LACMA is one of the largest art museums in the western United States, located in Los Angeles, on Wilshire Boulevard, along the so-called Museum Row of the Miracle Mile, next to the Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits.
Encyclopedic museum with almost one million visitors a year and more than 10,000 works of art, ranging from prehistory to contemporary art. The museum often organizes art exhibitions, lectures, screenings, and concerts. It also organizes an annual gala dinner, inaugurated first in 2011, with performances by international artists. The proceeds of the annual event go to sign the initiative of LACMA to make the film more central in the curatorial programming of the museum, financing at the same time the broader mission of LACMA which includes exhibitions, acquisitions, and educational programming, as well as screenings that explore the intersection between art and film.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and was founded as an independent museum in 1961; before that it was a department of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (then “Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art”), founded in 1910 within the Exposition Park, near the University of Southern California. In 1965 the museum moved to its current location as an independent institution.
Initially, the museum building, inspired by the Lincoln Center and the Los Angeles Music Center, was composed of three pavilions, built by William Pereira. In 1986 the Robert O. Anderson Building for the contemporary art collection was added and in 1988, the Japanese Art pavilion by Bruce Goff. Finally, in 1994, the museum purchased the adjacent May Department Stores building. In 2004 a renovation was designed by Renzo Piano and ended in 2010.
From its newly balanced schedule to creative director Daniel Lee’s next trendsetting show for Bottega Veneta, this is Vogue’s guide to MFW spring/summer 2020. Image credits: Getty Images/Shutterstock.
Hot on the heels of New York’s schedule shake-up and London’s public-facing shows, Milan Fashion Week spring/summer 2020 (September 17 to 23) is making a case for parity, sharing out the most sought-after schedule slots among the designers in favour of a more balanced calendar.
“A strong spirit of sharing and synergy has drawn up a more balanced calendar to give due weight to all of the fashion weekdays and thereby benefit the entire system and the city of Milan,” noted a statement from Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (CNMI) in July. The decision came after a roundtable discussion involving high-profile brands such as Gucci (above), Fendi, Max Mara, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Marni, Salvatore Ferragamo and Bottega Veneta.
Speaking of Bottega Veneta, ever since creative director Daniel Lee’s (above) appointment in July 2018, there has been a non-stop buzz surrounding the luxury Italian brand and its plans for MFW spring/summer 2020; Lee’s show is expected to be the biggest talking point of the week.
The British designer, who graduated from Central Saint Martins and previously held roles at Maison Margiela, Balenciaga and Donna Karan before joining Céline, said at the time of joining: “Maintaining the ingrained codes of the house, craftsmanship, quality and sophistication, I look forward to evolving what has gone before, while contributing a new perspective and modernity.”
Lee’s Bottega Veneta spring/summer 2020 show will undoubtedly embody the celebratory tone expected from MFW this season; the schedule is packed full of anniversaries and parties, as a slew of new names are welcomed and a spotlight is shone on sustainability and inclusivity.
Versace will be one of the most sought-after shows of MFW spring/summer 2020 (8pm, September 20) after Capri Holdings completed its highly publicised merger and bought the fashion house for US$2.1 billion in 2018.
Other can’t-miss shows include Massimo Giorgetti’s MSGM (above), celebrating its 10th year (11:30am, September 21), Salvatore Ferragamo (9:30am, September 21) and Jil Sander (8pm, September 18).
All eyes, however, will be on Bottega Veneta (6:30pm, September 19), as former creative director Tomas Maier’s successor Daniel Lee delivers his hotly-anticipated spring/summer 2020 collection. So far, Lee has wowed the fashion world with his modern spin on the Italian heritage brand with its sell-out shoes and accessories. The question is: will his sophomore collection live up to expectations?
