Posts Tagged ‘Fashion’
On view this month at Nahmad Contemporary in NYC is Fashion, one of the most beautiful assemblages of Richard Prince's norotious appropriation artworks from his early days in publishing. In the late 1970s, Prince worked in the tear sheet department at Time Life, where his job entailed clipping editorials for staff writers. The remaining advertisements were filled with, in the artist’s words, “authorless” images, in which patterns and visual codes of desires, fears and stereotypes exploited by the Madison Avenue ad agencies emerged. In 1977, Prince began to amass these images within specific categories and re-photograph them. This deceptively simple action bore profound consequences in redefining the rules of art, which remain highly relevant and influential to this day. Read More
For the past decade iconoclast photographer Terry Richardson has been a driving force in pop culture aesthetics bringing his trademark high/low handheld visuals to ads for streetwear brands like Supreme as well as campaigns for couture brands like Tom Ford and covers for Vogue. And while his commercial work often brings a tongue-in-cheek porn edge to fashion imagery, his fine art explorations often explore themes of Read More
Easily the most influential chameleon in rock history, David Bowie's storied career has seen him inhabit more personas than an accomplished schizophrenic, and at age 66, release a new album last month that debuted at #1 on iTunes and on UK record charts. The foremost arbiter of rock style and fashion at every generational and cultural pivot point, Bowie's avant-garde futurism and absolute abhorrence of stasis has seen him generate a massive archive of personal artifacts, that, despite years of massive chemical intake and general debauchery, he had the presence of mind to preserve in an institutional grade archive (complete with its own full-time dedicated archivist) for posterity. It is from this incredible collection that London's Victoria & Albert Museum assembled its current blockbuster visual retrospective of Bowie's life & times, titled, appropriately enough, "David Bowie Is..." Read More
In support of their current product collaboration with legendary 77-year-old Japanese psychedelic pop artist Keiichi Tanaami, streetwear kings Stüssy visited Tanaami in his home for an enlightening discussion of his life, artwork, and childhood experiences that forever influenced his beautiful, trippy visions. Read More
If ever there was a movie fashion tie-in collab better suited than Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" x Opening Ceremony & artist Todd James (aka: REAS), we still haven't seen it. James' superbly trashy half-shirt is the must-have item of the collection & essential wearing for this month's Spring Break debauchery. Pick them up now at Opening Ceremony Read More
Streetwear has more or less run its course of late, but venerable label Stüssy has put together the most exciting T-shirt collection in recent memory with their forthcoming collab with Japanese psychedelic pop art godfather Keiichi Tanaami. Nice work, boys. Get em now, while they last at the Stüssy web store Read More
Possibly SUPREME's best collab to date...
One of the fashion world's foremost visionary designers ALEXANDER McQUEEN was found dead today in his London apartment, an apparent suicide just days after the death of his mother, and the suicide of one of his close friends Isabella Blow, who discovered the young designer and helped forge his early career:Read More
Photographer RYAN McGINLEY has been keeping busy with beautiful, high-profile corporate work lately (see his visual tribute to the 2010 winter Olympics), and his photo essay and short film celebrating the new LEVIS x OPENING CEREMONY collab is a prime example. The legendary denim brand has laid dormant on the creative culture side of things for some time now, but under the leadership of new marketing director CHRISTIAN PARKES, Levis is now poised to reassert itself in a culture it has always been an organic part of in the coming years.
Kehinde celebrates the glory of African football without breaking a sweat...
Gearing up for the massive global throwdown that is WORLD CUP, fashion sportswear brand PUMA has teamed up with KEHINDE WILEY in a poignant celebration of African football. The company sponsors a total of 12 African teams, four of which have qualified for the World Cup being held this year in South Africa. Wiley created portraits of three Puma-sponsored football stars; Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon, John Mensah of Ghana and Emmanuel Eboué of Ivory Coast with each player wearing their national team kits.
A fourth "Unity" Portrait was painted with all three players together, symbolizing the united countries of Africa. The players’ pose was inspired by a pendant Wiley discovered while touring the Continent. In the "Unity" Portrait, the players are wearing the Puma Unity Kit, a limited edition uniform designed to be a third kit shared by all African teams, symbolizing greater African unity. The brown pigment in the kit is a customized Pantone created by mixing actual soil samples from four different African nations—Ghana, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire and Mozambique. The brown to blue color gradient represents the soil to the sky progression. In each portrait, Wiley captures the essence of each player using the rich heritage, customs and people of Africa as inspiration.
The individual portraits, measuring 5 feet by 6 feet and the "Unity" portrait measuring 9 feet by 12 feet, were unveiled in Berlin on January, 20 2010. The portraits will then travel as an exhibition beginning in February to Paris, London, New York, Beijing and Milan, ending in South Africa in June for the World Cup.
Born in Los Angeles to an African American mother and a Nigerian father, Wiley describes his relationship with Africa as “one of searching and longing.” Kehinde, which means “second born of twins” in Yoruba, grew up without knowing his father and curiosity led him to Nigeria at the age of 20 to retrace his roots. Upon meeting his father, Wiley completed a series of portraits of him, and later, in 2007, returned to Africa to compile a body of work entitled “The World Stage: Africa Lagos-Dakar,” which was exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Kehinde's distinctive patterns (taken from local African sources) will appear in Puma's Spring/Summer 2010 Africa lifestyle collection of apparel, footwear and accessories. The Seven graphic patterns from Wiley’s existing work are integrated throughout the bright, bold, color-blocking patterns of the collection, including a limited edition Kehinde Wiley football boot. HAVE A LOOK: