THE GARDNER GOES GRAPHIC: It’s not every day that a Venetian-style palazzo gets bathed in neon lights, but that’s just what Joseph Kosuth, a pioneer in the conceptual art movement, has done to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in...
THE GARDNER GOES GRAPHIC: It’s not every day that a Venetian-style palazzo gets bathed in neon lights, but that’s just what Joseph Kosuth, a pioneer in the conceptual art movement, has done to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
In honor of the esteemed institution’s centennial, Kosuth has created three installations including a large-scale textual one on the exterior that excerpts tidbits from letters swapped between the museum’s namesake, James McNeill Whistler and Bernard Berenson.
"The clusters of light look like lace during the day and stars at night," said Pieranna Cazalchini, the museum’s curator of contemporary art. "We wanted to do something for the neighborhood and passersby that would shine outside the museum like a voice."
Indoors, Kosuth cast some quotes from the museum’s archives on cloths draped over vitrines filled with letters between Gardner, Whistler and Berenson during their travels in Europe. Beginning in April, visitors can take a behind-the-scenes look at never-before-seen diaries, travel journals and other materials used in the making of the museum. John Singer Sargent’s drawing for a stairway and photos of Gardner atop a ladder painting the atrium’s rose-colored ceiling will be displayed through Aug. 21.
AT HOME IN MOSCOW: Versace will open a Home Collection boutique in Moscow next month, its second home store after Milan. The 1,620-square-foot store is located in the city’s Crocus City Mall, a stately structure of 540,000 square feet dedicated entirely to the luxury world. The store will carry the entire home collection, ranging from bed and bath linen to classical and modern furniture.
"Our Moscow boutique has consistently performed beyond our expectations, making it a logical market for expansion," said Santo Versace, chief executive officer of Versace. "The Versace home collection has become a very important piece of our business, so it makes sense that we want to marry these rapidly growing areas."
The new store also marks the launch of an interior design service for its customers.
"Since the line is so comprehensive, there will be an on-staff designer who will work with customers to help them realize their homes," said a Versace spokesman. "This is a test and the service will likely be offered in other stores."The spokesman said the company is looking at areas where the home collection performs well and is considering appropriate locations.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast