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While the world patiently waits for the highly-anticipated collaboration between Anti Social Social Club and BAPE, it seems as though more big news is soon on the way for Neek Lurk’s streetwear imprint. As recently teased by Supreme Leaks News via Instagram, it appears as though quite a notable drop is expected to land at Dover Street Market on May 26. While no other information has yet been made on what can be expected, there could be a three-way project between Anti Social Social Club, Dover Street Market and Vans. Stay tuned for more updates.
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Kenzo’s latest campaign is the work of Nigerian filmmaker Akinola Davies Jr and photographer Ruth Ossai. While the two hadn’t worked together before, both had garnered praise for their work that looked into identity, specifically Nigerian identity. In previous interviews Ossai has spoken about how she was infatuated by the power of photography and the way it capture moments and tell stories. Davies Jr’s directing work has often been interested in the same themes as Ossai, but approached it through the moving image medium.
Fashion and art are bedfellows, so it’s no surprise that Kenzo tapped the two to work on its latest campaign, giving them free rein to shoot the collection in an environment congruous to both of their work. The duo chose to base the campaign around ceremony, focusing on the indigenous Igbo communities of southern Nigeria, naming the resulting pictures "Gidi gidi bu ugwu eze" meaning "Unity is strength."
Kenzo celebrated the launch of this campaign in London recently, with NTS delivering a set and an after party with Kelela performing. Also in town was Humberto Leon, co-founder of Opening Ceremony and co-creative director of Kenzo, and we caught up with him about a variety of topics in the middle of the packed and bustling event.
Why Kenzo Chose Akinola Davies Jr and Ruth Ossai
The first question we asked was simply why he wanted to work with Ossai and Davies Jr. “Number one, I’m a fan of their work,” before explaining that he preferred to use Kenzo as a "platform" to showcase the work of interesting creatives. "It’s exciting to bring on new people, new stylists, and new photographers to look at the clothing," explains Leon. "I’m not a fan of showing a look on a runway and then advertising with exactly the same look. You have all these different mediums, so you should let people go at it and see it in a different expression."
This different expression also ties into how Leon and Carol Lim have dealt with taking on the demands of a house that has a founder, Kenzō Takada, who’s very much able to still agree, or disagree, with the brand’s dealings. The duo have spoken before about how they regularly meet with Takada, is this still the case? “We do! He comes to our shows and he’s been very supportive of what we’ve done. He definitely feels we’ve brought the spirit back to the brand,” says Leon. “I don’t think there’s too many houses where the founder is still alive and that the current creative directors have such a tight relationship with them.”
The Connection Between the Kenzo of the Past and the Kenzo of Now
In previous interviews they’ve spoken about how they plan to move the brand story forward rather than solely relying on the archives and this campaign was part of that. “We try to think of new ways of working with the brand that make sense for us. Tonight is not a night about us, but about [Ruth Ossai and Akinola Davies Jr] and it’s their night. We just happen to be the ingredients – it’s their work.”
Leon was quick to point out that while they are moving the brand forward, there is still a continuing thread between the work of today and Kenzo’s past. So, while Takada hasn’t seen this campaign, Leon think he’d approve. “If you look back to those amazing Hans Feurer images of Iman – it’s not the same photographer, it’s not the same work at all – but the emotions resonate [in the same manner]. This campaign goes even further, in a different way, but I’d imagine that he’d be proud. And he was such a cultural freak too, his whole vision of the brand was about all his travels and really expressing his those through the collection, so he’d absolutely approve of this.”
Avoiding Cultural Appropriation
It’s difficult to point out what’s so enjoyable about this campaign without bringing up the topic of cultural appropriation. As in, this shoot is as great as it is because it avoids being as groan-inducing as most culturally appropriating topics are. How did Leon manage to avoid falling into something that many brands fall into? “It’s about choosing artists that have an authentic voice, an authentic representation and we surrender ourselves to them,” he says. “This is an expression of them, when they grew up and the story that they’re trying to tell. I don’t think we’ve tried to look at an image and re-appropriate an image, we really tried to go into this authentically.”
