For over 75 years, Ray-Ban has pushed boundaries and inspired fashion moments with iconic styles such as the Aviator, Wayfarer and Clubmaster. But as a 1970s Corvette is only as fierce as its LT-1 engine, a frame’s quality is only as good as its lenses – and for the first time, the brand puts focus on these attributes by celebrating them in the latest campaign, RAY-BANENVISION.
To illustrate the power of each lens, Ray-Ban commissioned four talented artists Ben Hasler, Ellen Lindner, Eoin Coveney, and Robert Sergel to craft a series of exclusive comic books. Embracing the Never Hide spirit to be bold and freely express yourself, the six witty tales take you on a journey behind the different facets of each lens, whether it be highly resistant, anti-glare, long lasting, impactful, resistant, built to move or having the power to outshine. The stories also highlight the newest and hottest Ray-Ban styles including the mirrored Aviator, the Clubmaster and the Lite Force Collection to name a few.
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Sono Studios Pops Off A Night of Music & Art
w/ Special Guest Future.
Last night Hennessy V.S partnered with Complex Mag at Sonos Studios in LA for A Night of Music & Art with guest performer Future. A line flooded the streets of La Brea for the Hennessy V.S sponsored event. The night was full of excitement as guests sipped on Hennessy V.S specialty mixed drinks, live art by Robert Raimon Roy, and vibes by DJ PASE ROCK. Future, with his highly anticipated forthcoming album Future Hendrix, took to the stage and had the packed studio singing and bobbing to hits. “Same Damn Time,” “Karate Chop,” “Bugatti,” and “Love Song” had the room singing along. A handful of celebrities made it out for the “Very Special” evening such as Karrueche & Christina Milian.
Galeria Lume and Shopping Cidade Jardim present Rockstars, an exhibition with 20 photographs by
British artists Terry O’Neill that paint a picture of rock n´roll from the 60s to the present day. The
works show historic portraits of celebrities from the music world, from the Beatles to Bono Vox early
in his career.
What you see in the images of Rockstars are true giants of rock: Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney, who
fill stadiums in shows around the world; The Who, who after going back and forth, toured until the
end of last year, after almost five decades since its formation; David Bowie, the chameleon of rock that
made a huge splash with the release of his first album in ten years; The Police and Led Zeppelin,
although no longer existing, still huge references to several generations of rock enthusiasts; and Elvis
Presley, hailed as king of the genre.
As important to rock history as the celebrities featured in these works is the photographer. “It is no
exaggeration to say that it was Terry who created the image rock n´roll in the minds of many of the
teenagers of the 60s in the world,” says curator Paul Kassab Jr. “Who doesn´t remember the album
cover ‘A Single Man’ with Elton John wearing his overcoat and hat, or the photo of David Bowie with
his dog in ‘Diamond Dogs’, 1974?”, he adds.
Terry O’Neill was a crucial component for imagery in the 60s in England and on a global scale,
alongside names such as David Bailey, Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy. “It was not just who we
were shooting, but the way we shot them. I was using 35 mm, which had a whole new approach.
Before that, the photographs were made in the studio, using lighting and special lenses that used to
take a long time to build”, says Terry.
Rockstars is an exhibition of photographs that emphasize the rebellious behavior intrinsic to rock
n´roll, made with analogue technology, the vast majority of them in black and white, the only
exception being one of the quartet The Who.
“The works reflect over 40 years of photography, a deep commitment and a friendship with rockstars
that persists to this day,” says the curator.
ANNUAL LOS ANGELES MODERNISM SHOW CELEBRATEDOPENING NIGHT WITH PARTY TO BENEFIT P.S. ARTSLast night, The Los Angeles Modernism Show and Sale opened with a bang hosting a celebrity-studded preview party tobenefit P.S. ARTS, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving children’s lives through arts education. Guests weresipped on tasty cocktails by Ultimat Vodka, noshed on lite bites and shopped their special VIP sneak peak of the fiftynational and international exhibitors presenting decorative and fine arts from all design movements of the 20th century.The Host Committee for the preview party included P.S. ARTS supporters Maria and Bill Bell, Rachel Bilson, Julie Bowen, Kimberly and Albert Brooks, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Adam Scott and Elizabeth Stewart, among many other well-known film industry professionals and philanthropists. P.S. ARTS provides arts education for thousands of Los Angeles public school students in lower-income neighborhoods. Preview party sponsors include Chloe, Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, Ultimat Vodka and Patron.All images can be downloaded here:(Photo credit given to: Michael Kovac and Todd Oren, Getty Images)Celebrities in attendance: Courteney Cox, Julie Bowen, Lisa Kudrow, Autumn Reeser, George Kotsiopoulos, Shawn Pyfrom, Matt Walsh, Martin Lawrence Bullard, Josh Altman & Heather Bilue and Megyn Price.Items from the evening
- FRIENDS reunited, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow were connected at the hip as they caught up on life laughing and smiling throughout the evening.
