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AQUA EXPEDITIONS SET TO ENTER COASTAL CRUISE MARKET IN LATE 2019

Boutique luxury cruise line to launch three new destinations and double its fleet by mid-2020

The world’s most respected boutique luxury cruise line – Aqua Expeditions – is set to enter the coastal cruise market in the fall of 2019, after operating as an Amazon and Mekong River cruise line for the past twelve years. A month ago, Aqua Expeditions finalized the purchase of a long-range 200-foot explorer yacht originally built for Britain’s Royal Navy; the vessel is now undergoing a complete refurbishment designed to transform it into an ultra-modern luxury expedition cruise ship catering to affluent explorers.

Scheduled to begin full operations in November 2019, the explorer class vessel will serve three new destinations with year-round departures. The full announcement on vessel name, facts, destinations and itinerary details will be released globally on May 8, 2019.

The May 8th announcement will also unveil a brand-new, state-of-the-art, luxury river cruise vessel to consolidate Aqua Expeditions’ position as one of the leaders in the river-cruise market. Once this and the recently purchased expedition vessel are in operation, Aqua Expeditions will have doubled its fleet from two to four vessels by mid-2020.

“Even as we grow, as an owner, I remain deeply involved in every aspect of the new vessels – from the minutiae of the design details to the intricacies of the itineraries — just as we did when we started out in 2007,” says CEO Francesco Galli Zugaro, “and, as with all Aqua Expeditions vessels, we are partnering both with renowned designers and critically acclaimed chefs to provide a world-class experience.”

The fleet expansion and geographic diversification underscore Aqua Expeditions’ long-time dedication to providing:

  • highly personalized luxury travel experiences
  • immersive excursions into the wildlife and culture of each region
  • world-class cuisine and dining experiences by renowned chefs
  • highly tailored guest services and itineraries
  • designer ships with elegant and contemporary aesthetics
  • a commitment to community, sustainability and preservation

“The new ships and destinations we will reveal next month are certain to intrigue the sophisticated traveler,” added Galli Zugaro.

ABOUT AQUA EXPEDITIONS

A recognized global leader in luxury small-ship cruises, Aqua Expeditions explores the world’s most wildlife- and culture-rich destinations aboard best-in-class vessels of stylish contemporary design. On board, Aqua Expeditions offers tailored five-star itineraries, a highly-exclusive 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio with personalized service, a cuisine experience crafted by acclaimed chefs, and expert-guided activities and excursions. Aqua Expeditions currently operates river cruise ships Aria Amazon on the Peruvian Amazon and Aqua Mekong on the Mekong river in Cambodia and Vietnam. For more information, please visit www.aquaexpeditions.com.

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Return of the Instapump OG

Reebok Instapump is Reborn For 2019

“At the time, some people thought the Instapump Fury OG was an affront to everything that running and performance was about, because it was that different. And to this day, you either get it or you don’t. No apologies. No compromise.” – Steven Smith

We admit it: in 1994, the Instapump wasn’t for everybody. A running shoe that was completely lace-less, missing a huge chunk of its midsole, and stuffed with every bit of bleeding-edge footwear tech the early 90s had to offer? That was always going to be the kind of sneaker that you either “got”… or you didn’t.

Meet us in 2019, and despite how many contemporary hype sneaker designs take inspiration from the Instapump, the honest truth is that there are plenty of people who still don’t get it. Twenty-five years later, the Instapump’s silhouette, features, and performance quality feel just as bold as ever. This year, we introduce the reborn edition of the Instapump Fury for 2019: the Instapump OG .

Don’t call it an update: the Instapump OG is the same sneaker that blew people’s minds in 1994, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Pioneering in its technology, rebellious in its aesthetics, the reborn Instapump is the essence of Reebok’s early 90s vision to create a truly essentialist sneaker. Every layer of the Instapump’s material has a purpose and a reason for being—and it’s hard to improve on that. The future was then—and now it’s back again.

The Instapump OG will be available on April 5th on Reebok.com.

MATRIX 181 × WADSWORTH ATHENEUM

MATRIX 181 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Features the paintings of 

Emily Mae Smith

MATRIX, the Wadsworth Atheneum’s groundbreaking contemporary exhibition series, has set some new goals. Upcoming projects will embrace experimental art, performance art, and explore new developments in painting. In looking at contemporary painting the Wadsworth found a unique vision in the work of Emily Mae Smith. The exhibition marks the first MATRIX show since 2013 to feature an artist who is solely a painter. For her MATRIX project, Smith engages with a masterpiece from the Wadsworth’s permanent collection: William Holman Hunt’s The Lady of Shalott (c. 1888–1905). Emily Mae Smith / MATRIX 181 will be on view February 7 through May 5, 2019.

