Will Cotton + Ladurée

Maison Ladurée engaged in its first artistic collaboration with Will Cotton. An obvious choice, the desert-loving artist designed a limited-edition box to house an equally limited-edition macaroon flavor: ginger-infused whipped cream. The artist collaborated on the flavor with Philippe Andrieu, Ladurée’s pastry chef, whom he had met originally in 2005 when he visited Andrieu in Paris to learn about macaroon baking to get inspiration for a painting he was working on. The two bonded over the fact that they had never encountered a ginger macaroon that tasted like real ginger, and thus, they challenged themselves to become the first. The box features the artist’s go-to muse, singer Hannah Cohen, wearing a whipped-cream dress.

The boxes debuted at Art Basel Miami Beach earlier this week, where they can be purchased at the confectioner’s new boutique. Or, if you are dying to get your hands on this mouth-watering flavor, pick one up at Parisian boutique collete’s pop-up Art Drive-Thru, a collaboration with Miami boutique Alchemist. Inspired by a retro mid-century drive-thru, customers have to indeed drive up to the window to purchase special, limited-edition merchandise, including pieces from Zaha Hadid’s jewelry line, works by Snarkitecture, and winter accessories by Thom Browne. Open only from December 2-8, be sure to stop by if you are in town.

featuring his go-to muse—singer Hannah Cohen, wearing a whipped-cream dress

The collaborative box features Cotton’s muse—singer Hannah Cohen, wearing a whipped-cream dress.

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Madewell x Paddle8 + The Bass Museum

Madewell and online auction house Paddle8 have joined forces on a project to benefit Miami’s Bass Museum of Art in celebration of Art Basel Miami Beach. Three female artists—Donna Chung, Denise Kupferschmidt and Caris Reid—were tapped to create 10 unique designs each to cover Madewell’s signature leather “Transport” tote.

Kupferschmidt, whose practice features highly-stylized compositions in the mediums of drawing, painting and sculpture, opted to hand-paint each bag with sleek, geometric and rather minimalist patterns in her signature black-and-white. Reid also hand-painted his bags with palm trees atop a black-and-white checkered background, while Chung collaged each bag with three-dimensional found objects.

Madewell featured one of each bag in the windows of their Miami store on Lincoln Road today in order to entice Art Basel shoppers. The bags are for sale on Paddle8 here, and proceeds will support The Bass Museum Programming. Now go shop for a cause!

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The three designs, from left: Reid, Kupferschmidt and Chung

Berluti + Maarten Baas

Art Basel Miami Beach is the penultimate conversion of art and fashion—an excessive week of non-stop parties where every luxury brand fights for attendance at their own celebration of and interplay with art and design. So while I am a bit behind in my coverage of this whirlwind of art-meets-fashion occurences, I hope to play a little catch up over the next few days.

First up: Berluti, the Parisian luxury menswear brand, which unveiled four sculptures by Dutch artist Maarten Baas at a cocktail event on Tuesday evening at their new Design District boutique. The unique artworks included a chaise lounge, valet, and two mirrors—classic pieces of furniture that were playfully reinterpreted using the artist’s signature hand-modeled clay technique. They were displayed casually in the boutique, strewn with Berluti clothing and shoes as if in someone’s house. Baas—the Design Miami designer of the year in 2009—and Berluti had been working on the collaboration for about a year. Following the in-store event, the celebration continued with a private dinner at the de la Cruz Collection hosted by Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz and Pietro Beccari, the CEO of Fendi.

For party pics, head on over to WWD or Vogue.

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A view from outside of the window display

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Another sculpture, strewn with a leather handbag

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The casual display of the chaise lounge

Jason Wu + Nate Lowman

ACRIA—an organization founded in 1991 with a mission to pioneer the newest HIV health education and therapies, and get that information and those drugs into the hands of the people who need them the most—has benefited from the enduring support of the fashion and art community since its inception. Many artists donate works to the nonprofit to sell, into order to raise funds to help achieve their mission. It comes as no surprise, then, that two leaders in the art and fashion community have teamed up to create a limited edition t-shirt sold exclusively on ACRIA’s website to benefit the Young Friends of ACRIA (YFA). Wu sits on the Leadership Committee of the YFA, an organization for professionals under 50 interested in advancing ACRIA’s mission. The shirt comes in multiple sizes ranging from Extra Small to Large. Snatch up this awesome collaborative tee and support a great cause at the same time!

Limited edition tee designed by Jason Wu and Nate Lowman

The limited edition tee designed by Jason Wu and Nate Lowman

Prada + Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst – former YBA’er and frequent fashion collaborator (read past posts here and here) – recently collaborated with Miucia Prada on an installation entitled  “Prada Oasis and Damien Hirst’s Pharmacy Juice Bar” as part of a major retrospective of the artist’s work in Doha, Qatar. The pop-up is based on a modern-day pharmacy, though the structure takes inspiration from a Bedouin tent and is thus a little more appropriate for its erection in the Qatari desert.

The installation – which remain open only temporarily to mark the opening of the retrospective – served as a representational revival of Hirst’s Pharmacy restaurant, which opened in 1998 and eventually closed in 2003 due to mismanagement. The “Prada Oasis” portion of the pop-up referred to a connecting store capsule collection of bags co-designed by Prada and Hirst. Each of the “Entomology” series of clear Plexiglas totes contains live insects and were made in editions of 20, with sales proceeds benefitting Reach Out to Asia, an organization focused on improving youth’s access to education in the Middle East and Asia.

