J. Crew just launched a new charitable initiative, Garments for Good, to help give back to some of their favorite non-profit organizations. For the first installment, the retailer created a custom capsule collection to support the High Line, a once-abandoned elevated railway in NYC that was brought back to life in 2009 as a mile-long public park and garden. 100% of the net proceeds from the sales of of the collection will be donated to Friends of the High Line in order to support the conservation and maintenance of the park beloved by locals and tourists alike.
The collection is now available on J. Crew’s website, as well as in select stores around New York. For women, there are adorable tees, totes and charm bracelets, and for men they created both long and short sleeve tees as well (plus, there is an adorable selection of crewcut pieces for kids!). I love when brands get behind a good cause (or in this case, many great causes), so start shopping now!
“All of my collections draw on art for inspiration in one way or another, so it was a bit of a no brainer really! It was only a matter of time before my love of art and designing handbags fused together.”
-Lulu Guinness to WWD at the launch of her Paint Project limited edition clutch in London
Accessories designer Lulu Guinness’s two favorite worlds—art and fashion—have collided with the recent launch of “Paint Project,” a limited-edition capsule collection designed in collaboration with artist Joseph Steele. Guinness was inspired by Steele’s unique use of paint and his “experimental” approach to art, utilizing his technique in her collection in which paint is shotgunned and splattered onto the designers’s lip-themed clutches.
Party guests at the launch party in London last week watched as bags were created in real-time, soon to be sold on eBay with proceeds benefitting The Art Room, a charity that supports art therapy for children in need. The full 180-piece collection is available in LuLu Guinness stores and online.
The designer at the launch party last week
Paint-splattered handbags being created in real time at the launch party
The resulting handbag.
Party guests had fun in the paint splatter photo booth.
Kenzo designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon wanted to do something different for their fall ad campaign, and different they did. The ad campaign encompasses a hint of surrealism as envisioned by two artistic collaborators: Maurizio Cattelan and the commercial photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari, the two forces behind the biannual publication Toilet Paper. The duo developed out-of-the-box (or just plain weird, if you will) concepts such as an image in which two models are pinned to a specimen board alongside a variety of insects. Another ad, a billboard next to the High Line in NYC, features disembodied fingers.
“I want to give Kenzo a voice that is different from everything else,” Leon told the New York Times. Further explaining that the vibe they were going for in the campaign was “weird and cool,” one would find difficulty in debating that they achieved their goal. And yet for those of you familiar with Cattelan’s work, it comes as no surprise that he was brought on for just that purpose. The artist recently made a splash in the art world (even though he had announced his retirement from the art world in 2011 on the eve of a major retrospective at the Guggenheim) with an installation at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, where Toilet Paper editors have covered the windows with images from the magazine to celebrate the release of its eight issue. The installation is on view indefinitely.
An ad from Kenzo’s fall campaign
Another ad from the campaign
Surrealism to the max
An exterior view of the window installation at Palais de Tokyo