Globalism is part of the art and life of 19-year-old painter and model Rubina Dyan. The Armenian-born beauty seems to approach both her craft and her profession as a world tour of happy accidents.
“It does look like a map sometimes and it has faces in it,” she reflects on her current series of paintings. “It’s kind of a colorful, continental style.”
Dyan’s recent artwork contains closely cropped visages of various ethnicities in rainbow paints that sometimes resemble a topographical pattern. They are at once ethereal and aggressive: the eyes stare directly back at the viewer and mouths hang agape as if about to speak.
Dyan herself speaks four languages fluently: Armenian, Spanish, Catalan and English. She is conversant in French and Russian as well. Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Dyan moved to Barcelona where she spent her teen years before moving to Los Angeles in 2007.
“Once upon a time the fairy tales begin. But then they end and often you don’t know really what has happened, what was meant to happen, you only know what you’ve been told, what the words suggest,” wrote Joyce Carol Oates. Perhaps it is for this reason, because they are both malleable and imposing, that these old stories have woven themselves thoroughly into our cultures. Again and again, they are revisited and reinterpreted and rewritten to reflect—or rebuke—the present.
Usually we puzzle over their endings; they seem arbitrary and sudden, not at all circumstances conducive to the stability of a Happily Ever After. That end is often where our fantasies begin. In revivals and epilogues—written by great writers like Roald Dahl, Stephen Sondheim and Margaret Atwood—the characters live on to confront new challenges.
Cinderella’s glass slipper, the Mirror on the Wall, Red Riding Hood’s cape: fashion often provides a plot point in fairy tales. Great designers, too, have reinterpreted these tales. The newest exhibit at the Museum at FIT/Fashion Institute of Technology, Fairy Tale Fashion, opening January 15, explores how designers have visited these classic stories in clothes. A peek inside this storybook collection of couture and historical pieces is at the link.
The four friends behind Public Supply have a passion for design, an ardent belief in keeping art and music in schools—and a simple method for taking the guesswork out of giving back:
1) Buy one of their USA-made notebooks (25% of profits benefit public schools).
2) Check the batch number on the back.
3) Go to their website and match your number to the specific classroom on the receiving end of your good deed.
Once there, you’ll find a precise breakdown of the supplies you helped fund (ranging from printer ink to sheet music to robotics kits). But the best part has to be the heartfelt words of gratitude typed up by each dedicated teacher, explaining the cognitive value of their new teaching tools and just how ecstatic his or her students will be.
Keep reading to see eight of our favorite thank-you notes—plus a Q&A with Public Supply cofounder Russell Daiber.
“We wanted to recognize all the different ways that being ‘socially responsible’ can be interpreted,” Pop-In@Nordstrom curator Olivia Kim said in reference to our latest limited-time shop: a collection of eco-friendly, upcycled, artisanal and community-focused goods titled TMRW TGTHR.
“If we can provide these organizations with a platform to tell their stories,” Kim continued, “I feel like we’re helping spread their purpose to a larger audience.”
One of the most inspiring stories we came across was that of Creative Growth, an art center in Oakland that serves adult artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities. Check out our visit to their campus in the video above, shop at selected stores for one-of-a-kind artworks by Creative Growth artists—and keep reading to learn about the four artists whose work we’re honored to showcase on a series of tote bags (free with any in-store Pop-In purchase).
To help simplify your summer-fun choices, we hand-selected a few art, food, music and film events across the country for you—and paired up two different go-to looks for each category. Find out what’s happening near you this summer, as well as the perfect outfit to arrive in style!
From revolutionizing basketball in the 1920s to igniting punk rock counterculture to becoming the go-to shoe for men, women and kids of all ages, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star has seen it all—until now.
To celebrate this month’s Pop-In @ Nordstrom, which is devoted to all things Converse, we’ve invited local artists from every corner of the USA to put their own unique spin on the ultimate blank canvas: a pristine pair of white high-top Chucks. Keep reading to see 14 hand-painted sneakers—and find out where you can nab these limited-edition kicks while supplies last.