Humberto finishes on this note, “there aren’t too many images that look like these images out there in the world. It’s a fine line but that’s where I feel very proud of it.”Click here to view full gallery at Hypebeast.com
George Condo is a mash-up king when it comes to art compositions. If the 60-year-old savant hadn’t pegged a label for his works, untrained eyes would be left wondering what the hell they’re looking at. In fact, “hell” is a perfect word to describe the pieces that Condo churns out. The artist is widely known for creating portraits that depict macabre cartoons, demons, monsters and chinchilla-like figures that look frighteningly real. He calls it “artificial realism” or “the realistic representation of that which is artificial” while seamlessly blending Contemporary pop visuals with the aesthetic of traditional European Old Master painting.
It's safe to say that Condo is the epitome of cool. He jammed with Jean-Michel Basquiat, worked as an assistant in Andy Warhol’s factory, became best buds with Keith Haring and even worked on collaborative projects with acclaimed novelist slash poet, Jack Kerouac. Not to mention, if you’re a die-hard fan of Kanye West, you’ve also probably come across Condo’s work. The luminary created five unique album covers for ‘Ye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (depicted in the collage below) alongside a custom-made Birkin bag for Kim Kardashian West. Additionally, he was commissioned by Supreme to create limited edition skate decks for their artist series. From the Beat Generation to mainstream culture, Condo continues to inject his artistic influence wherever he deems fit.
What’s not cool? Today’s political climate. A large portion of Condo’s new exhibit at the Skarstedt Gallery in New York called "New Works" that touches upon the tense goings-on ever since last November’s presidential election. In one section, the artist created a series of politically-charged oil paintings which depict cluttered images; these figures represent stressed out Americans as well as known political figures.
For example, his Trial piece centers upon Donald Trump’s first national security adviser Michael Flynn. It shows an angry crowd of people who Flynn doesn't know. Also the idea of Flynn getting arrested “with having no idea of what he was getting arrested for by people he doesn't know,” Condo told us. Having added that his Infiltration piece was “influenced by trolls, bots, social media and what's influenced the recent election. You get this whole mess of messages from every sort of outlet. Each painting has that sort of fleeting feeling because things change so rapidly in today's political environment.”
With all of the negativity in the world out there, art has this opportunity to be very truthful.
On another note, Condo also created another series of paintings that are not at all Condo-like. His Triple Head Composition (above) features clean and colorful Mondrian-esque boxes with scrawled images of women placed on top of them—the women are in fact his daughters. The paintings were inspired by one sculpture called Origin which he created in 2014. Regarding sculptures, Condo created seven variants in bronze and wood. The artist rigorously cut, screwed and hinged together all of the materials to produce this striking installment. In the same vein as his paintings, the sculptures also touch upon today’s partisan politics and lies with Condo championing the idea that “sculptures don’t lie. You interpret them any way you want to. What you see [artwork] is there.”
We sat down with George Condo at his opening reception for "New Works" this past Thursday. The showcase marks the first time that Condo’s paintings and sculptures have been shown together. He weighed in on his immense art portfolio, fashion, collaborations, Kanye West, as well as advice for young artists. Check out our discussion below and be sure to drop by Skarstedt gallery to see the exhibit yourself which is on display up until June 24.
You coined the term “Artificial Realism” in the ‘80s to describe the work you put out. Has its meaning changed over time?
That's the kind of world we live in today, that everything is this "Artificial Realism." I mean you're watching a real TV, listening, and then they call it fake news. It's unbelievable. It used to be just an art concept and now it's become a political concept. It's something that I unleashed into the arts, but it sort of morphed into everyday life. I guess, as a painter, I'm just on to other things now. But, I'm shocked to see how much that's caught on. Mark
You work with a wide array of mediums. From creating oil paintings to building sculptures, which one is the most challenging? What motivates you the most?
Just being free to express myself under any situation. It's a release of being tied up to my thoughts, anxiety and all of that. I think people like to workout to take their mind off of what's going on in the world. It's a place I retreat to. It keeps me living.
Do you ever miss being in a band? What was it like jamming with Basquiat?
