Ariadne Getty, August Getty, Nats Getty and Gigi Gorgeous Celebrate LGBTQ Advocacy

“We need to have this wave rolling behind us that stands for change and ultimately acceptance,” said Getty family matriarch Ariadne Getty on Tuesday night in Beverly Hills, accepting Variety’s Philanthropist of the Year award for her work on behalf of the LGBTQ community.
Her ever-growing activist clan, including newlyweds Nats Getty and Gigi Gorgeous, and fashion designer August Getty, gathered on the Montage rooftop to celebrate the work of the Ariadne Getty Foundation with GLAAD and the Los Angeles LGBT Center among other organizations.
“You are the ones who have defined what I do. I’m forever grateful and will continue to do my best to make the difference I can,” she told the crowd, marveling at how the July 12 Montecito, Calif., wedding of her daughter Natalia, known as Nats, and transgender YouTube star Gigi Gorgeous “brought tears to my eyes, because I think of all the people who hurt, who don’t have that support…”
With a picture-perfect pink sunset as a backdrop, one could feel the love between the children standing arm in arm while watching their mom, who is also the chief executive officer of their very different design labels, the August Getty Atelier evening collection and Nats’ Strike Oil

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August Getty Atelier Couture Fall 2019

August Getty’s gothic, theatrical “Enigma” collection visited a dark, melancholic world of graveyards and masquerade balls. One armor-like minidress was molded from resin like an ornate tombstone, complete with a gargoyle on its shoulder. Another, in black leather, had a pannier skirt and crawled with Swarovski spiders.
“Think of it as a ceramic umbrella,” Getty said when explaining the technique used to create another of the dramatic, sculptural pieces in his fall couture collection, his second. The design in question was a pair of voluminous pants hewn from white silk to look like Pierrot’s ruffled collar and a matching top that covered the arms and torso, enveloping the body.
Providing a contrast from black and white, mint green velvet was worked with a grid-like embroidery of pearls on a mid-length bustier dress, its silhouette exaggerated with a bustle, and was intended to give the effect of oxidized copper. In a darker manifestation of forest green, an allover sequin gown embroidered with ostrich feathers at its hem reproduced a ghost-like cherub’s face come to haunt Getty’s morbid but creative underworld.

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Rosetta Getty Pre-Fall 2018 Review

Walking into Rosetta Getty’s downtown space, the tone for pre-fall 2018 was instantly set by a calming room with moss mounds and chair installations, by artist Thomas Barger, and racks filled with earth-toned and powder blue hues. Getty looked to the Hammer Museum’s exhibition “Radical Women: Latin American Art 1960-1985” — specifically to the works of Lygia Pape, Ana Mendieta and Leticia Parente — to inform her latest collection. “There were a lot of Latin women artists at that time, they were really activists…incredibly fierce,” Getty said of the artists. Interpretations came in the form of prints, like a beautiful silk jacquard dress with a baby’s breath print and split-neck ties, offered in black or melon, that was pulled from Mendieta’s works.
“I try to look at it as more of a collectible wardrobe, the silhouettes and finishes and the way it’s designed is to go with the things you already have,” Getty said of the collection and her overall brand aesthetic. By creating a more seasonless collection, Getty has been building her customers’ wardrobes. This time she added supple nappa leather trimmings, three new footwear shapes and autumnal fabrications. There was a great floral jacquard dress that could be tied

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A collaboration with artist Alicja Kwade gave life to Rosetta Getty’s fall collection — not only to the clothes themselves, but to Getty’s installation format. The artist’s use of everyday objects in ways that play with perspective, objectivity and mirrors was reflected as pieces were artfully hung on brass racks strategically placed around mirrors to create different perspectives, depending on the viewer’s position.
“We wanted to create an optical illusion where what you see isn’t what you see,” Getty explained. She also spoke about being very drawn to the oxidized brass used by Kwade, which she translated as a print on blouses and even on the platform of a shoe. Elsewhere, a wool tweed coat inspired by stones and rock, also from Kwade’s work, appeared hard, “but when you touch it, it’s really drapy and soft and comfortable,” Getty said. The same with an eel material that looked very odd from afar, “but we made it shine and split it to create dimension,” she explained.
It all sounds tricky, but with Getty’s refined eye, it was actually very relatable. “Ultimately, our clothes are meant to be owned and collected,” she said. Just like art.

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Getty Is Quietly Charging Bloggers For ‘Socially Awkward Penguin’ Meme

Around the spring of 2009, some nerds began adding macro text to a photo of a penguin on the Internet. According to Know Your Meme, this became what’s now known as the Socially Awkward Penguin meme — a format for sharing two-line stories on cringeworthy social encounters

You’ve probably seen it on Facebook, Pinterest, Reddit, Twitter, Imgur, Tumblr, BuzzFeed or some other Internet culture-obsessed place. And Getty Images — which owns the rights to the original penguin photo — is apparently none too happy about that. If you run a blog, you might want to be careful about posting SAP.

In a written statement, Getty confirmed to HuffPost that it has “pursued and settled certain uses” of the photo “in instances where it has been used without a license.” (Disclosure: The Huffington Post is a Getty subscriber.) One affected blog, however, wants to get the word out.

GetDigital editors explained in a post on the site this week how Getty had contacted them about a three-year-old post featuring the SAP meme. After a few written exchanges, the image service requested €785.40 (around $ 875) in license fees — about twice what the blog says it would regularly cost for a publication its size to use the image for three years. They paid the hefty sum out of court and deleted the offending images, but Getty had one more request. GetDigital said the company forbade them from talking to others about the copyright issue or else risk official legal action.

“Apparently this method is very successful,” the editors wrote, “but of course it will not work on us.” In addition to sharing their experience, the editors created a new SAP meme for anyone to use. 

Getty clarified in another written statement that, in copyright situations, it usually requests specific details of the settlement to be kept confidential. The company referred HuffPost to image licensing information available freely on its website.

With the right Google search, the original image is easy to find. “An Adelie penguin struts its stuff” reads the caption for the photo, taken by now-80-year-old George F. Mobley for National Geographic. A handy “calculate price” button sits next to it — GetDigital used this to estimate its dues — with editorial fees ranging from a few hundred U.S. dollars to thousands. 

Internet memes, though, can pose sticky copyright questions. To whom does an image that’s been recontextualized and rewritten a billion times, privately and publicly, really belong? Reuters does not seem to have pursued legal action against any of the many, many sites that posted the “McKayla Is Not Impressed” meme during the Summer 2012 Olympics. The production company behind the 2004 film “Downfall” filed a copyright claim in 2010 against all the YouTube videos repurposing a scene showing Hitler’s rage. (Many of the videos remain online.) But later, the owners of two hugely famous memes — Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat — won a lawsuit against Warner Brothers in 2013, which used their images in a video game called Scribblenauts. (The meme creators were eventually paid.)

Getty represents more than 200,000 artists who, it points out in the statement, “are entitled to be paid” just as the owner of Keyboard Cat (RIP). And, as always, we can probably blame 4chan — the cesspool of filth and depravity that created many early Internet memes, likely including SAP — for starting this whole mess. But the reality of creative copyright is often hazy — just ask Pharrell — and it stands to reason that any and all conversation around the subject should be welcomed.

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