[dropcap]L [/dropcap]ouis Vuitton and the Whitney Museum in New York are seeing dots. Famed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has teamed up with Louis Vuitton for a collaboration, and is also being honored with a retrospective at the Whitney Museum Of Art in New York.
Yayoi Kusama is most known for her abstract and pop art scenes, polka dot technique and unique installations. Her exhibit at the Whitney, open July 12th through September 30th, showcases over 50 years of her work with the museum itself decorated in polka dots. In an interview with WWD on the exhibit’s grand opening, the 83 year old Kusama remarked “I’m genius.”
For the grand opening of the collaboration on Tuesday July 10, the Louis Vuitton Fifth Avenue Flagship unveiled its store window displays covered in dots and abstract shapes in Kusama’s designs, and Kusama herself arrived to the opening in a polka dotted wheelchair. The artist’s collaboration with Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, in stores worldwide now, stays true to Kusama’s style – RTW, handbags, and accessories covered in her classic polka dots.
Her exhibit at the museum as well as the collaboration with Louis Vuitton had been highly anticipated and on Tuesday night W magazine along with Louis Vuitton hosted a dinner at the Whitney Museum in New York City in the artist’s honor. The dinner party was held at the Whitney Museum and was a preview of what to expect from her exhibit. Stars including Dianna Agron, Lauren Santo Domingo, Harley Viera- Newtown, Margherita Missoni as well as many others were present and enthralled. “That’s the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in a long time,” Hannah Bronfman said to WWD in regards to the installation. Unfortunately Yayoi did not attend the dinner because she had spent most of the day at LV’s fifth avenue flagship during the store unveiling.
The fashion designer appears in a brand new film to talk about two paintings which capture her vision of London. In this intimate interview, Vivienne Westwood discusses the work of the artists Frank Auerbach and JM Whistler who drew inspiration from scenes of London and the River Thames. The film is part of theThis is Britain campaign promoting the free collections displays at Tate Britain.
Watch Westwood speak about why these artists have a personal significance to her, and how the museums and galleries of London have been a constant source of inspiration throughout her life.
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter showing in New York for the past five years, PREEN designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi will return to London Fashion Week this September.
The London-based duo last showed their label in London in February 2007 at Fulham football stadium before presenting their collection in New York. “We are delighted to be part of LFW again, it feels great to back on our own turf”, the designers told VOGUE.
The label is known for its sculpted, yet feminine, aesthetic and is worn by many high profile clients including Kate Moss, Scarlett Johansson, Sienna Miller, Cindy Crawford, Beyonce, Diane Kruger and Michelle Obama.
“It’s great to see the Preen mainline collection returning to show in London, they will be an exciting and much anticipated addition to the LFW schedule” said British Fashion Council chief executive Caroline Rush.
Poetic Clash is the story of an encounter. Jan Taminiau shares his interest for the tribal African silhouettes, patterns and scarifications as well as the magnetism of ikats from Uzbekistan in this collection, he combines these ethnic inspirations with his Couture savoir-faire and traditional clothing construction crafts.
The final wedding dress shows the amazing result of the collaboration between Maison Lesage and Jan Taminiau. A demi-couture collection will be derived from this collection.
In this Pre-Fall 2012 collection, designer Charlotte Olympia Dellal was inspired by the Russian culture featuring Matryoshka doll faces, lots of wooden embellishment, bright colors and names such as Anastasia & Irina.
There’s also a special design, the Luella pump which is named after Lulu Guinness featuring a pair of luscious lips.
Anastastia platformsandal; available online at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.
Ava floral printed pump; available online at Matches and Charlotte Olympia.
Flora platform pump; available online in green at Neiman Marcus, in red at Charlotte Olympia and in floral at Net-A-Porter.
The Qatari royal family is in advanced talks with private equity firm Permira over the sale of Valentino, the Italian luxury brand, for between €550-€600m.
The sale talks come five years after Permira purchased Valentino Fashion Group in a deal worth €2.6bn. It has since been forced to write down the value of its investment heavily.
The Valentino group initially included the eponymous fashion label as well as a majority stake in Hugo Boss and the Missoni brand. Hugo Boss is now a separate company.
The current deal will include the Valentino brand, which has dressed some of the world’s most glamorous celebrities from film star Nicole Kidman to Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, and the Missoni brand.
Last year Valentino had sales of €322.4m and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of €22.2m.
The combined luxury group has had a tough time following the economic downturn in 2008. Many luxury goods producers have seen their sales slide.
Private equity rushed to buy luxury goods companies at the peak of the credit bubble, including shoemaker Jimmy Choo and the Ferretti super-yacht business.