Everybody loves at least something

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Check out this amazing project:  there you can find many ideas and objects suggested by people all around the world… and you can add what you love, too!

http://www.anothermag.com/loves

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Gareth Pugh: aesthetic research vs. commercial potential

Always more and more attention is dedicated to this emerging fashion designer, known for experimenting with volume and forms.

He often uses “nonsensically shaped, wearable sculptures” to “distort [..] the human body almost beyond recognition.”

Elements in his designs include PVC inflated into voluminous coats, black and white patchwork squares, Perspex discs linked like chain mail, and shiny latex masks and leggings; he has used materials including mink, parachute silk, foam footballs, afro-weave synthetic hair, and electrically charged plastic in his clothing.  Pugh describes his designs as being “about the struggle between lightness and darkness, [..]”.

 HSBC had the big idea to use one of his sculptures/clothes for an adv campaign last year:

HSBC and Gareth Pugh

It’s impossible not to say that he’s trying to be innovative, but what about the commercial aspect of being a designer?

Pugh claimed in March 2007 that he had yet to sell a single dress.

It’s important to say that until his Spring 2007 collection, his clothes were solely catwalk experiments unavailable to purchase.

Now he’s shifting to more wearable clothing.

   

  

Laughing in the face of adversity – about contemporary art market

From Economist.com

Is the boom ending?

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“BY THE end of the year we will be in the correction phase of the hot contemporary art market,” predicts Charles Dupplin of Hiscox, the largest insurer of fine art in Europe. Closely watched sales of contemporary art in mid-October at Christie’s and Sotheby’s, the duopoly that dominates fine-art auctions, showed signs of a bubble deflating. Some important works failed to sell or make pre-sale estimates. But bigger tests are to come: contemporary-art auctions in New York in November and Miami Beach in December. FIAC, an art fair that opened in Paris on Thursday October 18th will provide an indication of the market’s health.

The boom that might precede a bust is evident. This year is likely to prove one of the most successful ever for the art business. Christie’s and Sotheby’s reported their highest sales ever in the first half of 2007 with sales of around $3.25 billion each, nearly 50% more than a year ago. Works by well-known artist all set record prices. “White Centre”, an early abstract painting by Rothko, sold for $72.8m at Sotheby’s in May. Warhol’s “Green Car Crash”, part of his “Death and Disaster” series, went for $71.7m. At another auction one of Damien Hirst’s trademark medicine-cabinet sculptures fetched £9.7m ($19.3m), breaking the European record for a work by a living artist.

Since then paintings have lost some of their gloss. The October auctions that ran alongside London’s Frieze Art Fair, saw Sotheby’s rake in $70.7m and Christie’s $80.6m. Superficially all seems well. But a close inspection reveals flaws. “Man Turning on the Light”, a painting by Francis Bacon, sold for $16.3m in the middle of Christie’s pre-sale estimate of $14.2m to $18.3m. Other high-profile lots underperformed too. Works by Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat failed to sell; several Hirsts went for below estimates. Almost one in six of lots failed to find buyers. It was a similar story at Sotheby’s. A polka-dot painting by Mr Hirst valued at up to $5.1m went unsold.

The big money paid for Warhols and Hirsts earlier in the year may have inflated expectations and convinced some collectors to cash in. Sotheby’s sold ten Warhols in October, but the priciest, a portrait of Jackie Kennedy, went for just $3.5m. A further test comes later this year. Christie’s is auctioning “Liz”, a version of Warhol’s famous picture of Elizabeth Taylor owned by another British actor, Hugh Grant. The auction house estimates that the picture might fetch £34.8m. If prices for Warhols are softening Mr Grant may have to do make do with a little less.

The picture, however, is not just of storm clouds gathering. The market for Chinese contemporary art is roaring ahead unabashedly. Yue Minjun’s “Execution”, a painting (see above) inspired by the Chinese government’s crackdown in Tiananmen Square in 1989, became the most expensive work by a Chinese contemporary artist ever by going for $6m at Sotheby’s, well over its upper estimate. Prices for Indian art have also been buoyant.

Andras Szanto, a fellow at the Centre for Arts and Culture in Washington, DC, is not sure where the market is heading. He thinks that a correction or a crash is possible. Or perhaps investors might consider art a safe-haven if the economy turns sour. The scarcity of top works and the desire of rich punters drive a market where predictions are hard to make. If, for instance, Ronald Lauder, a fabulously wealthy philanthropist, thinks a painting by Gustav Klimt is a must-have for Neue Galerie New York who knows how much he might be prepared to part with.

