French Fashion Designer, Manfred Thierry Mugler, who’s famous for designing iconic dresses for celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Cardi B, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, just to name a few, died Sunday at the age of 73, which was first announced on his Instagram account.
Manfred was best known for designing haute couture dresses stemmed from his eccentric, sexy style, rising to fame in the 80’s and 90’s, Manfred also envisioned a high-end cosmetic line that included an incredibly popular fragrance called “Angel”, that launched in 1992.
Manfred retired in 2003, but made exceptions for Kim Kardashian and a few other celebrities, leading to iconic gowns found at high places like with Kim’s dress at the Met Gala in 2019, and Manfred’s gowns remain a hot commodity with Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga, and Kendall Jenner.
Manfred’s death comes only 5 days after famed Vogue Editor In Chief, Andre Leon Talley, died last Tuesday, who was also 73.
Informa Markets on Wednesday held its trends webinar that forecast what womenswear and menswear will look like in Fall and Winter 2022-2023, the results are the era of seasonless wear, buying fewer pieces at reasonable prices, and subtle and stylish pieces to wear at home, otherwise the original new normal dating back to 2020 is far from over, thanks to the sharp and sudden events caused by the COVID19 pandemic.
As consumers will still yearn for brighter days in a time of uncertainty and emotional overload all the way into 2023, consumers will continue making home a hub for work, wellness and play, while taking a more curated approach to fashion and the items they decide to purchase that must work together to add value within a more fluid, interconnected lifestyle, being versatile and adapting with multifunctional and modular products, smarter choices instead of larger choices all from repurposed items to sophisticated designs.
Womenswear trends of FW22 include big ideas of color play defining core shapes that energize knitwear, outerwear, skirts, slippers, loafers, and sandals through minimalist design, silhouettes, color-blocking, embroidery, patchwork, and tie-dye; flex-leisure where more flexibility are found in outerwear, leggings, parka, pullover, trouser, hoodie, roll-neck, active sneaker; beyond outerwear is more profound recognition of nature’s benefits with more robust consumer focus of outdoor lifestyles with denim boiler unit, bomber jacket, Jacquard knit, A-line denim midi skirt, check overshirt, and boots; 1970’s esque are eclectic and emotional in thriftiness and creative expression through the dress found in nostalgic bohemian cultural pattern design and rich color choices alluding to old, worn, and unique beautiful pieces with the horti-cool dress, minidress, and quilted mini, plus mules and boots; and low key drama renews the consumer’s love for occasional pieces also adding self expression in fluid wrap dress, nuhistorics top, pattern play top, let’s party top, ruched, A-line shirt, pumps, ballet flats, and heels.
Seasonal must haves for menswear includes academia, work-leisure, off-line luxe, soul craft, urban outdoors, and space race with pieces such as the high pile fleece jacket, rugby shirt, utility shacket, chunky cardigan, smart trouser, robe coat, straight-leg jeans, slipper mule, future hiker, and technical accessories; urban outfitters tells the biggest stories about the past few seasons and the need to get away with fishtail parks, Sherpa jacket pullover, utility vest, hoodie, modern cargo pant, outdoor jogger, bucket hat, all weather utility backpack, belt bag, with footwear of outdoor hiker and minimalist runner; and the space race led to a generation of design marked by futuristic yet minimalist sensibilities, making room for a softer take on the future with soft layers, faded dyes and minimalist graphics add a decidedly gentle and organic touch to menswear, offering an almost spa-like serenity in tailored topcoat, dark minimalist smart shirt, fine gauge crew neck, turtleneck, wide pant leg/ trouser, technical suiting, mini-cross body bag, padded bucket hat, nylon baseball cap, future form sneaker, and industrial luxe boot.
As we’re in the third year of this COVID19 pandemic, dealing with new variants such as omicron and possible future variants putting our livelihood, well-being, and daily routine on the line, robust, innovative, and simplistic moves in fashion will create the instant optimism we need to dream about a future before the arrival of a global pandemic 2 years ago on March 11, 2020.
