Fun Factory USA Releases Coloring Book, Offers Prizes for Creative Designs

Fun Factory USA, the U.S. subsidiary of the German heritage brand, is releasing a series of free “FUNsexual Activity Books,” starting with issue No. 1, a coloring book that’s currently available for download.
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Philipp Plein Designs Off-Field Uniforms for Atlético Madrid Soccer Team

PLEIN’S GOAL: Philipp Plein is in for a new athletic gig as the official off-field partner of the Club Atlético de Madrid soccer team, also known as Atlético Madrid.
On Tuesday the luxury fashion brand revealed it has inked a four-season tie-up with the club, whose players and management will be wearing formal off-field Philipp Plein uniforms until the 2022-2023 season.
In particular, the uniforms include a black wool coat with a contrasting red undercollar, and a single-breasted black suit adorned with a Philipp Plein metallic logo embroidered above the blazer’s flap pocket. A logo embellishment also appears on the white shirts worn underneath.
This is not the first sports-related deal for Plein, which previously inked several partnerships, such as with A.C. Monza, A.S. Roma and A.S. Monaco soccer teams and with Lugano’s Hockey Club. Billionaire, also under the Philipp Plein Group umbrella, announced a sponsorship of the Monte Carlo Polo Club during the men’s fall 2019 show. Group ambassadors include Nico Hulkenberg and Jorge Lorenzo, as well as Philadelphia Eagles receiver Braxton Miller, to name a few.
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EXCLUSIVE: Dior’s Kim Jones Designs Stage Costumes for Maluma

PRETTY BOY: Having made a splashy entrance at the Dior pre-fall men’s show in Miami in a convertible car, Maluma is getting ready to wear the brand on stage during his current 11:11 world tour.
Kim Jones, artistic director of men’s wear at Dior, has created a series of looks for the Colombian performer based on pieces from his spring 2020 collection, made in collaboration with contemporary artist Daniel Arsham. Maluma will premiere the new outfits on March 11 in Athens and wear them on stage through April 4.
Standouts include a white organza jacket with saturated blue pleated georgette embroideries by Lesage, representing the most exclusive end of the house’s sportswear-meets-couture offering. Maluma will also wear monochrome outfits, suits and sheer jumpsuits featuring the house’s vintage newspaper print.
Jones previously selected the 26-year-old reggaeton star as one of five cover faces for the first men’s print issue of Harper’s Bazaar in 50 years. Maluma’s fourth studio album, “11:11” features collaborations with Madonna and Ricky Martin. He is also set to star opposite Jennifer Lopez in the romantic comedy “Marry Me.”

A sketch by Kim Jones for Maluma’s tour outfit. 
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“I love Maluma’s unique energy, his abundant creativity, his passion for life,” Jones said in

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P.E. Nation Designs Exclusive Collection for Kith

P.E. Nation, the Sydney-based sports luxe ath-leisure firm, has designed a six-piece sportswear capsule that will launch exclusively at Kith and kith.com today.
The capsule features a sports bra, leggings, tank, sweatshirt, track pant and jacket.
Retail prices range from $ 99 to $ 229. Specifically, the bra is $ 99, the tank is $ 109, legging is $ 139, sweatshirt is $ 149, track pant is $ 189 and jacket is $ 229.
Pip Edwards, cofounder and creative director of P.E. Nation, said they have been working with Kith on their mainline brand for over a year, and they proposed an exclusive collection for their stores. The collection is for one season, added Claire Tregoning, cofounder and creative director of P.E. Nation.
Asked how the exclusive collection differs from their main line, Tregoning said, “The collection for Kith features a fresh new color palette and clashing prints, while still utilizing elements of our bestsellers with a Kith touch of fluoro [fluorescent].”

A look from the P.E. Nation x Kith exclusive collection. 
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The collection is manufactured in China and will be carried in Kith stores in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, as well as kith.com.

