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.
Paridust modeling the limited edition t-shirt now available on Spring.
Paridust captured by Harper’s Bazaar wearing the Nonoo/Yellin collaborative prints at Yellin’s Pioneer Works.
Jeff Koons has had his share of ups and downs in the art world, and is certainly one of the most controversial artists working today. But for anyone living in or visiting New York City this summer, it’s clear that he has taken the international epicenter of the art world by storm. His giant retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art—a long-awaited first for the artist and the final show at the museum’s Madison Avenue address before moving to a new Renzo Piano-designed space in the Meatpacking district next year—just opened amidst highly positive media reviews. The exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s career, as well as the first to fill nearly the entirety of the Whitney’s Marcel Breuer building with a single artist’s work (might as well go out with a bang, right?). Couple the ambitious exhibition with the artist’s Split-Rocker in Rockefeller Center—a monumental public sculpture made with living flowers, and presented by Public Art Fund and Gagosian Gallery—and it’s obvious Koons is at the height of his career.
No matter your opinion of the artist’s work, he has certainly made accessible art, making him a perfect partner for fast-fashion chain H&M’s first-ever artist collaboration. Starting July 17th, art and fashion enthusiasts can snag Koons’s $58 million balloon dog sculpture for just $49.50 in the form of a limited-edition leather handbag. Koons will also redecorate H&M’s Fifth Avenue flagship store, with images of the balloon dog glossing the six-story facade alongside the phrase, “Fashion Loves Art.” Talk about highbrow-lowbrow.
Koons’s Play-Doh, 1994-2014. This 10-foot-high multicolored aluminum sculpture took him 20 years to complete and makes it’s first-ever debut in the exhibition. Image via Wallpaper Mag.
Koons’s Split-Rocker, 2002. On view at Rockefeller Center through September 12. Photo via Public Art Fund.
Swedish fashion house Acne Studios found inspiration in Hilma af Klint, an abstract artist from the late 19th/early 20th century, for a recent capsule collection. A pioneer of the movement, Af Klint’s work was hardly recognized as such during her lifetime. Rather, it wasn’t until early 2013–decades after the Swedish artist’s passing — that a major museum gave the artist her due. Last February, the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm erected the largest af Klint exhibition to date and published an all-encompassing book of her work, Hilma af Klint: A Pioneer of Abstraction. The New York Times credited the growing the international reach of the artist, five of whom’s works were featured in the Central Pavillion at last summer’s Venice Biennale.
With the artist’s work now in the limelight, it seems only appropriate for Acne Studios to honor the once forgotten Swedish artist. The brand reinterpreted some of af Klint’s early 20th century paintings to derive the collection of tops, scarves, and totes, which can be purchased on acnestudios.com.
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.
We interrupt this New York Fashion Week with news of a sportswear collaboration that I find to be absolutely brilliant. Nike—king of great branding—looked to Japan for inspiration for its most recent concept for the Nike Tight of the Moment line. The premise behind the franchise as a whole is an “exercise in exploration…through experimentation with unique patterns, colors and inspirations…elevat[ing] the intersection of athletic performance and artistic design.” Yuko Kanatani‘s work, which is quite playful and colorful, married perfectly with this mission, leading Nike to tap Kanatani to design three new tights, marking the brand’s first collaboration with an independent artist for the line.
The directive from the brand, however, was more than just to design any old pattern. Instead, the artist was asked to tailor her illustrations to a “body map,” which uses athlete-informed data to show the location of an individual’s muscles and heating and cooling zones. The first of the three designs, “Nike Tight of the Moment-Magical Kaleidoscope,” features pops of colors and shapes aimed to highlight leg muscles in a flattering fashion (you can read about her inspiration here). As if the collaboration weren’t already technical enough, Nike then used digital sublimation technology, which employs a heat press to send ink from a printed picture onto a piece of fabric, to transfer Yuko’s art onto the tights.
The Magical Kaleidoscope was just released a few weeks ago, and is available in the Nike Pro Tight and Nike Pro Sports Bra in select stores and online. The remaining two designs from the collaboration will be released in the upcoming months. For now, check out the amazing campaign shots below.
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.
The entrance hall to the exhibition; photo via WWD
Wrap dresses on view at the exhibition; photo via WWD
DVF at the opening of her exhibition; photo via LA Times/Getty Images
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!
The three designs, from left: Reid, Kupferschmidt and Chung
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.
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!
The limited edition tee designed by Jason Wu and Nate Lowman
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?”
Models walking past the infinite array of artworks
Lagerfeld taking his final bow amid his masterpieces