You may have seen his extra large vinyl toys while in Hong Kong or Japan—those giant creatures that are part Grey’s Anatomy and part Mickey Mouse.
Photo: David Chu
Behind these modern art pieces is Brian Donnelly, a.k.a. KAWS, the New York based artist known for limited edition toys and graffiti art all over the world.
KAWS started out as a graffiti artist in Jersey City, New Jersey. After graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York, he worked briefly as a freelance animator at Disney, before he became known for subverting imagery on billboards, bus shelters and phone booth advertisements.
In the late ’90s he started to produce limited edition vinyl toys that became an instant hit among global art toy collectors, especially in Japan.
He has collaborated with Nigo for Bathing Ape, Jun Takahashi for Undercover, and Comme des Garçons among others.
This Saturday, Ronac Art Center launches the limited edition Kaws x Hennessy V.S. Cognac bottles in Manila.
Celebrate with Hennessy on March 3, 2012 at 7 PM as they officially release the last of the KAWS-designed Hennessy bottles, for sale exclusively at Secret Fresh in Ronac Art Center (Php 1,800).
For more information call 570-9815 local 7 or go to http://secretfresh.net/.
Only a few hours before the Oscar Awards, I have succeeded in watching a few more movies, namely, The Help, Midnight in Paris, Tree of Life, and The Descendants. I’m not crazy about any of them, but if I had to watch one again, I would see Midnight in Paris a second time.
Please don’t bother watching Tree of Life, unless you want to see an extended, annoying version of National Geographic, the movie. As Kevin Ranson of MovieCrypt.com said, “If I can prevent just one person from watching this, it’ll have been worth suffering through it.”
Now here’s what the Oscars are all about this year.
Watch the Academy Awards on Velvet channel beginning 6 AM Manila time, if you want to see the Red Carpet coverage. If you prefer to sleep in longer, show proper begins at 9:30 AM. Billy Crystal returns as host.
And if you’re working (as I am at noon), a replay will be aired on Monday night.
As a mother of boys, it used to hurt passing by little girls’ clothes and not having someone to buy them for. But after the third boy came along, I learned to adjust and no longer have daughter envy.
The boys haven’t stopped asking for a little girl though, so it’s still part of the plan about two years from now—hoping that God will give us the right baby girl and a bigger house cause we have no more space! (My house is seriously filled with swag, my room looks like an episode of Hoarders!)
And speaking of girls, Belgian-America designer Diane von Furstenberg is known for bold prints and wrap dresses such as these
Now imagine them on little girls, ages newborn to 14.
For Spring 2012, DVF collaborates with GapKids and babyGap to create summer wardrobe essentials such as T-shirt dresses, tanks and shorts, capris, leggings and swimwear. Even the iconic wrap dress is reinvented with a higher waist.
At the heart of the collection are the vintage prints DVF is known for. Accessories include sunglasses, espadrilles, hats, and sandals.
The collection launches exclusively at GAP Shangri-La Plaza and GAP Bonifacio High Street this March 2012.
HUMAN NATURE, largest producer of genuinely natural personal care and cosmetic products in the country, recently opened its flagship store in Quezon City.
Founded by Anna Meloto-Wilk and Camille Meloto, daughters of GK founder Tony Meloto, Human Nature’s products are 100% made in the Philippines and 100% free from harmful chemicals.
What started out as a humble idea to provide jobs as well as natural and organic personal care products to Filipinos, has, over the short span of three years, spread all over the Philippines and reached the United States.
Designed by Mau Adraneda and Joyce Angara, the concept store was designed as an enchanted forest in the midst of a concrete jungle.
Aside from the complete range of Human Nature products, it carries products from other Filipino social enterprises, such as:
• Golden Eggs—salted eggs without the toxic food color
• Café de Sug—Gawad Kalinga’s famous coffee from Sulu
• Enchantea—healthy iced tea from the GK Enchanted Farm
• FilBambu—food items containing bamboo, winners in the Shanghai Expo
• Theo & Philo Chocolates—the only 100% bean to bar Filipino artisan chocolate
• Jacinto & Lirio—luxury bags made from leather and water hyacinth
• Red Carpet, Blue Bamboo, Salabatea and more.
Enjoy free-flowing locally-grown brewed coffee like barako, mountain blends and Sulu Coffee when you visit the store at 460 Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.
To learn more about Human Nature products or how to be a dealer, call 931-5787 or go to http://www.humanheartnature.com.
Human Nature is also available at Rustans, Shopwise, and Beauty Bar.
This Lent I decided to give up meat, except for Sundays as the priest said on Ash Wednesday that Sundays are exempt from whatever sacrifice you decide to do this Lent.
Isn’t that a great thing? I wish I had known this before, I could have lasted better two years ago. Last year I didn’t shop for the whole duration of Lent and was actually able to stick to it.
Are you giving up something this Lent? At Pepper Lunch, you can stick your pact by trying any of our Lenten specials, such as Teriyaki Bangus Pepper Rice and Teriyaki Bangus Fillet with Cabbage and Corn Siding.
Only at Pepper Lunch Rockwell, Greenbelt 5, Shangri-La Plaza, Alabang Town Center (2/F Corte delas Palmas), SM Megamall A, Robinson’s Place Ermita, Mall of Asia, and opening very soon at Trinoma.