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Rachel Zoe Designs Girls and Boys Party Collection for Janie and Jack

Rachel Zoe is once again tapping into the children’s market. The designer and celebrity stylist has teamed with Janie and Jack, a division of Gap Inc., to launch the Rachel Zoe x Janie and Jack collection in stores this November.
The line features a variety of girls’ and boys’ clothing and accessories inspired by the holiday season and the things Zoe loves, such as gold, sparkle, texture and statement pieces. One-hundred percent of net proceeds from the collection will benefit Baby2Baby, a nonprofit organization that provides children living in poverty with basic necessities.
Over the years, Zoe has collaborated on different children’s projects, having recently launched a home decor collection with Pottery Barn Kids and Pottery Barn Teen. She said it helped her a lot when jumping into the mind-set of designing a children’s fashion line for Janie and Jack. “I feel like I was fully immersed in the creative space to design from a child’s perspective both apparel and home.” Last year, she curated favorite  picks at Gymboree that were sold in-store and online.
The Janie and Jack Party collection features 38 pieces in sizes 12 to 18 months to 12 years, with retail prices ranging from $ 18 to $ 169. Pieces range

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Country Music’s Kassi Ashton Designs Budweiser Capsule

Rising country music star Kassi Ashton’s talents extend beyond having a great set of pipes and the ability to write moving songs that expose the gritty and vulnerable sides of her personality. Ashton has been designing and sewing her own clothes for as long as she can remember. When Budweiser heard that, it tapped Ashton to create a limited-edition collection that will be sold at a pop-up at CMA Fest, June 6-9 in Nashville.
“I’ve been obsessed with clothes ever since I can remember,” Ashton said. “The first time I was picky about clothes, I had these black corduroy overalls that I hated. My mom made we wear them to kindergarten and I cried in my cubby until my she brought me a change of clothes.”
Ashton in middle school learned how to sew and created her own outfits. She said she jumped at the chance to work with Budweiser on the eight-piece collection. “It’s a big company that was very influential in my youth,” she said. “It’s all my dad drinks; it’s an American staple. This is a new thing for Budweiser. They’re trying to reach out to a new audience.”
Ashton, who designs the clothes she wears in her music videos,

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Caroline Constas Designs Exclusive Capsule at Bergdorf Goodman

CONSTAS CAPSULE: Caroline Constas, the advanced contemporary company, has designed an exclusive capsule for Bergdorf Goodman. The capsule is separate from the seasonal buy at Bergdorf’s, which has carried Constas’ collection for the past three years.
The capsule, which retails from $ 395 to $ 995, is housed in its own 20-by-10-foot pop-in space, located on Bergdorf’s fifth floor. It has a jet-set theme, incorporating the brand’s DNA such as whimsical toile prints, bold stripes and ginghams. The main colors are vibrant orchids, blues and saffron yellow. It’s a one-time capsule.
The capsule, consisting of 12 ready-to-wear and three swim styles, is called Caroline Constas Mer.
The offering will go into Bergdorf’s today and will be available online on Thursday. It will be celebrated at an event at Bergdorf’s Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m., where Constas will be on hand.

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EXCLUSIVE: Artcurial Auctions Trove of Rare Martin Margiela Designs

PARIS — Fans of Martin Margiela will have an opportunity to snap up some museum-grade items from the private collections of his inner circle during Artcurial’s upcoming auction of 277 rare and exceptional pieces by the Belgian designer.
Coming on the heels of two major Paris retrospectives last year at the Palais Galliera fashion museum and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the online sale from March 6 to 11 coincides with a double anniversary: the birth of Maison Martin Margiela in 1989 and the departure of its reclusive founder in 2009.
Pénélope Blanckaert, Hermès vintage and fashion arts director at Artcurial, curated an exhibition of the lots with Christophe Brunnquell, former artistic director at Purple magazine. It will run at Artcurial’s headquarters from Feb. 26 to March 6, coinciding with Paris Fashion Week.
“It’s rare to have such a complete sale,” Blanckaert told WWD. “We have pieces from the first collection to the last. I love that — it’s truly a retrospective.”
The items on offer include selections from professional collectors like Emmanuelle and Philippe Harros, the duo behind Quidam de Revel, and Hideo Hashiura, the owner of cult Tokyo vintage shop Laila, who is believed to own around 4,000 Margiela pieces.
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Pharrell Williams Designs Capsule Collection for Chanel

