In what looks like an exemplary example of showcasing design to heighten public awareness, The New School dedicated the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center Wednesday.Designed by Lyn Rice Architects, the 32,800-square-foot "urban quad" for Parsons The New School for Design provides a base for its four historic buildings on the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 13th Street. Lyn Rice, who was part of the team behind the popular art destination Dia:Beacon, used skylight-covered public program spaces, exhibition galleries, learning centers, a futuristic, compact auditorium and chartreuse-accented offices in his design for The New School to assure students and faculty will cross paths frequently, with the hope that spontaneity will help trigger all sorts of creative ideas and exchanges. The building's namesake, a trustee and chair of the school's board of governors, provided a $7 million gift, which helped make the project possible. Longtime New School supporters Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen and Arnold and Sheila Aronson also pitched in. Johnson, a founding partner of BET (Black Entertainment Television) and the first woman to have a stake in three professional sports teams, marveled at the finished product after four years of construction rooted out an old vaudeville theater, among other relics."Where we are standing used to be the garbage dump for the trash. All the rats were here," she said, shaking her head slightly with a smile. "I loved the energy of Parsons but I felt the physical learning environment felt subservient and that made me angry," she said. "As a new trustee, I wanted to be a catalyst to get other people on board. Hopefully, the new physical space will not only attract great students but great faculty, too." The new setup's aim is for the school's 4,000 students to collaborate regardless of their respective disciplines. Photography, product design, fashion, architecture and critical theory are among those offered. In this ever-shrinking global economy, design requires tackling some of the world's most complex issues — from sustainability to globalization, according to Tim Marshall, dean of Parsons The New School for Design. Reminders of such weighty topics are on display in the galleries. Images of women who have overcome servitude and other serious setbacks are up in "Women Empowered: Photographic Portraiture by Phil Borges," an exhibition created with the nonprofit organization CARE. Another gallery features Andy Warhol's "Mao," two Chuck Close portraits of Bill Clinton and Karen Walker's "A Means to an End...A Shadow Drama in Five Acts" in "Soft Parade: Selected Works from The New School Collection."Beyond the reception desk at the Fifth Avenue entrance, there is an example of how a former product design student's creation was well-received. Next to Philip O'Sullivan's bright green OverVue digital print wallpaper, a design that consists of graphic overlays and perforated-cutout patterns, is a small placard highlighting how it was featured in the competitive Salone del Mobile in Milan as well as the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Students and faculty at work in the Johnson Design Center will probably have their share of curious onlookers, due to full-length windows that face Fifth Avenue and East 13th Street. Passersby on Fifth can see a wall-size digital photo, a wooden model, video footage and color photos of the park pavilion built near the Catskill Mountains by 11 New School students over a 10-week stretch last year as part of a design workshop. The school's president, Bob Kerrey, noted how outside a nearby 14th Street building, pedestrians tend to stop and stare at New School students building replica boats from the 1820s that were common on the Hudson River. "There are lots of things going on here. My hope is that this voyeuristic aspect will be a great benefit for the university," Kerrey said.But the building is not all bells and whistles. Visitors entering on Fifth Avenue are greeted by a TV monitor that lists the time and location of all the upcoming classes that day.
Exclusive: @longchamp is planning to stage its first official runway show at New York Fashion Week this fall. The French leather goods firm has expanded into ready-to-wear as part of its repositioning as a lifestyle brand. The show, scheduled for September 8, will also cap the brand’s 70th anniversary celebration. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex undertook their first overseas engagement as a married couple in Dublin. The trip included multiple events and outfits changes, including this black dress by @emiliawickstead that Meghan Markle wore for a party at the British Ambassador’s home. #wwdfashion #royals
At 20 years old – and with an estimated net worth of $900 million - @kyliejenner is the youngest person to ever make @forbes’ annual list of America’s Richest #SelfMadeWomen. “It’s incredible to be recognized for something I’m so passionate about, and I’m really grateful for that. I’ve always loved makeup and worked really hard to bring the first lip kit to the market,” said Jenner on founding @kyliecosmetics. See who else is on the list on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @rainerhosch)
“The collection is inspired by Tulum and the Mayan Riviera – its laid-back luxury, life of cabanas, untouched coastline, natural habitats, exotic cocktails and jungle parties with renowned DJs,” said Matteo Maniatty, creative director and cofounder of @descendantofthieves, on the brand’s inspiration for its latest collection. See more designer sketches and inspirations on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #nyfwmens #nyfw
@riccardotisci17 is releasing a limited-edition capsule collection as part of his anticipated runway debut for @burberry in September. Delivered in a series of instant drops, this is the second Burberry capsule collection announced since Friday, when Tisci broke the news on his collaboration with @viviennewestwood. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
“It’s like a Cinderella story. You get a little fake, you get a little real, you put it together and voilà,” said legendary rapper Slick Rick, who helped pioneer the merge of luxury and streetwear. WWD’s @ariahughes spoke to @therulernyc about his jewelry collection, his collaboration with @bally and how the industry has evolved – link in bio. (📷: @kristaschlueter)
@ragandbone and @eminem are teaming up on a special capsule collection of streetwear pieces. Sold at a one-day pop-up in London’s Soho on Friday, the collection features three different T-shirt designs and a hoodie. The capsule is set to kick off the rest of Eminem’s shows in his European Revival Tour, which ends on Sunday. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdfashion