Fashion Crush: Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington nailed it on every stop of her Django Unchained press tour. She continued to take risks into award season, and her adventurousness  paid off, landing her at the top of best-dressed lists week after week (she was one of my favorites at the Golden Globes; if you missed that post, you can read my full recap here).

While Washington knows how to rock bright colors and pushes the envelope with vibrant patterns, she always looks stunning in white. Below are a few of my favorite KW looks from the past year, and not surprisingly, many of them come in variations of my choice neutral hue.

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In Giles at the

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In Ralph Lauren at an event for the designer

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In Peter Pilotto

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In Stella McCartney at the American Music Awards

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In Rodarte at the SAG Awards

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In Louis Vuitton, at a Berlin photo call for Django Unchained

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In Donna Karan at the Keep a Chile Alive Black Ball (*this may be from a few years ago, but I just love everything about it)

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Louis Vuitton + Daniel Buren

The set of Louis Vuitton’s spring/summer 2013 runway show caused the jaws of fashionistas all over the world to drop at first sight, paralyzing many in a state of complete awe. Creative Director Marc Jacobs had enlisted artists  to showcase their talents in the form of set design for his shows before (read about his collaboration with Rachel Feinstein here), but in this instance, he pushed the envelope even further.

Just weeks before the show, Jacobs met with conceptual artist Daniel Buren, known for painting vertical stripes in a variety of public locations, including a most noteworthy installation in 1986 where he covered one of the courtyards of the Palais-Royal in Paris with columns featuring those signature stripes. Jacobs asked if Buren would be willing to design the set of his upcoming show—set to take place in the center courtyard in the Louvre—giving the artist complete creative freedom over concept and design.

Buren at first thought there was no way he could design the installation within such a short time frame, but boy did he impress the world with the perfectly-executed end result. The floor of the courtyard was outfitted with a grand white and yellow checkerboard pattern—the same that could also be found in numerous iterations throughout the 60’s-inspired collection itself. Four gigantic escalators were brought in to transport the paired-off models from the start of the “runway” to where the checkered floor began. Buren and Vuitton’s collaboration extended beyond the runway, with the checkerboard motif reappearing in the accompanying ad campaign and in the brand’s current window displays for the launch of the collection.

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A wide look at the set as all the models pose on the escalators

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A few of the paired-model looks from the collection

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The ad campaign, with the yellow checkerboard motif a prominent element

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An example of a store window design

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Buren’s Palais Royal installation

New York Magazine + Will Cotton

I’m loving these creative fashion spreads these days mixing art and fashion. Just a few months after W Magazine debuted its annual Art Issue featuring Jessica Chastain styled by a number of notable contemporary artists (including Mickalene Thomas, which I wrote about here), New York Magazine dropped its annual Spring Fashion Issue covered by Hollywood’s most stylish 14-year-old, Elle Fanning.

This is one of my favorite fashion spreads ever in the history of fashion spreads. It is not only inspired, but also so indicative of Will Cotton’s practice, making it clear how much freedom the artist was given over the shoot. If you browse through his works on his website, you can see evidence of past inspirations seeping through to Fanning’s spread. A few images from the shoot are below, but pick up the latest issue of New York Magazine for some serious eye candy (pun intended).

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Whipped-cream dress sketch, Will Cotton, oil on paper based on Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere

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Necklace, Will Cotton

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Louis Vuitton Romper, ink on paper, Will Cotton

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Dress by Will Cotton based on Derek Lam

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Dress, Erdem and Will Cotton

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Corset and Earrings, Will Cotton based on Dolce & Gabbana; headpiece, Will Cotton; Bodysuit, D & G

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Bag by Will Cotton based on Fendi; Dress, Valentino

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.

Louis Vuitton + Os Gemeos

Louis Vuitton, reigning brand for artist collaborations (including Yayoi Kusama and RETNA alone in the past 6 months), has teamed up with Brazilian artists Os Gemeos to launch a limited edition scarf that will be available for purchase starting tomorrow. The artistic twin brothers posted a few sneak-peak photos on their instagram account of said scarves, although it is unclear if other collaborative merchandise will be available as well.

