Grey Area x Helmut Lang

Grey Area, always a leader in the art-as-fashion-as-art category (as exemplified in this post, and this one), is back with a collaboration with global fashion brand Helmut Lang. The project has two components: a Grey Area for Helmut Lang capsule collection of goods soon to be sold on the Grey Area website, accompanied by sculptural installations by New York based artist Shelter Serra for Lang’s flagship stores.

The collection of “goods” will surely warrant a later post, but for now I will focus on the sculptures. Serra (as in Richard Serra, Shelter’s unle) created 17 custom sculptures for Helmut Lang retail locations by casting vintage car engines that have come to define the American car culture of the late 1960’s and 70s. The sculptures are aptly titled “Engine Blocks.”  For those who are familiar with Shelter’s practice, these sculptural pieces are aligned in his exploration of casting everyday objects in unique materials to replicate archetypes of our culture (You might recollect his Homeade Birkin Bag). You can view the installation November 2nd – January 7th, or be first in line at the launch during Artlog’s SoHo Art Crawl at the Mercer Street HL store.

“351 Ford” Engine Block

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Revisited: Mason Martin Margiela for H&M

Remember when I got all excited when H&M announced they would be collaborating with Mason Martin Margiela for holiday 2012? Well, the discount clothier just released images of the entire collection, and I must say I am happy to see that the designer stuck to his avant garde aesthetic for this mass market collection.  And what launch is complete without a fabulous party?  On Tuesday, H&M converted nine floors of 5 Beekman Place into a fashion-meets-performance art extravaganza, with big-name celebs hitting the red carpet to support the cult designer.  Sarah Jessica Parker, Julianne Moore, Alexander Wang, Kanye (sans Kim, but decked in a coat from the collection), and other A-listers were able to take in sculptural installations by contemporary artists including Daniel Arsham as well as shop the entire collection two weeks before it hits stores. And since no party is complete without a rainstorm of confetti falling down the open atrium connecting the floors of the building, they had one of those too. For those of us regular folk who have to wait until the collection hits stores to make a purchase, all we can do is stake out our favorites while we wait.

Ladies Duvet Coat

Mens leather belt jacket

Ladies mirrored leggings

Ladies glove clutch

Ladies fusion of two dresses

Kanye in a coat from the collection at the launch party

Louis Vuitton Commissions Mural for Miami Store

What better time to get artsy in Miami than right before Art Basel? That had to be going through the minds of those over at LVMH when they opened a temporary store in the city’s Design District last Friday. LV commissioned a mural by LA artist Retna for the stark white exterior of the short-term location, which will serve as a presence for the brand until a permanent store opens in 2014. This is the first time the brand has commissioned art for the exterior of a store; LV typically invests in art to engage shoppers as they browse through merchandise inside retail locations. The design for the mural mirrors that of a scarf designed by the artist to sell at the Design District location, which integrates his trademark graffiti letters in a hot pink and blue color palette. In addition to the mural and scarf, Retna also created three unique works for the store’s VIP salon.

The LV mural by LA artist Retna

A view from opening night

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Richard Prince Launches Soft Drink

Well this collaboration marks one of the oddest artistic commercial ventures I have ever seen. Appropriation artist Richard Prince (who has also lent his creative designs to Louis Vuitton handbags) has teamed up with AriZona beverages to launch his own brand of lemon-flavored soda aptly called “Richard Prince Lemon Fizz.” Apparently, Prince is a huge soft drink fan (or, for those of you also from Atlanta, a huge “coke” fan, as all carbonated beverages are referred to down South), and was the one to approach AriZona about a collaboration. The cans were designed by the artist and feature a black and white image of Prince himself as well as references to his nurse paintings and joke paintings. The 23 oz drinks will launch this December at Art Basel Miami Beach. What goes better with contemporary art than high-fructose corn syrup and carbonation??

The AriZona-Prince Lemon Fizz can designs (image via ArtInfo)

If it’s “Little” and “Black”…

…you can curate a fashion exhibition around it. I’m talking about two simultaneous exhibitions that opened this month: Chanel’s “The Little Black Jacket” at the Saatchi Gallery in London (through October 28) and “The Little Black Dress” exhibition at the SCAD Museum in Savannah, Georgia (through January 27).

