Solar Flares: Gap x Visionaire Artist Tees Change With The Light

Light sensitive clothes may have been a thing in the ’90s, but what trend from then hasn’t been revived recently? Alexander Wang sent his girls stomping down the runway in color changing gear for fall (and you can fully expect to see chameleon-girls — me included– working the look in a few short months). Until then, another brand is hopping on the UV-sensitive bandwagon. Gap has collaborated with Visionaire as part of an outdoor pop up experience at the Frieze Art Fair in New York from May 9-18, pulling in artists like Alex Katz, Peter Lindbergh, Richard Phillips, and Mario Sorrenti to put their works to fabric.

500 only will be made of each tee, only available at Opening Ceremony, Gap flagship stores, Visionaire retailers, and the Gap White Space pop ups in New York and in Tokyo.

See the light(change) below.

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Art Basel Art Overload? The Shopping Worth Stopping for in Miami

Between Art Miami, NADA, Pulse, Design Miami… the list goes on… there’ll be a point this week when all we want is some breathing room, a cocktail, and a little retail therapy. Fortunately, part of the Art Basel festivities include designer collaborations and Miami-centric beauty. Here’s what’s worth hitting while you’re in town:

Our Lady Linda

The Gap and Visionaire are collaborating for the second time (11 years later) on a limited-edition series of 45 t-shirts. One features the lovely Linda Evangelista (the super of all supers, in my  book). The tees will be available at Gap in Miami and NYC, and at – where else – The Webster.

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Piamita x The Webster

What better boutique than The Webster for Miami’s best fashion (a little less Hervé and a little more Proenza)? Coinciding with Art Basel Miami Beach, The Webster’s collaboration with loungewear brand Piamita hits the store with flamingo-laden silk separates. Perfect to wear in the day, for dinner, or to bed, this set will take you anywhere. 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

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NARS Loves Miami

If you’re heading to Miami from NYC, chances are you had to dig into the depths of your closet to find something less black and more … exuberant. If the thought of a shocking pink dress is too painful to bear, you might be able to work in a splash of Miami heat across the face a little better. Cue: NARS Loves Miami, a collection of the best-selling colors from the beach in one very convenient box-set. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour.

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SUNO’s Capsule Collection at The Webster

The Webster will be the only place to find this SUNO capsule collection – eight tropical-fresh pieces full of bright colors and prints (flamingo-mascot-inclusive). The Webster’ll host a party to kick off the capsule.  Available from December 5.

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Colette Art Drive-Thru at Alchemist

For a completely different shopping experience, roll on over to Herzog & Meuron’s parking structure (5th floor). Place your order and let girls on roller skates deliver your selections right to the car window – think André “Art Smoke” e-cigs, a Rolex by Bamford, Delfina Delettrez jewels, a Darcel beach towel, and a Moncler/Pharrell collab, among many, many other things.

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Happy shopping.

This Just In: The Gap Doesn’t Know What “Manifest Destiny” Means

First it was a clothing store in India named Hitler that had everyone up in arms. Today, Native Americans are rightfully outraged by a sartorial-genocidal gaffe here in the U.S.: The Gap, you see, which not incidentally is largely thought of and parodied as a place for white people to buy dress slacks, was until very recently selling a T-shirt that featured the words ‘Manifest Destiny’ and nothing in the way of illuminative context regarding that powder keg of a term.

The item has been taken down, thanks in part to an online petition. Links to the product page now simply read: “We’re sorry, but the product, outfit, or department you selected is unavailable at this time.” No kidding! Sounds like an executive over there finally had it explained to them that “manifest destiny” would be 19th-century pioneer-speak for “Our God says we white settlers get all this nice Injun land, so go on, git.” This tautology was more often than not backed up with various firearms.

How the hell did this slogan make it onto a graphic tee at the blandest clothes retailer known to man? Going to guess that someprovocative young designer thought it would be edgy and whoever signed off on it just thought it sounded big and bold. Because really, without its baggage, it sounds like a self-help mantra. That’s right: manifest your own destiny! You are in charge of your fate! Especially when it comes to religiously sanctified mass murder.

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The Gap’s Fast-Track to Irrelevance

Despite helping to develop the Gap’s 1969 premium denim line, the company’s vice president of design, Patrick Robinson, was dropped last week. Considering the brand is in the midst of a design-team reform, the news hardly came as a surprise, but we still think that 1969 was one of the best ideas to come out of Gap in years. So what’s next for this fading American brand?

A new story by Jezebel’s Abe Gurko breaks down Gap’s swift decline, pointing out the rare, rather pathetic occasions during which you might actually step into a Gap store. “You are on vacation and the weather is not quite what you hoped and you are a few layers short. Off to the nearest Gap,” he writes. Furthermore, although they’re a workhorse for basics, Gap’s cuts aren’t as flattering as those of, say, H&M or Uniqlo.

