Custom Air Max 97 “Jesus” Sneakers ? Or A Profit Off Religion

Brooklyn-based studio call MSCHF and INRI (Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum) have teamed up on a customization that turned Nike Air Max 97 into “Jesus Shoes,”

According to a current listing at StockX, the shoes have been filled with 60cc of holy water taken from the River Jordan and then blessed. However, the price of walking on Holy Water does not come cheap. These unofficial kicks are currently reselling at €2,733 (approximately $3000), which is much more expensive than it’s (already steep) $1,425 original retail price.


The 12 Million Dollar Bansky Painting

Banksy, Devolved Parliament, 2009. Courtesy of Sotheby's.

Banksy, Devolved Parliament, 2009. Courtesy of Sotheby’s.

, Devolved Parliament, 2009. Courtesy of Sotheby’s.

For the second year in a row, Banksy dominated the Sotheby’s Frieze Week evening sale of contemporary art in London—but this time, without the shredding. The secretive British artist’s massive piece of political satire, Devolved Parliament (2009), vaulted its high estimate of £2 million ($2.4 million) to eventually hammer down at £8.5 million ($10.4 million), or £9.8 million ($12.1 million) with fees, setting a new Banksy auction record. It tied with a large Jean-Michel Basquiat painting, Pyro (1984), for the night’s top price.

Kanye West (Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

Kanye during his Sunday Service performanceWireImage

Kanye appeared with his family at a well known church in Queens Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York —When Swizz Beatz, Alexander Wang, Akon, Rick Fox, Kim Kardashian and West’s three children, North, Saint and Chicago, began to file in, it became clear that news of the performance’s location still hadn’t been widely released — which meant there were only around 1,500 people in the room, half of whom were regular members of the congregation

West’s 150-person choir sang from the back of the cathedral before they eventually encircled the raised chancel. West let the vocalists and choir director, Jason White, take center stage, as they performed stirring renditions of some of his biggest hit songs, covers of No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” and Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” as well as a number of traditional religious hymns that had all of the women in white on their feet, dancing and singing along.

The celebratory atmosphere was momentarily brought to a halt as Pastor Adam Tyson delivered a short sermon on forgiving debts.

West took the mic, mixing samples, including one from Jay-Z’s “Family Feud,” live on a souped-up MIDI pad controller for an audience dancing so hard, the whole floor of the cathedral began bouncing up and down.

He then closed out the show with a rare, impromptu freestyle that seemed to surprise even himself.

After the show, choir members were complimentary of West, calling him “warm,” “kind,” “generous” and “childlike.” One singer even confessed that while she was hesitant to start working for the Grammy winner because of his political views and initially felt that his pivot to religion was just a ploy to win back the black community, “I couldn’t have been more wrong. He’s a real born-again Christian. His heart is 100% in the right place.”

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Expensive Private Jet Excursions



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These private jet trips can cost more than $100,000 per person.
National Geographic Private Jet Expeditions
Trips start at: $78,945 per person.
In the air: A Boeing 757 jet with 48-75 leather seats (depending on the trip) in a 2×2 configuration. Crew includes an expedition chef, catering officer and dedicated luggage handler.
On the ground: Itineraries include Africa, Central and South America, around the world.
Smithsonian Journeys
Trips start at: $85,950 per person.
In the air: Boeing 757 custom-configured jet with 76 business-class seats.
On the ground: Itineraries include around the world, including Machu Picchu, Easter Island, Samoa, Petra, Marrakesh.

Four Seasons Private Jet Experience

Trips start at: $163,000 per person; 21-24 days.
In the air: Customized Boeing 757 jet with 52-flat Italian leather flatbed seats. A new Airbus A321neo with 48 seats and a social space for workshops and classes will debut in 2021.
On the ground: Itineraries include the International Intrigue tour, with nine destinations, including Kyoto, Serengeti, Budapest, St. Petersburg and Paris, with accommodations at Four Seasons hotels.

Remote Land

During the day, guests have private cars and guides. The evenings feature lavish dinners and cocktail parties.

Trips start at: $60,000.
In the air: Airbus 318s and chartered business jets with living-room like interiors.
On the ground: The Grandest Tour ($128,000 per person) is a 9-country, 21-night tour to Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Bhutan, India, Greece, Montenegro and Italy.

Crystal Skye

Price to charter: $350,000 to over $1 million.


American Factory

American Factory is a documentary film directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert. The film tells the story of Chinese company Fuyao’s factory in Moraine, a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, that occupies Moraine Assembly, a shuttered General Motors plant. It had its festival premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. It is distributed by Netflix and is the first film distributed by former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground Production

In this documentary, hopes soar when a Chinese company reopens a shuttered factory in Ohio. But a culture clash threatens to shatter an American dream.


Ariana Grande & Artist Vladimir Kush Settle Thier legal Dispute


Ariana Grande and artist Vladimir Kush have settled their legal dispute. The singer was accused of ripping off a pair of Kush’s paintings in the music video for her hit single “God Is a Woman.”

Kush’s lawyer, Mark G. Tratos, filed a notice of voluntary dismissal with Nevada district court on Friday, stating that “the parties have reached a resolution.” The terms of the settlement, which was first reported by the Blast, have not been disclosed, other than to note that both Grande and Kush will pay their own legal bills.

The music contains references to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel fresco The Creation of Adam, Grande appears in silhouette form, her body taking the place of the wick in a lit candle framed against a cloudy sky. The imagery was remarkably similar to Kush’s paintings The Candle and The Candle 2, painted in 1999 and 2000, respectively.

Kush sells his work through his own company, Kush Fine Arts Las Vegas, which has galleries in Maui, Laguna Beach, and inside Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas (a similar business structure to that employed by artists like photographer Peter Lik and the late Thomas Kinkade). Although Kush told Artsy his paintings can sell for as much as $100,000, the artnet Price Database has record of only one record of his work reselling at auction, for $8,000 back in 2013.

Vladimir Kush's painting <em>The Candle</em>, left, and a scene from Ariana Grande's music video for "God Is a Woman," right.

Artist Clears Up Some Things About Epstein’s Portrait Of Clinton

Petrina Ryan-Kleid, the artist behind Parsing Bill (2012). Photo courtesy of Petrina Ryan-Kleid.Ryan-
Kleid says that she has been overwhelmed about the attentionreference to the portrait. She spoke to artnet News over the weekend by email to clarify some misinterpretations circling around the now-viral image, which she developed as a student, having recently arrived in the United States from Australia. She said “I live a quiet life, and I really just had a naive, newly arrived foreigner’s idea for a thesis,” she writes of the painting, known as Parsing Bill, and its companion painting of George W. Bush playing with blocks and paper airplanes called War Games. “It was just a silly school artwork that was supposed to show, pictorially, the messages we are bombarded with in regards to these presidents.” She says that the blue dress is a reference to Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress, a prominent piece of evidence in Clinton’s affair with his former intern.
Today, Ryan-Kleid says she actually feels bad about the content of the painting. “Since I’m Australian, I wasn’t then, nor am I now, partisan about American politics,” she writes. “At the time, most of my ideas were fresh from the Daily Show or from Australian cable TV.”Parsing Bill and War Games are both about “how opposition parties caricature presidents,” Ryan-Kleid emphasizes. “Neither painting should be taken literally.”Ryan-Kleid received her MFA in 2012 from the New York Academy of Art. The painting of Clinton was purchased from the 2012 Tribeca Ball, a fundraiser for the school, though she said that she hadn’t been aware of who bought it. She believes it sold for about $1,300.

