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Exclusive: The Lions Model Management Signs First ‘Plus-Size’ Model, Jess Miller

The Lions Model Management is adding a new face to its roster. The three-year-old boutique agency announced today that it has signed on plus-size model Jess Miller.
Miller was one of four finalists in a nationwide model search conducted this fall in partnership with Universal Standard, a clothing brand for women sizes 10 to 28. She is the first plus-size model to join The Lions, whose client list also includes Irina Shayk, Kate Upton, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell and Cameron Russell.
“At The Lions, we look beyond traditional factors, like measurements, so while Jess is the first ‘plus size’ model we’re adding to our roster, that detail didn’t influence our decision,” said Julia Kisla, The Lions’ ceo and managing partner, in a statement. “When we met Jess we immediately felt a spark and knew we had to sign her. She has all the attributes we look for in new talent — a striking look, unique personal style, intelligence, a strong work ethic and a passion for championing inclusivity. We look forward to working with her to change the perception of what a model can and should be in today’s market.”
Miller was discovered in Seattle during Universal Standard’s 12-city nationwide search. She and

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The Originals: Annette Bening

There’s a scene in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” in which Annette Bening, in character as the film noir actress Gloria Grahame, turns to her much-younger lover as they’re about to head into public and asks, “Tell me how I look.”
It’s a moment of vanity, yes, but also of fragility and weakness — one in which Bening shines.
The four-time Oscar-nominated actress, known for playing bold and commanding women, has spent 20 years waiting to be age-appropriate to portray Ms. Grahame, who won the Oscar for “The Bad and the Beautiful” and was a controversial figure in Hollywood for her rather salacious personal life. Her relationship with the much-younger Englishman Peter Turner, which began later in her career and stretched through the end of her life, was detailed in the memoir Turner penned on which the film, due for wide American release on Dec. 29, is based.
“When Gloria was a young actress, there were many more ‘good girls’ and ‘bad girls’ and ‘good mothers’ and ‘bad mothers,’ and those stereotypes that were rampant in all storytelling about women,” Bening says. “And I think now there’s a lot of change going on and the reality of women’s lives is getting

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Model Alliance Founder Sara Ziff Addresses Sexual Respect in the Industry

As a model and the founder of the Model Alliance, a nonprofit research, policy and advocacy organization in the fashion industry, Sara Ziff is calling for an independent monitor to foster a culture of sexual respect. Having declined several requests for phone interviews in recent weeks, Ziff sent an unsolicited op-ed Wednesday morning to WWD.
With 20 years of modeling experience, Ziff produced the documentary “Picture Me” before starting the New York-based organization in 2012 to help give models a voice in their careers. With a bachelor’s from Columbia University and a master’s from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, her insights lean a little more academic than the approach model Edie Campbell took last month in her open letter to WWD.
Although the Model Alliance has started a $20,000 fund-raising campaign to “curb sexual abuse and foster a culture of accountability in the fashion industry,” information on that site refers to how engrained the problem is. “Over the past couple of months, numerous people working in the fashion industry have come forward to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault on the job. Sadly, we were not surprised by these stories,” the organization said.
In fact, the Model Alliance’s homepage notes how

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Five Minutes With Georgia Fowler

Known for her work with Victoria’s Secret, 25-year-old model Georgia Fowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. On Tuesday she attended the “Pitch Perfect 3″ premiere — she fronted the film’s marketing campaign with Vince Camuto — and chatted with WWD about how she keeps her private life — i.e., her relationship with Nick Jonas — private, her model mentors and her favorite indulgence.
WWD: What did you learn about yourself while working on the shoot for “Pitch Perfect 3”?
Georgia Fowler: Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear. I’ve been very afraid of horses and then I was on a horse for a whole shot. Singing in front of 80 blank-faced people was harder than what I imagined. It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance.
WWD: You recently walked in the Victoria’s Secret show. What did that experience mean to you?
G.F.: It was really exciting to be back. I did it last year in Paris as well. It meant even more to come back because it shows that you deserve your space out there and you did something right on the

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What Solange Knowles and Virgil Abloh Have in Common

