5 posts tagged "KAWS"
Last year, ACRIA—the pioneering HIV/AIDS research foundation with a strong foothold in the design world—founded its Young Friends section, a branch conceived to engage and attract new supporters from the fields of art, fashion, film, et al. On June 13, member Jason Wu is set to sponsor and host the initiative’s first official event here in New York. And as a prelude to the soiree, he tapped artist and pal Nate Lowman for a limited-edition collaboration. The result? A unisex T-shirt, screened with one of Lowman’s infamous, shot-through-the-middle air fresheners.
“It was originally an aluminum silkscreened piece that was actually quite large,” Wu told Style.com. “Nate’s signature is reappropriating everyday things.” The print is instantly recognizable—a pared-down little pine tree shadowed and patterned with a blown-up Xerox effect. No stranger to link-ups with visual artists, Wu offered, “I’ve always loved working with such creative individuals—I remember working with KAWS.” (Together they created prints for Spring/Summer 2012.) As for Lowman’s signature bullet hole, Wu is a fan. “It made for an iconic motif,” he said.
The Jason Wu x Nate Lowman T-shirt is available for $175 from today at www.jasonwustudio.com (proceeds will go to the foundation). For tickets to the Young Friends of ACRIA’s Summer Soiree, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s probably been a pretty happy birthday for Mark Zuckerberg (pictured), Facebook’s baby-faced CEO, who turned 28 this week: The company’s initial public offering today is targeted to raise $16.4 billion and be the third largest in financial history. (The initial share price is $38.) Could a trade-up from his much-maligned hoodies be next? [WWD]
Zuckerberg isn’t the only guy smiling: U2 front man Bono is reaping the rewards of Facebook’s IPO as well. Through his private equity firm, Elevation Partners, Bono owns 2.3 percent of Facebook. This morning’s offering will earn a reported $1.5 billion and make the man the world’s richest rocker—a title he takes over from Sir Paul McCartney. [The Hollywood Reporter]
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is getting a shot of street culture thanks to KAWS, who has been tapped to create his own balloon. The artist (a.k.a. Brian Donnelly) plans to inflate his Companion character, who originally made his debut last summer when he was positioned at the entrance of the Standard hotel in New York. [NYT]
Sixties fashion icon Peggy Moffitt is still rocking her signature look—five-point haircut included—and she shows it off in a Phil Pinto-directed film shot at her Los Angeles home. The model and muse, who worked closely with designer Rudi Gernreich and photographer William Claxton (her husband), reminisces about her favorite fashion memories. [NOWNESS]
New Yorkers know KAWS as the Brooklyn kid who introduced Kate Moss and other top nineties models to an adorable ghostly character by doctoring it into glossy fashion adverts at bus stops across the city. The artist was famed for removing ads from their cases with an illegally acquired skeleton key, altering them, and returning them to their original spot. However, for his latest show opening tonight uptown at New York’s Gering & López Gallery, KAWS’ art involves no untoward activity. The artist presents 33 life-size bronze sculptures of his own severed head—albeit in candy colors—alongside new paintings and sculptures of his perennial character Companion’s much cuter skull. The exhibition is up until December 23 at 730 Fifth Avenue.
You may have noticed the new Banksy murals that went up last week in Soho. The three building-size images of rats seem to be commenting on the ongoing financial crisis, but we couldn’t help but think of Marc Jacobs‘ new Stinky Rat collection, in which the designer teamed up with graffiti artist KAWS for a tenth anniversary reimagining of his iconic mouse flats (the KAWS version of the flats features the artist’s signature X’ed-out eyes). So if the Jacobs lead is something to follow—and it generally is—street art and rodents are in.