Spring 2022 Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week
Joseph Altuzarra made a highly-anticipated return to New York for his Spring Summer 2022 collection
New York Fashion Week Spring 2021
Kendall Jenner on the runway at Michael Kors Collection Spring/Summer 2022 show celebrating urban romance
New York Fashion Week Spring 2021
Gigi Hadid on the runway at Tom Ford’s Spring/Summer 2022 runway show at the David H. Koch Theater
New York Fashion Week Spring
Model Lily Aldridge at Bulgari.

New Haute Couture Film Coming Soon

 The new film is due to premiere on November 10.and 51-year-old writer and director Sylvie Ohayon cast Khoudri in the part of a young woman, who unexpectedly takes on an apprenticeship at one of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses: Christian Dior.

Throughout the two-minute trailer, the audience catches a glimpse of the plot, a taste of what to expect from Haute Couture. The storyline is centered around Esther (played by Nathalie Baye), head seamstress of the luxury label, who is preparing for her last collection before retiring.

Christian Dior In Qatar

Christian Dior Qatar exhibition
Christian Dior Qatar exhibition

Dior will debut an exhibition of its heritage with Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams, in partnership with Qatar Museums. This event represents the strong cultural friendship between France and Qatar, for sharing each other knowledge and ideas.  Beginning in Paris in 2017, more than 700,000 visitors were registered, sometimes queuing more than one hour. Unsurprisingly, this unique fashion exhibition is traveling in the world: the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai, Denver, USA, and soon in New York City at the Brooklyn Museum. We can already appreciate a first view with the unique scenography for each city through Instagram, with the special hashtag #diordesignerofdreams.

Fashion Houses Returning To The CatWalk

Models at the Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2021 Photo: AFP

France’s fashion houses are easing back to the catwalk this week after more than a year of crisis that has upended the industry and left many wondering if the traditional calendar will ever return.

With the lifting of pandemic restrictions , many in the Paris fashion world hope men’s fashion week, starting Tuesday, marks the start of a return to normalcy.

However, only six of 72 brands that make up the official Paris fashion calendar will present live shows this week, though they include two big names in the form of Dior and Herm

It follows a similarly tentative return in Milan, where only three of 47 – Dolce and Gabbana, Etro, and Armani – offered live events for this week’s Spring/Summer 2022 show.

New York won’t be back in physical form until September, while the newly gender-neutral London Fashion Week has also remained fully digital up to now.

In Paris, many big names are staying within the confines of computer screens, including Louis Vuitton, Dries Van Noten, Loewe, and Tom Browne.

Murad Will Present @Paris Couture Week

Arab label Zuhair Murad to present physical show at Paris Couture Week

A model presents a creation by Zuhair Murad during the Women’s Spring-Summer 2020 Haute Couture collection fashion show in Paris, on January 22, 2020. (AFP)

After two digital presentations, Paris Couture Week (PCW) is set to return physically with eight shows to take place from July 5-8, the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode announced on Monday.

Zuhair Murad will present his Autumn/ Winter 2021 collection in person, among seven other renowned labels including Dior, Azzaro Couture, Chanel, Giorgio Armani Privé, Balenciaga, Jean Paul Gaultier and Vaishali S.

A limited number of guests will be allowed to attend the physical shows to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This event will also feature virtual showcases by Arab brands Georges Hobeika, Elie Saab and Maison Rabih Kayrouz among other international fashion houses like Fendi, Viktor & Rolf and Giambattista Valli.

Names For Your Food Style

Pantry Meals

Known as quarantine cooking and making ends meet. During 2020 more and more people familiarized themselves with the ingredients they already had on hand. With the luxury of restaurant meals and well-stocked grocery shelves in limbo, people learned how to shop their pantries and transform overlooked canned and dry goods into filling, delicious meals. This money- and food-saving skill will undoubtedly continue as a food trend in 2021.

pantry cooking is a food trend in 2021
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 Veganism and Vegetarianism

There is an influx of people joining this lifestyle which is on the rise. Increasing concerns over mental and physical wellbeing, not to mention the environmental impact, has led many to reconsider their meat-centered diets. Many are giving up animal products completely in effort to live a healthier, more eco-friendly life. 

