-curator and founder of Diversity Rules, Janice Deul, to examine how Black designers have influenced the world of fashion, what stereotypes continue to exist, and how beauty is perceived. Voices of Fashion was created in close collaboration with designers, photographers and models from the Netherlands and abroad. The visually striking exhibition design is by AFARAI’s Afaina de Jong, and the exhibition is structured according to several themes.     COUTURE   The exhibition opens with a dazzling display of couture by domestic and international Black designers. To name just a few highlights: first is a highly personal installation by South African designer Thebe Magugu, who also presented this collection during the Paris Fashion Week. Magugu won the prestigious LVHM prize for young designers in 2019. Also, from South Africa, filmmaker and photographer Kristin-Lee Moolman worked with the stylist Ib Kamar to produce photographs and a film featuring Magugu’s work.   Of course the exhibition also features work by Virgil Abloh, creative director of men’s fashion at Louis Vuitton and founder of the label Off-White. Several of his ensembles are on display, including the black- and-white men’s suit consisting of woollen pants and a coat decorated with what seems to be a classic pied-de-poule pattern. On closer inspection, however, the motif turns out to be based on the shape of the African continent.   Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh are represented in the exhibition with two ensembles: one which they created for Nina Ricci, consisting of silk pants and blouse and their signature ‘bucket hat’, and a second iconic design by their own Botter label. Maria Grazia Chiuri, the first-ever female creative director at fashion house Dior, worked with the African designer Pathé Ouédraogo – better known as Pathé’O – to pay tribute to the African continent, as part of Dior’s Resort 2020 collection. On display is an indigo-coloured skirt and jacket. This collaboration embodied the identity of the entire collection.   We are also proud to show an iconic evening gown made of down, from Moncler. It is the result of a collaboration between Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli with the Ethiopian label Lemlem, founded by model and designer Liya Kebede. The Surinamese-Dutch designer Marga Weimans launched her own label in 2006 and has presented several successful collections, investigating themes such as identity, technology and beauty. The exhibition shows an outfit from the Power of my Dreams collection, in which she infused traditional African wax prints with new meaning. We furthermore show an impressive black evening gown from her Debut collection, about which Weimans says: “It is my first collection, in which I tell a story about the sublime and seductive beauty of the Parisian couture landscape, using the archetypical ballgown as basis. I combine this with the horrors of slavery, from which the fashion industry arose. The blood, sweat and tears of ambition are mixed with the blood, sweat and tears of my enslaved ancestors.”   Stereotypes still abound: consider the Surinamese-Dutch designer Giorgio Toppin of the Xhosa label, who is regularly asked whether he makes streetwear while in fact, he specialises in men’s couture.     THE INFLUENCE OF STEETWEAR AND MUSIC   Hip-hop music has had a strong impact on everyday fashion and even couture. Cross Colours, famous for dressing ‘the Fresh Prince of Bel Air’, among others, was founded in 1989 by TJ Walker and Carl Jones. Their goal was to design clothing that is blind to prejudice. With their creations, full of symbolism and statements, the designers aim to give Black youths a voice. This goal is echoed by Dutch Black- owned brands like Patta, Daily Paper, Filling Pieces, The New Originals and HOSSELAER. These brands staked out their spot in the fashion industry by selling sneakers or T-shirts, soon followed by complete collections and sales points across the world. Such labels have become a permanent fixture of the fashion landscape. They owe their success in part to their collaborations with domestic and international labels like Nike and Adidas, but the real strength of these entrepreneurs is their sense of shared responsibility towards young people who feel unheard or misunderstood.   Political and social messages are also found in the colourful streetwear collections by Priya Ahluwalia. Her designs are always geared to sustainability, for instance by creating a series of new designs using Adidas deadstock. The creations by Farida Sedoc, artist, entrepreneur and founder of HOSSELAER are likewise suffused by statements. Especially for Voices of Fashion she made an installation using a selection of T-shirts from her private archive.     