Thursday, May 31, 2012

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama


For its upcoming ‘fashion meets art’ collaboration, Louis Vuitton may leave many of its competitors green with envy. For those that recall the Louis Vuitton x Marc Jacobs documentary shot back in 2006 by Loic Prigent, the house’s creative director revealed his special kinship with renown polka dots artist Yayoi Kusama. But little did audiences know how deep that relationship went until now, as the first retrospective dedicated to the Japanese artist bows this year. This exhibition, which invites visitors to immerse themselves into the world of Kusama, has been travelling from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and will continue its journey to the Tate Modern in London and the Whitney Museum in New York City, next July 2012.
The famed luxury house will pay tribute to the exceptional artist for whom Marc Jacobs, Artistic Director of the House, has great admiration. A collection issued from the collaboration between Yayoi Kusama and Marc Jacobs will interpret the most emblematic artworks of Kusama.
“The obsessive character and the innocence of her artwork touched me. She succeeds in sharing her vision of the world with us.”  Marc Jacobs
The admiration is mutual: Kusama, whose works include many performances which examine clothing and the body, has a profound respect for Marc’s creativity. A photo of this encounter is today hanging on the wall of the Kusama Studio in Tokyo.
The starting points for the collection were obsession and seriality. The iconic Louis Vuitton leather goods, ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, watches and jewellery became the supports for Kusama’s organic repetitive patterns. Treated in vigorous and hybrid colours, the polka dots cover the products infinitely. All over, express the unlimited possibilities of playing with scales, colours and densities.
When the “kusamesque” figure comes to life, the patterns ripple and lead the eye into a stroboscopic game. No middle, no beginning and no end: this hallucinatory proliferation will also be relayed in the Louis Vuitton windows worldwide decorated with emblematic motifs: biomorphic shaped “nerves” sculptures for windows named “BEGINNING OF THE UNIVERSE”; flowers entitled “ETERNAL BLOOMING FLOWERS IN MY MIND” and especially red polka dots on white background among which Kusama figures named “SELF-OBLITERATION” can be spotted.
For the artist, who sees her life as “a dot lost among millions of other dots”, this collaboration will allow her to spread her polka dots infinitely across the world and convey her message: “Love Forever”. “It enables her to increase her audience and that of contemporary art in general, concludes Marc Jacobs. The task Louis Vuitton has always set itself.”
source : www.style.com






Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Givenchy "Tricolor Medium Antigona Duffel"

Leather duffel with top zip, contrast rolled leather handles and flat leather shoulder strap. Contrast trim. Fabric lined interior with zipper pocket and two organizational pockets.
size : 12" height x 16" width x 8" depth 5.5" handle drop, 11" strap drop
currently retails for $2,410 (now on sale at barneys.com at $1,449)


3.1 Phillip Lim "Patent Mini Pashli Satchel"

Patent leather top handle satchel with flap and brushed silver-tone buckle closure and two expandable zippers beneath flap. Fully lined interior with one zipper pocket. Detachable and adjustable crossbody strap.
size : 6.5" height x 12" width x 3" depth 4" handle drop
currently retails for $650 (now on sale at barneys.com at $389)


3.1 Phillip Lim "Colorblock Pashli Satchel"

Colorblock grained leather top handle satchel with flap and polished silver-tone push lock closure and two expandable zippers beneath flap. Fully lined interior with one zipper leather pocket.
size : 11.5" height x 15" width x 4.5" depth 4.5" handle drop
currently retails for $925 (now on sale at barneys.com for $559)


Givenchy "Tricolor Scuba Obsedia Messenger"

Tricolor smooth leather messenger bag with magnetic snap closure, signature pale gold-tone hardware at front and snap close slip pocket at back. Fabric and suede lined interior with zipper pocket and slip pocket. Adjustable shoulder strap.
size :  9" height x 11.5" width x 1.5" depth
currently retails for $2,085 (now on sale at barneys.com at $1,249)


Marc Jacobs "Colorblock Violet bag"

Supple leather flap front shoulder bag with front slide tab closure, contrast shoulder strap and shallow pocket at exterior back. Leather and fabric lined interior with slip pocket and zip pocket.
size : 8" height x 11" width x 3" depth 8" handle drop
currently retails for $1,595 (now on sale at barneys.com for $959)


Alexander Wang "Iris Satchel"

Wrinkled leather satchel bag with adjustable shoulder strap, flap front with push-lock closure, two exterior zipper pockets and zipper detail around expandable main compartment all with double tubular leather pulls. Zipper back pocket and adjustable strap closure from back to front across bottom. Fabric lined interior with two organizational compartments, two slip pockets and zipper pocket. Rhodium hardware throughout.
size :  9" height x 12" width x 3" depth
currently retails for $895 (on sale now at barneys.com for $539)


Alexander Wang "Morgan Hobo bag"

Pebbled leather two-way top zip hobo with pleated front body and two hidden pockets. Pale gold-tone hardware throughout, with signature studs at base. Fabric lined interior with leather-trimmed zipper pocket and several organizational slip pockets.
size : 19" height x 17" width x 5" depth 7" strap drop
currently retails for $835 (now on sale at barneys.com for $499)


Proenza Schouler "PS1 Pouch Suede Crocodile"

Crocodile suede flap front bag with metal foldover closure, croc pull-tab straps, top handle and removable shoulder strap. Exterior zipper compartment with snap pocket beneath front flap. Jacquard fabric lined interior with croc-trimmed zipper pocket.
size :  7.5" height x 7.5" width x 3" depth
currently retails for $6,275 (currently on sale on barneys.com for $3,769)


Givenchy "Obsedia Messenger bag"

Smooth leather magnetic flap close messenger bag signature gold-tone hardware at front and snap close slip pocket at back. Fabric lined interior with zipper pocket and two organizational pockets. Adjustable shoulder strap.
size : 10" height x 13" width x 3" depth
currently retails for $1,790 (on sale at barneys now for $1,069)




Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Alexander Wang "Mini Rocco Leather Satchel"

Instantly fierce, this versatile shape of pebbled lambskin leather has rows of silver feet. Double top handles, 4½" drop Adjustable detachable shoulder strap, 19"-20" drop Top zip closure Protective metal feet One inside zip pocket Fully lined
size : 10"W X 7½"H X 3¼"D
currently retails for $725
seen at : www.saksfifthavenue.com

3.1 Phillip Lim "Pashli Mini Satchel"

A perfectly-sized silhouette of shark-embossed leather with expandable zip gussets, double top handles, 3" drop, adjustable detachable shoulder strap, 23"-27" drop, push-lock flap closure One inside zip pocket
size : 8½"W X 7"H X 2¾"D
currently retails for $650
seen at : www.saksfifthavenue.com

3.1 Phillip Lim "Transparent Pashli Mini Mixed Media Satchel"

A structured flap-top design of sturdy PVC, leather and transparent plastic for a contemporary look, double leather top handles, 3" drop, adjustable detachable leather strap, 23"-27" drop, push-lock on front flap, zippered gussets, one inside zip pocket
size : 8½"W X 7"H X 2¾"D
currently retails for $450.00
seen at : www.saksfifthavenue.com

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