Let’s start with the jacket, since Chanel always comes first in my book.  Curated by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld, the exhibition is based on a book of the same name that Lagerfeld put out earlier this year. The photographic exhibition features 113 images of famous men and women that the Chanel creative director shot with Roitfeld, the former Vogue editor and the woman behind the new fashion mag CR.  Celebrities, socialites, and Chanel muses, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Edie Campell, and Joan Smalls, modeled the garment in various ways to showcase its versatility. The London exhibition is the last stop on its world tour that has included Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York, and Taipei. If you can’t get to London, you can pick up the book in a bookstore near you this fall.

And then there is the always iconic Little Black Dress. Curated by Vogue contributing editor André Leon Talley, the recently-opened exhibition features various takes on the outfit starting from the turn of the century to the present. In describing the concept behind the exhibition, Talley said, “Today a little black dress is everything … It can be little. It can be big. It can be 70 yards to tulle—it’s up to interpretation.” I will take the “70 yards of tulle” please!

Elisa Sednaoui shot by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld

Kanye West, shot by Karl and Carine

SJP shot by Lagerfeld and Roitfeld

SCAD’s Little Black Dress Exhibition

Fine Art Sculpture Made of… YSL Lipstick?

Yes, it’s true.  Not only did French artist Fabrice Hyber turn Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic red lipstick, Rouge Pur Couture No1, into a sculpture – he used 330 pounds of it to do so. The sculpture, entitled “1M3 de Beauté,” or “One Cubic Meter of Beauty,” is currently on display at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. (In town for FIAC? Go check it out!)  Hyber chose the particular lipstick color because he was looking for a very vivid red, and vivid he got. And for his material choice? Hyber told WWD, “It’s a material that is very supple, lipstick, especially in a large quantity,” explained the artist. “The material permanently moves. It is a work that is never finished, which is always evolving. It’s a living oeuvre.” So if you were ever wondering what 330 pounds of lipstick looked like, look no further.

The Sculpture

Gap x GQ Menswear Collection

So this is pretty cool for all you stylish men on a budget. Gap has teamed up with GQ to launch an exclusive menswear collection. The magazine tapped six of the hottest new designers to create a capsule collection for the mass retailer with the goal of bringing more attention to up-and-coming American menswear talent. The Gap has profiled each of the designers as follows:

Todd Snyder: His designs reside at the intersection of rugged and refined.

Gap x GQ Todd Snyder Cadet Parka

Saturdays NYC: Founded by Morgan Collett, Josh Rosen, and Colin Tunstall, the trio brings surf style to urban dwellers.

Gap x GQ Saturdays NYC ‘&’ Crewneck

BLK DNM: Designed by Johan Lindeberg, this line celebrates the new uniform of the way-downtown set, where black jeans work with any ensemble.

Gap x GQ BLK DNM Slim Fit Jeans

Ovadia & Sons: Twin Brothers Ariel and Shimon Ovadia update classic items with unexpected details and color.

Gap x GQ Ovadia & Sons Shawl Cardigan

Mark McNairy: Military, workwear, and athletic influences mesh his rebellious and playful designs.

Gap x GQ Mark McNairy Chambray Shirt

Ian Velardi: The designer fuses active sportswear with classic tailoring.

Gap x GQ Ian Velardi Blanket Stripe Peacoat

I might have to take the hubby on a little shopping spree!

Quote of the Day

“Fashion at its highest level is an art form. I don’t believe in the separation of these categories”

-Lisa Philips, Director of New York’s New Museum of Contemporary Art, 1999

Viktor and Rolf, Autumn/Winter 2007/08 RTW

Opening Ceremony x Cole Haan

I’m all about bold, bright colors this year, so I cannot get enough of this collaboration between Opening Ceremony and Cole Haan. When I generally think about Cole Haan, I picture neutral, leather shoes – particularly loafers. But these striking high heels from the brand’s collaboration with Jen Brill (a Chanel ambassador and creative consultant) and Olivia Kim (Opening Ceremony‘s VP of Creative) are a welcome departure from their trademark styles. The collection includes three different styles in a variety of colors: strappy sandals, ankle-strap pumps, and ankle boots. I can’t get enough of the navy tasseled booties – which even come in the season’s hottest color, oxblood.

Ankle Boots

Ankle Strap Pumps

Strap Sandals