For the celebration of its 60th anniversary,the House of Chloé employed hairstylist and visual artist Bob Recine to create a series of innovative window displays for Barneys New York. And as expected,even though the fashion house’s clothes are stunning indeed in their own right, the actual highlight of the magical window displays is the hair. In one window, brass, woodwind, and string instruments shoot out from the mannequin’s neck.In another,equally impressive, yards of fabric is braided and suspended to the ceiling,creating a fashion installation worth viewing!
Recine himself noted:“We translated hair into something that has nothing to do with hair.It’s always my starting and inspiration point to create something explosive and interesting, and something for people to stop and stare and look at.”
Well,at this point,you certainly reached your aims creating a stunning series of window dislays paying tribute to Chloe.And we’d love to see more from you,Mr Recine,if possible..
Mirror,mirror on the wall
Who is the fairest of them all?You.
Monsieur Alber Elbaz never disappoints us,this time creating for Lanvin’s Parisian windows, a fashion installation based on the idea of distorted reflections vanity and beauty.With pieces that showcase the House’s Winter 2012,he still manages to indulge us with another memorable experience that goes beyond fashion as retail.Btw,did you know that Lanvin is the oldest fashion House?Just mentioning.
At the same time,and in tune with the Cinderella tale,Lanvin Fall/Winter 2012 campaign celebrates Individuals with individuality.
…a girl sleeping in a hospital bed in her a.f. vandevorst dress. but here, the girl as well as the mattress and pillow are made out of candle wax.
once lit, what starts as a perfect image will slowly melt and perish during the biennale….
Nakako Hayashi on the Individuals collection, 1999, Little More described the artists vision as such:
” Upon entering the room, we found models lying on beds. Dresses and skirt were arranged from pillowcases; diagonally distorted draperies formed shirts, and pleated fabric was sewn into skirts. We took photos fanatically. We could have a close look at the clothes and see all the details. The girls on the beds had no make-up, and they did not seem to care about the wrinkles in their dresses or their dishevelled hair. Eventually, they started to rise one by one, and the show had begun. A very unique stage effect that capsized conventional shows, where you have to line up in a long queue and wait a long time for the opening and you don’t even get to see the whole model’s figure.”
Production: Lenn Cox + Jp Scheen
Taxidermist: Richard Philips ( http://www.rpcast.nl/ )
Its true that the fashion world is sufficiently familiar with fashion related installation- projects,with late Mc Queen and Hussein Chalayan being two of the pioneers.Yet this time,Rei Kawakubo has chosen to create an installation out of the whole Comme de Garcons S/S 2012 collection,exhibiting the garments as an installation project, in the same style as the runway presentation( in giant clear plastic bubbles),at the Galliera Museum, in Paris.The idea is interesting indeed, and the garments excellent,as always,yet the whole exhibition does leave the sense that the overall concept isn’t clear apart from the chromatic relevance and the sense of transcendence(birth,baptism,veil for marriage etc). Perhaps I’ve expected more from a brand that is not afraid to experiment in close relation with performance arts. Nevertheless,the exhibition definitely is a must for any devoted fashionista.Still,we need more drama…