Hermes Madison Avenue holiday windows by Le Gentil Garcon.
Hermès Paris' ongoing vitrine d'artiste, or artist window program, features holiday installations by French multimedia star Le Gentil Garçon at the retailer's 690 and 691 Madison Avenue stores.The artist, whose French moniker translates to The Nice Boy, created a cinematic world for the holiday windows of the flagship and men's store. The windows subtly subvert famous flicks, while incorporating the 2017 theme adopted by the French luxury house, "Object Sense," which pays homage to its hand craftsmanship. Le Gentil Garçon treats Hermès products as part of his palette and uses items in unexpected ways.The main window is designed to look like an old-style cinema with random black-and-white film clips hand-assembled by the artist. Other windows provide a window — pun intended — into the slightly off-kilter world of Le Gentil Garçon and the movies illustrate his brand of whimsy and humor."The Wizard of Oz" window depicts a yellow brick road, but Dorothy, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow are nowhere in sight. Rather, there's the legend, "On the Way to Magic City," with the letter A in Magic personified with elongated "legs" and Hermès-shod feet.A girl wearing an Hermès Animaux Pixel backpack is seen from behind reacting to a purple apparition with "Imaginary Monster" scrawled across his huge mouth. The creature has an Hermès Constance handbag in each eye socket, and blue leather gloves hanging over his forehead for hair.Le Gentil Garçon created a scene for "The Adventurers of Bird Island," using a white wicker hot-air balloon, bunched-up scarf for an island, and gloves, again, this time as birds. "Diamond Rain Melody" — "Singing in the Rain," anyone? — features a small black silhouetted man leaping, umbrella in hand, Gene Kelly-style. A large purple profile of a hat-wearing man is covered with yellow and blue raindrop ties. Other installations include "They Arrive," with a small man reaching up to the heavens where three planets or alien spaceships hover, and "Ghostcatcher," which features a black spirit, is illuminated by a gas lamp. The "Modern Romance" silhouettes of a man and woman look like they're arguing, or discussing the merits of a controversial movie."Window artists are given carte blanche to express themselves based on the theme of the year, which this season is 'Objects come alive.' We, too, were surprised and delighted just as our window viewers have been," said Robert Chavez, U.S. president and chief executive officer of Hermès Paris Inc. "Hermès always has a sense of humor and we don’t take ourselves too seriously."
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)