Stella McCartney’s Art-Themed Pre-Fall Presentation

Very rarely does a fashion event attract so many art world notables, as did Stella McCartney’s Pre-Fall 2013 Presentation, held at an Upper East Side townhouse earlier this month. The designer had her models mingling with guests, with the goal of creating an theatrical, out-of-the-ordinary “happening” in which she could show her new collection. In one room, Grey Area (a company that I often write about as a result of their goal to promote works that intersect the worlds of art, fashion and design) created a studio-like setting in which models served as muses to artists John Gordon Gauld, Miky Fábrega, and Catherine Delphia, who painted the models on easels during the presentation. Whereas the typical fashion presentation involves models standing still in an organized lineup as viewers walk by examining the clothing, McCartney’s interactive affair was rather unique. Hence the attendance of said art world notables, including Jeff Koons, Rachel Feinstein, Rob Pruitt, Ingrid Sischy, and Gavin Brown. As if I needed more evidence I need to start an art and fashion event company…!

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Justine Koons, Rachel Feinstein, Stella McCartney, Sandy Brant, Ingrid Sischy, and Jeff Koons

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Looks from the collection

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Models mingling and interacting within the event setting

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More looks from the collection

Models posing as artists muses

Models posing as artists’ muses

all images via David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

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Art I’m Loving… Diana Al-Hadid

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to tour the newest exhibition, “The Vanishing Point,” at Marianne Boesky Gallery, guided by none other than the artist herself: Diana Al-Hadid. I was not very familiar with the artist’s work prior to my visit, but I was blown away by the scale and thoughtfulness behind her art. It first reminded me of the fantastical, sculptural creations of Rachel Feinstein (who I talked about in my post here), but Al-Hadid’s ideas were truly unique and inspired. When describing the process behind the creation of Suspended After Imageit was hard not to feel like I was a part of that development, as if I was there with her in her studio and in Austin (where pieces of the work were constructed and where the work first displayed), as she tested ways to obtain the perfect drip paint technique. Hearing the passion behind an artist’s vision always makes me love their work more, and such was the case here.

For an in-depth analysis of the exhibition, you can read the press release on the gallery website. Or, you can let the pictures below speak for themselves (although pictures cannot possibly do these sculptures justice – I highly recommend visiting the show before it closes on October 20th).

At The Vanishing Point, 2012, steel, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, wood, foam, aluminum foil, paint

Divided Line, 2012, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, gypsum board, plaster, wood, steel, paint

Suspended After Image, 2012, wood, steel, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, high density foam, plaster, paint

Antonym, 2012, steel, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, wood, foam, paint

 

Images via Marianne Boesky Gallery

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)