Yohji Yamamoto at Israel’s Design Museum Holon

The Design Museum Holon in Israel is hosting an exhibition in tribute to famed avant-garde fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto.  The Japanese designer is known for his conceptual, dramatic garments that take on sculptural, unexpected shapes.  Yamamoto created site-specific installations for the exhibition with the intent to create a dialogue between the garments and the museum environment.  80 looks are included in the show, the majority in his preferred color – black – through pops of color intersperse the exhibition.  The show will remain on view through October 20th, and upon seeing a few of the installation images below, it is sure to be an incredible one.

A look from Yamamoto’s Spring 2009 collection

Spring 1999

Installation images via ArtInfo

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Adidas Originals X Opening Ceremony

Move over Lulu Lemon, Adidas is giving you a run for you money in the competition for stylish athletic gear. And what better collaborator than the trend-setting folks over at Opening Ceremony? To celebrate the 2012 Summer Olympics, Adidas Originals and Opening Ceremony (quite a perfect brand name for the occasion!) created a premium capsule collection that reinterprets the sports brand’s iconic silhouettes.

The clothing is a little more streetwear versus athletic gear (I can’t see myself running a few miles in a collared neoprene halter top, a peplum short sleeve top, nor a zip-front dress… you can see what I mean below), but the fashion-forward garments were purposely intended to meld the aesthetics of the two brands. The collection is currently on sale at Opening Ceremony’s pop-up store in London’s Covent Garden, as well as in their NYC locations.

 

Quote of the Day

“Fashion is not quite an art but requires an artist in order to exist.”

-Yves Saint Laurent

YSL’s “Mondrian” Day Dress, 1965

A look from YSL’s Pop Art Dress Collection, 1966

A Pop Art collection dress on the cover of Life Magazine. 1966

Tiffany & Co. Commissions Artists to Decorate New Store Scaffolding

Tiiffany & Co. is opening a new outpost in New York’s Soho neighborhood. But rather than keep up standard, boring scaffolding while the store is under construction, the light blue box retailer has commissioned a number of artists to decorate the exterior.

Each artist gets up to 3 days to complete their mural, which will then stay up for 1 week. The first artist to have a go at the wood exterior was Danielle Dimston, and now, artist Ellis Gallagher has already begun his piece. The Cut reports that additional artists involved are Danny Roberts and Natasha Law. I think this is an amazing idea from the brand, not only to create buzz before a new store opening (ten points for the marketing team), but also to give emerging artists a chance to showcase their talents to thousands of people. Head over to Greene Street from now until September to see each new artist’s creation.

Artwork by Danielle Dimston (image via The Cut)

Artist Ellis Gallagher at work beautifying the scaffolding (image via Interview Mag)

Fashion Crush: Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba has incredible fashion sense (well, both she and her stylist do). If I ever look half as good as she did while pregnant I will consider it a victory. The fact that she can look so polished and put together while toting around two young children is beyond me. I probably won’t even remember to brush my hair when I am taking my kids around to appointments (maybe that’s what the fedora is for?) But seriously, whether she is in casual, errand-running attire or a glam red carpet ensemble, she never ceases to look stylish. Don’t you agree?

Chanel Fashion Show, 2012

In Valentino

In Lanvin at Paris Fashion Week, 2012

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In Gucci, at a store opening in Paris

In Ralph Lauren, at the Met Ball 2011 (while preggers!)

Just carrying around her baby, looking fabulous as usual!

A Trip to the Crystal Bridges Museum

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit the new Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. Founded in 2005 by Alice Walton, as in the Walmart family Waltons, the museum boasts an incredible collection of American Art considering the short time frame in which the collection has emerged. The museum opened early this year, and projected attendance in their first year to reach approximately 250,000 visitors. To date, over 440,000 people have visited – pretty incredible for a town with a population of 35,000 in (basically) the middle of nowhere.

The building itself was designed by renowned Israeli architect Moshe Safdie. Safdie created an incredible structure that organically blends into the gorgeous landscape, with numerous pavilions nested within two creek-fed ponds to house the collection. The views and atmosphere are breathtaking. In addition to the fact that the museum’s honorable mission is to bring world-class art to the people of Arkansas who might otherwise never get a chance to experience it, the cost of entry is subsidized by Walmart and, thus, free to the public.

Walton’s team of advisors and experts are actively working to acquire works to help fill some wholes within the collection. For example, some of the big American abstract expressionists, like deKooning and Pollock, are unrepresented (they do have an early Pollock on view, but not one of his epytomous drip paintings). That being said, what they have managed to acquire since Walton announced her plans for the museum in 2005 is astounding, and I highly recommend making the trip if you are an art lover of any kind. Below are a few pictures I took while there (and two major pieces of art I forgot to take a picture of!).

Gilbert Stuart, George Washington, 1797

Norman Rockwell, Rosie the Riveter 1943

Andy Warhol, Dolly Parton 1985

Jim Dine, Walking to Boras, 2006

Me and my family next to a Robert Indiana sculpture

One of the gorgeous bridges over the creek

Chanel and Opening Ceremony Pop-Up Shops in London

As the world’s attention turns to London and international jetsetters flock to the city for the 2012 Summer Olympics, which begin next week, the fashion world is hoping to get in on the action by focusing their attention on UK-based retail locations.