Schedule reshuffle In the new egalitarian spirit of MFW, Prada (4pm, September 18) and Gucci (4pm, September 22) will have shared custody of the opening and closing slots, with Giorgio Armani as Saturday’s main (4pm, September 21). In the name of maintaining balance and harmony, Gucci will open and Giorgio Armani will close in the following season. Notably missing from the schedule is Roberto Cavalli. Paul Surridge departed in March, saying: “I have given much consideration to this decision and reached the conclusion that the mission I have signed on has changed and enters a new direction with a new perspective.” In July, Dubai-based property developer Damac had its bid to buy the brand approved – but the brand’s next chapter remains a mystery. Philipp Plein has put a pause on his over-the-top shows, opting instead for an in-store event, while this season will be Fendi’s (above) first womenswear collection without Karl Lagerfeld’s input (12:30pm, September 19). The legendary designer passed away days before the February show.
A handful of new names are making their MFW debuts this season, including MRZ by Simona Marziali (5:30pm, September 19); Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts master graduate Shuting Qiu (11:30, September 22) and Copenhagen Fashion Week darling Nynne Kunde (5:30pm, September 21).
Making the move from New York is German brand Boss as it looks to strengthen its ties in the European markets (10:30am, September 22). Drome by Marianna Rosati (above) joins from Paris Fashion Week (9:30am, September 22). London’s Peter Pilotto is decamping to Milan also — the first time since the brand’s inception in 2007 — swapping London’s cocktail clubs for the historic Teatro Manzoni (12:30pm, September 18).
Notable celebrations Vogue Italia’s fashion-talent scouting project ‘Vogue Talents’ is celebrating its 10th year. The multimedia digital platform has unearthed talented fashion creatives from across the world and the initiative is now synonymous with representing social trends from the past decade: sustainability, inclusivity in beauty, gender fluidity and feminism, to name a few.
“It’s borderless and barrier-free,” says Sara Sozzani Maino, head of Vogue Talents and deputy editor-in-chief of special fashion projects at Vogue Italia. “It searches the world because there’s talent everywhere. Our mission is to act responsibly and set an example that the world needs to change.” Vogue Italia will mark the milestone with a retrospective exhibition on September 20 to 21, held at the Palazzo Cusani, Brera.
Meanwhile, Vogue Japan is celebrating its 20th birthday with a Kawaii-themed party in partnership with Bulgari, hosted by creative director-at-large Anna Dello Russo (above) and editor-in-chief Mitsuko Watanabe on September 18.
And rounding off proceedings with a focus on sustainability is the third edition of the Green Carpet Fashion Awards, which will close the week at La Scala Theater on September 22 and will be hosted by Livia Firth, creative director of Eco-Age, and Carlo Capasa, chairman of CNMI.
Victoria Beckham debuted her Spring 2020 collection during London Fashion Week; the new lineup showed a softer, more romantic side of the designer, who often sticks to stricter tailoring. As per usual, the whole Beckham clan was there in the front row to cheer her on, including husband David Beckham, along with their four children Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz, and Harper. Post-show, the Beckhams then headed to a private dinner at Harry’s Bar to celebrate the designer, where Victoria and David pulled off an extremely chic his-and-hers suiting moment.
Walking into the party hand-in-hand, the Beckham’s proved they’re London’s hottest couple this week by coordinating their evening suits. Victoria chose an oversized blazer in polka dots, pairing it with a ruffled purple blouse—her new collection was heavy on the ruffles—and high-waisted burgundy trousers; finally adding a pair of discreet stiletto sandals gave the outfit a more elevated, going-out feel. David, meanwhile, chose a pale blue Dior double-breasted suit, designed by the couple’s close friend Kim Jones, and gave it a more casual finish with a simple white T-shirt and crisp high-top sneakers. Their complementary looks were polished and dressed-up, but undeniably effortless, too. That’s the Beckham style signature, after all.
The global fashion research platform Lyst has published its latest ranking of the most important fashion brands online for the fourth quarter of 2018 and shows that luxury brands are dominating.
Gucci, Balenciaga and Versace all have leading positions in the top 10.
See the full list below.
Luxury fashion is having a moment of glory.
