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Entertainment 07 Nov 2016

As soon as Halloween ended, Christmas and mulled wine have been on our minds. Even major shopping stores have already launched their dreamy window spectacles including Harvey Nichols and Harrods, putting us in a very merry mood. Even though we may have some time before the dread of endless Christmas shopping, news is out that Instagram will soon launch a “tap and pay” feature to its platform, facilitating our holiday shopping. Other exciting news include a David Bowie emoji, an unusual muse for Kate Spade, and a line of distinctive Lady Dior bags.
 #1  The Lady Dior bag gets a Modern Art Treatment
Seven American and British artists tried their hand at reinterpreting the iconic and one-of-a-kind Lady Dior bag. The artists selected include Marc Quinn, Daniel Gordon, Jason Martin, and Ian Davenport among others. Each artists was given carte blanche, to put their own spin to the bag by adding their idiosyncratic touches to it.
 #2  Miss Piggy is Kate Spade’s New Muse for Holiday Collection

Pink, glamour, pop, and sparkle! All these elements and colours will be included in Kate Spade’s new Holiday collection, embodying the unforgettable Miss Piggy. The choice may seem odd at first, but the character is ideal for the brand’s personalisation program, depicting a strong, independent, and fabulous woman. The collection will involve a wristlet, clutch, tote, wallet, necklace, key chain, sweater, stud earrings, and iPhone cases all carrying Miss Piggy’s signature expressions such as “Who, Moi?” in pink (of course) and other vibrant colours. That’s not all! Miss Piggy will additionally star in Kate Spade’s Holiday film ad, with “Girls” actress Zosia Mamet, and Leandra Medine from Man Repeller to name a few.
kate-spade-miss-piggy-02_theartgorgeousA personalization product from Kate Spade.

 #3  Instagram to Add ‘Shoppable’ Feature To Its Platform

Could you see yourselves shopping on Instagram? Well, you might have the opportunity to do so in the next few weeks. Instagram announced last week that it will add “shoppable” features to its platform, allowing users to directly shop through the app, by adding retail tag prices to products displayed. Allegedly, 20 US-based shops have joined this new project such as Kate Spade. Could this be a smart move for the photo app? More importantly, what could this mean for the art market? Check out the pictures of Instagram’s mock-up shopping experience above.

 #4  David Bowie Emoji Is Coming…and the avocado

News Flash! In the next iOS (10.2) update, we will be receiving a bunch of exciting new emojis to our list. The most noteworthy one of all, is a David Bowie emoji, in male and female form based on the musician’s famous 1973 album “Aladdin Sane”. What is more, we will be getting another important addition: an avocado (finally!).
 #5  Facebook Censored Caravaggio’s Nude Cupid Painting Then Changed Its Mind
Recently, a Caravaggio painting titled “Amor Vincit Omnia” (1602), which portrays a nude Cupid with legs splayed, was censored from Facebook after Hamilton Maura Fiho’s (a self proclaimed international art promoter) posted the image on his timeline. Following this, his account was briefly suspended due to the painting’s “provocative” nature, according to Facebook. Such an outrage caught the attention of the press and social media from Italy, South Africa to England, putting the company in “hot water” all over again, as mentioned in Artnet News.
 #6  A Special Guest Dropped by Takashi Murakami’s Event in Tokyo
One of Takashi Murakami’s biggest art collectors and fans dropped by the Japanese artist’s event in Tokyo, which celebrated a collaboration between Murakami and Shu Uemura. It was none other than Pharrell Williams, whose appearance generated quite a buzz after he posed for a couple of pictures with the artist.
The event showcased the cosmetic company Shu Uemura’s latest Holiday make up Collection, which features Murakami’s trademark daisies on the packaging of various products from eye shadow and blush palettes, to lipsticks, eyeliners, and cleansing oils.
Photos via: Harper’s Bazaar; WWD; Fashionista; Highsnobiety; Artnet; Allure.

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