RHYME AND REASON: Pharrell Williams arrived at Chanel’s first show in Bangkok on Wednesday night wearing a yellow hoodie festooned with sparkly CC and Coco logos — a wink to a new Chanel and Pharrell ready-to-wear and accessories capsule he did for spring 2019.
Chanel said the collection would debut exclusively on March 29, at its new Seoul flagship boutique, followed by select Chanel boutiques around the world from April 4.
Williams has appeared in campaigns for Chanel, composed a song for an original film by Karl Lagerfeld in tandem with its Paris-Salzburg show, and collaborated on Adidas sneakers for a Chanel installation at Colette in Paris last year.
Chanel confirmed the project in a press release, but gave no details about the size of the range or prices. The French house reprised its cruise show in Thailand’s capital with a new decor installed on the banks of the Chao Phraya river.

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EXCLUSIVE: Diane von Furstenberg Designs Minnie Mouse’s Wrap Dress for TV Special

Who wouldn’t doubt that Diane von Furstenberg and Minnie Mouse would become fast friends?
For the prime-time ABC special Nov. 4 in celebration of Mickey and Minnie Mouse’s 90th anniversary, von Furstenberg has designed a wrap dress for Minnie Mouse.
“They asked me if I’d like to do a dress for her 90th birthday, and I said ‘OK,’” said von Furstenberg. “Obviously she’s an icon and she had to have a wrap dress. I made a wrap that had lots of different cutouts so we could play with her dots and the colors of the dot and a lot of godets.”
Minnie Mouse’s dress was created by using a 100 percent silk faille fabric in white and black and hand-embroidering sequins to create the mix of polka-dot designs. The dress was sewn by hand in New York, taking 15 people nearly 35 hours to complete.
Long considered a fashion icon, Minnie has been a muse for designers, inspiring new collections and appearing in magazines and runway shows all over the world. Her classic polka-dot ensemble has been continually reimagined by the industry through the decades. Minnie Mouse, who has a reputation for being cute, playful and flirtatious, has often been portrayed as a dancer

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Neiman Marcus’ Ken Downing Designs Flashy Interiors for Model Residence at Fifteen Hudson Yards

DOWNING BY THE RIVER: For those who have wondered what it’s like to live like Neiman Marcus fashion director Ken Downing, wait no longer.
Through a Related Cos.-Neiman Marcus effort, Downing has designed and styled the interior of a model residence at Fifteen Hudson Yards. Downing’s 1,464-square-foot model residence has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and a price tag of nearly $ 4.3 million. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group, Fifteen Hudson Yards has 285 condos varying in size from one bedroom to four bedrooms.
As a veteran member of the four-fashion-week pack (and the air miles to prove it), Downing gleaned inspiration from the world’s fashion capitals for his at-home curation. His fondness for art collecting was another factor in the final edit. There is also an abundance of color throughout the apartment including pink walls and ceiling, a Venetian-style glass chandelier in purple, a multicolored geometric style rug and a vibrant column painted by Brooklyn artist Nathan Green in the master suite, not to mention the turquoise floor-to-ceiling interior in the condo’s library. Reflective surfaces are meant to bring the West Side view indoors.
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Karl Lagerfeld Designs Chanel Costumes for ‘Boléro’ Pas de Deux

COSTUME PARTY: There’s no slowing perennial overachiever Karl Lagerfeld, who has designed two Chanel costumes for the pas de deux of “Bolero,” which will be performed by Diana Vishneva, prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Ballet, and Aurélie Dupont, director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet, at the latter company’s opening gala at the Palais Garnier on Thursday night.
The performance will be part of a new entry into the repertory of the Paris Opera Ballet: “Decadance” by Ohad Naharin, one of the world’s foremost contemporary choreographers, as a one-shot special appearance.
“Ravel’s ‘Boléro’ has always been one of my most favorite pieces of music in the world,” Lagerfeld said. “It was the first classical record I bought when I was 16 years old.”
Dupont said that after weeks of rehearsing for a show, “where we work on the positions and reflect on the role, putting on the costume allows us to completely metamorphose, to embody a role.”
“The costume is the finishing touch that allows you to become the character,” she added.
Opening with the presentation of the Ballet Corps — a tradition established by Serge Lifar, a friend of Gabrielle Chanel — where the opera dancers will parade to “La Marche des Troyens” by

