Hermès + Kermit Oliver

It seems that European luxury fashion brands are all about good ‘ole Texas these days. Chanel brought its annual fashion show, Métiers d’Art, to Dallas this past December, a large-scale event that has previously been held in locations including a castle in Scotland and a barge in Shanghai. An international jet set crowd of 900 descended on the city to view the collection inspired by “the West of the Mexican border in the time of the Civil War, a more romantic Texas fantasy,” Karl Lagerfeld told the New York Times.

And last month, the Paris-based Hermès released a limited edition set of scarves designed by Waco, Texas-based painter Kermit Oliver. Oliver worked the night shift at the local post office for 29 years before he sent one of his naturalistic paintings to the Hermès headquarters in 1984 (more on the artist’s background here). At the time, Jean-Louis Dumas of Hermès reached out to his friend Lawrence Marcus (as in Neiman Marcus) to recommend an artist who could capture the spirit of the Southwest. Oliver was at the top of his list, and Dumas agreed, collaborating with the artist on a print featuring a turkey. The current edition, La Vie sauvage du Texas, is the 17th in the now historied series, and celebrates the state’s wildlife.

The design was produced in four colors in an edition of 2,000 each, and is available now in Hermès Dallas and Houston stores. The rest of us non-Texans can snatch one up when they become available nationwide this coming fall–that is, of course, if they don’t sell out per usual to the brand and artist’s Texan fans. As a nod to the inspiration behind the print, portion of scarf sales benefits the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute.

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The newest design

9d Hermès- kermit Concours d'Elegance '02 (issued '09-'10)

A past design

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Another iteration

 

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Chanel’s Art-Meets-Fashion Spring 2014 Collection

It’s true. There are times when material objects overwhelm me with an intense desperation of want, so that I could be swayed to spend an unreasonable amount of money just to have said object immediately in my possession. More often than not, those objects happen to be works of contemporary art, or works of Chanel. Karl Lagerfeld must have known this when envisioning his Spring 2014 RTW collection presentation, which was set in an enormous, self-created art gallery in the Grand Palais filled with similarly enormous artworks, all 75 of which were created by Karl himself. “The idea came from people who overreact to art today. It’s all become a little too much,” Lagerfeld said during a preview, according to WWD. He made small-scale pieces over the course of the summer that were then replicated by his team into the large-scale paintings and sculptures that lined the white walls of the runway. The works each referenced iconic motifs of the Chanel brand — though some more obviously than others, such as the logo dripping with pearls and the bottle of No. 5.

While the display of his art might have had a satirical undertone, there is no doubt that the 89 looks in the collection were just as much works of art as the paintings on the walls of a museum. Particularly, as Style.com’s Tim Blanks noted, “transformations the Chanel atelier achieved with the signature tweeds were nothing short of art. In fact, they weren’t even tweed as we know it: They were some indefinable multi-processed hybrid of de- and reconstructed stuff that was then mounted on tulle to create outfits that were identifiable as iconic Chanel.” Try educating the sales staff at Saks or Bergdorfs in how to explain that intricate process to a customer. Infusing art into his collection even further, his color palette inspiration stemmed from the bold hues in a vintage paint sample board, which was itself even reproduced as a print in the collection. Watch the entire presentation here, and then comment below on your take on the debate, “is fashion art?”

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Models walking past the infinite array of artworks

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Lagerfeld taking his final bow amid his masterpieces

A few runway looks

A few runway looks

Favorite Looks from the Golden Globes

Sunday night was a bit hectic – both for myself and for my DVR. The Golden Globe Awards aired at the same time as many of my favorite series, including Girls, Revenge, and Downton Abbey. Needless to say, I more than managed, taking in all the red carpet looks for the second-most important awards show of the season. Overall I thought the fashion was kind of … meh, which was fine, because that meant nothing could distract me from endlessly gawking over Ben Affleck or laughing at Tina and Amy, who, I might add, did not get enough air time if you ask me. A few looks left me puzzled, such as Jennifer Lawrence’s Dior boobs that ruined an otherwise gorgeous dress and Rachel Weisz’s polka dot bed skirt look, and very few looks “wowed” me, but that just leaves so much to be desired for with the Oscars next month. So here we go, my personal fashion awards for the 2013 Golden Globes:

Best Color – Jessica Alba (in Oscar de la Renta)

Honorable Mention – Jennifer Garner (in Vivienne Westwood), Naomi Watts (in Zac Posen)

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Best Black – Kate Hudson (in Alexander McQueen)

Honorable Mention – Allison Williams (in J. Mendel – google image the back!), Amy Phoeler (in Stella McCartney)

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Best Hot Momma – Claire Danes (in Versace)

Honorable Mention – Megan Fox (in Dolce & Gabbana)

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Best White – Michelle Dockery (in Alexandre Vauthier Couture)

Honorable Mention – Amanda Seyfried (in Givenchy Haute Couture), Alicia Vikander (in Chanel — WHY ISN’T ANYBODY TALKING ABOUT THIS DRESS???)

