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Kanye Allegedly Ripping Off Another Artist for Yeezy Supermoon Ads

Instagram account Diet Prada is an account that specializes in pointing out the not so coincidental copying that goes on in the world of fashion today. As we all know there is no problem with drawing inspiration from someone whether it be their design, runway setup, or just the overall theme of a collection. But there is a very clear difference between pulling inspiration from something or someone and blatantly stealing an idea and crediting it as your own. Diet Prada since their first post in 2014 calling out Raf Simons for using designs very similar to Prada, hence the name, has been diligent to point out those who do not give credit where it is due.

In Diet Prada’s most recent claim they are accusing Kanye West of taking the ideas of photographer Minissi and a series of photographs she took in 2015 that explored identity and the wanted of oneself to reconnect with their own body, a very deep subject. I believe what Diet Prada feels what Mr. West is most guilty of is the fact that he drew inspiration from this very deep emotional photo shoot and turned it into a not safe for work sneaker advertisement. Myself, similarly to Diet Prada see it as a little distasteful considering the subject matter of the original photographs.

This would not be the first time though that Diet Prada has made claims against not just Kanye West but the West family in general. In July of 2017 Diet Prada accused Kim Kardashian West of very blatantly using the designs of Comme Des Garcon designer Rei Kawakubo and Vetements designer Demna Gvasalia for children’s pieces for Kim’s brand The Kids Supply. Kim said that the pieces were being made as an homage to the designers and that the pieces would be named after them, clearing the air about the whole copycatting fiasco. But Diet Prada was not done there also accusing Kim of ripping off the makeup done on Beyonce for a Flaunt magazine cover for Kim’s makeup collection, which Kim did not address. The last claim Diet Prada made against the West’s though was when Kanye in May tweeted sketches that appeared to be taken directly from ex-Nike designer Tony Spackman just with his name for the sketches photoshopped off the top of the sketch. This was another accusation that Kanye would not address.

With these most recent accusations made by Diet Prada against Kanye West, many are left unsurprised by his actions. Many without real ears to the ground in this industry and this culture believe that Kanye West is a very original one of a kind thinker when it comes to his ideas. What many don’t know is that Kanye West just like all of us draws inspiration from the things he hears and sees around him in his day to day life. The only problem with what he’s doing right now is by not giving credit to this original photographer, if that is where he drew the inspiration from, he is disrespecting the whole entire series of photographs she did and the message behind them. The fact that he recreated them as a way for him to sell sneakers too just adds salt to the wound.

TAG Heuer collaborates with graffiti artist Alec Monopoly

This year, an interesting event occurred between a Swiss watchmaker company and an underground L.A. guerrilla artist. TAG Heuer and Alec Monopoly recently collaborated in an interesting event.

Alec Monopoly is a graffiti artist best known for his murals, gallery installations and street art quite frequently featuring the monopoly man from the Hasbro game Monopoly.  Alec is also known for wearing a top hat himself and also keeps his face hidden in order to hide is identity. Alec Monopoly uses his art to attack Wall street and highlight the corruption of the financial world, and he has been doing so since 2008. Monopoly puts his monopoly man in almost every situation while adding an array of vibrant colors. He had the chance to work with the Swiss watch giant after an unusual encounter in France.

“I was in the south of France working in my studio at [designer] Philipp Plein’s house when Mr. Biver [Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer] came over. He has a house there, and he came over, and we just ended up talking about art. And then we spoke about doing a collaboration.”

Monopoly was impressed with Biver’s insight into the watch world and his deep knowledge of art, technology and culture. “This guy is brilliant. He’s like the Steve Jobs of the watch world,” he said.

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For TAG, it was a chance for the brand to expand into the art world. the company does say that they take pride in their ability to maintain ties in the luxury part of the world and also in sports, art and entertainment. While most of the athletes get the spotlight in terms of brand visibility, TAG gave Monopoly his own spotlight when they added him to their roster of artists. For Alec Monopoly, this means he gets a series of TAG Heuer-sponsored installations and an official title in the company: Art Provocateur.