Lyst’s global fashion research platform released its latest ranking of the world’s top fashion brands for the fourth quarter of 2018, and luxury brands like Gucci, Balenciaga and Versace dominated it.
This confirms recent data from The NPD Group, which showed that sales of luxury fashion dollars, particularly in the US market, have increased by 50% in recent years, with substantial growth in sales of expensive clothing and footwear.
“The luxury market is evolving, new brands are attracting attention and online sales platforms are expanding the competitive landscape,” said Marshal Cohen, NPD Chief Industry Advisor, in a note accompanying the report.
To put the ranking together, Lyst analyzed the online shopping behaviour of over five million consumers a month, monitoring the way these shoppers search, “browse” and purchase fashion items from 12,000 designers and online stores. The report also takes into account Google’s search data and social media mentions and engagement statistics.
Find out which are the brands in the ranking below:
Facebook / Burberry
Despite the skepticism towards its turnaround efforts, Lyst data shows that Burberry’s “renewed look” is having a good response among customers, the report says.
The brand has moved into a new management after longtime creative director Christopher Bailey left the company last year.
According to Lyst, Burberry has launched limited edition capsule collections, exclusively available on Instagram and on the Chinese messaging app WeChat . These have been exhausted in a few hours, the report said.
A model wears a creation for Valentino’s autumn / winter 2019/20 collection presented in Paris, Wednesday 16 January 2019. AP Photo / Thibault Camus
Thanks to Gwyneth Paltrow , Valentino had a crackling start in the fourth quarter. The actress turned entrepreneur wore a Valentino dress for her wedding in September.
Vetements continues to maintain its place in the top 10 list. He peaked in social media after Tilda Swinton wore a red Vetements dress for the Sitges Film Festival in Spain in October.
7. Stone Island
Facebook / Stone Island
Stone Island reappeared in the top 10 after a six-month break.
Research for Stone Island products increased by 122% in the most recent quarter, according to Lyst, and the brand was mentioned more than 327,000 times on social media.
Facebook / Versace
Versace came to the fore last year after being bought by Michael Kors, now Capri Holdings, for $ 2.12 billion.
Capri said it now plans to grow Versace revenues from around $ 808 million to $ 2 billion , expand its market from 200 to 300 stores and increase its range of shoes and accessories.
Fendi Mania Capsule Collection launch event at Fendi on October 16, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. Getty / Stefanie Keenan
In October, Fendi launched its Fendi Mania capsule collection, which presents a mashup of the Fendi / Fila logo,designed by an Instagram artist.
The launch events of this collection, which took place in nine cities, turned on social media, Lyst wrote, creating great interest for the entire brand.
Facebook / Moncler
Not only did Moncler take fourth place on the list, but his luxury down jackets were also included in Lyst’s more fashionable product lists, both male and female.
Rich Polk / Getty Images for GOAT
The ugly sneakers are still in vogue, which means that Balenciaga continues to shine.
The brand ended up in the limelight in December, after Michelle Obama wore a $ 4,000 thigh-high pair of Balenciaga boots for an event in New York to promote her new book.
Facebook / Off-White
Off-White continues to be one of the most interesting brands on the Internet. Founded in 2012, this high-end treetwear label is the brainchild of Virgil Abloh, who is also artistic director of Louis Vuitton Man.
His Nike x Off-White The Ten series was the collaboration of the hottest 2018 sneakers, according to Lyst.
Gucci handbags in a shop at Brookfield Place, Manhattan. Business Insider / Jessica Tyler
Gucci reigned supreme at the end of 2018 after occupying the first places in the ranking in previous parts of the year.
His recent success has been attributed to creative director Alessandro Michele, who has led the brand since 2015. Michele seems to have a deep awareness of what young people want, including bright and eclectic colors and eye-catching, flashy patterns, which come well on Instagram, wrote Business Insider in July after visiting one of its stores.
Between October and December, more than six million buyers searched for Gucci accessories. They have become among the most powerful products in fashion, according to Lyst.