The retrospective, entitled Relics, is being held in the Al Riwaq exhibition space and assembles the largest collection ever of Hirst’s work. The show will be on view through January 22, 2014.

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Prada Oasis and Damien Hirst’s Pharmacy Juice Bar

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The “Entomology” Handbags

Curtis Kulig’s New Jewelry Line

I am a huge fan of Curtis Kulig. I am obsessed with his “Love Me” paintings and wish I could afford one of my own. But since I can’t (at least for now!), I have fallen in love (pun intended) with his recently launched jewelry line Me + Mi, designed in collaboration with jewelry designer Mimi Jakobson. The collection reimagines his signature phrase in two stylized scripts— “drippy” and block letters—onto 14-karat-gold-plated bracelets, necklaces and rings. Priced from $40 to $197, the collection is incredibly affordable. In fact, it’s hard not to want to buy everything.

For now, I am starting with these two (recently purchased and anxiously awaiting their arrival), but am looking forward to seeing what this pair brings us next.

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Broome Necklace

Grey Area + Stella McCartney

I’m going to take us back a few months to spotlight an awesome intermingling of art and fashion by Stella McCartney, a pioneer in uniting the two fields both visually in her designs and experientially in her fashion presentations.

For her pre-fall presentation, McCartney teamed up with Grey Area, who commissioned three artists to enrich the atmosphere through live painting. Artists Miguel Fábrega, John Gordon Gauld and Catherine Delphia each worked behind an easel to capture McCartney’s garments on their canvas. Come September, when the clothes hit stores, the designer showed the resultant artworks from the presentation in her flagship store in SoHo alongside the collection that inspired them, with a portion of proceeds benefiting The Drawing Center.

A few editions and originals are still available for purchase on Grey Area’s website.

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John Gordon Gauld, Muses in the Parlor #7

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Miguel Fábrega, Estrella y las Ninas V

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Catherine Delphia, Untitled (Pink)

Images via Grey Area

Prada’s SS14 Artist-Designed Runway

Miuccia Prada, a long-time champion of contemporary art, commissioned women’s portraits from six contemporary artists to line the runway of her Spring/Summer 2014 show in Milan last week. Muralists Miles “El Mac” Gregor, Mesa, Gabriel Specter, and Stinkfish, and illustrators Jeanne Detallante and Pierre Mornet were selected because of their distinctive  street art style and approach to figurative representation. The designer imposed no constraints on the artists other than asking that they interpret themes of “femininity, representation, power and multiplicity” in their pieces, together titled In the Heart of the Multitude.

Taking the theme of the urban street a step further, the runway—designed by longtime collaborator Rem Koolhaas’ AMO—was surfaced with industrial rubber. The audience was seated centrally, looking outward at the murals and the models walking down the runway that encircled them. The murals, conceptually inspired by the political street art of L.A., Mexico, and South America, were in turn used to inspire Prada’s clothes and accessories as well. Some of the images were used directly to accent sheath dresses, skirts and coats. Oh, and if there was one other thing to take away from the show aside from the political commentary on women and power, it is that come spring, we will all be sporting (no pun intended) tube socks. I, for one, can’t wait.

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A view of Jeanne Detallante’s “Beauty Masks”

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Another view, with Gabriel Specter’s “Colorful Women” in the foreground

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The final walk, tube socks in full force

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A look from the collection

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Murals clearly incorporated

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A bright, bold coat for Spring

Jeremy Scott + Kenny Scharf

For his SS ’14 collection, titled “Teenagers from Mars,” designer Jeremy Scott found the ultimate collaborator in artist Kenny Scarf. Scott—whose signature style blends elements of the punk club-kid with a penchant for spectacle—found inspiration for his newest collection in a familiar source: Manhattan’s Lower East Side ’80s art scene. “I wanted to represent its characters—Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf—and bring them to life,” explained the designer about the collection. And with the help of one of the most notorious pop artist working today, Scott did just that.

Alongside the typical t-shirts you would expect on a Jeremy Scott runway—emblazoned with phrases like “Earth Sucks” and “Mars or Bust”—were bathing suits, dresses, and two-piece outfits featuring a number of prints designed by Scarf. The artist’s most iconic motifs, such as squiggles, shapeless blobs and cartoon faces, were incorporated seamlessly into Scott’s silhouettes so that the collection equally represented both artist and designer.

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For the love of the crop (top)

It took me a little while to fall in love with the crop. It crept up on me slowly, starting with a few cutouts on the side at the waist, slowly transitioning into all-over cutouts, until all of a sudden outfits were ripped in half into two completely separate pieces. I was hesitant at first, but have recently come to re-embrace the midriff-bearing look I championed 10 years ago in college. And thus I was dreading the impending Spring Fashion Week because I was sure my late adoption of the trend would only lead to disappointment when I learned that fashion had changed its mind and had become too high brow for exposed tummies.

But alas, here I am—giggling with glee as I see crop after crop walk down the Spring runways. And while we are only half way through NYFW, below is a selection of my favorite cropped (or basically cropped) looks so far. Cheers to many more exposed belly buttons to come!

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From left: Monique Lhuillier, Peter Som, Alexander Wang, Rag and Bone

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All white is totally a thing: Cushnie et Ochs, Helmut Lang, Lisa Perry, Alice and Olivia

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Mara Hoffman, Ohne Titel, Richard Chai Love, Cynthia Rowley

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Cynthia Rowley, Derek Lam, 3.1 Philip Lim, Vivienne Tam