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Elegantly Connecting Fashion and Art. MIAMI, United States — The official start date of Art Basel Miami Beach might be Thursday, December 3rd, but major players from the fashion world have already descended on the city for a flurry of private dinners and parties.

Elegantly Connecting Fashion and Art

On Sunday night, Harry Winston hosted a dinner with Cultured magazine at its Design District store, highlighting the works of hot-shot lighting designer Lindsey Adelman. On Tuesday, Panerai chief executive Angelo Bonati interviewed Swiss designer and entrepreneur Yves Béhar at a media event. That same evening, the US chief executive of Hermès, Robert Chavez, honoured the Argentinian artist Julio Le Parc at a private dinner on the rooftop of the brand’s new Miami store.

Marc Jacobs defends himself in dreadlocks-on-catwalk row. The fashion designer Marc Jacobs has defended himself against allegations of racial insensitivity after he used dreadlocks in his New York fashion show but cast mainly white models to wear them.

Marc Jacobs defends himself in dreadlocks-on-catwalk row

While some criticised what they saw as a case of cultural appropriation, Jacobs said he saw only people, not their race. “[To] all who cry ‘cultural appropriation’ or whatever nonsense about any race or skin colour wearing their hair in any particular style or manner – funny how you don’t criticise women of colour for straightening their hair,” the designer said. He addressed the allegations in the comments attached to one of a series of images from his New York show on Thursday, which were posted on his Instagram account.

“I respect and am inspired by people and how they look. I don’t see colour or race – I see people. The moment hijabs dazzled the New York Fashion Week catwalk. Image copyright Anniesa Hasibuan/Instagram A collection presented at New York Fashion Week is the first time every model walked the event's runway wearing a hijab.

The moment hijabs dazzled the New York Fashion Week catwalk

Muslim designer Anniesa Hasibuan's show was also one of the first by an Indonesian at the prestigious annual event. At a time when what Muslim women choose to wear is causing intense debate, many are calling Hasibuan's move a historic moment in bringing the hijab into the mainstream. The Islamic veil across Europe. Gal-dem just launched a print mag and it’s a game changer. A tiresome paradigm exists for (female) journalists of colour whereby you have to be careful your work doesn't become an outlet for constantly airing your race-related gripes.

gal-dem just launched a print mag and it’s a game changer

You can often find yourself torn between discussing the neglected issues that affect your daily experiences and being pigeonholed, and writing about other topics for publications whose content and staff do not adequately reflect our diverse society. For a year, gal-dem has been providing an online space for women of colour to not only discuss the issues they face as a result of their race or cultural differences but the art they create, their political views and showcasing their broad spectrum of talents and interests. Perhaps this is because unlike many publications, this is run by young women of colour, for readers who are just like them. “I'm hoping this magazine will eventually reach the type of teenager who is fed up with looking at skinny white women and vapid sex columns.

Pre-order the print magazine here. A guide to Tracey Emin, Britain’s art enfant terrible. Tracey Emin catapulted into public consciousness in the 1990s.

A guide to Tracey Emin, Britain’s art enfant terrible

With her came controversy, individuality and absolutely no-fucks-given, and she’s remained a figurehead of the British art scene since. From tents adorned with the appliquéd names of everyone she’d ever slept with to the infamous installation of her post-break up bed – presented as it was after several weeks of drinking, smoking, eating, sleeping, having sex and spiralling into a breakdown. Her work has come to embody an oscillation of intense and unapologetic emotion. After three decades in the public eye, the enfant terrible of the Young British Artists (YBAs) has since left her intoxicated live TV appearances behind and, since 2011, been appointed as a Royal Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts. She even got hitched… albeit to a rock. Skepta won the mercury prize last night and so did grime.

For the first year in a long time the Mercury Prize shortlist caused little furor.

skepta won the mercury prize last night and so did grime

On it was a solid selection of quality music. Better still, it seemed to be the most diverse for years, with not just genre but gender and race celebrated on equal terms. And as the nominees — Bat For Lashes, The 1975, ANOHNI, Michael C Hall for Bowie, Kano, Jamie Woon, Michael Kiwanuka, Skepta, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood on film, Savages, Laura Mvula, and The Comet Is Coming — performed and the judges deliberated, it became more and more likely that we'd witness something a little different this time: the first grime act to win the Mercury Prize since Dizzee's Boy In Da Corner, 13 years ago — and the very first independent one.

​the inside story of kanye’s 'famous' exhibition. Rapper, fashion designer, and now contemporary artist Kanye West held a surprising pop-up art exhibition in Los Angeles for two days last week.

​the inside story of kanye’s 'famous' exhibition

It was announced last minute, in true Yeezy style, through a Tweet; this time authored by his wife, Kim Kardashian West: "Heading to a secret art gallery location to view Kanye's Famous Exhibition!!!! " That secret art gallery happened to Los Angeles' Blum & Poe. The gallery's co-director, Tim Blum, helped demystify West's mysterious Famous exhibition by answering some of our questions (but not all of them), about a show that has left many people wondering if West will be moving into the art world. The gallery — which Blum co-founded with his partner, Jeff Poe, in 1994 — has given many famous artists their first shows.

It's where German artist Dirk Skreber, American performance artist Sharon Lockhart, and abstract painter Mark Grotjahn all made their US debuts. Tabboo! - Meet the Artist Behind the Marc Jacobs FW 2016 Collection.