The New York Academy of Art specializes in traditional figurative painting, but encourages its students to explore a wide range of subject matter with those skills. Her pair of paintings of US presidents is a product of that training.

For the Clinton painting, Ryan-Kleid worked with Christophe Nayel, a model who has posed for the New York Academy of Art since 2001. Nayel, who was vacationing in his native France when the seven-year-old student painting went viral, recalled that Ryan-Kleid had been an “absolute joy” to work with, and said that he, too, had been blown away by the way that the work had resurfaced.

Ryan Kleid says she was absolutely stunned to find out that Epstein bought her painting during a major event at the school,” he told artnet News in a Facebook message. “Some past students even recognized my legs in that painting.”

Installation view of Petrina Ryan-Kleid thesis show at the New York Academy of Art. Image courtesy Petrina Ryan-Kleid.

Ryan-Kleid adds that she feels uncomfortable about the new demand for the work, however. She hasn’t yet decided whether she will keep the money.

Stealing Cars With High Tech Methods


Key code grabbers can make stealing some late-model cars shockingly easy. New and late-model cars are equipped with keyless entry and keyless start. These popular features let motorists unlock their car and start it without taking their key fob out of their pocket. The fob communicates with the car by emitting a code that’s picked up by an antenna normally hidden under one of the body panels. Thieves have found a way around it using a device called a grabber that’s readily available online. Amazon sells them cheap.

The grabber receives and records the code emitted by the fob. It then transfers it to a booster, which in turn uses it to trick the car into thinking the key fob is near. Armed with this technology, thieves can enter your car without needing to break a window or bend a door, and they’re often able to start the engine. The grabber must be positioned relatively close to the key fob to catch its code. It won’t work if the thief is a block away from where you park.

Several cars were tested that are popular in the United Kingdom, though not all of them are sold in the United States. The worst performer is the DS 3 Crossback, a premium crossover made by Paris-based Peugeot. It took security experts five seconds to break into the car, and another five seconds to drive off in it. The Land Rover Discovery Sport was gone in 30 seconds. The standard Discovery was broken into in 20 seconds, but driving off in it was impossible.

The BMW X3 and the Ford Fiesta stood out as the best models tested by the magazine. Its security experts needed 40 seconds to get in, and another 20 seconds to start the engine. Best is a relative term here; the study suggests stealing a $41,000 SUV takes approximately one minute.

Automakers are turning to technology to fight high-tech car thefts. Some brands — including BMW and Mercedes-Benz — use motion detection sensors to turn the fob off when it’s not being used, like when it’s on your kitchen table. Not every company offers this feature, however. If you’re not sure whether your car has it, and if you think it’s at risk of getting stolen, they suggest keeping your key fob away from doors and windows to reduce the odds of someone interception the code it emits.

The Museum Of Ice Cream


A Museum of Ice Cream pop-up in Miami. Photo by Phillip Pessar, via Flickr.

A Museum of Ice Cream pop-up in Miami. Photo by Phillip Pessar, via Flickr.

The Museum of Ice Cream is now valued at $200 million, in part due to its plans to expand past its flagship, dessert-themed attraction into branded food, clothing and makeup lines. On Wednesday the museum founders Maryellis Bunn and Manish Vora announced the opening of an “experience-first” parent company, Figure8, Inc., which has scooped up $40 million in investments.

Popularized by social media its Instagram account, boasting almost 400,000 followers, is a millennial pink wonderland, showcasing the company’s ice cream flavors as well as visitors to the museum diving into what it claims is the world’s largest sprinkle pool.

Founders Bunn and Vora opened the museum’s first location in New York City in 2016, where it became an immediate sensation, attracting celebrities like Beyoncé, Katy Perry, and Kim Kardashian. Since then, it has traveled around the country, holding temporary exhibitions in Los Angeles and Miami. The museum’s only permanent location is in San Francisco, though Figure8 is based in New York.

“The Pint Shop” another museum was launched in New York City last June, offering seven different ice cream flavors, as well as unique tasting experiences. It started selling its ice cream in Target stores across the country soon after, and worked on a clothing line for Target and a makeup line for Sephora.


More Hidden Leonardo da Vinci Drawings Revealed

Detail from hyperspectral imaging data, revealing the drawing for the angel and baby of the first composition (under the landscape at the right side of the painting). © The National Gallery, London.

“The Virgin of the Rocks” were revealed through X-ray analysis. Detail from hyperspectral imaging data, revealing the drawing for the angel and baby of the first composition (under the landscape at the right side of the painting). © The National Gallery, London.

New research by the National Gallery in London revealed that the analysis of the artwork showed that two distinct drawings depicting the same figures in different poses lie beneath the painting, which is one of the most popular in the museum’s collection.


Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin of the Rocks, with tracing of the lines relating to underdrawing for the first composition, incorporating information from all technical images. © The National Gallery, London.

Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin of the Rocks, with tracing of the lines relating to underdrawing for the first composition, incorporating information from all technical images. © The National Gallery, London.

The newly discovered drawings were made using materials that contained zinc, enabling them to be seen in macro X-ray fluorescence maps. The scientific analysis of the painting also involved new infrared and hyperspectral imaging. Research conducted in 2004 and 2005 showed that the Virgin’s pose had been altered, but revealed little evidence of other changes to the painting. An 18-month restoration of the work began in 2008 and it was returned to public display in 2010.


Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin with the Infant Saint John the Baptist adoring the Christ Child accompanied by an Angel, or The Virgin of the Rocks, ca. 1491/2–9 and 1506–08. © The National Gallery, London.

Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin with the Infant Saint John the Baptist adoring the Christ Child accompanied by an Angel, or The Virgin of the Rocks, ca. 1491/2–9 and 1506–08. © The National Gallery, London.

Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin of the Rocks (1491–99, 1506–08). The lines show the underdrawing for the first composition, incorporating information from all technical images. Photo © National Gallery, London.
Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin of the Rocks (1491–99, 1506–08). The lines show the underdrawing for the first composition, incorporating information from all technical images. Photo © National Gallery, London.

The National Gallery of London has released new images of one of its most beloved masterpieces, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Virgin of the Rocks (1491–99, 1506–08), showing underdrawings beneath the surface of the work that depict an entirely different composition.

The museum has known since 2005 that Leonardo reworked the nearly six-foot tall, oil-on-panel painting, having examined it using infrared reflectography. These underdrawings can be seen more clearly with new technology.

There are actually two distinct underdrawings in the work. One does not show the baby Jesus in profile, as he appears in the final painting; the other is a completely different design and depicts the Virgin Mary kneeling over the baby Jesus as an angel looks over his shoulder. 

