Saturday, September 29, 2012

Yayoi Kusama

 I visited Yayoi Kusama's exhibit at The Whitney for the second time this month, taking my Mother along with me. Kusama has been painting since the early 1950's, but really made an impact on the art scene around the 60's with her eccentric sculptures and public nude happenings around New York City including the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park and even a church. Hey, it was all about free love expression and phalic furniture... what's not to love? She certainly still captivates this city as seen by the line wrapped around the block each time I have come to the exhibit. It was such a beautiful Fall day in the city, filled with Yayoi's polka dots taking over the windows at Louis Vuitton. It is no surprise that a designer like Marc Jacobs would be inspired by an artist as dotty as Yayoi. Too see more of the collaboration visit Louis Vuitton.
Me inside Fireflies on the Water, one of Kusama's infamous infinity rooms. Viewers are allowed one minute alone at a time, even though I could spend all day inside!
 Yayoi Kusama in her studio.
 What I Wore: Alice + Olivia embellished sweater, Phillip Lim 3.1 ruffled skirt, H&M polka dot tights and socks, Jefferey Campbell oxfords, Hermes Birkin, Prada Sunglasses and a black beret I picked up while in the South of France.
 After the show, we hopped down to Bloomingdales to check out the dotty bags and windows at Louis Vuitton.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Metric

 Last night I was lucky enough to cross one of my favorite bands off my "to see" list. Radio City Music Hall is such a magical place, and it was the perfect setting for a night with Metric. I carry a very sentimental attachment to this band, it got me through those agonizing teen angst years. It is something I want to listen to now matter what mood I am in, and whenever I am searching my iPod for something to play, it is constantly my go to band. As sappy as it is, I even cried a little during the performance. Thank you Metric for a wonderful evening. 
 Chanel tweed blazer (stolen from my mom's closet), Banana Republic silk blouse, H&M leather shorts, Christian Louboutin glitter kitten heels, Vintage Christian Dior brocade clutch (found at a Parisian flea market), vintage Gucci scarf.
One of the best surprise guests ever: 
Lou Reed from The Velvet Underground

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Inspiration

 When I was in high school I would carry this inspiration scrap book around everywhere. I would make collages of designers, styles or aesthetics I was attracted to. It was a good reference for me whenever I needed ideas or just wanted to save images I enjoyed. It is funny how my style has remained true to my 14 year old self, and the designers I admired then, I still look up to now, including Chanel, Marc Jacobs and Prada. I really need to start making a book or even a small moleskin like this to keep with me whenever I need inspiration or find something I like. I also have a huge file on my desktop of images I find along my internet journeys that I pull up for reference but I would prefer a tactile version as well. I also think tools like tumblr and Pinterest are good outlets for cataloging inspiration images and sharing them with friends. How do you prefer to be inspired? Would you favor a tactile journal, or take the ciber route?

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Designer Dolls

 This Friday I have decided to support two of my favorite artists: Marc Jacobs and South Park, by hosting a free give away for bloggers. I spotted these hilarious mini Marc dolls at the Marc Jacobs store a couple weeks ago and decided to look further into this collaboration between the designer and the comedian duo from Comedy Central's South Park. I still have yet to see the episode featuring "Muscle Marc" but apparently Mr. Jacobs loved his cartoon character and was quite flattered. After duplicating the cartoon in the fashion of a tattoo, Marc proceeded to get in touch with the writers to have a "Muscle Marc" plush made. I absolutely love this story, and how a famous designer like Marc Jacobs can laugh at himself.
This designer doll trend is not something new, other esteemed designers have looked to dolls for curated shows or just fun in the past. Here are some of my favorites:
Viktor and Rolf asked for dolls when planning their 2008 museum exhibition. Hand made porcelain dolls where made to wear miniature garments spanning from 1992-2008 collections.
Lanvin collaborated with the charity "Dessine L'Espoir" which supports women who suffer with HIV. The collection features 4 limited edition hand made dolls by the women themselves in Swaziland. Buy Lanvin Plush
Karl Lagerfeld collaborated with the famous toy company, Steiff to produce these chic teddies clad in Karl's iconic black and white uniform and sunglasses.

And of course, 
Barbie has been sporting a designer wardrobe for decades...
Dior
Versace
Christian Louboutin
Burberry

 How to Win your very own Muscle Marc Plush:
If you where a designer, what would your doll look like? Would you go the soft and cuddly plush route, or stick to the classic Barbie. Write a post, draw a picture or just comment. Make sure to link back to this post or my blog so 
I can choose a winner!


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