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Eye on the Prize

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There are only 12, and fittingly, they launched on 12/12/12. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s latest project, a dozen crocodile The Row backpacks decorated by Damien Hirst, had the Internet roaring even before they were released last night at Paola Russo’s new Hollywood concept shop Just One Eye. The preliminary buzz was, in part, caused by the big names involved. But really, the chatter revolved around the sacs’ alleged $55,000 price tags. “Damien [Hirst] uses the most iconic pieces and he used our iconic backpack,” said Mary-Kate Olsen, noting that she and Ashley gave Hirst full reign in the design process. “We just supplied a canvas for him and he did what he does best,” Ashley added.

The likes of Erin Wasson, Stavros Niarchos, and Co’s Stephanie Danan and Justin Kern turned out to the boutique to celebrate the launch. And the store proved to be a fitting backdrop for the occasion. “The Row was the first one to follow Just One Eye,” Russo said. Ashley Olsen offered, “I love the concept behind the store. The whole experience is very personal.” Though talk of the backpacks’ price was off the table, the suggested retail value didn’t deter potential patrons of the arts—an eager buyer gingerly toted her new pack around the party.

Photo: Courtesy of Just One Eye

Lots To See, Just One Eye

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Just One Eye is not your typical e-tailer. For starters, their brick-and-mortar flagship stands in the mazelike Hollywood compound where Howard Hughes used to live, work, and seduce movie stars. But really, it’s their product selection that makes them so extraordinary. Where else could you find a Warhol-signed Rolling Stones necktie tee, some Carlo Bugatti chairs, and a range of antique fine jewelry alongside looks from Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, Olympia Le-Tan, and Maiyet? Since opening the store last spring, co-founder Paola Russo (formerly of Maxfield) has focused on mixing fashion and art. And we mean big-time art. Ed Ruscha has been collaborating in various ways since the shop’s launch. Work by Murakami, among others, hangs on the walls at headquarters. And today, the shop is launching the first in an ongoing series of artist/designer collaborations, debuting a limited-edition range of Damien Hirst-decorated backpacks from The Row.

According to Russo, Just One Eye’s interest in commissioning these projects comes from the store’s mandate to create “specialness.” “Our vision,” she explains, “is to make and sell things that will last. We don’t want to be involved with mass-produced fads,” she says. “Real luxury is something that is timeless and exceptional.” Naturally, true luxury comes with a hair-raising price tag. Or, in the case of the backpacks, which ring in at a cool $55,000, a gasp-worthy one. But it helps to know that some of that cash will go to a good cause. A portion of the proceeds from the bags will be donated to UNICEF; ditto Just One Eye’s next, more cost-democratic collaboration, which will see Nate Lowman teaming up with Converse. “He’s painting 25 pairs,” says Russo. “So the question for the people who buy these shoes will be, you know, do you wear them, or keep them as art?” A question many of us have posed about our shoes. But not typically of our sneakers.

Visit Just One Eye at justoneeye.com.

Yoox.com Gets In The Art Game

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E-commerce site Yoox.com has partnered with countless big-name designers and style icons, ranging from Waris Ahluwalia to Iris Apfel. As of today, the brand is adding art into the fold, launching with over 50 artists as well as some of the world’s most prestigious galleries and museums. “It’s an idea I’ve had for some time now,” Yoox Group founder and CEO Federico Marchetti tells Style.com. “It was only natural our next step would be to focus on art. Additionally, the art world has evolved and buyers are keen to access art online—it’s on their radar now.” As Marchetti describes it, Yoox is offering a one-stop shop for the art-inclined, where you can check the latest art world news, browse through contemporary works, learn about the artists, and buy the pieces.

For the launch, Yoox has exclusive works by two of the art world’s most venerable talents, Grayson Perry and Damien Hirst. Perry, for his part, did a boxed set of table maps (entitled The Vanity of Small Differences). The Hirst contributions are two small-scale versions of his renowned Anatomy of an Angel sculpture. As for who’s up next, Marchetti remains tight-lipped. “We can’t unveil just yet what’s coming next, but rest assured, this is just the beginning of an exciting new adventure into the world of contemporary art,” he says. They also plan on expanding their support of emerging artists in the near future. In the meantime, art aficionados can get in on the action at the Frieze Art Fair in London via Yoox (a supporter of this year’s Frieze Sculpture Park in Regent’s Park). He explains: “Visitors to art at Yoox.com will have the chance to visit the exhibition from anywhere in the world. Thanks to a specially created interactive video tour of the garden, they can stroll though the manicured lawns, stop and walk around each sculpture, and enjoy behind-the-scenes info on the works, all from home, without having to brave the English weather!” And who doesn’t like the sound of that? Style.com has a first look at the work from Perry and Hirst, here. Visit Yoox.com now to get a full look at the new-launched art sector.

Photos: Courtesy of Yoox.com

Garage Time

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When Dasha Zhukova released her debut issue of Garage magazine during fashion week last September, The New York Times called it “one of the most intriguing magazines to come along in years.” To jog your memory, recall that cover (there were three different ones) lensed by Hedi Slimane, featuring the lower half of a nude model with a peel-off Damien Hirst sticker on her crotch. One year later, she’s got issue number three ready to hit newsstands September 10. The theme, it would appear, is a little less provocative: time.

“Our themes in the past were not risqué just for the sake of it—it was more that we focused on subject matter that we thought resonated,” she tells Style.com. “We decided to focus on ‘time’ as our theme as it seems to be the one thing that everyone is either trying to buy more of or rush their way through with the increasing presence of technology in our everyday lives. From our obsession with defying the effects of aging to the stress of deadlines that loom in our careers to things as seemingly trivial as arriving ‘fashionably late,’ time touches all aspects of our lives.”

Zhukova brought on the likes of photographers Nick Knight and Juergen Teller to interpret time for the five different covers, all linked to an editorial inside the issue. Knight did a Lichtenstein-inspired shoot with Lindsey Wixson, with text captions by Perez Hilton. “Nick Knight’s shoot and collaboration with Perez takes traditional pop art to the contemporary extreme. It takes an aesthetic that feels almost classical to today’s generation and frames it timelessly with the use of today’s digital shorthand,” she explains. Teller, for his part, photographed the oldest tree in the world with Spanish actress Rossy de Palma as his model. The other three covers include works by artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, John Currin, and a limited-edition vinyl record with a conversation between Marc Jacobs and Currin. Here, Style.com has an exclusive first look at the Knight (pictured, above) and the Teller (pictured, below) covers.

Photos: Courtesy of Garage

One Collector Starts Young

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When you’re a Baby Beckham—which is to say, congenitally Posh—only the best will do for your nursery. One-year-old Harper Beckham, the daughter of Victoria and David, doesn’t gaze at ducks or clowns in her nursery; she’s now got her very own Damien Hirst. Vogue U.K. reports that her father approached Hirst to design a piece for her nursery wall, which apparently depicts a lilac heart. “We named it Daddy’s Girl,” Beckham said, which rolls off the tongue a little more easily than The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living. No word on when Mum Beckham will extend her clothing line into baby sizes for her fourth child and first girl.

Photo: Getty Images