BAPE Ladies Spring/Summer 2011 Collection Lookbook
The BAPE women’s collection for Spring/Summer 2011 represents the fullest offering to date for women from the seminal streetwear brand. The collection moves beyond the hoodies and graphic shirts, to leggings, dresses, and skirts. Some of the offerings are bit awkward: take an empire-waisted skirt, and add an all-over BAPE print, and the results are strained. But there are some hits in the more casual offerings; the leggings and sweatshirts are a perfect blend of workout wear inspired street clothes. The collection is rounded out by staple pieces like gingham shirts and cardigans.
Damien Hirst Forgotten Promises Exhibition in Hong Kong | Preview
Things have cooled down just a bit for Damien Hirst, since his apex in September 2008, when the “Beautiful Inside My Head Forever” Sotheby’s auction raised $199 million at the top of the market. But Hirst, (and his team of 130 people in 7 studios) isn’t idle; his latest exhibit at the Gagosian in Hong Kong opened this week. Any Hirst show needs an element of controversy, which is provided in large part here by “For Heaven’s Sake.” The piece (pictured above) is based on his iconic diamond-encrusted skull, but based on the skull of an infant. Hirst was on hand for a press preview of the show, which showed the artist in a informal mood, and highlighted the depth and range of work on display.
Nike Stadium MFG Features Edison Chen Destroyer Jacket | Video
The streetwear world might just want to get used to the idea that the Destroyer Jacket is going to keep on coming. There are dozens and dozens of special or celebrity/athlete themed editions, and Nike is definitely milking the jacket for all it’s worth. To be fair, it is an extremely nice jacket, classically inspired with the perfect amount of contemporary style, and it is very well made. This week we saw a video of Edison Chen visiting the Nike Stadium on Bowery, where he created his own version of the jacket, which not surprisingly had a CLOT theme. The jacket is great – they all are – but the video was a fun look into the customization and creation process, which is something that relatively few people get to see.
Standard Hotel x KAWS Limited Edition XX Light Bulbs | Detailed Look
Finally, it was another big week for KAWS, who is charging into 2011. First was the release of his Companion figure as reinterpreted by Robert Lazzarini; which of course sold out in minutes. The main story though, was the release of his lightbulb designed for the Standard Hotel. The pieces are 3 Watt soft glow bulbs, with the filament shaped into the KAWS “X X” logo. KAWS wanted to design something that could be found in any hotel room, and the project did evoke some criticism for being totally outside the scope of his previous street art – but that is the point. The bulbs come in three colors, and were limited to 1000 sets of 3 bulbs. They took a bit longer to sell out than the Companion piece, but did sell out completely within a few days.