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Street Notoriety

Banksy’s speciality is creating a stir – not only with his meaningful graffiti art but with his much criticized opinion piece on the World Trade Center that got denied by the New York Times. Few know who the mysterious artist truly is, but his anonymity only adds to the appeal. It’s when the mask comes off and all is revealed when we may lose interest, proving, once again, that mystery holds attention.

Here’s a few reasons why we still love Banksy:

1. He’s influenced by the stars and sprays his art in the quiet of night.

2. He takes risks with his creativity, providing art that evokes thought and debate.

3. Under anonymity, he set up a stand in Central Park and sold his pieces for $60 each - works of art that usually sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

4. Commercialization and money aren’t his bag. He just wants to tell his message through art.

5. After learning that a homeless man was living in a water tank he had covered with graffiti, Banksy gave him enough money to get an apartment and support himself for a year.

6. He does what he loves. The ultimate rule to life.

Now, will Banksy ever be lured to Vancouver?

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Fashion Soundtracks

The biannual quartet of fashion weeks has almost come to an end. New York, London and Milan catwalks have shown their Spring/Summer treats in lead up to the Paris finale, which closes on October 2nd. While all eyes will be on the clothes as they stream through our screens, ears present at the shows were privy to the sounds that each designer paired with their collection.

Here are some of our favourites…

Burberry Prorsum
Budapest by George Ezra


3.1 Phillip Lim
Barracuda by Heart


Diane von Furstenberg 
Lose Yourself to Dance by Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams


House of Holland

Werkin Girls by Angel Haze


Thom Browne
It’s Oh So Quiet by Bjork


~Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Images (left to right, top to bottom): Burberry Prorsum, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Diane von Furstenberg, House of Holland, Thom Browne

International Cocktails

There’s more to a cocktail than vodka, gin, rum, and tequila. There are complex tastes and textures, sensations and savourings that accompany a libation. Flavours as intricate and pleasing as a gourmet meal. We compiled a selection of cocktails from around the world that will put hair on chests, curl tongues, and make your skin feel like nails are being dragged down your flesh.

Cocktails from top to bottom, left to right:

Smoke on the Water at Bar Centro, SLS Hotel, Los Angeles
Blackberries, Scotch, Islay mist and flames,

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The Juliet & Romeo at The Violet Hour, Chicago
Gin, mint, cucumber, lime, bitters, and a drop of rose water.

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The Versailles Experience at Eau de Vie, Sydney, Australia
Tanqueray Gin, Absinthe, pear, lemon, apple, mint

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White Negroni at Gin Palace, New York
Perry’s Tot Gin, blanco vermouth, Salers apertif

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Serendipity at Bar Hemingway, Ritz Paris
Calvados pays d’Auge le Compte, mint, sugar, apple juice, champagne.

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~Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Artist Spotlight: Robert Longo

The best and most prolific artists cause onlookers to pause. To stop and stare and let a barrage of feeling, resonance, and thought invisibly whip their beings. One of these artists is New Yorker Robert Longo. His eye has created waves, moons, sharks, forests, people and a deluge of other images - always in black and white. “Maybe I work in black and white because I think it’s the truth,” he professed in a recent film made for NOWNESS.

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~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider