Diesel Style Team to start Ducati Monster clothing line
The Diesel Style Team, under the watchful eyes of Diesel founder Mr. Renzo Rosso, is working closely with the Ducati’s Design Centre, have launched a new “urban military chic” version to the iconic Ducati Monster 1100 EVO and new apparel collection based on Ducati Monster 1100 EVO.
The latest modified model is an ‘urban military chic’ version of Ducati’s iconic naked motorcycle and will be revealed alongside the new collection at the Diesel stores of New York-Soho (15 March), Rome (22 March), and Tokyo-Shibuya (29 March).
“When we had the opportunity to work with Ducati, with last year’s MotoGP sponsorship, we discovered a whole world of shared values and common roots. That brought us the desire to create something new together, and we made it in the only way we know: taking the great know-how of both companies and mixing it with passion and creativity. The results are unique products, characterized by a great mix of design and technology,” said Stefano Rosso.
The collection is devoted to addicts of life in the fast lane and devoted enthusiasts of these two great Italian brands. Colours for the collection are black, grey, white with pop up red motivated by logos from both brands and the range of fabrics goes from treated nylon and cotton to denim and overdyed jersey mix with leather and metal applications.
Rubin Museum of Art organize Masterworks Jewels of the Collection.
The Rubin Museum of Art organizes exhibitions that give a sight into the unexplained world of the Tibetan art. The exhibits contain works from Nepal, Bhutan and parts of India, China and Mongolia to give a broader perspective as Tibet, predominantly through Buddhist art, was connected culturally to these countries.
Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection began on 11th March, 2011 and would continue till 31st December, 2012. It consists of the number of Buddhist and Hindu deities depicted in a series of manners and mediums.
A millennium’s worth of work is attributed in the museum’s new long-term exhibit on the diverse artistic traditions of the Himalayas. Visitors will see Buddhist and Hindu deities depicted in papier-mâché, textiles, stone and wood, as well as life-size photos of 18th-century wall paintings from the Dalai Lama’s secret temple in Tibet. The form, art and iconography of Buddhism went through major transformation thereas local religious beliefs, icons and narratives were incorporated within the tenets of this religion. the Tibetan form of Buddhism shows influences of at least four major religions including those from the various other Buddhist sects.
Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection presents life-size facsimiles of an entire sequence of murals from the Lukhang, the Dalai Lamas’ Secret Temple near the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, providing an exceptional opportunity for viewing Himalayan art at its most lavish.
India, Africa trade to boost trade upto $90b by 2015
Indian-African joint trade is projected to go up to $90 billion by 2015. India-Africa bilateral trade has reached US $ 60 bn. in the year 2011. The Meeting of the India-Africa Trade Ministers was co-chaired by Dr. Maxwell M. Mkwezalamba, Commissioner for Economic Affairs, African Union Commission, and Anand Sharma, Union Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textiles of India. The Ministers launched the First India-Africa Business Council (IABC).
The Union Commerce, Industry and Textiles Minister, Mr Anand Sharma said: “A 20-fold growth within a decade is indeed an achievement worth applauding. I propose that given the current growth rate, we may agree to revise the trade target to $90 billion by 2015.” The council will propose the way forward on attractive economic and commercial relations between India and Africa and also spot and address issues which hinder growth of economic partnership between India and Africa. The proposed incorporated clusters are likely to garner investments of $350 million and generate employment for 60,000 textile workers.
It also announced the launch of the Cotton Technical Assistance Programme in the C-4 countries Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda. During the 7th edition of the Conclave, 200 projects worth $18 billion were discussed. One of the highlight of this years is that it will see over 250 projects worth close to 30 Billion USD of projects being discussed.
Nike Unveils a Series of Basketball Shoes
Nike Sportswear celebrates the March Madness with a limited edition product collection celebrating Syracuse, Michigan State, Kentucky, Duke, Connecticut and Florida. Nike Basketball launched its supercharged Elite Series providing new levels of footwear innovation. The Nike Kobe VII, Nike Zoom Hyperdunk and LeBron 9 all feature premium materials and footwear technologies providing players with a performance leads.
