Because, why not?…Fendi has created an adorable panda character to be featured in an installation at its Chengdu boutique, to inaugurate its FENDI x Jackson Wang capsule collection.
Exclusively designed by Fendi and artist Oscar Wang, this playful panda called Fendidi, will stand at the entrance of Shamao Street at Chengdu IFS. His name translates to ‘Fendi’s little brother.’ The whole thing actually comes in at about 11 feet in length and 7 feet wide, and will be up through July 28th – before embarking on a world tour to promote the collection.
Personalized by “F is for…Fun, Friends, Fantasy and Funk (some of our favorite things), Fendidi is of course stylishly turned out in an FF logo outfit and the cross-body Men’s Baguette from the FENDI x Jackson Wang collection. We can already tell that #Fendidi will be a real trendsetter, so we enthusiastically recommend following him and his little baby pandas on their journey around the globe.
They even made a special of Fendidi video, featuring Wang’s ‘Fendi Man’ track and the official first selfie of #Fendidi. You can also check out his super cute collection of Emjoji GIFS.
If we’re being honest, we already can’t get enough of Fendidi.
Dior has officially announced the release of its 2019 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection (by Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri) with a playfully bold new campaign. Shot by photographer Brigitte Niedermair, it features models Selena Forrest and Ruth Bell.
Most fascinatingly, the exalted Parisian house looked to 1950s London Teddy Girls for inspiration. Those zeitgeist-shifting young women wore traditionally male attire, including blazers, trench coats and dandies, as an expression of rebellious equality.
Fittingly, Chiuri revived this sometimes overlooked period of female style iconoclasm with bold, large, boxed tartans, in alternating checks of black in sets with green, red and white.
Smartly incorporated accessories, including matching bucket hats, elegant handbags and eclectic jewelry add an extra touch of refinement and femininity. Particularly evident is the homage to classic signifiers of British culture favored by Dior, as seen in the tartan fabrics mingling with leopard print, birds in flight and palm trees.
Chiuri was tapped by the luxury label from Valentino three years ago, where she revitalized and elevated the iconic label. And this collection is more about expressing the power and potential of women, less about designing strictly to the female silhouette, like so many of her predecessors at Dior.
Ever aware of the singular level of devotion the label inspires, Louis Vuitton will unveil a new exhibition this month in Beverly Hills titled, intriguingly, Louis Vuitton X. Opening June 28, it will present an exhilarating exploration of its ongoing dialogue between heritage and modernity, contemporary innovation and LV’s legendary savoir-faire.
The collections highlight signature vintage pieces developed as part of the creative exchanges and collaborations with artists across the venerable house’s 160-year fashion journey. Nearly 200 items from the Vuitton archives along with stunning scenography trace the brand’s storied legacy. The exhibition will feature striking examples of early 20th Century special-order trunks, art deco perfume bottles and window displays commissioned and designed by Louis Vuitton’s grandson, Gaston-Louis.
Additional pieces include iconic LV monogram bags reworked by fashion icons Karl Lagerfeld, Rei Kawakubo, Cindy Sherman and Frank Gehry. Commissions by artists Yayoi Kusama, Richard Prince and the late architectural great Zaha Hadid, will also be included.
The exhibit culminates with the Artycapucines collection, the house’s new and exciting collaborative project with six leading contemporary artists: Sam Falls, Urs Fischer, Nicholas Hlobo, Alex Israel, Tschabalala Self and Jonas Wood. Named after the street on which Louis Vuitton opened his first store, all artists have transformed the Capucines bag by combining their skills and imagination with the unparalleled artisanal acumen of the label’s ateliers, to create limited-edition original works.
Louis Vuitton X runs from June 28 through September 15 at 468 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills.
Texas is once again playing host to Dior. Specifically to Dior: From Paris to the World, an exhibition that follows the history of the exalted Parisian house, opens this week at the Dallas Museum of Art. It features legendary styles from founder Christian Dior himself, naturally, to current Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s spring ‘19 haute couture collection.
It’s actually fitting that Chiuri’s haute couture line – inspired by circus shows from the Victorian era – would find a home in Texas: she had in fact presented a high-fashion take on the cowboy boot, done in a glittery finish, with red and blue stars and accents that nod to classic Americana style.
The collection displayed in Dallas includes more than 200 pieces in total, including prototypes from the atelier, photographs, sketches, and never-before seen film footage.
Visitors will also find an immersive experience by architect Shohei Shigematsu, 15 thematic spaces that span the Dior artistry throughout its history, as well as the creative directors who built its legacy. Some of the classic designs are teamed with other artistic mediums, including a John Galliano with a South American religious painting, and a Raf Simons with a painting by Sterling Ruby that inspired his first show with Dior.
An apt footnote to the exhibition is a dedication to Dior’s fashion show in Dallas in 1947, where he presented his H line and received the “Oscar” of fashion from Neiman Marcus.
“I was in the midst of working for my second collection when I received a letter from the house of Neiman Marcus inviting me to come to Dallas to receive an Oscar,” Dior wrote in his memoir. “Re-reading the letter, I discovered that the Oscar had been instituted during the war and this was the first time it had been awarded to a French couturier. I had won this honor with my very first collection.”
Mixed media artists Raul de Nieves and Jessie Stead, of performance art band Hairbone, debuted their new installation I Feel So Crazy yesterday, May 22, at Missoni’s New York flagship boutique at 1009 Madison Avenue – where they also performed for an invitation-only audience.
The piece is the latest exhibition to be part of the Missoni ‘Surface Conversion’ project, a series of works curated by the Italian fashion house’s creative director, Angela Missoni. In collaboration with Milan’s A Pallazzo Gallery, the development aims to highlight the fusion of fashion and culture – and it very much succeeds.
I Feel So Crazy boasts a collage of panels that include striking, candid photo portraits, as well as videos celebrating a decade of the band’s art collaborations; in addition to de Nieves and Stead, it features their esteemed colleague Nathan Whipple.
Images in the installation form a quilt-like patchwork of the artists’ improvisational performance, showcasing their use of makeshift props, fashion and the venues they have performed at over time – many of which are defunct, but are memorialized in the exhibit with startling clarity. The immersive experience is amplified as the exhibit is interspersed among the vivid colors and textures of Missoni fashion pieces throughout the store.
De Nieves’ work was recently shown at the Whitney Biennial and at MoMA PS1. Stead’s latest projects include two music videos she directed for Hairbone, and he’s also served as editor and sound designer for the feature documentary George: The Story of George Maciunas & Fluxus, which will screen at Art Basel in June.
I Feel So Crazy will be on exhibit through September.