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“Weekending” with A.K. Rikk’s!

June 20, 2014

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The summer solstice marks the official first day of summer! That make the longest days of the year happening THIS WEEKEND! Make them count! What’s there to do you ask? Plenty! From local events to nearby destinations, we’ve rounded up what we are aiming to get out and do this weekend! So after you stop by our Semi-Annual Sale, here are some great suggestion for what you can do in your new digs! Whatever your plans may be this weekend, take note from the wise words of Diane Von Fursteberg, ” Sleep is easier to make up than a unique evening.”

SATURDAY – Founder’s Fest 2014:

What: Founders Fest 2014: A Celebration of Beer and Music. Our biggest party and a thank you to the city of Grand Rapids, and the community that has made us what we are today.  Strictly Ages 21+ Only.

When: Saturday, June 21 from 3pm – 11pm.

Where: The streets surrounding Founders Brewing Company, located at 235 Grandville Avenue SW. Entry gates will be located at the north end of the festival grounds, near the intersection of Grandville and Cherry Street.

Note: The Brewery, including the Tap Room, Deli, and Company Store will beclosed to the public the entire day, as this event is entirely outdoors.

Note: Founders Fest is a cash-only event, please come prepared to increase speed of service, though an ATM will be available on site.

SATURDAY – Whitecaps game against Fort Wayne:

What’s more summery than a baseball game with a beer and a hot dog and all your good pals?!

http://www.milb.com/schedule/index.jsp?sid=t582

 

ALL WEEKEND – Bruce Weber Photography Exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts:

Last night kicked off the public opening of Bruce Weber’s latest exhibition “Detroit” with the likes of Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Carolyn Murphy and Bruce himself in attendance for the celebration. Presented by the Detroit Institute of Arts with the generous support of Condé Nast this exhibition is not one to miss!

In June of 2006, preeminent photographer Bruce Weber travelled to Detroit for the first time while on assignment for W, a monthly fashion magazine. The idea was to photograph a well-known model—in this case Kate Moss—as a starting point for a much broader exploration of an unfamiliar place, its culture, and, most importantly, its people. While many photographers at that time were recording the vulnerability of Detroit, Weber was completely taken with the vitality of the city and its citizens. He returned to the Motor City again last year, to partner with the Detroit-based company Shinola. This time, Weber sought out familiar faces as well as new individuals who could speak to the city’s dynamic evolution. This exhibition is a result of those two assignments, presented together with portraits of prominent friends and colleagues who have strong ties to the city. 

The Met Gala: Breakdown + the Girls

May 6, 2014

Finally, after sifting through all the hype of the Academy and Oscar’s respective red carpets, last night we arrived at the one that everyone at A.K. waits for every year. The Metropolitan Costume Gala, and this year was exceptionally great because the costume wing was named after Conde Nast, past Vogue editor, and fashion tsunami Anna Wintour. The Met Gala is also very different because you really see the fashion crowd show up. It isn’t necessarily about celebrity, or trying to portray an image (like anything in LA is), it is gritty and daring; it’s New York right?! So here they are, the girls who made our list, in “no particular order”..

1)Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa

2)Naomi Watts in Givenchy

3)Suki Waterhouse in Burberry

4)Liu Wen in Zac Posen (A.K.RIKK’S Designer) ; )

5)Charlize Theron in Dior

6)Giselle Bundgen in Balenciaga

7)Arizona Muse in Ralph Russo Couture

8)Dakota Johnson in Jason Wu (another A.K.RIKK’S Designer)

9)Hayden Panettiere in Dennis Basso


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Tuesday Inspiration

April 22, 2014

Now that the sun has made it’s grand appearance, and florals are everywhere on our clothes, not just on the ground, I thought that this photo shoot from Vogue India would inspire you to new heights of color and cuts. It is a focus on the modern state of the traditional Indian wedding, but the colors, and draping of fabric is so inspiring for a summer wardrobe. Plus, isn’t this the summer of the crop top?


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What we’re watching:

March 24, 2014

This documentary about Carine Roitfeld was released on iTunes this past weekend! She has such an amazing story, rising through fashions elite, and passing on her crown after over a decade at the helm of French Vogue! Get the low down from Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld, Andre Leon Talley, Anna Wintour, the gang is all here! Magnifique!


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For all of the Disney princesses out there…

August 16, 2013

Vogue reports that Disney and Harrods will auction off ten Disney princess-inspired dresses created by some of the best fashion houses in the industry, including Escada, Elie Saab, and Marchesa. Pay attention, all of you gals who liked The Little Mermaid a little TOO much… you’re in luck! This November at Christie’s, you will be able to buy the dresses and raise money for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.


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A.K.RIKK’S Gallery opens with Nick Cave!

September 24, 2012

AK Rikks would like to continue its support of the Grand Rapids art community by debuting our own gallery series with an installation by artist Nick Cave. In celebration of this annual event, we would like to invite ArtPrize enthusiasts to our new store to view an experience unlike any other.

Featured in The New York Times and the 2011 September edition of Vogue, Nick Cave, who also has permanent pieces shown at the MOMA, addresses issues of race and sexuality with Soundsuits: his term for the costumes/sculptures he creates from a variety of found materials like quilts, twigs, and beads. Having experienced prejudice throughout his life, Cave understands what it is like to feel as insignificant as the materials he uses in his artwork. Through these Soundsuits, Cave gives these objects importance because, as a costume that hides appearances, they present an opportunity to create a new identity.

Through the duration of this installation, AK Rikks will be selling signed Nick Cave retrospectives: Meet Me At the Center of The Earth. We encourage the public to visit these remarkable Soundsuits before they are sent overseas for their debut performance in Lille, France, and before the end of ArtPrize.

A.K.RIKK’s Gallery hours are the same as normal store hours:

Mon – Fri: 10-7

Sat: 10-5

Sun: closed

Show will be running through October 13th.


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Color Commitment

February 21, 2012

Michelangelo had “David” and the Sistine Chapel. Tom Ford directed “A Single Man” and creates a new fashion line every 4 months. Kanye West….well Ye just does about everything…

It is always delightful when passions collide and embellish each other, and I know one can find many in agreement that fashion and art tend to run parallel with each other. That being said I would like to introduce Tim Walker, someone you should plug into your Google search bar. You might recognize Tim’s work from basically everywhere: the pages of Vogue all the way to the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery in London. 

Walker moved to New York in 1994 to pursue a freelance career and ended up as a full-time assistant to a certain R. Avedon. At the ripe age of 25 he shot his first fashion editorial for Vogue and has continued his work for the magazine on two continents.

Tim continues to work in London.

Enjoy!


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