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

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Roland Mouret, M.A.C. + Antonio Lopez

Roland Mouret‘s London outpost in Mayfair is set to host an Antonio Lopez in-store exhibition to celebrate the late fashion illustrator’s 70th birthday. Opening mid-September and remaining on view for five weeks, the exhibition will feature previously unseen works created for publications including Interview and The New York Times, alongside more recognizable pieces from the 60s-80s. London gallery East of Mayfair will present the exhibition online for those unable to see the works in person. Works in the upcoming exhibition will be available for purchase, and you can browse them online beginning on September 14th here.

Lopez’s work was brought back into the spotlight last year with the publication of the book Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex, & Disco, a career retrospective published by Rizzoli with a forward by Andre Leon Talley and an epilogue by Anna Sui.  Suzanne Geiss concurrently hosted an exhibition, Antonio’s World, in her soho gallery which surveyed three decades of the illustrator’s creative output, including drawings, photographs, and ephemera. Lopez is most known for his seminal works throughout the 70s and 80s that adorned the pages of Vogue, WWD, Interview and The New York Times. Lopez was notorious for his drawings that commented on and took inspiration from contemporary culture. He worked with Karl Lagerfeld in the 70’s and helped to launch the careers of now-established models including Jerry Hall, Pat Cleveland, and Marisa Berenson, collectively known as “Antonio’s Girls.”  The artist sadly passed away in 1987 from AIDS, but it is clear his legacy lives on in the worlds of both art and fashion.

Also launching in September, M.A.C. Cosmetics recently announced a one month, limited-edition collection inspired by Lopez. In keeping with the disco era theme, the makeup collection, which includes eye shadows, lip palettes and cosmetic bags, will feature bold vibrant colors such as electric blue and fuchsia. Atonio’s Girls were appropriately tapped to star in the print ad campaign, their outfits matching the collection colors and inspired by the glamorous look of the 70s. The collection launches online on September 5th and in stores September 12th.

Antonio Lopez, "Untitled (Norma Kamali Campaign)", 1986

Antonio Lopez, “Untitled (Norma Kamali Campaign)”, 1986 (image via The Suzanne Geiss Company)

Gowns for Anna Piagi (photo credit DR)

Gowns for Anna Piagi (photo credit DR)

Makeup palettes from M.A.C.'s upcoming collection

Makeup palettes from M.A.C.’s upcoming collection

A shot from the upcoming print ad announcing the Lopez collection

A shot from the upcoming print ad announcing the Lopez collection

“Chloé Attitudes”: An Exhibition Marking 60 Years for the French Fashion House

Late last week, amidst the excitement of Paris Fashion Week, a Chloé retrospective opened at the Palais de Tokyo, a newly renovated art space in the city of lights.  The exhibition, entitled “Chloé Attitudes,” marks the 60th anniversary of the French fashion house, which has been led by nine notable creative directors including Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, and Phoebe Philo. French socialites, actresses, and fashion-types flocked to the opening party, but two particular attendees – Lagerfeld and Gaby Aghion, Chloe’s 91 year old founder – were the talk of the evening. The exhibition, which runs through November 18, was curated by British Historian Judith Clark.  Clark was the first to attempt to amass a complete archival collection that adequately represented the brand’s rich history, however she found that many iconic Chloé garments were no longer available. As a result, she organized the exhibition thematically versus chronologically, and included the strongest pieces from each of the past creative directors’ collections.

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A few of the gorgeous archive looks

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A few looks from the Chloé Spring 2013 RTW collection

Yohji Yamamoto at Israel’s Design Museum Holon

The Design Museum Holon in Israel is hosting an exhibition in tribute to famed avant-garde fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto.  The Japanese designer is known for his conceptual, dramatic garments that take on sculptural, unexpected shapes.  Yamamoto created site-specific installations for the exhibition with the intent to create a dialogue between the garments and the museum environment.  80 looks are included in the show, the majority in his preferred color – black – through pops of color intersperse the exhibition.  The show will remain on view through October 20th, and upon seeing a few of the installation images below, it is sure to be an incredible one.

A look from Yamamoto’s Spring 2009 collection

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Installation images via ArtInfo