How well did Will, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air dress!

How well did Will, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air dress!

Andrea Tuzio · 2 years ago · Style

Now, this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down and I’d like to take a minute just sit right there I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel-Air”.
For those of us who grew up in the 1990s, this intro became a cult, a primal reminder of the joy, the small happiness that lay behind simply watching a sitcom that nevertheless polarized, and continues to polarize even 22 years after its release, the attention of millions of kids around the world, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

On September 10, 1990, the first episode of the unforgettable The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, created by Andy and Susan Borowitz and starring a young Will Smith, aired on NBC. The plot told the story of a sensitive and intelligent boy but who grew up in West Philadelphia, basic on the streets, and who, after a fight with some local bad guys, is unceremoniously sent by his mother to live at his aunt and uncle’s house in Bel-Air to keep him away from the dangerous and violent environment in which Willy was growing up.

Will is catapulted into the home of his Aunt Vivian (sister of Willy’s mother) and Uncle Philip, a prominent and wealthy L.A. lawyer; the two have three children: Carlton, Willy’s ill and hated second son and cousin who is a kind of nemesis of Willy, serious, studious, precise and punctilious; Hilary, the Banks’ scatterbrained and spoiled firstborn; and Ashley, the youngest sister of the three but already very intelligent, reasonable and empathetic. 

Will then finds himself suddenly immersed in a social and economic context far removed from the one he had experienced up to that point, and this will be the constant spark that will give rise to all the vicissitudes that will make up the plot that will unfold over the 6 seasons of the series.

The sitcom was credited with launching the acting career of Will Smith, who, thanks to his portrayal of the character, would from then on see his stock rise until he won the Oscar for best actor in a leading role in 2022 for his role in King Richard.

A true cultural reference for all generations that came after the release of the series, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was a very powerful reference for the devastating impact styling the protagonist had on mass culture.

Let’s start with what is the main feature of Willy’s looks throughout the series, the sneakers.
Referred to by Complex as “the MJ of TV”, the character played by Will Smith undoubtedly reinforced and solidified the role of Air Jordans in 90s street style and especially the Air Jordan 5, worn by Willy already in the famous and aforementioned opening theme song written by black music guru Quincy Jones – also the Executive Producer of the series – and Smith himself.

I wanted people to see them on Fresh Prince before they were out”, Will Smith told Complex, who often wore them without even the laces, an homage and reference to the adidas Superstar worn, precisely without the laces, by Run-DMC.

His outfits were a breath of freshness and collness. The references were those of the hip-hop and then streetwear worlds: baggy jeans, brightly colored tees and shirts, equally colorful caps, jumpsuits of all kinds, and Nikes on her feet, alternating now and then with the boots typical of that period.
“For me, the big thing was color. The attitude of the character was always color…”.
Our “Fresh-Prince” with the passage of time has become an eccentric and unique style icon, while at the same time, however, maintaining the ability to unite different styles beyond any kind of stereotype or cultural convention.

In general, all of the protagonists of the series, and their looks of course, helped to clearly define and explicate the street style of those years in a mainstream way, giving us hilarious and iconic moments in all respects as well as a flood of outfits from which to take inspiration.

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Ioana Maria Sisea’s Sculptural Narratives Are A Satire Of Contemporaneity

Ioana Maria Sisea’s Sculptural Narratives Are A Satire Of Contemporaneity

Giorgia Massari · 1 week ago · Art

Ioana Maria Sisea‘s sculptural micro-narratives draw inspiration from the history of communist Romania, interpreted by the artist in a contemporary key as a pretext for talking about a humanity at the mercy of perdition and materialism. We are talking about the sculptures part of the series The Adventures of Bear Lache and His Friends, presented by Sisea at the Rosenfeld Gallery in London last year. The small works, made of ceramic and enamel, depict bears interacting with half-naked women. The interactions are sensual, mischievous and ambiguous. The disturbing implication is most evident in the greed with which the bears look at the women. Everything is consolidated on Instagram, where the artist posts the sculptures accompanied by videos and photos that refer to contemporary events, particularly looking at Romanian society and politics, her home country. Thus satire and indignation emerge without too many masks, establishing themselves as blatant critiques of contemporaneity.

The story of Lache bear, from zoo to politics

Ioana Maria Sisea was inspired by the story of Lache bear, a bear domesticated in a zoo in Oradea, later transferred to Brasov with the intention of being hunted by former Romanian ex dictator Ceausescu to challenge Tito’s record. In fact, it all started with an analysis by the artist who was researching Ceausescu’s hunting trips. The photos captured an expanse of dead bears, one in particular had a cigarette in its mouth. Hence the parallelism between the bear and man, which finds in death – particularly in the arrangement of the piled – up corpses-a similarity that leads back to the brutality of the human being himself. In Ioana’s narrative, the bear becomes a powerful symbol of different meanings, including chaos, political corruption, and abuse of power. Ioana creates artworks that highlight these themes, including references to controversial political figures in Romanian history. The second step then comes with the bears’ interaction with the female body.

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Does women’s empowerment still have to come through men?

Ioana Maria Sisea reflects on the exploitation of the female body taking place in Romania. «For women, the use of their sexuality to achieve economic emancipation is a dance with the devil, but many take advantage of it because the rewards would otherwise be unattainable,» the artist told Contemporary Lynx, and she continues, «Sex work is probably one of the few jobs where the promise of capitalism to achieve a better lifestyle than one’s parents still remains». This is where the interaction between bear and woman that Sisea implements in her sculptures comes from, highlighting how women’s emancipation still necessarily and sadly has to come from men. Her intention is to celebrate these women by entrusting the figure of the bear – which here embodies patriarchy – with an entirely negative matrix.