Andre Leon Talley, a larger than life force in the fashion industry, died Tuesday night at a White Plains, New York hospital, as reported by TMZ, his reason for being in the hospital is still unknown, Andre was best known for his influential time at Vogue magazine where he held several key roles and was the first black male creative director at Vogue, Andre Leon Talley was 73 years old.
Over the past five decades, Andre’s had a penchant for discovering, nurturing, and celebrating young designers along with being celebrated by key fashion icons like Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Paloma Piacosso, Diane von Furstenberg, Bethann Hardison, and Manolo Blahnik.
He has worked side by side with Anna Wintour, Vogue’s editor-in-chief for decades, and is considered one of the first mainstream African-American tastemakers in the U.S.
Andre expanded his horizons onto reality TV being a judge on “America’s Next Top Model”, plus making an iconic appearance on MTV’s “The Hills” in 2007.
Andre was also an LGBT icon, although he never specifically said he was gay, but more fluid than anything in his sexuality.
The last time we got him out was in 2017, when he was dishing about Rihanna, fashion … and Trump.
It was a peak Andre moment, with his big personality on full display in front of the cameras.
The year 2022 has just started and Philipp Plein is firmly consolidating its presence with an impressive line-up of new openings in upscale shopping districts and premium locations.
In particular Barcelona Mandarin Oriental, London Old Bond Street, Warsaw, Poznan, Kuala Lumpur, Las Vegas Forum, St. Petersburg, Dailan Olympia 66 Xigang. #Unstoppable!
2022 is also the year of launch of the new store concept.
All the above stores in fact will feature the new official PHILIPP PLEIN store concept which is bringing to life a contemporary, luxury and innovative atmosphere, where the customer will be immersed in the Plein world.
2022 will also be the year of the expansion of the PHILIPP PLEIN universe beyond fashion.
After the debut of Philipp Plein in the field of hospitality and entertainment with the already announced opening of the PHILIPP PLEIN Hotel and Club in Milan, Philipp Plein explores the world of art with the launch of a range of Unique Pieces displayed in the PHILIPP PLEIN Art Gallery in the new showroom in Via Burlamacchi in Milan turned for the occasion in the first pop-up art gallery.
The PHILIPP PLEIN Unique Pieces will also be showcased in selected PHILIPP PLEIN stores around the world and our aim is Art Basel in December 2022.
“Art has always been a great inspiring source for me and today I’m proud to celebrate and share this Art Gallery to open a new design chapter, where fashion meets art” stated Philipp Plein while welcoming guests in Via Burlamacchi.
For the very first time, the passion and creativity of the PHILIPP PLEIN brand take shape into art and become unique objects. As every form of art does change with times, Philipp Plein is introducing into a marble sculpture inspired by Gruppo Laoconte, a Men wearing a pair of Philipp Plein kicks.
The ability to disrupt Art (by placing on a famous ancient sculpture, a playful twist) carries the unmistakable Plein signature where creativity has no limits, and it can become a brilliant form of art.
Convinced that art is dynamic, the designer has also built highly innovative and contemporary sculptures of new fantasy characters, collectively called “LIL MONSTERS” and individually named LILBOO, LILCYCLOPS, LILDIABLO, LILGOZILLA, LILSHARK, LILSKULL.
Inspired by art, Philipp Plein gave rise to his new way of fusing contemporary art and his fashion essence.
A creativity manifesto that interprets the capsule collection with playful sophistication where “Lil Monsters” appear printed or expertly sewn by hand.
A key feature of today’s presentation is also the total black casting.
Only black models have been selected for the catwalk, as a token of the longstanding commitment of Mr. Plein and of the PHILIPP PLIEN Group to inclusivity and to celebration of the black culture.
A commitment which already took shape in 2013 when Philipp Plein was the first designer to feature an all-black casting, an all-black fashion show and an all-black advertising campaign.
Space Gallery St Barth is delighted to collaborate with Eden Rock starting today until February 13, 2022, St Barth at their iconic property in St Jean to continue to tell the story of art through the firsthand experiences of talented leading international painters such as Victor Matthews.