It was so thrilling. We were up in Boston and were all painters in the band, but we all knew that the real place to make it into an artist is New York. We had a gig in New York and opened up for a band called the Girls. Jean-Michel's band Gray opened for us (Condo's band Hi Sheriffs of Blue) and as Jean was fixing things around on the stage, I talked to him. We hit it off and he showed me around New York and he was the only guy I knew in the city. For like two years. So, when we came back down to play another gig then we just decided to move here.
It was really an exciting time. Formulative years, you know when you're 23/24 you already got to be tough, you already got to make it by then. There's no time to lose. By the time you were 26 by then, if you haven't had major exhibitions, you're out of the door. Very high-pressure. It really was, It wasn't like today.
You worked with Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac from the Beat generation to Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian who are conquering mainstream. What is it like working with these icons?
If they have similar trains of thought, like Kanye's train of thought is very similar to someone like William Burroughs or Ginsberg, he's got a very poetic mind. He demands perfection from his crew and I'm very much into this perfectionist thing. So, we hit it off really well. We both complained about everyone and how we were the only ones that know what we're doing in our own sphere of whatever it is that we're working on. It was really easy to work with a guy like that.
Burroughs was amazing because he would just come up with these incredible topics of conversation and discussion and then you can go to work with him together on paintings. For Kanye, he would come over to the studio and just have the beginning of a piece ready, start rapping out lyrics and we would talk about the words. He would talk about the painting and I would crack up over one or another idea that he had and then that would make it more concrete in his mind. If that was good or if that was funny... the same thing for me as a painter, I would say that I love that section or say that was the worst part.
It only took you fifteen minutes to create Kim’s Birkin bag masterpiece yet you created five covers for Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
It was a pretty long process, starting with Kanye creating his lyrics and with me creating my paintings. We would constantly go back and forth to decide on which one to use. It's funny because we decided on the very first painting that I ever made and then he wanted to release one for "Power" so I reference some sort Macbeth-like tragedy where the gruesome ending is in the first act. For Kim's bag, it was just an idea that I had on the day before Christmas. I just painted off this one painting, stuck it in a box and mailed it off to LA.
How many mock-ups did you burn through before deciding on those covers?
I did a lot of drawings and sketches. I didn't really work from the lyrics, it was just more or fewer visuals that would parallel the idea of the album. "Dark Twisted Fantasy" wasn't really the title the whole time, but it was what he had in mind.
What do you think of Kanye, currently?
He's great, you know. I saw his concert in Madison Square Garden and it was amazing. Absolutely fantastic.
With all this talk of fashion and art, what are your thoughts on high-end brands collaborating with artists today?
I think it's a good idea because it injects a sort of awareness of the fact that art and fashion can go together, but it also tends to be an experimental thing that doesn't always work. It works if you only do one at a time. It was really fun to do the project with Jessica Chastain for W Magazine where I just wanted to create a painting, place it over the dress, put her in the dress and tell her to move two inches. So, it looked as if the painting has just shifted over and she was so fantastic to work with. I love that session that we worked on together. She's a great muse.
Those dresses were just one-offs. If a fashion designer were to send me a whole bunch of clothes to my studio and let me paint whatever I want on all of them then that would probably work. However, when it comes to print then you just have to be like Oscar De La Renta and just pick out the right flower to have repeated over and over again and just make a whole line out of just that one motif. That's something that's interesting to me.
You did that with Supreme in 2010. How was that experience?
Yeah! That was just a series of three images that was done and they wanted to make skateboards out of, they were working with different artists to make skateboards which were a cool idea. That worked out pretty well.
What’s your general take on the art world today? Where is it headed?
I think it's a hopeful time. With all of the negativity in the world out there, art has this opportunity to be very truthful. Any artist will go out and do what they can to say "At least, we tell the truth. What we say is what we mean and what we show is what it is." There's nothing behind it or nothing constructed about it other than just the process of making it. It's a very hopeful time for art. The pressure forces good art to take place. Pressure is sort of this key to making good art. Without pressure, art is just on holiday. There's no reason to stand there and fight.
What advice would you give to young artists?
The best advice to a young artist is to try to find a way into their culture. A pinhole is enough space. If you can get through that pinhole, you can open up a very large territory of new and undiscovered aesthetic or de-aestheticized universe. You always find a big universe through a small little aperture. It doesn't really come in this giant form. It comes in a tiny space. You can barely see the space, but if you get through it, it opens up the world.
