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September 2 2014

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9 posts tagged "Whitney Museum"

Artists And Labels: The Continuing Story

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If Marc builds it, they will come. The contemporary artist/fashion label complex, that is, which Jacobs sent to new heights with his accessory collaborations with Louis Vuitton. Yes, artists and designers had collaborated before—including Dalí and Schiaparelli way back when—but the runaway success of Louis Vuitton’s Murakami bags (and the follow-up Richard Prince “joke” bags) has given contemporary artists a new form to play with and, just as importantly, a new revenue stream. The latest is the conceptual art star Jenny Holzer, who’s teaming up with Keds to create kicks this summer. (Artist’s canvas, taken literally.) The high-top and low-top styles are emblazoned with PROTECT ME FROM WHAT I WANT, a phrase from Holzer’s text series Survival. They’ll be available online and at select Bloomingdale’s locations in July. The footwear brand is giving back to the art world, too: Keds is sponsoring the Whitney’s summer season.
$70 to $75, available at select Bloomingdale’s locations and www.keds.com beginning July 8.

PLUS: Click below for a few of our favorite recent art/fashion collabs. Continue Reading “Artists And Labels: The Continuing Story” »

Donatella At The Whitney

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What with throwing last month’s BCBG-sponsored Art Party and hosting last week’s intimate Lou Reed concert, the Whitney has been feeling awfully chic of late. Cue Donatella Versace, who stilettoed into the museum this afternoon to make that three for the trend. The occasion was the launch of Art Unites, an initiative from Versace and the Whitney committed to bringing art to children in need. Drawing was on the day’s agenda, but Versace, a self-declared non-sketcher, left the art-making to the experts: namely, some really adorable kids from the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which benefits children with chronic or life-threatening diseases. Wielding Magic Markers, the youth set worked on drawings while the designer worked the room. “She seems really nice,” one budding artist concluded after Versace left her table in an aura of flashbulbs. The drawings, 900 in all, along with those created by children from Jet Li’s One Foundation in China, will be made into one-of-a-kind tote bags available this fall online from Gilt Groupe, and will retail for $200 to $250. In addition to being made into Versace bags, two drawings chosen by Donatella will make their way (and not necessarily in tote bag form) into Versace’s Fall RTW show. “I’m not looking for talent or theatricality,” Versace said of eventually picking the winners. “I’m looking for emotion.” Her future design collaborators had been told as much. “I’m looking forward to seeing what you make today,” she told the assembled group, “and I hope it comes from the heart.”

Photo: Charles Eshelman / Film Magic

Yea, Nay, Or Eh: Pasties Beyond The Boudoir? And The Burlesque Club?

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey is great for low-brow entertainment, but predicting fashion trends? We didn’t think so either, until we spied leggy Hana Soukupova working this mesh top cum sequin bra at last night’s Whitney Art Party. It reminded us of the shimmery bikini housewife Teresa modeled for her friends on their Atlantic City girls’ weekend. We’re not sure metal (or sequins, or anything shiny) is ever appropriate for a bra, but what do you think about Hana’s look? Is it something you’d try or does it fall into the “for models only” category?

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene

McGinley, Teller, Tillmans, Et Al: Everybody Hearts Eggleston

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In an email to Style.com last week, Ryan McGinley shared a few highlights from Paris Fashion Week and let us in on a little secret. “I love me some William Eggleston,” he wrote. When the exhibit William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008 opens today at the Whitney Museum of American Art, visitors with an eye for some of today’s most prominent image makers in fashion will see that he is not alone.

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