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In Brief: Jason Wu’s Picture Perfect Spring, Shepard Fairey Sentenced, Future Design Classics


Backstage at Friday’s Jason Wu show. (Photo: Mimi Ritzen Crawford)

Jason Wu pared down his palette and toughened up the silhouettes for spring 2013. He described the collection, shown Friday at a downtown studio space, as “Helmut Newton meets Lillian Bassman.” The late photographers’ contrasting aesthetics inspired one of Wu’s most accomplished outings to date. Peekaboo sheaths, jackets, and suiting accented with leather (Newton never met a harness he didn’t like) and lace spotlighted Wu’s tailoring chops, while a floral x-ray print nodded to Bassman and offered a darker take on his signature ladylike luxe.

Shepard Fairey will not serve jail time in the criminal contempt case involving his Barack Obama “Hope” poster. On Friday, a New York federal court judge sentenced him to two years’ probation and a $25,000 fine. The sentence also includes 300 hours of community service. “I accept the Judge’s sentence and look forward to finally putting this episode behind me,” wrote Fairey in a statement posted to his website. “My wrong-headed actions, born out of a moment of fear and embarrassment, have not only been financially and psychologically costly to myself and my family, but also helped to obscure what I was fighting for in the first place—the ability of artists everywhere to be inspired and freely create art without reprisal.”

• In case you missed it, Julie Lasky recently jumped in the design time machine and considered which of today’s objects will be revered as classics come 2050, “the sort of thing our grandchildren will drag out of our children’s attics and install in their own living rooms.” In addition to querying a dozen contemporary furniture experts (including Murray Moss and Paola Antonelli), she came up with her own list of five future icons.

• And speaking of design classics, Vitsœ is lifting the lid on its 50-year archive. Look for digitized ephemera from the furniture company, best known for its modular shelving system designed by Dieter Rams, to be posted on its new Tumblr. The site debuted today with a look back to 1971, when live performances at furniture showrooms were a growing trend, at least in Karlsruhe, Germany, where Vitsœ plied shoppers with a vinyl sampler of the Sidewalk Hot Jazz Ochestra.

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