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Category: Fashion Artist

Hip-hop superstars such as Jay-Z, Run DMC, and The Notorious B.I.G owe much of their cultural significance to figures like artist Cey Adams. A pioneer of hip-hop graphic design, Adams bolstered the careers of many greats through his innovative work.

A master at incorporating elements of graffiti, street culture, and design, Adams crafted an authentic portrayal of music’s evolving landscape. Working closely with Def Jam Recordings, his work continues to inspire artists and shapes hip-hop’s visual evolution.

Adams’ influence extends far beyond music. His work has left a lasting mark on the fashion and film industries, while his collaborations showcase the versatility of hip-hop culture.

A retrospective exhibition currently on display in Miami highlights Adams’ journey from anonymity to recognition, featuring over 60 artworks in various mediums. Visitors can immerse themselves in Adams’ creative process, his artistic evolution, and his significant contributions to urban visual culture.

adams-shaping-hip-hops-cultural-canvas”Cey Adams: Shaping hip-hop’s cultural canvas

Moreover, the exhibition features a segment dedicated to honoring Adams’ influential career as the creative director for Def Jam Recordings, with a display of his illustrative contributions to the music industry.

The exhibition also hosts a series of seminars and programs to enhance the understanding of Adams’ art and influence. The Cey Adams retrospective represents an opportunity for the public to engage closely with one of the most potent influences in contemporary art.

Also, Adams is attending the opening ceremony of a new exhibition, “Sneaker Stories”, which unravels the relationship between graffiti and sneakers. Expect an engaging interactive experience that blends art, storytelling, and cultural education.

Reflecting on his career, Adams attributes his success to skills, perseverance, passion, and a friendly demeanor. Despite his success, Adams continues to emphasize the importance of authenticity and remaining dedicated to one’s craft.

With an ongoing commitment to

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Maeve Kelley enjoyed a spectacular start to her 2024. In playing her first headline show at Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, the musician and model enjoyed a prominent role at Los Angeles Fashion Week.

Maeve opened the Coral Castillo show during the Art Hearts Fashion series, wowing in a gold-colored outfit on behalf of the designer.

The striking runway moment further solidified Maeve’s place as a promising force in the entertainment and fashion worlds, while helping to make the Coral Castillo show a particularly noteworthy one.

Photos of her time on the runway follow, courtesy of Designing The District and Art Hearts Fashion.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 23: A model walks the runway for the Coral Castillo fashion show during the Los Angeles Fashion Week powered by Art Hearts Fashion on March 23, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts Fashion)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 23: A model walks the runway for the Coral Castillo fashion show during the Los Angeles Fashion Week powered by Art Hearts Fashion on March 23, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts Fashion)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 23: A model walks the runway for the Coral Castillo fashion show during the Los Angeles Fashion Week powered by Art Hearts Fashion on March 23, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts Fashion)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 23: A model walks the runway for the Coral Castillo fashion show during the Los Angeles Fashion Week powered by Art Hearts Fashion on March 23, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts Fashion)
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Zendaya’s latest look for the “Challengers” press tour is an ode to tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams.

On Thursday, Zendaya’s stylist, Law Roach, shared a photo taken by photographer and makeup artist Ernesto Casillas of the actress in a black and white striped gown designed by Carolina Herrera.

The look was recreated from Serena and Venus Williams’ iconic photo in the 1998 issue of Vogue.

“An ode to the GREATS @venuswilliams @serenawilliams We thank you for all you have done!” Roach said in the caption of the post, which features Zendaya sitting on a couch with the skirt of the gown all around her. “With Love, Z and Law.”

“Thank you to @wesgordon and the @carolinaherrera team for helping us recreate this iconic look,” he added.

In his post about Zendaya’s recreated look, Wes Gordon, the creative director for Carolina Herrera, said that Serena and Venus Williams’ Vogue photo, taken by Annie Leibovitz, “remains one of his favorite images.”

PHOTO: Zendaya wears a striped black and white gown from Carolina Herrera in this image.

Zendaya wears a striped black and white gown from Carolina Herrera in this image.

Ernesto Casillas

“I was immediately excited when @luxurylaw reached out about recreating this look for @zendaya as part of the storytelling around #challengers,” Gordon said. “Thank you so much Law!”

In the photo, Zendaya wears a wig from Kim Kimble, which was styled by Ursula Stephen. The look was styled in the same way Venus and Serena Williams’ hair was done in their Vogue shoot.

Casillas, who did Zendaya’s makeup, also took to Instagram to share the image.

“Thank you @luxurylaw @zendaya for letting me capture this moment,” Casillas said.

Zendaya took to her Instagram stories too to share the photo and wrote, “Forever inspired by @venuswilliams @serenawilliams.”

Venus Williams re-shared the post on her own Instagram story and wrote, “My

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The world is a canvas of vibrant colors, capturing the imagination and emotions of both artists and viewers. 

Art has always been a medium for creative expression, with pigments and compounds added to materials to give them color. This process plays a crucial role in bringing art to life. 