BEAUTY   Black women often were and continue to be marginalised. Their skills, beauties and body shapes are rarely celebrated and their natural Black hair is viewed as ‘unprofessional’. The cosmetics industry, with its limited colour palette, has likewise seemed to ignore them. Black women have been fighting to change this for decades. A selection of Dutch and international fashion magazine covers from the 1960s until today celebrates the diversity of Black models. This part of the exhibition includes photographs made by Kwame Brathwaite in the 1960s of the people and street images that inspired the Black is Beautiful movement in New York. The Black Panthers and icons such as Angela Davis, instantly recognisable for her large afro, contributed to the international reputation of this movement. More than 50 years on, the goal of highlighting the beauty of Black women remains relevant, although change does seem to be underway.     A BOOK, A MULTI-MEDIA TOUR, AND FRINGE PROGRAMME   The exhibition is accompanied by a lavishly illustrated book containing unique interviews and several long-reads, designed by Serana Angelista and Glamcult.Studio. The book will be published in mid- February and can be purchased in (among other outlets) the Museum Shop and from Waanders publishers.   Discover much more through the Voices of Fashion multi-media tour featuring the voices of Guillaume Schmidt (Patta), Giovanca Ostiana (singer, model, presenter) and Denise Jannah (singer).   There is also an extensive fringe programme, with the collaboration of The Black Archives, the African Fashion Research Institute, The New Originals, and others. More details of this programme will be announced online. The exhibition is sponsored by the City of Utrecht, BankGiro Loterij, Fonds 21, the   Creative Industries Fund NL, VSBfonds, Prins Bernhard Culture Fund, Mondriaan Fund and Prins Claus Fund.   Musea Bekennen Kleur (Museums Face Up to the Matter of Race)Voices of fashion is part of Musea Bekennen Kleur (Museums Face Up to the Matter of Race), a partnership between twelve museums in the Netherlands that are all working to embed the practices underpinning true inclusion and diversity in the DNA of the museum industry. The Centraal Museum’s partners in this venture are the Amsterdam Museum, the Bonnefanten, the Dordrechts Museum, the Frans Hals Museum, Museum Arnhem, the Rembrandt House Museum, the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Van Abbemuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Zeeuws Museum. We hope to welcome other museums aboard in the future. The museums in this partnership will this year hold exhibitions and stage events highlighting themes of cultural diversity and slavery/the legacy of colonialism.

AUDEMARS PIGUET RELEASES 180’S FOURTH EPISODE
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AUDEMARS PIGUET RELEASES 180’S FOURTH EPISODE

Video Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is delighted to announce the fourth episode of its inspiring music series 180. Composed of five episodes, each captured by a different film director, this miniseries retraces the unconventional challenge Audemars Piguet set to selected music artists. Their mission: go beyond their comfort zone and create an original collaborative soundtrack blending different creative universes. Entitled “Gold,”the new episode retraces the lively collaboration of emerging music artists Oklou and Crystal Murray, conveyed through the cinematographic lens of Swiss director and producer Adrien Wagner. The full episode and resulting soundtrack will be released on Audemars Piguet’s social networks on March 9 and on its website as of March 12.     At 21 years old, Adrien Wagner is already a preferred video clip producer among Francophone rappers. His career was launched when he was spotted at the 2015 Reflex Festival by a series of Swiss hip-hop artists such as Di-Meh, Makala, Slimka and DeWolph thanks to his documentary “Loin pour la paix” which was awarded the Prix du public. The saga continued in 2018 when Rilès commissioned him to immortalise his French tour. Since then, Adrien has collaborated with various music artists including Lefa, Damso, Orelsan and Eddy de Pretto. Adrien has recently extended the scope of his work to include movie trailers and advertisement campaigns with the release of his first commercial for Puma in 2020.     For this new episode of 180, Adrien offers a documentary approach to the creative encounter of Oklou and Crystal Murray who were given three days and complete carte blanche to create and record an original soundtrack together. The episode focuses on the spontaneous interactions and emotions of these two young women, moving from their introspections to the discovery of their respective background. The setting also comes to life as the composition unfolds, progressively evolving into a symbiotic whole.     French singer-songwriter, composer and musician Marylou Mayniel, aka Oklou, blends visceral production, electronic pop and atmospheric R&B in her emotionally charged music compositions. Her hybrid style and soft-spoken vocal lines are inspired by artists as diverse as Palmistry, Frank Ocean and Justin Bieber. After select collaborative works, notably with DJ collective TGAF, Oklou debuted her solo career in 2018 with the release of her first EP The Rite of May. Her mixtape Galore, which followed in 2020, represents Oklou’s bold artistic statement of self-reinterpretation and feminine emancipation.     