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 in July, 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.
In Italia, of course, Milan is home to just about every major fashion house that matters – save Gucci and Ferragamo, who belong to fair Firenze.
But Rome is the unmistakable birthplace of Fendi. And while America was celebrating its 243rd birthday this past Thursday, the legendary house that gave us the coveted Baguette and Peekaboo bags was renewing its special bond with the Eternal City. Indeed, the fashion cognoscenti and a notable cast of cultural a-listers gathered at the Colle Palatino (the Pallatine Hill) to fête the Couture Fall/Winter 2019-20 collection.
The event, dramatically titled The Dawn of Romanity, brought out the multi-generational star power, with the likes of Susan Sarandon, Luca Guadagnino, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Zendaya, Zoey Deutch, as well as a long list of influencers and international movie stars assembling amidst the ancient ruins. A live performance by composer Caterina Barbieri accompanied the catwalk parade.
But, naturally, it was the clothes that were the real stars. To be sure, the final collection designed by the late Karl Lagerfeld (whose tenure with Fendi spanned 54 years) was replete with daring yet elegant aesthetic references to Roman history – including the once travertine-clad Colosseum, which acted as a spectacular backdrop.
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.
Fashion collaborations are simply abounding these days; but when two of our favorite brands come together to create something unpredictably grand and groovy…well, it’s definitely still news. And to be sure, iconic fashion house Fendi has just teamed up with super hip South Korean eyewear creator Gentle Monster, to bring to life a capsule collection of impossibly cool limited edition sunglasses.
The Gentle Fendi collection is introduced via a campaign with a surreal, Dali-esque video directed by Russian artist collective AES+F. It features models wearing the limited-edition eyewear as they playfully cavort with alien-like geometric forms. (Is it possible this is what the world looks like through Gentle Fendi glasses?)
The striking collection includes two unisex eyewear styles which are each available in three colorways. Gentle Fendi No. 1 is an avant-garde take on the classic cat’s eye frame in black, blue, and pink with the Fendi logo prominently displayed on the tips of the lenses. Gentle Fendi No. 2 is a universally flattering oversized aviator shape in khaki, orange, and yellow with the distinctive Fendi logo visible on the temples.
For our part, we’re still having a hard time deciding.
Gentle Fendi debuts May 7th, and is available in select Fendi and Gentle Monster boutiques worldwide.
Few interior designers can legitimately claim an utterly unmistakable signature. Jacques Garcia is one; Kelly Wearstler is certainly another. But Kit Kemp goes them all one further – having arguably created an immersive world all of her own making, something of an “Alice’s Wonderland” for unconventional but uniquely cultivated aesthetes.
Now that style is on full glorious display at Bergdorf Goodman in New York, as the exalted luxury retailer has granted the iconoclastic British designer a trilogy of rooms to write a new chapter in her inimitable stylistic story. Kemp is known, of course, for her daring textile juxtapositions (especially in her and husband Tim Kemp’s Firmdale Hotels in London and NYC), which blend English eccentricity with a uniquely feminine elegance – though certainly urbane gents love just as much.
Central to the new partnership is the launch of a new Wedgwood fine bone china collection, romantically titled Sailor’s Farewell – drawing inspiration from a folkloric tale of a lover waving goodbye to her sea-bound beau. Less obviously dramatic but certainly no less eye-catching will be displays of sofas, chairs, cushions, rugs and blankets sporting fabrics from her recent collection with Brit interior designer Andrew Martin – as well as collectable art and special one-off found items.
“With Bergdorf, it is an opportunity to have all my collaborations and designs in one place under one roof,” Kemp enthuses. “It is the first time I have had the chance to do this, especially in such an iconic place.”
It’s also most serendipitously timed with the release of her latest book Design Thread, published last month via Hardie Grant.
Kit Kemp’s shop at Bergdorf Goodman will be open through August 12; for full effect, book a room or at least an afternoon tea after shopping at Firmdale’s Whitby Hotel, just around the corner.
The new monogram Longchamp LGP collection is kind of a big deal. So much so that Kendall Jenner took to the streets of Paris this week to spread the word.
Teased on the runway at this past February’s New York Fashion Week, last night Ms. Jenner celebrated with the venerable French luxury brand at the historic Galeries Lafayette department store, which was launching its own LGP pop-up. The logo-riffic collection itself is playful, sexy, insouciant, but with just the right touch of restrained elegance. Encompassing luggage, leather bags, totes, sneakers, sunglasses, statement jackets, even fashionable fanny packs (some pieces designed for both men and women), the collection’s stylistic inspirations run from the cool austerity of 1930s Bauhaus, to the Pop cheekiness of 1960s Andy Warhol.
Longchamp LGP will be available, naturally, at Longchamp’s New York and Paris boutiques – but a one-of-a-kind dedicated L.A. pop-up shop will also be making it available to West Coasters through June 21st at the Westfield Century City Atrium.
Regardless of socio-political and infrastructural instabilities, the Indian economy has continued its impressive rise these last five years. What that means, naturally, is unflagging growth in the luxury market there – and Chanel is answering with this new location in the capital.
Located in the posh, international Lutyens district, their latest New Delhi boutique is comprised of 315 square meters spread over two floors, specifically in the Chanakya shopping center. And continuing their high-profile and quite stylistically successful relationship, design was by New York based architect-provocateur Peter Marino. (Indeed, from designing the brand’s new Boston boutique in 2014 to revamping its NYC flagship last year, it seems to be a partnership with no necessary end in sight).
Inside, Chanel’s signature black and white color palette is aesthetically enlivened by pink and blue accents and tweed furnishings – refined, yet anything but staid. Each space is furnished with custom designed sofas, lacquered tables and striking bronze lamps.
What can local and visiting fashion devotees expect to find there? A full complement of ready-to-wear, as well as shoes, handbags, jewelry/watches, accessories and eyewear – as well as, naturally, those iconic, can’t-do-without fragrances.
Of course, we are all still mourning the loss of Karl Lagerfeld, who left us, and Chanel behind in February, when he passed away unexpectedly at age 85. But his legacy surely lives spectacularly on around the globe in just such stunningly realized new boutiques as this.
Back in 1951, Charles de Beistegui – the legendarily flamboyant interior designer and art collector – threw what was fittingly dubbed the “Ball of the Century” in Venice, with costumes by attendees Christian Dior and Salvador Dali. The night is remarkably still buzzed about to this day.
This past Saturday, without the slightest pretension to topping Beistegui’s storied fête, Dior and its Italian Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri simply paid it glamorous, extravagant homage with their lavish Tiepolo Ball at the 17th Century Palazzo Labia. It was timed perfectly, of course, to the start of this year’s always enthusiastically anticipated Venice Biennale – and benefitted the Venetian Heritage foundation.
Very special guests Karlie Kloss, Sienna Miller and Monica Bellucci were gloriously adorned in bespoke gowns that were a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between Dior and the Venetian fabric houses of Rubelli and Bevilacqua.
Rising to the glittering occasion, a “performance” by artist ParolaBianca featured a moving tableau of dancers and stilt walkers, set against a surreally starry night sky, themed around the 12 signs of the zodiac. Other boldfaced names looking on in wonder included Tilda Swinton, Ellen Von Unworth, Hamish Bowles, Cornelia Guest, Dasha Zhukova and architect Peter Marino.