150/15

ny-based artist darcel is celebrating french boutique colette’s 15th anniversary as one of the world’s biggest innovators of fashion, art, design, and retail with an exhibition of his infamous character darcel disappoints.  150 of the era’s biggest influencers in art, photography, fashion, design, cinema, and music, from coco chanel to wes anderson to kaws, are “darcellized”.  the exhibition runs from february 27th until march 31st.

some of my favorites:

michel gondry

spike jonze

wes andeson

tom ford

 

victor...

and rolf

karl lagerfeld

coco chanel

anna wintour

andy warhol

takashi murakami

jeff koons

marc jacobs

there are just so many…and they’re all great!  see the rest at colette.  OR, even better…download the pdf of all the darcels!

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savage beauty wrap up

did you really think i wouldn’t post yet again about the “alexander mcqueen: savage beauty” exhibition at the met in its last week?  it’s coming to a close this sunday (8/07) and was a huge smash hit.  it was so successful that…

  • it was extended from ending on july 31st to august 7th
  • on opening day, about 5,100 people visited the exhibit and the museum was forced to suspend guided tours due to the crowd volume.  this was the most trafficked opening day for any exhibit in the museum’s history since it opened in 2005.
  • while the rest of the museum is closed on mondays from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, the exhibit is open for an extra $50
  • the lines/crowds have been pretty crazy (two-hour lines this past weekend)
  • it broke attendance records for a fashion exhibition at the met this past weekend with an attendance of +582,000
  • it’s open until midnight on its final two days

so if you’re planning to see it this week, you should probably sign up for membership to bypass the lines.

i’m sad i’ll never be able to see it, but at least i have the book (which i still need to read) and garance dore got photos!  this is a big deal since photography is prohibited in the exhibition.

see garance’s post for all her shots.

a peek inside louis vuitton voyages

i posted about the exhibition previously, but this is the first look i’ve seen inside.  looks amazing!

this photo was taken by luc castel at the national museum of china.  i was at south coast plaza yesterday and mentally noted how cute the hot air balloon display was at the louis vuitton boutique inside bloomingdale’s.

louis vuitton voyages

an animated short by mineki films highlighting the “louis vuitton voyages” exhibition at the national museum of china in beijing.  marking the luxury label’s 20th anniversary in china, the exhibit takes visitors through its history, starting with its humble beginnings as a luggage shop.

savage beauty

i’m pretty bummed that i’ll be missing the alexander mcqueen retrospective “alexander mcqueen: savage beauty” at the metropolitan museum of art in nyc by days.  i’m leaving on april 30th and the opening launch at the costume institute benefit gala (met ball) is on may 2nd; it will be open to the public from may 4th to july 31st.  so if you live there, or are visiting during that time, please visit so i can live vicariously through you.

mcqueen has become one of my favorite designers…unfortunately i wasn’t exposed to his genius until after his sad passing.  long live mcqueen, rip.

alexander mcqueen a/w 2009

excerpted from telegraph:

The exhibition will examine more than two decades of McQueen’s work as a designer and couturier, from his MA graduate collection from Central St Martins College of Art, through his years as the creative director of the house of Givenchy, and the radical designs for his own label, up to his final collection, which was shown posthumously in Paris, just under a month after his death by suicide, at his home in London.

Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) was one of the most influential, radical and provocative designers of his generation. He saw beyond clothing’s physical constraints to its ideaological and conceptual possibilities, addressing questions related to race, class, gender, sexuality, history, and the future of Planet Earth.

His catwalk presentations were as lavish as they were technologically challenging, offering the audience a fleeting glimpse of fashion as performance art or the theatre of the macabre.

During his career McQueen was awarded the British Designer of the Year trophy four times, and also received the CFDA’s (Council of Fashion Designers of America) award for the International Designer of the Year, in 2003.

coinciding with the opening of the exhibition, the fashion house will be releasing this limited edition silk skull scarf:

it will be available in stores may for $495.  this will be a real collector’s piece so i’d love to have it.  i can only afford his pieces when they’re on second-cut sale–and even then, barely.  i’m fairly certain this will sell out so the chances of me owning it are pretty unlikely.

other lust-worthy mcqueen scarves:

 

broderie anglais silk scarf, $380

black inverted bar skull ribbon silk/satin scarf, $235