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‘Project Runway All-Star’ Helen Castillo Designs Jumpsuit for Blue Man Group

DOWNTOWN BLUES: For the first time in 27 years, the Blue Man Group is adding a new item to their wardrobe. “Project Runway All-Star” Helen Castillo has created a jumpsuit for the three performance artists and, unlike their stage makeup, the design is not entirely blue.
Raised in New York, the designer attended an arts magnet middle school and subsequently saw her share of traditional Broadway shows. “Kids at school would always boast about their parents or the ‘cool aunt’ taking them to see this show. I grew up knowing it [BMG] as a household name. When I was invited to see a night showing of BMG, I couldn’t believe how close it was to St. Marks Place, where I hung out as a teenager getting my first tattoo and piercings,” she said. “It was refreshing to know there’s still an authentic New York tradition being maintained at Astor Place Theatre.”
Seen by 35 million people worldwide, the show is relatable to Castillo, who likes getting creative, messy and having fun. “Typically, I am inspired by paintings or art movements, so this opportunity was a stroke of fate. Just like visiting The Met to view the costume exhibitions, or photo galleries, the

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Randy Orton’s Tattoo Artists Sues WWE, 2K Games For Stealing Designs

Randy Orton’s tattoo artist is suing WWE and 2K Games — the company behind WWE 2K18 — claiming they used her designs without permission. The woman behind the suit is Catherine Alexander — a tattoo artist from Illinois — who says she’s been tattooing…

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Coquette to Show Off Latest Lingerie Designs at Altitude

Coquette International will showcase its newest lingerie designs at the spring Altitude Show in Las Vegas next week.
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Ashley Graham Designs Capsule for Marina Rinaldi

MILAN — Ashley Graham and Marina Rinaldi are taking their relationship one step further.
The Ashley Graham x Marina Rinaldi capsule collection for spring will be unveiled in Milan on Sept. 22, during Milan Fashion Week. The event will be staged at the newly restored 19th-century Teatro Gerolamo and is called “Let’s Denim” as the line hinges on jersey designs that look like denim. “This allows for extra comfort,” explained Lynne Webber, managing director of Marina Rinaldi. “It’s very difficult for plus-size customers to find the right fit with denim and we wanted to use comfortable fabrics that have a super recovery quality and dress all silhouettes.”
Graham has been fronting Marina Rinaldi’s advertising campaigns for two seasons. “We thought it was a good idea to reinforce this [commitment] with this new role as a designer,” Webber remarked. “Ashley is a super positive role model with a vast following on social media. The capsule is centered on Ashley as a typical consumer, there is an identification with her.”
With an entry price starting from $ 180, the capsule includes a practical lineup of shirts, dresses and body-hugging pants as well as strapless jumpsuits and motorcycle jackets, with metallic details with Graham’s signature.

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Mint Designs RTW Spring 2016

Gardens are hardly an original source of inspiration, but Nao Yagi and Hokuto Katsui managed to make the concept feel fresh and whimsical for spring. The show opened with a series of casual dresses and separates in a cartoonlike floral pattern. This print was first shown in black and white, and then in a silver version that lent a modern, almost Space Age feel to the clothes.
 
Silhouettes were slightly less flowy and oversize than some of Mint Designs’ previous collections, yet were still easy and unrestrictive. Dresses and skirts featured sheer pleated panels attached at the waist, and asymmetric details became more prominent with movement.
 
But the textiles were what really stood out in this show. A silver checked jacquard with brightly colored, outsize tulips woven into it was particularly eye-catching, whether it was used all over in a modern shift dress or peeking out from between pleats or under half-undone zippers. Another thick jacquard looked soft and wearable in boxy short-sleeve tops, an A-line skirt with diagonal zippers and even a little girl’s coat.

