Art Digest: October 12—18

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Julia Kryshevich

Art Digest: October 12—18

Shhh, great news — a new column devoted to fashion in all its manifestations is coming soon. Stay tuned and check our beloved haze.gallery for details. Now it’s time to discuss the most elegant and sudden headlines for this week. 


Meet Michael Kors S/S 2021 Ready-To-Wear Collection

It’s been almost a month since New York Fashion Week came to an end. American designer Michael Kors is finally ready to showcase the brand’s Spring/Summer 2021 Ready-To-Wear collection, and it’s about a digital show again. Michael Kors inclines to reduce the number of fashion shows to 2 per year, finding October a perfect time to reveal the upcoming season trends.

‘People are just seeing the fall clothes for the first time in stores. Why are we showing them the spring clothes before they’ve even seen the fall ones?’the designer exclaims. 

As for the recent S/S 2021 Ready-To-Wear collection, it might be rightfully called ‘Dress comfortable to feel yourself confident’. Warm light shades, demi-season fabrics (in the sense that the outfits are suitable for wearing not only on the beach), in a word, smart casual in the best possible way. Kors stays true to his manner and prefers acting independently. The result? Judge for yourself, it’s straight ahead. 

Michael Kors S_S 2021 Ready-To-Wear Collection. Courtesy of Michael Kors

Michael Kors S_S 2021 Ready-To-Wear Collection. Courtesy of Michael Kors

Michael Kors S_S 2021 Ready-To-Wear Collection. Courtesy of Michael Kors

First commercial by Felipe Oliveira Baptista for Kenzo presented 

Remember the Kenzo latest Bee a Tiger’ collection presented at PFW? The brand’s new creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista has opted to pursue the story unveiling his first commercial campaign for Kenzo. Yes, the leitmotif for the ‘Going Places’ campaign is great uncertainty, consequential confusion, and… a window of opportunity.

Initially Felipe Oliveira Baptista planned to go to his native Azores to film for the new campaign, but the pandemic made him change the shooting location for New York and Los Angeles. For the ‘Going Places’ he collaborated with his long-term partner stylist Jane How and iconic fashion photographer Glen Luchford. The concept of the shooting also belonged to Luchford: Baptista’s team selected images from the photographer’s archives, while Glen tried shooting Kenzo models in the same pose and under the same light as in the old pictures. The mannequins were wearing the label’s Fall-Winter 2020 collection, radiating the spirit of youth, traveling, and constant search, just in line with the philosophy of the brand. Baptista seems to be a genuine successor of Kenzo Takada’s ideas. Very regrettably, the founder of the fashion empire died on October, 04, here we recall the life and the creative path of the genius.

D E S I G N 

Pantone and Globe reveal new series of colourful decks 

If you’re a regular reader of our column, you might remember us talking about Pantone Colour Institute quite a few times, the last time was just recently. However, Pantone doesn’t get tired of surprising all those who are in love with the colour. This time the Institute pursued a successful collaboration with the skate brand Globe releasing a unique series of collectible decks (colourful, as you might guess). 

Each box set from the new series features five 8.25″ decks made from Canadian marple and painted in line with the Pantone Colour Of The Year 2021 palette. Among the colors are Classic Blue (2020), Living Coral (2019), Ultra Violet (2018), Greenery (2017), and Tangerine Tango (2012). If you are looking forward to purchasing the product, keep in mind that the edition is limited. The first batch has been already sold out, the release date for Box Set 02 is November, 06. Learn more on the Globe website

Photo_ @danpreston_1_Hypebeast

Photo_ @danpreston_1_Hypebeast

Photo_ @danpreston_1_Hypebeast

A R T 

The other Warhol: discover early photographs of the King of Pop Art 

Does the figure of Andy Warhol attract your interest? In any aspect, I mean, either as a bright phenomenon of pop culture or an artist/producer/rule breaker from the world art whose extraordinary fate had probably outperformed any of his life expectations. The latter can be easily explored with the help of the related projects, archives, and memories of Warhol’s colleagues. The photographs of the thirty-something-year-old artist shot by David McCabe is a good example.

In 1964 David McCabe was just 24. The aspiring photographer left his hometown Leicester and crossed the Atlantic to hitch a jackpot (as he would find out later). A relatively unknown illustrator and wannabe artist named Andy Warhol was looking for an assistant to document his life. Back then McCabe had no idea who Andy was, neither he realized it was a carpe diem moment, yet he took the chance. Over the year David followed Warhol to parties and exhibitions and just everywhere the client would go to make more than 2,500 images… and put them aside.

The thing is Andy Warhol had spread his wings and changed his image from a timid amateur to a local celebrity by 1965. In his lifetime Warhol wouldn’t come up with any idea what to do with the images — perhaps the artist’s renown hesitation was the reason (McCabe recalls Andy Warhol really bothered what he looked like in the eyes of the others). Four decades passed. David McCabe selected ⅕ of the photographs taken in the far 1964 and published a book under the title ‘A Year in the Life of Andy Warhol’ in 2003. Today some of the works are on sale through Proud Galleries with McCabe himself talking to Dazed Digital about his early (and such an extraordinary) acquaintance with the King of Pop Art.

About ‘Luxes’: New exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs 

What do you know about luxury? That could have been a seducing motto for another commercial of perfume or jewelry. But no, ‘Luxes’ is the theme for the new exhibition at the Parisian museum of Decorative Arts or Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Until May 2, 2021 you are welcomed to investigate the essence of what’s called precious. More than 100 objects on display brought from different parts of the world ideally match such categories as beautiful, rare, and exceptional — all those that constitute the idea of luxury.

Yet the artifacts featured don’t have much in common at first blush — Old Egyptian attributes of divine worship, gold-detailed Chinese porcelains from the XVIII century, and even a Cartier clock (1927). Ah yes, also a Little Black Dress by Chanel and outfits from the Christian Dior Cruise 2020 collection. That’s the thing — the organizers of the exhibition don’t only showcase subjects that are (used to be) deemed ‘lux’ but also trace the evolution of the concept. That makes the project so ambitious and spectacular.

‘From ecology to diversity, luxury will become increasingly less material and the idea of experience — discovery, individual reflection, and one’s own definition of luxury — will become the emphasis in tomorrow’s world.’ (Olivier Gabet, curator of the ‘Luxes’ exhibition)