There are some obvious shared attributes between artist Solange Knowles and designer Virgil Abloh. They are both closely associated with big creative forces — Kanye West for Abloh, Beyoncé for Knowles — but have managed to commandeer their own visions and propel them into the world.
And this past year they’ve both been awarded for their output. Knowles took home the Glamour Woman of the Year Award and Billboard’s Impact Award for her seminal album, “A Seat at the Table.” And earlier this month the British Fashion Council honored Abloh for his design achievements with Off-White, his luxury streetwear brand that he often calls one big art project.
But in a conversation on Tuesday night in New York with Susan Sobbott, president of global corporate payments at American Express, which hosted the event, aptly titled “A Night With Success Makers,” similarities beyond their awards and associations became more apparent.
Here, WWD highlights key themes from the conversation:
On community:
“I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Knowles, who has made it a priority to build spaces for like-minded people, believes that a group of

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‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Cast Discuss Female Solidarity at L.A. Premiere

“I think it’s the definition of girl power, which we all need right now,” said director Trish Sie moments before the premiere of “Pitch Perfect 3” at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The film’s stars — including Anna Kendrick, Ruby Rose, Elizabeth Banks, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Ester Dean and Hana Mae Lee — all gathered for the comedy’s third and final installment.
Beyond the “riff off” musical numbers that the franchise is known for, female solidarity was a common theme on and off of the camera. “We have had an amazingly supportive group,” Banks said of the team, which included its first female director. “[Universal Studios] has given us great trust and we are so grateful for that. It has been a great all-female ensemble. We started working on ‘Pitch Perfect’ eight years ago and we were trying to make our friends laugh and have nerdy music involved. Believe me, it would not exist and thrive the way it has at any other studio.”
Lee echoed the sentiment, saying, “All of the women in this cast are super empowering and individualistic and have a super strong personality. Trish was great and Elizabeth Banks throughout this whole process was really

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Roberto Cavalli to Develop Interior Design Residential Project in Dubai

MILAN — Roberto Cavalli is gearing up to unveil its first residential interior design project.
The Italian brand has teamed with Dar Al-Arkan, Saudi Arabia’s larger listed real estate developer, to design the interiors of the 34-story “I Love Florence” tower, which will be located on Dubai Water Canal in the Business Bay area.
Construction work on the skyscraper, which will combine the modern appeal of Dubai with traditional Florentine elegance, will kick off in January.
“I see a strong correlation between Florence and Dubai, with both cities projecting elegance, art and design in everything they do, each in its own way,” said Roberto Cavalli chief executive officer Gian Giacomo Ferraris. “The new tower will embody Roberto Cavalli’s passion for beauty, design and celebration of Italian craftsmanship.”

A rendering of the “I Love Florence” tower in Dubai.
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In particular, Roberto Cavalli will oversee the decoration of the “I Love Florence” tower’s apartments and common areas, which will include interior design accessories and furniture from the Roberto Cavalli Home line.
“When we set out to draw our vision to become leaders in global real estate development, we decided to only settle for the best,” said Dar Al-Arkan chairman Yousef Bin Abdullah Al Shelash. “That’s why we chose Dubai

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Partying With the CR Fashion Book Calendar Girls of 2018

“Let’s go look at it, I haven’t seen it up close,” said Halima Aden. She rushed over to the display of the photograph Steven Klein took of her for CR Fashion Book’s 2018 calendar. “It’s like, ‘Ahhh!’” she said — squealed, rather.
Carine Roitfeld toasted CR Fashion Book’s first calendar Tuesday night at a dinner party held at Spring Place in Manhattan. Made in partnership with Technogym, the calendar mixes established faces like Joan Smalls and Gigi Hadid with newcomers such as Aden, Paris Jackson and Danielle Herrington. The product was available for purchase Tuesday night for the hefty price of $200, with all proceeds benefiting the Special Olympics.
As photographed by Klein, the calendar takes on a fitness theme. Models engage in various types of workouts, looking painfully glamorous while doing so.
“It’s sick,” shared Hailey Clauson, the face of March. “I love what it’s representing, and I love the style. It’s such a power team and the day was so free and people being creative and coming up with cool stuff and it kind of flows into my life ‘cause I work out.”
“You’re hot,” offered Shanina Shaik to Clauson.
“Hot girls working out, can’t go wrong,” Clauson responded.
The calendar marked the

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Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie Earn Screen Actors Guild Nominations