- Enjoying the night with her sister the fit mommy of three, Julie Bowen, looked stunning in a black sequined knee length dress. Julie sipped Ultimat Vodka cocktails as she admired and shopped the show.
ACCLAIMED PHOTOGRAPHER & ARTIST KELSEY BENNETT UNVEILS EAST AND WEST COAST EXHIBITIONS THIS SPRING.
THE ‘HONEYMOON PHASE’, A RETROSPECTIVE OF BENNETT’S WORK IN CELEBRATION OF HER LOS ANGELES DEBUTCOLLABORATES WITH CONCEPTUAL ARTIST AND FELLOW NEW YORKER B.THOM STEVENSON FOR ‘BOREGASM’ EXHIBITION IN NEW YORK CITYDowntown arts darling Kelsey Bennett will be showcasing her work for the first time in Los Angeles this spring, just one week following her fine arts debut in New York City. The first will beBOREGASM; an exhibition and collaboration with conceptual artists B.Thom Stevenson. The pair first worked together as art directors for the colorful and tripped-out video for the New York band Skaters and their single “Schemers”. From that point on, Stevenson and Bennett both knew they shared a powerful chemistry and artistic vision to compliment one another.Immediately following BOREGASM, Kelsey will be venturing west for her Los Angeles debut with the HONEYMOON PHASE presented by the prestigious DRKRM Gallery. The exhibit will showcase a retrospective of Bennett’s work from the past four shows, as well as never before seen pieces from BOREGASM, and her exciting new project entitled HAGS. The exhibition will feature a spectrum of images from the downright surreal to breathtaking and intimate images of subjects, friends, and iconic artists such as Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, and the James Brown impersonator Black Velvet among others.BOREGASM
Opening Friday, May 3rd
Fig19 Gallery, New York CityHONEYMOON PHASE
Opening Saturday, May 11th
DKRM Gallery, Los AngelesSince 2010 artist and photographer Kelsey Bennett has had four solo exhibits in NYC and has received vast critical praise from the arts and culture world. Vanity Fair notably lauded her surreal approach, while BULLETT Magazine hailed her as one of the most exciting new visual artists around. After her last exhibition Tony Bennett: Portrait of an Artist at The Morrison Gallery (2012), The Wall Street Journal raved in a feature on Bennett that her impressive portfolio “far exceeds her years.”Bennett’s official west coast debut, HONEYMOON PHASE presented by the prestigious DRKRM Gallery will showcase a retrospective of Bennett’s work over the past four years as well as never before seen pieces.The exhibition will run the spectrum from downright surreal images to breathtakingly intimate portraits of fellow artists and iconic musicians such as Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, and the James Brown impersonator Black Velvet among others.On May 11th Bennett will host an exclusive opening night for friends, family and press. From May 12 to June 1st, her work will be open to the public revealing why 28-year-old Bennett has received so much positive attention and critical acclaim.DRKRM is an exhibition space dedicated to the display of popular cultural images, fine art photography, documentary and photo-journalism, cutting edge and alternative photographic processes. DRKRM is located in the historic Chung King Road of contemporary art galleries in Downtown L.A.’s Chinatown.HONEYMOON PHASE
Opening Saturday, May 11thDKRM Gallery, Los AngelesBOREGASM
Photographer Kelsey Bennett and conceptual artist B.Thom Stevenson will proudly reveal a collaborative body of work entitled BOREGASM at New York City’s Fig19 Gallery. The pair first worked together as art directors for the colorful and psychedelic video for New York based band, Skaters’ single “Schemers”. From that point on, Stevenson and Bennett both knew they shared a powerful chemistry and artistic vision.Together the two have created a thrilling new collection of work that explores and celebrates the age and art of distraction. “Boredom is the gateway to a daydream that can lead the brain into a welcomed escape from reality, a BOREGASM,” explains Bennett, who is a strong champion of the adventurous mind and a wandering imagination.This previously unseen body of work expresses what their minds would collectively look like in such a state. B.Thom and Kelsey have created mind-bending collages with bright colors and wild visuals using 35 mm photos (taken by Bennett) and layered with mixed media (by Stevenson) mounted on aluminum. BOREGASM is a celebration of restless minds and serves as a refreshing reminder that a mere blank stare can produce something that is by far, anything but blank.Kelsey Bennett’s recent solo exhibitions include Hypnogogia The Christopher Henry Gallery, NYC (2010), Scope Art Fair in, Florida (2010), Gawker Artists, On The Lam, NYC (2011), The Christopher Henry Gallery, Black Velvet: The Godfather of Soul, NYC (2011), The Lu Magnus Gallery, NY (2011), Fountain Art Fair, NY (2011, 2012) and Morrison Hotel Gallery, Tony Bennett: Portrait of an Artist, NY (2012)B. Thom Stevenson’s recent solo exhibitions include “CD Rom Com” at Envoy Gallery, New York, NY (2011), War Wagon” a site specific installation at Bushwick Open Studio, Brooklyn, NY (2012), Cream Studios, New York (2012); and Bookmarc, New York (2012). His bookNo Time for Prayers (2012) was published through Bookmarc, a division of Marc Jacobs Intl. He has also created work for bands Skaters, Unsolved Mysteries, and Of the Opera.BOREGASM will be open to the public from Friday, May 3 until May 16 at the edgy downtown Fig.19 Gallery in the Lower East Side of New York City.