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Stella McCartney Unveils Latest Lingerie Designs for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

STELLA’S GOOD CAUSE: Stella McCartney is for a second year launching lingerie designs in support of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month.
The designer has created the Alina Playing range — a balconette bra, a soft-cup bra and a bikini brief, all in the same shade of hot pink. A percentage of the profits from the range — which retails from $ 55 for the briefs through to $ 110 for the bras — will be donated to three breast cancer charities: the Linda McCartney Centre in Liverpool, England, part of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital; the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the U.S., and the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Australia.
McCartney has tapped Cara Delevingne to appear in a campaign shot by Sean Thomas to mark the launch, which pictures Delevingne wearing the set and making a heart shape with her hands at her chest. McCartney said Delevingne “represents a generation of young women that we are really trying to reach,” adding that she hopes the campaign, to launch on McCartney’s Web site and social media channels, will “inspire all generations of women to be aware of breast cancer and be aware that preventing it is the most positive approach.” Last year, Kate Moss

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Tracy Feith Designs Warm Wholesale Line for Spring 2016

Tracy Feith and Winnie Beattie go way back. “She was one of my first employees,” said Feith, speaking by phone while driving in Los Angeles. By Beattie’s estimation, she was more like the third person to join Feith’s team over 20 years ago when he was starting his collection for surfy beach babes and she was a kid from Missouri desperate to be in fashion. Now Feith is working for Beattie. She hired him to design the women’s ready-to-wear line she’s launching next week for spring. It’s called Warm, just like the popular New York City store she opened in NoLIta with her husband Rob Magnotta in 2012.
This will come as great news to Feith fans, who’ve been wondering what became of him after he closed his business in 2010 (He was quietly creative directing at Toms Shoes). “I was really starting to feel the itch to get back into design and fashion again,” said Feith. “It was an easy, natural kind of collection for me to take on because it’s quite similar to the TF girl of a few years ago.
“Oh! And I initially wanted to do it because I’m friends with Winnie,” he added. “She and I appreciate

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Henry Holland Designs London Fashion Weekend T-Shirts

TEE TIME: House of Holland designer Henry Holland has designed a collection of T-shirts to mark this season’s London Fashion Weekend, a consumer event run by the British Fashion Council. 
The three T-shirts come in designs inspired by Holland’s past collections: a psychedelic floral pattern; a clashing check and a black T emblazoned with the slogan “Fashion Werk,” all priced at 35 pounds, or $ 54. The T-shirts will be sold at London Fashion Weekend, which runs Sept. 24 through 27 at London’s Saatchi Gallery, and for a limited period before the event, when visitors buy tickets online. 
House of Holland will also stage a runway show for the label’s fall collection during the event on Sept. 26, and model Daisy Lowe will interview Holland about his career. The biannual, ticketed event is made up of runway shows, designer talks, trend presentations and shopping galleries.

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Valentino Designs Wedding Gown For Nicky Hilton

HILTON GETS HITCHED: Valentino creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, have designed an haute couture gown worn by Nicky Hilton for her wedding to James Rothschild on Friday in London. The dress, made of three different shades of ivory and silver guipure was accented with crystal embellishments and features a balloon skirt with a three meter train. Her long veil was adorned at the edges with a vintage lace. Held at the Kensington Palace’s Orangery, a restaurant at the royal residence to the Cambridge family, white marquees were set up for the reception for the hotelier heiress and the banking heir. Among the attendees included Hilton’s sister Paris who wrote on Instagram: “So happy that my sister found the man of her dreams. They make the perfect couple! So excited for their wedding today!” This is the second marriage for Hilton, who was married to financier Todd Meister in Las Vegas — a union that lasted for three months. The couple held a pre-wedding party at Spencer House in St. James last night with guests including Chelsea Clinton and Naomi Campbell.
 

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Marc Chagall’s Wild Designs for Mozart’s The Magic Flute Are at the Fenimore Art Museum

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In 1967, when a new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute opened at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera, the steady pulse of the opera world was sent racing. The costumes and sets had been reimagined by Marc Chagall, the then 79-year-old Belorussian artist responsible for painting the ceiling of the Paris Opera House, and for installing two gigantic murals alongside the Met’s grand staircase (the latter became famous again in 2009 when the cash-strapped opera house was forced to put them up as collateral against a loan).