Opening Ceremony, the trend-setting retailer with locations in New York and Tokyo, had to get a bit creative to capitalize on the influx of travelers to London since their new Covent Garden outpost was not set to open until the fall. The solution? Opening a temporary pop-up sore a few blocks down from their permanent space. OC owners Humberto Leon and Carol Lim collaborated with some of their favorite designers on limited-edition capsule collections exclusive to the pop-up store, many of which were created with an Olympic theme (see a few of the looks on their website here). Designers in this category include Norma Kamali, Band of Outsiders, House of Holland, Delfina Delettrez, Pamela Love, and Proenza Schouler. Other collaborators, such as Chloë Sevigny, brought back some of their best-selling items from previous partnerships with the store. See pictures of the brightly-accented store below!

A Chanel beauty boutique will also be popping up in Covent Garden, opening to the public tomorrow. Dedicated exclusively to the brand’s beauty and fragrance products, the two-floor store will preview exclusive items, host make-up classes, and host London’s first ever Chanel nail bar. What better way to take a break from strenuous Olympic game watching than some pampering at a Chanel nail salon?! The store will remain open for 6 months initially, but if successful (which I imagine it will be), it could stay open longer. More details can be found on their website: www.chanelatcoventgarden.com (but don’t expect to find anything except a countdown clock until the store is official open!)

A view inside the Opening Ceremony Pop-Up (image via The Cut)

Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony (image via The Cut)

The Chanel Beauty Pop-Up (image via The Glass Magazine)

A few hues from Chanel’s Le Vernis Nail Color Line

Art I’m Loving… Dale Frank

Dale Frank is an Australian abstract painter whose art has been exhibited around the globe, including at the Venice Biennale (1984), Sydney Biennale (1990), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2000). His practice has evolved, and his current creations involve merging numerous vivid colors together on a singular surface. He does this by tilting his canvases at different angles every so often, allowing his paint to move across the surface until the varnish is set as he so desires. The colors interact and separate from other, resulting in a bold statement of dramatic colors that affect all the senses. A single work can involve up to 24 hours of continuous attention, though the paint application appears random and spontaneous. Are you as in awe as I am?

10. The Unattended Funeral where a beautiful soul masks a stranger stronger indifference, 2007

13. It seemed of little wonder anecdotally, 2008

20. The Unattended Funeral the artist’s unattended living funeral, 2007

12. A decent person cannot have what they have, a decent person cannot get away with what they get away with without knowing they have got away with it when they should not have., 2008

Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura

It was announced in early June that Karl Lagerfeld would design a limited-edition makeup collection for Shu Uemura. The collection would be titled Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura, and would launch in the U.S. in October and expand its international distribution in November. This week, however, the brand released a drawing of the collection’s mascot – a Lagerfeld-created character named Mon Shu – and a super-cute animated video about how she was created. Karl explained, “I wanted to invent my personal vision of a Japanese manga” when ideating what Mon Shu would look like, and her image will decorate the packaging of the collection.

Working with Shu Uemura was a relevant undertaking for Lagerfeld, as he has used Shu Uemura makeup to hand-color his illustrations, including fashion sketches, portraits and political cartoons, for more than 20 years. WWD reported exclusively on the 17-piece collection, which includes four lip shades, two different eye and cheek palettes, a dark purple gel eyeliner, two pairs of false eyelashes, an eyelash curler, several nail colors, a cleansing oil (one of Uemura’s most iconic products), a mini brush kit, and a makeup box, priced between $27 and $368.

If there’s one thing that’s for certain amid all the recent collaboration announcements for this winter, it’s that it will be almost impossible NOT to be able to find great gifts this holiday season!

An illustration by Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura

A look at the packaging and items in the collection

Patterned False Eyelashes for the collection!

eBay’s Holiday Collective

Online discounter and auction website eBay has announced a partnership with seven leading designers for a limited edition gift collection for the Holiday 2012 season. Designers Billy Reid, Chris Benz, Fallon, Jonathan Adler, Ruffian, Steven Alan and Tibi were tapped to create a total of 40 gift items, priced from $50 to $100, in a wide range of categories such as men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry, travel and electronics accessories and home decor.

It appears that within the competitive fashion landscape, a desire for new and unique merchandise is driving retailer’s to invest in collaborations and limited edition collections to attract shoppers and generate media buzz. Just last week, Target and Neiman Marcus announced their plan to launch a limited edition holiday collection with pieces designed by 24 CFDA designers, and Nordstrom announced it’s partnership with Topshop which involves opening in-store Topshop boutiques in a handful of locations this fall.

“The eBay Holiday Collective marks another milestone for eBay in the fashion category,” Jeff Somers, the general manager of eBay Fashion, told Women’s Wear Daily. He also noted that the designers were chosen for their genuine love of eBay. The Holiday Collective will be available globally online beginning November 12th on Fashion Vault, eBay’s special events and limited time collections retail site. Though the merchandise has yet to be revealed, a few inspirational images from participating designers are below.

Tibi Orchid Crossback Dress

Fallon Bib Necklace

Chris Benz, Resort 2013 Collection

Jonathan Adler Zig Zag Pillow