The YSL Collection That Shook Classic Couture to its Core

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1971 was a dramatic year for Paris fashion. Even before the heightened scandal of Yves Saint Laurent’s Spring/Summer ’71 haute couture show, an air of nostalgia and generational disparity permeated the city’s streets and couture salons. In 1968, Cristóbal Balenciaga closed his Avenue George V maison because there was “no one left to dress”. Ready-to-wear had become the meat of most fashion houses and in just one year, from 1966 to 1967, the number of couture houses…

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Artist Sue Webster Talks Bukowski, Breaking Taboos and Punk

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Walking around the streets of East London’s Shoreditch, it’s almost impossible to go unaffected by the area’s vapidly consumerist transformation. A Versace store now sits alongside opaquely pretentious coffee shops, surrounded by a smattering of patronising street art and the last remaining cab offices and off licenses. Where once Shoreditch was an epicentre of radical new change within the British art industry, now it has become a capitalist parody of itself.

When artist Sue…

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Watch a Plane Take Off from This Runway in the French Alps

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Courchevel Altiport (IATA: CVF, ICAO: LFLJ) is an altiport serving Courchevel, a ski resort in the French Alps. The airfield has a very short runway of only 537 metres (1,762 ft) with a gradient of 18.6%.

According to Wikipedia:

There is no go-around procedure for landings at Courchevel, due to the surrounding mountainous terrain. De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters and DHC-7 Dash 7 turboprops served the airport in the past; however, the airfield primarily sees smaller fixed-wing aircraft such as Cessnas as well as helicopters at present. The runway has no instrument approach procedure or lighting aids, thus making landing in fog and low clouds unsafe and almost impossible.
 
The airport is considered dangerous, as it features a difficult approach, an upslope runway and ski runs in the adjacent area. The History Channel program Most Extreme Airports ranks it as the seventh most dangerous airport in the world.

 

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Across the Sky: A 1600 ft Slackline in the Utah Desert

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On November 15, 2015 Théo Sanson walked nearly 500 meters on a slackline rigged from The Rectory to Castleton Tower in Castle Valley, Utah – likely a new world record. Rigging the line is perhaps as significant a feat as walking it. The team included:

Andy Lewis, Brent Cain, Aleta Edinger, Sylvan Slacks, Scott Rogers, Brian Mosbaugh, Homer Manson, Ryan Zorg, Thibault Arrappiccatu, Mathieu Pertus, Crack Mouse, Sara Zorg, Guillaume Rolland, Antony Newton, Mimi Guesdon.

Filmed and Edited by Tim Kemple, Renan Ozturk and Anson Fogel // Camp4 Collective

 

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Jeremy Clarkson Unveils Amazon’s Latest Delivery Drone

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Amazon unveiled their latest delivery drone yesterday with help from former Top Gear host, Jeremy Clarkson. Amazon Prime Air wants to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using drones.

The embedded video below shows actual flight footage from their latest unmanned aerial vehicle. The drones are designed to deliver packages that weigh up to 5 pounds (2.27 kg). The drones themselves weigh just under 55 lbs and are designed to fly under 400 ft in the air. While the technology is ‘there’, the major hold back will come from safety and regulatory approval from governments.

Prime Air is currently being developed in the United States, United Kingdom and Israel. You can learn more about Prime Air at their official website.

 

 

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Liat Livni on Winning WARSTEINER’s BLOOOM Award, Becoming an Artist and the ‘Cookie Monster’ of Hanover

How do you become an artist? For Liat Livni, the 2015 winner of WARSTEINER’s BLOOOM Award for emerging artists, “you cannot really become one. It’s something deep inside you that you cannot escape.” It’s a sentiment that has took her around the world, with residencies from the US, to Germany and Asia, where she developed her unique, almost architectural form of art.

Her award-winning piece, Jerusalem Boulevard, Jaffa, was painstakingly constructed from some 30 veneered boards, applied together to create an image of the boulevard, located in the ancient city of Jaffa which neighbors Tel Aviv. An incredibly physical, layered piece, it sits like a sculpture, inviting investigation and closer study through its layers that represent three temporal periods of past, present and future connecting and merging into a unified streetscape.

Livni beat over 1,500 artists competing from 75 countries to win the prize, which included a chance to exhibit her work alongside other finalists at the Cologne Art Fair where the winner was announced. It also includes a forthcoming trip to Art Basel Miami Beach, 1,500€ prize money and enrolment in BLOOOM Award jury member Walter Gehlen’s 12 month mentoring program.

Now, with WARSTEINER’s BLOOOM Award under her belt, we talked to the Israeli artist about her award-winning piece, about her inspiration and working style, as well as what the award means for her and her career.

Liat Livni during the award ceremony in Cologne. Image: BLOOOM Art Award by WARSTEINER
BLOOOM Art Award by WARSTEINER

What does it mean to win WARSTEINER’s BLOOOM Award, Livni?

For me it means recognition. The art world’s recognition of my work and the opportunity to showcase my art to a new, global audience. It also gives me a feeling of contentment and validation that the path I have chosen is appreciated.

In today’s world, the decision to be an artist is not an obvious choice. It’s a choice in a vocation that entails financial instability, and in which the time that goes into the artwork is not always or immediately manifested in its value.

How did you end up where you are today then? How do you become an artist?