A Fashion Affair with Culture, Ancient Art Forms, and all Things Naturally Beautiful- Introducing Kayu
Kayu is the result of a true love affair with culture, ancient art forms, and all things naturally beautiful. If you have a case of the travel bug and a love for fashion this collection has birthed those two interests into something tangible!
The Kayu collection consists of distinctive silhouettes created from an electric mix of straw, satin, jute, and tinalak. From color stories to luxe for less pieces, the assortment absolutely has the perfect handbag to add a hint of glamorous luxury to your ensemble.
Music festivals such as Coachella have inspired retail stores for years. Specifically, stores like Forever 21, H&M, and American Eagle. These stores will always give you a lot of bang for your buck, so if you will be attending Coachella this weekend, and still have yet to find your perfect outfits, the stores listed above are some great ones to check out. Coachella has even inspired higher end stores such as Lacoste and Guess who are planning on launching new lines focused more towards the music festival loving crowd. Linda Chang, the marketing director at Forever 21 says “Music festivals have influenced the fashion industry by reinventing popular styles of past decades of music and pop culture.”
Jen Foyle, chief of merchandising for Aerie says “Music festivals are just one of those moments when people can showcase true individual style.” Coachella gives people a sense of freedom which is why people are dressed in more relaxed clothing, but that is still very stylish, just their own type of style. It’s a weekend where different types of people come together to celebrate and enjoy their love for music and art. The environment given is what makes the festival enjoyable to so many people, and the fact that nobody is there to judge what another is wearing is why we are able to see so many different styles. Nobody is afraid of what anyone will think.
Fashion Blogger, Aimee Song, posted a picture on Instagram of what she wore at last years Coachella to give a little Coachella inspiration to her followers.
Get a little more inspiration from celebs who have attended Coachella in the past!
With the starring role in David Bowie’s newest music video, Tilda Swinton takes it a step further in the creative industries. Today at the MOMA in New York, Tilda Swinton presented herself sleeping in a box with only pillows, a bed and a water jug. It was a surprise event, as the workers at MOMA were unaware of her appearance until she arrived this morning.
The museum issued a statement saying “Tilda Swinton will be doing unannounced, random performance art pieces sleeping in a glass box in the museum,” the source added: “Today is the first performance. Each performance lasts the whole day the museum is open.’
Twenty three year old, Nicholas Paul Rehil finds happiness through the art of creation. At the early age of 4, Nicholas spent much of his time with his grandmother, Martha Bartholomew (a well known artist and former president of Art Alliance) who introduced him to the artistic side of the world. He began spending most of his time in her art studio where he began creating art of his own, and he hasn’t stopped since. Where many artists approach their work with a specific idea in mind for what they want their audience to see, Nicholas approaches his work with a different and unique view. “I guess you can say I’m more interested in hearing what other peoples thoughts and feelings are when they see my pieces, for we all see things in a different perspective.” – Nicholas Paul Reihl
Nicholas looks forward to being inspired by new things and experimenting with different mediums for his work. He plans to travel to different parts of the world in hopes to be inspired by the people there and their culture.
”I believe art should never be forced nor rushed, It should be created with meaning and time.” -Nicholas Paul Reihl
To view more work by Nicholas, visit his website featuring his collection: Discover. Think. Identify.
Photographer Eugenio Recuenco recreates the amazing artistry of Picasso through his photography. Developing them in an abstract way, the photos are quite astounding and intriguing!
As I stumbled upon a blog post by Photojojo on Tumblr I came across this; who knew that Picasso can be recreated by fashion in the 21st century, but I guess everything is possible nowadays, right? As the Spanish photographer recreated something quite amazing, he is also exceptional in his film and collaboration with opera, describing himself as a “pain in the ass who always insists on doing what he wants.”