Save The Date: “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition Dates: May 4–September 4, 2017

Member Previews: May 2–May 3, 2017

Exhibition Location: The Met Fifth Avenue, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, Floor 2

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute spring 2017 exhibition, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, on view from May 4 through September 4, will examine Kawakubo’s fascination with the space between boundaries. This in-between space is revealed in Kawakubo’s work as an aesthetic sensibility, establishing an unsettling zone of oscillating visual ambiguity that challenges conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability. Not a traditional retrospective, this thematic exhibition will be The Costume Institute’s first monographic show on a living designer since the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition in 1983.

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Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969). Cubisme, spring/summer 2007; Courtesy of Comme des Garçons. Photograph by © Craig McDean

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Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969). 18th-Century Punk, autumn/winter 2016–17; Courtesy of Comme des Garçons. Photograph by © Paolo Roversi

In blurring the art/fashion divide, Kawakubo asks us to think differently about clothing,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director of The Met. “Curator Andrew Bolton will explore work that often looks like sculpture in an exhibition that will challenge our ideas about fashion’s role in contemporary culture.”

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Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969). Inside Decoration, autumn/winter 2010–11; Courtesy of Comme des Garçons. Photograph by © Craig McDean

The exhibition will feature approximately 150 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear designs for Comme des Garçons, dating from the early 1980s to her most recent collection. Objects will be organized into eight dominant and recurring aesthetic expressions of interstitiality in Kawakubo’s work: Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Design/Not Design, Model/Multiple, Then/Now, High/Low, Self/Other, Object/Subject, and Clothes/Not Clothes. Kawakubo breaks down the imaginary walls between these dualisms, exposing their artificiality and arbitrariness. Her fashions demonstrate that interstices are places of meaningful connection and coexistence as well as revolutionary innovation and transformation, providing Kawakubo with endless possibilities to rethink the female body and feminine identity.

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Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969); Courtesy of Comme des Garçons. Photograph by © Paolo Roversi

Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time. Continue reading

Express, Inc Announces The Karlie Kloss x Express Collection

Collection Debuted This Past Week at Live Fashion Show Featuring Inspiring Individuals in Brand Ambassador’s Hometown of St. Louis, Missouri

Express, Inc. has announced Express’ launch of an exclusive, limited-edition collection designed by Express Brand Ambassador and Creative Consultant Karlie Kloss and the Express design team. Kloss and Express revealed the collection at a live fashion show featuring innovators, game changers, and go-getters as runway models on March 30, in Kloss’ hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. The event also featured live DJ sets by Hannah Bronfman and a special musical performance by Charli XCX.

Karlie Kloss x Express Collection

Karlie Kloss x Express Collection

The Karlie Kloss x Express Collection reveals the beauty and versatility of the essentials of a wardrobe and is comprised of 17 styles that can create more than 100 looks ranging from Kloss’s iconic tees and blazers to quintessential maxi dresses and embellished bombers. The looks reflect her vibrant optimism and how the collection – as her dress code – showcases the must-have fashion pieces for a busy lifestyle.

Karlie Kloss and Express selected the inspiring individuals who will appear in the runway show via a contest where applicants uploaded videos to Instagram, explaining how they live their best life and empower others to do the same. The collection and runway show tie to the retailers’ ongoing mission to inspire customers to celebrate and express their best life through fashion.

This collection is made for everyday women—the strong, dynamic, on-the-go achievers among us,” said Kloss. “It was amazing to have Express so closely aligned in this vision to design a collection that has a fashionable staple for any occasion. I am excited for us to launch with a runway show back in my hometown of St. Louis, featuring women who live their best lives and know going after your dreams is always in style.”

Karlie Kloss’ style reflects a life lived without limits. As a model, student, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, she’s always in demand, has to be ready for anything, and is making a real difference,” said David Kornberg, Express president, and CEO. “This exclusive capsule collection, built by Karlie and the Express design team, offers stylish wardrobe essentials every woman needs.

