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/

Art+Fashion Collabs Now Available for Purchase!

I have written about various art and fashion collaborations as they were announced over the past few months, often before seeing any of the resulting merchandise. But now, many of the actual products from these partnerships are finally available for purchase! Below is a recap of some of the enviable goods now hitting the market.

James Jean’s OVM Jewelry at Lane Crawford

James Jean, the artist most known in the fashion world for his whimsical illustrations that adorned the Prada Fairy bag that will forever hold a place in fashion history, launched his OVM jewelry collection online last year. Now, a special limited-edition collection by Jean is being sold exclusively at Lane Crawford in Hong Kong, and the artist was given free reign to construct a live art installation for the launch. Jean adorned the store’s concept room Blitz, constructed entirely of glass, with white sketches of butterflies, foliage and whimsical creatures. “I want people to feel like they entered a different dimension or world, this surreal, dream-like space,” he said to WWD.

View of the OVM display at Lane Crawford

Jean’s whimsical design on the glass wall

Nars Andy Warhol Collection

When I wrote about this collection back in June, Nars had yet to release images of the products. Now you can pick up the Pop-art inspired makeup at Sephora or online at

Flower eyeshadow palette

Kiss Mini Larger Than Life Lip Gloss Coffret

Jimmy Choo + Rob Pruitt

We got a glimpse of some of the designs from this collaboration back in June, but the entire collection is now available on Net-a-Porter. The goods feature Pruitt’s signature Panda motif, alongside leopard print, cool zebra stripes, candy sprinkles, and glitter all in an array of rainbow colors. The playful 18-piece collection includes shoes, handbags, and other accessories.

Sprinkle wedges

Angel and Devil minaudières

Ling-ling Tote Bag

Jimmy Choo + Rob Pruitt

Jimmy Choo has collaborated with Contemporary artist Rob Pruitt to design a limited edition capsule collection for Cruise 2013.  Pruitt is the latest of several contemporary artists that have partnered with the brand, including Marilyn Minter for the spring/summer 2011 Crystal cruise collection and Richard Philips for the spring/summer 2008 collection.  The brand’s creative directors, Sandra Choi and Simon Holloway, “were captivated by Pruitt’s energy, his computer screen use of colour and the festive exuberance of his prints and materials; there were elements in his work that reminded us in subtle ways of the Jimmy Choo design iconography,” according to Vogue UK.

Pruitt is well-known for his glittery panda paintings and his 2011 installation of a seven foot tall Andy Warhol monument in New York’s Union Square.  No stranger to fashion-related work, Pruitt created a sculptural installation at Opening Ceremony’s Ace Hotel boutique in 2006, as well as designed a line of t-shirts for the stores in late 2010.  The Choo-Pruitt collection, composed of 19 items, including shoes, handbags, and leather goods, will hit stores this November.

A shoe and handbag from the Rob Pruitt for Jimmy Choo line (photo courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily)

Rob Pruitt, Keeping Warm, 2001 enamel paint and glitter on canvas