Leonardo used a zinc-based pigment in his sketches, which was detected using macro x-ray fluorescence maps. The painting was also analyzed with hyperspectral imaging. The work underwent an 18-month restoration beginning in 2008, returning to view in 2010.

Detail from imaging data of Leonardo da Vinci's <em>The Virgin of the Rocks</em> (1491–99, 1506–08), showing the underdrawing for the original composition. Photo ©the National Gallery, London.

You’ll be able to learn more about these findings in a flashy new exhibition titled “Leonardo: Experience a Masterpiece,” which opens in November. It promises an “immersive experience” of the painting.

The exhibition allows visitors to explore the fascinating layers of this iconic masterwork in an immersive way, Richard Slaney, the managing director of 59 Productions, the company hired to produce the exhibition, said in a statement. Slaney also described the show as the National Gallery’s “first digital-led experience.”



FILA is introducing its ‘Explore’ collection with an interactive pop-up that presents visceral interpretations of each of the outdoor environments that the collection is based on — Canyon, Mountains, Woods, and Elements. the limited-edition Explore collection features a range of footwear, apparel, and accessories designed to celebrate the modern explorer, and seeing as how a tradition for adventure is part of FILA’s heritage, it makes sense for the brand to embrace a new generation of seekers at the intersection of sport and style.


Is The Internet Destroying The Antique Market? They Ask



It appears that former antiques showrooms stand empty while fairs like the Winter Antiques Show and SOFA have shifted focus to include contemporary pieces. Looking at this changed marketplace, we’re left wondering what happened?

The once-booming market has most definitely cooled, but although it’s a challenging time for many dealers, it’s an exceptional period of opportunity for buyers.

Artnet Databases provided some answers.

“The internet revolution has made antiques seem old fashioned,” says Daniel Stein, veteran dealer and owner of Daniel Stein Antiques in San Francisco. He points to the fact that much of the new wealth generated over the last 20 years has been by young entrepreneurs, and their taste skews decidedly minimal—a far cry from the highly decorative aesthetic of previous generations. In online antique marketplaces such as 1stdibs, contemporary design is the fastest-growing category and accounts for over 15 percent of total sales.

A few types of pieces, however, have still maintained the appeal they elicited in the 1990s, when Baby Boomers were furnishing their homes. While traditional home and office furnishings—such as desks, bookcases, and dining room furniture—used to be solid and steady winners, these days small and quirky objects are in vogue. Daniel Stein shares that recently “a seasoned professional commented to me, ‘twice the size, half the price.’”

Antique furniture has decreased by 45 percent in total value over the past 15 years. Once-hot commodities struggle to find buyers and, when they do manage to sell, can see up to a 70 percent drop in price.

When an elegant Louis XV side table was offered at Christie’s London in 2016, it sold for the not-insignificant sum of $93,750. However, this is in comparison to the six-figure prices similar pieces achieved just 10 years prior—a  similar-sized Louis XV marquetry table fetched $2.5 million at Christie’s New York in 2000, it’s the best time in decades to be buyer.


World’s Famous Art Hotels

Installation view of Timothy Paul Myers's
Installation view of Timothy Paul Myers’s “Alizarin” (2019). Photo courtesy The Peninsula.
Bold, blue-chip art has become a must-have amenity at many of the world’s best hotels. For a lot of travelers, there’s something particularly thrilling about cohabiting with important works of art for a few days, even if you can’t take them home.

The Peninsula, Hong Kong

The Peninsula Hong Kong Featuring Janet Echelman's Earthtime 1.26 (2019). Photo courtesy The Peninsula.

The Peninsula Hong Kong, the hotel giant’s flagship property, has long been recognized as one of Asia’s best. Beyond its ornate, colonial-era architecture and famous afternoon high tea service, the property has also garnered attention in recent years for its stellar art initiatives.

MINAX's "The Wonder Room" installation at the The Peninsula Hong Kong. Photo courtesy The Peninsula.

The Zurich-based Dolder Grand hotel, set on the edge of the Swiss Adilsberg forest, offers old-world luxury and a seriously impressive collection of contemporary art. With over 100 paintings and sculptural works by artists like Takashi Murakami, Joan Miró, Niki de Saint Phalle, Fernando Botero, Henry Moore, Damien Hirst, Keith Haring, and Andy Warhol—who greets visitors via an enormous, 11-meter painting hung above the reception desk as soon as you enter the building—the Dolder has become an art destination of sorts in and of itself.

Niki de Saint Phalle, Le Monde (1989). Photo courtesy The Dolder Grand.

Casa Malca, Tulum

Casa Malca. Photo courtesy of Design Hotels.

New York-based bigwig art dealer Lio Malca—who represents artists such as KAWS, Warhol, and Jean-Michel Basquiat—renovated a property he stumbled upon in Tulum in 2012, filling it with striking contemporary art and turning it into nine-bedroom boutique hotel.

The Keith Haring-themed bar. Photo courtesy of Design Hotels.

The art extends into the rest of the hotel, too: A Keith Haring print wallpapers the hotel bar, a KAWS sculpture features prominently in the lobby, and an immersive light installation provides a backdrop for the ground-floor pool. 

Hotel Lungarno, Florence

The Hotel Lungarno. Photo courtesy of Hotel Lungarno.

Overlooking the Arno River and the iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge, this understated, classically-designed boutique hotel makes up for what it lacks in bold design with a sizeable—and stunning—art collection.

Hotel Lungarno, Florence

The Hotel Lungarno. Photo courtesy of Hotel Lungarno.

Overlooking the Arno River and the iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge, this understated, classically-designed boutique hotel makes up for what it lacks in bold design with a sizeable—and stunning—art collection.

Tourists, Massachusetts

Tourists. Photo courtesy Tourists.

Tucked away in North Adams, Massachusetts, a stone’s throw away from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, is the recently opened Tourists hotel and riverside retreat.

Luftwerk's outdoor video installation. Photo courtesy of Tourists.

Recent projects include Chime Chapel, a life-size playable structure built using wind-chimes by the artist collective New Orleans Airlift, and a psychedelic video installation featuring footage of the surrounding landscape by the Chicago-based artist duo, Luftwerk.

The Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Clubs, Bermuda

KAWS, At This Time (2016). Photo courtesy of The Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club.

The famed Bermuda-based Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Clubs—nicknamed “The Pink Palace” by locals—has been around since 1885. The beachfront property boasts around 300 modern and pop artworks, strewn about the hotel and its grounds, including pieces by Banksy, Warhol (a whopping 40 works!), Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, KAWS, Julian Opie, Yayoi Kusama, and Ai Weiwei.

Four of Andy Warhol's Mick Jagger screen prints. Photo courtesy The Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club.

Every Saturday, the hotel also offers official tours of its art, lead by the in-house curator. 


The Alila Yangshuo, Guilin

The Alila Yangshuo. Photo courtesy the Alila Yangshuo.

It’s difficult to find a resort more beautiful than the Alila Yangshuo, a former sugar factory and cluster of 1960s buildings located an hour south of Guilin, in southern China. The structures were rescued by the Alila group and turned into a state-of-the-art hotel property featuring 117 rooms, restaurants, gardens, and art-filled meditation areas.

