Ulla Johnson Does High-Summer Home Décor, and Other News

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Ulla Johnson Does High-Summer Home Décor

Ulla Johnson’s dresses and feminine separates are often realized in such vibrant hues and intricate patterns that they evoke the reverie of endless summer, no matter the time of year. Now, the legions of women who don her romantic ensembles everywhere from the gala circuit and art parties to en plein air festivities can bring the magic in with Johnson’s recent tabletop collaboration with Cabana. The high summer capsule includes Murano glass votives, embroidered table linens, and the promise of exquisitely styled meals spent with one’s nearest and dearest. —Jenna Adrian-Diaz

An expansion to a Lviv hospital designed by Shigeru Ban Architects and AMBK

Shigeru Ban unveils visuals for an expansion of Ukraine’s largest hospital in Lviv.

Shigeru Ban Architects teamed up with local studio AMBK to design a cross-laminated timber expansion for Ukraine’s largest hospital in Lviv. The six-story surgical center aims to increase the hospital’s capacity, addressing the urgent need for expansion due to the ongoing war. Renderings showcase a rectangular building with a gridded facade and an expressed-timber entrance canopy, while the interior features an exposed timber structure arranged around a central atrium. Construction of the extension is slated to begin early next year and was developed in partnership with Swiss engineering studio Hermann Blumer to eliminate the need for metal joints. Shigeru Ban is also working on an affordable housing system named Styrofoam Housing System (SHS) for Ukraine, along with other reconstruction plans.

Ralph Lauren creates a special emblem for the 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympics.

With one year left until the Paris Summer Olympics and five years until the Los Angeles Games, Ralph Lauren is generating excitement for both events. The company has expanded its partnership with Team USA and LA28, the nonprofit organizing the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, by unveiling a custom emblem for the California edition. Featuring a black- and red-winged A, it pays homage to Ralph Lauren’s P-wing symbol from the ’90s, combined with the letters L, 2, and 8, and the Olympic rings. The logo will be featured on a denim jacket initially, with plans to include it on other products as the Games approach. Ralph Lauren will also release a customizable Team USA capsule collection for the Paris Games, continuing its long-standing relationship with Team USA since the Beijing Games in 2008.

Peter Do, creative director of Helmut Lang. Photography by Mario Sorrenti, courtesy of Helmut Lang

Peter Do’s debut for Helmut Lang will kick off New York Fashion Week in September.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has revealed the preliminary schedule for New York Fashion Week, running from Sept. 8–13. The lineup includes more than 71 designers, featuring well-known names like Christian Siriano, Collina Strada, Brandon Maxwell, Sergio Hudson, and Michael Kors. Notable additions include Ralph Lauren, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Jonathan Cohen, returning after a few seasons away, while Helmut Lang and Luar will open and close the week respectively. Additionally, several first-timers will debut their collections, and all CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists will showcase their work throughout the week. Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA, expressed excitement about the event, celebrating the vibrant culture and constant evolution of American fashion.

Gagosian introduces a rare book collection advisory led by specialist Douglas Flamm.

Gagosian has introduced a rare book collection advisory, led by its rare book specialist, Douglas Flamm, with 25 years of experience in the field. The advisory focuses on 20th- and 21st-century artists and movements but remains open to various interests dictated by clients. Though Larry Gagosian acknowledged in a recent New Yorker profile about the publishing arm being a “financial loser,” he noted they’re “characteristically sumptuous, and artists and collectors love them.” The advisory is open for new clientele through Gagosian’s website.

Police intervene as Elon Musk tried to change Twitter’s signage to X in San Francisco.

Elon Musk is keeping himself occupied with the controversies and legal battles surrounding his takeover of Twitter, now known as X Corp. Recently, X unveiled a new logo for the company, leading to disputes with building management and potential permit violations. Construction workers started dismantling the “Twitter” sign outside its San Francisco office without informing the building’s management or obtaining proper permits. Police intervened, halting the removal process. The incident raises questions about Musk’s actions and intentions, especially given his prior unconventional decisions.

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