On the other hand some are against it https://empoweredsustenance.com/is-vegan-healthy/

The American Dietetic Association holds the position that appropriately planned vegetarian diets are suitable for people of all ages and stages of life. Plus, the abundance of plant-based options on the market has made the switch easier than ever.

veganism is a top food trend of 2021
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4. “Flexitarian” Diets

Not everyone is ready to become all vegan “flexitarian” eating is also on the rise. The concept of being a flexitarian is simple: Meat becomes a once-in-a-while or only-on-the-weekends food rather than part of your regular meal rotation. 

Reducing our meat consumption even slightly has still been shown to be overall better for the environment and our general health, making this one of the biggest food trends for 2021.

chef tossing chickpeas in a nonstick skillet
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Carb Alternatives

Keto brought back low-carb eating in a big way, but it won’t be the only option for the food trends in 2021. With the rise in carb alternative products, especially with cauliflower leading the pack in things like pizza crust and gnocchi, it has never been easier to stick with low-carb diets. 

With versatile ingredients replacing rice and flour-based recipes, you can still indulge in your favorite treats!

carb alternatives are a top food trend of 2021
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6. Takeout

Whether you’re looking to support local businesses, show some extra love to a hurting restaurant industry, indulge in your favorite eats or a combination of all three, it’s time to dial up for your favorite local joint and put in an order for pickup or delivery.

burger and fries in a takeout box
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7. Low-Waste Foods 

Going low-waste with food means drastically reducing unnecessary packaging (especially plastic) and repurposing food scraps that may have previously ended up in the bin (like broccoli stems, carrot tops and potato peels). There are many ways you can cut down on waste in the kitchen, and any step in this direction is a great way to kick off this crucial food trend in 2021.

low waste foods are a top food trend in 2021
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8. Elevated Desserts

This is the part of the menu where creativity can shine, especially with the usage of unique ingredients and even plant-based resources.

deconstructed basil cake with strawberries
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9. Fusion Cuisine

Fusion dining is not a new concept, but the time for creativity and innovation in food has definitely arrived. Sample fusions like Mexican-Korean, Chinese-Peruvian and so much more as the options are vast and exciting. 

fusion cuisine is a top food trend of 2021
via Cozymeal

10. Home-Baked Bread

A trend born of quarantine cooking, 2020 was the year we all learned how to bake homemade bread. From tangy sourdough to hearty rye to classic white, home-baked breads are sticking with us as an ongoing food trend in 2021.

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Guess What Netflix Is Having A Highend Fashion Line

Netflix is collaborating with Halston, to create a 10-piece capsule collection of gowns priced between $995 and $1,595. The looks—available for preorder in June—are inspired by archival designs featured in the new Netflix biographical film about Roy Halston Frowick, the designer who launched the fashion house in 1968. The show, created by Ryan Murphy, premiered on Netflix last week. As for the gowns you see you might be able to own it..

[Photo: Jory Lee Cory/courtesy Netflix]

Before filming Halston, Netflix reached out to the clothing brand to gain access to its archive. Jeriana San Juan, the show’s costume designer, used these historical gowns to create the outfits that would appear on-screen. But the brand wasn’t involved with developing the show or shaping its plot. In February 2021, after the filming wrapped, the two brands began having conversations about creating a collection together. Robert Rodriguez, the label’s chief creative officer, worked closely with San Juan to figure out which outfits to reissue from the dozens featured in the show.

[Photo: Netflix]

Ten pieces that were popular in the 1970s and 1980s were picked that they believed would resonate with the modern consumer. There’s the Beverly, a cascading silk chiffon gown in a dramatic red. The Elsa is a blue batik silk caftan in sapphire blue. The Liza is a gold lurex gown with a sunburst on it. And there’s the Anjelica, a ruched viscose jersey one-shoulder dress. “Halston loved color, so we were sure to highlight that, and we focused on the shimmer jersey, which he was known for. Rodriguez tailored the silhouettes and proportions.”

After Rodriguez designed the collection, Halston showed it to Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. Both retailers placed orders and said they would display and feature these designs in their window displays in August, when the garments hit stores.

