For his first-ever makeup project, Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz has teamed up with Lancôme on a limited edition collection that hit stores just last week. Elbaz reimagined Lancôme’s four best-selling mascaras as curvaceous female bodies, lending his unmistakeable design style to the iconic product packaging of Hypnôse Drama, Hypnôse Doll Lashes, Hypnôse Star, and Définicils. But these weren’t just any women, they were the stylish fashionistas often seen in the front rows during fashion week, as depicted in this adorable animated video for the collection.
The nine-piece collection also includes a set of false eyelashes and four different Color Design Eye Shadow Palettes, each of which features the same design motifs as on the four mascaras: stars, polka dots, lashed eyelids, and hearts. Ladies – get ’em while they are hot, because these are sure to fly off shelves in no time.
NET-A-PORTER, the luxury fashion ecommerce website, recently announced the launch of ART CAPSUL, a series of exclusive capsule collections of bespoke garments curated by art curator and style icon Stacy Engman. Beginning in July, the retailer will sell made-to-order items from top contemporary artists including Mickalene Tomas, Marina Abramovic, George Condo, Terence Koh, and Vik Muniz. ART CAPSUL will showcase iconic elements from each of the artists’ works (there most definitely will be some sort of swarovski-studded ensemble from Tomas!)
While we wait on pins and needles for the complete collection to be unveiled in just a few weeks, I bring you some works characteristic of the artists to get our minds working about what these bespoke items will look like!
MICKALENE THOMAS, Qusuquzah, une très belle négresse 2, 2012; rhinestones, acrylic, oil, and enamel on wood panel
VIK MUNIZ, Wheat Field with Cypresses, after Van Gogh (Pictures of Magazines 2), 2011; Digital C-Print
MARINA ABRAMOVIC, Portrait with Flowers, 2009; archival pigment print
GEORGE CONDO, Alone with a View, 2006; oil on canvas
TERENCE KOH, Untitled, 2006 – 2011; Glass vitrines, mixed media
The Andy Warhol Foundation has kept itself busy with a number of new brand collaborations, fresh off the heels of the incredibly successful NARS Andy Warhol collection.
This summer, Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water will launch a series of limited-edition bottles inspired by Warhols’s Perrier bottle screen print series from the 1980s in honor of the brand’s 150th anniversary. While over 40 works featuring the Perrier bottle were produced in 1983, the brand is now offering glass bottles featuring four different label designs pulling from seven different Warhol inspirations from the series, overlayed by some of the artist’s famous quotes. The collection will be available beginning June 24th wherever Perrier is sold.
And for all the moms out there, Bugaboo—the high-end stroller company, products by which can often be spotted in NYC’s Tribeca or Upper East Side neighborhoods—has also collaborated with the Warhol Foundation to launch two stroller accessories collections inspired by Warhol’s flowers and cars silk screen series. Bugaboo has successfully collaborated on limited edition designs before, but partners have stemmed mostly from the fashion world, including Missoni, Marc Jacobs, and Viktor & Rolf. The collections hit stores in May, and the brand intends to launch a second edition with the AWF this fall.
Ellsworth Kelly is having a moment, and at the ripe young age of 90, no less (Kelly’s 90th birthday was on May 31st). The artist is actively producing incredible artwork, which is being both bought and exhibited across the world. Matthew Marks is currently showing paintings and sculptures the artist has produced in the past two years, and “Ellsworth Kelly: Singular Forms,” a show of paintings and sculptures from 1966 to 2009, recently opened at the Mnuchin Gallery on the Upper East Side. Major New York museums are also exhibiting works by Kelly, including the Museum of Modern Art, which recently opened “Chatham Series,” an exhibition featuring a series of 14 paintings that haven’t been shown together in over 14 years. Venture outside of New York, and Kelly is permeating major institutions including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, and the Phillips Collection in Washington are all showing the artist’s work. Special installations at the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Tate Modern in London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Philadelphia Museum of Art are all scheduled to open soon. Talk about celebrating 90 years with a bang.
But it’s not just the art world that has been keen on celebrating the famed artist’s milestone birthday. The fashion world has taken note as well, and Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein in particular. The artist and designer recently collaborated to modernize a dress Kelly originally designed in 1952 while living in the south of France. Unlike many other contemporary artists, who actively engage in designing collaborative merchandise with big-name brands, Kelly has never done so, nor did he intend to even design dresses. But the story goes (as told by The New York Times) that Kelly was out shopping one day and bought bolts of cotton that he used to make “Red Yellow Blue White,” a five-panel painting in cloth now in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The rest of the fabric was given to a friend, who he asked to design a dress connecting bands of color, each the same length. The friend did indeed create a dress, but made the bottom panel longer, at which point Kelly deemed the dress ruined. An idea unforgotten, Kelly was convinced to collaborate with Costa to recreate the original dress he envisioned, sheath featuring horizontal bands of color of equal symmetry. Only 10 were made, with one going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, another to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the other 8 are likely to find homes in museum collections as well.
A dress long in the making, in the window of the Calvin Klein flagship store in NYC (via Linda Rosier for NYT)
A design sketch by Francisco Costa (via Calvin Klein Tumblr)
This past weekend, luxury fashion brand Hermès threw a private party at the Moore Building in Miami’s Design District to fete the intersections of the house’s men’s and lifestyle lines, architecture, and art. “A Man’s World Miami”—the four-hour event hosted twice prior in Beijing and Paris—was the result of a collaboration between Hermès’s menswear director Véronique Nichanian and Argentine artist Leandro Erlich. Guests strolled down mirrored hallways and were asked to look down in order to see the artwork above their heads by Erlich, dubbed “Dream Climbers” based on the atrium of models in colorful attire (colorful Hermès attire, that is) perched on the rafters overhead.
In another room at the event, attendees found themselves within a vaulted alcove featuring a permanent installation by Zaha Hadid entitled “Elastika.” Within the room were elevator doors that would open and close, each time revealing something different from the Hermès mens lifestyle line and models in the brand’s most tailored looks, reminding guests why they were invited in the first place.
Additional rooms featured much of the same: 11 installations in total spanning three floors, in some way incorporating the brand’s men’s products, from clothing to shoes, watches, jewelry, and fragrances. Several of the installations were digitally interactive and illusionary. The goal was to showcase the universality of the brand’s offerings while simultaneously entertaining VIP clients with a unique experience.