The Karlie Kloss x Express Collection will range from $24.90 – $168.00 and will be available online at www.express.com and in-stores.

Museum Watch: “Irving Penn: Centennial” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition Dates: April 24–July 30, 2017

Exhibition Location: The Met Fifth Avenue, Gallery 199

Irving Penn is one of the most important modern masters of photography and has inspired future photographers of all genres with his portraits, still lifes and fashion pictures. He is most famously known for having worked as a magazine photographer for Vogue and created numerous personal projects. His work forms significant parts of the world’s most renowned public and private photography collections.

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Irving Penn (American, 1917–2009), Single Oriental Poppy, New York, 1968. Dye transfer print, 1987. 16 ⅞ × 21 ⅛ in. (42.9 × 53.7 cm). Promised Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. © The Irving Penn Foundation

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present a major retrospective of the photographs of Irving Penn to mark the centennial of the artist’s birth. Over the course of his nearly 70-year career, Mr. Penn (1917–2009) mastered a pared-down aesthetic of studio photography that is distinguished for its meticulous attention to composition, nuance, and detail. Opening April 24, 2017, Irving Penn: Centennial will be the most comprehensive exhibition to date of the work of the great American photographer.

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Irving Penn (American, 1917–2009), Rochas Mermaid Dress (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), Paris, 1950. Platinum-palladium print, 1980, 19 ⅞ × 19 ¾ in. (50.5 × 50.2 cm). Promised Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. © Condé Nast Publications, Inc.

The exhibition follows the 2015 announcement of the landmark promised gift from The Irving Penn Foundation to The Met of more than 150 photographs by Penn, representing every period of the artist’s dynamic career with the camera. The gift will form the core of the exhibition, which will feature more than 200 photographs by Penn, including iconic fashion studies of Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, the artist’s wife; exquisite still-lifes; Quechua children in Cuzco, Peru; portraits of urban laborers; female nudes; tribesmen in New Guinea; and color flower studies. The artist’s beloved portraits of cultural figures from Truman Capote, Pablo Picasso, and Colette to Ingmar Bergman and Issey Miyake will also be featured. Rounding out the exhibition will be photographs by Penn that entered The Met collection prior to the promised gift.

The exhibition is organized by Jeff L. Rosenheim, Curator in Charge of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Photographs, and Maria Morris Hambourg, an independent curator and a former Met colleague who founded the department.

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Irving Penn (American, 1917–2009), After-Dinner Games, New York, 1947. Dye transfer print, 1985. 22 ¼ × 18 ⅛ in. (56.5 × 46 cm). Promised Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. © Condé Nast Publications, Inc.

Irving Penn was born June 16, 1917, in Plainfield, N.J. Educated in public schools, he attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art from 1934 to 1938, where Alexey Brodovitch (a Russian-born photographer, designer and instructor who is most famous for his art direction of fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar from 1934 to 1958) taught him advertising design. While training for a career as an art director, Penn worked the last two summers for Harper’s Bazaar magazine as an office boy and apprentice artist, sketching shoes. At this time he had no thought of becoming a photographer.

His first job on graduating in 1938 was the art director of the Junior League magazine, later he worked in the same capacity for Saks Fifth Avenue department store. At the age of 25, he quit his job and used his small savings to go to Mexico, where he painted a full year before he convinced himself he would never be more than a mediocre painter.

