Warhol’s Latest Collaborations

The Andy Warhol Foundation has kept itself busy with a number of new brand collaborations, fresh off the heels of the incredibly successful NARS Andy Warhol collection.

This summer, Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water will launch a series of limited-edition bottles inspired by Warhols’s Perrier bottle screen print series from the 1980s in honor of the brand’s 150th anniversary. While over 40 works featuring the Perrier bottle were produced in 1983, the brand is now offering glass bottles featuring four different label designs pulling from seven different Warhol inspirations from the series, overlayed by some of the artist’s famous quotes. The collection will be available beginning June 24th wherever Perrier is sold.

And for all the moms out there, Bugaboo—the high-end stroller company, products by which can often be spotted in NYC’s Tribeca or Upper East Side neighborhoods—has also collaborated with the Warhol Foundation to launch two stroller accessories collections inspired by Warhol’s flowers and cars silk screen series. Bugaboo has successfully collaborated on limited edition designs before, but partners have stemmed mostly from the fashion world, including Missoni, Marc Jacobs, and Viktor & Rolf. The collections hit stores in May, and the brand intends to launch a second edition with the AWF this fall.

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The limited edition Perrier bottles

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An Andy Warhol Perrier ad from 1983

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From the bugaboo-Warhol cars collection

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From the Bugaboo-Warhol flowers collection

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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

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

Wear It / Hang It: Art Embodying Spring Fashion Trends

Yesterday marked the first installment of a new editorial column I will be writing on Artspace.com, entitled “On Trend.” I am so excited that Artspace asked me to write about the various crossovers between art and fashion, and it was only fitting that my first article (which you can read here) provide a brief history of art and fashion collaborations. For today’s On Trend, and in honor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I pulled together a roundup of some of Spring’s chicest looks—and the artworks that echo them. Below, I expanded upon that theme. Happy New York Fashion Week!!

TREND: Black-and-White Graphic Prints

After a year of color blocking and bold, bright hues, designers this season went back to the basics with mod looks in black and white.

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The Clothes: Balmain / Celine … The Art: Franz Kline

Trend: Cutouts

The midriff-bearing trend of 2012 has evolved into a new obsession with all-over cutouts this spring, with exposed patches of skin peeking out in almost every runway show.

The clothes: The art:

The Clothes: Alexander Wang / Sass & Bide … The Art: Lucio Fontana

TrendOversized Ruffles

The ruffle—often used in sweet, demure ensembles—can be seen this season adding architectural flares and lots of impact to monotone looks.

The Clothes:

The Clothes: Gucci / Balenciaga … The Art: Richard Serra

TrendBold Stripes

We now know that striples come in all shapes and sizes, with various iterations of this classic pattern highlighting a multitude of runway looks. This season’s trend focuses on big, bold stripes for a statement look.

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The Clothes: Marc Jacobs / Michael Kors … The Art: Ian Davenport

Trend: White Hot

Generally a summer staple, white is staking its claim early this year. This season, the monochromatic neutral is appearing in all shapes and sizes, including structural dresses, menswear looks, and lacy-delicate fabrics. Pair it with a lucite heel, and your clean crisp look will be utter perfection.

The Clothes: The Art:

The Clothes: Dior / Valentino … The Art: Agnes Martin

Trend: Electric Colors

Neons are everywhere this season despite the fact that black and white continued its reign. The bright hues are lighting up both clothing and accessories—which is perfect for anyone hoping for an attention-grabbing outfit.

The clothes: The art:

The Clothes: Carolina Herrera / Reem Acra … The Art: Mark Rothko

Trend: Floral Delights

All things are blooming this spring, with the perennial favorite print making both a romantic and graphic revival. Raf Simons transformed his entire runway debut for Dior into a blossoming garden, with the walls of each room packed floor to ceiling with a different colored flower.

The Clothes:

The Clothes: Paul and Joe / Erdem … The Art: Peter Dayton

Trend: Global Influences

Designers often look abroad for inspiration, but this season is ripe with influences from the Far East in terms of color palettes, patterns, and embellishments. Asian-influenced prints made their rounds this season, with bold reds as a central component.

The Clothes:

The Clothes: Miu Miu / Prada … The Art: Raqib Shaw

Trend: Emerald Green

Pantone has labeled this jewel-like hue the 2013 Color of the Year, and the sartorial set has taken note, donning the shade of green from head to toe.

The Clothes:

The Clothes: Gucci / Reem Acra … The Art: Josef Albers

Marc Jacobs + Rachel Feinstein

Remember the amazing backdrop of Marc Jacobs’ Fall/Winter 2012 runway show?  That was the work of the incredibly talented artist Rachel Feinstein. The artist is best known for her baroque, fantasy-inspired sculptures and has been featured in solo exhibitions across the world.  Her sculptures and installations are mesmerizing, thought-provinking, and powerful (The exhibition at Marianne Boesky Gallery in 2008 was particularly inspiring). Feinstein is a highly recognized face within the art world. She is married to painter John Currin, and the couple was dubbed “The Art World’s Ruling Couple” last year by the New York Times.

But back to the Marc Jacbos set.  The castle-in-ruins fantastical installation came together in just a week and a half, initiated by a call from Jacobs, who had been inspired by a sculpture she had made called Puritan’s Delight. Jacobs felt the clothes reflected the same themes and imagery as the sculpture, and asked the artist to create the backdrop for his runway show. After a few days of back and forth on designs and concepts, the construction began – though Feinstein didn’t even get to work on it until just two days before the show. Sadly, since the installation was made “basically out of paper,” it was broken down after the show. But as you can see from the images below, the desired effect was more than achieved.

Feinstein and Jacobs are again collaborating on an upcoming project for Document Magazine, a new semiannual fashion, art and culture magazine. Document was founded by editorial director and publisher Nick Vogelson and creative and fashion director James Valeri, and is set to launch this September. A launch party is scheduled to be held on September 6th – the date for New York’s Fashion’s Night Out – at Bookmarc, the West Village bookstore operated by Marc Jacobs. Who better to create the window installation than Rachel Feinstein (in collaboration with interior designer Ricky Clifton)? We can’t wait to see the result!

The set for the Marc Jacobs runway show

Feinstein’s art installment at Lever House, “The Snow Queen,” 2011

Puritan’s Delight, the inspiration for the Marc Jacobs’ 2011 Fall/Winter fashion show set

Army of God, 2008 (image via Marianne Boesky Gallery)

Liya Kebede, photographed by Collier Schorr for one of the cover’s of Document Magazine’s first book (image via WWD)

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