 

Smith was chosen by Artsy as 1 of 20 female artists pushing figurative painting forward. With a nod to distinct painting movements from the history of art, such as Symbolism, Surrealism, and Pop art, Smith creates lively compositions that offer sly social and political commentary. Teeming with symbols, Hunt’s The Lady of Shalott (below) is the catalyst for this project, in which Smith provides a feminist reimagining of the narrative. For MATRIX 181, her first solo museum exhibition in the United States, Smith has selected seven paintings, dated 2015 to 2018, that relate to The Lady of Shalott, and created three new paintings, dated 2019, directly inspired by Hunt’s masterwork. 

In The Lady of Shalott Smith finds a familiar image, she’s had a postcard of the painting since she was a teenager. It became the perfect source to address the outdated psychology of female oppression, male authority, and implied violence, still pertinent today.

 

There is an uncanny affinity between the coded iconography of Smith and Hunt. According to Patricia Hickson, the Wadsworth’s Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art, “Emily Mae Smith offers a raucous and empowering retelling of The Lady of Shalott, leading with her eccentric broomstick avatar along with her usual toolbox of gendered symbols. She employs a refreshing, satirical approach to social commentary.”

 

Smith’s lexicon of signs and symbols begins with her avatar, inspired by the broomstick figure from Disney’s Fantasia (1940). Simultaneously referring to a painter’s brush, a domestic tool associated with women’s work, and the phallus, the figure continually transforms across Smith’s body of work. “The first broom I put in a painting was…a way for me to paint an object, figure, female, and phallus all at the same time. I thought it was funny and an ideal vehicle,” said Smith. “The ideas for my broom figure have changed and expanded since then; it has been molded to my painting needs. You can say more difficult things with a character.” Smith’s depiction of the female body is all visual wit and dark humor. By adopting a variety of guises, the broom and other symbols speak to contemporary subjects, including gender, sexuality, capitalism, and violence.

 

Artist Biography

Emily Mae Smith was born in 1979 in Austin Texas. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her M.F.A. in Visual Art from Columbia University, New York in 2006 and her B. F. A. in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin. Recent solo and dual exhibitions include: Emily Mae Smith, Le Consortium, Lyon, France (2018-19); A Strange Relative, Perrotin, New York, NY (2018); The Sphinx or The Caress, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY (2017); Tesla Girls, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium (2016); Honest Espionage, Mary Mary, Glasgow, Scotland, UK (2016); Medusa, Laurel Gitlen, New York, NY (2015). Select group exhibitions include Summer, curated by Ugo Rondinone, Peter Freeman Inc., New York, NY (2018);Pine Barrens, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY (2018); Pharmacy for Idiots, Rob Tufnell and Tanya Leighton, Köln, Germany (2017); Women to the Front, Works from the Miller Meigs Collection, Lumber Room, Portland, OR (2017); Le Quatrième Sexe, curated by Marie Maertens, Le Coeur, Paris, France (2017); Scarlet Street, Lucien Terras. New York, NY (2016); Me, Myself, I, China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles, CA (2016); Surrreal, KoĴnig Galerie (St. Agnes), Berlin, Germany (2016); Untitled Body Parts, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY (2016).

Related Programs

February 7, Art After Dark: Color My World, 5-8pm

Celebrate the opening of Emily Mae Smith / MATRIX 181.  The evening includes an artist talk by Emily Mae Smith at 6pm, live music, free food, beer tasting, cash bar, watercolor workshop, and film. $10; $5 members.

 

March 9, Encounters: Emily Mae Smith and #MeToo, 10am

Join a dialogue that explores artistic responses to gender, sexuality, capitalism, and violence in the work of MATRIX artist Emily Mae Smith alongside the powerful, contemporary #metoo movement, which brings to light sexual harassment and sexual assault. Free, but RSVP to faculty@wadsworthatheneum.org to reserve a seat and lunch.