[Photo: Jory Lee Cory/courtesy Netflix]

Rodriguez joined Halston a year ago after a decade and a half of running his own eponymous brand. He was tasked with helping to make Halston relevant again, after its star had dimmed considerably from its heyday 50 years ago, when Frowick was still at its helm. Rodriguez hopes this Netflix partnership will give the brand a much-needed boost. “Netflix has such enormous reach that the show is going to introduce a younger generation to the brand that did not know Halston,” he says. “It will bring the Halston name back.”

[Photo: Netflix]

Netflix won’t receive any revenues from the sales of the collection; it approached this collaboration as a marketing partnership that will allow both brands to cross-promote each other.

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Christie’s Selling A Bottle Of Wine That’s Been Up In Space

The bottle of Pétrus 2000 that traveled to space. © Christie’s Images Limited 2021.
The bottle of Pétrus 2000 that traveled to space. © Christie’s Images Limited 2021

A bottle of “space-aged” Pétrus 2000, which stayed 14 months aboard the International Space Station, is being offered at Christie’s auction house via private sale. It’s one of 12 bottles that was sent up to space in November 2019 by a group of researchers studying how agriculture responds to extraterrestrial conditions.

The bottles, supposedly the first ever to be sent to space, returned to Earth in January.

The buyer will receive the bottle of wine which comes with a custom trunk, a decanter, glasses, and a corkscrew made from a meteorite. Christie’s has given the set an estimate of around $1 million.

Tim Triptree, international director of Christie’s wine and spirits department, said the bottle “marks a momentous step in the pursuit of developing and gaining a greater understanding of the maturation of wine.” 

Space Cargo Unlimited, a European start-up that studies the impact of microgravity on organic goods, chartered the flight upon which the bottles went up. Proceeds from the sale will be used towards funding future space missions for the company, according to the auction house. 

Gucci Celebrates 100 Years

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Nike Suing Art Collective For Turning Their Air Max Sneakers Into Satanic Sneakers

MSCHF’s “Satan Shoes,” created in collaboration with Little Nas X. Courtesy of MSCHF.

A year and a half ago, the Brooklyn-based collective MSCHF created a project called“Jesus Shoes,” a series of altered Nike Air Max sneakers with holy water from the River Jordan injected into the soles. 

A follow up edition of kicks was released last week, on the eve of Passover, MSCHF collaborated with rapper and singer Lil Nas X: “Satan Shoes,” another series of Nike Air Maxes, this time with drops of human blood in the soles and a bronze pentagram adorning the laces—and now Nike’s suing them because of it.

Released in conjunction with the music video for Lil Nas X’s new song “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”—a wildly lascivious journey through hell in which the musician gives a lap dance to the devil—the shoes were produced in an edition of, you guessed it, 666. They were priced at $1,018 per pair and sold out in less than a minute. 

But he who sups with the devil should have a long spoon, as they say: MSCHF is now facing a trademark infringement lawsuit from Nike over the project. https://www.youtube.com/embed/6swmTBVI83k?feature=oembed

“As an innovative brand that strives to push the envelope and do the right thing, Nike knows it may not please everyone all of the time,” reads the complaint, which was filed Monday in a New York district court.

The filing urges the court to halt the sale of all unauthorized Satan Shoes and order MSCHF to deliver the remaining shoes to Nike for destruction. Representatives from the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but told the New York Times, “We do not have a relationship with Little Nas X or MSCHF. Nike did not design or release these shoes, and we do not endorse them.”

MSCHF did not immediately respond to a request for comment.   MSCHF’s “Satan Shoes,” created in collaboration with Little Nas X. Courtesy of MSCHF.

MSCHF’s “Satan Shoes,” created in collaboration with Little Nas X. Courtesy of MSCHF.

Six members of MSCHF donated their blood for the project, which was mixed with red ink before being mainlined into the shoes. Embroidered on each pair is the edition number and the words “Luke 10:18”—a passage from the bible that reads “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”  

In his new music video, Nas X recreates the scene by descending into hell via a stripper pole. It has been viewed nearly 55 million times since its release last Friday. 

