Fashion meets art: my collection is bigger than yours

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Nope, still not bored with this year’s fashion-art love affair. Which is just as well as it’s only set to intensify. Late October sees the big reveal of the Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton art museum in Paris (above), showcasing the LVMH corporate collection of art. The 126,000 square foot ‘glass cloud’ is rumoured to be the venue for the next Vuitton womenswear show, so expect your Instagram feed to be flooded with art-fashion-architecture amazingess of the highest order…

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Meanwhile, across the pond there’s more fashion-art fabulosity to be had the same month when the Met unveils its exhibition of cubist masterpieces donated by Leonard Lauder. That’s not just any old cubist masterpieces. The not-too-shabby 78-strong collection includes 33 Picassos, 17 Braques and 14 Légers and is said to be worth $1.1bn and the most important collection of its kind. The art donation by Lauder, chairman and heir of the Estée Lauder beauty empire, is the largest single art donation in history and is accompanied by an additional $22m endowment to fund the Met’s new Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art.

“I selected the Met as the way to share this collection because I feel that it’s essential that Cubism—and the art that follows it, for that matter — be seen and studied within the collections of one of the greatest encyclopedic museums in the world,” said Lauder.

So beauty bloggers, don’t feel too bad about your lipstick and Advanced Night Repair habit. Clearly those Estée Lauder profits have gone to a very deserving home that we can all benefit from (plane ticket permitting). Nice work Mr Lauder sir.

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Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection opens at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on October 20th

[IMAGES: Fondation Louis Vuitton via LVMH and Vanity Fair; Fernand Léger, Composition (The Typographer) 1918-19. Oil on canvas promised gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection]

Form through colour: art and textiles

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If you love colour and geometric graphics it’s hard not to be drawn to the work of Josef Albers. Showing at Somerset House for another two weeks (until 31st August) is FORM THROUGH COLOUR, an exhibition of Christopher Farr textiles inspired by the works of Josef Albers, his wife Anni Albers and contemporary artist Gary Hume. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: JEFF KOONS, EBAY, SOTHEBY’S, SACAI, CALVIN KLEIN JEANS

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Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. JEFF KOONS FOR H&M

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So did you? Get your hands on the much-coveted Jeff Koons for H&M handbag? To celebrate the brand new H&M NYC flagship and the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney, a one-off handbag adorned with Koons’ famous Balloon Dog was produced last week, sadly to the US market only. I wrote about it here. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: HERMES LE BAIN; RAF SIMONS; LYST; FENWICK; MR HARE

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Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…


1. HERMES LAUNCHES LE BAIN

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So here you have the ultimate bathtime experience. Can you think of anything posher than Hermes hand wash or shampoo? Continue reading

Topman Design SS15

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Is it just me or did the Topman Design SS15 show at LC: M feel like Madchester-meets-Britpop through an Elizabeth Peyton filter? Gorgeous colour palette, psychedelic print-clashing, sensitive-boy casting, floppy flares and wayward moptop haircuts. That’s your indie-boy look sorted for 2015…

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Raf Simons / Sterling Ruby AW14/15 Campaign

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For one season only there’s no Raf Simons collection. Instead, there’s Raf Simons/Sterling Ruby, a genuine 50/50 collab that’s as much art as it is fashion. The campaign has just landed, shot by Willy Vanderperre and styled by Oliver Rizzo. I love the straight, short, skinniness of the trousers on model Luca Lemaire, and of course the bulbous shoes. Question is, who will be first to get their hands on the handpainted coat (and will they model it for Tommy Ton)…?

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The Bicester Brit factor

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What better way to spend a weekend than heading down Oxfordshire way to Bicester Village? If you do, you’ll be well rewarded, with the fifth British Fashion Council Designers’ Collective pop-up offering plentiful pickings of our celebrated womenswear talent. Curated by Yasmin Sewell, this year’s edit is the best yet (no filler!) and better still, it comes with a new art twist. The Royal Academy has jumped on board, so there are limited edition prints to buy from Royal Academians including Gary Hume and Grayson Perry. Continue reading

Quote of the day: Ryan McGinley

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“Everyone is on their phones and doesn’t take the time to smell the roses. They are getting their dose of nature by looking at my photos on Instagram.”
Ryan McGinley, Nowness

Guest post: Jigsaw’s Duke Street Emporium is a 3D shopping experience

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Jigsaw has opened a mini department store dedicated to what it calls ‘social shopping’, putting the 3D back into retail. DRG contributor ALISON BISHOP takes a tour with CEO Peter Ruis

“Retail brands have the authenticity to create something unexpected, at Jigsaw we like shops to be slightly off-pitch,” CEO Peter Ruis told me at the launch for Jigsaw’s Duke Street Emporium in Mayfair.

The Emporium name comes from the idea that Jigsaw’s new multi-label, multi-concept two-floor store is like a journey of discovery. “It’s a bit of fun, it’s a bit of curating, the rooms are like catacombs of discovery,” says Ruis. “You can travel through the store finding new products and displays, it’s intended to be very fluid and you can spend as much time as you like going from room to room. They are quite small and merchandise is not overloaded so you can always find things to be inspired,” he says. Continue reading

DRG Style Index: Gap, Fendi, Commes Des Garcons, Saint Laurent, John Lewis

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The DRG Style Index has a bit of an art theme running through it this week. Here’s my ranking of the brand stories that grabbed my attention…

1. GAP IS PARTNERING WITH FRIEZE ART FAIR
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This year, Gap has partnered with Frieze New York (opening May 9th) and Frieze London to produce exclusive merchandise in a ‘white cube’ setting that will double as a café. A joint effort with Visionaire, the US collab will produce limited edition tees from the likes of Alex Katz (above), Richard Phillips and Peter Lindbergh. Continue reading

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