Well I have always studied art and, although I tried to study something more practical, like fashion design, I quit after a year and did my Bachelors and Masters instead in Fine Arts. I believe that you either are or you aren’t an artist; you cannot fake it and you cannot really become one. It’s something deep inside you that you cannot escape.

But I ended up where I am today with a lot of dedication and hard work, with the support of my surroundings and with the fortune of taking part in many artist residencies, exhibitions and art fairs.

Talk us through your work for the competition, Jerusalem Boulevard, Jaffa. What were you trying to say with this piece?

The work was created especially for the exhibition “The First Boulevard”, which was initiated by Tel Aviv University’s Structure Preservation Studio in the David Azrieli School of Architecture.

But as the daughter of an architect and a civil engineer, I was always interested in urban architecture, and the idea of taking part in this exhibition was very appealing to me.

However, beyond that, creating a big veneer work was a challenge I set myself. The work shows the influence of time on this ancient street through the years. The structures adorning the street, built in different periods, are floating in the air like objects devoid of solid base or roots.

‘Tornado – Hourglass’, 2012, Sand on cardboard; ‘Ruin’, 2013, Cookies and Parchment paper. Both Liat Livni. Image: courtesy of the artist.
Image: Liat Livni

What about your creative process? What inspires you and how do you like to work?

Usually my art is a product of my surroundings: I start my exploration a bit like a tourist – walking around, taking photographs, finding and collecting objects and materials. I use the visual data I collect to create new imaginary landscapes by constructing and deconstructing the photographs, transforming them into works of art using different techniques and materials like veneer, sand, layers of paper as well as playing with light sources.

When in Israel, I mostly address the landscape and architecture around me. But in the past I’ve also stayed at artist residencies in Germany, Asia and the US. The works I created there, such as in Hanover for instance, exemplified the influence of the culture, history, and current events of my surroundings.

In Hanover, I made sculptures and images inspired by the peculiar local news report about the theft of the golden Leibniz Cookie logo from the Bahlsen factory. It was stolen by the Hanover ‘Cookie Monster’, who demanded a donation of 50,000 cookies for the children’s hospital in return.

Of course, it was difficult to separate the works I created there from the German-Jewish history, and so my first work there was made of cookie crumbs, forming the Hebrew phrase “to remember and not forget” (The Holocaust). Other works, more humorous in nature, were inspired by the way I felt there, like a princess in a fairytale, which was ironic considering the house I stayed in, called “Totenhaus” (which translates as ‘house of the dead’) and was used as the place where the dead were brought from the nearby Jewish hospital.

How has this award process been different from those other experiences and what will it enable you to do?

I think it’s better to perhaps answer this in a couple of years from now, from the distance of time and with the benefit of hindsight…

However, right now, I can say that being one of the ten finalists that presented their works at the Cologne Art Fair, exposed my art to more art lovers. And, thanks to the fair, my piece was sold to a private collector who was very taken with it.

This piece was part of an ongoing series created with the BLOOOM Award by WARSTEINER. For more information, follow @BLOOOMAward or visit their dedicated site.

For more on her work, visit Liat’s Livni site.

Supreme x COMME des GARCONS SHIRT x Timberland Drops This Thursday

First previewed back in September, Supreme’s forthcoming three-way collab with COMME des GARCONS SHIRT and Timberland is set to hit both Supreme stores and Dover Street Market this Thursday.

In typical Supreme style, the collab subtly reworks a streetwear classic, embossing Timberland’s iconic 6″ waterproof construction boot with some of COMME des GARCONS’ trademark polka dots.

Both black and wheat colorways will be available from Supreme stores and Dover Street Market (both London and NY locations) December 3, as well as online. The Japanese release follows on December 5.

The Art of Cats in Seashells

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Delightfully decorative though they are, seashells are in fact little more than a by-product of spectacular sub-aquatic life, created by various animals as a form of protection. Still, the ocean ephemera make for marvellous collections, and happily Stephen Eichhorn, the artist behind those history-making collages of cats and cacti, has now taken on the molluscular forms for a new collection in the new issue of feline-focused…

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TheCreatorClass x Canon Presents: #SHOOTITYOURSELF

It’s one thing learning from a teacher, but it’s another to learn from people like you. And usually, it’s far more effective (how far do authority figures and their messages really get these days?).

At least, that’s the guiding principle behind the The Creator Class, an international group of visual storytellers who are leading the pack, along with photo mavericks Canon, in teaching relevant photography and visual skills to the rising creator culture. Under the #SHOOTITYOURSELF banner, a series of videos are being released revealing the secrets of quickly taken, well-balanced and well-executed photography from the people who know.

This comes as Canon release a series of new compact cameras, designed for the city and the rigours of urban and international living. The new Canon G-Series and their EOS Mirrorless cameras are made for operating in low light, while their software has been crafted to easily integrate across social networks so creating and sharing images is pretty painless.

As part of The Creator Class, Toronto’s SoTeeOh journeys through his native city, outlining his creative process and ethos. Then, outdoor adventurer Dylan Furst takes us through some of his favorite patches of wilderness, sharing how best to capture the wild, before thesupermaniak, mr.jobeezy and 13thwitness all share their unique perspectives as well.

Find out more at The Creator Class site. For info on joining The Creator Class, click here.