Leo Chang, Nike Basketball Footwear Design Director said: “For the Nike Basketball Elite Series, we completely re-engineered each shoe from the inside out using the highest performance materials. We took our top franchise models and made them even better for the moment that matters most to our athletes – the run for the championship trophy.” The Nike Sportswear collection contains Destoyer jackets, AW77 hoodies, crewneck sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats and shoes.
Each style of the Nike Basketball Elite Series worn on court will initially display a special white Swoosh Design. Nike celebrates the player’s successes by replacing the white Swoosh with a gold one for the final game. Nike designers have gripped on every detail. For the player who has a “strong” game, the LeBron signature shoe contains extra carbon fiber enforcement that runs from the heel all the way to the wing, providing just the right amount of support needed for the moves involved in that style of play. The Nike Kobe VII, Nike Zoom Hyperdunk and LeBron 9 uppers all slot in the highest performance materials.
Nigeria Fashion Week showcases African designers
Nigeria’s largest city has host to a Fashion Week event in an effort to draw new attention to African designers. African fashion designers are using together their tradition and international trends to gain attention on the world stage. The 77 designers offered a range of outfits combination of traditional fabrics with international aesthetics. Victoria Island in Nigeria’s economic capital Lagos was home to one of Africa’s biggest fashion shows.
Nigerian designer Toju Foyeh said: “My designs are basically for young and middle-aged people, although I target the youth more as they are most likely to have a drive to look good.” New York-based designer Loza Maleombho debuted a collection that draws from the traveling Tuareg people of the Sahara Desert and Afghan traditional wear. ARISE Magazine Fashion Week in Lagos, now in its second year, highlighted the work of typically African or Africa-influenced designers. Seventy-seven rising African or African-based designers were whittled down to five winners to show at next year’s New York fashion week, the glamour queen of all fashion weeks. The first two days were cancelled as electricity problems remained uncontrolled in a city where most depend on generators for power.
Folarin-Coker from school of Nigerian designers who have attracted international attention by translating local prints usually found on stiff fabric onto flowy cloth that drapes the body.
People from around Africa, Paris, New York, the Caribbean, Mexico and China continued to arrive for the shows. UP to 200 media from around the world have registered to cover the shows, including newspapers, magazines and TV stations.
London Festival of Photography Prize 2012 accepting entries
London Festival of Photography Prize is a chance for photographers to submit projects for addition in a world-class exhibition celebrating the annual festival theme. This impressive prize will achieve critical praise for the chosen winners. All entry will be seen by a judging panel of internationally well-known experts.
Projects combining photography, moving image, sound and graphics have become important parts of online journalism and story telling. The emphasis of the prize is on visual storytelling. Two winners, one for each category, will be flown to London for the exhibition and festival opening and each presented with a cheque for £1,000. The theme
intends to explore the changing boundaries between the public and the private, as both physical and metaphorical concepts, and the social consequences of these shifts. This prize aims to salute those practitioners and discover who is creating the most exciting multimedia projects today.
The Prize is open to all members of the public aged 18 anywhere in the world and over on the date of submission. The deadline is Thursday 29 March 2012, 11.59pm BST. Exhibition will be on dates: 1-17 June 2012 at TBC, Central London. For more information visit the London Festival of Photography Prize website.
Apple gave the new iPad a bunch of new features. Apple has unveiled a new iPad with a high-definition screen. It has, as expected, a sharper screen, driven by a faster processing chip that acts as the “brains” of the device.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook said: “We think that iPad is the poster child of the post-PC world.” The new iPad will go on sale March 16 in Canada, France, Germany and the United States at the same price as the previous models, which start at $499 for the most basic iPad featuring wireless connectivity only. Schiller said: The new product also sports a substantially more powerful processor called the A5X chip — the X short for quad core graphics power built into the processor.
