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This week we are featuring artist Kysa Johnson on our blog, she is a member of the Dizon Inc. family and joins us every fashion week as a freelance coordinator. We sat down with Kysa and asked her a few questions about art, fashion and food. Scroll down to see the interview and a few of her recent installations.

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What’s your favorite thing about working fashion week and what keeps you coming back every season?
The amazing people I get to work with! The camaraderie and the chance to be a part of a smart talented group of people working towards a common creative goal.

What inspires you in your own life or work?
Ohhh so much but mostly nature and science. The sense that everything we are surrounded by at all scales is subject to the same basic physical laws and principles and that these laws and principles are over-arching and elegant.

What are the 3 most played songs/albums on your iTunes?
The War on Drugs, William Onyeabor, an old mix made by my husband called “What’s the Rumpus?”

What are you watching right now?
Sooo much good TV! True Detective, Halt and Catch Fire, Veep, Louie, the Leftovers seems promising, Cosmos…. and embarrassingly I watched about 3 episodes of I Wanna Marry Harry on demand the other night. It was way too terrible to turn off.

List 3 fashion week essentials:
Clothes with pockets, coffee, lip balm

Does fashion have a place in your life out side of fashion week? If so, in what way?
Yes! I love clothes soooo much. I love finding those key pieces each year which define that particular time in your life and I have a vintage clothing fetish. I look forward to our bi-annual trips to Pittsburgh each year almost exclusively because they have fantastic and affordable vintage stores. I actually have dreams every now and again that I am in a warehouse full of vintage clothing (from every era imaginable) and it’s all free, it’s amazing.

Below: Kysa Johnson’s ‘Bank of America waiting room’ installation at The Armory Show (click here for more information about the art installation).

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Kysa’s latest exhibition: ‘blow up 250 – be it ever so humble – subatomic decay patterns after Wyandanch, Payne & Rennert’ at the Halsey Mckay Gallery. The exhibition consists out of a sculptural chalk on blackboard drawing, Johnson employs subatomic decay patterns to define a Hamptons landscape occupied by 3 homes: a wigwam typical of the Montauk, John Howard Payne’s grandfather’s humble estate, and a contemporary palatial one. (for more information, click here)

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Below: ‘blow up 181 – subatomic decay patterns after Piranesi’s Funereal Urns’, 2012.

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For more information on Kysa Johnson, please visit her website, wikipedia-page or artsy.net 

Photography by the Halsey McKay GalleryArtInfo.com and Renato Ghiazza.



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Nicholas Ghesquière may be leading the house of Louis Vuitton into the future, but we are thinking back to a time when he took The House of Balenciaga out of Paris to our very own city, still in recovery post 9/11. For fall 2002  and Fall 2003 collections Nicholas Ghesquière (vogue.com) called on Dizon Inc to produce 2 very exclusive shows, 1 in Gagosian for Fall 2002 and 1 at The Dia for Fall 2003.

This very dated video clip features the show from Gagosian and is worth watching for the fashion as well as the baby faced cameos from familiar fashion faces. Front row guests included Sarah Jessica Parker, Tim Blanks and Anna Wintour (note: w/o her signature black shades). Look for Liya Kebede, Karolina Kurkova and Natalia Vodianova (Style.com) and even Erin Wasson, Danielle Z. and Trish Goff at the Dia Show (style.com).



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THAKOON X TASAKI: PUNK ROCK PEARLS

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Suddenly pearls seem to be everywhere in fashion (fashionista), but not many people know that Thakoon has been designing incredible pearl jewelry with Tasaki since 2009 when he was appointed creative director.  Thakoon’s pearls are somehow punk rock yet incredibly elegant at the same time. So much so that girls who would never consider a string of pearls are wearing his unique pieces.

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His latest collection “Pretty in Pearls”, is inspired by Thakoon’s dog Stevie, a Yorkshire Terrier and Chihuahua mix.

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For more information and images, please visit the Tasaki website.

The “Fantasy, Treasure” collection is available at colette.fr and the Tasaki online shop.



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THAKOON X LAURIE SIMMONS: ROSELAND

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Thakoon Collaborated with Laurie Simmons to create a unique print for his Spring 2009 collection. The project had been in development for a few years before it actually hit the runway. Back in 2006 Thakoon Panichgul was at an auction and fell in love with Laurie Simmons and her work. Following this encounter Laurie Simmons was invited for his next runway show. As a thank you for attending his show, Thakoon sent her a bouquet of roses. These roses became the starting point for the textile design Laurie Simmons created for Thakoon’s Spring 2009 runway collection.