The restaurant at the Alila Yangshuo. Photo courtesy the Alila Yangshuo.

Its raw but sophisticated design nods to its industrial past, built from cement, washed stone, and recycled timber. As for its collection of art, it’s made up solely of works by Chinese artists, from traditional paintings to contemporary pieces by international stars such as Cai Guo-Qiang and Zeng Fanzhi. 


Conrad New York Downtown, NYC

Conrad New York Downtown's lobby featuring Sol LeWitt's "Loopy Doopy (Blue and Purple), 1999. Photo courtesy Conrad Hotels.

The Conrad Downtown in New York’s Battery Park was planned by architects Kohn Penderson Fox with art specifically in mind. Upon entry, an enormous mural by Sol LeWitt features prominently over the hotel’s 16-story atrium lobby, across from which sits a sculptural piece comprised of cable-like wires by architect Monica Ponce de Leon.

Pat Steir, Topsy Turvey (2015). Photo courtesy Conrad Hotels.

Inside, more works by the likes of Ellsworth Kelly, Julian Schnabel, Elizabeth Peyton, and Frank Stella are strewn around the space. All in all, the Conrad collection totals a staggering 2,000 works, and was selected with the help of the New York-based non-profit Public Art Fund.



Barneys New York filed Bankruptcy


Barneys filed bankruptcy Tuesday saying it couldn’t survive as currently structured.  Rent at its Madison Avenue flagship nearly doubled to $30 million — only to fail and leave unpaid bills with a long list of designer names. There were whether the company would try to reorganize under a Chapter 11 process or liquidate under Chapter 7. Ultimately, it was a Chapter 11 filing in the Southern District of New York’s Poughkeepsie’s office. Barneys listed assets between $100 million and $500 million.

Barneys said it has sales of about $800 million, 2,300 employees and about $200 million in funded debt obligations. Last month, the company said it was “actively evaluating opportunities to strengthen our balance sheet.

Barneys was able to secure an offer of at least $75 million in financing to operate while in bankruptcy and laid out plans to close 15 of its 22 stores.

The company said it will continue to operate five of its flagships: Madison Avenue, 17th Street in the Chelsea section of Manhattan; Beverly Hills; San Francisco, and Copley Place in Boston, as well as two warehouse locations in Woodbury Common in Central Valley, N.Y., and San Francisco Premium Outlets in Livermore, Calif. In addition, and will continue operating, the company said. Barneys also has plans for future stores at the American Dream entertainment and retail complex in East Rutherford, N.J., and at Bal Harbour Shops in Miami.

Fashion Designers Thoughtout History

Oscar de la Renta, 1968.

Oscar de la Renta, 1968.

Emanuel Ungaro, 1969.

Emanuel Ungaro, 1969.

Kenzo Takada, 1971.

Kenzo Takada, 1971.

Yves Saint Laurent, 1972.

Yves Saint Laurent, 1972.

Diane von Furstenberg, 1977.

Diane von Furstenberg, 1977.

Roy Halston, 1978.

Roy Halston, 1978

Vivienne Westwood, 1983.

Vivienne Westwood, 1983.

Diana Vreeland and Yves Saint Laurent, 1983.

Diana Vreeland and Yves Saint Laurent, 1983.

Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn, 1984.

Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn, 1984.

Ralph Lauren, 1985.

Ralph Lauren, 1985.

Betsey Johnson, 1988.

Betsey Johnson, 1988.

Thierry Mugler, 1989.

Thierry Mugler, 1989.


Donna Karan, Marina Schiano and Marc Jacobs, 1990.

Donna Karan, Marina Schiano and Marc Jacobs, 1990.

Michael Kors, 1990.

Michael Kors, 1990.

Isaac Mizrahi, 1991.

Isaac Mizrahi, 1991.

Isaac Mizrahi, 1991.

Marc Jacobs, 1991.

Marc Jacobs, 1991.

Anna Sui, 1991.

Tom Ford, 1994.

Tom Ford, 1994.

Alexander McQueen, 1999.

Alexander McQueen, 1999.

Tommy Hilfiger, 2001.

Tommy Hilfiger, 2001.

Victoria Beckham, 2007.

Victoria Beckham, 2007

Alexander Wang, 2008.

Alexander Wang, 2008.

Caroline Herrera, 2008.

Caroline Herrera, 2008.

Jason Wu, 2009.

Jason Wu, 2009.






Future Finish, is making it easy to create a one of a kind custom pair of Levi’s.

Consumers will select their favorite  Levi’s fit—the 501 Original and 502 Taper for men, or the 501 Short and 721 Skinny for women—in a light or dark denim wash. Throughout the process, they can select from three different tints (midnight, black or rose), six patterns like natural worn, bandana, logo, camo or leopard, and then add wear through rips or distressing. Consumers can also swap the leather back patch of their jeans with six different color options (blue, yellow, orange, pink, green or our traditional leather).

The Future Finish garments retail for $98-$148. The customized jeans are finished and shipped from Levi’s Sky Harbor Agility Center in Henderson, Nev. to consumers within 3-5 days of being designed


St Jerome Painting On Loan From Vatican

A detail from Leonardo da Vinci’s “Saint Jerome Praying in the Wilderness” is seen in this photo from the Vatican City State. (CNS photo/A. Bracchetti, Governatorato S.C.V. via The Metropolitan Museum of Art) 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci with a painting by the artist that will draw crowds but also pay solemn tribute to the larger-than-life Italian Renaissance painter, architect and inventor.

Leonardo da Vinci’s “Saint Jerome Praying in the Wilderness” is seen in this photo from the Vatican City State. Begun circa 1483, the painting is on special loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York from the Vatican Museums through Oct. 6, 2019. (CNS photo/A. Bracchetti, Governatorato S.C.V. via The Metropolitan Museum of Art) See LEONARDO-JEROME-MET July 16, 2019.

What Celebrities & Senator Schumer Are Saying About FaceApp


 Celebrities have utilized the app that edits their photos to make them look much older. Carrie Underwood shared a FaceApp-edited selfie that featured her husband, Mike Fisher, on Wednesday, July 17. In the Instagram post’s caption, the “Cry Pretty” singer admitted to trying the trend because “everybody’s doing it.”

Lance Bass used FaceApp to tweak a shot of him and his former ‘NSync bandmates,

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has called for the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether the app poses “national security and privacy risks for millions of U.S. citizens,” and the Democratic National Committee urges 2020 campaigns not to use FaceApp “developed by Russians.” All this comes as people on social media seem to be alarmed that the app is harvesting metadata from their smartphones.


VanCleef & Arpels’s Romeo & Juliet Jewerly Collection

Jewels from Van Cleef & Arpels's Romeo and Juliet collection. Courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels.

Jewels from Van Cleef & Arpels’s Romeo and Juliet collection. Courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels.

Van Cleef & Arpels has created a high jewelry collection inspired by the Romeo and Juliet, ballet directed by the acclaimed Los Angeles-based French choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied.

