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In this project at The Hythe, designers from Slifer Designs incorporated wildlife paintings into the overall look.
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Slifer Designs’ tagline, “Designed for Your Story,” applies to all facets of interior design, but one of the prominent ways it comes into play is through art. Just like the creativity, technique and skill that goes into generating a unique piece of art, placing it in the home takes a special eye.

It all begins with deeply listening to clients about what they want and how they use their space. This discovery process acts as an inspiration to start the design process. As they install furnishings and finishes, and handle all of the logistics, they also pay special attention to artwork.

“Art is a great way to bring the soul of the client into the home,” said Oshi Gardarian, lead designer at Slifer Designs.

A feather painting works well in this bedroom designed by Slifer Designs.
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While it’s easy to select appealing pieces, it’s not always easy to know where to place them, how to choose the proper scale for a wall or room, or how to group smaller items neatly.

“We try to think about design as a story. When you walk through the home, you want it to be the same story.” Oshi Gardarian, Slifer Designs

Gardarian recommends first sticking with your region — in this case, art that reflects the natural environment, from mountains and forests to Rocky Mountain wildlife. For example, a recent redesign of a penthouse in The Hythe building in Lionshead includes depictions of deer, from a triptych to Pendelton-upholstered mule deer mounts and a piece portraying mama deer with her babies.

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Patti Sunio – The Philippine Star

February 16, 2024 | 12:00am

The fashion and art scene is abuzz and exciting. After last year’s three-month run at Greenbelt 5, PHx Station, the dynamic market of the most exciting Filipino contemporary fashion brands, culminates with a pop-up at the much-awaited Art Fair Philippines 2024.

This edition of PHx Station will feature apparel collections from Bagasáo, Idyllic Summers, Joyce Makitalo, Jude Macasinag, Kelvin Morales, Kill Joy Studios, Le Ngok, nicolò, Novel, and Randolf. PHx Station also presents a selection of jewelry by Joyce Makitalo and exclusive art pieces previously featured at Dover Street Market in Tokyo from 13 Lucky Monkey.

“It’s important to see the designers we feature — past, present and future — as an ongoing collaborative narrative of design, craftsmanship and fashion,” says Esme Palaganas, co-founder of the PHx Fashion Group.

PHx Station couldn’t have found a better final destination to close its 2023 season, as Art Fair Philippines, founded in 2013, is the prime space to showcase the best of the country’s modern and contemporary visual arts. The move likewise continues to underscore the PHx Fashion Group’s aim to provide a platform to help propel fledging labels to a global standard.

PHx Station’s presence in Art Fair Philippines results in an ongoing dialogue between art and fashion. “We believe that the brands featured in PHx Station exhibit deliberate intentionality in their work, each possessing a distinct language and voice to communicate with their customers and audience,” shares Joseph Bagasao, co-founder of the PHx Fashion Group. “This parallels the process of creating art.”

“Having space in Art Fair Philippines is an exciting project for us, as we share the same values of recognizing and providing a platform for genuine talent,” Bagasao adds.

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PHx Station at Art Fair

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  • Toyin Lawani is not taking a break in making her unusual designs as she created a dress with some fried chickens
  • She combined the edible food with a gold material whose colour blended, and she also used it for her crown
  • Her fans were not surprised at the outcome, as she has always been highly creative with her styles

Popular Nigerian fashion designer and the chief executive officer of Tiannah’s Place Empire, Toyin Lawani, has once again shown the stuff she is made of. This time, she designed a dress with pieces of fried chicken.

Toyin Lawani rocking her creative styles
Toyin Lawani is always creative with her dresses.
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The celebrity stylist used about 100 fried chickens to make the dress. The outfit was designed with gold embellishments and had a puffy hand. The fried chickens were attached to the sleeves and hem of the dress.

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She made a crown with the chicken bones, giving her a regal look. She also wore gold shoes, which complemented the colour of her attire. Her dress was accessorised with a gold wristwatch, bangles, and silver earrings.

Check out a video of Toyin making her creative dress below:

Fans react to Toyin’s chicken dress

Several fans of the fashion designer have reacted to her creative chicken dress. Check out some of the comments below:


“Mother hen.”


“Imagine wearing this to Ajegunle.”


“Tee mama what happened to all the chicken afterwards? Just curious.”


“If I was close to you eh, nah to chop that chicken before you even finish.”


“Where you not tempted?


“@tiannahsplacempire Mooma abeg send it, I will make a sweet stew, so it won’t go to waste.”

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Dolly Dy-Zulueta – Philstar.com

January 11, 2024 | 12:13pm

MANILA, Philippines — In celebration of its 35th year, the De La Salle College of Saint Benilde launches the Benilde Open Design and Art 2024 (Benilde Open), an initiative that welcomes artists, architects, technologists, engineers, industrial designers, craftsmen, illustrators, textile designers, animators, playwrights, composers, poets, filmmakers, cinematographers, lighting designers, fashion designers, chefs and all creative practitioners – to heed the call to submit proposals to realize projects that have not seen the light of day.