“I’m in a 360-degree partnership with TAG Heuer,” said Monopoly of their work together. “I’m a brand ambassador, an art director, and an artist. It’s like we’re married.”

Stefano Pilati to unveil new exhibition in June

Stefano Pilati has announced he will introduce his new exhibition at the 94th edition of international menswear trade show Pitti Uomo this upcoming June.

The new collection, which is titled “Evolution — Involution — Revolution. Three decades of men’s fashion as seen by Stefano Pilat”, is set to highlight the similar links between fashion and the constantly changing world surrounding it.

The show will be open to the public until October 21 and it is said to be a representative as the third chapter to the three-year program promoted by Florentine Center of Italian fashion, Galleria degli Uffizi and Pitti Immagine. The Italian Ministry of Economic Development and Italian trade agency ICE are also said to be supporting the project with a generous financial contribution.

“For this project focused on men’s fashion, a theme which has been neglected for too long on the Italian and international cultural scenes, we chose Stefano Pilati because he is one of its main protagonists,” said Pitti Discovery Foundation general secretary Lapo Cianchi. “But most of all, we got fascinated by his personal vision of the fashion system: eccentric, dissonant, almost cynical. He has a precise point of view, which reflects the obsessions and considerations of a collector, who is also a designer and someone who deeply loves fashion.”

In the past, the Florentine Center for Italian fashion, Gelleria degli Uffizi and Pitti Immagine presented two exhibitions prio to the new Stefano Pilati show which were, “Karl Largerfeld-Vision of Fashion” and “The Ephemeral Museum of Fashion”, which came out in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Mural created in memory of John Hanna, a Canberra men’s fashion icon

John Hanna was a proud Canberran and world-renowned men’s fashion icon who kept men looking as sharp as ever for more than 40 years. With his legendary store Bunda Street closing this past July, with Hanna losing a hard-fought six-month cancer battle. Now, there will be a mural dedicated to a legend, thanks to artist Christopher Toth, on a curved window on the ground floor of Bible House in Garema Place and will remain there until December.

John Hanna’s death came as a shock and saddened many people, including the owner of CRE8IVE, James Wilson. Willson owns more than 20 John Hanna suits, and described Hanna as “a truly wonderful man”.

“He was a father to so many boys – he didn’t have sons but he had this amazing association with men from all walks of life”, Mr. Willson says, “words are often said too late, but I wrote him a letter before he passed away. I was a kid when I first walked into John Hanna and he showed me style … he sold confidence. You’d walk out of the store feeling a million bucks.”

The mural took Toth longer than he expected to paint the three-meter-high mural than originally planned.

“I was just constantly interrupted while I was painting”, Toth says, “And I loved it. People were just commenting and asking questions and telling me their own amazing stories about John. Even people that I didn’t suspect, a lot of the homeless community that were walking past were going ‘That’s John’ and one man said ‘Listen, I’m homeless, but John knew me by name’.”

Toth was assigned the incredible task by the In the City Canberra who gave Toth total freedom. Toth wanted to create something that would “send a message to the community”.

“Then I saw the article in The Canberra Times about John and I just thought ‘That’s it’”, he says, “It was important to me that I capture his energy and his personality, and not only that but I wanted more people to know about him. I wanted to educate people on who he was, he was part of the community for so long – nearly four decades – and this way he’ll live on a bit longer. It’s something very special for me as an artist. You’re always a bit apprehensive as to how it’s going to be received but to see the way people are reacting to it is phenomenal – they’re stumped, they’re really amazed.”

The mural was so impactful it had John’s wife Diana teary-eyed when she first laid her eyes on the masterpiece. Diana says John would be “chuffed” with the portrait and its bold details and artwork.

“I was standing there beside him thinking ‘Keep it together girl, keep it together’”, Diana says, “I think Christopher has captured the essence of the person – I love the eyes, his hair. The colours are very bright but he was a rather bright personality, wasn’t he? I think that’s part of who he is. He was very involved in the city area – always involved and very interested – and he loved Canberra, he loved living here. It’s just a pity he doesn’t know about it, he would be very happy.”

When Hanna’s store was closing he had an interview with The Canberra Times in which he had a memorable quote that showed what he gave to the city.

