Virgil Abloh Designs Limited Artwork for Mercedes-Benz

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LONDON — Virgil Abloh, the creative mind behind Louis Vuitton men’s wear and Off-White, has created an artwork, “Project Geländewagen,” inspired by the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, in collaboration with Gorden Wagener, chief design officer at the German automobile maker, WWD can exclusively reveal.

The piece will be digitally revealed on Sept. 8 and a home-scale replica will be auctioned online following the launch. All proceeds will be donated to charity organizations that support the arts and the international creative community. The highest bidder at the auction will also receive access to the co-creators.

Abloh describes the collaboration as “a perfect chassis to interject modern artists’ ideas of what the future can be stylistically, within conceptual car design.”

Wagener said the project marks a unification of fashion and art with automotive, and pushes the boundaries of each respective creative realm to help rebuild

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Why Fashion Designers Want TikTok Users to Steal Their Designs

Surely there is a German word that exists to describe the singular anguish of spotting a piece of clothing one knows immediately they will never be able to afford. Sehnstylesucht, maybe. Liv Huffman was left with such a feeling after seeing Harry Styles perform on a February episode of The Today Show wearing a colorful JW Anderson cardigan. But her love for the piece, along with designer Jonathan Anderson’s work, was irreconcilable with its $1,600 price tag. So she came to a novel conclusion: making the piece on her own. She posted a video of her crocheting journey to TikTok, where the video helped kick-start a trend and has been liked over 975,000 times.

On TikTok, though, nothing is simply viewed and noted. By nature, the platform calls for copycats. Trends happen when users replicate dances created by other users, creators use the same lines of dialogue ripped from movies,

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Bored Kids? Try IKEA Russia’s 6 DIY Fort Designs

In many countries around the world, kids have been out of school for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and now we’re officially heading into summer vacation. If you’re a parent, chances are you’re running out of ideas to keep them entertained (or just out of your hair). If you want to give them something fun to do and somewhere else to be, even temporarily, IKEA Russia has offered up a series of fort plans that can be made with common household objects.

IKEA Russia's recently-released DIY
IKEA Russia’s recently-released DIY

Created by ad agency Instinct as part of the brand’s 20th anniversary in Russia, the campaign features six designs for homemade forts and tents: Cåstle, Wigwåm, Cåve, Cåmpingtent, Förtress, and Höuse. Of course, the brand’s own products are featured as the components of each one, but you can always get creative and replace them with whatever you have on hand.

IKEA Russia's recently-released DIY
IKEA Russia’s recently-released
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