Pop-up artisan market returns to downtown Mountain View | News

Downtown shoppers looking for a personal touch during the gift-giving season are in luck. Mountain View’s pop-up artisan market is returning for its third year, bringing with it an eclectic mix of locally handcrafted goods. ArtPop, launched in 2017, is a holiday-themed market that gives local artisans and artists a place to sell goods in prime shopping areas in Mountain View. It also acts as a fundraiser for local schools and homeless support programs. The market will be returning to 275 Castro St. on Friday, Dec. 6, and this year will have a mix of fashion accessories, home decor, art and holiday-themed items — handmade by local residents of all ages and backgrounds, according to an announcement by ArtPop. One of the vendors, Mountain View High School student Ally Spray, silk-screened her artwork onto tote bags and mugs. Originally launching in the Clarkwood Center strip mall on El Camino Real before migrating to downtown Mountain View, ArtPop does not have a permanent location. Other potential locations this year included the San Antonio shopping center and downtown Los Altos, which fell through in favor of returning to the same vacant storefront as last year. A p...

Gucci Stirs Up Controversy With Straitjackets in Milan Runway Show

The most recent example came during the opening of the Gucci Spring Summer 2020 ready-to-wear show in Milan on Sunday. Michele sent models down the runway wearing white straitjackets and institutional-looking uniforms. The 21 looks will not be sold and were designed to make a statement, Gucci said in a statement. “It’s clearly meant to be a provocative move,” said Sarah Unger, senior vice president, cultural insights and strategy at Civic Entertainment Group. “The surrounding discussion speaks to the broader tension in fashion between art and capitalism.” The show sparked criticism on social media and initially on the Gucci runway itself, as model Ayesha Tan Jones, who walked the show, held up her hands in silent protest with the message “Mental Health is Not Fashion” written on her palms. According to Gucci, the opening looks at the show, were the “most extreme version of a uniform dictated by society and those who control it.” Michele designed “these blank-styled clothes to represent how through fashion, power is exercised over life, to eliminate self-expression.” “They encouraged the model’s protest as support of free speech, which is a fai...