“We’ve tried to bring forward-fashion but not avant-garde fashion to Canberra over the years and, Canberra being a fairly conservative market, has tested our patience and our skills”, Hanna says, “it was with a little bit of trepidation and a little bit of guts that we took the plunge and introduced what we did. But it’s great to see that the standard of dress in this town – with our influence – has probably risen and I’m happy to have been part of that.”

Little Italy Street Art in an Instant

On a busy Labor Day in Little Italy, I went looking for street art on Mulberry street, between Kenmare and Canal. Wiping some dust off of my Polaroid SX-70, I took it out into the humid air with a fresh pack of Impossible Project’s color film loaded up. It seemed appropriate to use a historic camera at such a historic location. The place was packed with tourists and locals, so finding murals hidden amongst outdoor restaurant tables and umbrellas was quite the chore. It wasn’t until I came across a fenced  empty lot between Hester and Canal, I started to get a glimpse of some of the art I was actually looking for. Ron English’s now popular “Temper Tot” a.k.a “Baby Hulk” stood on a side facade in all its glory. And on the other side of the lot was “MonaLister” by Anthony Lister (shown above).

 

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These works of street art is the result of the L.I.S.A Project, an acronym for “Little Italy Street Art”. Almost three years old, this project invites street and pop artists from all over the world to the culture and history heavy Mulberry street. Founded by Wayne Rada and RJ Rushmore of vandalog.com, their artistic influence spreads beyond Mulberry to the surrounding streets.

 

When planning a tour of the street art in the area, carefully schedule your visits. Trips to the area during peak hours will make it difficult to capture the whole piece without the occasional and unintentional photo bombing by passing pedestrians.

 

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If you’re traveling south on Mulberry, don’t forget to check out Solus’s mural (or what’s left of it) near the corner of the intersection shared with Kenmare street. Much of the original mural is now covered by a newsstand from Mulberry Iconic Magazines, but you can still enjoy the mural. This piece titled, “Punch Above Your Weight”,  is a tribute to Irish and Italian immigrants.

 

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A bit further down the street before the corner of Broome and Mulberry is a delicious looking mural by Buff Monster. Due to its colorful and comical nature, it is rather easy to spot.

 

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Just across the street at Caffe Roma is a colorful interpretation of “Audrey Hepburn” by artist Tristan Eaton. Found on the Mulberry side of the building, it is wedged between the side entrance to a cafe and an ATM. During peak hours it is usually covered by tables and seats, but you can still get a good look at it.

 

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After crossing Hester street, you’ll see the mural titled “Jerk of Steel” by artist Jerkface painted on a door between Giovanna’s and Anthony Shops.

 

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The final mural I find worthy of immortalizing on an expensive piece of Polaroid film is another piece by Tristan Eaton titled “Liberty.” It can be found on the side facade of the building Cha Cha’s which, Boca Al Lupo is in. If that doesn’t help, look for the Most Precious Blood church. The art piece is found directly on the right side.

There are a handful of murals that are not mentioned. That is due to running out of Polaroid film and local businesses covering the art. Still, every piece is worth checking out. So, get your ass down to Little Italy, enjoy a cannoli at Caffe Palermo and check out the art on almost every corner.

The Empire State will light up silver for 50 Anniversary of Warhol’s Empire on 7/25

“I never liked the idea of picking out certain scenes and pieces of time and putting them together, because… it’s not like life… What I liked was chunks of time all together, every real moment.”

The late American Artist, Warhol stated this after producing the most unique film of the 20th century. He was known for his ambiguous productions of art. He stuck by his own visions and perception of beauty and gave his viewers a journey through his eyes. His love for the Empire State building was so grand; he created an eight hour filmed dedicated to the building.

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All throughout July you can catch a Viewing of the film Empire in the Empire State building. Also details of the artist and his creations will be accompanying this tribute to Warhol and the building.

On July 25th, the building will be will filled with thousands of white lights dedicating the honor of the film’s anniversary in 1964.

Be sure to hashtag #WarholEmpire while tweeting your pictures!

 

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