Walking into a presentation for Alice + Olivia during New York Fashion Week is much like entering a one-of-a-kind aesthetic experience. The imaginative world of Stacey Bendet envelops you, allowing the colorful textures and architectural shapes of her designs to converge into an installation of art. In celebration of Art Basel invading the shores and streets of Miami Beach, today through December 8, we asked the avid collector of culture to shed some light on the many artful objects of her affection.
THE THREAD: What first motivated you to begin building a collection of art? STACEY BENDET: Art is really inspiration for me. I started casually collecting things when I was younger. Each year I’ll buy one or two pieces that are really special to me because of the artist, or because of the collaboration we’re doing, or just because I’m really inspired by their work. It’s a range of things. I have a table in my office by artist Liana Yaroslavsky, who creates beautiful, unique pieces from antique chandeliers. Also I collect, obviously, paintings and other things too, sculptures, all different kinds of stuff.
Three members of our creative team had the good fortune to travel to Hong Kong recently, to experience the modern and contemporary work displayed at Art Basel—as well as all the architecture, cuisine, culture and style they could manage to absorb during five 16-hour days of intensive sightseeing. Last week, we offered a glimpse of their first day on Chinese soil; below are the Instagram’d highlights of the rest of their trip.
[Above: Art is everywhere in Hong Kong. This 54-story inflatable ducky made a big splash
in one of the city’s harbors, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors.]
L: A super-stylish coffee shop. | R: Simple, elegant artwork at Art Basel Hong Kong.
L: City steps near our team’s hotel. | R: HK school uniforms.
Intricate sculpture installations sat alongside paintings and line drawings at Art Basel.
(R: One of our HK correspondents, Gloria, poses next to a favorite piece.)
L: Hong Kong subway style. | R: A preferred method for drying clothes.
L: HK is one of the most vertical cities in the world—even when it comes to gardening. | R: Shopping is a language we all speak.
L: Caught in one of many downpours. | R: Another highlight from Art Basel HK.
L: Inspired footwear. | R: Our team took in student artwork as well—like this eye-catching light show.
L: Mesmerizing colors. | R: Work by Yayoi Kusama.
L: Dinner at Morihachi Yakiniku. | R: 118 floors up at Hong Kong’s tallest building, ICC Tower.
L: Mong Kok at midnight—as bright as the middle of the day. | R: The installations at Art Basel weren’t just for looking at.
Two of our Hong Kong correspondents, Gloria and Peter, trying to stay dry.
To celebrate its 60th birthday this year, the creative team at Chloédug through their archives and came up with 26 things—one for each letter of the alphabet—that represent the iconic French brand. Short films and photos accompany the mini stories, in addition to posts by 26 fashion bloggers, who each wrote about a letter.
The tribute runs concurrent to the Chloé exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, featuring signature pieces designed over the years by the house’s nine creative directors. The show takes place now through November 18; if you’re lucky enough to be in Paris over the next few weeks, it’s definitely worth stopping by.
We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite pieces from the Chloé archive:
G for Gaby: Founder Gaby Aghion, pictured above, grew up surrounded by her mother’s haute couture, but found it stuffy and constricting. Her goal with Chloé was to create easy-to-wear, cool, youthful clothes with couture sensibilities, available straight off the rack.
I for Innovators: Four years after debuting her collection at a Parisian café, Aghion showed these contrast-trim coats, which have come to epitomize the 1960s.
D for Deco: This art-deco-inspired dress, from the spring/summer 1966 collection, was likely designed by Karl Lagerfeld, who become Chloé’s creative director that year.
R for Rachmaninoff: Aghion steered the overall direction of the brand until it was sold to the Richemont Group in 1985. The dress pictured above was part of a 1973 collection inspired by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff.
B for Banana: Stella McCartney became the brand’s creative director in 1997 and introduced a cheeky, feminine side with playful banana and pineapple prints.
E for Embroidery: Speaking of playful, the video above demonstrates the lighter side of old-world embroidery, which Aghion loved but wanted to implement in a fresh way.
We could go on forever—instead, explore the Chloé Alphabet for yourself. Be sure to watch the videos for M for Music, which talks about the brand’s runway-music composers, and V for Visit, which takes you through the Palais de Tokyo exhibit. Enjoy!