Initiatives celebrating LGBTQI+ and allyship cut a broad swath across the creative spectrum from photography to fashion and fine wine
Words by ELIZABETH VARNELL
Billboard, 2018, by SERGE LE HIDALGO. Courtesy of The Little Black Gallery, London.
Boys! Boys! Boys! Arrives at L.A.’s Fahey/Klein Gallery
Just as The Little Black Gallery’s second volume of Boys! Boys! Boys! Magazine [https://boysboysboys.org] drops, the London-based space’s co-founder Ghislain Pascal is collaborating with Fahey/Klein to curate a Los Angeles exhibition of queer and gay photography. On display are Herb Ritts images awash in the light and shadows of Southern California beaches and his friend Paul Jasmin’s ethereal dreamers. Sebastian Perinotti’s vivid present-day polaroid transparencies are included, as are Niv Shank’s youth-infused color-saturated shots and Ruven Afanador’s seductive flamenco men. 148 N. La Brea Ave, L.A., 323-934-2250.
The MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Pride 2021 collection includes rainbow swimsuits and other limited-edition summer-ready designs.
Michael Kors’ Inclusive Designs Bubble Up
In celebration of inclusion, diversity and the vibrancy of the LGBTQI+ community, Michael Kors is launching its Pride 2021 capsule on June. The exclusive Michael Michael Kors capsule collection features rainbow-bedecked men’s, women’s and gender-neutral apparel and accessories, from playful bucket hats and slides to versatile gym shorts and crewnecks, as well as a unisex organic-cotton T-shirt with a groovy rainbow heart patch design. All profits from both online and in-store sales of the special-edition tee (available in white or gray, $68) throughout the month of June will be donated to OutRight Action International, a longstanding global human-rights organization. (Words by ANUSH J. BENLIYAN)
GLSEN board member and LGBTQI+ advocate, artist, and leader DOMINIQUE MORGAN wears the new APPLE Pride Edition Braided Solo Loop, $99.
Apple Closes the Loop
Weaving together 16,000 recycled polyester yarn filaments around thin silicone threads, Apple’s Pride Edition Braided Solo Loop watch band is precisely measured to slip on (and off) wrists. The laser-cut-to-fit band, in a multiplicity of Pride flag colors, fits watches in case sizes 40mm and 42mm and is also a nod to the Cupertino-based company’s support for advocacy organizations including Encircle, Gender Spectrum, GLSEN, the Human Rights Campaign, ILGA World and a host of others. Download the matching watch face and with the flick of a wrist, the thread colors—signifying the diversity and strength of the LGBTQI+ community — begin to infinitely scroll.
LEVI’s Pride Liberation trucker jacket, $148, and Pride mesh-back baseball hat, $25, and Pride Liberation shortalls, $88, and Pride sports bra, $28.
Levi’s Shows Its True Colors
Inspired by the Castro District’s distinctive rippling flag, Levi’s Pride collection includes Day-Glo colors and even holographic foil illuminating a range of liberating pronouns in a unisex collection complete with light wash indigo trucker jackets, short-alls and white canvas jumpsuits. Buttons, patches and tabs also get the rainbow treatment, along with graphic T-shirts, sweatshirts, tanks and even a pair of ombre suspenders. All proceeds from the Pride 2021 collection go to OutRight Action International, a nonprofit advocating human rights and best practices while documenting LGBTQI discrimination. By foregrounding pronouns, the looks underscore the idea of seeing individuals as they want to be seen.
ANGÈLE stars in the new Coco Beach 2021 campaign for CHANEL. The collection will be available in select Chanel boutiques this June.
Coco Beach’s Muse Celebrates Joie de Vivre
Belgian singer-songwriter Angèle fronts Chanel’s Coco Beach 2021 collection over a year after coming out on Instagram. The multihyphenate creative who collaborated with Dua Lipa on “Fever” is the muse of Virginie Viard’s new ready-to-wear patterned designs that include printed cotton Bermuda shorts, blouses, bucket hats, towels and pareos in ivory and navy blue, purple and black or pink and ivory combinations. Jersey bikinis emblazoned with the lush floral print plus canvas sandals, bags and even a wakesurf board in PVC and fiberglass are also on offer. Classic ecru or black swimsuits, often embellished with a bow, round out the summer looks inspired by Gabrielle Chanel’s love of the seaside, coastal resorts and a life lived out-of-doors.
THE VICE Pinot Noir Rosé, 2019, Limited “Pride” Edition, $22/bottle.
The Virtues of The Vice’s Limited-Edition Rosé
A multicolor hologram is emblazoned on select bottles of The Vice Wine’s Pride Edition 2019 Pinot Noir Rosé, benefiting The Trevor Project. The small batch wine label, based in the Napa Valley and known for crafting wines from sustainably grown single grape varietals, created 250 cases of hand-numbered bottles for this year’s celebrations. Sourced from a single biodynamic Carneros vineyard, the grapes for this crisp rosé were handpicked in late August of 2019 and the batch was bottled in December of the same year. Tasting notes include red berries, watermelon, spring flowers, and a bit of minerality and orange blossoms. Those dialing back can sip The Vice’s low-calorie no-sugar bubbly rosé crafted from just two ingredients: dry Pinot Noir and carbonated water. Chilled cans of the effervescent light pink drink include subtle notes of watermelon, red apple skin, blood orange and spring flowers.
An artisan examines a TIFFANY & CO. men’s engagement ring after placing the emerald-cut diamond in the bezel and shank.
Tiffany & Co. Debuts Its Men’s Engagement Collection
San Francisco, among the first cities to begin issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples over 17 years ago, is debuting Tiffany & Co.’s first capsule collection of men’s engagement rings. The house’s new sparkler style, the Charles Tiffany Setting — named after company founder Charles Lewis Tiffany — is a proposal-ready signet silhouette set with a solitaire diamond and streamlined knife-edge band. The platinum or titanium designs house round brilliant or emerald cut registered and traceable diamonds up to 5 carats, and launch at the house’s Union Square flagship just as the city’s annual Pride celebrations commence. Now there’s a ring shape and style for everyone who is engaged. Just like that, marriage equality inspires another first. 350 Post St., S.F., 415-781-7000.
Feature Image: LEVI’S Pride Laydown 401 patches.
March 25, 2021
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