This season, FWO is offering free registration for independent showcases. As with all registrations, this does not guarantee admission. You should still be registering with other producers, and be looking for ticketed opportunities (see below) that guarantee admission.
Your life is a wonderful gift but has a limited and precious time.
One day is made up of 86,400 seconds …
Imagine that there is a bank that credits the sum of 86,400 euros to your account every morning; does not keep your daily balance; every night you cancel any amount of your balance that was not used during the day.
What would you do? You would withdraw and spend everything to the last penny every day, of course! Well, each of us has an account in this bank …
his name? Time.
Every morning this bank credits you with 86400 seconds; every night this bank cancels and gives up as lost any amount of this credit that you have not invested in a good purpose.
This bank does not hold balances or allow transfers.
A new account opens every day.
Every night eliminates the balance of the day.
If you do not use the daily deposit, the loss is yours. You can’t back down, there are no credits for tomorrow’s deposit.
You must live in the present with today’s deposit.
Invest in this way to get the best in health, happiness and success: the clock continues on its way! Get the most out of every day.
To understand the value of a year, ask a student who has been rejected.
To understand the value of a month, ask a mother who gave birth prematurely.
To understand the value of a week, ask a girl who has a delay.
To understand the value of an hour, ask two lovers waiting to meet.
To understand the value of a minute, ask someone who has just missed the train.
To understand the value of a second, ask someone who has just avoided an accident.
To understand the value of a millionth of a second, ask an athlete who won the silver medal at the Olympics.
Give value to every moment you live and give it even more value if you can share it with a special person, just enough to devote your time and remember that time waits for no one …!
HORTUS DELICIARUM IS SHOWN IN A NEW PARIS BOUTIQUE IN PLACE VENDÔME
Gucci’s bringing some sparkle to Paris’s 1st arrondissement with the brand’s first foray into the world of high jewelry.
The new Hortus Deliciarum line, which is influenced by the colorful and multi-faceted visions of Alessandro Michele, contains over 200 pieces (many of them one-of-a-kind). The collection’s inspiration stems from interpretations surrounding the mythical gardens of Eden, Arcadia, and Xanadu, while also drawing from the organic hues and symbolism of nature.
Three primary themes guide the narrative of Hortus Deliciarum: eternal love, the animal kingdom, and solitaires. Tiger, lion, and Ouroboros serpent iconography make appearances alongside pink and blue sapphires, white diamonds, yellow beryls, mandarin garnets, honey-colored topaz, pearlescent opals, and glittering aquamarines. According to Michele, the gemstones are purposefully mismatched in honor of the spirit of imperfection, therefore creating a sense of “dis-cordant symmetry.” Gucci also pulled from a variety of opulent, historical artistic movements, such as Rococo, Baroque, and Georgian, to cultivate a sense of luxury and refinement in every brooch, necklace, and ring. The collection is an ode not only to Gucci’s rich history of imagery and ingenuity, but also Michele’s uninhibited maximalist aesthetic and inventiveness.
The line will be sold at a brand new 16 Place Vendôme location, which situates the boutique amongst some of the finest jewelry retailers in the world. The interior of the store exudes a muted, old-Hollywood sort of glam: dark-panelled wooden display cases are paired with luxurious, turquoise green satin upholstery, which allows the color palette of the jewels to speak for itself.
INTERIOR OF GUCCI’S NEW BOUTIQUE
Along with creating the covetable collection of high jewelry, Gucci has committed itself to responsibly sourcing the gold it utilizes. Additionally, many of the materials used in Gucci’s collection are ethically sourced with the aid of initiatives such as the Kimberly Process and the Kering Responsible Gold Framework, which strive to combat corruption and inequality in the mineral mining industry, underscoring the fact that luxury doesn’t have to be at an environmental and social cost.
Gucci Hortus Deliciarum high jewelry is now available at the 16 Place Vendôme boutique.