 

March 21, Gallery Talk: Emily Mae Smith / MATRIX 181, Noon

Curator Patricia Hickson leads a tour of MATRIX 181 discussing painter Emily Mae Smith’s flat, graphic imagery that visualizes issues like gender inequality, capitalism, and violence. Free with museum admission.

 

About MATRIX

Inaugurated in 1975, MATRIX is the Wadsworth’s groundbreaking contemporary art exhibition series featuring works by artists from around the world. From its inception, MATRIX has been a forum for art that is challenging, current, and sometimes controversial. Through clear explanation and thoughtful engagement with the viewer, MATRIX exhibitions call into question preconceptions about art and increase understanding of its possibilities. Many MATRIX artists, such as Christo, Sol LeWitt, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and Carrie Mae Weems are now considered seminal figures in contemporary art.

 

Exhibition and Program Support

The MATRIX program is generously supported by the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Contemporary Coalition. Public programs at the Wadsworth Atheneum are supported by the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Fund. Sustaining support for the Wadsworth Atheneum provided by Newman’s Own Foundation and the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign.

 

About the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Founded in 1842, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest continuously operating public art museum in the United States. The museum’s nearly 50,000 works of art span 5,000 years, from Greek and Roman antiquities to the first museum collection of American contemporary art. The Wadsworth Atheneum’s five connected buildings-representing architectural styles from Gothic Revival to modern International Style-are located at 600 Main Street in Hartford, Conn. Hours: Wednesday-Friday: 11am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday: 10am-5pm Admission: $5-15; discounts for members, students and seniors. Free admission for Hartford residents with Wadsworth Welcome registration. Free “happy hour” admission 4-5pm. (860) 278-2670. thewadsworth.org.

 

Images:

Emily Mae Smith images courtesy of the artist and Simone Subal Gallery, New York. Left: Emily Mae Smith, The Drawing Room, 2018, Oil on linen. Private collection. Photo by Dario Lasagni. Center: Emily Mae Smith, Still Life, 2015, Oil on linen. Private collection. Photo by Charles Benton. Right: Emily Mae Smith, Unruly Thread, 2019, Oil on linen. Photo by Charles Benton.

 

William Holman Hunt, The Lady of Shalott, c. 1888-1905. Oil on canvas. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund. 1961.470

 

 

BEST CITIES TO VISIT IN 2019

From cities that may be closer to home to exciting overseas destinations, these are some of the top places to visit in 2019.

Auckland, New Zealand

The vibrant capital city of New Zealand recently became one of just 31 cities that are part of the UNESCO Creative Cities network for music. This trending travel destination is home to many of the nation’s renowned artists and institutions. No matter when you visit you can expect to find fabulous live tunes and there’s likely to be a music festival or special event to enjoy too. Visitors can also look forward to the famous panoramic vistas from the iconic Sky Tower and exploring countless museums like the Auckland Art Gallery, the largest art institution in the country featuring more than 15,000 works of historic, modern and contemporary art.

Chicago, Illinois

The Windy City has been popping up on lists of top travel destinations everywhere in recent years, and for good reason. It’s one of America’s top foodie cities, with high quality dishes served at all price points from deep dish pizza to hot dogs and fine dining at the two Michelin-starred Acadia. Chicago is also home to one of the world’s greatest museums, the Art Institute of Chicago and five pro sports teams: the MLB’s White Sox and Cubs, the NFL’s Bears, the NHL’s Blackhawks and the NBA’s Chicago Bulls making it easy to catch a game just about anytime of the year. There’s so much to do in this midwestern city you might just find yourself browsing through Chicago real estate looking for your next new home.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is a place everyone should visit at least once and 2019 may be one of the best times to check this Argentinian city off your travel bucket list. Airfares are lower than ever thanks to low-cost carriers and emerging airlines, and the dollar is incredible strong against the Argentinian peso too, making that famously tasty Malbec more affordable than ever. Look forward to walking through the delightful pedestrian areas and watching tango dances in the streets as you explore the wealth of wine bars, cafes and steakhouses.

Berlin, Germany

There are two important anniversaries in Berlin that will be marked in 2019, including the 30-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the centenary of the Bauhaus, with its festival held from January 16 to January 24. Stroll through Berlin Mitte, the historical heart of the city. and you’ll be able to check out many of its top sites like the Brandenburg Gate, the iconic symbol of Berlin that symbolizes the reunification of the West and East. If you visit in September, the weather is not only likely to be ideal, but you can attend the Lollapalooza Berlin, hosted on September 8 and 9 in 2019. It’s sure to bring plenty of big-name artists – last year’s lineup included headliners like Imagine Dragons and Liam Gallagher. It also features an open-air art gallery, street theater, wine bars and a festival for kids.