An iPad with 16 gigabytes of memory and with both Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity will cost $629 in the United States. iPad with 32GB Wi-Fi/4G model will cost $729 and a 64GB version with Wi-Fi and 4G will cost $829. The tablet also features a five-megapixel camera and high-definition video recording. The new iPad will look almost exactly like the earlier models. The new device supports the higher resolution 1080p specification and has a new user interface. The battery life of the new model remains the same. Apple says the battery capacity is 70 percent higher than for the old model. The new screen should be able to show all the detail in high-definition movies and also show deeper and more vibrant colors than previous models, Apple said. The new iPad will be 9.4 millimeters thick, or 0.37 inches.
Hublot unveiled on Wednesday the world’s most expensive watch with a price tag of $5 million. Hublot watch with more than 1,200 diamonds, including six stones of more than 3 carats each. The company is owned by French luxury giant LVMH. Mr Jean-Claude Biver, president of the Swiss Watch Industry said it would be hard to make a more expensive watch ‘because the surface of the watch is limited.
According to the AFP news agency the watch was created by Swiss firm Hublot and took 17 people 14 months to make. Biver at the world’s biggest watch show in Basel said 17 people take 14 months to set the more than 140 carats of diamonds on the watch’s white gold bracelet. Biver president of the Swiss Watch Industry, told “We profit off the general growth of the economy in the region.”
Hublot is a Swiss enterprise creating luxury watches and founded in 1980 by Carlo Crocco. The company currently operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of France’s LVMH. Hublot and Ferrari announced during the 2011 Ferrari World Finals at Mugello a long-term strategic partnership which will officially start on 1 January 2012, making Hublot Ferrari’s “Official Watch” and “Official Timekeeper.”
The private collection of French jeweller Suzanne Belperron will be auctioned in Geneva on May 14, Sotheby’s announced Monday. Suzanne Belperron, born in the Jura region of France is now celebrated as one of the rare feminine forces of 20th Century jewellery design. She try outs with textures old and new, reviving tastes for natural pearls, and championing the use of grey gold and palladium, has given her jewellery a eternal elegance that seems as fresh and exciting today as it was at the time.
The collection, with an estimated value of over one million dollars, consists in affluence combined by Belperron, and others by Cartier and Faberge. Her jewelry embodies a sensual elegance as well as an intellectual charm that appealed to a stylish clientele from socialites to stage and screen stars. Suzanne never sold from a shop but received consumers at her home in Paris, among them the Duke and Dutchess of Windsor, the actor Gary Cooper, and the artist Jean Cocteau.
Suzanne born in Eastern France in 1900, she studied drawing and jewelry at the École des Beaux-Arts in Besançon, beginning her career in 1921 as a draftswoman at the celebrated maison Boivin in Paris. she left behind the rigid lines of Art Deco to carve stones into organic shapes, invoking the delicacy of wings, petals, and fruit, and adorned them with gemstones.
London International Creative Competition 2012 call for entries
LICC calls all visual artists to submit their creative work for inclusion in the LICC AWARDS CEREMONY. Submit your innovative works of art for inclusion in the London International Creative Competition. London International Creative Competition™ (LICC) is a vehicle for facilitating contact between uniquely talented artists and an international audience. Your artwork is juried by a board of internationally esteemed artists, writers, curators, gallery owners and other luminaries of the visual arts. LICC has no limits and encourages you to push the envelope of your creativity. The finalists and shortlist will be published in the LICC Annual Awards Book, on the website and announced to the creative arts and media outlets worldwide. The 15 Final Selection winners will recieve the LICC trophy and their work will be presented at the LICC awards ceremony in London, one prize-winner will be chosen by the jury to receive the £2,000 cash prize.
Categories for the competition are: advertising design, architectural design, audio/music, environmental design, fashion design, graphic design, illustration, installation art, interior design, net art, painting, performance art, photography, sculpture, textile design, video and film, web design, writing, and other creative designs.
Prize: £2,000 cash prize, work published in LICC’s annual Book of Creative Designs and receives the much sought after LICC Trophy at the LICC Awards Ceremony in September 2012. The usual deadline is April 30, 2012, and the entry fee is £20 single or series for professionals, and £15 single or series for students.
Send all submissions to:
Awards Inc, 550 North Larchmont, Suite 100, Los Angeles, Ca 90004. For more information and to submit your entry, please visit http://licc.us/artists/.