We’ve long been obsessed with the life and art of Yayoi Kusama, the Japanese artist who has obsessively made polka dot art for the last forty years. It seems Louis Vuitton shares our interest — and has released images of its collection inspired by Kusama.
Sadly, the collection is only available in a few choice spots — it pops up in Louis Vuitton’s NYC store starting tomorrow, and can also be found at Printemps flagship in Paris and Selfridges in London.
A second collection of Kusama-inspired pieces, based on her “nerves” work, will be out this fall.
Our favorite look might be the clear polka-dotted raincoats. What about you? [Fashion Indie]
Macy’s is really getting on their designer collaboration flow these days. Their first few capsule lines were little-hyped and could have fallen easily to the wayside, but they followed up with a power line-up: first Doo.Ri, with Alberta Ferretti hot on its heels, and now news has broken that Calvin Klein designer and perennial supermodel favorite Francisco Costa is next up before the Ferretti line has even hit stores. Hey, we’re not complaining — the more high-end designers with mid-range price points, the better, if you ask me. Unlike the other collars, which were part of Macy’s contemporary Impulse line, Costa’s collection will be part of the chain’s promotion to benefit the Amazon rainforest under the title of “A Magical Journey to Brasil” — consequently, Costa’s home. The “fresh, youthful” line of crepe and jersey dresses will be priced from $135 to $180, a mere shadow of what his other designs go for, and sold in more than 80 Macy’s stores and on Macys.com starting May 15. Is that a subsequent database crash I see in the distance? [The Cut]
On the off chance that you live in deep seclusion, designer capsule collections for budget-priced stores are all the rage right now. H&M is perhaps the most prolific collaborator for this purpose: Commes des Garçons, Lanvin, and Versace have all produced lines with the mass retailer, and Marni is next in line. I’m familiar — very familiar — with such partnerings, but I’ve pretty much ignored designers’ efforts with Macy’s Impulse. Karl Lagerfeld and Giambattista Valli both released lines with the store last year, but they seemed to fly more under the radar when compared to the utter chaos that H&M’s collections have been known to create.
On February 15, CFDA winner Doo-Ri Chung will debut her high-low line with Macy’s, a 33-piece collection chock full of spring basics. Doo-Ri is famed for her stunning drapery skills (and the showstopping deep purple number she outfitted the First Lady in), particularly with jersey dresses, which is something that has the potential to translate extraordinarily well in a lower-priced collection. (Two dresses from the collection are above.) Brightly colored cocktail dresses, tanks and tees, and drapey blouses abound — I’m not going to do anything crazy to get my hands on this merchandise (ahem, Versace for H&M), but I will be buying more than one piece. Taking Macy’s unbeatable prices into account, I may even pick up the whole collection. [Racked]
The next greatest collaboration? We’re betting on Karen Walker’s new affordable collection for Anthropologie. A new lookbook featuring the 35 or so pieces she designed for the store is out, and we’ve selected our favorite nine dresses, tops and skirts. Called “Hi There by Karen Walker,” the line will be available in Anthropologie stores throughout the United States this spring.
So, let me get this straight: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is about a woman attempting to outrun a sadistic rapist and solve a murder, so naturally you’d want to design a line of clothing around her look. Well, not really. It seems that H&M’s “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” collection is mostly a mish-mosh of faded and dingy colors, intentionally worn fabrications and rather impossible to wear stretch faux leathers. So yeah, I won’t be bothering with any of it. But what about you? Feeling the Lisbeth Salander look?
We’ve always wanted to like Marni — the high-end, highly structured Italian designer line. But truthfully, it’s hard to imagine how to wear many of designer Consuelo Castiglioni’s boxy, somewhat masculine creations. Still, we’re curious to see how Castiglioni’s collaboration with H&M might turn out, especially because she claims, rather unconvincingly, that “everything has the same level of quality, craft and attention to detail Marni is known for.” Either way, the collab is sure to gain at least a little extra attention off the Versace x H&M collection hype. Check out a few of the upcoming looks in the video.
H&M designer collaborations have been hit or miss over the years. Some — like the Viktor & Rolf collab – were absolute stunners, while others we had high hopes for (Lanvin, in particular) fell terribly flat. So we’re definitely a bit apprehensive about the new Versace for H&M collection that hits stores next month. First off, Versace is a lot of look. A lot. Of. Look. High Versace Priestess Donatella Versace is herself a testament to the brand’s over-the-top loud style. But what’s helped Versace succeed is that her bold prints and overt sexiness have been tempered by high quality fabrics and textiles. So given that H&M’s line will be produced for a lower price point and with lower quality fabrications, well, this could spell trouble. What do you think? Would you wear it?