Grey Area + Stella McCartney

I’m going to take us back a few months to spotlight an awesome intermingling of art and fashion by Stella McCartney, a pioneer in uniting the two fields both visually in her designs and experientially in her fashion presentations.

For her pre-fall presentation, McCartney teamed up with Grey Area, who commissioned three artists to enrich the atmosphere through live painting. Artists Miguel Fábrega, John Gordon Gauld and Catherine Delphia each worked behind an easel to capture McCartney’s garments on their canvas. Come September, when the clothes hit stores, the designer showed the resultant artworks from the presentation in her flagship store in SoHo alongside the collection that inspired them, with a portion of proceeds benefiting The Drawing Center.

A few editions and originals are still available for purchase on Grey Area’s website.

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John Gordon Gauld, Muses in the Parlor #7

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Miguel Fábrega, Estrella y las Ninas V

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Catherine Delphia, Untitled (Pink)

Images via Grey Area

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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)

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

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Models posing as artists’ muses

all images via David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

Favorite Looks from the Golden Globes

Sunday night was a bit hectic – both for myself and for my DVR. The Golden Globe Awards aired at the same time as many of my favorite series, including Girls, Revenge, and Downton Abbey. Needless to say, I more than managed, taking in all the red carpet looks for the second-most important awards show of the season. Overall I thought the fashion was kind of … meh, which was fine, because that meant nothing could distract me from endlessly gawking over Ben Affleck or laughing at Tina and Amy, who, I might add, did not get enough air time if you ask me. A few looks left me puzzled, such as Jennifer Lawrence’s Dior boobs that ruined an otherwise gorgeous dress and Rachel Weisz’s polka dot bed skirt look, and very few looks “wowed” me, but that just leaves so much to be desired for with the Oscars next month. So here we go, my personal fashion awards for the 2013 Golden Globes:

Best Color – Jessica Alba (in Oscar de la Renta)

Honorable Mention – Jennifer Garner (in Vivienne Westwood), Naomi Watts (in Zac Posen)

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Best Black – Kate Hudson (in Alexander McQueen)

Honorable Mention – Allison Williams (in J. Mendel – google image the back!), Amy Phoeler (in Stella McCartney)

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Best Hot Momma – Claire Danes (in Versace)

Honorable Mention – Megan Fox (in Dolce & Gabbana)

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Best White – Michelle Dockery (in Alexandre Vauthier Couture)

Honorable Mention – Amanda Seyfried (in Givenchy Haute Couture), Alicia Vikander (in Chanel — WHY ISN’T ANYBODY TALKING ABOUT THIS DRESS???)

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Best Sparkle – Kerry Washington (in Miu Miu)

Honorable Mention – Emily Blunt (in Michael Kors), Helen Hunt (in Dolce & Gabbana)

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Art I’m Loving: Jeremy Kost

Jeremy Kost is an incredible artist who plays with ways to present Polaroid snapshots in his art. Drawing his inspiration from the celebrity nightlife scene, Kost uses his instant film camera to capture the glamour of the fashion world and other tangential social groups. Enthralled by his work, fashion designer Stella McCartney recently commissioned Kost to create a series of works in celebration of her Spring 2011 Collection for her iPAD app. Kost typically collates his images in the form of grids or collages, and an impressive array of his works are currently available on Artspace. Could there be a more perfect time to buy them than during Fashion Week?

Lights, Camera, Action, 2010. Part of the series commissioned by Stella McCartney.

Luckiest Men in the World, 2010. Part of the series commissioned by Stella McCartney.

Stella In Spring (Stop To Smell The Flowers), 2010

Boulevard Of Broken Dreams (The Glamorous Monique), 2011