Maison Ladurée engaged in its first artistic collaboration with Will Cotton. An obvious choice, the desert-loving artist designed a limited-edition box to house an equally limited-edition macaroon flavor: ginger-infused whipped cream. The artist collaborated on the flavor with Philippe Andrieu, Ladurée’s pastry chef, whom he had met originally in 2005 when he visited Andrieu in Paris to learn about macaroon baking to get inspiration for a painting he was working on. The two bonded over the fact that they had never encountered a ginger macaroon that tasted like real ginger, and thus, they challenged themselves to become the first. The box features the artist’s go-to muse, singer Hannah Cohen, wearing a whipped-cream dress.
The boxes debuted at Art Basel Miami Beach earlier this week, where they can be purchased at the confectioner’s new boutique. Or, if you are dying to get your hands on this mouth-watering flavor, pick one up at Parisian boutique collete’s pop-up Art Drive-Thru, a collaboration with Miami boutique Alchemist. Inspired by a retro mid-century drive-thru, customers have to indeed drive up to the window to purchase special, limited-edition merchandise, including pieces from Zaha Hadid’s jewelry line, works by Snarkitecture, and winter accessories by Thom Browne. Open only from December 2-8, be sure to stop by if you are in town.
The collaborative box features Cotton’s muse—singer Hannah Cohen, wearing a whipped-cream dress.
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, Will Cotton, oil on paper based on Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere
Necklace, Will Cotton
Louis Vuitton Romper, ink on paper, Will Cotton
Dress by Will Cotton based on Derek Lam
Dress, Erdem and Will Cotton
Corset and Earrings, Will Cotton based on Dolce & Gabbana; headpiece, Will Cotton; Bodysuit, D & G
Bag by Will Cotton based on Fendi; Dress, Valentino
Two x Two for AIDS and Art was an organization built around collaboration from the beginning, with proceeds of each initiative benefiting both amFAR and the Dallas Museum of Art. This year, after a grand meeting of fashion, art, and philanthropic minds, emerged 10 incredibly beautiful, unique handbags designed by 10 artists for the Nancy Gonzalez company entitled Two x Two 2012. The sales of these one of a kind works will benefit both organizations.
So how did artists like Jim Hodges, Will Cotton, and Jenny Holzer come to partner with a luxury handbag line? The President of Nancy Gonzalez, Santiago Barberi Gonzalez, was visiting Dallas last year when Jim Gold, the President of Neiman Marcus, suggested he take some time for himself on his visit and see some incredible art. Gonzalez, himself a collector, happily visited museums and private collections, including that of Howard and Cindy Rachovsky, the philanthropic masterminds behind Two x Two. The rest is history. As you can see from the images below, the passionate spirits of all those involved commissioned 10 noteworthy Contemporary Artists to design unique handbags to benefit the charitable cause. The bags will be auctioned off October 20, 2012 at the annual gala, however you do NOT have to be present to place a bid (or win a bag!!). Bids will be accepted online on Paddle8 (where you can also view all 10 works) from October 4-18.