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Irving Penn (American, 1917–2009), Mouth (for L’Oréal), New York, 1986. Dye transfer print. 18 ¾ × 18 ⅜ in. (47.6 × 46.7 cm).. Promised Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. © The Irving Penn Foundation

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Irving Penn (American, 1917–2009), Marlene Dietrich, New York, 1948. Gelatin silver print, 2000 . 10 × 8 1/8 in. (25.4 × 20.6 cm). Promised Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. © The Irving Penn Foundation

Returning to New York, he won an audience with Alexander Liberman, art director of Vogue magazine, who hired Penn as his assistant, specifically to suggest photographic covers for Vogue. The staff photographers didn’t think much of his ideas, but Liberman did and asked Penn to take the pictures himself. Using a borrowed camera, and drawing on his art background and experience, Penn arranged a still life consisting of a big brown leather bag, beige scarf and gloves, lemons, oranges, and a huge topaz. It was published as the Vogue cover for the issue of October 1, 1943, and launched Penn on his photographic career.

Penn soon demonstrated his extraordinary capacity for work, versatility, inventiveness, and imagination in a number of fields including editorial illustration, advertising, photojournalism, portraits, still life, travel, and television.

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Irving Penn (American, 1917–2009), Naomi Sims in Scarf, New York, ca. 1969. Gelatin silver print, 1985. 10 ½ × 10 ⅜ in. (26.7 × 26.4 cm). Promised Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. © The Irving Penn Foundation

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Irving Penn (American, 1917–2009), Truman Capote, New York, 1948. Platinum-palladium print, 1968. 15 7/8 × 15 3/8 in. (40.3 × 39.1 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith. Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1986. © The Irving Penn Foundation

In his earlier work Penn was fond of using a particular device in his portrait work, replacing it with a fresh one from time to time. At one time he placed two backgrounds to form a corner into which his subject was asked to enter. It was, as Penn explains, “a means of closing people in. Some people felt secure in this spot, some felt trapped. Their reaction made them quickly available to the camera.” His subjects during this ‘corner period’ included Noel Coward, the Duchess of Windsor, and actor Spencer Tracy, most of whom complied readily. Continue reading

Macy’s and G-III Sign Exclusive Agreement for DKNY Women’s Apparel and Accessories

Macy’s, Inc. and G-III Apparel Group, Ltd., a leading manufacturer and distributor of apparel and accessories under licensed brands, owned brands and private label brands, today announced an agreement under which Macy’s will serve, beginning February 2018, as the exclusive U.S. department store for sales of DKNY women’s apparel and accessories.macys inc

Under the agreement, Macy’s exclusivity covers DKNY women’s apparel, handbags, and shoes, in addition to women’s and men’s outerwear and swim, which will be available at Macy’s locations nationwide and on macys.com. Macy’s and G-III will work closely on brand extensions and exclusive products that build upon the founding principles of the iconic New York–based brand. The agreement also plans for increased and enhanced DKNY shop-in-shops in Macy’s stores.

We want to create partnerships that offer our customers products and experiences that they can find only at Macy’s, and DKNY is a fashion-first brand we know our customers love,” said Jeff Gennette, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc.By offering exclusive access in key categories, we are confident that DKNY will quickly become one of our top brands. Their remarkable global recognition combined with our expansive footprint make Macy’s and DKNY a perfect partnership.”

We believe that Macy’s is the ideal partner as we implement our strategy for DKNY to be the premier brand in the world for women’s apparel and accessories,” said Morris Goldfarb, chairman and chief executive officer of G-III.We have worked well with Macy’s in the past with respect to our portfolio of brands and we are confident that this partnership with Macy’s will help DKNY flourish and capture market share.

G-III will continue to operate the freestanding global DKNY stores and DKNY.com. G-III also will maintain DKNY’s agreements with international license partners and distributors outside of the United States. Products outside the exclusive categories and products distributed by DKNY’s various licensees under other categories in the DKNY family will continue to be sold to a broad range of department stores, including Macy’s.