Silvia Venturini Fendi Location : Villa Reale A change of location for the Fendi Menswear 2020 Spring/Summer collection, marking the beginning of the post Karl Lagerfeld era. A new atmosphere with a show that takes place in the shadowy gardens of the Villa Reale. An outdoor show that revisits gardening uniform with elegance and in the DNA of the label. Collection: the collection is an ode to nature, the materials are light with cut-out, bucolic prints. Silvia Venturini Fendi chose to invite the Italian director Luca Guadagnino this season, who collaborated on the graphics of the prints and also on the music and the setting of the show. The clothes are decorated with multiple removable pockets. The trousers are split at the ankle. A functional wardrobe that sparingly combines a sartorial spirit and workwear. We see the craftsmanship of the Roman label through plaited leather sweaters lined with fur. The colour palette is soft and soothing, composed of shades of green, chestnut, beige and khakis… We find emblematic Péquin stripes, but also stylized flowers on cotton or silk shirts, on overcoats and on featherweight parkas. The jacket combines with Bermuda shorts for a chic and casual look. Long tunics with graphic patterns evoke a summer atmosphere and Luca Guadagnino’s childhood memories in Ethiopia. Note: the shoes made in collaboration with Moonstar, the woven raffia sunhat with FF imprinted and the large transparent nylon shopping bags, or the iconic Peekaboo or baguette bag remade in the spirit of collection, braided leather.. Featuring interviews with Silvia Venturini Fendi, Luca Guadagnino and Serge Brunschwing. Silvia Venturini Fendi: I wanted to recapture a sense of harmony, the same harmony that is given to me through nature. Personally, I am lucky to have a house in the countryside where I go whenever I have the time. One of my passions is gardening, growing my vegetable garden and roses. I asked Luca Gaudagnino to be my guest artist and therefore we really wanted to transport you to a dream or even a film and I think it is a beautiful place. Luca Guadagnino: The civilisation of gardening, the uniforms and Japan, all these elements sprung very quickly and simply between her and I. We then gave each other different ideas and references, from Bruce Chatwin to Ryūichi Sakamoto, to the world of uniform in the Japanese gardening culture. Serge Brunschwing : You have seen that it is amazing. Everything that the Fendi ateliers are capable of making and composing, small pieces of silk and fur. Put it all together and it is incredibly beautiful. We see a piece of work between two artists, Silvia and Luca, who know each other very well, who get along wonderfully, who composed together in this garden and this ode to nature. Show music (Only for use in context of the show, covered by the right to information)
“I am all about championing this new era of designers becoming the new rock stars,” wrote Virgil Abloh on the blog The Brilliance in 2007. Fast-forward a decade and Abloh is exactly that. The American designer has risen from a Chicago kid obsessed with fashion, art, design, and culture to the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear operation.
As Abloh prepares to take the reins at one of fashion’s most iconic brands, we’re looking back on his career trajectory, from onetime Fendi intern to Kanye West collaborator to Off-White founder and collaborator nonpareil.
Abloh was born on September 30 outside of Chicago. He and his sister are raised in nearby Rockford, by Ghanaian immigrant parents. Abloh attends the Boylan Catholic High School—official colors green and white—and graduates in 1998. His mother is a seamstress and teaches him the tricks of her trade.
Abloh completes his undergraduate degree in civil engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. (In 2015, he would return to design commemorative tees for the university.) Rumor has it that on the day of his graduation, he skips his final critique to take a meeting with Kanye West’s then-manager John Monopoly. West and Abloh begin officially working together soon after.
Abloh completes his master’s degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology. During his time at IIT, a Rem Koolhaas building is completed, which Abloh says, “piqued my interest and opened my gateway into fashion.”
Abloh and West become interns at Fendi in Rome. Louis Vuitton CEO Michael Burke recently told The New York Times, “I was really impressed with how [Abloh and West] brought a whole new vibe to the studio and were disruptive in the best way. Virgil could create a metaphor and a new vocabulary to describe something as old-school as Fendi. I have been following his career ever since.”