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Chagall’s production design, the subject of an exhibition this summer at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, created plenty of buzz back then, not all good. “All I had heard around the Metropolitan in the weeks preceding the premiere boded ill for the multi-colored, fanciful, way-out sets and costumes,” wrote Speight Jenkins, Jr. for the Times Herald. “Every bad rumor was wrong. From beginning to end, the welter of color created the non-realistic landscape which is the domain of Zauberflöte.”

But that “welter of color” irked others. Chagall’s efforts, which included the design of 39 stage curtains and 121 costumes and masks, were met with mixed reviews, cranky opera critics haranguing the artist for, essentially, making Mozart all about Chagall.

“Until last night, everybody thought that either Andrew Wyeth at the Whitney Museum or Paul Klee at the Guggenheim had the biggest one-man show in town,” grumbled John Canaday in the New York Times. “But it turns out to be Marc Chagall at the Metropolitan Opera.” He added: “A lot depends on which you want more, Mozart or Chagall. This reporter has a greater weakness for Mozart, which made the evening extremely wearing for him.”



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Alan Rich, writing for the World Journal Tribune, described a scene in which art-besotted operagoers burst into “wild applause” with “each new stage picture,” an experience that, no doubt, distracted from the music. “By the end of last evening, many members of the Metropolitan Opera House’s audience were convinced that Marc Chagall had not only designed the new production of The Magic Flute, but had also composed the music, written the libretto, sung the major roles, and conducted,” Rich lamented, then punctuated that flight of hyperbole with one last athletic eye roll: “If you admire Chagall’s art, a trip to the Met’s new Flute is at least as valid as a trip to the Museum of Modern Art. And, furthermore, you can divert your attention from it all (with a little effort, to be sure) and have Mozart’s incredible opera thrown in as a bonus.”

Despite initial backlash, Chagall’s production stayed in rotation until the 1981–82 season. In the decades since, other big-name artists have tried their hand at designing The Magic Flute, notably David Hockney for the Met and Maurice Sendak for the Houston Grand Opera (Sendak, wrote the New York Times Magazine, felt Chagall’s production lacked imagination, and that he had “merely imposed his shtetl symbolism on the opera.”) Since retirement, Chagall’s designs have, for the most part, been filed away in the Met’s dusty basement archives. But this summer, fans whose weakness for Marc rivals or outshines their weakness for Wolfgang, are in luck: The Fenimore Art Museum has unearthed several of the artist’s original costumes, along with masks and other production paraphernalia, and relocated the lot to Cooperstown for display through December.

“Chagall was a big music fan, Mozart in particular,” Chris Rossi, the exhibition’s curator, tells Vogue.com over the phone. “His ideas of perfection were the Bible and The Magic Flute. This must have been pure heaven for him.”



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That sense of delight comes across loud and clear: The costumes, divorced from the operatic setting, are beautiful, appearing, as Rich wrote nearly 50 years ago, like “Chagall paintings wrapped around people.” Among those on display are the artist’s feathery take on the bird-catchers, Papagena and Papageno (“in amazingly good shape, considering it’s covered in feathers” notes Rossi); his dusty rose and violet gown for the princess Pamina; a set of sun and star-adorned robes in jewel-tone greens and blues for the fatherly Sarastro; a wildly painted cobalt and aubergine silk chiffon and linen gown for the Queen of the Night (“If I could wear any costume in the exhibit, I would wear this one,” says Rossi); and a gold-lamé jacket-and-pant ensemble for the flute-playing hero Tamino, punctuated by an orange tie-dyed silk sash.

“It looks to me like something that would have been influenced by the Beatles, by India,” Rossi speculates about Tamino’s flair. “It could be me reading into it, but it definitely looks like something of what was happening in the world was sneaking in.” A Chagall homage to the counterculture? “He was really hip,” laughs Rossi. “I’ll just say it. It’s amazing.”