The musician came back with a quick response to both Nike’s claims and public criticism from people online who have taken issue with the theme of the shoes. He released a fake apology video on YouTube wherein he begins to address the controversy before the footage cuts abruptly to the lap dance scene from the music video. It’s been viewed more than 5 million times.  

Politicians have started voicing their say. “Our kids are being told that this kind of product is not only okay, it’s ‘exclusive.’ But do you know what’s more exclusive? Their God-given eternal soul,” South Dakota governor Kristi Noem wrote on Twitter. To which Nas X responded, “ur a whole governor and u on here tweeting about some damn shoes. do ur job!”

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Moschino Spring Summer Fashion Show Featuring Puppets

Jeremy Scott uses puppets to model Moschino's latest collection at Milan  Fashion Week | Daily Mail Online
Moschino designer used puppets for his latest fashion show

Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott was inspired by Théâtre de la Mode, the touring exhibit of miniature couture creations by Parisian designers after World War II to raise funds and help revive the French fashion industry. As a result, clients who were unable to travel to Paris also had the chance to view the creations.

Together with special effects house and puppet workshop Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, which was founded by the famous puppeteer in 1979, Scott created marionettes of his favourite models in 40 runway looks. These 30-inch puppets then “walked” the runway with well‑known fashion editors “attending” the show. What resulted from this collaboration was a unique fashion film unlike any other, with the celebration of haute couture through puppets and miniature garment

Black Owned Galleries -View Online

`Alkebulan Returns'
Williams Chechet`Alkebulan Returns’, 2020
Madlozi Art Gallery

In recognition of the vital work being done by Black gallerists and in observance of Black History Month, we’re highlighting 10 standout shows at Black-owned galleries viewable on Artsy throughout the month


Keris Salmon, “To Have and To Hold”

Arnika Dawkins Gallery, Atlanta

Through March 12th

Keris SalmonMrs. Madison, 2020Arnika Dawkins Gallery$1,200Keris SalmonWhen, 2020Arnika Dawkins Gallery$1,200

When

Tiffanie Delune and Kaye Freeman, “In the Midst of All That Is”

Band of Vices, Los Angeles

Through February 20th

Tiffanie DeluneA New Dawn, 2020Band of Vices$10,000Kaye FreemanSituation on 9th and Figueroa, 2019Band of Vices$3,000

The Fact of Blackness”

Dominique Gallery, Los Angeles

February 12th–March 12th

Lanise HowardThe SON; descended from the SUN , 2021Dominique Gallery$4,000

In The Flesh
Mid-Winter Transition, Summer Fire, Golden Colorado

Alexander Richard WilsonMid-Winter Transition, Summer Fire, Golden Colorado, 2020HOUSING$4,000

'Where Do You Draw the Line? II'

Tshepiso Moropa‘Where Do You Draw the Line? II’, 2020Madlozi Art Gallery

Not in Service

Christopher CookNot in Service, 2020Welancora Gallery$4,000

Men Suits For Fall 2021

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Junya Watanabe Man Fall 2021
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Kiton Men’s Fall 2021
Kiton Men’s Fall 2021
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LGN Men’s Fall 2021
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Y/Project Men’s Fall 2021
Y/Project Men’s Fall 2021
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Massimo Alba Men’s Fall 2021
Ermenegildo Zegna Men's Fall 2021
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The Museum Of The Bible In Washington D.C. Had To Return 5,000 Smuggled Artifacts Back To Egypt

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Some manuscripts among artifacts repatriated to EgyptImage Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and Tourism

Egypt has recovered about 5,000 smuggled artifacts, from the United States Museum of The Bible in Washington D.C.. The pieces, were handed over to Egypt after efforts from the ministries of tourism and antiquities as well as foreign affairs in conjunction with US authorities, according to Egyptian officials.

The collection includes manuscripts and pieces of papyrus with texts written in the Coptic language, hieratic and demotic script, and the Greek language.

They also include manuscripts of Christian religious prayers written in Arabic and Coptic together or Arabic only, the Egyptian officials added.

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities succeeded in retrieving the pieces after efforts made since 2016 to repatriate the items that were illegally smuggled out of Egypt, Shaaban Abdul Jawad, the supervisor-general of the retrieved antiquities department said.