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Vincent Mahé’s illustrations and the art of telling without words

Vincent Mahé’s illustrations and the art of telling without words

Buddy · 1 week ago · Art

Before being an illustrator Vincent Mahé is an observer. One of those capable of seeing things that most people miss. And then to capture those details and with sensitivity and immediate synthesis to be able to translate them into universal and delicate micro stories, discreet, languid, so intense and yet so candid.

In Smoke, the 1995 film directed by Wayne Wang, written and co-directed by Paul Auster, the protagonist Auggie Wren every morning, at eight o’clock, places his tripod and camera in front of his tobacconist in New York and takes a picture on the corner of Third Street and Seventh Avenue. A romantic and curious approach that immediately reminds me of Mahé’s work.

That’s why I can never take a vacation. I’ve got to be in my spot every morning. Every morning in the same spot at the same time – he said – It’s my project. What you’d call my life’s work.  It’s my corner, after all. It’s just one little part of the world, but things happen there, too, just like everywhere else. It’s a record of my little spot. “.

The place is the same, but each photo is different from the other. As in the illustrations of Vincent Mahé, the places are those of the cities we live, that we see every day, but the stories they host are always different.

You’ve got your bright mornings and your dark mornings. You’ve got your summer light and your autumn light. You’ve got your weekdays and your weekends. You’ve got your people in overcoats and galoshes, and you’ve got your people in shorts and T-shirts. Sometimes the same people, sometimes different ones. And sometimes the different ones become the same, and the same ones disappear. The earth revolves around the sun, and every day the light from the sun hits the earth at a different angle.

Take your time. You will never understand if you don’t try to slow down.

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MSCHF puts 250 Picasso fakes up for sale, but one is original

MSCHF puts 250 Picasso fakes up for sale, but one is original

Giorgia Massari · 1 week ago · Art

Known to many for Jesus, the pair of Nike Air Max 97s customized with Jordan River water and sold for $1,425, the art-fashion collective MSCHF arrives in Los Angeles with the second act of its exhibition No More Tears, I’m Lovin’ It. Also at Perrotin‘s, first in NY and now in LA, the collective opened Art 2 a few days ago, prompting lots of comments. Starting with the invitation for the opening, an envelope from Apple with anything but real AirPods inside. The headphones looking identical to the real thing were just an edible reproduction, a small sweet snack to ease the bitterness of disappointment. Still in the wake of reproduction, the exhibition also continues consistently following the line that MSCHF has started for a few years now. After selling a Warhol original for $250 but among 999 other fakes reproduced by them, this time it is Picasso‘s turn. The collective reproduced 249 times the Le Poisson sculpture by the world-famous Spanish artist, previously buying the original that they then displayed among the fakes. So there are 250 wooden fish on display waiting to be bought, but only one person will be lucky enough to purchase the original. But the exhibition does not end there.

On display alongside this “real Picasso treasure hunt” is the 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser automobile, yet another MSCHF Drop, the eighty-fourth to be exact. It is the vehicle used to cross the country-destined Truckee, California-by thousands of drivers who could use it through duplicate keys made available by the collective. Now the relic is on display at Perrotin’s after more than a year of performance.

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Also not to be missed at Perrotin’s are the much-discussed Big Red Boots that MSCHF released last year, enjoying huge success especially among influencers. This time the collective presents them in a series of six sculptures where the boots are worn by hairy legs, tracing the images spread on social in memes. Not just Picasso, not just the car and the boots. There are many provocative installations that MSCHF presents in Los Angeles, including a rotating machine that mixes Coke and Pepsi. Scroll through the carousel below to discover them all.

 
 
 
 
 
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Felicia Chiao and her surreal and imaginative illustrations

Felicia Chiao and her surreal and imaginative illustrations

Giulia Guido · 1 week ago · Art

Pennarelli artistici, un blocco per gli schizzi e tanta fantasia, questi sono gli unici strumenti  che Felicia Chiao utilizza per realizzare le sue stupende illustrazioni. 
Felicia è nata in Texas, a Huston, durante il periodo degli studi si è trasferita in Rhode Island, dove ha studiato design, specializzandosi in design industriale e oggi vive a San Francisco. Di giorno è a tutti gli effetti una designer industriale, ma di notte e nel tempo libero si dedica completamente alla sua più grande passione, il disegno. 

Felicia Chiao disegna da sempre, fin da quando era bambina, ma la vera svolta è avvenuta quando ha cominciato a condividere i suoi lavori su Instagram e su Tumblr. In breve tempo i suoi schizzi hanno catturato l’attenzione di migliaia di persone, arrivando ad avere oltre 200 mila follower. 

Non essendo un’illustratrice di professione, Felicia è libera di disegnare liberamente ciò che le piace, senza avere restrizioni o scadenze. Le sue illustrazioni sono calme e spesso e volentieri hanno come protagonista un omino, mostrato durante diversi momenti della giornata all’interno di quella che può essere casa sua. A volte è triste, altre è felice, in alcuni casi è stanco e in altri sta aspettando solo un momento migliore, un po’ come tutti noi. 

Qui sotto trovi alcuni lavori di Felicia Chiao, ma se vuoi scoprirne di più seguila su Instagram

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