Nominations for the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were revealed Wednesday and as expected, the leading ladies of “Big Little Lies” earned nods, as did the stars of the year’s biggest streaming hits, Claire Foy of “The Crown” and Elisabeth Moss of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The SAG Awards, like the Golden Globes and the Critic’s Choice Awards, are often predictors for the Oscars. That means that newcomers Saorirse Ronan and Margot Robbie have good chances of also being recognized by the Motion Picture Academy for their turns in “Lady Bird” and “I, Tonya,” respectively. The awards ceremony will be simulcast live on Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. on TNT and TBS.
FILM
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:
Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:
Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Hong Chau, “Downsizing”
Holly Hunter, “The Big Sick”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Outstanding Performance by a Male

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Meet Juana Burga as She Moves From Runways to the Big Screen

The model-to-actress move is a common one, which Juana Burga knows.
“I think it’s a typical story: I got discovered and then it was kind of making the decision if I wanted to start doing something different from what I used to do,” Burga says.
She’s just flown into New York from Los Angeles, and though dressed in an Alaïa jacket and Chanel heels, she looks far from jet lagged. The 26-year-old Peruvian has been working as a model since 2007, when she won an Elite modeling competition in Lima, Peru, and has walked runways for the likes of Rodarte, Vivienne Westwood and Tory Burch. She’s now ready to make it as an actress, though, with her first big role in “Los Ultimos,” translated in English to “The Unseen,” which premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018.
“I think it was basically the things that excite my life, to have challenges in my life; the first one was modeling, and making that transition right now and realizing that I have a newer challenge, and that everyday is a constant challenge in your life — it’s beautiful. I’m really excited to experience these things.”
The

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Capturing ‘The Spirit of Bentley’ Across the U.K.

“With Bentley you can go anywhere and meet anyone,” offers photographer Aline Coquelle of the luxury British automaker.
With “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary,” Assouline’s latest pictorial tome, the Parisian Coquelle aimed at capturing the adventurous attitude and opulent lifestyle of Bentley’s most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K.
While the 292-page hardcover ($195) depicts the fine craftsmanship inherent to the nearly century-old carmaker with a section devoted to showcasing its team of skilled artisans, it’s a long list of colorful owners from Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason to designer Alice Temperley that give the book — and the auto brand — its heart.
“I wanted to show that extravagant way of life [by] including the car in the photo as an actor, as part of the family,” adds Coquelle of her vibrant images, which were all shot on a vintage 35mm Nikon camera. “We had to find the humanity behind the car.”
Bentley owners were shot in locations of special meaning to each of them, which was integral to the book’s concept according to Assouline’s editor in chief Esther Kremer. “It was important to show these extraordinary individuals in the way they live,” she explains. “There is a lot of emotion

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NBA Bespoke Designer Invests $440,000 to Offer 370 Kids in the Bronx Free Coats

In a holiday version of giving the coat off your back, Adriaen Black founder Andrew Jang is designing and donating bespoke coats to 370 students at PS 154 in the Bronx.
Accustomed to suiting up NBA players for their off-court appearances, the New York designer has made a $440,000 investment to his “Made to Measure, Made to Love” program. The roster of pros he has worked with include Brooklyn Nets’ Jeremy Lin and Tyler Zeller, Philadelphia 76ers’ Trevor Booker and Joel Embiid, Tyler Zeller, Los Angeles Rams’ Todd Gurley and Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts.
“I personally know what it’s like to not have much, and to have to scrounge around to get something as simple as a winter coat. But in the same breath, I also know what it feels like to have something made for you. Even though they are on polar opposites of the spectrum, I can tell you that the emotions that come from either of those things where you have nothing to having something made for you are equally powerful,” Jang said.
While driving through Memphis last year in the dead of winter after working with the Grizzlies, he saw “all these kids walking and none of them

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Cardi B’s Stylist Kollin Carter on Her ‘Bold’ and ‘Out There’ Looks

How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the Cardi B come up.
Known for her unfiltered personality and record-breaking hit “Bodak Yellow,” 25-year-old Cardi B has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. Rapping about her “bloody shoes” — aka Louboutins — hasn’t just put Cardi on Mr. Louboutin’s radar, it’s earned her front row seats at fall fashion week, a partnership with Steve Madden, who considers himself her male counterpart, and a headlining performance at Jeremy Scott’s Art Basel Miami party last week. Not too shabby, huh?
Stylist Kollin Carter was originally brought on for Cardi’s July/August Fader cover and is now her go-to guy. His background includes editorial work, as well as three years on celebrity stylist Law Roach’s team. WWD caught up with Carter about Cardi B, her favorite pieces and what’s to come.
WWD: It’s been a whirlwind year for Cardi B career-wise. How has it been working with her?
Kollin Carter: Amazing. It’s very humbling. There will be moments where none of us have gotten sleep and you’ll never hear that come out of her mouth. You’ll

