Misha Nonoo + Dustin Yellin

Misha Nonoo, the CFDA Incubator designer known for her feminine, clean designs, has collaborated with contemporary artist Dustin Yellin to create prints for her Spring/Summer 2015 collection. “Translating contemporary sculpture into women’s ready to wear has allowed for the seamless integration of fashion and art, which is the overall message of the Misha Nonoo label,” the designer stated on the CFDA blog. Yellin’s “unique perspective as well as the femininity represented” in his glass sculptural paintings and collages inspired Nonoo to want to work with the artist when she met him over three years ago. So deep ran the partnership that Yellin even dressed up in one of Nonoo’s designs to walk the runway in her SS15 fashion show this past week in New York.

Pieces from the collection featuring the collaborative prints were photographed on blogger Pari Ehsan of Paridust, whose blog presents photographs of her wearing designer clothing in galleries and museums next to artworks that mirror her ensemble.

In addition, the artist and designer partnered on a limited-edition long sleeve jersey t-shirt, available in a quantity of 500, based on the artist’s most recent series of sculptures entitled, “Psychogeographies.”  The shirt is now available on the newly launched Spring app, with the goal to raise awareness for Yellin’s Pioneer Works Center for Arts and Innovation, a nonprofit institute in Brooklyn’s Red Hook.

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Paridust modeling the limited edition t-shirt now available on Spring.

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Paridust captured by Harper’s Bazaar wearing the Nonoo/Yellin collaborative prints at Yellin’s Pioneer Works.

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Collaboration Anticipation: Raf Simons + Sterling Ruby

“…what interests me now is to say that this is not just a collaborative thing, not just asking someone in my field to do the knitwear or the bags. This is all the way, all the way. There is not one shirt, one shoe, one sock that is not from our mutual thinking process.”

-Raf Simons, as told to Style.com

Dior’s creative director, Raf Simons, has just announced his upcoming collaboration with artist Sterling Ruby on his new menswear collection, which will be shown in Paris on January 15th. Big deal, right? The two have worked together previously on the interior of the Raf Simons store in Tokyo, and a number of motifs from Simons’ first couture show for Dior were drawn from Ruby’s paintings. And artist-designer collaborations are so commonplace these days that it takes something completely out-of-the-box to turn heads.

Well, leave it to Raf Simons to do just that. “For one season, the brand ‘Raf Simons’ will not exist,” the designer has confirmed, meaning that every single article of clothing and accessory that will be sent down the runway is entirely the product of joint decision-making. In fact, the one-off collection will be known as the Raf Simons/Sterling Ruby collection. Simons challenged himself to find solutions to every concept Ruby ideated, so as to not restrict the artist’s creativity. And Ruby, who recently had begun incorporating textiles into his work, proved a capable accomplice based on a deep understanding of process and construction with those materials.

Congratulations, Raf, on what will likely be the most anticipated collection of the New Year. I, for one, cannot wait.

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The interior of Simon’s Tokyo store, the result of a collaboration with Sterling Ruby

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A dress from Simons’ first Dior Couture collection, inspired by Ruby’s paintings

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Sterling Ruby, SP171, 2011, Spray paint on canvas, 160 x 235 x 2 in.

Maison Martin Margiela + Baptiste Debombourg

Yesterday, Maison Martin Margiela held an intimate cocktail event to celebrate the launch of “Crystalactite”— a new jewelry collection designed in collaboration with Atelier Swarovski—at the MMM Boutique in Miami’s Design District. The event—appropriately timed to fall during Art Basel and, thus, a prime time for any fashion brand to highlight an artist collaboration—also marked the debut of an exclusive installation by French artist Baptiste Debombourg entitled “Stalker”, created specifically to celebrate the new collection.

First, let’s talk about the jewels. The designer, who is known for his use of unconventional materials and commitment to form over function, lent his signature avante-garde style to the limited-edition collection. They were created using an innovative fusion technique that blends crystal and matte white resin so that the crystals appear to emerge spontaneously from their natural, stony origin. The result is a 4 piece collection that successfully combine Margiela’s more industrial aesthetic with the purity of Swarovski crystals.

Using the jewelry as inspiration, Debombourg, who is known for his sculpture installations and study of everyday raw materials, designed his site-specific installation using shattered, laminated glass. He arranged the glass in cascading layers over furniture so that the resulting structure resembles stalactites, perfectly pairing with the aesthetic of the jewelry collection. The artist was an obvious choice for the designer, as the two also collaborated back in the Fall when Debombourg transformed MMM’s rue de Grenelle, Paris boutique by recreating his famous “Turbo” installation specifically customized for the store. Turbo was originally erected in 2009 for Parcours Saint-Germain in partnership with FIAC and was inspired by the turbo wave of the 1980s, challenging the notion of masculine power. Within the store context, it was as if the wall of the store was exploding into the interior.

If you are down in Miami, be sure to stop by the Design District boutique to snatch up the limited-edition jewels and check out Debombourg’s installation.

An image of "Stalker" in the Maison Martin Margiela Miami Boutique

An image of “Stalker” in the MMM Miami Boutique. Image via MMM’s Facebook page.

Stalker cascades over tables and clothing racks onto the floor.

Stalker cascades over tables and clothing racks onto the floor. Image via MMM’s facebook page.

A piece from the MMM + Swarovski collection

A piece from the MMM + Swarovski collection. Image via MMM’s facebook page.

An image of "Turbo," installed in the MMM Paris store this past fall

An image of “Turbo,” installed in MMM’s Grenelle Paris store this past fall

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.

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

Art I’m Loving: Christoper Wool

Today I finally made my way to the Guggenheim here in New York to see the Christopher Wool retrospective. I have always loved Wool’s work, which I’ve most often seen hanging in private collections. Recently, however, I have been happy to see his immediately-recognizable paintings popping up everywhere, including Christie’s recent record-breaking $691 million evening sale, during which a personal record was set for the artist, who’s Apocalypse Now sold for $26 million, blowing away the $20 million high estimate.

The current landscape of contemporary art is littered with artists who work  in a variety of mediums, however painting as a medium is often thought of as outdated. The reason I am so drawn to Wool’s work is because in his practice he consistently addresses the complexities of painting while playing with various processes. Wool emerged on the New York art scene in the 1980s, and the anarchic punk influences from around that time period can easily be seen in his work.

The Guggenheim exhibition aggregates works that showcase each of the distinctive processes he has explored over the course of his 30 plus-year career. In the late 80s he used “paint rollers incised with floral and geometric designs to transfer patterns in severe black enamel to a white ground.” What I love about this body of work is that he allows for imperfections on his canvases even within this mechanized framework. The show also displays a selection of his iconic text-as-subject series, in which he stenciled words and phrases in a geometric grid, “freely stripp[ing] out punctuation, disrupt[ing] conventional spacing, and remov[ing] letters.” In addition, the exhibition highlights some of Wool’s incredible silkscreens, a process most predominantly used by the artist over the past 15 years. It was during this time Wool also started incorporating his familiar looping lines, applied haphazardly with a spray gun.

If you haven’t had a chance to see this incredibly organized show, I highly recommend visiting before it closes on January 22, 2014. Below is a difficultly-edited selection of some of the pictures I took.

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I love how the works were hung – as if they are floating throughout the rotunda

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Paint roller patterns

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Truth.

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Spray-gun + paint = stunning

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A series of his stenciled words

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View of the installation in the rotunda

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

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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Houston bracelet

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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