Dior + Vincent Beaurin

It is a long-documented fact that Christian Dior loved artists, befriending Jean Cocteau, Christian Bérard, and Max Jacob to name a few. Because of this history, the brand has often strived to continue his legacy by collaborating with artists on various projects. For its latest endeavor, the House of Dior has tapped Vincent Beaurin, the French sculptor and painter, to create an original makeup palette for spring. Beaurin has proven to be a favorite of the brand, having reinterpreted the Lady Dior bag in 2010 for the “Lady Dior as seen by” traveling exhibition.

The Bastet Eyeshadow Tablet, as the palette has been named, was inspired by the Egyptian divinity Bastet, the goddess of music, dance, feasting, and love. Chicly enclosed in a magnetic case lie a trio of electric eye colors, including a warm red, bright blue, and mustard.  The work of art (if you will) retails for $210, and can be purchased on dior.com.

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The Bastet Eye Shadow Palette

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Comme des Garçons X Hermès

How do you make chic even more chic? By combining two incredibly luxe brands, of course. A rather unlikely couple—classic French brand Hermès and the avante-garde Japanese brand Comme des Garçons, helmed by Rei Kawakubo—have collaborated to design two limited edition scarf collections, as a whole referred to as “Comme des Carrés.”

The first collection, “Noir et Blanc,” arrived earlier this month in Comme des Garçons shops in Paris, New York, and Tokyo and includes five different designs. The “Couleur” collection is currently sold at Dover Street Market concept stores in London and Tokyo, and features six various creations priced significantly higher than their black-and-white counterparts.

Despite the dissimilar brand aesthetics, the designs perfectly balance each label’s respective characteristics—the polka-dots and patchwork of Kawakubo blend elegantly with Hermès’ traditional equestrianism. You can view all the designs on the Hermès pinterest page, or browse a few looks from the selection below.

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“Coaching,” from the Colour collection

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“Couvertures et tenues de jour,” from the Coulour collection

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“Thalassa,” from the Noir et Blanc collection

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“Touch Me,” from the Noir et Blanc collection

Final Thoughts: New York Fashion Week

So I know I am behind. London Fashion week is in full swing—only a few days remain before the glitterati move on to their Milan hotel penthouses to do the exact same thing they have done for the previous two weeks, this time only with a different backdrop. And yet here I am, giving my out-dated opinions on the second half of New York Fashion Week. But how can I not? So much amazingness went on on those runways that it would be cruel to not give those designers their deserved attention. I also learned that fur, velvet, and leather are the materials that will define fall fashion. So while other bloggers may be focused on the [stunning] collections from Peter Pilotto, Burberry Prorsum, and Erdem, I am hitting rewind in order to share my favorite collections from days 5-8 of New York Fashion Week:

Marc Jacobs/ Zac Posen

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Oscar de la Renta/ Carolina Herrera

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Diane Von Furstenburg/ Ralph Lauren

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Victoria Beckham/ Calvin Klein

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Reem Acra/ Jenny Packham

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Reed Krakoff/ Proenza Schouler

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To view the entire collections, my go to is: Style.com

New York Magazine + Will Cotton

I’m loving these creative fashion spreads these days mixing art and fashion. Just a few months after W Magazine debuted its annual Art Issue featuring Jessica Chastain styled by a number of notable contemporary artists (including Mickalene Thomas, which I wrote about here), New York Magazine dropped its annual Spring Fashion Issue covered by Hollywood’s most stylish 14-year-old, Elle Fanning.

This is one of my favorite fashion spreads ever in the history of fashion spreads. It is not only inspired, but also so indicative of Will Cotton’s practice, making it clear how much freedom the artist was given over the shoot. If you browse through his works on his website, you can see evidence of past inspirations seeping through to Fanning’s spread. A few images from the shoot are below, but pick up the latest issue of New York Magazine for some serious eye candy (pun intended).

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Whipped-cream dress sketch, Will Cotton, oil on paper based on Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere

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Necklace, Will Cotton

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Louis Vuitton Romper, ink on paper, Will Cotton

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Dress by Will Cotton based on Derek Lam

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Dress, Erdem and Will Cotton

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Corset and Earrings, Will Cotton based on Dolce & Gabbana; headpiece, Will Cotton; Bodysuit, D & G

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Bag by Will Cotton based on Fendi; Dress, Valentino

Kate Spade New York + Craig Redman

Kate Spade creative director Deborah Lloyd loves her some buzz-generating collaborations. For the KSNY Fall 2012 collection, she tapped Garance Doré (aka French photographer, illustrator, and fashion blogger extraordinaire, as well as Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist’s significant other) to create a number of sketches and patterns to print on a variety of separates. This year, Lloyd looked to Craig Redman—the creator of the adorable character Darcel Disappoints, who chronicles both the highs and lows of his life in New York City on his eponymous blog—for a creative partnership.