The scarves feature a sea of the artists’ signature yellow nonchalant faces amidst a red background with a beautiful green-patterned border. While you may have to wait until the 2nd to get your scarves in-store (side note: I find it odd to launch a new product on a day when all retail stores are closed), you can check back on my facebook page for more details of where to buy as soon as I have them. If you don’t already like my blog page on facebook, do it now: http://www.facebook.com/whereartmeetsfashion!

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Louis Vuitton Commissions Mural for Miami Store

What better time to get artsy in Miami than right before Art Basel? That had to be going through the minds of those over at LVMH when they opened a temporary store in the city’s Design District last Friday. LV commissioned a mural by LA artist Retna for the stark white exterior of the short-term location, which will serve as a presence for the brand until a permanent store opens in 2014. This is the first time the brand has commissioned art for the exterior of a store; LV typically invests in art to engage shoppers as they browse through merchandise inside retail locations. The design for the mural mirrors that of a scarf designed by the artist to sell at the Design District location, which integrates his trademark graffiti letters in a hot pink and blue color palette. In addition to the mural and scarf, Retna also created three unique works for the store’s VIP salon.

The LV mural by LA artist Retna

A view from opening night

images via WWD by Courtesy Photo

 

Kusama for LV Pop-Up Shops!

I love a good Pop-up shop. I love them even more when they look like polka dots threw up all over them (literally, see rendering below).

The king of creative collaborations continues to sustain the media buzz surrounding the upcoming launch of the brand’s latest capsule collection in collaboration with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. LV announced yesterday that it will open seven pop-up shops around the world to house the coveted merchandise. The first will open in New York’s Soho on July 10, followed by additional temporary stores in Hong Kong’s Pacific Place, Ngee Ann City in Singapore, the new Dover Street Market in Ginza, and Isetan’s Shinjuku branch in Tokyo. Huge installations are planned for Printemps in Paris and Selfridges in London.

Let the stampedes begin!

A rendering of the New York pop-up. Image via WWD

Fashion Crush: Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana killed it at the CFDA Awards in a sexy cutout dress by Prabal Gurung. Admittedly, the girl could look good in a garbage bag, but I am always her biggest fan when she graces the red carpet. I already raved about her outfit at this year’s Met Gala, but a few additional favorites are below!

In Prabal Gurung at the CFDA Awards, with the designer

In Calvin Klein at the 2010 Costume Institute Gala

In Elie Saab at the 2011 Latin Grammy Awards

In Balmain at the Columbiana premiere

Showing some leg: in Dolce & Gabbana at the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards, in Louis Vuitton at an Amfar Gala for Fashion Week, and in Prabal Gurung i at the Star Trek premiere in Berlin

Louis Vuitton + Yayoi Kusama

In less than one month, Louis Vuitton’s much anticipated collection in collaboration with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama will hit stores. Mark your calendars for July 10th and head to one of LV’s retail locations for first dibs on everything from trench coats to high heels ornamented with Kusama’s whimsical dot motifs.

The collection launch was timed to sync up with the opening of Kusama’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, previously at the Tate Modern in London and sponsored by the luxury brand.  The retrospective highlights Kusama’s work, spanning an impressive a variety of media. Recently, the artist has focused on creating “installations that immerse the viewer in her obsessive vision of endless dots and nets or infinitely mirrored space.”

Marc Jacobs, in a video interview on the collaboration’s microsite, states that one of his motivations for entering into the partnership was to “bring the work of Kusama to still yet another audience, the audience of Louis Vuitton…there will be a new venue, a new place to see this work, and to come to appreciate it, through the eyes of Vuitton”. A collector himself, Jacobs has a long history of supporting Contemporary Artists through similar partnerships in the past, including LV collaborations with Takashi Murakami (which, it can be argued, sparked a surge of designer/artist partnerships in the luxury market landscape), Richard Prince, and Stephen Sprouse.

With all the hyped-up media buzz around this collection, it is bound to sell out fast. If you can’t get to a store in July, additional items such as leather goods will be released in October.

A look from the Infinitely Kusama collection

I die for these shoes!

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Flowers that Bloom at Midnight, 2009 at Gagosian Gallery

Installation at the Tate Modern as part of Kusama’s 2012 retrospective