Matthews will be live painting for three days to kick off the exhibition which will last one month until mid-February.
Victor Matthews is best known for his abstract cityscapes marked by white geometric motifs.
Simultaneously nostalgic and futuristic, Matthews’s themes of storytelling, synchronicity, and search for self, hauntingly evoke the mythos of American fantasies.
The artist has exhibited extensively both domestically and internationally.
His paintings have been displayed at both the 48th and 55th iterations of the Venice Biennale and can be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and Boca Raton Museum of Art.
The New York Gift Show – NY NOW® announced last week strict guidelines in its health and safety protocols for its Winter Market at the Javits Center in New York City.
With the health, safety, and support of its community of small businesses across home, design, accessories and more in mind, NY NOW is pleased to report that the Winter Market is on track to safely welcome buyers, customers, partners, and employees on February 6-9, 2022.
In accordance with guidance from New York State, the New York City Department of Health & Hygiene and World Health Organization, NY NOW has implemented additional health and safety measures to ensure the safest possible environment for attendees to effectively conduct business.
Furthering its commitment to creating a safe, comfortable, and informative event experience, NY NOW will have an increased number of health + safety ambassadors throughout the venue to ensure guidelines are being followed and provide masks to guests who may need one.
All attendees including staff members, exhibitors, customers, buyers, and partners will be required to show proof of vaccination via a CDC Vaccination Card or approved app at the entrances prior to receiving a badge and must always wear a mask once inside the Javits Center.
NY NOW held a safe and successful show this past Summer 2021 at the Javits Center, NYC which is among one of the safest venues in the country.
The Javits Center has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) accreditation, meaning it follows the highest standards for cleaning and sanitization. Hospital-grade High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are located throughout the venue, which improves filtration and allows for the entire volume of air in the venue to be exchanged five times a day.
See more details here about current health protocols.
“We understand how important the NY NOW tradeshow is to the health of our small business community of retailers and exhibitors,” said Karalynn Sprouse, EVP, NY NOW. “With an enhanced staff onsite, we are confident that the show can safely return in person this February. We’ve seen the demand for an in-person show by way of registrations and have already exceeded the total number of exhibitors from our NY NOW Summer 2021 Market. We know our community depends on NY NOW to bring them together safely to conduct business and we are committed to making this a safe and successful event for everyone.”
For additional information on the NY NOW Winter Market enhanced health and safety guidelines please visit NYNOW.com/healthandsafety.
It is with the utmost pleasure that Space Gallery St Barth in collaboration with Eduardo Secci announces the opening of their first exhibition of major twentieth-century French and Italian artists.
Titled Textural Geographies, the exhibition showcases works by Agostino Bonalumi, Alighiero Boetti, Enrico Castellani, and Christo.
Opening Thursday, December 30, and running till Saturday, January 15 at their newly renovated Space Gallery in St Barth, this exhibition represents a natural progression of Space Gallery’s focus on European and European-influenced aesthetics and serves to broaden our scope of offerings as we enter our second decade on island.
The genesis of this exhibition and subsequent collaboration with Italian gallery Eduardo Secci stems from our desire to tell a comprehensive story of twentieth-century European aesthetics.
Textural Geographies presents an opportunity for us to share something new with our collectors: a curated selection of the emerging and mid-career painters and photographers we love alongside the artists who influenced them.
Textural Geographies showcases artists and artworks representative of several of the most influential Italian avant-garde movements of the twentieth century with a special emphasis on the artists’ desire to push past the limitations of the two-dimensional plane.
Elaborating on this concept, Agostino Bonalumi explains, “…at a certain point that expressiveness which was purely appearance and not form, was not enough.”
Throughout Textural Geographies, the journey across different artistic processes and techniques finds common ground in the geographical attitude shared between the artists, ultimately generating a proper route consisting of ups and downs, lights and shadows, multiple directions, and ties to specific places of the world.