Negotiations between Egyptian and the Holy Bible Museum officials ran for two years, in coordination with the US Department of Homeland Security. An agreement was culminated that the museum would return all Egyptian artifacts in its possession to Egypt,

The returned pieces also include a number of funerary masks, parts of coffins, heads of stone statues, and a set of portraits of the dead, according to Abdul Jawad. The artifacts will be put on display at the Coptic Museum in Cairo.

The repatriated pieces were not originally smuggled from Egyptian museums or the government’s archaeological warehouses, but resulted from illegal excavations, said Hisham Al Laithi, the head of the Egyptian central administration of the antiquities registration centre.

US Ambassador in Egypt Jonathan Cohen hailed the return of the pieces.

“The United States is pleased to return these artifacts to Egypt as part of the joint cooperation between the two countries in the field of protecting Egypt’s rich cultural heritage.

In recent years, Egypt has announced a series of archaeological discoveries and revamped antiquity attractions in a bid to rejuvenate its vital tourism industry hit by militant attacks and repercussions of the novel coronavirus

Artifacts returned to Egypt from the Museum of the Bible. Photo: Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

Artifacts returned to Egypt from the Museum of the Bible. Photo: Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

Unopened First Edition Set of Pokémon Cards, Just Fetched $408,000 at Auction

One of the first English-language Pokémon cards ever produced, a Blastoise foil card with a blank back, has sold for $360,000 at Heritage Auctions, Dallas. Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions, Dallas.
This Pokémon First Edition Base Set Sealed Booster Box (Wizards of the Coast, 1999) set a world record with a $408,000 sale at Heritage Auctions, Dallas. Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions.
This Pokémon First Edition Base Set Sealed Booster Box (Wizards of the Coast, 1999) set a world record with a $408,000 sale at Heritage Auctions, Dallas. Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions

The card nearly matched the record for a Pokémon card at auction, set in December 2020 at Goldin Auctions with the $369,000 sale of a 1999 First Edition Gem Mint Pokémon Shadowless Charizard card

Italy’s Contemporary Museums To Become Vaccination Centers

Courtesy Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Turin.

The Castello di Rivoli galleries will be used to help the vaccination effort in Italy. The Turin museum will be the first cultural venue to transform itself into a vaccination center for the public.

The pilot program will begin in March or April, depending on the timeline of the rollout of the vaccine for medical workers and in-patient elderly folk, who will be vaccinated first.

Museum director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev says in a statement that the museum is “well-equipped” for the initiative with the space needed to maintain social distancing. Climate-control, security, and timed entry protocols are also already in place for a smooth running vaccine center.

The museum is partnering with the Rivoli health authorities on the initiative. The third floor of the museum, which sprawls 10,000 square feet, will be taken over for the purpose, while the museum’s public exhibition program will continue as usual on the second and first floors (once the locked down museum is permitted to reopen). Swiss artist Claudia Comte’s installation of murals will be visible while patients wait for their shots. The artist is also preparing a new audio piece with the vaccination center especially in mind.

Italy was one of the worst-hit countries last spring when the pandemic emerged in Europe. The virus has since claimed 80,000 lives and infected 2.3 million people in the country, and its museums have remained closed since November 4, 2020, as the country has battled back a second wave of infections. From today, the nation is lifting the lockdown for museums in the “yellow” zones of its three-tiered system. The Castello di Rivoli won’t be so lucky quite yet as it is located in an orange zone.

Street Artist Futura Suing The Northface For Stealing His Signature Motif

The Northface clothing apparel company is being sued by legendary street artist Futura for copying the stylized atom design that has for years appeared throughout his artwork in its 2019 series of waterproof outerwear called “FUTURELIGHT.

Futura, is known for graffiti and abstract artwork, and over the years incorporated an atom design in his works, which also appears as a logo on apparel and gear featuring his work, including Nike high-top sneakers. Futura’s design, as depicted in his works illustrated in the complaint, features intersecting circular planes and dots bounded within a spherical shape, creating the look of an atom.

Futura claimed in the suit that the name of The North Face’s Futurelight line also evokes his persona and creates the impression of his involvement.