G-III is a leading manufacturer and distributor of apparel and accessories under licensed brands, owned brands, and private label brands. G-III’s owned brands include Donna Karan, DKNY, Vilebrequin, Eliza J., Andrew Marc, Marc New York, Bass, and Jessica Howard. G-III has fashion licenses under the Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Karl Lagerfeld, Kenneth Cole, Cole Haan, Guess?, Vince Camuto, Ivanka Trump, Kensie, Jessica Simpson, Levi’s and Dockers brands. Through its team sports business, G-III has licenses with the National Football League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Hands High, Touch by Alyssa Milano and more than 100 U.S. colleges and universities. G-III also operates retail stores under the DKNY, Wilsons Leather, Bass, Vilebrequin and Calvin Klein Performance names.

Introducing Maisonette.com: The Ultimate Children’s Clothing & Lifestyle E-Commerce Destination

Maisonette.com, the new premier online baby and children’s fashion and lifestyle destination, launches today. Co-founded by Vogue Magazine alums and entrepreneurs Sylvana Durrett and Luisana Mendoza-Roccia, Maisonette brings together a curated selection of the most stylish children’s brands and boutiques from around the world into one convenient shopping destination featuring apparel, accessories, furniture, and home decor.

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Easter at Maisonette.com

Over the past five years, growth in the $300 billion childrenswear market has outpaced all other apparel markets, resulting in a fragmented landscape of thousands of brands and independent boutiques impossible for the average consumer to navigate. Maisonette will be the definitive shopping and editorial destination for childrenswear and accessories by aggregating this fragmented supplier base into one, seamless shopping destination.

Maisonette is an online marketplace featuring a curated assortment of products for children ages 0-12 from a global network of over 40 stylish boutiques and 125 brands. The site assembled the world’s coolest and hard-to-find kids’ boutiques onto one retail platform with a centralized checkout process. This enables customers to shop from Yoya in New York City, Arcade in Nashville, and Bobo Choses in Spain with single check out and streamlined shipping. In addition to bringing the world’s shops to your desktop or mobile, Maisonette also sells select exclusive brands direct to consumers, such as Bonpoint, Stella McCartney and Oeuf. All product is presented through the lens of original editorial content featuring interviews, photo shoots and curated lists from tastemakers and celebrities.

We were inspired to launch Maisonette because of the frustration we felt when we tried to shop online for stylish, well-made products for our kids,” said Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Sylvana Durrett. “The children’s industry is more fragmented than any other and there is no central authority in the space. Our aim is to make Maisonette that authority, and provide unprecedented access to the best children’s brands and boutiques in the world.”maisonette-skate-ahead

“As former editors, it is important to us to not only provide a compelling marketplace but also to provide inspiration,” added Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder Luisana Mendoza-Roccia. “Maisonette connects customers to the world’s most special and unique children’s products while offering editorial content that provides an insider’s guide to trends, new brands, and tips from tastemakers. It’s the ultimate online destination for all things children and baby.”

Maisonette raised $2.775 million in seed round investment from strategic partners who offer industry-leading expertise in launching groundbreaking retail concepts and fashion brands. Participating in the round are NEA, a venture capital firm with investments in Jet.com and Moda Operandi, and Thrive Partners, an early investor in Warby Parker and Harry’s. Private investors include Silas Chou, an early investor in Michael Kors, as well as Andrew Rosen, Marcus Wainwright & Glenna Neece, Vivi Nevo, and Jonathan & Lizzie Tisch.

Pantene Celebrates Diversity with Powerful “All Strong Hair is Beautiful Hair” Campaign

The Largest Hair Care Brand Addresses Societal Beauty Norms and Celebrates African American Hair

Pantene has helped to define “Beautiful Hair” for 40 years through powerful images of strong, healthy hair; however, while diversity and inclusion continue to improve in society, there is still a level of inequality in how African American hair is represented in popular culture and in mainstream hair care advertising. Mass brands, like Pantene, have inadvertently been a part of this pervasive hair bias with a history of advertising showcasing a limited representation of African American hair styles and textures and promoting long, shiny, smooth hair as the pinnacle of hair health and beauty. Pantene has set out to change this perception and empower all women to embrace their strong and unique hair because all strong hair is beautiful hair.4. Pantene Gold Series Logo

As part of the next chapter of its “Strong Is Beautiful” story, Pantene has launched a new ad that celebrates the heritage, diversity, and beauty of African American hair, proving all strong hair is beautiful. Featuring Pantene Brand Ambassador, Jillian Hervey, alongside African American women of all ages and with a broad representation of hair textures and styles, the ad is a celebration of all strong, beautiful hair. The varieties of striking and varied styles shown are the artistic creation of Pantene Celebrity Stylist, Chuck Amos.

