Dior + Jean-Michel Othoniel

Delphine Arnault, deputy general manager of LVMH, has commissioned French sculptor Jean-Michel Othoniel to design a limited Artist’s Edition of their fragrance J’adore Absolu. The artist, whose work Arnault collects, was given cart blanche to create a fine art object for this holiday season. The final design, shown below, was handcrafted in Murano, Italy.

Othoniel currently has an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art entitled “Jean-Michel Othoniel: My Way,” which surveys the twenty-five-year career of artist.  The show, which includes “embellished heraldic banners, Murano glass sculptures, and magnified necklaces and knots, which conjure an intensely personal mythology while also evoking the fantasy universe of the fairytale,” runs through December 2. The bottle Othoniel designed for Dior is clearly reflective of the works within his oeuvre in that he turned the bottle into a spiraling sculptural piece. The limited edition fragrance is available now at select Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus stores, as well as Bergdorf Goodman. But before you rush to purchase, be aware that this not-so-ordinary fragrance comes with an art-worthy price tag, selling for $3,500 per bottle.

A sketch of the design by the artist; the final Limited Artist Edition of the J’Adore L’Absolu

Jean-Michel Othoniel, Lacans Knot, 2009, mirrored glass and metal (on view at Brooklyn Museum)


Art I’m Loving: Andy Warhol

It’s been a while since I focused on my art obsession-of-the-moment, but I can’t stop thinking about my most recent excursion to the Met to see Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. It was such a well-done exhibition and honorably traced Warhol’s influence on other artists both during and after his career. Consistent themes within Warhol’s oeuvre  were compartmentalized in different rooms, and his paintings, sculptures and prints were juxtaposed with those by other artists who reinterpreted such themes in their own manner.

Warhol’s work was truly groundbreaking in that he truly challenged the definition of fine art and changed the way people looked at and talked about art forever. He appropriated images and took inspiration from popular culture rejecting elitist notions of art and made the case that art could be anything, seen anywhere, and of any medium. Moreover, it was Warhol who really merged the worlds of art and fashion, culture and commerce, by pulling inspiration from fashion and fashion marketing in much of his work. Without Warhol and Pop Art, I wonder if YSL would have ever sent his Mondrian dress down the runway in the 60s, for which he received so much attention he followed it up with an entire Pop Art collection. Warhol’s artwork is what this blog is all about, and I hope you will all make your way to the Met before the exhibition closes on December 31st.

Flowers, 1964, acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen

The Souper Dress, Warhol collaboration with Campell’s Soup, 1966-7

Double Elvis (Ferus Type), which sold for $37M at Sotheby’s earlier this year

Brillo Soap Pads Box, 1964, silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on wood

Dollar Sign, 1981


Fendi’s Baguette Gets An Artsy Twist

Fendi has enlisted three Los Angeles artists to reinvent their iconic baguette, which recently celebrated its 15th birthday. While the brand has worked with artists such as Tom Sachs and Jeff Koons in the past on a similar projects involving the always-in-demand purse, it was West Coast artists Pae White, Chaz Bojorquez, and Kenny Scharf who took the reigns in this particular commission. (If you read my post last week you will agree that Scharf has kept himself quite busy lately in the form of retail collaborations.)

The LA trio seemed most appropriate for a collaboration from which proceeds would benefit The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Fendi took note of the excitement around the emerging art world in Los Angeles and decided to focus their collaboration on upcoming talent in the area. The bags were sent to the artists as blank canvases: white, simple, and open to whatever interpretation the artists were inspired to create. The resulting designs were auctioned at Maxfield this past fall.

Fendi Baguette by Chaz Bojorquez

Fendi baguette by Kenny Scharf

Fendi Baguette by Pae White



Valentino: Master of Couture Exhibition

If you were looking for a reason to visit London, I can give you one. Somerset House is hosting an exhibition entitled “Valentino: Master of Couture,” which will showcase over 130 pieces by storied fashion designer Valentino Garavani. Ensembles donned by Jackie O, Grace Kelly, and Julia Roberts will be among the collection, on view from November 29 – March 3, 2013. Now, we all know I love an iconic red Valentino dress, and I am sure there will be quite a few of those at the show. So, if anyone sees a deal on plane tickets, please let me know!

Valentino Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2003 (worn by Penelope Cruz on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar)

Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 1992 (worn by Julia Roberts at the Academy Awards in 2001)

Valentino Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1995 (worn by Claudia Schiffer as a wedding gown in the 1995 Haute Couture show)

Valentino Haute Couture Fall/ Winter 2002 (worn by Anne Hathway in 2011 to host the 83rd Academy Awards)

Images via Harper’s Bazaar online

Kiehl’s + Kenny Scharf

So I have a slight obsession with Kiehl’s Creme de Corps that tends to strengthen during the winter months. Thus, I was incredibly excited when I learned that the beauty brand was partnering with pop-surrealist artist Kenny Scharf to create custom-designed bottles for the most moisturizing lotion on the planet for a good cause: 100% of proceeds of the limited edition bottles will support RxArt, a not-for-profit organization that promotes healing through contemporary art in children’s hospitals. The bottle design features Scarf’s signature psychedelic prints; the artist is most known for his larger-than-life sculptures, installations, and paintings. He appeared in the Whitney Biennalle in 1985, has had numerous solo shows (he is represented by Paul Kasmin in NY and Honor Fraser in LA), has been commissioned by brands such as Absolut and Barbie, and even designed a custom bike for Lance Armstrong that he rode in the 2009 Tour de France. Scharf has also created a more affordable artwork for the Kiehl’s customer in the form of a “Squirt” sculpture in an edition of 2000, all of which are numbered and come with a signed certificate of authenticity ($50). How cute!?

The limited edition holiday creme de corp collection


Kenny Scharf, Blobomundo, 2011, Oil on Canvas

Tiki Tote Moniki, 1997, Epoxy, Urethane Paint & Laquer on Aluminum Plate