The suit includes unfair competition, unfair business practices and trademark claims, and asks the court to order The North Face “to immediately recall and remove any and all infringing products from the marketplace.”

Ralph Lauren To Dress Presidential Elect Joseph Biden For Upcoming Inauguration

President-elect Joe Biden as he delivers the Class Day Address at Yale University, 2015. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Sources say, Biden has been working with the designer on a suit for the historic ceremony. The custom suit will be made in the recently renamed Rochester Tailored Clothing in Rochester, N.Y., which has been making Hickey Freeman clothing for more than a century.

The details of the suit remain top secret, it is expected to be dark — most incoming U.S. presidents have gone for navy for the ceremony —  and in keeping with Biden’s past style. The president-elect is the poster child of classic American style, partial to single-breasted, notch-lapel, two-button suits in navy or, lately, a lighter shade of blue. Crisp white and baby blue dress shirts are among his favorites and the Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses for his more casual moments. For neckwear, he sometimes wears repp ties but will probably opt for a micropattern with a white shirt and a black topcoat for the inauguration, highlighting his powerful, elegant and cool persona.

Biden’s outfit and even the location of the inauguration — historically held outside the U.S. Capitol — may change before Wednesday as further threats of violence are spreading across the country from Trump supporters.

Custom Mix Your Lipstick With Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Sur Mesure Powered By Perso

Design your very own personal lip shade on the app and watch it be brought to life at your very fingertips.

The yves saint laurent rouge sur mesure powered by perso uses color cartridge sets from YSL’s velvet cream matte finish lipstick range. You have a choice of four color families: reds, nudes, oranges, and pinks. each set comes with three different pods, allowing you to make endless bespoke shades with a single touch.

Once you’ve designed your shade, the bluetooth-connected device will do proceed and three squirts of creamy color will appear out from the top, which are then mixed together and then detach the top part and take your bespoke lipstick to-go in a classic black compact. the rouge sur mesure costs $299 USD

FASHION NEWS

LVMH has selected Anthony Ledru to become the new Chief Executive Officer of Tiffany & Co and will replace Alessandro Bogliolo. He is also the son of Bernard Arnault, the CEO of LVMH.

Copenhagen Fashion Week Will Be Fully Digital

Copenhagen Fashion Week plans to go fully digital and is canceling its physical events. As a result of the pandemic, the Fashion Week plans to cancel its trade fairs, including Ciff, Revolver, Dansk Fashion & Textile, and Wear. The next series of shows in August is expected to return to normal.

Bottega Veneta Deletes Social Media Accounts

Bottega Veneta has deleted its social media accounts and is the first brand to do so. The Italian fashion brand has removed itself from Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, without an explanation.

Fashion News 2021

Paris Fashion Week scheduled to happen without an audience. The Federation de la Haute Couture has about one hundred members, amongst whom feature the most emblematic brands on the global stage. It comprises three Chambres Syndicales or central bodies (Haute Couture, Women’s and Men’s Fashion).

The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode brings together fashion brands that foster creation and international development. It seeks to promote French fashion culture, where Haute Couture and creation have a major impact by combining traditional know how and contemporary technology at all times. It contributes to bolstering Paris in its role as worldwide fashion capital in particular coordinating Paris Fashion Week®.

Whats In Store!

Mens Wear January 19-24 2021 see calendar @ https://parisfashionweek.fhcm.paris/en/calendar/

Haute Couture Januray 25-28, 2021 see calendar @ https://hautecouture.fhcm.paris/

6G In The Making

6G technology

Greek researcher Dr. Michalis Matthaiou, who is endeavoring to develop 6G technology networks. Credit: Dr. Michalis Matthaiou

A Greek scientist Dr. Michalis Matthaiou is developing 6G technology after receiving a 2 million euro grant to pursue the project at Queen’s University, in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Thessaloniki-born Dr, Michalis Matthaiou, who started his international career after earning his PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2005, held research positions at a series of esteemed universities in Germany, Sweden, and the USA, before being awarded the Chair of Communications Engineering and Signal Processing at Queen’s University Belfast in 2013.

