Seeing Loud: Basquiat’s Musical Muses

In the early 1980s, while his career was at its peak, New York City-based artist Jean-Michel Basquiat enjoyed a certain level of fame. He had already produced a sizable body of work when he passed very prematurely at the age of 27 from a heroin overdose. His work consisted of 917 drawings, 171 paintings, 85…

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Meriem Bennani’s Life on the CAPS at the Power Plant

Two motion picture pieces by Meriem Bennani, a Moroccan-born New Yorker, are on display at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery as part of the Wavelengths section of the Toronto International Film Festival. The exhibit will be on display daily from September 9 through September 18. Originating from Rabat, Morocco Bennani has exhibited across the…

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Copenhagen SS23

Nordic designers are best at effortless, airy minimalism: Their approach is elegantly straightforward—not stark—yet still lively. This season, Copenhagen Fashion Week attracted much attention due to the plethora of emerging brands showing their collections, with motifs of these offerings ranging from sexy knitwear, body positivity, and sustainability to the emerging aesthetics of Scandinavian maximalism. The…

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 Montreal Introduces Us to Yayoi Kusama

Montreal introduces us to Yayoi Kusama at the Phi Foundation Contemporary Arts Museum this July. The artist, being from Japan, is known primarily for her Infinity Mirrored Rooms, where solo audience members are indulged in a giant disco universe. Since 1965, the artist has produced more than 20 other projects of this sort of installation.…

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Trashy Clothing Digitally Tackles Palestinian Occupation

Trashing Clothing, an LGBT Ready-to-Wear Palestinian fashion brand was founded with a unique fusion of political satire, provocativeness, kitsch culture, and wit. The brand, whose work conveys both beauty and agony, aims to represent the Palestinian Peoples capacity to endure adversity.  In exploring and playing with the concept of what is deemed “cheap” or “trashy”…

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Yohji Yamamoto – A New Conceptual Brand and Project

Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto has unveiled his first “collaboration platform” concept project that will feature a store opening. The “Wildside Yohji Yamamoto” project emphasizes the brand’s distinctive aesthetics on a digital platform that showcases exclusive partnerships in fashion, design, and the arts with companies like Dr. Martens, Ambush, and Needles. The “Wildside, Yohji Yamamoto” initiative…

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Y2K, Low-Rise and The Return of Skinny

The return of low-rise jeans has brought baggage along with it — the return of skinny, or is it the reverse? Either way, one thing is for certain, a certain sartorial and aesthetic shift toward the svelte and mince is palpable in pop culture right now. All connected to one another, the return of Y2K…

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Yeezy X Gap Arrives In Time Square

Kanye West’s (Ye) eagerly awaited Yeezy Gap collection, which debuted online in February, created in association with Balenciaga and Demna Gvasalia, is now making its way to a few selected shops for sale in-person for the first time, beginning with the Gap flagship in Times Square, New York City. The recently renovated store “has been…

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Shirin Neshat’s Land of Dreams

Iranian-born New York City resident Shirin Neshat is a visual artist best recognized for her work in photography, and film. Prior to the Iranian Islamic Revolution in 1974, Neshat traveled to Los Angeles to pursue her art studies. Upon arriving back in Iran in the 90’s Neshat took photographs of herself while wearing the chador,…

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YSL Spring/Summer 2023 Menswear

The YSL Spring/Summer 2023 Menswear show held on July 15th in Marrakech, Morocco was inspired by the late designer’s storied connection to Morocco. Having bought property in the city of Marrakech, Yves Saint Laurent sought out the eclecticism and eccentric colours of Morocco as inspiration for his namesake brand. The vibrancy that characterized the designer’s…

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