For an even more modern take on Mozart’s 1791 opera, museum visitors can head over to the local Glimmerglass Festival, where a new, completely contemporary production of The Magic Flute, directed by Madeline Sayet, goes up on Friday, and runs through August 23. “We were interested in exploring contemporary people trying to find balance and wholeness in life, finding oneself in nature,” I am told by the production’s costume designer Kaye Voyce, most recently responsible for outfitting Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal in last winter’s Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing. “Even in their most extreme, the costumes are definitely clothing.”

Voyce plans to see the Chagall show, but has been too slammed to make it yet (“honestly, the legacy and history of this piece is incredibly daunting!” she admits). For her own take, she looked at a range of influences: everything from technical gear to hunter camouflage to traditional Native American garb to neoclassical dresses. Her Queen of the Night will wear a twenties Madeleine Vionnet–inspired beaded gown that “feels like a dress you could wear to a gala.” Pamina wears a sweater skirt from Brooks Brothers Black Fleece. Sarastro has a coat made out of a neoprene fabric that could be mistaken for Alexander Wang. “We tried to figure out what it would look like at some deep secret lab at Apple where everything new is created,” she explains.

But it’s the hunter gatherer Papagena, who visually steals the show, spending two scenes encased in full 3-D camouflage—the type of fake grass and leaf-adorned, Big Foot–resembling getup that you might find skulking next to a rack of shotguns at your local Cabela’s.

“It’s called a Ghillie suit,” Voyce explains excitedly about her own over-the-top moment. “In the opera she’s supposed to appear in disguise. We thought that’s perfect! It kind of makes you look like a monster, but it’s great.”

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Utah Valley University Designs ‘Texting Lane’ For Students

While less deadly than texting drivers, texting walkers are now getting their own public intervention. Utah Valley University unveiled a “texting lane” June 7 with the hopes of calling the attention of phone-absorbed students.

As students head to the new Student Life and Wellness Center at the Orem, Utah, institution, they will be diverted into one of three lanes, labeled “walk,” “run” and -– in keeping with the times -– “text.” The lanes themselves make up a track that imitates the athletic facilities within the complex.

The school’s creative director, Matt Bambrough, designed the graphic mostly to draw students’ attention.

“This design was intended to be visual first and functional second,” Bambrough told The Huffington Post. “In our research, the most successful environmental graphics… match that formula.”

“This graphic is obviously more aesthetic than functional,” he said in a press release, adding, “we’ve noticed that most texters aren’t actually following the posted lanes.”

The reality is that texting while walking can have legitimate harmful effects. Each year thousands of pedestrians end up in the emergency room due to walking and texting injuries -– a number that increased fivefold between 2005 and 2010, as cell-phone usage surged. More than half of all cell phone owners have experienced “distracted walking” — bumping into something or someone — according to a recent Pew Study.

Despite the dangers of looking down, Bambrough insists that the lane better serves the purpose of making students look up.

“This was certainly done in a way that was meant to be fun and not to be a directive of the university,” Bambrough explained. “We have 18- to 24-year-olds walking on campus glued to their smartphones, it’s the nature of the world we live in.”

Utah Valley may be a “text lane” pioneer on campus, but the the concept has been appropriated for publicity stunts on sidewalks all over the world, from Belgium to China to Washington, D.C.

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Westwood has created a cover that features her harlequin print and an image of Alice. She has also written the introduction to the book and added several pages about her views on capitalism, the environment, sustainable energy and activism to the new edition.
“Kids! Never become complacent,” Westwood wrote in her introduction. “The world we think we know reflects the way we are conditioned to see it. Maybe it’s not like that at all. Carroll is on your side. Always wonder. ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is timeless, but with my cover and endpapers, by adding the ‘climate map’ and the text, ‘end capitalism,’ I have helped fix it in the present moment.”
Carroll’s classic inspired Westwood’s fall-winter 2012 collection and she considers the tale one of her childhood favorites.
“It’s just such genius!” the designer told WWD during a Mad Hatter’s Tea party at her Conduit Street store in London. “It’s so brilliant. It is really subversive of official opinion and official attitudes to children. Our world is the world we make it.”
Westwood also read excerpts from the story to 20 children from various

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