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MODEL POINT OF VIEW
At the end of our show, our much-photographed models turned the tables on the audience. For the finale walk, each model used their phone to capture their points of view, snapping photos of the front row, the runway from their perspective, and (how could they resist?) some playful ones of themselves. 

MODEL POINT OF VIEW

At the end of our show, our much-photographed models turned the tables on the audience. For the finale walk, each model used their phone to capture their points of view, snapping photos of the front row, the runway from their perspective, and (how could they resist?) some playful ones of themselves. 

Here’s an exclusive VIP pass to listen to the music that played at tonight’s runway show. 
  “Aerials” and “Fractured” Performed by Lights & Motion       Courtesy of Deep Elm Records           “The New Life” and “Hypnotic Regression” Performed by Girls Names Written by Cathal Cully, Claire Miskimmin, Neil Brogan Courtesy of  Slumberland Records “Watch The Streams” Performed By: Violens Written By: Jorge Elbrecht, Iddo Arad, Myles Matheny Courtesy of Slumberland Records “Appian Way” Performed by Land Observations Written by James Brooks Courtesy of Mute by arrangement with Bank Robber Music Published by Embassy Music Corp. obo Mute Song     

Here’s an exclusive VIP pass to listen to the music that played at tonight’s runway show. 


“Aerials” and “Fractured”
Performed by Lights & Motion      
Courtesy of Deep Elm Records
         
“The New Life” and “Hypnotic Regression”
Performed by Girls Names
Written by Cathal Cully, Claire Miskimmin, Neil Brogan
Courtesy of  Slumberland Records

“Watch The Streams”
Performed By: Violens
Written By: Jorge Elbrecht, Iddo Arad, Myles Matheny
Courtesy of Slumberland Records

“Appian Way”
Performed by Land Observations
Written by James Brooks
Courtesy of Mute by arrangement with Bank Robber Music
Published by Embassy Music Corp. obo Mute Song   
  

MORE THAN MEATS THE EYE
 Some believe bacon can make anything better—even design projects. Most creative professionals are familiar with Lorem Ipsum, a passage of Latin-based dummy text used in layouts as a placeholder for final copy. But one designer had some fun with it and added the word “bacon” to the traditional filler text. This inspired Bacon Ipsum, a carnivore-friendly site that generates placeholder text from meat-related words. While we can’t imagine this becoming industry standard—all that talk of food is too distracting—it’s a fun procrastination tool that will impress the most dedicated gourmands with its lists of meat products, ranging from basic to obscure. Turducken, anyone?

MORE THAN MEATS THE EYE


Some believe bacon can make anything better—even design projects. Most creative professionals are familiar with Lorem Ipsum, a passage of Latin-based dummy text used in layouts as a placeholder for final copy. But one designer had some fun with it and added the word “bacon” to the traditional filler text. This inspired Bacon Ipsum, a carnivore-friendly site that generates placeholder text from meat-related words. While we can’t imagine this becoming industry standard—all that talk of food is too distracting—it’s a fun procrastination tool that will impress the most dedicated gourmands with its lists of meat products, ranging from basic to obscure. Turducken, anyone?

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO AT WORK (OTHER THAN WORK)?
Who, short of professional creative types, isn’t a bit of a frustrated artist? Who hasn’t imagined what it would be like to make a film (even a short one) or write a story? Clearly, the clever minds behind the website/app Draw A Stickman recognized this collective unfulfilled desire and responded by creating their weirdly addictive program. Describing this interactive game doesn’t do justice to how ridiculously fun it is to sketch a stickman and then watch him come to life in one of two episodes. Without taking a crack at this, it’s hard to believe how much it feels like real cartoon-making, or how professional (in a cartoon sense, of course) even the most rudimentary drawings look. Each stickman adventure ends with a pop-up reminder to “Be Creative Every Day.” We fully endorse this sentiment, and can’t wait to see what our guy gets up to in episode three. 

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO AT WORK (OTHER THAN WORK)?

Who, short of professional creative types, isn’t a bit of a frustrated artist? Who hasn’t imagined what it would be like to make a film (even a short one) or write a story? Clearly, the clever minds behind the website/app Draw A Stickman recognized this collective unfulfilled desire and responded by creating their weirdly addictive program. Describing this interactive game doesn’t do justice to how ridiculously fun it is to sketch a stickman and then watch him come to life in one of two episodes. Without taking a crack at this, it’s hard to believe how much it feels like real cartoon-making, or how professional (in a cartoon sense, of course) even the most rudimentary drawings look. Each stickman adventure ends with a pop-up reminder to “Be Creative Every Day.” We fully endorse this sentiment, and can’t wait to see what our guy gets up to in episode three. 

