Anish Kapoor – Cloud Gate / before & after
The “Cloud Gate”, Anish Kapoor’s iconic public sculpture placed in Millennium Park of Chicago, recently encountered an unexpected creative twist. Issued by artist himself, the change could be regarded as extreme, controversial, trendy or deeply conceptual.
Kapoor covered the mirror-like surface with something that seems to be exactly the opposite – a deep black material called Vantablack. Vantablack, labeled as ‘the blackest black ever’, because it absorbs up to 99.96 percent of light (radiation in the visible spectrum), was initially developed by British company Surrey NanoSystems for military purposes and astronomy equipment. Anish Kapoor who gained exclusive rights in using this material for artistic purposes, says that he plans to explore it further and review many of his famous art pieces within the next years.
The project itself is challenging not just through the way contemporary art meets high-technology, but also in the way it blends with the work of an artist like Anish Kapoor. While the idea of an artist adhering to a specific ‘color’ and making it ‘his own’ created a buzz around the art community, I guess this is not the main attraction here. However, it has happened before (see the Yves Klein blue – IKB).
The project of reformulating referential art works, so well ingrained both in artist’s track record and in public consciousness, this is really challenging. I love the perspective of iconic art pieces seen as work in progress, projects that can be periodically revised, evolving in new unexpected ways. I love the idea that something like the Cloud Gate might not remain forever a mirror of the clouds, and one fine day might become “a void of nothingness”.
Definitely, launching and promoting your own fashion label became way easier these days. Yet with all the benefits provided, social media cannot do the job alone. The originality, creativity and desirability of the final product are also required for a successful business.
Creepyyeha is a good exemple. Brainchild of New York based designer Lisa Leung, Creepyyeaha offers an alternative approach to lingerie. Promoting the tempting game of underwear versus outerwear, hard pieces versus soft touch, Creepyyeah successfully mixes pop references in a new look of harajuku-style-lolita playing femme fatale. Using casual and charming presentation (most of the pieces are modeled by designer herself), adorable, eclectic and unique, Creepyyeaha rapidly gained attention both online and offline.
All the lingerie items are custom handmade, and can be ordered simply by contacting the designer.
Gucci’s new look promoted by Alessandro Michele is simply impossible to be ignored. I admit that this particular mix of exotism, decadence, vintage glamour, hipsterism and granny-chic style has something catchy. Yet, as we know, any idea has to be put within a story in order to make real sense. In this case, the Gucci Spring Summer 2016 Ad Campaign, shot by Glen Luchford, is not only the coherent framework to display all the beautifully crafted garments and accessories of the historic Italian label, but also the perfect story to bring them alive. And to make them more coveted than ever.
Gucci Spring/Summer 2016.
Photo: Glen Luchford / fashion editor: Jane How / hair styling: Paul Hanlon / make-up: Yadim / art direction: Christopher Simmonds / models: Polina Oganicheva, Peyton Knight, Elizabeth Moore, Nicole Atieno, Mia Gruenwald, Anka Kuryndina, Viola Podkopaeva, Jacob Hugo Goldhoorn, Timothy Dibble, ArnisCievala, Anton Tofgart
The underwater fashion editorial in How to Spend It magazine delivers a spectacular and brave story that sinks designer clothes (Kenzo, Alexander McQueen, Jimmy Choo) in salty waters of Bahamas surrounded by real sharks. Images are stunning, I guess there was excitement and great fun anyway!
Photo: Zena Holloway / Styling: Damian Foxe / Model: Fred Szkod.
FOR AUTUMN/WINTER 2015 KANYE WEST AND ADIDAS ORIGINALS UNVEIL A BOLD NEW PROPOSITION: YEEZY SEASON 1. A COLLECTION THAT CHERISHES UNIVERSALITY AND TIMELESSNESS.
It’s not that easy to conceive a ‘timeless’ wardrobe. However, when you are a true fashion lover and a trendsetter as Kanye West turned out to be, it means that you have a sense of contemporary movements. And what’s more coveted nowadays than good-universal-essential fashion items? Beyond Kanye’s celebrity, the concept of YEEZY Season 1 collection deserves a certain appreciation. A few sweaters, basic jackets, camouflage tees, parkas, body suits, sporty pants, statement boots – these are the key-items that Kanye recommends as the urban survival kit of the moment.
No wonder that people liked it – products were sold out shortly after collection hit the stores. So it goes.
Duckie Brown new menswear collection recently displayed at NYFW, proved once again that American design duo Steven Cox and Daniel Silver are really daring. I mean, to built an entire menswear collection around the idea of oversized pants folded around the waist in order to fit a normal guy silhouette, to introduce luxurious silks and match them with those colored Eastland shoes – that’s truly adventurous. And uber cool. What about the sheer tops and the infamous electric yellow suit?
Aesthetically, the pieces are gorgeous and the silhouettes have a very particular charm. But after all, are the male customers prepared for such a surprise? It seems that Steven Cox and Daniel Silver decided to assume the risk. In my opinion that’s what any creative designer should do from time to time. I love these pants anyway!
Any new initiative is greeted at first with a certain suspicion. Likewise, it was some buzz around the idea of a NYFW designed especially for MEN. Taking into consideration the iconic American brands plus the multitude of new upcoming designers, New York definitly has something to say in menswear. It has a powerful identity standing out in the field through minimalistic and functional approach, a welcomed alternative to London, Paris or Milan Fashion Weeks.
Alternative too was Public School’s presentation during New York Menswear Fashion Week. They skipped the usual runway in favour of a kind of performance imitating the police line up. Models and real people (including favorite ‘suspects’ as Nick Wooster or Waris Ahluwalia) were put into glass boxes, an idea that perfectly fit to display Public School’s SS 2016 collection. Keeping it simple in black, white and navy blue, designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne payed their tribute to American menswear. With subtle grid prints, silky bomber jachets, shorts, sporty caps, long vests paired with Generic Man sneakers – the collection is flawless.