SPEAK OUT : Tremaine Emory, Supreme’s newly appointed creative director, spoke about the obstacles he faced at a conference in Paris on Saturday night, where he and artist and writer Kandis Williams were the opening speakers at the Kaleidoscope Manifesto festival. three days.
“When I was appointed to Supreme, people were so happy about it,” said the Denim Tears designer, who over the years has consulted with brands and creatives including Stüssy, Kanye West, Asics and Marc Jacobs. “I’ve been doing this job for a long time; why do I mean more to you now than before Supreme?” he questioned.
“I did advocacy, I did art, I did talks… Everything I’ve been through, everything I’ve fought for, you all had to say this “I’m worth it and that Tremaine is a great creative? Wasn’t I awesome the day before I was creative director at Supreme? he said.
“I have to do all of this for a perfect storm to happen for me to get this position. Whereas if you maybe look at how Tom Ford became creative director of Gucci in the 90s, I don’t know if he had to do all that… The path I took to get where I am, I’ve had to do extraordinary things.
In front of a packed audience where attendees sat on every corner of the carpet available in the basement conference space, Emory and Williams also addressed the reversal of Roe v. Wade. “I’m more appalled by the upset than his knockdown, that’s no surprise to me,” Emory said. “It seems normal for the patriarchal system.”
“I’ve thought a lot about these power vacuums within ourselves, because I think the real fight and the real surprise is this question of why we’re still so shocked or surprised,” Williams said.
“We are people still surprised at the horrors that happen to women, people of color, basically everyone except the white man who runs the patriarchal system of the world. Why, in 2022, are we still surprised by these things? continued Emory. “Since the industrial revolution, women have been scammed, for lack of a better word. Why do people ‘I can’t believe it.’ It’s been every day, for hundreds of years, maybe thousands .
Open to the public until Tuesday and free (for events, reservations are required), the event at Espace Niemeyer, headquarters of the French Communist Party, is organized by Kaleidoscope Magazine and resale platform Goat. It is designed as a real manifestation of the magazine founded ten years ago by Alessio Ascari.
It combines art installations, live performances and interviews with influential figures from the contemporary creative scene. “It’s going to be this spontaneous community of creative heads in one place,” Ascari explained during the opener. “The idea of Manifesto is to manifest exactly the magazine in real life.”
The evening continued with a performance by Anonymous Club, Shayne Oliver’s newest venture, a multidisciplinary creative studio that fosters new offerings in music, visual arts, performance art, creative direction and in events. It was followed by a DJ set.
On Sunday and Monday evenings, John Glacier, L’Rain and Pigbaby, who will take place in the domed conference room on the ground floor of the venue, equipped with a special lighting installation for the opportunity. On the conference program, there is a talk by Shayne Oliver.
In the lobby and on the ground floor, art installations include a sculpture by HR Giger, the originator of the original “Alien” concept, works by Sterling Ruby and Hajime Sorayama, a video installation featuring the late Lee Scratch Perry and brand-name installations such as Mowalola, a London-based designer who made her Paris catwalk debut this week. There’s also a bookstore, exclusive merchandise – also available on the Goat platform, which amplifies the event online – and a pop-up Jah Jah cafe.