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‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ Lead 2018 Golden Globe Nominations: See the Full List

After months of awards chatter and speculation, the nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards were revealed this morning.
Leading the film category is Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” which picked up seven nominations for best picture – drama, best actress, best director, best supporting actress, best supporting actor, best screenplay, and best original score. “The Post” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” followed close behind with six nominations each. “Call Me By Your Name” and “Get Out,” the big winners at the IFP Gotham Awards on Nov. 27, each picked up 3 and 2 nominations, respectively.
In the Television category, “Big Little Lies” – a big winner at the Emmys in September – picked up six nominations.
The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards will be hosted by Seth Meyers on Sunday, January 7.
See the full list of 2018 Golden Globe nominations below.

FILM:
Best Picture – Drama:
Call Me by Your Name
Dunkirk
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Meryl Streep, The Post
Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture

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Art Basel Miami Beach: Diplo, Boy About Basel

Forget the art fairs: Diplo was at Art Basel Miami Beach to party.
Who exactly is Diplo? According to Twitter: “Random white dude be everywhere, founder of Smoothie Wolf, feeding the streets since 1885. Also in Major Lazer.”
Yes, the DJ and producer was seemingly everywhere worth being seen at night during Art Basel Miami Beach. On Tuesday night, Diplo stopped by Stephen and Petra Levin’s home for a party in celebration of the ICA Miami opening before heading over to the Wynwood District for the opening night of the Prada Double Club pop-up, where he could be found dancing by a Cuban organ. While many attendees took advantage of the balmy weather to don colorful and breezy outfits, Diplo went for the more low-key look of camo cargo pants and a “Publix” hooded sweatshirt — which, for those not in the know, is the name of an employee-owned grocery chain in Florida. Clearly proud of his ensemble, he posted a photo to Instagram and declared himself an “up-and-coming fashion icon.”
But you know what they say: All play and no work makes Diplo a dull boy. Along with the Major Lazar collective, Diplo DJ’d the Rum and Bass Art Basel Kickoff Block

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Art Basel Miami Beach: Is the Basel Bubble Bursting?

“Oh, has it changed.”
Art Basel Miami Beach launched in 2002, yet it has only in recent years become the fashion crowd destination juggernaut that it is today. The revitalization of the Design District, credited to Craig Robins, has included the opening of countless luxury boutiques, and those brands have created a lineup of parties and events throughout the week of Basel that has come to rival New York Fashion Week.
This year’s parties drew Cardi B, Drake, Diplo, Paris Hilton, Ricky Martin and more for blowout events, though one of the week’s signatures, Aby Rosen’s dinner and after party, was notedly absent from the itinerary. It all seems to beg the question: is the Basel bubble about to burst?
Paul Sevigny, credited to the aforementioned quote, certainly feels so.
“It used to really be a small community of the dealers, the gallerists and the artists,” he said Thursday evening at an Assouline dinner. “You knew everybody within a four block radius. And now it’s turned into an international s—t show. Honestly, don’t you feel that people are dressed more than New York Fashion Week? Or Paris for that matter? I don’t know how much time these people spend actually looking at the work.

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Tracking Virgil Abloh at Art Basel Miami Beach

There are ubiquitors, and then there is Virgil Abloh’s week in Miami for Art Basel, where he was both DJing and party-hopping. Fair warning: the following may cause exhaustion simply by reading.
The whirlwind began on Tuesday with stops at the Chrome Hearts and Baccarat party for the Miami Symphony Orchestra and the Prada Double Club opening night. On Wednesday, Abloh was at the Marriott’s StoryBooked event and the book launch for Shaniqwa Jarvis’ “Social Studies Miami Design District.” By Thursday, he was spotted at a Nike soccer game; Drake’s performance at the American Express Platinum House at the Edition hotel; the Hypebeast 100 after party, and the Beats by Dre party.
Not slowing down for the weekend, Friday night, Abloh was spotted first at the Kith Surf Club Pop-up party at the W Hotel, then at Know Wave’s hip-hop extravaganza at downtown Miami club Sidebar. Later, he was outside massive nightclub E11EVEN, where Lil Wayne and Drake performed around 3 a.m. Saturday, he returned to the Edition Hotel for Highsnobiety’s bash.
It begs the questions: What is he doing for New Year’s Eve?