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Laurie Simmons (wearing a Thakoon blouse) and Lena Dunham for Tinny Furniture

Imagery by Style.com, W magazine and Dwell.com

For more information on the collaboration between Thakoon and Laurie Simmons, see the full article on W magazine or on Laurie Simmons website.

For more information on Laurie Simmons, click here. To see her latest exhibition, click here.



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Tonight the annual CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Award show is taking place in Lincoln Center, hosted by John Waters (NYTimes). We are proud to have among the nominees for the CFDA 2014 awards two of our clients; Proenza Schouler and Creatures of the Wind.

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Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez from the designer label Proenza Schouler (NYTimes) have been nominated for the CFDA Accessoires designer of the year award, alongside Alexander Wang and The Olsen Twins for The Row. This is their 10th nomination, they have previously won 5 CFDA awards.

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Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters from Creatures of the Wind (NYTimes) are nominated for the CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear, alongside Wes Gordon and Rosie Assoulin. This is their first CFDA nomination.

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For the very first time CFDA commissioned Nowness to create a video to present the Swarovski Award nominees, directed by Clara Cullen

A CFDA Shakedown on Nowness.com

 

You can follow the CFDA Award show live through this hashtag #CFDAAwards or watch it tomorrow at the CFDA website.

Photograps by Willy Vanderperre, Proenza Schouler, Creatures of the Wind and CFDA.

 



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PS X MAC: COLOR OF SPRING

There’s nothing better than a good collaboration bringing together the best of some of our favorites. We are loving everything about Proenza Schouler and MAC’s new and limited edition beauty-collection. The much anticipated project has been in the works for several years getting the concepts and colors just right. To start with the packaging design alone is gorgeous.

The look was inspired by the rainbow/oil slick color palette of the spring summer 2010 collection playing with references from surf and skate culture. Jack and Lazaro created a collection that builds on the effortlessly cool Proenza Girl they have developed on the runway with Diane Kendal, Taking it to the next level with acid color pops and perfect nudes. To find out more about the collaboration between Proenza Schouler and M.A.C, klick here for the Vogue article and here for the Viva article.

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Photographs by Proenza Schouler, M.A.C and Mario Sorrenti.



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PS X KNOLL: INTERIORS

Proenza Schouler’s collaboration with M.A.C cosmetics wasn’t their first venture beyond clothing.  Back in 2009 they released a range of textile’s with the high-end furniture designer Knoll. The designers are known for developing unique textiles with  innovative techniques and unexpected materials so experimenting with interiors made complete sense. Jack and Lazaro designed 5 different textile patterns based on previous collections such as the spring 2008 and the fall 2007 runway shows. The textiles are classic and sophisticated with dramatic use of color and patterns. To see the full collection and catalogue, click here.

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Photographs by Knoll.



Design, Inspiration, Interiors, Some Things We Love

A recent fieldtrip to the ICFF fair got us inspired! Today we will share with you a few of our favorite designs, materials and installations.

A favorite of ours is the Family Tree installation by Frederick McSwain for Bernhardt. The installation consist out of six wall sculptures, each representing the growth, history and people of the Bernhardt family from over the years. The wall sculptures are inspired by the concentric rings of a tree. Frederick McSwain says “When contemplating an appropriate tribute to the generations of Bernhardt craftsmen who carry on the tradition of fine woodworking, this visual was the initial catylist”.

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A second installation that captured our eyes was the Antolini Luigi booth. They were presenting a Spanish fossilized limestone in a veneer format, which is available in slabs, tiles and cut-to-size pieces. What fascinated us is how they presented this material in an original refreshing way, by cutting the limestone in pillars resembling a forest of pencils.

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Lastly we discovered a new way of creating space dividers, seatings and lighting by the use of Molo’s softwal + softblock modular system. It is a free standing, flexible partition system made from paper and textile structues. It is a very multifunctional and good solution for a temporary wall divider or for seating at an event.

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Photography by RubenVDB and the lookbooks of the designers.



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One of our clients CG by Chris Gelinas is a finalist of the LVMH Prize, a prize supporting young fashion designers which is in it’s inaugural year. CG is one of the 12 finalists nominated for the award, amongst designers such as Tim Coppens, Hood by Air, Simone Rocha and many more. We want to congratulate Chris Gelinas on being a finalist and would like to wish him all the best of luck tomorrow when the winner will be announced. A designer’s profile on CG by Chris Gelinas can be found below.

More information can be found on vogueelle.com and fashionista.com.