Matthew M Williams and Givenchy, modernity and inclusivity

Matthew M Williams and Givenchy, modernity and inclusivity

Andrea Tuzio · 3 months ago · Style

Clare Waight Keller‘s successor as Givenchy‘s creative director, after the British designer left the French fashion house in April, is the founder of 1017 ALYX 9SM (ALYX), Matthew M Williams.
LVMH, the multinational company that owns Givenchy (in addition to Vuitton, Dior, etc.) announced that from today June 16, 2020 Williams will start his work in Paris.

34 years old, Californian, Matthew M Williams left university at the age of 19 and started working for a brand owned by a friend of his where he realized that his passion for fashion could become his profession. Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane his “masters of style”, in 2015 he founded 1017 ALYX 9SM which a year later became a finalist of the LVMH Award, in 2017 he debuted the men’s line becoming one of the most influential brands in the fashion world.

“I am extremely honored to join the House of Givenchy, I am looking forward to working together with its ateliers and teams, to move it into a new era, based on modernity and inclusivity. In these unprecedented times for the world, I want to send a message of hope, together with my community and colleagues, and intend to contribute towards positive change.”

These are the words of Williams, while Renaud de Lesquen, CEO and President of Givenchy said:

“I want to warmly welcome Matthew M Williams to the beautiful Maison Givenchy,” continued Renaud de Lesquen, CEO and President of Givenchy. “I am convinced that, with his unapologetic approach to design and creativity and in great collaboration with the Maison’s exceptional ateliers and teams, Matthew will help Givenchy reach its full potential.”

As Creative Director, Williams will be responsible for creativity by overseeing and developing the men’s, women’s and accessories collections as well as deciding what the brand’s new image will be.

Williams has the difficult task of bringing Givenchy back to its former glory from all points of view, especially from an economic point of view: Business of Fashion wrote that the former CEO of Givenchy, Philippe Fortunato, stated in 2018 that LVMH was aiming to increase Givenchy’s turnover to Dior levels, which at the time meant around €2 billion. LVMH does not issue individual revenue reports for most of its brands (except for Louis Vuitton and Dior), but independent analyst firm Owler has estimated that Givenchy currently invoices around $718 million.

Now we just have to wait for the first Givenchy show, with Matthew M Williams in the lead, in October.

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Spidertag and the new neon mural in Sweden

Spidertag and the new neon mural in Sweden

Giulia Guido · 20 hours ago · Art

In these last months several categories of workers have found themselves forced to stop and among them certainly stand out the artists who for a long time had to put a brake on their creativity, on the desire to achieve something. 
Now, very slowly, the situation seems to resume its normal course and creatives all over the world can go back to making art. Among them, there is certainly Spidertag, who after a stop of 9 months, has returned to illuminate the streets with his neon murals from Sweden. 

In the last few days, the urban art festival “Take Tomorrow Back” took place in the town of Söderhamn and, among the artists involved, Spidertag did a lot of talking about himself with his Interactive Neon Mural #9

Since 2015, the Spanish street artist has made his way into the international art scene thanks to the discovery of a material that set him apart from all others: battery-powered neon cables.

Spidertag models the cables at will, placing them on entire facades of often abandoned buildings and then, at night, when each of them is illuminated with a different color the magic begins. 

Not to miss Spidertag’s next works follow him on Instagram

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Watch the trailer of “I Am Greta”, the documentary about Greta Thunberg

Watch the trailer of “I Am Greta”, the documentary about Greta Thunberg

Emanuele D'Angelo · 19 hours ago · Art

The documentary dedicated to Greta Thunberg is now coming out. The work is directed by Nathan Grossman from Sweden and will be premiered on Hulu on November 13, 2020.

The documentary will propose an intimate portrait of a teenager who has managed to shake the consciences of all, from ordinary citizens to politicians.
As an icon of the fight against climate change, it is impossible to forget the speech given at the United Nations Conference in 2018.

A film that went around the world, consecrating the activist, to the point of convincing Hulu to invest in making “I Am Greta”.

Not much is yet known about the documentary, but in theory, it should show us the more intimate side of the activist, highlighting how she is really dedicated to her ideals.

Waiting for the release, here is the trailer.

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Blooming Playground, Tellas’ artwork in Turin

Blooming Playground, Tellas’ artwork in Turin

Giulia Guido · 2 days ago · Art

As in many buildings in Turin, also inside the former Military Academy, behind Piazza Castello, there is a courtyard, a sort of secret garden. It is here that, since September 10, Tellas has been working on an artwork that aims to combine art and sport. 
Blooming Playground“, this is the title of the work created on the occasion of the reopening of ARTiglieria – Centro d’Arte Contemporanea and the start of the new edition of Paratissima 2020, which this year, with a new exhibition format, will host the works of independent artists in its spaces.  

With this intervention, Tellas, a street artist known worldwide and known for his works that manage to blend natural and landscape elements with the place where the artwork is executed, presents us again a work focused on nature. 
The basketball court of about 550 square meters has been transformed into a huge canvas and, inspired by the two maples in the center of the courtyard, the artist has created a new landscape around them. 

Blooming Playground” is a project promoted by PRS – Paratissima Produzioni & Servizi with the aim of creating a place frequented all year round, especially by young people, and where they can cultivate their creativity. Lorenzo Germark, CEO PRS said: “The choice of the artist, the naturalistic theme of the sketch and the decision to safeguard the trees are well defined choices of design direction dictated by the desire to integrate art in the urban context of the ARTiglieria“. 

PMS Basketball collaborated with the initiative, whose president Luigi Lacidona enthusiastically commented on the participation in the project, stressing the link between culture and sport: “I believe that in their diversity, art and sport share the same social value: both are able to unite people and make them feel unique feelings and emotions“. 
Among the partners there are also Elettrogruppo Zerouno and PPG Univer, the latter was fundamental for the realization of the mural as it provided Tellas with the necessary material, such as products based on special acrylic resins and micronized fillers, perfect to be used on surfaces such as asphalt.

Blooming Playground” will be inaugurated on Thursday, September 24th and will be the background for the different activities and initiatives scheduled during the year. 

Photo by Simone Di Gioia

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Lito Leaf, from a leaf to a work of art

Lito Leaf, from a leaf to a work of art

Emanuele D'Angelo · 3 days ago · Art

Just one leaf and the creativity of the artist Lito Leaf comes to life and creates something extraordinary simply from nothing.

I make positive use of my concentration despite a deficit problem (ADHD), I try to commit only to my work and clipping.

There is no right or wrong way to make art. Anyone can create anything they want using any shape, medium, material, or canvas they want.
From divers diving into the abysses meeting sharks to a rhinoceros brushing its calf’s teeth to superheroes, Japanese artist Lito Leaf sculpts the most fun and unusual scenarios on its leaves.

The artist uses a very precise cutout technique, a closer examination of each piece reveals surprising details that create dreamlike and unusual narratives.

From a simple and common leaf comes out something wonderful, here is one below our selection of his most beautiful works.

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