In their largest collaboration to date, J. Crew called upon Liberty of London–the esteemed British print house–to update more than 30 of J. Crew’s iconic styles with Liberty’s signature florals. Head women’s designer at Liberty, Tom Mora, chose specific motifs to decorate shoes, skirts, swimwear, and more for the capsule collection. For example, “The Chive Floral,” which first debuted in Liberty’s collection in 1974, was pulled from the archives to update the Everly Pump, a mid-rise pointed heel. “The June’s Meadow Floral,” a hand-drawn motif featuring exotic blooms inspired by Abbey Gardens on the Island of Tresco, is spotted on a zip pouch perfect for a night out.
Given that florals mark one of Spring’s biggest fashion trends, my guess is this collection will sell fast. Shop to it, ladies.
Three-year-old clothing brand Feel the Piece—which specializes in sporty basics—has just unveiled a new line, Tyler Jacobs for Feel the Piece. “Dedicated to combining high quality garments with dynamic art, the line becomes a nexus between street and style,” states Jacobs on his website. With the goal of merging street art and style, each season will feature a collection designed in collaboration with an up-and-coming LA street artist. What I love about this collection is that at its heart, it’s mission is to support emerging artistic talent by increasing their visibility to a larger audience.
For the inaugural TJ for FTP Spring 2013 collection, the brand engaged LA-based artist Annie Preece. Preece, who at the ripe age of 16 became involved with the underground graffiti art scene in San Francisco, is known for her vivid use color both in her murals and canvases. For the collection, Preece incorporated sketches and text onto FTP’s signature comfy tees, a sampling of which can be found below. Shop now on nordstrom.com.
Kerry Washington nailed it on every stop of her Django Unchained press tour. She continued to take risks into award season, and her adventurousness paid off, landing her at the top of best-dressed lists week after week (she was one of my favorites at the Golden Globes; if you missed that post, you can read my full recap here).
While Washington knows how to rock bright colors and pushes the envelope with vibrant patterns, she always looks stunning in white. Below are a few of my favorite KW looks from the past year, and not surprisingly, many of them come in variations of my choice neutral hue.
In Giles at the
In Ralph Lauren at an event for the designer
In Peter Pilotto
In Stella McCartney at the American Music Awards
In Rodarte at the SAG Awards
In Louis Vuitton, at a Berlin photo call for Django Unchained
In Donna Karan at the Keep a Chile Alive Black Ball (*this may be from a few years ago, but I just love everything about it)
The set of Louis Vuitton’s spring/summer 2013 runway show caused the jaws of fashionistas all over the world to drop at first sight, paralyzing many in a state of complete awe. Creative Director Marc Jacobs had enlisted artists to showcase their talents in the form of set design for his shows before (read about his collaboration with Rachel Feinstein here), but in this instance, he pushed the envelope even further.
Just weeks before the show, Jacobs met with conceptual artist Daniel Buren, known for painting vertical stripes in a variety of public locations, including a most noteworthy installation in 1986 where he covered one of the courtyards of the Palais-Royal in Paris with columns featuring those signature stripes. Jacobs asked if Buren would be willing to design the set of his upcoming show—set to take place in the center courtyard in the Louvre—giving the artist complete creative freedom over concept and design.
Buren at first thought there was no way he could design the installation within such a short time frame, but boy did he impress the world with the perfectly-executed end result. The floor of the courtyard was outfitted with a grand white and yellow checkerboard pattern—the same that could also be found in numerous iterations throughout the 60’s-inspired collection itself. Four gigantic escalators were brought in to transport the paired-off models from the start of the “runway” to where the checkered floor began. Buren and Vuitton’s collaboration extended beyond the runway, with the checkerboard motif reappearing in the accompanying ad campaign and in the brand’s current window displays for the launch of the collection.
A wide look at the set as all the models pose on the escalators
A few of the paired-model looks from the collection
The ad campaign, with the yellow checkerboard motif a prominent element
Coach—fresh off an incredibly successful collaboration with artist James Nares last year—has just launched their most recent artist collaboration with New York-based street artist Craig Costello. Costello is the mastermind behind the brand KRINK (a name by which he is also referred), which makes a variety of artist supplies that are preferred by top contemporary artists including assume vivid astro focus and Shantell Martin.
The limited edition Krink for Coach collection for Spring/Summer includes 12 pieces, each created through a 30-step silkscreen process and a true work of art in and of itself. The spontaneous nature of KRINK’s artwork was captured perfectly on the bags and accessories in the collection, highlighting the artist’s controlled-yet-chaotic repetition of paint drips, splashes and spatters. The collection is now available online at coach.com and in select stores.