At the end of 2020, he was approved to receive 2 million euros  in the form of the highly prestigious European Research Council Consolidator Grant (2021-2026), to take the next step in his research and transform the latest speculative academic concepts in wireless technology into commercial breakthroughs.

Dr. Matthaiou says that it is important to clarify that 6G will not replace 5G; instead, it will be an improved extension of it.

“5G is the first technology that will enable the Internet-of-Things (IoT), while 6G will further improve the connectivity speeds by utilizing higher frequency bands (at the order of THz or 109 Hz) to avail of the substantial amounts of bandwidths available, whereas 5G occupies sub-6 GHz and above 24 GHz frequencies”, he explains.

Another important difference to recognize between 6G and 5G is that the latter requires laborious infrastructure investment and upgrades, whereas 6G will capitalize on the already existent infrastructure for 5G.

Google Launches An Augmented Reality App For Makeup

To make it easier for you to answer makeup questions from home, Google is working with data partners ModiFace and Perfect Corp to help you better visualize thousands of lipstick and eyeshadow shades from your favorite brands like L’Oreal, MAC Cosmetics, Black Opal, and Charlotte Tilbury. Now, when you search for a lipstick or eyeshadow product, like L’Oreal’s Infallible Paints Metallic Eyeshadow, you can see what it looks like on a range of skin tones and compare shades and textures to help you find the right products.

How you can try on lipstick and eyeshadow

Ts like on a range of skin tones and compare shades and textures to help you find the right products.

Handbag Debuts At The Musée du Louvre

(Photo credit: Christie's)

The Louvre handbag is made from laminated silver Italian lambskin leather, which Abloh has specially embossed to resemble the Pyramid’s metal structure. For good measure, the designer also covered the bag in silver sequins, making it sparkle as brightly as the Pyramid at night.

The collector of this item will also be rewarded with tickets to an upcoming Off-White fashion show next year.

Bidding for the 2.8 Jitney bag has a started off at a steep 164,259), and will continue for the rest of the week until the auction ends on 15 December. Other popular — and pricier — lots from Christie’s sale are a bespoke Louis Vuitton fragrance, which comes with its own leather travel trunk; a custom miniature dress from Dior, in the style of the Maison’s last haute couture show; and a Panthère de Cartier bracelet in diamond, onyx and emerald.

Sephora & Khols Team Up

Sephora & Khols have signed a long-term strategic partnership that calls for the opening of 850 Sephora at Kohl’s shops-in-shop over the next three years.

The move comes just three weeks after Ulta Beauty unveiled a deal with Target to open 100 shop-in-shops in the second half of 2021.

Sephora and Ulta Beauty have transformed beauty’s retail landscape in the U.S. over the last decade, and have been locked in a war to win over the consumer. Sephora was an early leader, but Ulta has gained ground quickly, and today, the two are neck-and-neck in the U.S.: Ulta is the bigger “brick-and-mortar” player, with 26.7 percent market share, according to Euromonitor. Sephora, which only sells prestige beauty, ranks third on the list, with 14.9 percent market share, after Bath & Body Works. But in the prestige beauty world, Sephora remains the largest player, having edged out Macy’s Inc.

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Burberry vs Rapper Burberry Jesus For Infringement

Burberry Jesus” – is accused of engaging in “willful trademark infringement and dilution of the famous BURBERRY trademarks, as well as copyright infringement of Burberry’s copyright-protected design.

Burberry alleges that Yarbrough “adopted ‘Burberry Jesus’ as his stage name – which he often shortens to ‘Burberry’ – with an intent to replicate the Burberry brand and copy its well-known trademarks that have been used exclusively and continuously by Burberry and its authorized licensees for more than 160 years.”

Burberry claims that Yarbrough “uses the fame and renown of the BURBERRY trademark for his own personal gain, as well as to promote his music, garner media attention, grow a fan base, and unfairly trade off of Burberry’s goodwill, all to Burberry’s detriment.” 

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Louis Vuitton’s Capucine Bags

The bag was first introduced for Fall 2013, the Capucine bag has since become one of Louis Vuitton’s most popular all-leather styles. The name stems from a Parisian street where it opened its first store. It consist of clean lines and minimalist construction and acts as a blank canvas for numerous collaborators and capsules.