LOEWE × ‘CHANCE ENCOUNTERS IV’ EXHIBITION

LOEWE Foundation’s Chance Encounters IV exhibition opening took place last night with works by Anne Low, Andrea Büttner, and Ian Godfrey on display at the LOEWE store in the Miami Design District. Artist Anne Low joined LOEWE Creative Director Jonathan Anderson to celebrate the fourth series; guests in attendance included Boris Izaguirre, Caroline Daur, Casey Spooner, Craig Robins, Chloe Wise, Danié Gómez-Ortigoza, Gracie Mansion, Nicole Warne, Pari Ehsan, and Stefano Tonchi.

 

The works will be exhibited from December 4th – January 31st at the LOEWE Miami Design District store.

Bibi Saboia

Combining the soulful melodies of her angelical voice with the dynamics of acoustic elements and contemporary sounds, Bibi Saboia brings a new experience into the young generation of indie electro-pop music artists.

Brazilian singer/songwriter based in the United States, Bibi is the 3rd generation in a family of professional musicians and songwriters, having her talent unveiled in 2016, at the early age of 13, when she signed with Warner Music Brazil.

In 2017, after the release of her first single “Vc Só Sabe De Vc” followed by the EP “Tão Certa”, Bibi moved to the United States to pursuit for wider artistic possibilities and started to write her new songs in English.

For over a year now, she has been posting covers on her YouTube channel and has also started vlogging her life to show her fans and friends.

BUICK: A CLASSIC REBORN

By Krishan Narsinghani x Vaughn Lowery

360 Magazine was recently invited to test-drive the redesigned 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir FWD 1 SP in Carmel, California. The model type avenir derives from a concept car introduced in 2017. Avenir translates to “future” in French and the modern aesthetics do not disappoint. Buick has since mirrored those design elements on multiple vehicles.

Walking up to the luxury three row crossover, drivers can start their engine with a new remote start key. The Enclave introduces sharper lines and athletic curves. The headlights and taillights are slimmer to create a skinnier look when in fact the vehicle is larger. Speaking of size, family trips just became easier with a spacey seven seater inside and roomy trunk. Buick reaped the benefits of high strength steel shaving roughly 400 pounds off the previous model.

This lifestyle voyager sets the stage featuring a bespoke-like interior with a two tone color pattern making the Enclave an executive family car perfect for a trip or a late-night urban outing. Avenir has not only set the bar with design but also in technology as a revolutionary rear view mirror transforms into a screen bleeding to the edges of the mirror for a second back-up camera that faces an eye level view. This camera travels faster than five mph to give a real-time view of moving surroundings. Apple CarPlay is also a new feature for iPhone users to drive safely. Located under the tail, drivers can kick a foot activated swivel to open the trunk. Finding the hands free lever becomes easier with a ghost lit Buick emblem highlighting the lever area.

Reduce carbon footprint through carpooling while the crossover adjusts fuel efficiency at 18 miles per gallon on city roads, 26 miles per gallon on the highway and 21 miles per gallon with mixed driving.

The team alongside Buick explored Carmel-by-the-sea and the fairytale land the city has to offer. The team joined Carmel Valley Ranch to see the daily life of a professional beekeeper. 360 handled the bees, watched honey come to life and even found the queen bee do her thing. While driving around the beach-city on California’s Monterey Peninsula, Buick stopped at the harbor for a kayaking expedition.  In-between adventures, the team had a chance to get acquainted with the smooth feel and driving style of the vehicle.

The Enclave packs a 3.6L V6 with 310 HP and also includes stop/start technology. Peak horsepower comes in at 6,800 RPM thanks to a nine speed automatic transmission. As one of the top luxury models, quiet cabins are enforced with QuietTuning. The weight saving translates to nimble handling and ride is soft while the body leans in the corners. The Buick Enclave Avenir’s base price is set at $53,500. Additional information can be found on their website.

Trend Alert: Wedding Dresses with Pockets!

When it comes to choosing a wedding dress, today’s brides are living their best life and opting for function over formality.

Still a trending feature in bridal, pockets bring a cool and contemporary vibe, even to the most formal of gowns.