Both the collection and the ballet take their initial inspiration from William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy. Van Cleef and Arpels’s jewelry version was recently unveiled in Paris, while Millepied’s production—which mixes film with live stage performances—will premiere next spring.

The Night or Day brooch from the Romeo and Juliet collection. Courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels.

The Night or Day brooch from the Romeo and Juliet collection. Courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels.

The Collier Reticella necklace. Courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels.

The Collier Reticella necklace. Courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels.

A drawing of Romeo and Juliet by Lorenzo Mattotti. Courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels.


Canadian Businessman Bids & Buys 99 of World’s Rarest Sneakers @ Sotheby’s For $850,000

The online auction was expected to go through July 23, and all of the shoes were on display in mirrored vitrines at the auction houses’s Upper East Side headquarters. But on Wednesday morning, news came in that Canadian entrepreneur Miles S. Nadal had bid for 99 sneakers in one fell swoop for a staggering $850,000.

The founder of Peerage Capital plans to display the shoes at his Dare to Dream Automobile Museum in Toronto, which already houses his collection of classic cars. (He will also share the collection with friends, family, and charitable organizations upon request, so best to buddy up with him soon.)

Nadal originally wanted all 100 pairs, but the consignor of arguably the most important of the group—a pair of handmade Nike Moon Shoes—opted to keep them available for public bidding online.

12 pairs of the shoes were made for the 1972 Olympic Trials. The ones available at Sotheby’s are the only known pair to have never been worn. The high estimate for these puppies stands at $160,000.

The exhibition of the shoes (which is still on view at Sotheby’s in New York through July 23) is studded with major names from music and fashion: the Travis Scott x Nike Air Jordan 4; the bespoke Chanel x Pharrell x adidas NMD Hu TR for Karl Lagerfeld; a sleek pair of thick-soled shoes made even more valuable since the passing of Lagerfeld earlier this year; and shoes made famous by Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. 

Clockwise: The 10 Nike Air Max 97 OG; Yeezy Boost 350 v2 Oreo; Yeezy Boost 350 v2 Frozen; Air Jordan 5 Tokyo 23; Air Yeezy2 NRG Pure Platinum; Air Jordan 11 Jeter. Courtesy of Sotheby's.

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The only pair still up for auction at Sotheby's x Stadium Goods Sale. Photo courtesy of Sotheby's.

Manolo Blaknik’s Boutique


Manolo Blahnik’s shiny new boutique opened in the Galeries du Palais-Royal. The airy ground-level shop, which leads right out onto the colonnades of the Palais-Royale, houses the mainline women’s collection, plus a nine-piece capsule exclusive to the Paris store. And the upper floor, with its wooden paneling and clubbable vibe, is dedicated to men’s. A charming spiral stairway leads between the two, with the walls decorated by Mr Blahnik’s colorful sketches.

Manolo Blahnik's new Paris boutique.

‘An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection’ Exhibition

Manolo Blahnik, Wallace Collection

Manolo Blahnik, Wallace Collection

Manolo Blahnik, Wallace Collection

Manolo Blahnik, Wallace Collection

Manolo Blahnik, Wallace Collection


Rihanna To Opens First Pop Up In New York

 Getty Images / Aurelien Meunier

The doors are set to open on June 19 at The Webster in New York’s SoHo, with the pop-up running through to June 30.

While the new label’s products have already been sold in Paris and online, the pop-up will be the first time fans in the US will be able to browse and purchase their wears physically@

The Webster SoHo
29 Greene Street
New York, NY 10013


Sotheby’s Sold For 3.7 Billion

Patrick Drahi, president of French telecom group Altice, is Sotheby's new owner. (Photo by Christophe Morin/IP3/Getty Images)

Sotheby’s, a 275-year-old auction house, was sold to BidFair USA, a company wholly owned by French-Israeli collector and entrepreneur Patrick Drahi—who plans to take the publicly traded company private. The deal is likely to have significant implications for the future of the auction industry, which is led by Sotheby’s and its privately held competitor Christie’s.

Under the terms of the agreement, which was approved by Sotheby’s board of directors, shareholders—including employee shareholders—will receive $57 in cash per share of common stock, significantly higher than where the shares are currently trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

The deal was made for $3.7 billion, according to a statement from Sotheby’s. “The offer price represents a premium of 61 percent to Sotheby’s closing price on June 14, 2019, and a 56.3 percent premium to the company’s 30 trading-day volume weighted average share price,” according to the statement. Boutique investment bank LionTree Advisors served as a financial advisor to Sotheby’s in the deal.

According to Forbes, Drahi has a net worth of $9.3 billion. He is described as a telecom magnate who owns 60 percent of the stock of Altice NV, the publicly traded multinational telecom and media company he founded. Drahi built Altice with more than 20 acquisitions of lagging cable and mobile operators, according to Forbes.

Needlepointer Embroiders All Of Donald Trumps Quotes & Others Join In

Only in New York City
Diana Weymar’s community-based, project constantly-growing Trump textile protest immortalizing the president’s words in stitching, is now on view in New York. Diana Weymar wants to collect 2,020 hand-stitched Donald Trump quotes by 2020
Diana Weymar with her
Diana Weymar with her “Tiny Pricks Project” exhibition at Lingua Franca in New York. Photo by BFA.
Rachelle Hruska MacPherson and Diana Weymar at the opening of the "Tiny Prick Project" exhibition at Lingua Franca in New York. Photo by BFA.

Photo by BFA

She it would be a worthwhile exercise to continue documenting the president’s more outlandish statements on antique textiles.

Diana Weymar's first piece for the "Tiny Prick Project." Courtesy of the artist.

Diana Weymar's "Tiny Pricks Project" exhibition at Lingua Franca in New York. Photo by BFA.
Photo by BFA.
Liza Weymar @lizaweymar #TinyPricks707
Lingua Franca

Unique Restaurants


  1. Ithaa

Rangali Island, Maldives 

The world’s first – and only – under the sea restaurant offers its guests a 270-degree panoramic view of the Maldives’ sea creatures, with a 14 seat capacity.

  1. Dinner in the Sky
    Over 45 countries worldwide
    Bring your dining experience to new heights at Dinner in the Sky. This one-of-a-kind restaurant, suspended 160+ feet in the air, can accommodate 22 brave diners and three staffers.
  2. O.NOIR
    Toronto and Montreal, Canada
    Experience food, drinks, and conversation like never before, by leaving your use of sight at the door. While dining in complete darkness, you’ll be served by visually-impaired waiters.
  3. Ninja Dining

    New York City, New York
    If you’re looking for a unique restaurant in NYC, this warrior-themed restaurant’s waiters are dressed like ninjas that deliver your order with a side of nunchuck tricks. That’s definitely something we haven’t seen before!

  4. Aurum
    Clarke Quay, Singapore
    Dining at this medical-themed restaurant involves entering through a “morgue”, being seated in a wheelchair at an operating table, and sifting through a surgical instrument drawer to get your hands on some cutlery.

    1.  Ninja Dining
      New York City, New York
      If you’re looking for a unique restaurant in NYC, this warrior-themed restaurant’s waiters are dressed like ninjas that deliver your order with a side of nunchuck tricks. That’s definitely something we haven’t seen before!

