In the fashion industry, the surname “Minkoff” has become synonymous with innovation. Since her humble beginnings of making T-shirts in her apartment in 2005, accessories and apparel designer Rebecca Minkoff has grown her brand exponentially with a technology-focused business strategy. In partnership with her brother Uri, Minkoff has become a pioneer in digitizing customer service and creating fashionable wearable tech. As a part of Penn Fashion Week, the duo came to the University of Pennsylvania yesterday to speak about interactive retailing and capturing the millennial consumer.
Philadelphia came out of hibernation for one blissful week, blessing us with warm weather and sunshine before being swallowed up by snow (and slush) again. Yet it gave me just enough time to get some snaps in my spring-appropriate outfit, at the beautiful Annenberg School of Penn. It's slightly shameful of me to have been on such a historic and picturesque college campus for almost a year, and to not have done a single outfit shoot until now. Thanks to my friend Teresa who needed a model (ahem not) for a photography competition, I had an excuse to haul out my fashionable wardrobe once more.
Penn has many beautiful works of architecture, from the Venetian Gothic-style Fisher Fine Arts Library to the futuristic Singh Center For Nanotechnology. But when it came to selecting a shoot location, the Annenberg School for Communication was the first to come to mind. Not just because I'm a Communication major, but also because of its simple yet striking architecture. With its marble exterior and large blue-tinted windows that differentiate it radically from the red-brick buildings lining Locust Walk, Annenberg is a building that defines my style - fuss-free and the antithesis of preppy.
HOUSE OF HOLLAND SUNGLASSES
PHOTOS BY TERESA XU
It's not every day that the Hong Kong Convention Center is populated by a deer sculpture with antlers diverging into a tree, a Turkish artist peppering her canvas with kisses, and an installation made entirely of pig skin, among other fantastical sights. But each spring, as the world's art elite converge onto Hong Kong for the annual Art Basel fair, the austere space of the convention center is transformed into something quite extraordinary.
This year's Art Basel Hong Kong saw work from 233 galleries from 37 countries across the globe. The sculptural work this year was particularly exceptional. Highlights included Korean artist MyeongBeom Kim's deer sculpture with wood branches as antlers, which toed the line between the real and surreal, as well as Australian artist Sam Jinks' hyperrealistic sculpture of a women in a fetal pose that hypnotized a crowd of viewers with its life-like quality. I was privileged to attend the VIP opening of the fair this year, and was able to witness several artists in action, adding final touches to their work. Ultimately, I especially admired the metallic sculptures by British artist Antony Gormley, which explore the human form and the concept of space. I was also captivated by Jenny Holzer's collaboration with BMW, which resulted in a car encased in the artist's signature truisms. With a combination of traditional and innovative, the air at Art Basel was truly thick with creativity.
ART BASEL HONG KONG 2015