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Supermarket Sweep Chanel FW14

Lagerfeld is an absolute genius. I mean, really. We’ve seen consumerism take center stage in art many times before, at it’s best with Warhol, but this really takes it to a whole new level. The Chanel FW Ready-to-Wear show at Paris Fashion Week was in its own hemisphere. Being that branding and advertising is my day job I just can’t get over the amount of thought and detail that went into creating this statement. Well, I guess I can it’s Karl after all. But seriously, we’re talking about Chanel quilted bags shrink wrapped and packaged like they’re pieces of meat, shopping baskets adorned in Chanel chain and leather and Chanel wheeled shopping carts. But to my detailed eye the masterpiece was the backdrop. A shopping center (not unlike a Costco) full of Chanel customized merchandise, in an all so normal big box store aesthetic yet all beautifully displayed and curated. Household items, fruits, veggies, candy, ham, “Lait deCoco” and even booze lined the aisle and made for the most spectacular backdrop for the models as they shopped about. The icing on the cake was the collection, which made total sense for any trip to the market – leggings, sneakers, loose sweaters and overcoats. Really, exactly what we all want to shop in all the time. I can’t even imagine the rush for these sneakers. People are going to be crazy about them. So hats off to Mr. Lagerfeld and his supermarket sweep vision.

Check out the entire post for my favorite pieces and details from the collection.

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Tony Viramontes

As a gifted fashion illustrator in the 1980’s, Tony Viramontes worked with the best (Chanel, Dior, Valentino,YSL, Pierre Cardin, etc) and rapidly grew a cult following. Soon other works followed including editorials for Vogue, The Face and Le Monde, album covers for Arcadia and Janet Jackson’s 1986 “Control” as well as portraits of movers and shakers of the time (René Russo, Paloma Picasso and Isabella Rossellini to name a few). To this day his bold and angular work stands out against the more delicate fashion illustrations that have become the norm. Not to mention that they just looks so 80’s which I absolutely love (insert René Russo here.) Unfortunately his gifted life was cut short by aids in 1988 at the age of 31.

Lucky for us, this month we’re paying homage to the master of illustration. If you’re in the market, twenty-five of his original works went on sale yesterday on 1stDibs. If only a girl was so lucky! Bergdorf Goodman is also doing a Viramontes tribute in their windows this month and next month a monograph of his life hits shelves, “Bold, Beautiful and Damed” (Laurence King, $50).

For a great piece on the artist, check out 1stDibs introspective story here. 

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