      1. Forbes Island
        San Francisco Bay, California
        Visit this floating island in Sea Lion Harbor for elegant American fare, along with views of Alcatraz and sunbathing sea lions. Built in 1975, Forbes Island tops off this unique experience with it’s underwater dining rooms and bar.
      2. Rogo’s
        Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
        Diners at Rogo’s are required to place their orders on a tablet, which will then be delivered right onto their plates via a 12-meter tornado spiral

        1. Kinderkookkafe
          Amsterdam, Netherlands
          Run by children (ages 5-12), this Amsterdam restaurant aims to teach these youngins all the nuances of operating a restaurant. Attached to a daycare, these children learn the tricks of the trade as chefs, cashiers, and dishwashers – with a helping hand from some adults, of course.
        2. The Five Fishermen
          Halifax, Canada
          Now a fine seafood restaurant, The Five Fisherman was previously a funeral home that housed victims of the Titanic in 1912 and victims of the Halifax Explosion in 1917.
        3. 23. A380 In-Flight Kitchen
          Taipei, Taiwan
          A380 is modelled to resemble the inside of a plane, with faux oval-shaped windows, baggage compartments, as well as a speckled blue seats. Guests are served by waitresses dressed as flight attendants – but thankfully, there’s more than chicken and fish to choose from.

          1. Terry Bison Ranch
            Cheyenne, Wyoming
            All aboard the lunch train! At Terry’s Bison Ranch you’ll find a type of cuisine that you might find looking you in the eye. Hop on to munch on some of Wyoming’s famous bison burgers while traveling through the prairies, with bison moseying along the tracks.
          1. Kayabuki Izakaya
            Utsunomiya, Japan
            You can’t avoid monkeying around at this Japanese restaurant. Animal Welfare approved, you’ll be served by a range of five adorable monkey butlers.
        4. 36. Post Office Pies
          Birmingham, Alabama
          It’s not everyday that you’d head to the post office to grab a slice. In the former historic Avondale post office, this unusual pizzeria has earned a spot on Thrillist’s list of 33 best pizza shops in America.

          1. Safe House
            Milwaukee, Wisconsin
            Based on the CIA definition of a safe house, this “top secret” restaurant requires a password for patrons wishing to enter the establishment.
          1. Barbie Cafe
            Taipei, Taiwan
            Licensed by Mattel, this cafe is a dream come true for any Barbie lover. Exploding with all things pink, servers sport tutus, while patrons take in everything Barbie around them.


          1. Conflict Kitchen
            Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
            This restaurant serves only dishes inspired by countries that the U.S. is in conflict with. Based on headlines of the day, recently the kitchen was dishing out North Korean food, in the spirit of Kim Jong Un.
          2. 42. Sultan’s Tent and Café Moroc
            Toronto, Canada
            Jump into the alluring culture of North Africa in the heart of Toronto’s downtown. Enjoy an evening of belly-dancing and delicately seasoned Moroccan fare, amidst the exotic jewel and spice colored hues of tented lounges and Moroccan decor.

            1. Napa Valley Wine Train
              Napa Valley, California
              This Napa Valley restaurant takes wining and dining to the tracks. In restored 20th century Vista Dome cars, patrons glide past vineyards in California wine country, from the unique confines of this mahogany-clad train car.
            1. Zauo
              Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
              If you think you’ve had fresh seafood, this Tokyo restaurant will make you think again. At Zauo, guests are handed a fishing rod and some bait, after which they’re told to go fish.


            1. Namale Fiji
              Savusavu, Fiji
              This resort in Fiji lets guests dine under a cave archway on the edge of the Koro Sea. Decked out with tiki torches alongside the lava rock, customers enjoy the breathtaking rainforest vistas while sampling the catch of the day.


            1. The Ledge at Skydeck
              Chicago, Illinois
              Comfort food reaches new heights at The Ledge at Skydeck, serving famous Chicago deep dish pizzas from Giordano’s or Oysters Rockefeller, in a collection of private glass boxes extending beyond the 103rd floor of Willis Tower with the city lights sparkling 1,353 feet below.


            1. The Singapore Flyer
              Hop on the world’s second largest observation wheel, offering butler-serviced dinners in private capsules. Indulge in a four-course meal while rotating 540 feet above landmarks like the F1 Circuit and Collyer Quay.


            1. Circus
              London, England
              While enjoying some delicious Pan Asian cuisine, Circus diners are surprised with spontaneous performances. Whether acrobatics, juggling, or just some clowning around, guests don’t know what they’re in for until it takes place before them.


            1. Tommy Guns Garage
              Chicago, Illinois
              Get taken back in time at this speakeasy-themed restaurant. You’ll feel like you’re among the likes of Al Capone, as everyone’s dressed daringly and flapper-ish as though they’ll be wining and dining with famous 1920s outlaws, before a music and comedy show.


            1. Soneva Kiri
              Koh Kood, Thailand
              A must do for the adventurous diner. Guests enjoy unique cuisine while dangling from a nest-like treepod in a dense forest above the breathtaking coastline of Koh Kood. Zip-lining waiters come and go, serving some of the island’s greatest dishes.


            1. Bors Hede Inne
              Carnation, Washington
              Entering this fully Middle Ages-themed restaurant asks guests to leave modern gadgets like cellphones and cameras at the door in order to enjoy the 14th century-inspired grub.


            1. Clifton’s Cafeteria
              Los Angeles, California
              Originally opened in 1932, there’s nothing ordinary about this hip and remodelled restaurant. From stuffed bison to a giant fake redwood towering through the middle of the restaurant, California’s past is alive and well at Clifton’s.
            2. Lucky Cheng’s
              New York City, New York
              A pioneer of the concept of being served dinner by glamorous drag queens, Lucky Cheng’s serves up a three-course Asian-American meal, with a side of a cabaret, comedy and Asian dance performances by other drag queens. This unique restaurant in NYC is a full dining–entertainment package that gets diners talking well after they’ve left the place.

              1. Amangani
                Jackson Hole, Wyoming
                This Western-style diner at ridge-top Amangani is a winter highlight. Enjoy moonlit vistas of the Gro Ventre Butte while traveling through the National Elk Refuge, before entering a warm tepee where guests tread to a feast of free-range buffalo, prime ribs and salmon.
              1. Jekyll & Hyde Club
                New York City, New York
                Come witness Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” come to life at this English gothic restaurant, complete with animatronic ghouls, and crazy men in capes.


              1. Fife & Drum
                Concord, Massachusetts
                This restaurant in Massachusetts has taken prison food quite literally, as all meals are prepared by prisoners, as a part of the Northeastern Correctional Centre culinary program. In order to come dine, customers must pass through security at the prison, where they can enjoy a prix fixe, made-from-scratch meal, for the price of $3.21.


              1. ICHIRAN
                New York City, New York
                Lone diners rejoice! ICHIRAN’s aim is to strip the dining experience of all unnecessary distractions – including social interaction – to enhance the sensory experience of ramen-eating. You’ll be seated solo at what’s called a “flavor concentration booth” to be left along with your thoughts and your soup.