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Pantene Gold Series Collection (Photo: Business Wire)

As a part of Pantene’s commitment to better serve the unique hair needs of African American women, the brand created a premium collection of products – Pantene Gold Series – which delivers the strength hair needs to conquer any desired style. With 15 years of research and development to understand the needs of textured hair, the collection of eight care and styling products delights the most discerning hair care and styling consumers.

Pantene Gold Series is the Brand’s first hair care collection co-created with a team of African-American PhD’s, scientists, stylists and dermatologists, specifically designed to deliver Pro-V Nutrient Blends to provide superior strength and moisture for women with relaxed, natural and transitioning hair.

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Pantene Brand Ambassador, Jillian Hervey, behind-the-scenes at the shoot of Pantene’s newest TV ad campaign, which celebrates the heritage, diversity, and beauty of African American hair, proving that all strong hair is beautiful. (Photo: Business Wire)

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KitchenAid Adds Premium Cutting Boards And Ceramic Cutlery To Offerings

KitchenAid, long known for the precision, design, and durability of its cookware and cutlery, is introducing premium ceramic cutlery as well as wood and poly cutting boards to the brand’s offerings. Thoughtfully designed and crafted from the highest quality materials, the new ceramic cutlery sets and cutting boards are sure to become essentials for the well-equipped kitchen.

KitchenAid currently offers a large selection of forged and professional grade steel cutlery that cater to a variety of cooking style and needs,” says Wendeline Camp, global product marketing manager. “As we expand our cutlery and cutting board collection, our goal is to provide cooks with high-quality tools that both assist in and help fuel culinary creativity.”

Ceramic Cutlery

The new KitchenAid Series of Ceramic Cutlery offers an exciting alternative to traditional stainless steel knives and is a durable, long lasting addition to any kitchen cutlery collection. The line includes tough-grade black matte ceramic knives with precision diamond grind blades that stay sharp up to 10 times longer than stainless steel cutlery*. The ceramic blades feature a black matte hue, offer a rust-free guarantee, are Dishwasher Fearlessä, and incredibly durable, yet light in weight. The line includes an 8” chef knife, 6” chef knife, 6” serrated bread knife, 5” santoku knife and a 3” paring knife.

Ceramic Cutlery

KitchenAid Series of Ceramic Cutlery

Currently available, the knives will be available for purchase separately at a suggested retail price of $39.99, $34.99, $39.99, $34.99 and $19.99, respectively, as a 4-piece set with a suggested retail value of $79.99 and as a 3-piece set with a suggested retail value of $59.99.

Wood Cutting Board

Made from high-quality materials and artfully designed, the new wood cutting boards are a practical and attractive addition to any kitchen countertop. Available in three premium wood finishes, the double-sided board features one flat side with measure marks for more precise preparations while the second side boasts a drain-away tray to allow juices, gravy, and liquids to flow away from the cutting surface. Available in 15mm thick Bamboo, 25mm thick Acacia, and 25mm thick Walnut, the boards are extremely durable, yet gentle on knives to prevent dulling of blades.

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KitchenAid’s New Cutting Boards in 15mm thick Bamboo, 25mm thick Acacia and 25mm thick Walnut.

Available in July 2017, the boards will be offered in size 8”x11”, 11” x 14”, 12”x”18, with a suggested retail price of $19.99 – $59.99 based on material and size. Continue reading