WEISMAN ART MUSEUM – MINNEAPOLIS
Completed in 1993, the Weisman Art Museum is located on the University of Minnesota campus. Its western façade, featuring steel-clad turrets and bays, peeks over the bluffs of the Mississippi River. Construction of a Gehry-designed expansion concluded in 2011.
Frank Gehry was born Frank Owen Goldberg in Toronto, Canada on February 28, 1929. He studied at the University of Southern California and Harvard University. Gehry, based in Los Angeles since the 1960s, is among the most acclaimed architects of the 20th century, and is known for his use of bold, postmodern shapes and unusual fabrications.
WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL – LOS ANGELES
Gehry was shortlisted to devise a new home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1988; the project, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, finally opened in 2003. Today critics and the public agree that the iconic building was worth the wait. Reflecting Gehry’s longtime passion for sailing, the structure’s exterior features expanses of stainless steel that billow above Grand Avenue, while inside, similarly shaped panels of Douglas fir line the auditorium.
INSTALLATION BY OLAFUR ELIASSON: THE BLIND PAVILION
DANISH PAVILION, VENICE BIENNALE Photo: Giorgio Boato 2003
La situazione antispettiva. Stainless steel
ATELIER VERSACE SPRING 2010
Exuding glamour and an almost palpable energy, Kasia Struss wows in the Atelier Versace Spring 2010 collection. With designs inspired by the Greco-Roman era and adorned with Swarovski crystals, the eleven looks take on a life their own life in the editorial-esque lookbook.
IRIS VAN HERPEN SPRING COUTURE 2013
Dutch designer Iris van Herpen takes on the theme of electricity featuring 3D-printed ensembles.
ICONIC DRESS BY DOLCE & GABBANA
Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2007 RTW Metal Dress
DOLCE & GABBANA are set to represent Italian fashion in an exhibition charting the key moments in the history of contemporary fashion. Les années 1900-2000: Histoire Idéale de la Mode Contemporaine. Vol. 2 at the Musée Des Arts Decoratifs in Paris will feature two Dolce & Gabbana creations from collections over the past twenty years.
The first, a corseted armor-look dress from the spring/summer 2007 New Sexy Glam collection was worn by Lady Gaga in the video and cover artwork for her song Paparazzi.
The second, a corset embellished with colorful stones and charms, was modeled by Naomi Campbell on the catwalk of the autumn/winter 1991-92 collection, known as Le Pin Up. It was then consecrated in fashion legend when Madonna wore it to the 1991 premiere of her film Truth or Dare in New York.
The Hermès Collier de chien bracelet has been the “it” item for years and recently experienced a new boom in popularity.
Inspired by the ever-chic Collier de chien belt that was first introduced in 1927, the bracelet is believed to have been introduced into retail in the 1940s. Although we cannot account for the style's popularity throughout the twentieth century, ever since Pierre Hardy's entrance into the house in 2002, Hermès has been a leader in the silver jewelry market and the Collier de chien has clearly been at the forefront. In fact, in the company's annual report for 2009, the Collier de chien ring and bracelet were both pointed out as particular successes of the year.
It’s possible the bracelet was exposed to the masses through the rise of the editor-turned-it-girl phenomenon and the influence of certain celebrity stylists like Rachel Zoe, the bracelet seems to represent a new class of royalty here in America – those with new money, in-the-know, and belonging to a certain social circle. Created by one of the most luxurious houses today, the Collier de chien certainly holds an air of exclusivity.
Several celebrities have been seen wearing the bracelet in recent years as well as reality TV star and fashion PR go-to Andrew Mukamal, who became known for his Collier de chien bracelets (he has at least two: all black leather, as well as a black and silver one).
Kate Lanphear, ELLE's style director included the iconic bracelet in rose gold with brown diamonds as one of her editor's picks in the August 2010 issue, and has been seen wearing the style for years. Designer Tory Burch was seen wearing her own printed version in her cover story for the September 2010 issue of Town and Country, and on the season three premiere of "The Rachel Zoe Project," the celebrity stylist Zoe herself was seen wearing one. Today, it still stands to be the ultimate in silver cuff cool.
ICONIC LAMP OF THE 60s: THE SPUTNIK CHANDALIER
The Sputnik chandelier was created in 1960, three years after the actual launch of the Sputnik space shuttle. The futuristic form of this lighting fixture, with its multiple splayed arms and expansive effect, made it a staple decor element of the period.
Introducing The Silver Scene
Presented by Judith Von Hopf