Last year saw the House team up with six artists from around the world (including Alex Israel and Urs Fischer) for its inaugural Artycapucines collection, where they applied their distinct artworks to a classic Capucine. After the success of that launch, Louis Vuitton decided to invite a second round of contemporary artists to reimagine the bags: Beatriz Milhazes, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Josh Smith, Henry Taylor, Liu Wei and Zhao Zhao.

Louis Vuitton Capucines by Henry Taylor

Californian artist Henry Taylor laser printed the Capucine with his 2017 portrait of the late Black artist Noah Davis (and founder of LA’s Underground Museum). The painting was reproduced on leather to replicate the brushstrokes and different textures featured on the original painting using precise marquetry techniques after multiple experiments testing 2D and 3D printing.

Louis Vuitton Capucines by Beatriz Milhazes

Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes used 18 different types of leather made into the same thickness and then inlaid onto the bag’s lambskin case using marquetry techniques. Among the kaleidoscopic textures are two areas of golf leaf and a silicone gel peace sign. The LV logo matches the exact colors of the artworks thanks to its enamel maquetry and gel

Louis Vuitton Capucines by Jean-Michel Othoniel

The bag’s main body in Jean-Michel Othoniel‘s version is made of intricately hand-woven raffia, while a hand-embroidered trim along the top edge uses a type of black satin silk commonly used in haute couture. Its handle is made of large black resin beads reminiscent of the French artist’s popular large-scale works, and the charm is made of three sculptural resin beads.

Louis Vuitton Capucines by Josh Smith

New York-based artist Josh Smith is known for his signature “name” paintings, which was recreated by embroidering the bag’s cotton canvas exterior with white stitches to replicate the effect of brushstrokes. The letters of his name are printed across the bag, and his “Palm #3” painting is printed in the silk inner lining. LV’s logo is metal inlaid with wood while the handle is made of pure pear wood.

Louis Vuitton Capucines by Liu We

Liu Wei debut Microworld, a large-scale sculptural installation at the Venice Biennale. The Beijing-based artist based his Capucine on that work, whose aluminum petals from the sculpture are recreated using five different types of silver leather that are molded onto the bag’s exterior or attached using Louis Vuiton-engraved rivets. The Plexiglas handle is held in place by rings covered in metal spheres in different finishes that match the original artwork.

Artworks At The Whitney Have Been Boarded Up

Screenshot of American Artist's project for the Whitney, titled Looted. Courtesy of the Whitney Museum.

Since the protests that erupted in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, museums across New York, including MoMA and the New Museum, have boarded up their storefront windows.

Each day at sunset, Artist—an anonymous conceptualist who legally changed their name to question the biases built into the phrase “American Artist”—will replace every image of the artwork on the Whitney Museum’s website with a picture of plywood, effectively boarding up the pages. The site’s unassuming white background will be turned black, obscuring all text in the process.

 

Haute Couture Goes Digital In 2020

For the first time in history, Paris Haute Couture week went digital in 2020.

This year has been challenging for fashion, with cancelled shows, big events and international travel at a standstill. Whilst designers, studios and ateliers have returned to work, it’s impossible to ignore the great big reset, both needed and wanted, in the world of style.

A Vote Nixes Mayor de Blasio’s Plan To Remove Wall Street’s Charging Bull

Arturo Di Modica, Charging Bull (1989). Photo courtesy of the artist.Arturo Di Modica, Charging Bull (1989). Photo courtesy of the artist

The Public Design Commission of New York, which reviews the installation of all artworks on city-owned land, has rejected mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to relocate Charging Bull, the famous bronze statue by Arturo Di Modica, to the New York Stock Exchange.

The artist, who spent $350,000 to make and install the sculpture as a guerrilla artwork in 1989, had argued that moving it would transform it into an advertisement for the stock exchange, which would violate his copyright.

“The local community residents and Mr. Di Modica, who were resoundingly opposed to this move, successfully advocated that the  Charging Bull should remain in its present location at Bowling Green,” Manny Alicandro, the artist’s lawyer, told the New York Post