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Best Sparkle – Kerry Washington (in Miu Miu)

Honorable Mention – Emily Blunt (in Michael Kors), Helen Hunt (in Dolce & Gabbana)

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Fashion Crush: Poppy Delevingne

While sister Cara definitely had quite a year in 2012, modeling in the biggest runway shows, starring as the face of numerous ad campaigns, and being named model of the year at the British Fashion Awards, my style obsession lies with the older Delevigne. She can transition from street style to boho chic to glitz and glam so effortlessly, all the while making the look her own. This natural beauty was one of my favorites to watch in 2012 and I expect a lot more from her in 2013.

One of my favorite looks. Topshop pants

One of my favorite looks. Topshop pants

How many people do you know who can pull off cat ears? In Chanel.

How many people do you know who can pull off cat ears? In Chanel.

In Chanel at the Met Gala.

In Chanel at the Met Gala.

In Louis Vuitton.

In Louis Vuitton.

Street style hero.

Street style hero.

In Dior.

In Dior.

Chanel and Opening Ceremony Pop-Up Shops in London

As the world’s attention turns to London and international jetsetters flock to the city for the 2012 Summer Olympics, which begin next week, the fashion world is hoping to get in on the action by focusing their attention on UK-based retail locations.

Opening Ceremony, the trend-setting retailer with locations in New York and Tokyo, had to get a bit creative to capitalize on the influx of travelers to London since their new Covent Garden outpost was not set to open until the fall. The solution? Opening a temporary pop-up sore a few blocks down from their permanent space. OC owners Humberto Leon and Carol Lim collaborated with some of their favorite designers on limited-edition capsule collections exclusive to the pop-up store, many of which were created with an Olympic theme (see a few of the looks on their website here). Designers in this category include Norma Kamali, Band of Outsiders, House of Holland, Delfina Delettrez, Pamela Love, and Proenza Schouler. Other collaborators, such as Chloë Sevigny, brought back some of their best-selling items from previous partnerships with the store. See pictures of the brightly-accented store below!

A Chanel beauty boutique will also be popping up in Covent Garden, opening to the public tomorrow. Dedicated exclusively to the brand’s beauty and fragrance products, the two-floor store will preview exclusive items, host make-up classes, and host London’s first ever Chanel nail bar. What better way to take a break from strenuous Olympic game watching than some pampering at a Chanel nail salon?! The store will remain open for 6 months initially, but if successful (which I imagine it will be), it could stay open longer. More details can be found on their website: www.chanelatcoventgarden.com (but don’t expect to find anything except a countdown clock until the store is official open!)

A view inside the Opening Ceremony Pop-Up (image via The Cut)

Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony (image via The Cut)

The Chanel Beauty Pop-Up (image via The Glass Magazine)

A few hues from Chanel’s Le Vernis Nail Color Line

Fashion Crush: Emma Stone

Emma Stone is definitely having a moment.  She looks stunning on the cover of Vogue’s July issue, absolutely adorable the cover of New York Magazine’s new summer issue,  and Vogue UK has just released their August cover, featuring – who else? – Ms. Stone. As she continues to dazzle on the red carpet while promoting her movie The Amazing Spider-Man, I thought we’d take a look at some of her best media tour looks.

In Chanel at the L.A. premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man 

In Carven in New York promoting The Amazing Spider-Man

In Andrew Gn at the Berlin premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man

In Elie Saab at the London premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man

In Jason Wu at the Rome photocall for The Amazing Spider-Man

In Pucci at the Moscow premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man

Quote of the Day

“Art is Art. Fashion is Fashion. However, Andy Warhol proved that they can exist together.”

-Karl Lagerfeld

Liquidated Logo, by French Artist Zevs

Fashion Crush: Diane Kruger

I have always admired Diane Kruger’s style, and am convinced she can take any fashion risk and make it work. As a juror at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, she had the (daunting) task of dressing for 15+ red carpet events.  And yet, every outfit she wore was absolutely stunning (starting with the Giambattista Valli Couture gown she donned at the Opening Ceremony) and perfectly suited for the event she was attending. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that she often accessorizes with a hot red carpet date, boyfriend Joshua Jackson (whom, I might add, I have had a crush on since his Mighty Ducks days). Below is an edited selection of some of my favorite looks… the editing of which took up much of my morning!

In Giambattista Valli Couture at the Moonrise Kingdom premiere and Opening Ceremony

In Chanel at the amfAR gala

In Nina Ricci at the Killing Them Softly premiere

In Prabal Gurung at the Nights in Monaco gala (with Mr. Jackson – see how he adds to the outfit!?)

in Vivienne Westwood at the Amour premiere

in Dior Haute Couture at the Closing Ceremony