Monthly Archives: January 2019

Javier Martin Deconstructs Perceived Perfection in Blindness Collection

Javier Martin’s Blindness Collection, explores superficial perceptions of what is beautiful and valuable, in contrast with questioning what is ‘genuine beauty’, self reflection, and truth. The Spanish multidisciplinary artist combines painting with collages of images of seemingly perfect models – symbols of the standard of beauty and lifestyle upheld by today’s society. The eyes, classically associated with the reflection of human emotions are always concealed, whether behind a vibrant stroke of paint or a glowing neon light. Appropriating the language of advertising, a strategy adopted by Pop Art, Martín creates subtle relationships of meaning that involve viewers in an unexpected connection with the works. Initially, any average person will feel attracted by the beauty and perfection of the models, the same beauty that magazines and advertising have been disseminating ad nauseam. But then, as he observes the pieces carefully and more closely, he realizes that...

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Michael Kors Releases Lunar New Year Campaign

Michael Kors shares its 2019 Lunar New Year campaign, a whimsical celebration of holiday travel. The still life images, shot by Dylan Griffin, feature three-dimensional paper airplanes, a nod back to the video, and a dramatic tone-on-tone appeal. In keeping with the traditional hues of Lunar New Year, the campaign highlights the MICHAEL Michael Kors Mott camera bag in red, the petal quilted Whitney shoulder bag in red, the Rhea backpack in black and our white Poppy lace-up sneaker—all of which feature glamorous gold detailing.      ...

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Lady Gaga Debuts the 2019 Tiffany Blue Book Collection

Global icon Lady Gaga dominated the red carpet at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, debuts the 2019 Tiffany Blue Book Collection. The yellow gold and diamond necklace and earrings celebrate Tiffany’s 180 years of innovation and craftsmanship. Lady Gaga’s unforgettable necklace totals over 16 carats of sustainably sourced brilliant diamonds that were brought to life by Tiffany’s master artisans, as part of Chief Artistic Officer Reed Krakoff’s upcoming 2019 Tiffany Blue Book Collection. Lady Gaga complimented her look with four Tiffany T True bracelets from the iconic Tiffany T Collection. “Tiffany’s Blue Book Collection showcases our most exquisite high jewelry designs that are handcrafted by Tiffany artisans. Lady Gaga embodies the bold innovation that has always been at the heart of the collection and we are thrilled to see her celebrated for her work in A Star is Born.”...

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The Workspace Takes Center Stage in Next Maison&Objet

After the success of its January edition, a new theme will be explore in the the next Maison&Objet. From 6 to 10 September 2019: The workspace will be highlighted to show our evolving relationship with work, the reinvention of the office, and how its driven by social change, is reinventing the office. FashionRepublik highlights a new workspace (in pictures) called Attraction, a micro-city for creatives designed Imperatori Design. The new space, in Canada, creates a unified environment, heterogeneous, alive, where one would feel a positive vibe immediately upon entering. Philippe Brocart, General Manager of Maison&Objet explains the the importance and reasons behind this innovative idea. What observations or societal trends led Maison&Objet to take an interest in new workspaces? Workspaces have changed radically in recent years. Information technology has freed us to work in different ways, contributing to and promoting the search for new office...

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Viktor&Rolf: A Dress With a Message

A week passed and we are still thinking of some of our favorite Paris Fashion Week shows. Viktor&Rolf is definitely one of them. An investigation into the expressive power of clothing. This season, Viktor&Rolf present a group of exaggerated romantic tulle dresses. Volumes are grand but airy, with transparent ruffles, flounces and bows. The colorful collection is entirely executed in 8 kilometers of tulle. The silhouettes, sculptural and extreme, ranging from various A-lines to hourglass, are astutely expressive: each dress provides the backdrop for a bold text which is executed in layers of laser cut tulle. These texts are mainly one-liners: slogans with the kind of simplification typical of social media captions or souvenir t-shirts. The juxtaposition of these seemingly unrelated elements results in a typical Viktor&Rolf expression of surreal beauty. Private collector and longtime collaborator Han Nefkens acquired one of the Haute Couture pieces before...

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The Weight of Light Through the Eyes of Designers

After the success of Spectrum I in 2015, Joy Mardini Gallery approached four of their designers, Marc Baroud, Karim Chaya, Georges Mohasseb and Thomas Trad to transcend the idea and the classical conception of light for Spectrum II. According to Oxford dictionary, a Spectrum is a band of colors, as seen in a rainbow, produced by separation of the components of light by their different degrees of refraction according to wavelength… To celebrate its 7th year, Joy Mardini Gallery recently introduced Spectrum II, the Weight of Light. According to the gallery: “Light is design’s basic material, perhaps its only material. Is it tangible? Does light have a thickness? Can it hold an object? To ask such questions, is to give light a bigger visibility. To build with light, is to give it density, it is to find it a palpable thickness. To grant light a...

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