A book extracting all the marrow from the wacky, escapist world of Vogue and presenting it in one unrelenting tome seems perfect for a credit crunch Christmas – no?
After all if we cannot live the fashion dream let us page through its glossy pages. That is the editorial thesis behind The World in Vogue – see the Daily Beast slide show for a vicarious smattering, like this orphaned baby elephant draped in Louis Vuitton being fed by Keira Knightley and photographed by Arthur Elgort – all in a Vogue days work.
Andy Warhol’s early career included sketching shoes for adverts. So it’s no surprise that he should go on to design a pair for himself. (Order yours here, if you like that kind of thing. I’d rather spend the cash on two sets of Lanvin trainers.)
The most commercially successful recent art-fashion collab is probably Takashi Murakami’s reimagining of the Vuitton handbag. The Richard Prince bags were also pretty hot.
Which says more about the state of the art world than art’s role in fashion (or fashion’s role as art).
Those guys have a particular concern with, and are a particular part of, popular culture. Design is key. In a sense, they comprise a kind of fine art High Street. That’s the real surprise of high fashion’s borrowing from the art world.
Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian Dress worked because, well, it’s clean panels of colour on fabric. How wrong can you go? Anyway, it was the cut that made an impact. But it’s a slippery slope to museum store fabrics imprinted with Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’.
Art works on clothes when it’s chosen for its design aspect and nothing else.
[Picture: Sonic Youth's Sonic Nurse album cover, designed by Richard Prince]
Michael Roberts has interpreted the spring/summer 2009 obsession with all things African for Vanity Fair – have a look at his faux naive paper cutout illustrations. In this offering you can spot a whole lot of Louis Vuitton as well some Tod’s examples at “Afrophilia”
We woke up to snow this morning!!!! It is magical!!!!
Reality check – we have to go out on the streets for the day exploring.
We started early today we have a meeting with the director of IMAGE MODE the worlds leading production company for fashion events. There clients include the likes of Mc Queen, Demeulemester, Balenciaga, Dior, Lacroix, Gaultier, Galliano, Lanvin, Vuitton, Rochas, Valentino, Yamamoto, YSL just to name a few celebrities. Needless to say we were lucky just to get an appointment. It was incredible to be so well received. This is a company that understands the value of new talent!!!!
Next was coffee and croissants at a nice little side walk café and then on to Galleries la Fayette to see what is happening at a commercial level. It is so confusing: ½ the store is on sale and the rest is unpacking summer!!!!! It’s snowing outside.
We scoured all 6 levels of women’s wear and the 3 levels of men’s in the building next door. It is invaluable for us to see the work of international designers.
The best thing is that it tells us that we can do this!!!It is not out of reach!!!
I discovered the most incredible exhibition by a young artist Ludivine Caillard entitled “red dress for a tree”. I loved it.
Clive had an interview with a agency today. He wants to be the next creative director of something big. He’s not sure what yet – we’ll keep you posted.
Clive’s comment for the day: “I believe the impossible must be possible, really!”
Ephraim’s comment for the day: Show me the money – we can do this French thing.
Gratuitous shot of Sienna Miller spotted in a Stephen Sprouse Rose scarf from Louis Vuitton by way of the Galleries Lafayette story.
Remember the wild animal theme at the Louis Vuitton show at Paris Fashion week? Well LV have chosen Madonna to take the look into the urban jungle for them – hence her recent feathery appearances etc. With a reputed $6.5 million pay check – I would also wear a little bit of feather . So here is Queen Madge doing what she does best – on a chair with fishnets and an attitude. Read More…
To take that it girl debate one step further here is exhibit 2: Ms Sofia Coppola as spotted at Paris Fashion Week.
Now this fabulous gal too is a style icon, she is all over the new Louis Vuitton campaign posing with her dad – Francis Ford Coppola and was the face of the Marc Jacobs perfume campaign … Read More…
What do Josephine Baker, Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton have in common? Well we know all about my fascination with the inimitable Ms Baker but Mark Jacobs for Louis Vuitton seems to have had the same thought about the lovely lady and channeled her wild Africanesque costumes for the Vuitton show during Paris Fashion Week. I thought this was noteworthy given how I have been rabbiting on about her.