Moreover, pigments are found in various materials such as paints, fabrics, inks, cosmetics, plastics, and food. 

We often fail to realize that these pigments have a fascinating chemistry behind them. This chemistry has evolved over centuries, shaping our perception of the world through art, fashion, computer displays, and medicine. 

Color has a profound impact on our lives, influencing our emotions, creating a unique atmosphere, and sparking creativity. 

From the warm tones of a sunset to the cool hues of a winter landscape, colors transport us to different places and evoke different feelings. Whether we realize it or not, color shapes our perceptions and experiences.

Understanding The Origin Of Pigments

Throughout history, humans have had an insatiable desire to add color to their surroundings. The urge to express themselves creatively and decorate their living spaces dates back to prehistoric times. 

Early humans discovered they could extract natural pigments to achieve the desired hues. Moreover, minerals, plants, and even insects were used to create a range of colors, from earthy ochres to deep blacks of charcoal. 

These primitive pigments laid the foundation for the rich and diverse palette of colors that we enjoy today in art, fashion, and everyday life.

What Is The Science Behind Pigments?

Pigments are essential for coloration, absorbing and reflecting light to create a vivid spectrum. They absorb specific wavelengths of light and reflect others based on their molecular structure and chemical bonds. 

For example, ultramarine absorbs blue, resulting in a distinct hue. Pigments can change over time due

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DANVILLE — What can you do with the stuff in your recycling bin? Win a fashion contest!

The Danville Arts Council is hosting the ABC (Anything But Clothes) Fashion Show 5.0 next Thursday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Pine Barn Inn.

In previous ABC Fashion Shows, audiences have been astonished at the level of creativity, said Rebecca Dressler, executive director of the Danville Business Alliance.

“The designs are amazing,” she said. “The time and attention to detail the creators put into the designs just make for a fun evening.”

Nicole Polanichka and Mitchell Andjeski have participated in the past three shows. Although they now live in Elizabethtown, they used to live in the area and Polanichka was a member of the Danville Arts Council.

“We love it,” Polanichka said. “We live in the Harrisburg area now but still came back for it last year because it was so much fun.”

They worked on all three costumes together but alternated with who actually modeled it. The first year their theme was “Choose Your Vice.” They gathered objects from various vices — beer cans, cigarette packets, lottery tickets, poker chips, even Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey bags for shoes — and dressed Andjeski like a “cigarette girl” of the early 1900s.

The next year they chose a “Modern Dynasty” theme, decking Polanichka as a sort of knight warrior with “armor” made from baseball mitts, footballs, baseball pennants, a soccer goal net for a cape, skis for a weapon and a sliced basketball for a crown.

“Everyone seemed to love it. We had lots of accessories,” Polanichka said. “I think people were surprised with how elaborate we were.”

Last year they gathered stuffed animals and other kids’ toys to create a military, combat soldier for a “Toy Soldier” theme.

“It was great,”

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BRITS IN VENICE: Burberry brought a British spirit to the 60th Venice Biennale for a second consecutive year.

The luxury British brand is the headline sponsor of the British Pavilion at the international contemporary art exhibition that will run until Nov. 24.

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John Akomfrah, the British artist and writer, presented his work “Listening All Night to the Rain,” which was commissioned by the British Council to represent Great Britain at the fair. Memory, migration, racial injustice and climate change are the core focus of the artist’s work.

VENICE, ITALY - APRIL 18: John Akomfrah and Burberry Chief Creative Officer Daniel Lee attend the Burberry party at Harry’s Bar during the opening week of the 60th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, on April 18, 2024 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images for Burberry)VENICE, ITALY - APRIL 18: John Akomfrah and Burberry Chief Creative Officer Daniel Lee attend the Burberry party at Harry’s Bar during the opening week of the 60th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, on April 18, 2024 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images for Burberry)

Burberry celebrated with two events — the first was hosted by Russell Tovey and Robert Diament, founders of the “Talk Art” podcast where Akomfrah, curator Tarini Malik and Shane Akeroyd, the associate curator for the British Pavilion joined them on stage to discuss the commission and artistic practices.

In the evening, chief creative officer Daniel Lee hosted an intimate soiree at Harry’s Bar with Honey Dijon, Skye McAlpine, Sophie Hicks, Sydney Lima and Tim Marlow in attendance.

Lee had an artful year with Burberry in 2023.

The brand supported the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, during which it handed out The Thomas Burberry Prize for Print to Christine Wilkinson.

VENICE, ITALY - APRIL 18: Robert Diament and Russell Tovey attend the Burberry party at Harry’s Bar during the opening week of the 60th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, on April 18, 2024 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images for Burberry)VENICE, ITALY - APRIL 18: Robert Diament and Russell Tovey attend the Burberry party at Harry’s Bar during the opening week of the 60th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, on April 18, 2024 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images for Burberry)

Robert Diament and Russell Tovey

During Frieze London, Lee hosted a dinner celebration for artist Sarah Lucas at St. John in Clerkenwell for the opening of her exhibition “Happy Gas,” at Tate Britain, which Burberry supported.