Proposals should revolve around curiosities on movement and its relationship to sustainability; the shuttling of thinking across craft and technology; and the culturing of the virtual with the real. The call further seeks design and art projects marked by an appetite for investigation and experimentation, for tinkering that fuels renovation and innovation.

Submissions of proposals begin December 1, 2023 and end January 31, 2024. All selected proposals will be announced by March 2024.

The entries will be reviewed and selected by a noteworthy jury – local and international advocates representing the creative industries. Ten projects will each be awarded a grant of up

to P300,000 net of taxes, to assist in bringing the projects to fruition. 

The Benilde Open Design and Art 2024 also features the Best of Benilde, a juried degree exhibition of student works. An open call for proposals is extended to all students of De La Salle

College of Saint Benilde: School of Environment & Design, School of Arts, Culture & Performance, School of New Media, School of Diplomacy & Governance, School of Hotel, Restaurant & Institution Management, School of Management & Information Technology, School of Multidisciplinary Studies, and the School of Deaf Education & Applied Deaf Studies.

Students are encouraged to submit proposals of school projects resonating with the idea

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January 08, 2024 – 7:30 AM

Fast fashion is killing the art of tailoring, says a Kelowna tailor.

Samuel Galvez runs El Zorro Tailoring and is one of the last master tailors in Kelowna.

“This is a trade that is going down, it’s dying,” Galvez said. “People don’t care anymore, they just wear whatever.”

Fast fashion has taken over the industry; clothes are being produced by mass retailers quickly and cheaply to get thrown out as soon as they are out of style. 

Until about 10 years ago Galvez made his living creating custom suits, but now his business is focused on alterations.

“The Chinese and Indian markets can make suits really cheap so it’s not worth it to make suits, the best thing now is to do alterations,” he said. “Now it’s so cheap, you can buy a really nice suit at Tip Top Tailors’ for $300 and you can’t even buy the fabric here for $300. That’s a big, big difference.”

WorkBC’s industry insights support Galvez’s perspective that Canadian clothing companies are moving offshore, reducing the amount of tailoring jobs. According to the province’s most recent survey there are 140 tailors left in Thompson-Okanagan.

“B.C.’s apparel companies are increasingly moving their clothing production offshore, reducing the number of local jobs available,” WorkBC’s website says.

Galvez comes from a long line of clothing designers and is trying to keep the art of tailoring alive.

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“I went to school to become a master tailor when I was 14. I’m 53 now so I’ve been doing it for a while. My mother was a

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Of all the applied arts, fashion is arguably the most impactful.

Fashion blurs the line between the aesthetics of fine art and the functionality of contemporary craft, creating a tangible historical record in which we can hug the curves of cultural progression. Africa Fashion, now showing at the Portland Art Museum after much-heralded runs at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and the Brooklyn Museum in New York, is a glorious exploration of that premise through the lens of the African diaspora.

This exhibition feels particularly vital at this moment. While Western media paints a distortive picture of Black and queer Black life, each section of this exhibit disregards preconceived notions, showcasing creations infused with unapologetic visionary joy.

The exhibit welcomes visitors with video loops of models posing dynamically in avant-garde pieces, sparkling and fluttering with colors and textures that defy easy categorization. Up next? Vibrant fuchsia (or magenta, depending on how the lights hit it) raffia-fringed couture by designer Imane Ayissi. Both pieces make a clear declaration on style and culture, projecting precisely what type of energy visitors can anticipate coursing through the exhibit’s corridors.

From these first dynamic visual elements, Africa Fashion is a feast for the eyes, focusing on “abundance rather than lack,” as the exhibition’s curator Christine Checinska describes. The exhibit’s intimate first gallery explores “The Year of Africa” (1960), when 17 African Nations bucked colonial occupation and, as a result, amplified the African fashion industry internationally.

This gallery primes visitors for the intrinsic relationship between fashion and resistance as it relates to post-colonial Africa. From complex wax-dyed linens to extravagant political costumes glittering with finely woven gold threads, these works are a window into a wildly influential period of African art.

Couture performance costumes, crisp atelier-to-runway selections, and a peppering of contemporary accessories that embrace traditional

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The architecture of the Power’s Art Center celebrates its natural surroundings.
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Sometimes a chance encounter — and a husband being tuned into his wife’s tastes — are all that it takes to create a relationship that lasts a lifetime and influences generations to come.

That’s exactly what happened to John and Kimiko Powers several decades ago when they first met a young Issey Miyake, the legacy of which is now on display at Powers Art Center in Carbondale as part of a new exhibition entitled “Wrapped.”

‘Wrapped’ celebrates the work of late Japanese designer Issey Miyake.
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“My grandfather was walking down a street in Tokyo and saw a woman wearing very interesting clothes, so he boldly asked her who the designer was. It was Issey Miyake,” said Bobbi Hapgood, the couple’s granddaughter, CEO, and president of Powers Art Center. “The next day Kimiko and John visited Miyake’s studio and met him. The rest is history. Since then, Issey’s work has been the dominant style for Kimiko. There is an audio of Andy Warhol and Kimiko talking about her ‘Japanese’ clothes and Kimiko replied, ‘I only wear Miyake’s clothes.’” 