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Celebrating Eight Decades of Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda looked back on her many personal and professional achievements Saturday night with a black tie dinner celebrating her 80th birthday. Held at The Whitley hotel in Atlanta, the evening was hosted by the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential, a nonprofit the actress founded in 1995 to help at-risk youth in the southern U.S. state.
“I feel good that I’m still around — I didn’t expect it,” said Fonda with a laugh. The actress, who wore a merlot-colored Elie Saab pantsuit for the milestone occasion, reflected on the shifting tide in Hollywood brought on by the allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
“I’m in constant communication with just about every actress in Hollywood you’ve ever heard of around the issues of the Me Too movement,” she explained. “We’re not going to let this moment just disappear. This is going to be a turning point where we put an end to sexual assault and harassment.”
The evening, which raised $1.3 million for the organization, boasted an eight-course menu (each course representing a decade of Fonda’s life) created by chef and restaurateur Alice Waters. Although a sudden snowstorm thwarted the attendance of many of Fonda’s pals, including Kerry Washington, Diane Lane and “Grace and

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Billie Lourd, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega Attend ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Premiere

The geographic location may have been Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium, but the feeling was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away as guests attending the world premiere of “Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi” strolled onto the red carpet beneath a towering AT-MG Walker and found themselves rubbing elbows with C-3P0, R2-D2, BB-8 and a cadre of Stormtroopers.
But the real luminosity came from the film’s stars, who were eager to debut the latest chapter in the space saga, as well as pay tribute to one of its original stars, the late Carrie Fisher. “I really want to take Carrie’s example and be an honest, authentic human being,” said Kelly Marie Tran, who was only recently plucked from obscurity to star as new character Rose Tico. “I think it’s harder said than done, especially when you have so many people looking at you. It’s something that I strive for and I think that she was the best example of that.” The actress sported a red Thuy Nguyen piece for her first red carpet.
Several other leading ladies represented Fisher’s spunk with their fashion statements, including Lupita Nyong’o in a glistening seafoam strapless Halpern gown, Gwendoline Christie in a

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Art Basel Miami Beach: Friday Night Finale

On Friday night, the Art Basel party scene was officially oversaturated.
Miami weekend clubbers joined the mix of VIPs still in town for the art fair, which opened to the public on Thursday, and their respective hangers-on. Early in the evening, the entrance to Casa Casuarina, the mansion formerly owned by Gianni Versace (he was murdered on its steps in 1997) was mobbed.
Bombay Sapphire had taken up residence inside the Art Deco building, turning the first floor into a backdrop for a party celebrating its Artisan Series competition, hosted by Issa Rae.
Circling near the courtyard bar with a pal was Gigi Burris, who’d staged a pop-up at the Webster earlier in the week and was likely having a better Art Basel than you.
“I went to Chillhouse and got my nail art, went to the Soho Beach House and had a pizza on the beach — that was amazing,” the milliner said. “We went to Design Miami, and I prefer Design Miami to Basel just because it’s inspiring. I saw a lot of green which might make it into the autumn-winter collection. And also, I love [Florida grocery store] Publix — I’m from Florida and I miss Publix so much so I managed

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Art Basel Miami Beach: Finding Time For Oatmeal

Fernando and Humberto Campana are known to incorporate unusual materials into their designs – stuffed animals get transformed into chairs, Pirarucu fish skin gets tacked onto a cabinet, and found plastic objects get stuck in seating. But their latest material may just be the most unexpected yet: oats. For Design Miami, the brothers teamed with art consultancy LIZWORKS on “Time For ( )atmeal.”
“I’ve always been an oatmeal eater. I love oatmeal,” said Liz Swigs, who orchestrated the project. “I want to create a new vocabulary for oatmeal and make it that people can eat it any time of day.”
Swigs sought the help of the Brazillian designers to bring the project to life. “I love the idea of the craziness of taking a food product and launching it at a design fair,” she added. “We’re on this journey together of creating this immersive oatmeal environment.”
The collaboration riffs on the idea of food as material and material as food. “We always start by the material, me and my brother,” said Humberto Campana, who added that he grew up eating oatmeal. The Campanas crafted the Design Miami booth using oats — slathered on the walls and wood display tables — creating a sort

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