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).

whipped-cream dress sketch oil on paper based on balenciaga by NG

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

will cotton necklaces based on chanel crown by will cotton swim chanel

Necklace, Will Cotton

LV romper ink on paper will cotton

Louis Vuitton Romper, ink on paper, Will Cotton

dress will cotton based on derek lam

Dress by Will Cotton based on Derek Lam

dress erdem adn will cotton

Dress, Erdem and Will Cotton

corset and earings WC based on DG, headpiece will cotton body suit DG

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

bag by will cotton based on fendi dress valentino

Bag by Will Cotton based on Fendi; Dress, Valentino

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Live From New York, It’s Fashion Week!

What’s black and white and red all over? Fall 2013 fashion, of course. And nobody could be more delighted than me—to be told by the fashion authorities that wearing all black is on trend pretty much confirms everything I have thought for, well, my whole life. AND RED!?!? My favorite outfit fashion color ever?! I am elated to see various shades of red strutting down the runways for fall (though the bright, vibrant hue à la Valentino is my favorite, as some of you may remember from this post). That’s not to say that none of the designers toyed with color, but more that the “OYGBIV” remainder of the rainbow made a rather rare appearance as an unexpected pop within a neutral and mono-tone background.

So let’s take a look at some of a few looks that caught my eye during days 1-4 of fashion week, including a few of those unexpected pops.

From Left:

From Left: Cushnie et Ochs, Helmut Lang, Jason Wu

From Left

From Left: Lisa Perry, Rag & Bone, Jenni Kayne

From Left:

From Left: Yigal Azrouel, BCBG Max Azria, Altuzarra

From Left:

From Left: Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Jill Stuart

From Left:

From Left: Kimberly Ovitz, Suno, Rebecca Minkoff

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.

The Clothes

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

Valentino: Master of Couture Exhibition

If you were looking for a reason to visit London, I can give you one. Somerset House is hosting an exhibition entitled “Valentino: Master of Couture,” which will showcase over 130 pieces by storied fashion designer Valentino Garavani. Ensembles donned by Jackie O, Grace Kelly, and Julia Roberts will be among the collection, on view from November 29 – March 3, 2013. Now, we all know I love an iconic red Valentino dress, and I am sure there will be quite a few of those at the show. So, if anyone sees a deal on plane tickets, please let me know!

Valentino Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2003 (worn by Penelope Cruz on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar)

Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 1992 (worn by Julia Roberts at the Academy Awards in 2001)

Valentino Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1995 (worn by Claudia Schiffer as a wedding gown in the 1995 Haute Couture show)

Valentino Haute Couture Fall/ Winter 2002 (worn by Anne Hathway in 2011 to host the 83rd Academy Awards)

Images via Harper’s Bazaar online

I’m Dreaming of a Red Valentino Dress…

The other day I walked past Saks Fifth Avenue and found myself drooling over the flagship’s new store window display.  Taking in the homage to red clothing and accessories by Valentino from his Pre-Fall 2012 Collection, I immediately had a flashback to a long-sleeved, red lace mini dress that I found while shopping for a rehearsal dinner outfit for my wedding two years ago.  Although the dress was way out of my price range, I literally dreamt about it for months and no other dress seemed to compare.  There is something about the color red that is both sexy yet classic, daring yet demure, and I don’t think any other designer utilizes the color better than Valentino.  So what did I end up wearing to my rehearsal dinner, you ask?  Well, I found an amazing, hot pink Notte by Marchesa one-shoulder mini that was perfect for the occasion.  But one day, Mr. Valentino, your reds will be mine.

A Look From The Saks Fifth Avenue Window Display of Valentino’s Pre-Fall 2012 Collection

Valentino Spring 2012 RTW

Valentino Pre-Fall 2012

Valentino Fall 2012 RTW