BUY ART TO SUPPORT THE ARTS
Putting aside the cost, the intimidation factor of walking into a gallery to buy a piece of art can be daunting (have all front desk personnel been trained to not make eye contact?). For anyone who’s ever fantasized about trading the Monet poster that’s been kicking around since college for something more investment-worthy, the works available online from Lincoln Center’s Vera List Art Project are an ideal place to start. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the program was founded by one of the most important female arts patrons of the 20th century, Vera List. Each year since 1962, Lincoln Center has commissioned four to six world-renowned contemporary artists to create signed and numbered prints commemorating a selection of its events (proceeds from the sale of these prints benefit the institution). Past contributors include legends like Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg, while recent commissions include work from stars like Chuck Close and Barbara Kruger. While none this art could be considered cheap (prices start at around $500 and go up into the thousands), we guarantee a signed Richard Serra will retain (and most likely increase) its value in a way that a Water Lilies poster never will. 

BUY ART TO SUPPORT THE ARTS

Putting aside the cost, the intimidation factor of walking into a gallery to buy a piece of art can be daunting (have all front desk personnel been trained to not make eye contact?). For anyone who’s ever fantasized about trading the Monet poster that’s been kicking around since college for something more investment-worthy, the works available online from Lincoln Center’s Vera List Art Project are an ideal place to start. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the program was founded by one of the most important female arts patrons of the 20th century, Vera List. Each year since 1962, Lincoln Center has commissioned four to six world-renowned contemporary artists to create signed and numbered prints commemorating a selection of its events (proceeds from the sale of these prints benefit the institution). Past contributors include legends like Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg, while recent commissions include work from stars like Chuck Close and Barbara Kruger. While none this art could be considered cheap (prices start at around $500 and go up into the thousands), we guarantee a signed Richard Serra will retain (and most likely increase) its value in a way that a Water Lilies poster never will. 

ARTIST LEO VILLAREAL LIGHTS UP MADISON SQUARE PARK

We love twinkling holiday lights as much as the next folks, but the strings of tiny bulbs strung around NYC this season are getting a run for their money from a high-tech illuminated sculpture in Madison Square Park. Artist Leo Villareal, famous worldwide for his LED installations (including a recently-completed one composed of 25,000 individually programmed white LED bulbs covering a 1.8 mile span of the Golden Gate Bridge), has created a piece called BUCKYBALL that will live in the park through February 1. The project features two nested geodesic spheres designed from 180 LED tubes that form a series of pentagons and hexagons (the sculpture is named for the inventor Buckminster Fuller, who originally discovered this spherical shape made from geometric forms). Villareal customized software that allows the individual pixels along the tubes to display 16 million distinct colors in random sequences, patterns, and speeds. And if all of this isn’t heady enough, the sculpture also triggers viewers’ neurological impulses to identify these patterns and gather meaning from the external environment. Bottom line, the intellectual rigor behind this installation is fascinating, but the brilliant, multi-hued glow it casts throughout the park in the evening is reason enough for a visit. 

OUR KENNETH COLE FEATURED ARTIST

We consider ourselves lucky to work in a creative environment where so many of our team members are not just great at their jobs, but also happen to be great artists. The personal art of this talented group often inspires the rest of us and the projects we do at Kenneth Cole. Hoping to share this, each month we introduce Our Kenneth Cole Featured Artist.

Brian, Creative Services

Over the years, I’ve painted a variety of subjects in a lot of different styles, but right now I’m working on a graffiti-inspired Pop Surrealism series. The images are of 50’s-era planes, trains, and automobiles combined with icons and urban textures. Despite not being able to dedicate as much time as I’d like to painting, my goal is to finish 20 pieces in this group, which would be enough for a show. Recently, my apartment has been serving as my studio, and I’ve been working from evening into early morning. This is pretty much the only time I can carve out four uninterrupted hours (no calls, no emails!). And even though it’s late, I can focus and get into a creative zone that (along with a some music—Thievery Corporation, The xx, and Massive Attack) keeps me energized. When I’m looking for inspiration, I usually refer to the work of people like Mark Ryden, Camille Rose Garcia, and Jeff Soto, whose roots are in the 1970’s Southern California pop-culture-infused art scene, or street artists like Banksy.