              1. Twin Stars
                Moscow, Russia
                The name says it all: this Russian restaurant is staffed completely by twins. The pairs are dressed in identical outfits, while tending the bar and serving guests burgers and pizza.


              1. Casa Bonita
                Lakewood, Colorado
                An eclectic hodgepodge of entertainment with a restaurant attached, Casa Bonita has everything from wandering musicians to arcade games, but the Acapulco-style cave divers jumping into the indoor waterfall and pool is a crowd favorite.


              1. Hajime Robot Restaurant
                Bangkok, Thailand
                No need to tip your server at this high-tech Japanese restaurant – all guests are served by Hajme robots, fully equipped to dish out any item from their 100+ dish menu, bus tables, and entertain guests with a dance or two.


              1. Harvey Washbangers
                College Station, Texas
                This “state of the art” laundromat allows you to go grab a burger at the restaurant connected, while you wait for your clothes to dry. Located next to Texas A&M University, Washbangers is a hit among college students.


            1. B.E.D
              Miami, Florida
              Who needs breakfast in bed when you could have dinner? The acronym stands for beverage, entertainment, dining – and you’ll get all three…in bed!


            1. De Culinaire Werkplaats
              Amsterdam, Netherlands
              Dining and design intertwine at this highly conceptual restaurant. Everything brought to the table is a work of art. Designers Marjolein Wintjes and Eric Meursing let their creativity flow in the kitchen, creating dishes inspired by themes like “honesty”, “flowers”, or “water”.


            1. Noble
              Halifax, Canada
              Tucked away beneath Barrington Street in Halifax’s downtown you’ll find Noble, an underground speakeasy-inspired bar. Located underneath The Middle Spoon Desserterie & Bar, you’ll require a password to enter, with a new one being released each Thursday.


            1. Palms Thai
              Los Angeles, California
              While Palms Thai serves up some highly rated Thai food, their fare isn’t their claim to fame. Instead, patrons visit Palms Thai to watch “Thai Elvis” perform his hits.


            1. Perlan
              Reykjavik, Iceland
              Offering a breathtaking panoramic view of Reykjavik and beyond, the Perlan gently completes a full rotation every two hours.


            1. Oasis Cafe
              Chicago, Illinois
              Who knew some of the best falafel in the Chicago is found in the back of a jewelry store. Oasis Cafe serves classic Middle Eastern specialties for under $7.00, ensuring you’ll have some left over cash to spend diamond shopping afterwards.

            82. The Airplane Restaurant
            Colorado Springs, Colorado
            Hop on board the 1953 Boeing KC-97 tanker, as an ode to Aviation history, to enjoy some flight-themed menu items, like “runway crunchy chicken strips” and “air tower nachos.” There’s just one catch – you never leave the ground!

            1. The Bubble Room
              Captiva Island, Florida
              This electric restaurant on Captiva Island is decked out with classic toys from the 1930s and 40s, with moving trains that circle all three floors. What started as a small, one-room eatery has grown into a multi-themed restaurant, occupying all three stories of the house it originated in.
            1. The Pointe Restaurant
              Tofino, Canada
              Diners at The Pointe Restaurant in Tofino are blessed with a 240-degree view of the pounding surf as it crashes into the rocks surrounding the Pacific Ocean.


            1. The Catacombs
              Lancaster, Pennsylvania
              Several stories below Bube’s Brewery in Lancaster, diners enjoy fine wines, local brews, and classic delicacies, surrounded by stone-lined vaults. Before descending to their table, patrons are taken on a costumed guide throughout the brewery, with the option of a ghost tour.

              1. Oasis Surf
                Montreal, Canada
                Get that heart rate up so you can guiltlessly stuff your face! This Montreal restaurant gives you an indoor surfing complex and restaurant, all in one.
              1. REM Eiland
                Amsterdam, Netherlands
                Enjoy a dining experience 22 meters above water at this towering sea escape off the coast of Amsterdam. The restaurant is open for lunch and three-course evening meals, within the confines of a former pirate radio and TV station.

                1. Alinea
                  Chicago, Illinois
                  At the top of bucket lists of many foodies, you’ll find Chicago restaurant Alinea. The food takes on a true art form, with menu items including sea urchin and snow, which has secured Alinea as number seven on San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
                1. Fortezza Medicea Restaurant
                  Volterra, Italy
                  Similarly to Fife & Drum, Fortezza Medicea is a behind-bars eatery. Guests are served by actual inmates – fittingly – along with plastic cutlery.


                1. Trailer Park Lounge
                  Chelsea, New York
                  If you’re looking for kitschy in the heart of NYC, Trailer Park Lounge has you covered. With everything from pregnant beer-guzzling mannequins to lit up Santas and a non-working toilet out front, this venue has been deemed the pinnacle of white-trash memorabilia.


                1. Zingara Cucina
                  Melbourne, Australia
                  Zingara Cucina is champion of weird locations; from car parks to laneways, bridges and galleries, this restaurant has no fixed address and frequently changes location.


                1. The H.R Giger Bar
                  Gruyeres, Switzerland
                  This bar is attached to the H.R Giger Museum and devoted to the Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor, and set designer famous for his work on Alien. Although the H.R only serves alcohol, the interior is nothing short of a visual feast.




Couture Awards For Best Jewelry Design

Michelle Orman, the surprise recipient of the Cindy Edelstein Award

Michelle Orman, the surprise recipient of the Cindy Edelstein Award


Fifthteen categories were presented on June 1 along with special tribute recognition and a tongue-in-cheek honor. The awards were held this year in a jam-packed Encore Ballroom, a move from the Encore Theater of previous years.
Best in Bridal Winner, Jade Trau
Best in Colored Gemstones Above $20,000 Winner, Adam Foster
Best in Colored Gemstones Above $20,000 Winner, Adam Foster
Best in Colored Gemstones Below $20,000 Winner, Noor Fares

Best in Colored Gemstones Below $20,000 Winner, Noor Fares


Best in Diamonds Above $20,000 Winner, kataoka jewelry and objets d’art
Best in Diamonds Above $20,000 Winner, kataoka jewelry and objets d’art
Best in Diamonds Below $20,000 Winner, Baentelli
Best in Diamonds Below $20,000 Winner, Baentelli
Best in Gold Winner, Nikos Koulis
Best in Gold Winner, Nikos Koulis
Best in Haute Couture Winner, Mike Joseph
Best in Haute Couture Winner, Mike Joseph
Best in Innovative Winner, Silvia Furmanovich
Best in Innovative Winner, Silvia Furmanovich
Best in Men’s Winner, Jan Leslie
Best in Men’s Winner, Jan Leslie
Best in Pearls Winner, Karen Suen
Best in Pearls Winner, Karen Suen
Best in Platinum Winner, Jorg Heinz
Best in Platinum Winner, Jorg Heinz
Best in Silver Winner, SYNA
Best in Silver Winner, SYNA
Best in Debuting at Couture Winner, Ara Vartanian
Best in Debuting at Couture Winner, Ara Vartanian
Editor's Choice Award, Vendorafa
Editor’s Choice Award, Vendorafa
People's Choice Award, Gismondi

Notre Dam Cathedral Will Be Rebuilt As It Was Before Fire

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after the fire. Photo by Joëlle Lévy, via Wikimedia Commons.