Figurative signs are not the landmarks to guide the viewer: lines, curves, colors, ledges, and recesses create a sinuous movement to be followed in a continuous flow, a sort of stream of consciousness not made up of words, but shapes.
The textural geographies of these surfaces lead to imaginary where you find yourself lost and oriented at the same time.
Agostino Bonalumi (b. 1935 | d. 2013) was an Italian abstract artist who by the late 50s had become active in the vibrant art scene of Milan, where he met Piero Manzoni and Enrico Castellani.
During his long career spanning more than five decades, Agostino Bonalumi was a leading figure in the Italian avant-garde.
He achieved his breakthrough in 1959 with his creation of shaped vinyl- coated monochromatic canvases, which he named “extroflections.”
Specially outfitting his stretcher bars with shaped relief elements that pressed against the back of the tightened canvas, Bonalumi created canvases with saturated tones or white monochromes that appeared animated by a mysterious presence lurking beneath the surface.
Bonalumi’s work has been shown in numerous major solo and group exhibitions, including the Venice and São Paulo biennials, and it is part of the collections of several museums, including the Museu Coleçao Berardoin Lisbon, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
Alighiero Boetti (b. 1940 | d. 1994) – or Alighiero e Boetti ( “e” means “and”) as the Artist signed his works from 1973 on – was born in Turin, where he started his activity joining the Arte Poveramovement in January 1967.
In 1972 he moved to Rome.
In 1971 he had discovered Afghanistan and in Kabul had started an artistic collaboration with women embroiderers, creating tapestries such as his political Maps which would evolve according to the world’s political mutations.
As a conceptual and versatile artist, he has produced a great variety of artworks, delegating to other people the manual execution of some specific typologies, but in that case following very precise “rules of the game”. Other types of Boetti’sworks are exclusively executed by his own hand.
Alighiero Boetti exposed his works in the most prestigious and emblematic exhibitions of his generation such as “When Attitudes Become Form” (1969); “Contemporanea” (Rome 1973); “Identité Italienne” (Paris, 1981) and “The Italian Metamorphosis 1943-1968” (Guggenheim Museum New York, 1994).
His artworks were exposed at six editions of the Venice Biennale.
Enrico Castellani (b. 1930 | d. 2017) was born in Castelmassa, Italy. In the years just before 1960 Castellani produced a searching body of work that reveals the artist’s ability to transform canvases into original terrains.
Works from this period include monochromes covered with tangled wires or dramatized by deep folds.
In 1959 Castellani created the seminal Black Surface in Relief (Superficie nera in rilievo) by placing hazelnuts behind a canvas.
Since 1959 Castellani has continued to reprocess the potent vocabulary established in that work, creating unexpected topographies by stretching canvases over arrangements of nail heads.
The Fondazione Prada in Milan organized a major solo exhibition on Castellani in 2001.
The artist has participated in notable group exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (1964 and 1966); The Responsive Eye, Museum of Modern Art, New York (1965); Documenta 4, Kassel, Germany (1968); Identité Italienne: L’Art en Italie de 1959 à aujourd’hui, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1981); and The Italian Metamorphosis, 1943–1968, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1994).
The artist died in Celleno, Italy, in 2017.
Christo Javacheff (b. 1935 | d. 2020) was born in Gabrova, Bulgaria.
He moved to Paris in 1958 and met Jeanne-Claude. Indebted to Vladimir Tatlin’s Constructivist edict “real materials in real space”, Christo’s first artworks, dating from 1958, consist of appropriated everyday objects such as bottles, cans, furniture, and oil drums wrapped in canvas, bundled in twine, and occasionally overlaid with automobile paint.
Throughout the 1960s, Christo and Jeanne-Claude outlined proposals for similar projects, often involving iconic buildings. Beginning in 1970, the artists executed numerous other projects, all of which became icons of environmental art.
Major exhibitions of the artists’ work have been organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (1979), Museum Ludwig in Cologne (1981), Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (1990), Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin (2001), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (2004). Jeanne-Claude died in 2009; Christo died in New York in 2020.
