Design Dispatch

Our daily look at the world through the lens of design.

CFDA nominee Raf Simons and his collaborator, Sterling Ruby. (Photo: G.L. Askew II for Surface)

Fashion’s Finest

The CFDA has released the nominees for the 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards. The list includes Raf Simons, Joseph Altuzarra, and Virgil Abloh. There are also a few winners already named, including Rick Owens for the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award and Demna Gvasalia for the International Award.

Shizhe He’s design for Nike’s Vision-Airs. (Photo: Courtesy Nike)

Running on Air

Nike enlisted five student designers to create innovative garments inspired by the brand’s Air VaporMax shoe. The “Experiments in Style” are by Azar Rajabi, Liam Johnson, Paula Canovas, Wanbing Huang, and Shize He, all students at top-tier fashion schools.

Work by Zehra Doğan. (Photo: Courtesy the Voice Project, via Artnet)

Turkish Artist Imprisoned

Turkish artist and journalist Zehra Doğan has received a prison sentence of two years and 10 months for making a painting that implicitly criticized the government. The artwork shows a Kurdish region decimated by Turkish forces. “[The judge has] punished the wrong actor: Not the one who destroyed the town, […] not the one who shot the photo, but the one who painted the photo. They made this painting, not me,” Doğan said in a statement.

An archival plan for the proposed Lower Manhattan Expressway. (Photo: Wikimedia)

Jane Jacobs Remembered

A new documentary celebrates Jane Jacobs, the pioneering ubran activist. Citizen Jane: Battle for the City traces how Jacobs acted to preserve the New York landscape, most notably by preventing the construction of the Lower Manhattan Expressway.
[The New York Times]

An Anna Sui design. The Supreme Court case was over a design allegedly copied from a cheerleading uniform. (Photo: Luca Tombolini /, via Vogue)

Copycat Clothes

The Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in the Star Athletica vs. Varsity Brands case, which will profoundly affect fashion copyright law. This is the first suit that the Supreme Court has heard regarding the copyright of clothing design, and it delivered a 6-2 decision in favor of protecting a garment’s visual and sculptural elements. “There’s no question that it’s a big shift,” said copyright lawyer Joseph Mueller. “You can expect to see designers relying on copyright law more often to challenge what they perceive to be knockoffs.”

A mural by artist Phlegm near the future Studio Gang site. (Photo: blogTO, via The Architect’s Newspaper).

Canadian Construction

Architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang is slated to design a building in Canada, her first in the country. “It’s not going to be a typical all-glass tower,” said Brandon Donnelly, the vice president of development for the firm behind the project. “We want to push boundaries in terms of sustainability and building efficiency.”
[The Architect’s Newspaper]

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