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Designers Connect the Dots

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Stella McCartney Polka Dots Call it the Yayoi Kusama effect. George Clooney spotlighted an emerging trend when he turned up on the cover of W‘s Art Issue in a polka-dotted Giorgio Armani suit customized by the famed artist. (Her recent exhibition at David Zwirner’s gallery, I Who Have Arrived in Heaven, drew long lines.) We saw similar spots on Spring runways including Burberry Prorsum, Emanuel Ungaro, and Sportmax. Playful polka dots are popping up at this week’s Haute Couture shows, too. Raf Simons’ latest lineup for Dior featured intricate eyelets and cutwork details, while Marco Zanini put his own quirky spin on the quintessential spots at Schiaparelli. Cartoonish circles have also been popular in the new Pre-Fall collections, with designers like Stella McCartney and Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz making their respective points on cocktail attire and matching accessories.

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Louis Vuitton is Dino-mite

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Louis Vuitton's Windows

With rumors swirling about whether Marc Jacobs will renew his contract in 2014, Louis Vuitton seems to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue. And now, we have one more—pretty gargantuan—reason to talk about the house. Today, Vuitton revealed that its new window installations will not consist of the brightly hued works of an eccentric or iconic artist (cue Stephen Sprouse and Yayoi Kusama). Instead, the brand has opted for dinosaurs. Seven stores worldwide—including the boutiques on Paris’ Champs Élysées, London’s New Bond Street, and New York’s Fifth Avenue—will get the Jurassic treatment, hosting golden reproductions of prehistoric skeletons in their facades. Velociraptors, Dimetrodons, Stegosauruses, Tyrannosaurus Rexes, and Triceratopses are just some of the species that will inhabit the displays, which were apparently inspired by a trip to the Natural History Museum in Paris’ Les Jardins des Plantes. On view from tomorrow, the beasts seem fairly friendly—mannequins wearing Vuitton’s Pre-Fall ’13 wares are perched peacefully atop the creatures’ backs.

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An A+ For Architecture

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Thom Browne at the Architizer A+ Awards GalaLast night, Architizer—an online architecture network for professionals and dabblers alike—hosted its inaugural A+ Awards gala at New York City’s Cedar Lake. And, according to the site’s CEO Marc Kushner, the event not only aimed to honor talents like Richard Meier, who won the lifetime achievement award, but also to make architecture more approachable for those in other creative realms. “We designed an event to help break architecture out of the echo chamber, so that other people can jump in and relate to it,” Kushner told Style.com. Last night’s accolades honored a total of eighty-seven buildings in more than fifty two categories—including Jaklitsch/Gardner’s cubic Marc Jacobs flagship in Tokyo and THEVERYMANY’s Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama pop-up store at Selfridges in London.
 

“What they do is really amazing—it’s a great resource,” said attendee Joseph Altuzarra, one of many fashion designers present (Thom Browne and Yigal Azrouël also stopped by). Altuzarra offered that he has his own unique tie to architecture. “We have this factory in the north of France that does jersey—it was designed by Le Corbusier. Everything was done so carefully, it’s really beautiful.”

Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

Running Shoes Get The High Fashion Treatment

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In the 1988 film Working Girl, Melanie Griffith’s character famously wore sneakers for her daily commute, swapping them out for heels at the last possible minute outside the office. These days, both designers and street-style notables are leaving their dressy footwear at home and making fashion statements with athletic shoes. And no, we’re not talking about those ubiquitous Isabel Marant wedges. We’re referring to a specific subgenre of sneaker, i.e. competitive trainers made for running sprints (whether they be around the track or on the city sidewalks).

The trend really kicked into gear last month, when Tommy Ton snapped dapper guys wearing Nike and New Balance in Milan and Paris. Similar styles showed up on the runways at the Salvatore Ferragamo, Raf Simons, and Valentino menswear shows. Girls are embracing the look, too. At the opening of Yayoi Kusama’s Whitney retrospective, the artist Kara Walker dressed down her Zero + Maria Cornejo dress with sporty sneaks, while Vika Gazinskaya was among those who wore them during Couture.

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Photo: Alessandro Viero / GoRunway.com

Spotted: The Louis Vuitton X Kusama Collection On The Dance Floor, And More Of The Day’s Top Stories

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See spots—and see spots move—courtesy of lensman-of-the-moment Angelo Pennetta, who teamed up with Love‘s Katie Grand for a video take on the new Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama collection. (Also included: turbans. It’s a thing!) [Love]

On Friday (the 13th—spooky!), Proenza Schouler is set to open its first bricks-and-mortar store. Make that concrete. The David Adjaye-designed, two-level space includes what co-designer Lazaro Hernandez calls “a room made out of sidewalk,” and exposed beams, pipes, and concrete are used throughout. “We wanted it to be the antithesis of a high-gloss Madison Avenue store,” Jack McCollough says. [WWD]

Today on The Coveteur: Entering the closet (the fully digitized closet) of an old friend—one who’s saving herself for Luke Perry. [The Coveteur]

The Rolling Stones gather no moss—a couple gray hairs, maybe. Fifty years ago today in London, the Stones played their first gig, and a half-century later, they’re still (in slightly altered form) at it. And between Vuitton campaigns (Keith Richards) and L’Wren Scott shows (Mick), they’ve even got plans to record new material in London this year. [Rolling Stone]