Darcel was the perfect partner for the very NY-themed collection with an 80s twist, which was presented during fashion week last Friday amongst old-school yellow taxi cab props and neon NY skylines plastered on the walls. Hot pink reigned queen, metallics and neons accented almost every look, and bows—generally oversized—showed up on blouses and in dress patterned. It was a concoction of all things quirky: tuxedo-inspired pumps, a yellow clutch plastered with the word “TAXI,” hot-pink polkadots, and Mr. Darcel. The artist designed a Kate Spade-specific graphic that was featured on t-shirts, sweaters, and accessories including rings, anklets and bracelets. I can’t say that I myself will be doning items from this collection come Fall, but Darcel is pretty darn cute if you ask me. What will we do from now until August when we can finally get these Darcel-emblazoned articles? Follow his blog, and hope that for once, Darcel has a good day.

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Pink-Haired Darcel makes his debut on a Kate Spade sweater

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Darcel does shopping: bow, bag and all!

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Taxi-yellow outfit anyone?

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Check out the tuxedo-inspired shoes

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You won’t have trouble hailing a cab ever again with this clutch

Live From New York, It’s Fashion Week!

What’s black and white and red all over? Fall 2013 fashion, of course. And nobody could be more delighted than me—to be told by the fashion authorities that wearing all black is on trend pretty much confirms everything I have thought for, well, my whole life. AND RED!?!? My favorite outfit fashion color ever?! I am elated to see various shades of red strutting down the runways for fall (though the bright, vibrant hue à la Valentino is my favorite, as some of you may remember from this post). That’s not to say that none of the designers toyed with color, but more that the “OYGBIV” remainder of the rainbow made a rather rare appearance as an unexpected pop within a neutral and mono-tone background.

So let’s take a look at some of a few looks that caught my eye during days 1-4 of fashion week, including a few of those unexpected pops.

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From Left: Cushnie et Ochs, Helmut Lang, Jason Wu

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From Left: Lisa Perry, Rag & Bone, Jenni Kayne

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From Left: Yigal Azrouel, BCBG Max Azria, Altuzarra

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From Left: Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Jill Stuart

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From Left: Kimberly Ovitz, Suno, Rebecca Minkoff

Wear It / Hang It: Art Embodying Spring Fashion Trends

Yesterday marked the first installment of a new editorial column I will be writing on Artspace.com, entitled “On Trend.” I am so excited that Artspace asked me to write about the various crossovers between art and fashion, and it was only fitting that my first article (which you can read here) provide a brief history of art and fashion collaborations. For today’s On Trend, and in honor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I pulled together a roundup of some of Spring’s chicest looks—and the artworks that echo them. Below, I expanded upon that theme. Happy New York Fashion Week!!

TREND: Black-and-White Graphic Prints

After a year of color blocking and bold, bright hues, designers this season went back to the basics with mod looks in black and white.

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The Clothes: Balmain / Celine … The Art: Franz Kline

Trend: Cutouts

The midriff-bearing trend of 2012 has evolved into a new obsession with all-over cutouts this spring, with exposed patches of skin peeking out in almost every runway show.

The clothes: The art:

The Clothes: Alexander Wang / Sass & Bide … The Art: Lucio Fontana

TrendOversized Ruffles

The ruffle—often used in sweet, demure ensembles—can be seen this season adding architectural flares and lots of impact to monotone looks.

The Clothes:

The Clothes: Gucci / Balenciaga … The Art: Richard Serra

TrendBold Stripes

We now know that striples come in all shapes and sizes, with various iterations of this classic pattern highlighting a multitude of runway looks. This season’s trend focuses on big, bold stripes for a statement look.

The Clothes

The Clothes: Marc Jacobs / Michael Kors … The Art: Ian Davenport

Trend: White Hot

Generally a summer staple, white is staking its claim early this year. This season, the monochromatic neutral is appearing in all shapes and sizes, including structural dresses, menswear looks, and lacy-delicate fabrics. Pair it with a lucite heel, and your clean crisp look will be utter perfection.

