DVF + Andy Warhol

Diane von Furstenberg knows how to throw a party. Or perhaps—more appropriately—a celebration. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of her iconic wrap dress, the designer commissioned various artists to create works inspired by the frock’s notable legacy, to be included in the exhibition “Journey of a Dress,” which opened last Friday  in L.A. In addition (because, why stop there?), the designer launched a limited-edition collection in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation.

On view at the historic Wilshire May Company building (which will soon be the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures) next to the LACMA campus, the exhibition features hundreds of contemporary versions of the wrap dress in front of walls lined floor-to-ceiling with DVF’s patterns. Also on view are commemorative works by Dustin Yellin, Julian Opie, Francisco Clemente, Barbara Kruger, Anh Duong, and other notable contemporary artists. In particular, Yellin’s “A Ghost May Come” includes thousands of scraps of scanned magazine and newspaper articles about von Furstenberg cut into small shapes that from a few steps away look exactly like wrap dress’ iconic chain-link print. In addition, the exhibition includes seven vintage portraits of DVF by Andy Warhol, a close friend. When thinking about a unique, limited edition collection to further honor this special moment in fashion, a collaboration with the Warhol Foundation was an obvious choice. Pop Wrap: DVF + Andy Warhol, as the collection has been called, combines traditional Warholian motifs—specifically, the flower and dollar sign—with DVF’s most well-known patterns onto dresses, jumpsuits, bags and t-shirts. Best to snap up that piece you have your eye on before it too becomes another note in the book of fashion history.

Well, that’s a wrap.

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The entrance hall to the exhibition; photo via WWD

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Wrap dresses on view at the exhibition; photo via WWD

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DVF at the opening of her exhibition; photo via LA Times/Getty Images

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Dresses & a bag from the Pop Wrap collection

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

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Oscar de la Renta/ Carolina Herrera

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Diane Von Furstenburg/ Ralph Lauren

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Victoria Beckham/ Calvin Klein

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Reem Acra/ Jenny Packham

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Reed Krakoff/ Proenza Schouler

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To view the entire collections, my go to is: Style.com

Surrealist-Inspired Accessories

Much like Philip Lim’s Pop Art-inspired fall collection, art’s influence on fashion is everywhere this season. Another trend? Dali-esque lips are having a moment.  From jewelry to handbags to sky-high heels, the pouty look is splattered all over fall’s hottest accessories.  Pucker up!

Lulu Guiness Lips Bag

DVF Carolina Lips Satin Clutch

Prada Shoes

Delfina Delettrez Earrings

Mae West Lips Sofa, Salvador Dali, 1937

 

DVF Collaboration Mania!

Diane von Furstenburg is everywhere these days. Aside from designing her own line of clothing, shoes, accessories and home goods, the designer is adding her name to a number of upcoming collaborations.

Earlier this month Evian announced that DVF had been tapped as the designer of its 2013 limited edition bottle, set to hit shelves this November. This is the newest installment of Evian’s annual designer-inspired bottles, a program that began in 2008 and has featured the designs of Issey Miyake, Sir Paul Smith, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix and Courrèges in the past.

Today, WWD announced that the designer would be teaming up with Roxy to create a limited edition collection of swimwear called DVF loves ROXY. The collection will include 35 pieces in total, fusing DVF’s signature bold prints with Roxy’s surf-inspired styles (think cover-ups, boardshorts, beachbags, etc. starting at $38). The collection is set to launch next spring, and will be sold at select DVF and Roxy stores around the world, as well as on the Roxy website.

And let’s not forget that Ms. Furstenburg is also designing a piece or two for that little holiday collection with Target and Neiman Marcus. She is quite a busy lady!

Though images from both collaborations have yet to released, here is a look back at a few previous Evian designer bottles and some of my favorite DVF collaborations.

Jean Paul Gautier’s 2008 limited edition bottle

Courrege’s 2011 limited edition Evian bottle

DVF for Gap Kids and Baby Gap

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Happy 4th – Fashion Edition

Happy (almost) 4th of July! In honor of our nation’s Independence, let’s look at some patriotic fashion.  Check back tomorrow for some art in red, white and blue.

From top left: Splendid polka-dot jersey top (net-a-porter), 3.1 Philip Lim Cody d’Orsay heels, 3.1 Philip Lim (shopbop), Theory Achi floral print dress, Joe’s Jeans (shopbop), ASOS Swing Dress, DVF New Rochelle scarf (shopbop), Jill Stuart Spring 2012 RTW collection, 3.1 Philip Lim shirt and Bermuda shorts with skirt overlay (shopbop), Marc by Marc Jacobs What a spectacle beach tote (shopbop), Theyskens’ Theory Dystie Dress, Catherine Malandrino American Flag Dress, Rag & Bone Cecil Skirt.