Omicron continues taking foothold of daily life as the variant of COVID19 has renewed social distancing and cautious measures to keep Omicron from spreading any further, one factor announced Tuesday by Informa Markets Fashion is Project New York, originally scheduled to take place January 26 and January 27, has now been pushed back to July, with dates to be announced soon; but Project Las Vegas will go on as planned from February 14 to February 16.
In spite of Project New York pushed back to July, it hasn’t stopped Project Las Vegas from bringing a taste of The Big Apple to Sin City, with Project NYC select brands including 34 Heritage, Paraboot, Inc.; Serge Blanco, Taft Clothing, Inc.; and Tiger of Sweden joining the showroom floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
As Omicron spreads, and the COVID19 pandemic is far from over, Informa Markets Fashion is allowing itself to bring these prominent menswear events in a more meaningful way, safeguarding the health and safety of the menswear community while ensuring all brands and buyers receive the highest quality experience possible.
Informa Markets Fashion will adhere to all city and state regulations, as well as implement Informa’s very own secure protocols of enhanced cleaning, personal hygiene stations, and physical distancing.
The Collectivité of Saint Barthelemy in partnership with Space Gallery St Barth are proud to present a comprehensive solo exhibition of photography by Iran Issa-Khan, who presents “Forces Of Nature”, a collaborative exhibition curated and prepared by Space Gallery St Barth for the Musée du Wall House, Saint Barthelemy, and starting tonight in New York City’s SOHO with an opening reception, plus the exhibit running till February 10, 2022.
This exhibition celebrates the inherent beauty of the natural world which has fascinated the artist and been the focus of her lens for over the last twenty years.
Beginning in 1999, Issa-Khan began photographing flowers, shells, coral, and other products of nature.
These images, reminiscent of the works of Georgia O‘Keeffe, Tina Modotti, Irving Penn and Robert Mapplethorpe, daringly challenge her subjects to an extraordinary intimacy through close-up confrontation.
Cathy Leff, Director of the Wolfsonian Museum explains: “Issa- Khan turned her eye to the minutiae of nature, a subject not as obviously stunning, but—she would ar- gue—just as beautiful. By playing with tight close-ups, unusual angles, and large formats, Issa-Khan forces the viewer to recognize the grand scale of the natural world, and possibly the scale of the self.”
Further observation reveals formal com- plexity, color and texture, while her master lighting and technical skills from fashion photography clearly translate.
Whether subtle, in soft, monochromatic tones, or bold and audacious, in highly saturated colors, all her photographs are captured on film and printed to large scale.
Issa-Khan is highly revered as her list of accolades and the respect afforded by her peers is testament to the great talent that she is.
A special collector’s book celebrating her work capturing the beauty of the natural world has been published with the foreword contributed by the undeniably brilliant architect Zaha Hadid, also a collector of the artist’s work.
ABOUT THE ARTIST Born in Tehran, Iran Issa-Khan was raised in Iran, Europe, and the United States.
She began her career as a professional photographer in New York City in the 1970s under the mentorship of William Minor, Jr.
During this time, Issa-Khan was influenced by the work of prominent photographers including Horst P. Horst, Richard Avedon, Guy Bourdin and Francesco Scavullo.
Throughout the next two decades, Issa-Khan’s career as a professional photographer flourished with her work appearing on the covers of US, European and Latin American editions of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Elle magazines, to name a few.
Considered one of the most important female photographers, Issa-Khan is internationally renowned having exhibited in New York City, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Miami, Palm Beach, and Dubai.
Her work has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Veranda, Cultured, Luxe, and Haute Living, to name a few. The artist now resides in Miami where she has been working on her Nature series for the past twenty years.
Issa-Khan became a favorite of celebrities, socialites, business and political fig- ures, and fellow artists, resulting in many editorial portrait commissions, the Ferragamo family and Fendi family, Prince Egon and Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera, Bill Blass, and Oscar de le Renta, among others.
She photographed Paloma Picasso’s national and international advertising campaigns, which extended more than a decade, Nancy Reagan at the White House, the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough at Blenheim Palace, President and Mrs. Pastrana in Colombia, Baron and Baroness David and Olympia de Rothschild in Paris, and artists Alejandro Obregon in Colombia, Oswaldo Guayasaminin in Ecuador and Rufino Tamayo in Mexico.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM Built at the end of the 18th century, in the neoclassic Swedish style, the Wall House is one of the oldest and largest buildings in Gustavia.
Unique by its stone work and its scale. After 1995 and its complete renovation the Wall House building became the Saint Barthelemy Museum, dedicated to the island’s history.
From 2014 it also welcomed a string of exhibitions centered on internationally recognized artists such as Jasper Johns (2014), Francesco Clemente (2015) and Daniel Arsham (2018).
ABOUT SPACE GALLERY Established in 2011, Space Gallery St Barth is a contemporary art gallery dedicated to showcasing painting, photography, and sculpture by established and emerging artists.
The gallery specializes in working with living artists with a strong European flavor.
Since its inception, Space Gallery St Barth has built an impressive roster of artists, curated international exhibitions, participated in major art fairs including the Venice Biennale, and organized museum exhibitions.
Today, the gallery has locations in St Barth and New York City and regularly exhibits in Monaco and Miami.
AAFW WILL TAKE PLACE 9-13 MAY 2022 AT CARRIAGEWORKS, SYDNEY
SYDNEY (20 December 2021)
IMG, the official organiser and operator of Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW), today announced a series of runway shows and programming with First Nations Fashion and Design (FNFD) showcasing Indigenous Australian fashion talent at AAFW. Fashion Week will take place 9-13 May 2022 at Carriageworks, Sydney and virtually at australianfashionweek.com.
“IMG remains committed to delivering opportunities that place First Nations fashion designers and creatives at the forefront of the Australian fashion industry,” stated Natalie Xenita, Vice President-Managing Director of IMG’s fashion events and properties, Asia-Pacific. “We’re building on our efforts from the debut of the First Nations Fashion and Design showcase last season to create something bigger and farther reaching in new and thoughtful ways: to showcase the history and future of First Nations peoples’ creativity and sovereignty through AAFW.”
First Nations Fashion and Design (FNFD), the not-for-profit Indigenous Corporation whose core business is in supporting the growth of Indigenous Australian fashion, will open and close AAFW with two key events: a ‘Welcome to Country’ on Monday 9 May at 8am to officially open Fashion Week, and the Closing Show and party on Friday 13 May from 7pm.
Presented by Afterpay, the runway show will be produced, styled, modelled and staffed backstage by an all Indigenous cast and crew.
In a Fashion Week first, a party will be held on the runway directly following the FNFD show to bring AAFW 2022 to its official close.
For fashion fans seeking an immersive way to take part in AAFW, tickets will be available to each runway show via AAFW: The Experience, AAFW’s integrated consumer offering. Tickets are strictly limited and will be available in January 2022 at australianfashionweek.com.
Consumers can sign up now to receive first access to tickets and other exclusive experiences.
Dedicated programming curated by and featuring First Nations designers and creatives will also feature as part of AAFW’s cultural program of talks and conversations.
Further runway shows and programming featuring Indigenous Australian designers is yet to be announced.
AAFW is an IMG event supported by the NSW Government through Destination New South Wales.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, said: “This spectacular event showcases the talents of our designers to the world against the backdrop of our beautiful global city that fosters cutting-edge ideas and innovation. Afterpay Australian Fashion Week supports our creative industries that have been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic by driving job growth and increasing wholesale and export opportunities for Australian designers. The Government’s support for this event aligns with our NSW Visitor Economy Strategy 2030 and the goal to position Sydney as the events capital of the Asia Pacific.”
In addition to Afterpay and Destination NSW, AAFW is made possible through the support of sponsors City of Sydney, DHL, Disaronno, GlamCorner, Glenfiddich Whisky, Hendrick’s Gin, Porsche, Redken, San Pellegrino, Shopify and SKYE Suites.