So far the credit crunch, and fears of recession in America with its depressed housing market and weak dollar have had little impact on contemporary-art sales. “But the art market tends to follow financial markets with a delay of a few months,” says Edmondo di Robilant, an art dealer in London. In January the golden boys running private-equity firms and hedge funds in the City of London and on Wall Street might find bonuses have dwindled. For many of these buyers the passion for contemporary art is a recent one. Faced with the decision between buying the latest Ferrari or a work of art, says Mr di Robilant, they might revert to type and plump for a fast car.

Kawasaki shoes: eroderanno i profitti delle Converse All Star?

La storia delle sneakers Kawasaki (The Japanese-named Czech Republic-made Danish Badminton Shoes) inizia ad essere abbastanza conosciuta, ma per coloro che ancora non l’hanno letta vale la pena riproporla.

 “SCARPE DA VOLANO DANESI?”   

Nel 1972 un’azienda danese scopriva, ad una fiera dell’abbigliamento in Germania, una scarpa cecoslovacca dalle strane caratteristiche.   

In quegli anni lo sport del “volano” prendeva piede, soprattutto nei paesi scandinavi. I giocatori usavano scarpe da pallavolo asiatiche (fra cui le oggi famose “Onitsuka tiger”), spesso molto costose e difficili da avere. Il Giappone provo’ a monopolizzare il mercato delle “calzature da volano” producendo grandi quantita’ di scarpe a basso costo, con il risultato di mettere in commercio scarpe dalla qualita’ scarsa, non adatte al loro impiego.  Quelle scarpe comuniste ceche, invece, erano perfette. Fu cosi’ che l’azienda danese decise di fare di esse “la scarpa da volano”. Gli anni ’70 sono caratterizzati da forti vendite, esplose poi negli anni ’80 quando molte fashion victims le adottano come vero e proprio “capo di moda”. Tutti hanno un paio di Kawasaki! Poi lo stop forzato degli anni ’90, con la fine della guerra fredda e la scissione Repubblica Ceca-Slovacchia.  Nel 2003 Bo Stanley acquisisce il brand Kawasaki e riapre le fabbriche, sempre in Repubblica Ceca. Stessi macchinari, molti degli stessi dipendenti. Stessi materiali naturali. Tornano le Kawasaki. 

ANNO 2005: NEI PAESI SCANDINAVI IL BRAND KAWASAKI E’ UN BEST-SELLER.  

MAGGIO 2006: L’ITALIA SARA’ IL PRIMO PAESE “EXTRA-SCANDINAVO” A FARNE LA CONOSCENZA.

Da maggio 2006 ad oggi, in Italia hanno iniziato a ritagliarsi uno spazio in vari negozi e boutique particolarmente sensibili alle nuove tendenze, pare siano particolarmente diffuse in città come Verona, Firenze e il fatto si vociferi fossero ai piedi di Paris Hilton e Bjork sicuramente attrarrà sempre più cacciatori di status symbol.
E, come qualcuno inizia a lamentare, quella che era una scarpa economica, proposta come alternativa alle costose Onitsuka Tiger, oltre ad avere un prezzo (in Danimarca 300kr, pari a 40€, in Italia partono già da un minimo di 65€) sicuramente sproporzionato alla qualità (le finiture non sono curate nel dettaglio) diventerà l’ennesima abbinata alle marche più commercial-trash che ci sono in circolazione, facendo perdere il significato che finora aveva assunto nei paesi del nord e nella campagna pubblicitaria che la casa madre stessa propone.

 

Nei paesi Scandinavi si può ritrovare una sovrapposizione abbastanza forte con il target delle Converse All Star, ovvero teen-agers che si ispirano alla cultura rock/punk, indiefashion nell’abbigliamento (..con tutti i punti interrogativi che queste espressioni sollevano oggi..).

In Italia, invece, non si nota ancora questa direzione, forse i trend setter sono ancora in tempo ad acquistarne un paio e sfoggiarle in giro in qualche occasione, ma dai segnali che si colgono pare siano destinate ad essere inglobate dal solito substrato “modaiolo tamarro” (per intenderci, quello che indossa “Baci&Abbracci” etc).

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