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L’Wren Scott’s Living Canvas


L'Wren ScottFashion and art often find each other, as they did last night at the Neue Gallery New York, where L’Wren Scott sat down with longtime pal Rachel Feinstein to discuss her Gustav Klimt-inspired Fall ’13 collection. The museum, which welcomed the likes of Feinstein’s husband John Currin, and actress Ellen Barkin for the affair, acquired one of the twentieth century Austrian artist’s most famous works, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907), back in 2006. Created during his golden phase, the painting was the primary muse for Scott’s decadent Fall looks, and it served as the backdrop for the Q&A. Having first discovered Klimt when she visited Paris’ Musée d’Orsay in her teens, Scott explained that her love of his work, “obsession with his golden period” and “longtime love of gold,” were the starting points for her collection. And indeed, while examining Scott’s gilded Fall ’13 designs, four of which were displayed in the front of the room, the connection was clear.

Scott offered that Klimt’s life—or, more specifically, the women in his life—were equally as inspiring as his art. In particular, she referenced Adele Bloch Bauer (a wealthy socialite and one of his foremost patrons), and his supposed lover, the bohemian fashion designer Emilie Flöge. “She was very well known for her little caplets, and she used to embellish them beautifully with geometric designs and inspirations from ancient Egyptian and Byzantine times. That’s how Klimt started doing his geometric patterns,” said Scott. One such caplet topped a black and gold sequined evening gown that hugged a mannequin to her left. Continue Reading “L’Wren Scott’s Living Canvas” »

Art For Clothes’ Sake


Fashion designers have forever found inspiration in fine art—recall, for example, Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian collection for Fall 1965—and today, things are no different. Barring Sarah Burton’s exquisite jacquard creations for Alexander McQueen that evoked Gustav Klimt’s gold-flecked oeuvre, the latest Resort collections were full of references that you won’t pick up in Art History 101. At Helmut Lang, Nicole and Michael Colovos turned Kate MccGwire’s contemporary feather sculptures into a digital print on soft jersey pants, while Prabal Gurung looked to Aaron Moran’s reclaimed wood works, which gave rise to the shardlike motifs on shift dresses. Clothing you might find in a gallery or museum isn’t only for the ladies—just ask Raf Simons, who used oversize T-shirts as a canvas to display Los Angeles painter Brian Calvin’s unique portraits during his latest menswear show.

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Photo: Yannis Vlamos / / Brian Calvin