In what is their most significant artist collaboration since Steven Sprouse created his graffiti bags for the brand in 2001, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has teamed up with Louis Vuitton to create a collection that features bags, shoes, dresses and other apparel covered in her bold signature spots. Creative director Marc Jacobs first met the artist, who is now 83 years old, in her Tokyo studio in 2006 while he was filming the documentary Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton, and he was immediately drawn to her energy, innovation, and passion for creating art.
To promote the capsule collection, Louis Vuitton will be rolling out seven pop-up shops. Some will feature her psychedelic polka dots as decor, while other shop designs will be inspired by Kusama’s famous pumpkin sculptures. The first shop is set to open inside New York’s Louis Vuitton boutique on July 10, two days before Kusama’s touring retrospective opens at the Whitney Museum of Modern Art. Pop-up shops in Asia, Paris, and London will follow. The shops will be open for one to two months, so plan to get in while you can if you’re able. Even if only to take it all in, it’s sure to be a memorable sensory experience.
Empress of Dress agreed: “I like what I see so far. I can see this becoming a huge trend!”
The collection officially launches July 10, with a second installment hitting stores in October. If you love polka dots and love a collectible, then now is the time to buy. Here's a look at the entire collection so you can plan accordingly before hitting a pop-up shop near you.
Lara Stone's been the face of Calvin Klein since Fall 2010. That's a long time — in the commitment-phobic fashion industry, it's practically a common-law marriage. And maybe Lara will get bored of repping the same label time and time again, but I can't imagine that Calvin Klein will ever want to let her go. Most high fashion models mystify the masses and most commercial models bore industry people to death, but Stone's looks are so shattering that no matter who you are, her appeal will neither mystify nor bore. If I were in the brand's position, I'd do exactly as Calvin Klein does — dig my nails in Stone's arms and never let go. Currently, the model's starring in all but one of the brand's print campaigns: Calvin Klein Collection, CK Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans, CK Calvin Klein Watch & Jewelry, and Calvin Klein Fragrances. CALVINKLEINCALVINKLEINCALVINKLEINCALVINKLEIN
If you don't really get what all the fuss is about, the image above is from the most recent crop of Calvin Klein Collection ads, photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Stone totally nails the sexually suggestive (okay, I'll say it: degrading) pose which is practically compulsory in the world of aspirational fashion campaigns, but still keeps things glam. I'd have maybe cropped out the male model's creepy lower body, but at least this image doesn't veer into Terry Richardson-style "young naive lured into a seedy basement" territory. Still not sure whether rolling around in dry leaves and debris is really a good way to care for your Calvin Klein leather skirt, but I'll let it slide.
Indigenous Australian culture has permeated the fashion world for a while now. Just mention the words “Samantha Harris”, or Google “Rodarte Aboriginal dress”. Indigenous fashion designers don’t spring to mind quite so readily, but that’s about to change.
The inaugural Australian Indigenous Fashion Week will take place around the same time as the international Spring shows kick off in September. The brainchild of Sydney’s indigenous-owned marketing and events company All The Perks, it aims to bring together Aboriginal Australian designers with major fashion brands and showcase them to buyers. What’s on show won’t be limited to the sartorial either, with plans to feature displays for indigenous-designed jewellery, accessories, and even furniture.
The venture should be well received by Aboriginal Australian designers looking to push their wares into the line of sight of buyers, and marks a further step in the right direction for the local fashion industry. Earlier this year Vibe Australia launched the NAIDOC Week Fashion Show in Hyde Park, where indigenous fashion designers could have their collections exposed to both industry and public on the natural catwalk of grass and sand.
Here’s hoping for more show reviews unsullied by the words “ethnic” or “tribal”.
White Suede is a brand with a penchant for polar opposites. Heading up the label is husband/wife duo Jacqui Demkiw and Paolo De Marco, who draw inspiration from architecture, artwork, and photographic imagery to create their striking sculptural, feminine designs.
For the pair’s newest offering they’ve once again evoked contradictions. ‘Futuristic Vision’ sees designer Jacqui Demkiw’s own modern innovation manifest itself in sharp, architectural silhouettes incorporating refined peplums and neat shoulders (the sort that even men might appreciate while they silently savour the demise of exaggerated power shoulders). These stronger shapes are set against silky drapery, another of Demkiw’s fortes, most effectively seen in body-con dresses that bind the wearer’s body like high-fashion bandages.
Further tasteful clashes are achieved through colouration, with vibrant neons and strong digital prints going head to head with more subtle hues.
One thing you won’t find contradictions in is Demkiw and De Marco’s sense of conscience. The majority of their pieces are still produced in Australia, and the majority of those are available only in limited edition.
When it comes to being a pop star, Rihanna totally nails it. The Barbadian singer is crazy-famous but not overexposed, sexy but not oversexed, beautiful but not overdone. Etc., etc., etc. (Ok fine, I'll keep going: candid not transparent, talented not virtuosic, troubled not out-of-contol.)
Her behavior and persona are just so well modulated that you'll never truly be surprised by anything she says or does. I'm not saying she's unlikable — and, in fact, I like her very very much — but I do think she's boring in a fundamental but still commercially viable way.
So if you buy Rihanna's Harper's Bazaar cover on the newsstands in the upcoming weeks, I couldn't possibly blame you. Dressed in silk Calvin Klein, the pop star looks mischievous and seductive, as is her wont. In the accompanying interview, she chatters playfully about her hide-and-go-seek butt, "opens up" about that one time she loved so hard it broke her, and says she was totally shocked that her Chris Brown "Birthday Cake" collaboration caused so much public outrage. She's given this exact same interview approximately five-hundred-and-ninety-seven times. Like the rest of us, Rihanna's stuck inside an infinite feedback loop.