Abloh and West, along with a crew of famous friends, make the rounds at Paris Fashion Week, turning heads in the process. They’re photographed by Tommy Ton for Style.com outside of the Comme des Garçons show in what becomes a widely circulated pic. Abloh tells W magazine, “We were a generation that was interested in fashion and weren’t supposed to be there. We saw this as our chance to participate and make current culture. In a lot of ways, it felt like we were bringing more excitement than the industry was.”
Abloh officially assumes the role of creative director at Donda, West’s creative agency.
Abloh art directs the album Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and West, an achievement that earns him a Grammy nomination. The album cover is designed by Riccardo Tisci, then the creative director of Givenchy, a role Abloh was rumored to be up for after Tisci’s departure in 2017.
Abloh launches his first brand, Pyrex Vision, in New York. He purchased deadstock Ralph Lauren flannel shirts for $40 each, and screen printed them with the word Pyrex and the number 23, an homage to his childhood hero, Michael Jordan. They sell for $550 each.
Abloh shutters Pyrex and founds Off-White, a multi-platform creative endeavor based in Milan. Its main medium is fashion. At Off-White, he combines ideas of streetwear, luxury, art, music, and travel, defining the brand simply as, “the gray area between black and white as the color Off-White.” From the get-go, hovering quotation marks become Abloh’s signature.
Abloh launches womenswear for Off-White and begins showing his men’s and women’s collections during Paris Fashion Week.
Abloh’s womenswear operation gains steam when Beyoncé wears a palm-print sweatshirt with the word Nebraska on it, an homage to Raf Simons’s Fall 2002 Virginia Creepers collection, in Nicki Minaj’s video for “Feeling Myself.” That same year, Off-White is named a finalist for the LVMH Prize. He loses the grand prize and special prize to Marques’Almeida and Jacquemus, respectively.
Abloh opens his first concept store in the Aoyama area of Tokyo. The store features a watercooler with Off-White branded cups that visitors take for free and resell on the secondary market.
Abloh debuts his Grey Area furniture collection in Milan, his first furniture venture under the Off-White brand. It features iron grid chairs, benches, and tables with leather cushions and Carrara marble tops.
Even with the announcement of a collaborative exhibition with Takashi Murakami opening at Gagosian; the release of his first song; the opening of his New York store; the British Fashion Award for Urban Luxe Brand; and collaborations with Warby Parker, Jacob the Jeweler, and Jimmy Choo, the biggest news for Abloh in 2017 is The Ten, his sneaker partnership with Nike. Abloh re-creates 10 of Nike’s iconic silhouettes in a work-in-progress style, each adorned with a safety tag around the laces. The limited release leaves the sneaker market hungry for more, and Abloh hosts panels and workshops with Nike and additional releases throughout the year.
Abloh is named the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collections, stepping into the role vacated by his friend and mentor Kim Jones. “It is an honor for me to accept this position. I find the heritage and creative integrity of the house are key inspirations and will look to reference them both while drawing parallels to modern times,” he says in a statement.
This summer, he will perform at Lollapalooza.
Virgil Alboh’s artworks will be the subject of an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and his Ikea collaboration will be released through the brand’s international stores.
“I have read this and I felt inside of me these concepts, the judgment brakes the evolutionary growth”.
We are beings in continuous becoming. Ours is a journey, we are not stuck at a station but in a continuous path, in which each stop represents a change of identity given by a new experience.
Our mind is constantly changing because it is constantly maturing. For this reason it is useless to fix oneself on the judgment of others or on ours, it only makes us static. Everything changes, nobody can ever stop the evolutionary path of sentient being that sees the goal and not the intermediate stages.
Fixing oneself on the judgment of others, means letting oneself be imprisoned by a single character that we have in mind, which making us static, immersed in a stagnant energy slime.
The transmutation of being is continuous, there are many possibilities dormant within us. Endless flowers to blossom, new mental patterns. How billions of neurons change our mind every day. Every day we are new beings.
“We are not a small tree, but a forest of possibilities” …