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How Gucci’s favourite artist conquered 2016

“Monumental in scale, discipline, material and theme, some of the most renowned, international creatives exhibited their new and most famous works around the globe this year” reports Designboom on the year’s most impressive, groundbreaking or simply, put of this world, art exhibitions of the past twelve months and Alessandro Michele approves.

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This is why Visionaire revolutionized fashion 

Showcasing twenty-five years of iconic art, fashion, and design content from renowned New York–based publication Visionaire this tome of bold beauty is available to all.  Visionaire, the publishing experiment that began in 1991, has taken the shape of everything from a leather-bound portfolio to 12-inch vinyl records to a collection of dolls. With intimate reflections by contributors, a prized collection of nearly 450 images selected from sixty-five issues produced by an astounding cast of artists, photographers, and designers, this book delivers a rich panorama of two decades of media and fashion revolution from the perspective of independent publishing. Read more

Kendall Jenner is the performance artist you didn’t know existed

“But Is It Art?” With an introductory video to the legends of the performance art (Yoko Ono, Marina Abramovic and Ulay, Yves Klein and Murakami Saburo Kendall Jenner is the millennial model turned artist for W Magazine’s tenth art issue.

Courtesy W Magazine. “When you’re a model, you’re a mannequin for other people,” Jenner explains between frames of her fixing her hair. “I want to be the director of my own vision now” she says before paying homage to Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece, Yves Klein‘s Anthropometries, Murakami Saburo’s Passing Through, and Relation in Time by Marina Abramovic and Ulay (which features Gigi Hadid).

Performa’s founder RoseLee Goldberg lends her voice to the introductory video and contemporary artists Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin (both rising stars in the realm of performance art) are altering the reality with Jenner and Hadid two “Placebo Pets”, two “super friendly, domesticated humanoid pets” to underscore what the artists identify as society’s preoccupation with surveillance and stardom.

“We created social media, but then it changed us because we interacted with it. It transforms us and transforms the next thing that happens just by existing. You can’t really avoid being trained” Trecartin explained in a statement.

Trolling or not, Jenner is pulling the strings in the performance art scene of this month in fashion whilst an ever evolving W Magazine proves that it can and will break new ground on what a fashion publication should stand about.

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In other Condé Nast related news

Chief Executive Bob Sauerberg announced that the media company is dividing into five groups—business, editorial, research, technology, and creative—that will take priority over individual brands, with each group working under one leader (Anna Wintour will continue to serve as artistic director), Women’s Wear Daily reports.

According to a memo obtained by several news outlets, there will still be dedicated staff at each brand, while, depending on their role, others will work across multiple titles Jezebel reports and Business of Fashion is more than certain that more layoffs are anticipated (New York Post reports the company is aiming for budget reductions of between $20 and $30 million for 2017).

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“In the past several years, Condé Nast has tightened its operations considerably, shuttering Details, shifting Teen Vogue under Vogue, laying off employees at GQ, Teen Vogue, Glamour, Self, and Allure, and combining the business/operational teams at Glamour and Self. In a January article, the New York Times noted that this landscape of constant upheaval has rattled employees” reports former Glamour editor, Ellie Shechet.

“These new, contemporary structures will make it easier to collaborate across edit, business and brand-to-brand and truly unleash the collective power of our incredible company” the memo reads. Take note: fashion’s media latest trend is downsizing. Again.

Givenchy casts 27 models for SS16  campaign

All for one and one for all. When Riccardo Tisci unveiled the Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott-shot visuals for his SS16 collection for Givenchy everyone gasped. Featuring an all-star cast of 27 models the campaign reflects the theme of the Marina Abramoviç-directed New York Fashion Week show – that of love.

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