Calvin Klein + Ellsworth Kelly

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

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)

A design sketch by Francisco Costa (via Calvin Klein Tumblr)



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


Oscar de la Renta/ Carolina Herrera


Diane Von Furstenburg/ Ralph Lauren


Victoria Beckham/ Calvin Klein


Reem Acra/ Jenny Packham


Reed Krakoff/ Proenza Schouler



To view the entire collections, my go to is:

Fashion Crush: Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana killed it at the CFDA Awards in a sexy cutout dress by Prabal Gurung. Admittedly, the girl could look good in a garbage bag, but I am always her biggest fan when she graces the red carpet. I already raved about her outfit at this year’s Met Gala, but a few additional favorites are below!

In Prabal Gurung at the CFDA Awards, with the designer

In Calvin Klein at the 2010 Costume Institute Gala

In Elie Saab at the 2011 Latin Grammy Awards

In Balmain at the Columbiana premiere

Showing some leg: in Dolce & Gabbana at the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards, in Louis Vuitton at an Amfar Gala for Fashion Week, and in Prabal Gurung i at the Star Trek premiere in Berlin