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Narcisso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism

THE PATRICIA & PHILLIP FROST ART MUSEUM FIU PRESENTS — NARCISO RODRIGUEZ: AN EXERCISE IN MINIMALISM

On View Oct. 9 – Jan. 8 (and during Art Basel Season)

Headlining the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum’s Art Basel Season for 2016, Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism will feature designs byCuban-American fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez as well as never-before-seen archival materials, original sketches, video and works of art, selected by the designer to showcase the influence of the visual arts on his creations.

Co-curated by Alex Gonzalez, the Creative Director of ELLE Magazine and Klaudio Rodriguez, the Curator of the Frost Art Museum, the exhibition opens with a private reception on Saturday, October 8 as well as an event on Sunday, October 9 that is free and open to the public (and will remain on view through January 8, including the week of Art Basel Miami Beach).

The Frost Art Museum is also partnering with ELLE on both the exhibition and the opening night event.

“The strength of our inaugural couture exhibition is our emphasis on Narciso Rodriguez's artistry and creative process," says Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, Director of the museum. "Like a master sculptor or painter, he finds inspiration in the world around him to create an artistic continuum of ideas that are the underpinning of his life's work." 

“As a first-generation immigrant who impacts our contemporary culture globally, Narciso personifies the American dream."

"Alongside our guest curator Alex Gonzalez, Creative Director at ELLE Magazine, these two powerhouses will present a cultural milestone that will inspire and resonate strongly with the international communities here in Miami and at Florida International University,"  - adds Dr. Pomeroy.
“I am honored to be asked to be part of the celebrated history of exhibitions presented by the Frost Art Museum FIU — and particularly excited to do so during Art Basel Season in Miami,” 

 

About the Designer


One of the foremost American designers during the last two decades, Narciso Rodriguez plays a singular role in global fashion. Raised in Newark, New Jersey, Rodriguez received his formal education at Parson’s School of Design in New York (PARSONS PROUD)

Following freelance work in New York’s garment industry, he joined Anne Klein under Donna Karan. Later, he moved to Calvin Klein where he worked on the women’s collection.

In 1995, Rodriguez became Design Director of TSE where he presented the first ready to wear collections for men and women in New York. Simultaneously, he was appointed Design Director of Cerruti in Paris.

In 1996, Rodriguez received international acclaim when he designed the bias-cut wedding dress that Carolyn Bessette wore for her marriage to John F. Kennedy, Jr. and in October 1997, the first women’s ready to wear collection under the Narciso Rodriguez label was presented in Milan for the Spring/Summer 1998 season. The same year, Loewe appointed Rodriguez Design Director of the women’s ready to wear collection, a position he held until 2001.

Rodriguez established his atelier in New York in 2001. Subsequently, he becamethe first designer ever to receive consecutive Womenswear Designer of the Yearawards by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

In 2005, Time Magazine named him one of the “25 Most Influential Hispanics in America” while two years later he received the Fashion Icon Award from Pratt Institute.

In 2008, Rodriguez was honored for Special Achievement in Fashion by ALMA (the American Latino Media Arts Awards). He was awarded the prestigious Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Award for fashion in 2014.

Rodriguez has consistently dressed many women ranging from artists to award-winning actresses and theatre icons, to First Lady Michelle Obama.  His designs have been featured in several films and television programs (including the current season of the HBO series Veep). His artistic collaborations include creative projects with choreographers Christopher Wheeldon, Jonah Bokaer and Stephen Petronio. 

About the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU

One of the largest free-standing art museums in Florida, the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University was founded in 1977 and is the Smithsonian Affiliate in Miami.  The museum’s new lakeside building debuted in 2008, designed by Yann Weymouth (the chief of design on the I.M. Pei Grand Louvre Project). With 46,000 square feet of energy efficient exhibition, storage, and programming space, the museum was honored with LEED silver certification. 

The museum’s mission is three-fold: to be a campus resource for the entire FIU community; to offer interdisciplinary training in the arts for the next generation of artists and art historians; and to serve as a premier cultural destination for the residents of Miami, and the 15 million visitors to one of the world’s most vibrant cultural destinations - home to global cultural events including Art Basel. The Frost offers programming that complements its exhibitions with a wide range of educational initiatives.

The Steven and Dorothea Green Critics' Lecture Series has featured internationally renowned speakers including: Christo, Susan Sontag, Frank Stella, Helen Frankenthaler, John Cage and Marina Abramović. The Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery serves as an innovative programming space that encourages children’s involvement in art through hands-on exploration. 

Admission to the museum is always free. The Frost is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and is located at 10975 SW 17 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., and Sunday noon-5:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays and most legal holidays. The Sculpture Park is open every day. 

PUMA x Trapstar

Better On Me Than Your Boyfriend

Following the unveil of the  PUMA x TRAPSTAR White Noise teaser collection in June 2016, PUMA is excited to reveal the first official drop of their collaboration with London based street label TRAPSTAR. The PUMA x TRAPSTAR capsule teams a premium football aesthetic with fearless street style.   TRAPSTAR began with Mikey Trapstar and his crew making custom tees for their mates. Their bold, graphic t-shirts, hoodies, tough leather biker jackets and LDN-repping caps have become a firm favourite among the likes of Rihanna, Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea, A$AP Rocky and Cara Delevingne. The capsule includes a high contrast camo Savannah Jacket (R3 399), a lightly padded tonal camo Bib (R2 199), a Football Tee (R1 399) and a selection of tees (R799). While footwear sees the return of an old favourite, the Suede in black or red (R1 799). Product will be available from August 2016 at PUMA Select stores, X-Trend stores, Cop Capital, Shelflife and Madaiza


For Autumn-Winter ’16, Global Sports Brand PUMA launches a collaborative collection with London- based lifestyle label, Trapstar. Teased in June with an exclusive PUMA Disc Blaze drop bearing the signature Trapstar “White Noise” graphic speckled sole, this season’s range includes footwear and apparel that combine street fashion, PUMA’s sports-inspired styles and the Trapstar crew’s passion for As far as Trapstar is concerned, there is a star trapped inside everyone. Forged from underground subculture, this London-based lifestyle brand – and its founders, Mike, Lee and Will – takes its influence from iconic cinema, photography, music, and contemporary art. Transcending the ethos of the brand through designs that follow true inspiration, not trends. Teaming up with PUMA, they remix their vision of streetwear inspired pieces with PUMA’s iconic sports silhouettes. Bold red hues, subtly contrasting details, and athletic elements update familiar designs while giving an edge to fresh apparel. In the mix we have the return of court favorites, the Suedes (R1 799) though in a more simplistic approach, bearing the co-branded logo.


The collection’s apparel, which is a mix of jackets, tops and bottoms, sees a continuation of Trapstar’s underground routes crossing over with PUMA’s sportswear innovation. PUMA x Trapstar Savannah (R3 399) is a breathable athletic style of jacket that stands out as a must have piece. The original jacket has been reinvented with a premium football twist complete with transfer accents that are applied and laser cut for a bold effect. This makes the style not only breathable; it also ties it in to its functional origins. The hero jacket is available in a high contrast camo print, giving this essential city- exploring piece the Trapstar edge that when combined with the PUMA x Trapstar footwear, creates a strong streetwear inspired look. Teaming a classic football kit with fearless street style, The PUMA x Trapstar Bib (R2 199) is a lightly padded vest that echoes the Trapstar identity with its The PUMA x Trapstar collection will be is available from August at PUMA SELECT Bree Street, Cape Town and Braamfontein, Johannesburg, X-Trend stores, Cop Capital, Shelflife and Madaiza.


TRAPSTAR LONDON - Founded by Mike, Lee and Will, Trapstar is a London conceived streetwear lifestyle clothing brand that believes there is a star trapped with in everyone. Trapstar was created from underground inner city sub culture. Influenced by iconic cinema, photography, music and contemporary art all the way to military references. Trapstar remains true by not following the cliches and regulations of fashion. The brand has become an ambassador/spokesman for the new era of forward thinking creative minds. Known to transcend the ethos of the brand through themed collections which come in the form of clothing. But is also heavily related to music, photography and art. Check them out here.

Photography by Sean Williams

Jordyn Woods for BooHoo.com

Global online retailer boohoo.com is delighted to announce an exciting collaboration with model and digital influencer Jordyn Woods.

Jordyn Woods, a rising pop culture star, will be making her first venture into fashion design by joining forces with boohoo.com for an exclusive collaboration that will debut this fall.

The collaboration with boohoo.com will see Jordyn Woods design two special collections for autumn and holiday that will cater to girls of all shapes and sizes from 2 – 22. The collections will include party dresses, matching separates, oversized sweaters, denim and outerwear inspired by her distinctive contemporary style.

'We are thrilled to be collaborating with Jordyn Woods and to be the first fashion brand to work with her in this way; she is an ideal boohoo.com girl and our customers love her energy and style. As an inclusive brand, boohoo.com is determined to create fashionable products for young girls of all sizes and continue to encourage body positivity. The synergy between cultural influencers and fashion grows stronger daily and at boohoo.com, we are excited to help further bridge this gap and bring some amazing fashion to all of our customers at very affordable prices. “Carol Kane & Mahmud Kamani” CEOs - boohoo.com

This has been an incredible opportunity to design a collection that embraces all body types. There were points in my life growing up when I wanted to dress like other girls my age, but I couldn't find clothes in my size that were as cute as theirs. With boohoo.com, I have been supported and encouraged to create something that all women can have access to and that I am proud of. “Jordyn Woods”

To cut through the US market, e-commerce powerhouse boohoo.com launched its first US campaign “we are USA” last year to drive brand awareness in the US. The partnership with Jordyn Woods is a fitting complement to boohoo.com’s robust marketing bid for the US market. With sights set on global domination, the US market is now one of the biggest for the retailer with incredible year on year growth.

The fall collection launches September 2016 on boohoo.com.

PUMA x Limited Edt

The Singapore Tale Continues...

PUMA reignites its collaboration with Singapore’s leading sneaker boutique, Limited Edt in a continuation of the three-part series inspired by the Singapore story. Following last year’s Blaze of Glory x Limited Edt SG50 sneaker, this drop will feature the iconic PUMA DISC silhouette for the final two chapters of this story.

Utilising a different template to paint the final two chapters of the series, the Limited Edt team has created two exclusively designed sneakers with the iconic PUMA DISC. While the Blaze Of Glory told stories of the Merlion and the legend of how Singapore got its name, the second part heralds the founding of Singapore by the British and how it thrived as a port city. Designed with aspects reflective of the busy sea lanes, the DISC Blaze by Limited Edt Chapter 2 features a translucent PUMA Disc knob, icy blue cage panels, and a reflective speckled midsole. A standout look for day to night, the upper also emits a powerful glow in the dark.

DISC Blaze by Limited Edt Chapter 3 depicts the modern Singapore at present and the inspiration comes through with the different shades of grey tones with tree bark camo used on the upper to symbolise the state being a concrete Jungle. Crafted to reflect the glossy, clean and urban feel of the country, the shoes also feature reflective elements such as a specked midsole, toe guard and cage panels.

A recurring motif across the capsule, both pairs like the first release also pay homage to the national flag with the 5 star PUMA and Limited Edt insignia at the heel, as well as the red and white detailing on the tongue  tab. The custom insole features a lion graphic specially designed by Hypethetic to follow through with the lion city theme. A capsule collection that conveys the Singapore history with fresh and contemporary execution, both sneakers are made to for those who aren’t afraid of standing out.

Gabriel Yap, Head of Marketing at PUMA Southeast Asia says, “This being PUMA’s first collaboration with a local sneaker boutique, it has been a really exciting project from the beginning. With Limited Edt’s expertise in the field of streetwear and sneakers, the results of all three chapters have been beautiful and I am confident that fans will definitely love the uniquely-Singaporean designs they have crafted.”

Mandeep Chopra, Founder of Limited Edt says, “We are very excited to finally release Chapter 2 and 3 of the Singapore-inspired series of exclusive sneakers with PUMA. This creative journey has been a really fulfilling one as we got to tell our interpretation of the Singapore story and showcase the Limited Edt design philosophy at the same time.”

The PUMA Disc x Limited Edt Chapter 2 and 3 DISCS will be retailing for R2 699 each at PUMA Select Bree Street, Cape Town and Braamfontein, Johannesburg from 16 July.

Green America Congratulates Hellmann's for Major Step in Non-GMO Products

Parent Company Unilever Announces Two New Lines Made With Organic and Non-GMO Eggless Options; Step by World’s 3rd Largest Food/Consumer Products Company is Another Big Win Against GMOs. WASHINGTON—February 2, 2016—Green America congratulates Unilever on two new products announced today—Hellmann’s organic mayonnaise and Hellmann’s “Carefully Crafted” egg-free dressing and sandwich spread. Both products are made with non-GMO ingredients. The announcement of these products follows the introduction of Hellman’s non-GMO olive oil mayonnaise last year.  Hellmann’s USDA certified organic mayonnaise is made with all organic ingredients including organic/non-GMO and cage-free eggs. Hellmann’s “Carefully Crafted” sandwich spread is an egg-free, and cholesterol-free spread made with non-GMO ingredients. 

“As the third largest food and consumer goods company in the world, Unilever has a responsibility to operate in a way that is environmentally sustainable and healthy for consumers,” said Michael Stein, food campaigns manager for Green America. “By offering organic and non-GMO Hellmann’s products, Unilever has made an important step towards this end and is listening to the demands of the 21st century consumer.”  GMO Inside, a campaign led by Green America, began educating consumers in 2014 about GMOs in mayonnaise. Because Hellmann’s is such an iconic mayonnaise brand, thousands of consumers reached out to Hellmann’s to ask the company to go non-GMO. In response, Hellmann’s began offering a non-GMO mayonnaise made with olive oil in May 2015. 

Unilever’s latest announcement follows Campbell's announcement of more non-GMO and organic products last year and call for mandatory labeling in January 2016. Momentum in the food industry's response to consumer demand for healthier food is growing rapidly. In addition to Hellmann's and Campbell's, GMO Inside has also been successful in moving General Mills to offer non-GMO original Cheerios, Similac to offer non-GMO infant formula, and Hershey to switch to non-GMO sugar for some of its candy products. “Consumer demand for organic and non-GMO products has been skyrocketing,” said John Roulac, CEO of Nutiva and co-chair of the GMO Inside Campaign. “As more people are becoming concerned with the ingredients in the food they eat and how it is made, it will be important for other companies to follow Unilever’s lead and offer organic and non-GMO options.”  

Multinational food companies like Unilever are increasingly meeting the demand from consumers for healthy and organic ingredients in their foods. Green America will continue to engage with Unilever in the future with a goal of more third-party verified organic and non-GMO products, as well as greater transparency on food packing about GMO ingredients.  ABOUT GREEN AMERICA Green America is the nation’s leading green economy organisation. Founded in 1982, Green America provides the economic strategies, organising power and practical tools for businesses and individuals to solve today's social and environmental problems. http://www.GreenAmerica.org.