Oklou’s electro beats merge with Paris-based Crystal Murray’s undulating soulful and jazz-inflected tones in this new collaborative challenge set by Audemars Piguet. This 19-year-old singer and songwriter refuses labels and categorisation in her life as in her music. Her first EP I Was Wrong, released in 2020, immerses the audience in her own music universe, influenced by her African American heritage as well as the hip-hop and house cultures she grew up in. With her inspiring voice and experimental style, this ambitious woman has already made a name for herself on the international stage despite her young age.     The encounter of Crystal’s vocals and Oklou’s electronic music seamlessly blend in a rhythmic electro-pop composition entitled “Taste [of] my Gold” which conveys the variegated influences and catching energy of the new generation. The episode also sheds light on the strong emotions governing the process of creation.     “The idea of a documentary following the artistic process oftwo artists was very interesting to me. I’m passionate about music and to be able to work on this project with a brand such as Audemars Piguet was an honour.” Adrien Wagner, Film director     Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet is delighted to announce the fourth episode of its inspiring music series 180. Composed of five episodes, each captured by a different film director, this miniseries retraces the unconventional challenge Audemars Piguet set to selected music artists. Their mission: go beyond their comfort zone and create an original collaborative soundtrack blending different creative universes. Entitled “Gold,”the new episode retraces the lively collaboration of emerging music artists Oklou and Crystal Murray, conveyed through the cinematographic lens of Swiss director and producer Adrien Wagner. The full episode and resulting soundtrack will be released on Audemars Piguet’s social networks on March 9 and on its website as of March 12.     At 21 years old, Adrien Wagner is already a preferred video clip producer among Francophone rappers. His career was launched when he was spotted at the 2015 Reflex Festival by a series of Swiss hip-hop artists such as Di-Meh, Makala, Slimka and DeWolph thanks to his documentary “Loin pour la paix” which was awarded the Prix du public. The saga continued in 2018 when Rilès commissioned him to immortalise his French tour. Since then, Adrien has collaborated with various music artists including Lefa, Damso, Orelsan and Eddy de Pretto. Adrien has recently extended the scope of his work to include movie trailers and advertisement campaigns with the release of his first commercial for Puma in 2020.     For this new episode of 180, Adrien offers a documentary approach to the creative encounter of Oklou and Crystal Murray who were given three days and complete carte blanche to create and record an original soundtrack together. The episode focuses on the spontaneous interactions and emotions of these two young women, moving from their introspections to the discovery of their respective background. The setting also comes to life as the composition unfolds, progressively evolving into a symbiotic whole.     French singer-songwriter, composer and musician Marylou Mayniel, aka Oklou, blends visceral production, electronic pop and atmospheric R&B in her emotionally charged music compositions. Her hybrid style and soft-spoken vocal lines are inspired by artists as diverse as Palmistry, Frank Ocean and Justin Bieber. After select collaborative works, notably with DJ collective TGAF, Oklou debuted her solo career in 2018 with the release of her first EP The Rite of May. Her mixtape Galore, which followed in 2020, represents Oklou’s bold artistic statement of self-reinterpretation and feminine emancipation.     Oklou’s electro beats merge with Paris-based Crystal Murray’s undulating soulful and jazz-inflected tones in this new collaborative challenge set by Audemars Piguet. This 19-year-old singer and songwriter refuses labels and categorisation in her life as in her music. Her first EP I Was Wrong, released in 2020, immerses the audience in her own music universe, influenced by her African American heritage as well as the hip-hop and house cultures she grew up in. With her inspiring voice and experimental style, this ambitious woman has already made a name for herself on the international stage despite her young age.     The encounter of Crystal’s vocals and Oklou’s electronic music seamlessly blend in a rhythmic electro-pop composition entitled “Taste [of] my Gold” which conveys the variegated influences and catching energy of the new generation. The episode also sheds light on the strong emotions governing the process of creation.     “The idea of a documentary following the artistic process oftwo artists was very interesting to me. I’m passionate about music and to be able to work on this project with a brand such as Audemars Piguet was an honour.” Adrien Wagner, Film director    

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