Maskit Looks to Build U.S. Sales With NYFW Event and Art Installation

MASKIT TAKES NEW YORK: Friends of the Israel Defense Forces’ tristate region is hosting Maskit Fashion House’s NYFW debut today at Metropolitan West. Started in 1954 and known as the first fashion house of Israel, the company belonged to the Israeli government in its earlier years. The idea was to provide work for immigrants and to teach them craftsmanship as well as new techniques. In its prime, there were 2,000 employees and 10 freestanding stores, including a Fifth Avenue location. In 1994, it was shut down before being revived five years ago. Head designer Sharon Tal interned for Alber Elbaz at one point, before specializing in embroidery at Alexander McQueen. The brand is now backed by Lyn and Stef Wertheimer and is being shown for a limited time in New York.
In addition to the fashion show, the company is showcasing a large-scale art project titled “Mount Sodom” by Israeli fashion photographer Eyal Nevo. On view at 10 Times Square through Oct. 6, the project features dancers from the Inbal Dance Theater, Israel’s first and oldest modern dance company. Mount Sodom premiered in Tel Aviv in June in the presence of Israel’s first lady.
The fashion presentation will launch FIDF’s Philanthropic Women Campaign and

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The Standard High Line Brings ‘Parkland 17’ Installation to New York for ‘March for Our Lives’

The Standard, High Line is supporting the March for Our Lives this weekend with the unveiling of Parkland 17, a commemorative exhibition and call to action curated by artist Calyann Barnett, done with the support of Dwayne Wade. The installation, which was most recently on display at Wynwood Art Walk in Miami on March 10 for a 17-hour residence, is comprised of 17 desks.
Taking place on Saturday and Sunday, the installation will also feature a live mural painting of the phrase “we demand change” by artist Manuel Oliver. The hotel will also have open a call to action center, their ‘ring your rep’ phone booths, where people can phone representatives of Congress regarding gun control.
“The Standard originally became involved when Dwayne Wade approached us while he was working on the Parkland 17 installation for the Wynwood Art Walk. He wanted the installation to commemorate the lives lost, but also offer a call to action, and instinctively recruited the help of our Ring Your Rep phone booth from The Standard Spa, Miami Beach,” said Landis Smithers, chief creative officer of Standard International. “With the March for Our Lives imminent, it felt only right to bring Parkland 17 to our space

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Prabal Gurung and Skylight Kick Off ‘March for Our Lives’ Light Installation

Beginning tonight, Roosevelt Island will be aglow in support of March for Our Lives, the gun control marches set for around the world tomorrow, March 24. Prabal Gurung is partnering with Skylight Studios to create the light installation, which will be illuminated from 6 to 11 p.m. both Friday and Saturday evenings. The project, which is done with support from Rolling Stone magazine, features the work of light artist Bentley Meeker.
“I’ve always believed in using my platform to advocate against the injustices so many face in our modern society, and it is becoming painstakingly apparent how imminent the threat of gun violence is in America,” Gurung said. “Our lives are at risk; on average, 96 Americans are killed with guns each day, and the risk is even higher for women, minorities and children. Gun violence is a major threat in our country, but so is the prominence of ignorance and apathy. We cannot stay quiet or still. Now more than ever, it is time for us to work together to create change, to give students a path to design a more beautiful tomorrow.”
The installation, called “Freedom From Fear,” will take over Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park and will be visible from all five

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J JS Lee Mounts Installation and Unveils Men’s Wear

MOUNTING MENSWEAR: J JS Lee designer Jackie Lee debuted her men’s wear range as an installation during London Fashion Week Men’s on Sunday.
“I love Savile Row,” Lee enthused. “I love men’s tailoring, especially English and American tailoring. And I thought, how can I put a little bit of the humor in it and put a twist in it? It still looks tailored but in a young and a different way. That was the aim.”
Lee’s ensembles were suspended from the ceiling at her presentation held at the Discovery Lab at The Store Studios. “With women’s wear there is so many things to do and men’s there are so many challenges to do,” she mused.
Lee employed wools from British mills and used shades of cream, navy, black and sand. She created a range of separates that included outerwear, tailored jackets, trousers and shirting. Versatile jumpsuits came with detachable pieces while suspenders appeared as decorative elements on suits and jackets.

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Balmain’s Hair Extension Installation Is Mesmerizing

This video of Balmain’s Système Volume process shows just how easy it is to install the luxury brand’s hair extensions.
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Colette Fêtes 20 Years with Installation, Product Collaborations

FUN AND GAMES: Colette is out to have some fun for its 20th anniversary. The landmark Paris retailer will celebrate with an immersive installation at Les Arts Décoratifs and a series of 20 exclusive collaborative products, most of them extremely limited editions.
Colette has teamed with Brooklyn-based design firm Snarkitecture to bring its The Beach installation, which features an enclosure filled with 300,000 recyclable plastic balls, to the Paris museum, just around the corner from the Rue Saint-Honoré store, from March 21 to 25.
Product collaborations, meanwhile, play on Colette’s blue dot logo. They include beauty products like a color-changing blue lip and cheek balm by Edward Bess; sneakers by Nike, Converse x Club75, or Joshua Sander & Smiley; and shoes by Dr. Martens. Also in the lineup are a polka dot top by Maud Heline, a CD compiled by Pedro Winter, as well as toys, jewelry, accessories and gadgets.

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Azzedine Alaïa Unveils Kris Ruhs Installation

GARDEN PARTY: Shapes — an estimated 45,000 of them — are on display at Azzedine Alaïa’s gallery in Paris, site of his spring-summer 2016 fashion show earlier in October.
But the shapes are branches, leaves, blooms and berries, all handmade in brass and white porcelain by American artist Kris Ruhs and strung from the ceiling in dense, paisley-shaped arrangements – like some abstract Christmas tree.
Titled “The Hanging Garden,” the installation was unveiled Thursday in tandem with the Fiac contemporary art fair.
Leading a tour of the display, art scholar and critic Donatien Grau said it took more than a week for Ruhs to assemble the thousands of elements, with members of Alaia’s design students lending a hand — along with a number of artist helpers, including Tatiana Trouvé, Adel Abdessemed, Mike Bouchet and Julian Schnabel.
“It makes you smile,” said Grau, calling shapes the linchpin element of Ruhs’ work, which spans jewelry, interiors and objects.
Billed as the first Paris exhibition for Ruhs, it runs through Dec. 27.

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