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If watching the Beijing Olympics unfold on TV has you longing to learn more about Chinese culture, there’s a special treat coming for you this fall in Cincinnati.
China Design Now opens at the Cincinnati Art Museum on Oct. 18. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the exhibit explores the dynamic contemporary design scene in China — from architecture, such as the futuristic and gorgeous 2008 Olympic stadium, aka the Bird’s Nest, to the latest in fashion and graphics.
Displays featuring about 100 designers will be on view through Jan. 11.
Eco friendly retailers used to have the reputation of “for hippies only”, they meant well, but the clothes — not that fashionable.
Well in the past few years all that has changed and plenty of big-name designers (Stella McCartney for one) offer gorgeous, stylish clothes.
And magazines too are getting a green conscious. One of the newest titles to land on newsstands is Boho, which calls itself “fashion’s first eco magazine.”
Yes, there is a Birkenstock ad in the premiere issue but there are also pages of fashion anyone would love plus makeup tips and home decor from earth-friendly shops. Cover price is $4.99, a one-year subscription is $34.95.
Lush, makers of fresh handmade vegetarian, bath, hair and body products, is opening a shop in Macy’s at Fayette Mall.
No date has been announced but plans are for the new counter in the cosmetics department to be ready for business within the next couple of weeks (check future columns for the actual date).
The first Lush shop opened in Poole, England in 1995 and landed in the United States in 2002 in San Francisco.
Lush makes everything by hand with a grocery list of natural ingredients: bananas, papaya, pineapple, avocado, limes and strawberries, to name of few.
Products include bath bombs, shower gels, shampoos, body creams and deodorants.
Last year we told you about Corbin native Michael Bargo who was featured in Domino magazine as an up and coming interior designer.
Well apparently the New York-based Bargo, a former assistant to designer Thomas O’Brien, is still dazzling others with his style. The 25-year-old who owns his own design business garnered a mention in Thursday’s New York Times in a feature by Elaine Louie about shopping for a first apartment. In search of the right decor, Bargo’s stops included an Ikea in Red Hook Brooklyn and Manhattan’s Bangally African Expo for tribal stools and textiles.
Among the fresh-faced kids featured in back-to-school ads for Rack Room Shoes is Joseph Holsinger of Richmond. The junior at Madison Central High School is one of 14 winners of the company’s annual model search.
“I thought it would be cool to be a model in the ads for Rack Room,” said Holsinger, who entered the contest at the Ashland location and was flown to Charlotte, N.C., for the photo shoot. “I would like to continue modeling, but if I don’t, I want to be a psychiatrist.”
Holsinger and the other winners will appear in ads at http://www.rackroom
shoes.com and in newspaper inserts the next two Sundays.
The Museum of Fashion Institute of Technology in New York will present Gothic: Dark Glamour an exhibit devoted to the gothic style in fashion and pop culture, Sept. 5 through Feb. 21.
The gothic style — favored through the centuries by everyone from Victorian ladies in mourning to modern moody teens — will be displayed in over 75 ensembles including designs by Alexander McQueen, John Galliano for Christian Dior and Ricardo Tischi for Givenchy.
Programs scheduled during the exhibit include a Tim Burton film series (Sweeney Todd, Corpse Bride and others) and gallery readings of works by Bram Stoker and Edgar Allen Poe. For a schedule of events call (212) 217-4585 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission to the museum is free.