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IO of KANDYTOWN and MAGIC STICK has re-released its MSCS T-shirt, a limited edition product commemorating IO's second solo album Mood Blue. The shirts include numbered detailing and will be available in black, white and gray in addition to khaki and white long sleeve shirts. The collection is available today, April 29.
Additionally, check out the latest IO and MAGIC STICK collection.Click here to view full gallery at Hypebeast.com
This 1890's NoMad building used to be the offices of the Life magazine. Now, the building has been revamped and refurnished into the aptly-named Life hotel, a stunning residence that is modern and clean while still paying homage to its vintage past.
Featuring 98 rooms, the Life Hotel's design elements include Carrera marble countertops, wrought iron bed frames, crisp white walls and unique artwork. Located right by the Empire State building, the hotel opens this spring. Learn more here.
In other hotel news, Banksy recently opened one in Bethlehem.Click here to view full gallery at Hypebeast.com
HAVEN continue to crank out impressive seasonal lookbooks with its latest offering proving no different. This time around, the acclaimed retailer brings together a trio of names who each have over the years made continuous contributions to the streetwear landscape. An expressive collection eager to expose the true diversity of denim, we see here choice pieces from the likes of Kapital, visvim and SUICOKE. Key items include Kapital’s Denim Ringoman Coat and visvim’s Lhamo Motor Club Shirt with SUICOKE offering its signature sandals.Click here to view full gallery at Hypebeast.com
It looks as though Nike’s Free Run Motion Flyknit 2017 just received a brand new upgrade in this murdered out “Triple Black” color scheme. While the contemporary runner still features its distinct sock-like Flyknit upper, criss-cross strap system and Free sole unit, the shoe this time around takes on a deeply somber tonal palette. Retailing for $125 USD, the Nike Free Run Motion Flyknit 2017 “Triple Black” is available now at such retailers as atmos.Click here to view full gallery at Hypebeast.com
Ride-hailing companies use their data to track drivers, optimize rides. What happens when they get public data too?
Elon Musk has unveiled his latest grand, futuristic and innovative idea. With The Boring Company, Musk hopes to build intricate underground roadway systems beneath the current surface infrastructure of cities. In the concept video above, the underbelly of what seems to be Los Angeles has been filled with a myriad of roads and tunnels -- but cars don't drive on them. Instead, what looks to be some sort of magnetic system has been implemented to get vehicles where they want to be.
While this is still years away from being a reality, Musk is already testing it. He's currently in the midst of building a test track underneath the parking lot of SpaceX in Hawthorne, California.
In other crazy Elon Musk ideas, the entrepreneur wants to plug A.I. into humans' brains.Read more at Hypebeast.com
Yet another fear among scientists and climate activists has become reality in the era of Trump.
Years of research and data about carbon emissions, other greenhouse gases, and more was hidden from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website by the Trump administration Friday as the climate change webpage goes under "review."
Adding insult to injury, this comes on the eve of the People's Climate March.
Climate change activists have been wringing their hands ever since Inauguration Day, fearing that the new administration would do something just like this. The EPA has been chipping away at climate change mentions on its website since January, but Friday's takedown seems to be the biggest step yet. Read more...More about Website, Pruitt, Trump, Global Warming, and Climate Change
To help commemorate the grand launch of its brand new downtown Toronto outpost, Virgil Abloh and his acclaimed OFF-WHITE imprint recently unveiled its recent editorial titled “US.” Taking select pieces from both its 2017 spring/summer collections — “Mirror Mirror” and “Business Woman” — the lookbook does well to showcase the artist’s expressive design language. Bold graphics, check prints, pinstripes and camo patterns all make appearances landing on knit pullovers, button-down tops and T-shirt designs, rounding out a lookbook aimed at showcasing seasonal diversity. Collection items are up for sale now at OFF-WHITE’s Toronto storefront.
For an alternate look, check out Virgil Abloh’s recent talk with The Coveteur discussing his reasons for choosing to open up in Canada’s busy metropolis.Click here to view full gallery at Hypebeast.com
In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on that it's almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of it. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from this week.
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