Laure de Sagazaan

From traditional floor-length gowns to short dresses and jumpsuits, this French designer runs the gamut.

Rime Arodaky

For the bride searching for an ensemble that is both elegant and effortless, look no further than Rime Arodaky.

Wtoo by Watters

From the aisle to the dancefloor, Wtoo by Watters has got you covered with wedding day attire that’s chic and modern.

Alexandra Grecco

Sometimes, less is more – we love these simple and feminine silhouettes by this NY-based designer.

Billy Los Angeles

Billy Los Angeles Season 003 – Spring/Summer 2019.

Primed with nostalgic influence, the brand embraces designer Jovenall’s memories from Pittsburgh’s rural outskirts and introduces denim for the first time.

New York, NY: Billy Los Angeles’ SEASON 003 is a conversation between designer Holly Jovenall’s parallel lives: one growing up in a rural town outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the other growing into a successful stylist immersed in Los Angeles culture.

SEASON 001 and SEASON 002 established the visual language of these worlds through collections. SEASON 003 explores what eventually led Jovenall from her rural upbringing to her life in Los Angeles. With nostalgia for the transitional and an eye towards the future, SEASON 003 embodies the DIY attitude and style of Jovenall’s childhood contemporaries. These young men fostered their own individual and authentic look using what was available to them locally with echoes of faraway streetwear and hip hop influences. From skateparks on the outskirts of Pittsburgh to the plaid work shirts her father, BILLY, would buy from the farm store, Jovenall’s influences come from the pieces that were simply part of her way of life.

When approaching this season, I found a lot of inspiration from archival photographs that myself and my sister had taken throughout our youth, in our hometown of Transfer, Pennsylvania. References to what I can only describe as a fusion of hip hop culture with Midwest accessibility – this is the vibe I’ve tried to communicate,” Jovenall says.

360, 360 Magazine, Vaughn Lowery, BILLY LOS ANGELES

Graphics from SEASON 003 come from photographers of her father (BILLY), her nephew (Noah) and her horse (Pistol) at horse shows and around the ranch taken by Jovenall and her sister (Marissa). Each piece in the collection is lovingly updated from clothing that her friends, family, and she herself wore in those formative years – such as the rugby shirt – work pants and jacket. As always, the washes and attention to detail are what set BILLY apart. The sun faded vintage affect on the T-shirts to the distressing of the work pants imbue the collection with subtle minimalism.

SEASON 003 introduces BILLY LOS ANGELES denim, washed and worn (but not over worn) to perfection. BILLY denim represents a timeless uniform, updated and executed with modern lines, relaxed washes and fades. The result is a collection of individual items that coincide perfectly with the mood of modern man’s wardrobe while evoking a sense of longing for a simpler time.

Discover inspired pieces HERE.

360, 360 Magazine, Vaughn Lowery, BILLY LOS ANGELES

360, 360 Magazine, Vaughn Lowery, BILLY LOS ANGELES

360, 360 Magazine, Vaughn Lowery, BILLY LOS ANGELES

Reebok’s New Pump Supreme

Reebok just released their latest version of the Pump Supreme on September 1st. The first iteration of the shoe, the Reebok Pump was introduced in 1989 and draws inspiration from the 90’s while featuring a clean, modern edge. The Pump Supreme is a modern, sophisticated performance shoe that features a laceless upper and one of Reebok’s most iconic technologies, The Pump, which delivers a hyper-customized fit.

The striking silhouette has quickly gained attention in both performance and high-end fashion circles, with previous iterations from Vetements and Opening Ceremony. With its clean look and innovative style, this new iteration of Pump Supreme features a speckled midsole and Flexweave technology, which add to an already impressive design.

Check out the product highlights here:

  • STYLE: Drawing inspiration from 90’s, the Pump Supreme is a contemporary fusion of performance and lifestyle in one silhouette with an all-over technical knit upper that forms to the foot.
  • INNOVATION: The Pump technology design inflated for a custom fit, allowing the shoe to sit closer to the foot.
  • PERFORMANCE DRIVEN: The speckled midsoles, laceless upper and revolutionary Flexweave technology are combined to deliver a unique, customized fit that results in a shoe engineered to perform as you train for your next competition.

A full array of product images can be viewed HERE.

The Pump Supreme will retail at $130.00 and will be available on Reebok.com. Please reach out with questions and if you’d like to share with your readers.