The Clothes: The Art:

The Clothes: Dior / Valentino … The Art: Agnes Martin

Trend: Electric Colors

Neons are everywhere this season despite the fact that black and white continued its reign. The bright hues are lighting up both clothing and accessories—which is perfect for anyone hoping for an attention-grabbing outfit.

The clothes: The art:

The Clothes: Carolina Herrera / Reem Acra … The Art: Mark Rothko

Trend: Floral Delights

All things are blooming this spring, with the perennial favorite print making both a romantic and graphic revival. Raf Simons transformed his entire runway debut for Dior into a blossoming garden, with the walls of each room packed floor to ceiling with a different colored flower.

The Clothes:

The Clothes: Paul and Joe / Erdem … The Art: Peter Dayton

Trend: Global Influences

Designers often look abroad for inspiration, but this season is ripe with influences from the Far East in terms of color palettes, patterns, and embellishments. Asian-influenced prints made their rounds this season, with bold reds as a central component.

The Clothes:

The Clothes: Miu Miu / Prada … The Art: Raqib Shaw

Trend: Emerald Green

Pantone has labeled this jewel-like hue the 2013 Color of the Year, and the sartorial set has taken note, donning the shade of green from head to toe.

The Clothes:

The Clothes: Gucci / Reem Acra … The Art: Josef Albers

Collaboration Anticipation: Prabal Gurung for Target

Love is in the air at fast-fashion retailer Target this month with the launch of the Prabal Gurung for Target capsule collection. Fashionistas across the country have been counting down to the launch date of the collection since the announcement last fall, garnering the most anticipation for a Target collaboration since Missoni. In fact, a ticket to the launch party in New York last night was one of the hottest tickets in town.

The excitement was sparked further with the release of the movie-poster-like ad campaign featuring Olivia Thirlby, and the collection look book that hit the blogs last month. Described by Gurung as being “inspired by love,” the looks are on trend for Spring, featuring electric, bold colors in a variety of patterns on ruffle-y dresses, shorts, blazers, separates, and  shoes. The designer is one of the most prominent on the fashion scene right now, continuously putting out inspired and innovative collections. He never ceases to awe me season after season.

Warning: launch may cause mass shopping hysteria. I suggest you arrive first thing in the morning and wear ample padding if you plan on buying in-store when the collection hits on February 10th.  Which brings me to my next (and often-pondered question): WHY IS THERE NOT A TARGET IN NYC???

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Hot hot hot outfits for Spring!!

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Can one have too many dresses? I think not.

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Don’t worry. They have separates too.

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The ad campaign featuring Olivia Thirlby


Sportmax + Ambra Medda + Ying Wu

For the fourth chapter of Sportmax’s Carte Blanche collection – in which the artist is at the very heart of the decision-making process – the luxury brand reached out to Design Miami Co-founder Ambra Medda to bring a new creative vision to the project. Following on the heels of the Carte Blanche capsule by Lola Montes Schnabel (which I wrote about here), Medda tapped young Chinese artist Ying Wu, who’s work she had recently discovered at the Salone del Mobile in Milan, for a collaboration. Through Wu’s colorful illustrations, the collection addresses environmental issues, and specifically how industrial progress poses risks to our natural environment. Wu’s surrealist graphics aptly blend illustrated animals, urban scenarios, and technology onto a unified, 1000-piece collection of scarves, dresses, and a tote bag. The collection launched last month, and the Sportmax Carte Blanche website details a full list of stockists here.

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Scarves, dresses, and a tote from the collection

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Medda posing next to the collection at the in-store launch

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Wu’s illustrations used to design the collection

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The complete capsule on view at the in-store launch

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Wu proudly sporting the fruit of her labors

Collaboration Flashback: Lucien Pellat-Finet + Marc Quinn

In my round-up of favorites from Art Basel Miami Beach, I wrote about the gorgeous floral photographs by artist Marc Quinn at the AW Massey Fine Art booth at Overture Art Fair. Flashback to 2009, when the artist collaborated with luxury cashmere label Lucien Pellat-Finet to reproduce said florals on the brand’s cozy sweaters and a towel for the Spring/Summer collection. I wish I was wearing one of these amazingly soft (seriously… they are incredibly soft) sweaters right now to not only keep me warm, but to remind me that Spring is just around the corner! If you need a recap on the talented Marc Quinn, you can read my post here.

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A sweater design from the collaboration

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Campaign shot of the towel Quinn designed for Pellat-Finet