The designer is a longtime fan of Lucas’ work, and the sponsorship is part of Burberry’s ongoing strategy to amplify British art.

Art seems to be pouring into the brand’s retail makeover too.

Burberry’s new store on Avenue Montaigne in Paris features fixtures inspired by British abstract art from the ‘60s and the ‘80s anti-establishment design movement, Creative Salvage.

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Jack Garrity can still remember the first time he met Pacita Abad. In 1973, he found himself at a World Affairs Conference in Monterey, California, representing Stanford, where he was a student. Amid the sea of people there, he immediately took notice of Abad, who had a “funky, Madonna-in-the-East Village look.”

“Pacita always stood out,” Garrity continues. “You would walk into a crowd and notice her—and if you didn’t notice her, you’d hear her because she had this real guttural belly laugh. Everybody remembers that deep, deep laugh.”

Their affair wasn’t meant to last past the weekend. “I said, ‘I’m heading off to Korea,’ and she said, ‘Well, I think I’ll go with you,’” Garrity recalls. They ended up staying together for more than 30 years.

At the time, Abad wasn’t an artist yet. She was at the conference to represent her own school, Lone Mountain College (now part of the University of San Francisco), and was determined to become an immigration lawyer. The daughter of two Filipino politicians, she had developed a political and social consciousness from her youth, routinely leading student demonstrations during the dictatorial regime of President Ferdinand Marcos. Such actions put a target on her back in Manila, so for safety Abad was urged by her parents to move abroad.

That context significantly informed Abad’s life as an artist. As she traveled with Garrity, who would become an economist for the World Bank, her eyes were opened up to the world: refugee camps in Thailand, farmlands in Bangladesh, the townships of Papua New Guinea, and more. (Abad’s friend Jeeva Perumalpillai-Essex once called her “a real social-scientist artist.”) At about the same time, she started crafting. “First, she did some embroidery on my shirt, and then she embroidered her skirt,” Garrity says. “She would go out

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KMAC Couture has become a staple in the weeks leading to the Kentucky Derby. It’s an event that elevates Louisville’s art scene with a good dose of fashion. The fundraiser event for KMAC Contemporary Art Museum is in its 12th year and its popularity has grown. It is one of the events that locals, in particular, look to before the official Derby kick-off.

KMAC Couture is a “wearable live art runway show.” The show features artists at all career stages from emerging to established. As well costumers, designers, and milliners show off their talents in this wonderful display of creativity and concept. 

This year, KMAC Couture happens on Saturday, April 13. The show starts at 7:15 p.m. beginning with a cocktail reception, followed by the runway show and then the after party… and what an after party it is! Tickets can be purchased through the portal at kmacmuseum.org. 

This year, LEO wanted to highlight a few of the artists who are participating in KMAC Couture. The artists from different careers, and different stages as artists; and are participating in the KMAC show for different reasons. For some, it is a way to connect with lost loved ones, or with pasts that have moved on. One thing is for certain, this year’s runway will be as special and spectacular as ever. 

Cynthia Norton

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Cynthia Norton

Honey Biscuit Derby Dress by Cynthia Norton

“Honey Biscuit Derby Dress” Wedding Dress

For KMAC Couture 2024, multidisciplinary artist Cynthia Norton designed a wedding dress that evokes the Kentucky Derby through a lens of Southern culinary culture by using flour packages designed to contain biscuit mix produced by Weisenberger Mills.

Weisenberger Mill, located on South Elkhorn Creek in southern Scott County, opened in 1865 — 10 years before the first Kentucky Derby. Nortons

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This month begins the global cycle of graduate fashion showcases with designers from schools located in fashion capitals like New York or London often gaining the most press. This has forced program directors at regional schools to question if their students are losing out and has pushed some US institutions to stage their own graduate shows in September during New York Fashion Week. But it takes a village to pull it off successfully. Is it really worth the effort and expense?

The expense and effort of an NYFW graduate show

Ann Mariko Walter, Director NYC Fashion at Kent State University has been integral to the staging of the KSU fashion show during NYFW since 2022 and the logistics of ensuring the Ohio-based institution could participate last September involved coordination with multiple, even international, entities. Kent State University partnered with IFA Paris (International Academy of Fashion) to present selected graduate work from 20 designers across 40 looks at Lightbox NYC along with other organizational partners, the New York Film Academy and the Garment District Alliance. KSU is the only public school located outside NYC to stage a fashion show during New York Fashion Week.

“For us it was daunting but we loved the idea and just didn’t have the infrastructure and the people resources in New York to make it happen. All that’s in Ohio,” Walter told FashionUnited. “We really wanted a presence, a visibility, in New York City, the fashion capital of the United States and where all the other leading schools are located.”

KSU had already partnered with IFA for its first NYFW show in 2022, a smaller scale event that had proved successful. The Paris-based program led by Jean-Baptiste Andreani had similar goals to KSU but different strengths, according to Walter. “We have the presence, the relationships, the

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