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12 October 2021
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Luar returns with this season’s It-Bag
When Luar founder Raul Lopez embarked on a two-year hiatus, he took on consulting assignments in the Cayman Islands, spent time with his family in the Dominican Republic, and reassessed his goals as a designer. . “I was really thinking about designing for my friends and was trying to prove a point to everyone,” said Lopez, who co-founded Hood by Air in 2006, said WWD. The Brooklyn designer, who incorporates a Downtown twist into his brand’s young and flowing clothes of the genre, notes Telfar Clemens, Solange Knowles, and Kerby Jean-Raymond among his close friends and confidants, but has not quite achieved the same level of business success.
That could change with the Ana handbag, a cross-body piece that debuted at New York Fashion Week last month but was officially discontinued for. Pre-order this last Friday. Perhaps its most distinctive quality is the circular handle which infuses a feminine touch into a trapezoidal structure reminiscent of corporate briefcases. With sturdy leather construction in five colourways and a unique style that channels New York’s fashion culture through the ages, Ana is well positioned to become this season’s it-bag. “[A bag] solidifies you as a designer, ”Lopez says. “Every big house has its signature bag and everyone goes there for that. It’s a way to take a piece of you and have it travel the world, to share my story with the world.
Polar bear flayed by Inuk artist honored for Sobey Prize for the arts
Sitting at the crossroads of many debates — indigenous rights, climate change, animal rights activism — Inuk artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory’s Nannupugut! (We Killed a Polar Bear!) Is based on a face-to-face encounter with a polar bear inside her cabin that ended with she killing the animal in self-defense. For her candidacy for the Sobey Art Award, the performance artist, spoken word poet and writer transformed a piece of bearskin into a screen for a video installation which, according to Bathory, “celebrates the spirit of the bear.” “.
Filmed by artist Jamie Griffiths, the two-minute film features Bathory dressed in traditional Greenlandic attire, performing a dance called uaajeerneq that was almost wiped out by colonial missionaries until her mother revived her. “For a few seconds, the polar bear’s face and mine were four inches apart. It was an intimate moment. she says. “I am the first person in my family to kill a polar bear. It was a great honor in our family. I know she chose us, the life of the bear was a gift to us. An exhibition of the work of the award finalists is currently on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa until February 20, 2022.
Adopt a technological approach to marketing, a contemporary Holocaust monument nestled in Babyn Yar, Ukraine, has launched an online campaign to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the site’s eponymous massacre in hopes of reaching younger audiences. The memorial group took to the online dating platform Tinder and other gaming channels to promote the occasion. Despite the successful fruit of digital labor, the approach has drawn criticism from traditionalists who perceive the effort as a debasement of the sacred subject.
Nicknamed among the the most unlucky of British architects, Luder’s penchant for Brutalist-inspired buildings has earned him both criticism and admiration. Although the Luder outlived most of his designs, his signature plans, such as the development of Trinity Square in Gateshead and the Tricorn Center multi-purpose complex in Portsmouth, positioned him to lead RIBA for two terms with a portfolio that implemented brutalist design elements.
Following a letter written by the US House Special Committee on the Climate Crisis to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the tech mogul issued a policy banning the dissemination of false information about the change climate change on its creative advertising programs and YouTube. In an effort to bolster its goal of going carbon negative, Rule condemns the hoaxes that circulate and the false data that human activity and greenhouse gases do not catalyze the environmental crisis.
NYCxDesign is bringing the “An Ode to NYC” poster exhibit back to citywide in October.
“An Ode to NYC” aims to reconnect people to the New York design sphere by featuring posters designed by the city’s top creative talents—Paula scher, Suchi Reddy, and Liz Collins among them, at 75 different locations in front of the windows. Each poster is available for sale through Poster House’s website thanks to QR codes on site for the benefit of Silicon Harlem, a non-profit organization that works for digital equity for those without internet access during the pandemic. The exhibition will be on view until October 31.
The Underground Museum appoints nonprofit leader Meg Onli as director and curator.
Onli joined the ICA Underground Museum at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was Associate Curator Andrea B. Laporte. Working with Director and COO Cristina Pacheco, Onli will focus on improving access to art and exhibits while strengthening the museum as a key life force in Los Angeles’ cultural sphere. . The announcement follows the museum’s launch of the first Noah Davis Award, which rewards pioneering curators in collaboration with the Chanel Culture Fund.
An owner discovered a 1940 shuffleboard court under their carpet.
This Hudson Valley town turns a former prison into a cannabis hub.
Rick owens launches Geobasket shoes in children’s sizes for gothic toddlers.
Festive colors and unconventional design elements enliven a post Office in China.