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Gaultier Sample Sale

Sample sales are always tricky because more often then not, as is the case with most sales, you end up buying for the bargain not fit or quality. Last Tuesday was Gaultier’s friends and family day for his end-of-the-season sale which was an exception to all sample sale rules. I don’t know how much was left towards the end, but the preview had some great pieces that would be welcomed additions to any women’s closet.

Galutier Patterns

Gaultier Sample Sale

I have always shied away from wearing orange and yellow but these delicate blouses made me give the latter color a second thought.

Gaultier Sample Sale

The perfect Yves Klein blue hoodie

Gaultier Sample Sale

Busted… The real inspiration behind Alexander Wang’s SS12 tropical prints.

Gaultier Sample Sale

I tried so hard to make this harem shell – yes, harem – work, but I was swimming in it. Everything from the colors, to the crew neck, to the open sides was perfect… Expect the fit. I hope the owner wears this insane piece proudly over a bathing suit on a hot summer day in St.Tropez.

Gaultier Sample Sale

Spring Accessory Tree
(From left: Shoes Miu Miu, Bag Céline, Scarf Louis Vuitton. Belt Altuzarra, Shoes Céline, Shoes Balenciaga, Shoes Céline, Scarf Louis Vuitton, Shoes Balenciaga, Hat Philip Treacy, Belt Céline)

A few weeks ago I was looking through some 2011 exhibition catalogues and came across one from Maurizio Cattelan:All (pictured below), which hung at the Guggenheim from November 11, 2011-January 22, 2012. It was exciting to walk up the spiral of the museum for once without a majority of the floors being under construction. The winter-time exhibition has unfortunately come and gone, just like the cold weather, and despite a rainy forecast for the next few days, New York has been rather pleasant. Seeing as how spring has already sprung in the city my closet has officially made the warm-weather changeover, meaning all winter jackets have been safely stored until the next unexpected snow storm. The above photograph is my interpretation of Cattelan’s ALL using my favorite transitional accessories for spring and a tree in Central Park as their support. Fingers Crossed I won’t have to retrieve my parka any time soon!

Maurizio Cattelan

Rashaad Newsome

A friend recently turned me onto the work of New York-based, multi-medium artist Rashaad Newsome. I first fell in love with Newsome’s collages because they remind me so much of Riccardo Tisci’s patterns for Givenchy (pictured below). His art is largely inspired by New York and African American culture which is becoming increasingly relevant in the fashion industry thanks to Tisci’s countless hip-hop collaborations — Watch the Throne anyone??

(UPDATE 4.20.2012: Yet another Tisci collaboration announced with New York-based contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley)

Givenchy patterns by Ricardo Tisci

Givenchy

Givenchy

More of Newsome’s work…

Rashaad Newsome

Rashaad Newsome

Rashaad Newsome

My sad attempt at staging my own Newsome/Tisci-inspired collage…

Colby Jordan

Balenciaga
Art by Josh Smith, drawing inspired by Balenciaga

I was so excited to find volume three of Between The Lines at Colette in Paris. Between The Lines is a coloring book with over one hundred pages filled with images by contemporary artists. The book is yet another example of RxArt’s brilliant initiative to use contemporary art to spread joy. As stated in their mission statement: RxArt is a non-profit organization whose mission it is to improve otherwise sterile environments through contemporary art, promote healing, and inspire hope. This volume of Between The Lines boasts pages with work by 60 contemporary artists, including, Ricci Albenda, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Andisheh Avini, Alyson Shotz, Ivan Navarro and Rob Pruitt. I was holding off starting coloring until the F/W 12′ shows had come to a close to use as inspiration. Take a look below at images from the book and see which of my favorite Fall collections made the cut. To see a full list of participating artists and to purchase the RxArt coloring book click here. Happy coloring!

Jil Sander
Art by Kathryn Andrews, drawing inspired by Jil Sander

Lanvin
Art by Mary Weatherford, drawing inspired by Lanvin

Marc Jacobs
Art by Julião Sarmento, drawing inspired by Marc Jacobs

Comme des Garçons
Art by Geoff McFetridge, drawing inspired by Comme des Garçons

Proenza Schouler
Art by Jonathan Horwitz, drawing inspired by Proenza Schouler

Prada
Art by Stephen Westfall, drawing inspired by Prada

VFILES

I was so excited to see that the Visionaire + Mike Gallagher’s collaborative space, VFILES, is finally open at 12 Mercer in Soho. I’ve been awaiting the unveil of the space since wanting to go to Gallagher’s a few months ago only to find it closed. Michael Gallagher is the king of vintage fashion magazines. His previous shop in the East Village was the envy of the fashion industry and designer’s first stop each season for inspiration. Although I was never lucky enough to visit his original space, the new VFILES shop is fantastic. The vintage periodicals are categorized and all kept in pristine condition. I was so excited to find an Art and Fashion-themed copy of L’OFFICIEL from 1990 and the American Vogue from the month and year I was born in, January 1993.

VFILES

VFILES

VFILES

VFILES

VFILES

VFILES

VFILES

VFILES

VFILES

Alber

Don’t you love those moments when you realize at the time how magical something is? Yeah. Me too. Fortunately that happened today during my morning with Alber. I first met the Lanvin designer and his partner, Alex, two years ago at dinner in Paris with a mutual friend. Alber was one of my first interviews when I started Minnie Muse and to this day one of my favorites. I love that even after 10 years and at the height of his career he still embodies the brand and has such an infectious mentality that makes everyone want to become part of the Lanvin family.

I hadn’t seen him for almost a year and was so excited to reconnect when I heard he was in town. My mom and I made our way over to the Lanvin boutique early this morning for a very small book signing in celebration of Alber’s 10th anniversary at the fashion house. The book is itself a piece of art.

The spectacular new volume is filled with over fifty pages of single quotes and hundreds of photographs offering a rare glimpse inside of Alber’s extraordinarily creative land at Lanvin.

Alber

Alber

Alber

Alber

Alber

Alber

Alber