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after the fire. Photo by Joëlle Lévy, via Wikimedia Commons.

The French Senate approved a government bill to restore the cathedral, with the  stipulation that it must be restored to its pre-fire state. The bill calls for the restoration to be completed in time for the 2024 Olympic Games, which Paris will be hosting, and that the cathedral be restored to its “last known visual state,” according to The Local.

The Senate’s provision effectively put an end to the international architecture competition to rebuild Notre Dame’s spire launched by the French state in the immediate aftermath of the April 15th blaze. That competition elicited an enormous range of proposals, from a glassy vision pitched by British starchitect Norman Foster to a palatial private rooftop residence imagined by Viennese architecture firm Who Cares?!.


The guy Who Invented Paint By Numbers

Dan Robbins’s Paint-By-Numbers style self portrait, 2007. Courtesy of the Dan Robbins Estate and 20 North Gallery.

Dan Robbins’s Paint-By-Numbers style self portrait, 2007. Courtesy of the Dan Robbins Estate and 20 North Gallery.


Dan Robbins, a commercial artist and passionate Sunday painter, masterminded paint-by-numbers kits in the early 1950s. Based in the auto mecca of Detroit, he got his start working for H.B. Stubbs Co., a subcontractor of General Motors, which produced its iconic “Motorama” exhibitions at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. He also worked for Chevrolet’s art department, creating lettering for internal flip charts and motivational materials.

The first Paint-By Number designed by Dan Robbins, Abstract No. 1. Courtesy of 20 North Gallery.

The first Paint-By Number designed by Dan Robbins, Abstract No. 1. Courtesy of 20 North Gallery.


Robbins’s move to Palmer Show Card Paint Company, in 1949, that led to his first big break. The company’s founder, Max Klein, had given Robbins a mission: sell more paint. His solution was paint by numbers.
Robbins’s concept was straightforward: . Using his knowledge of how to build a readable composition by layering and arranging colors, he devised a technique to simplify the process. To create each kit, he first painted an original artwork. Next, he placed a plastic sheet over it, upon which he outlined its forms and shapes, assigning a number and corresponding color to each of them. This is how, paint by numbers was born.
The cover of Dan Robbin’s self-illustrated autobiography, Whatever Happened to Paint-By-Numbers?, 1997. Courtesy of 20 North Gallery.

The cover of Dan Robbin’s self-illustrated autobiography, Whatever Happened to Paint-By-Numbers?, 1997. Courtesy of 20 North Gallery.

Dan Robbins holding his favorite Paint-By Number, Old Mill Stream, 1997. Courtesy of 20 North Gallery.

Dan Robbins holding his favorite Paint-By Number, Old Mill Stream, 1997. Courtesy of 20 North Gallery.

Dan Robbins’ Clipper Ship executed by an unknown painter, 1952. Courtesy of 20 North Gallery.

Dan Robbins’ Clipper Ship executed by an unknown painter, 1952. Courtesy of 20 North Gallery.

Dan Robbins’ Love’s Tribute executed by an unknown painter, 1951. Courtesy of 20 North Gallery.

Dan Robbins’ Love’s Tribute executed by an unknown painter, 1951. Courtesy of 20 North Gallery.


Alfred Hitchcock’s Art Collection

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A landscape painting by Rosa Bonheur hangs above the bar in Dial M for Murder (1954), framing the murderous husband’s silhouette as he pours an inquiring police inspector a brandy. The psychiatrist’s office in The Wrong Man (1956) is aptly decorated with Post-Impressionist Paul Cézanne’s The House of the Hanged Man (1873), visible when the lead character learns his wife will be committed for her catatonic condition. A Pablo Picasso still life hangs above the fireplace in the home of the wealthy socialite couple in Suspicion (1941), suggesting fine—albeit inscrutable—taste.

Hitchcock, wanted audiences to notice both the background scenery and the foreground characters. After all, his fans were trained to look for the director’s famous cameo appearances in nearly every film (even when they came after the one-hour mark, as in 1946’s Notorious). The artworks integrated on his set, always serve to underline and amplify the themes of his films.

Banksy Is At It Again

A possible new Banksy has been sighted in Venice. Photo by Lapo Simeoni.
A possible new Banksy has been sighted in Venice. Photo by Lapo Simeoni.

Last week, as the Venice Biennale opened to the public, the art media went ballistic when reports surfaced that Banksy may have made his way to the city, leaving behind a mural of a young migrant child in a life jacket.

This morning, the Banksy posted a video on Instagram of an unidentified gentleman getting booted out of the city’s St. Mark’s Square, where it looked like he was trying to sell art without a permit. The post was accompanied by a typically Banskyian comment:“Setting out my stall at the Venice Biennale. Despite being the largest and most prestigious event in the world, for some reason I’ve never been invited.

Banksy in Venice? Courtesy of the artist.
Banksy in Venice? Courtesy of the artist.

So Cute was that Banksy sitting in the chair? I wonder


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Claude Monet’s Painting Fetches

This undated photo provided by Sotheby's shows Claude Monet's painting titled  Meules.

This undated photo provided by Sotheby’s shows Claude Monet’s painting titled “Meules.”



One of Claude Monet’s renown paintings of haystacks has fetched a record $110.7 million at an auction in New York. The auction house says it’s a world auction record for the artist and the first work of Impressionist art to cross the $100 million threshold at auction.

The 1890 painting is one of only four works from Monet’s acclaimed “Haystacks” series to come to auction this century, and one of only eight examples remaining in private hands. The 17 others reside at museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Canvas  an Art industry newsletter announced it had identified the buyer as Hasso Plattner, a German software tycoon who founded SAP in 1972 and is now worth $15.5 billion, according to Forbes. It also indicated that the work, one of Monet’s rare and coveted depictions of haystacks, will be shown at the Museum Barberini—the private museum Plattner opened in 2017 in Potsdam, Germany—in February 2020 as part of a show called “Monet: Places.”

Hasso Plattner stands in front of the painting Sea Roses by Claude Monet at the Museum Barberini in Potsdam. Photo by Bernd Settnik/picture alliance via Getty Images.

Hasso Plattner stands in front of the painting Sea Roses by Claude Monet at the Museum Barberini in Potsdam. Photo by Bernd Settnik/picture alliance via Getty Images.

The Canvas ensured readers that they had such highly guarded information on authority, but admitted that they were still short on details regarding the nature of the transaction. As the email stated:

Works that sell in the nine-figure range are typically shrouded in mystery and enmeshed in a veil of opacity. While The Canvas is confident that Plattner himself was the ultimate buyer, we’re uncertain as to whether he purchased the work personally, used the vehicle of his family office, or even bought the work directly through the museum (although we’d be highly surprised by the latter option). This is a developing story and there might still be a few twists and turns left before the news is ultimately revealed to the public.