Sonya Taylor Moore, director Powers Art Center.
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Celebrating that relationship, “Wrapped” is an artistic study of fabric that features pieces pulled directly from Kimiko Powers’ collection that spans from the 1970s to 2020. Each piece was selected by Sonya Taylor Moore, director of Powers Art Center and curator of the Miyake portion of the exhibition.

“The passing of Issey Miyake prompted us to think we need to do something to honor him, said Taylor Moore. “Mrs Kimiko Powers only wears Miyake and she has since the 70s and 80s. So everything we’re showing is a part of her collection of

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The Providence-based artist elevates luxury goods into gallery-quality couture.

Photo by Nina Gallant / Styling by Madison Trapkin

Lauren Zavala never intended painting clothing and accessories to be anything more than a hobby. In 2016, she was completing her master’s degree in London when she decided to embellish a jacket for her boyfriend as a way to decompress from the stresses of school. Soon, friends and even strangers began asking about it, Zavala says, and poof, it became a business.

Fast-forward six years, and Zavala, who recently relocated from Denver to Providence, Rhode Island, has brought her paintbrushes into the designer realm, fusing fashion with fine art to create custom wearable pieces for clients under the name Zavala Bespoke. Picture a Louis Vuitton handbag transformed into a canvas for a surrealist painting, or a Valentino jacket that sports a work of art influenced by 17th-century motifs.

Lauren Zavala will offer complimentary customization on purchased bags at a Neiman Marcus pop-up on December 2 and 16. / Photo by Nina Gallant / Styling by Madison Trapkin

It’s all inspired by Zavala’s art-history background. “My education informs every stroke, every color, every pattern that I put on leather, fabric, or any other medium,” explains the artist, who has degrees from the University of Colorado and the University of Buckingham. Her pieces represent a variety of periods and styles, from the Baroque to the modern, and her Mexican heritage has inspired her to lean heavily into Mexican folk art as well.

Tapping into trends without being defined by them, Zavala especially loves working on whatever the “bag of the season” may be. One of her all-time favorite creations is a black Alexander

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Underground artist, Chetta spearheads his own multi-art movement2C1A4489

Chetta, the underground force of creativity, is a true polymath. Music, fashion, film, or art—there’s no stopping his artistic outpour. Nearly a decade in the game, he’s dropped a whopping thirty-four projects and numerous music videos, earning millions of streams and a spot on sold-out tours, both domestic and overseas. Signed to G59 Records, Chetta navigates the industry’s challenges with a trusted cohort.

What sets Chetta apart is his all-encompassing approach. He’s the maestro behind his music—producing, recording, editing, and directing his own videos. Even his digital art, from album covers to social media content, is his creation. While this singular focus may isolate him at times, it also preserves the purity of his style. Collaboration isn’t off the table; Chetta remains open to learning from others while staying true to his immersive creativity.

Beyond music, Chetta dives into the business side of the industry, eager to unravel its intricacies for his gain. As his style matures, he plans to keep the creative fire burning, whether through music or other forms of art. For Chetta, creation is a full-time gig, inside or outside the music realm.

His fashion venture, STAFF WORKFORCE, born with his best friend, is a canvas for his talents. Seasonal releases and upcoming merch for his EP are on the horizon. SIN KREWE, a merchandise line, stands testament to Chetta’s solo creative prowess.

The future? An eclectic mix. While music remains a constant, Chetta dreams of directing a horror movie and showcasing his art in a gallery. This young visionary is unstoppable, with a boundless vision for his art.

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Being the first to step on uncharted territory is never easy, but one can create history with the endeavour. MGM x RR1 Culinary Masters Macau was a highly anticipated affair, and the multi-day event exceeded expectations thanks to a star-studded line-up of chefs, fabulous guests, and a diverse event programme.

New people, different backgrounds, and site unseen—the first night of Culinary Masters had all the semblances of a first date. A welcome reception to break the ice was the need of the hour as guests, chefs, and their entourages arrived at MGM COTAI for a cocktail reception and gourmet buffet.

Stellar libations and finger foods eased everyone into introductions and conversation—there was much to talk about as the guests looked forward to multiple days of culinary, artistic, and cultural activities. Many quickly forged friendships, courtesy of champagne diplomacy.

Over the course of Culinary Masters, the days began with the ease and natural elegance of tai chi master Li Fai, the four-time wushu world champion, who directed early risers with a body- and soul-awakening session by the pool.

A fiery culinary exercise took place in the kitchens of one-Michelin-starred Five Foot Road as Yang Dengquan led classes on how to make gourmet Sichuan chilli sauce, enlightening keen home cooks on the flavour profiles of heat and spice.

In another floor and corner of MGM COTAI, Shane Osborn of Arcane led the first of many classes in the open kitchen of Grill 58. Vegetarian cappelletti was made from scratch, pasta was artfully plated, and the participants ate their creations heartily with glasses of champagne to round it up.

Many things stood out in memory, among them Osborn helming a cooking class with some of the children of the attending guests—each little one provided with a mini apron with “Culinary Master” embedded into

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