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Halloween may be fast approaching but having read fantastic announcements last week, it feels like C...
News 24 Oct 2016

Halloween may be fast approaching but having read fantastic announcements last week, it feels like Christmas came early. Popular headlines of the week were acclaimed artist Anicka Yi winning the established Hugo Boss Prize with a fat $100,000 award, Karl Lagerfeld set to open a chain of hotels, and the Met Gala announcing their next Ball theme for next year! Although Whoopi Goldberg’s new line of “ugly” knits may provide you inspiration for your Halloween costume this weekend.
More below…
 #1   Met Gala Announces Its Theme For 2017 (and we love it!)
Met Gala, one of the biggest fashion parties of the year at the Costume Institute in New York, has recently revealed their theme for next year in May: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons. Japan’s eminent fashion designer, Rei Kawakubo is the creative director of Comme des Garçons, who is recognised for challenging conventions and breaking tradition in the fashion canon. Next year’s cochairs of the Met Ball will involve Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, the great Anna Wintour, and Kawakubo herself.
 #2  Anicka Yi Wins $100,000 Hugo Boss Prize
New York-based artist Anicka Yi was announced the winner of the Hugo Boss Prize 2016, taking home a check of $100,000 at a star-studded event at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on October 20. The guest list included Hollywood stars such as Kate Bosworth, Zachary Quinto, and supermodel Toni Garn as well as other internationally acclaimed artists, Danh Vo and Gavin Brown among others. Yi will additionally have a solo show at the Guggenheim museum following her award, scheduled to take place in April 2017.
 #3  Whoopi Goldberg Designed “Ugly” Christmas Jumpers
The comedian and actress Whoopi Goldberg unveiled earlier last week her latest collection of “ugly” and “strange” unisex knits for the holiday season. It plays on the infamous “Christmas wooly jumper”, your grandparents forced you to wear on Christmas day – you remember Mark Darcy’s jumper in Bridget Jones, right? Whoopi however added a special twist to purposely render them weird: “I like Christmas sweaters – the stranger the better” she said to WWD. “You can’t call them ugly. Mine are kind of  ‘funny Christmas sweaters” she told Vogue. Will you add Whoopi’s new line of questionable Christmas jumpers to your wish list?
 #4  Viktor & Rolf Have Creepy Retrospective at The National Gallery of Victoria in Australia
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) blends art and fashion in their latest exhibition showcasing a comprehensive overview of duo Viktor and Rolf’s 24-year career in “Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists”. It presents the creepy, the weird, and the extraordinary results of their experiments in art and fashion by displaying iconic examples of couture designs to prove why theses designers should be described as artists.
 #5  Karl Lagerfeld To Open Line of Hotels and Restaurants
Probably the best news of the week: Fashion guru Karl Lagelfeld has revealed plans to launch a line of hotels and restaurants, aptly named “Karl Lagerfeld Hotels & Resorts”. Future projects are already in motion including a 270-room hotel in Macau, China, scheduled to open next year! Are you ready to book a room yet?
 #6  Yayoi Kusama To Be Immortalized in Wax
The Madame Tussauds chain in Hong Kong will soon immortalise the Polka-Dot queen, Yayoi Kusama, in wax surrounded by her emblematic artistic designs of polka dots in a hypnotic black and yellow colour theme. The wax figure is set to be unveiled on November 3 2016.
Photos via: EOnline!, Artnet, Stylist Magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald, Fashionista, The Art Newspaper, Artnet

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