If you were scandalized by the price of The Row’s original Alligator Backpack when it launched, you may want to sit down for this news. As we all know, a great way to increase anything’s asking price is to get a very name-y artist involved, and that’s exactly what The Row has done – the brand tapped notorious contemporary artist Damien Hirst for a line of $55,000 custom backpacks, including the pharmaceutical-embellished alligator creation you see above.
Fashion and Art
Perhaps this is stating the obvious when speaking of anything wrought by Miuccia Prada, but Prada Spring 2013 was pretty weird. The clothes were a late 60s-Japense geisha mashup that often worked quite well, but hardly anyone who watched the livestream even noticed them, distracted instead by what appeared to be (and actually were, it was confirmed later) leather toe socks paired with almost every footwear look.
In case you just can’t get enough of Infinitely Kusama, Louis Vuitton‘s capsule collection in collaboration with Japanese modern artist and polka dot enthusiast Yayoi Kusama, you’ll soon have even more ways to shop. Not only will customized windows roll out to Louis Vuitton boutiques across the globe, with the Kusama collection available in all of Vuitton’s 463 boutiques, but LV will also open up a handful of Kusama-only pop-up shops.
Louis Vuitton may have pioneered the idea, but now handbags designers collaborating with high-profile artists is all the rage. Everyone from Dior to Coach has given it a shot, and in the case of Coach, it seems as though the company has judged such collaborations to be a roaring success. Fresh off of a much-loved menswear teamup with Hugo Guinness, the American handbag company has tapped New York artist James Nares to lend his prints to a collection of totes that will debut a week from today.
Coach x James Nares will feature the artist’s signature waves, which he paints on huge canvasses while hanging from a harness above them. Coach has translated those pieces into a set of six tote bags, each of which will be made in limited editions of 175. The leather-trimmed canvas totes will retail for $798 when they hit Coach stores and Coach.com on April 20. Check with your local store to see if they’ll be receiving pieces from the collection, or better yet, sign up for notification of the bags’ arrival at Coach.com. More images of the collection after the jump. (more…)
Louis Vuitton lovers have been in luck lately. Perhaps no other fashion brand in the world is more willing to throw open its archives and allow others to examine its DNA, whether it be a retrospective on historical travel pieces or a rumination on the contemporary work of Marc Jacobs. At Le Arts Decoratifs in Paris, both can now be seen simultaneously in the Louis Vuitton-Marc Jacobs exhibit, open to the public until September 16.
The show examines the relationship between Louis Vuitton, the trailblazing trunk-maker of the late 1800s, and Marc Jacobs, the one-time enfant terrible of the New York fashion world turned pop-art impresario at Vuitton since his hire in 1997. The resulting exhibit is a jarring juxtaposition of vintage charm and modern flash; 150-year-old French gowns next to futuristic latex nurse’s uniforms, Vuitton’s original monogram trunk next to candy-colored handbags displayed like actual candy. Can’t make it to Paris this summer? We have some images of the exhibit from Women’s Wear Daily for your enjoyment after the jump. (more…)
Many brands have tried out the designer-artists collaboration, but only Louis Vuitton has it down to a science (and an extremely profitable one at that). Even casual fashion watchers know the names of the artists that Vuitton has brought on – Stephen Sprouse, anyone? Takashi Murakami, does that ring a bell? Vuitton announced earlier this week that it’s about to make another artist a household fashion name – Yayoi Kusama, an 82-year-old Japanese visual artist known for her love of dots.
Kusama is well known in the contemporary art world, but her name may be new to accessories lovers. Fret not, we’ve assembled a few samples of her work after the jump, and her bold, graphic aesthetic seems perfect for a Vuitton collaboration. Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton will include ready-to-wear, handbags, accessories, shoes, watches and jewelry, and it will bow with special fancy-pants window displays in early July. (more…)