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Kicks In Space

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The latest of Tom Sachs’ forays into space will take him to Mars—or at least as close as you can get with the Park Avenue Armory as your launching pad. Sachs, the fashion-favorite artist/provocateur who’s made space travel a particular fascination (when he’s not erecting giant Hello Kitty idols outside Lever House), brings Space Program: Mars to the cavernous Armory for a month-long installation beginning tomorrow. For the show, he’s created all of the viscera of a beginning-and-after space mission—in the words of the official statement, “exploratory vehicles, mission control, launch platforms, suiting stations, special effects, recreational amenities, and Mars landscape”—and, to dress the part, a new capsule collection in collaboration with Nike, dubbed NIKECraft. Would-be Sachs-tronauts can suit up in a sneaker (the Mars Yard Shoe, above, $385), trench, jacket (printed with the periodic table), and tote, all of which will be available at the exhibition space’s pop-up gift shop as well as at stores like Dover Street Market, Colette, 10 Corso Como, Union in Los Angeles, and at Opening Ceremony online beginning May 18.

Space Program: Mars opens tomorrow at the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave., NYC, www.armoryonpark.org.

Photo: Courtesy of Nike

Hello Kitty Grows Up With Tins and Friends

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“I mean, Hello Kitty and diamonds!” gushed Tinsley Mortimer last night at the opening of revamped store for the cuter-than-thou brand in Times Square. In addition to Tins, an entire generation of girls—and some dazzling boys—grew up loving Hello Kitty and her friends. Sanrio, the Japanese company behind the line of clothing and accessories featuring now-iconic cartoon characters, drew an array of celebrity fans showing their support for the label, which has been around since 1973, proving you’re never too old to be supercute. “I like that it’s evolving,” added Mortimer. “As I’m growing up, so is Hello Kitty.” She pointed to her pendant, a fine-jewelry take on the cartoon figure itself. Heatherette designer Richie Rich, who teamed up with Sanrio in seasons past reminisced: “I was a club kid in the ’90s and I’ve always, always, always rocked Hello Kitty and Kuromi backpacks and Little Twin Stars.”

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