Speaking of fast-fashion brands, H&M’s wildly successful designer collaborations should spur Gap to roll out similar initiatives. Remember how hyped we all were after the Alexander Wang, Vena Cava, and Pierre Hardy collabs? A full capsule collection with a fresh, emerging designer might be just the creative boost they need. Maybe that lucky designer could even help Gap with their image.

After last year’s attempt to update their logo, Gap devotees came out of the woodwork to protest the change, forcing the brand to rather embarrassingly revert back to their old lettering. As Alisa Gould-Simon explained then, the seemingly ill-advised move was actually genius, as it made the brand relevant again by proving that they still have fans who care about their image. But despite their efforts to pull fast-ones just to stay in the news, there’s no denying that their identity needs a refresh. Gurko suggests they give their advertising a more editorial feel (“but do NOT hire Terry Richardson”). He also thinks they should build a marketing campaign around the fact that their designs are Made in America in order to “become a strong voice for creating jobs in the USA.”

Regardless of which route they take, Gap is in dire need of a new concept, and we’re hoping a new creative director will help them get there. Too bad Clare Waight Keller has already been snatched up–she kills it at this rebranding stuff.

More Friendly Faux Fur

With designers creating cozy winter looks with faux fur in abundance this season, it is no wonder that everyone from Gap to Rachel Zoe is getting in on the act. With the amazing amount of fur—real and faux—on the Fall 2010 runways this year, let’s stick to the friendlier option and embrace the faux! Starting with these oh-so-adorable Raimondi earmuffs for only $12.

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Handy Pop-Up Guide Will Reduce Your Googling By At Least 30%

As we all scramble to finish our holiday shopping, retailers are taking note—a flurry of pop-ups are launching across the city, giving us convenient locations to browse the gift-themed stores. We’ve done our best to keep you apprised of all the latest pop-ups, including Chanel at Jeffrey, Gap x Cool Hunting, and the brand-new mobile pop-up from Brooklyn Based and The Shiny Squirrel, but lately they seem to be opening up faster than we can report on them.

Thankfully, Racked has created a comprehensive guide to all the pop-ups in the area, complete with an interactive map and descriptions of each shop. It really doesn’t get much easier than this, unless of course you finished your holiday shopping months ago, in which case I hate you.

Shopping for a Cause: Buy (RED)

Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day, a day devoted to raising awareness about tackling HIV prejudice and helping stop the spread of HIV. There are many ways you can help by supporting various campaigns and fundraisers. Another great way to contribute is by shopping (RED) products this holiday season, so here are a few of my favorites, after the jump.

Beats by Dr. Dre Solo (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition HD Headphones, $199.95.

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Diptyque (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition Candle, $68.

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Gap (PRODUCT) RED Love T, $17.99.

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Inspired by ‘Black Swan’: Ballerina Chic

If you are as obsessed as we are with Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming movie Black Swan starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and an entire wardrobe of tutus created by Rodarte, then we have you covered. Once you are safely inside, and can pull off those clunky winter boots, how about slipping into some chic, sparkly ballet flats instead?

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Tory Burch Metallic Leather Amelia Ballerina Flats, $295.

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Gap Color Glitter Ballet Flats, $49.50.

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J.Crew Glitter Jacquard Ballet Flats, $129.99.

Checking in with NYC’s Holiday Pop-Ups

It’s the holiday shopping season in NYC, which translates to not only over-the-top window displays, but a whole slew of fresh pop-up shops. Two temporary retail spaces open for the winter months are proving especially of note. First up is the Gap-sanctioned pop-up shop from the arbiter of all that is aesthetically pleasing and forward-thinking in design, art, music, and film: Cool Hunting. The seasoned website has assembled a Fifth Avenue shop full of locally sourced goods, each handpicked by one of Cool Hunting’s editors. “The resulting assortment ranges from Grado headphones to Amy Sedaris’ new book to exclusive one-offs by Jonathan Adler. We’ve also included a series of Cool Hunting collaborations, such as limited-edition Mast Brothers chocolate and an Outlier cycling cap, along with a mini-installation of our digital content,” says the shopkeeper.

Meanwhile, as The Scout points out, the Pop Up Flea is still on view over at Mulberry Street in the Openhouse Gallery space in Nolita, and, “Couldn’t get enough of Printed Matter’s art book fair? Ed. Varie has created an abridged version of it with their pop-up book shop. Opens this evening from 5-8pm at 208 E. 7th St.” Lastly, Wired Magazine is setting up shop in downtown NYC’s old Tower Records space offering goods for ogling and touching as opposed to actually purchasing.