SPOT ON: Later this week, Comme des Garçons will inaugurate its new art space on the second floor of its store in Osaka, Japan, with the opening of an exhibition by Yayoi Kusama, famed for her graphic polkadot creations and avant-garde proclivities. The show, entitled “Propagating Room,” features Kusama’s works past and present, and opens to the public Saturday and runs through Nov. 8. Rei Kawakubo designed CDG’s exhibition space, dubbed “Six” after the brand’s now-defunct magazine it published in the Nineties. CDG said the name plays off the idea of the sixth sense and the numeral’s surreal qualities. “This space will not be a regular gallery, where works are merely exhibited or displayed, but a place where the world of Kusama itself will be embodied in strong form,” the company said, adding the space will go on to host other exhibitions in the future.
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IN A TWIST: French Connection unveiled its fall and holiday collections to Hollywood types late last week in Los Angeles, and unlike at other swag events, this time around some of the stars had to work for their parting gifts. “Twilight” actor Kellan Lutz, “90210” co-stars AnnaLynne McCord and Jessica Lowndes, Gabrielle Union and Maria Menounos, as well as “Melrose Place” co-stars Ethan Erickson, Shaun Sipos and Michael Rady were among those invited to shop a first-look preview of French Connection’s wares. As most people know, being an actor in Los Angeles usually means having to sing for your supper — and the talent on hand last week was no exception, being prodded into lighthearted bouts of a French Connection-themed Twister game before making off with the goods. The celebs that hit the Twister mat for some fun made out with plenty of FC merchandise for their trouble, including boyfriend blazers and cropped jackets, stretch denim leggings and plaid button-downs shirts.
BRAZILIAN BOUND: Christian Dior Parfums has set up house in Brazil with the launch of its first retrospective exhibition there. São Paulo’s Iguatemi shopping center will host “Christian Dior: Couturier Parfumer,” which opened to the public last week and runs through Sunday as part of the Year of France in Brazil celebration. The exhibit, which will travel around the world after its weeklong stint in Brazil, showcases the history and the social impact of the French perfume house through some of its most iconic fragrances including Miss Dior, Eau Sauvage and J’Adore. Limited edition bottles dating back to 1947, vintage ad campaigns and the story of the creative talents behind the fragrances also will be on display. The story of founding couturier Christian Dior, who wrote in his 1951 biography “Je Suis Couturier” that “perfume is an indispensable accessory,” also will be showcased to highlight the role fragrance has played in fashion. LVMH-owned Christian Dior Parfums has been in Brazil since 1998. Its J’Adore fragrance is currently the best-selling scent in the country.
JUDGING FASHION: Orange County’s second annual Style Week, a mix of runway fashion shows, designer appearances and in-store events, is getting a slight “Project Runway”-style makeover this year. About 10,000 attendees turned out for the inaugural event last summer, which featured a fashion show by “The Hills” alum Lauren Conrad. Not only will this year’s three-day series of events involve fashion shows, but skate-streetwear label Ezekiel and Active Ride Shops will present the Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising’s Needle & Thread competition, as well. Six FIDM graduate students will show up to five original looks on the runway they have created for Ezekiel’s spring 2010 collection. The designs will be judged by a panel of industry experts, and the contestant with the best overall designs will receive a $4,000 scholarship, with the designs carried in Ezekiel’s spring line. Unlike last year’s Style Week Orange County events, which were free, seats for this year’s shows will be $10; proceeds will go to Benefit nonprofit HomeAid Orange County. The three-day series of events will kick off Sept. 24.
O BURBERRY: Burberry will open its first Toronto store, the brand’s second Canadian store, on Friday. The 6,000-square-foot store is located at 1 Yorkdale Road in Toronto and reflects the new design concept developed by creative director Christopher Bailey. The facade is a combination of polished black chrome and signature check. Floors are stone and dark wood. Fixtures are dark stained oak, lacquer and black chrome. The store will showcase ready-to-wear for men and women from the Burberry London collection, as well as a full range of accessories for men and women including bags, shoes, jewelry, timepieces, eyewear and fragrances. It also will carry children’s wear. Burberry recently revealed plans for a second store in Toronto, scheduled to open on Bloor Street in October. The first Burberry store in Canada opened in Vancouver last year.