Painting the Town
Designers and artists alike flock to New York City for inspiration. In the latest iteration of Instagramable street style-meets high style moments, New York-based designer Tanya Taylor has partnered with the 100 GATES Project. Shining a spotlight on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the project connects artists with businesses to splash brightly colored murals on the city’s iconic roll-down security gates. Taylor’s colorful fashion designs translate in the form of vibrant art on the gates scattered throughout the downtown neighborhood: Her multicolored, bold patterns bring life to the otherwise dull metal entryways. “Our collaboration with the 100 GATES Project was born out of the desire to see our handpainted prints and vibrant color live outside of just the collection,” Taylor says. “Couple that with the 100 GATES Project’s mission to bring art to the public and empower emerging female artists, and we knew right away that it was the perfect match.”
Look for the floral prints from her fall 2016 collection in full bloom adorning the Lucky Jack’s Bar & Lounge gate at 129 Orchard St., or the blue and bursts of red in Taylor’s Weslyn top ($395) and Rita skirt ($357) on Isaac Sultan & Sons’ gate at 34 Ludlow St. We think they are just the thing to create your own street-style social media moment. 212.226.0236
“Our mission is to present fashion as a living art that interprets history, becomes part of the historical process and inspires subsequent art,” explains The Costume Institute’s curator in charge, Andrew Bolton. On view through Feb. 5, Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion explores how these iconic pieces have changed the course of fashion history and elevated the industry to an art form.
“Over the seven decades since The Costume Institute became part of The Met in 1946, our collecting strategy has shifted from creating a collection of Western high fashion that is encyclopedic in breadth to one focused on acquiring a body of masterworks,” says Bolton. “The masterworks we’ve chosen to highlight are among many we have collected in the past decade that draw on forms, motifs, and themes of the past, reinterpreting fashion history in ways that resonate in the present,” offers The Costume Institute’s assistant curator Jessica Regan who coordinated the show.
On platforms resembling shipping crates, the exhibition displays approximately 60 masterworks from the early 18th century to the present by designers such as Azzedine Alaïa, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Tom Ford, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Nicolas Ghesquière, Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander McQueen, Issey Miyake, Yves Saint Laurent, Elsa Schiaparelli, Raf Simons, Hedi Slimane, Iris van Herpen, Vivienne Westwood and Yohji Yamamoto.
An impressive collection, indeed.
©The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo by Anna-Marie Kellen
Fans of Gucci can now add their own personal spin on the house’s most iconic pieces, including the Dionysus handbag, Ace sneakers and Princetown shoes, thanks to the new DIY service at the newly revamped Fifth Avenue store. The customization option, initially launched in Milan this past May, is inspired by Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s philosophy that his customers should feel authentic in their self-expression. In chic nods to punk culture, Swarovski crystal embellishments, monograms, and a variety of trim and color options ensure that your new pieces are on point, and with choices of embroidered designs ranging from butterflies and bees to snakes, lizards and roses, you can consider these
your new creature comforts. From $695, 725 Fifth Ave.
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As New York Fashion Week kicks off, we have our eye on three New York-based labels that are shaping the scene. From red-carpet-ready gowns to avant-garde ensembles, these designers’ luxe looks are destined to dress the city’s chic clique soon.
1. Husband-and-wife duo Kristopher and Laura Vassar Brock met at Parsons and have been making magic with their Brock Collection ever since. The boy-meets-girl charm garnered a 2016 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award and a promising future for this innovative, chic couple. From $225
2. A red-carpet regular whose designs have been donned by celebs like Sandra Bullock and Sofia Vergara, Iraqi-born Oday Shakar made his New York Fashion Week debut this fall with a bevy of breathtaking dresses that fuse Middle Eastern and Western influences. From $1,050
3. Kentucky-native Beckett Fogg and Poland-born Piotrek Panszczyk of Area NYC began sharing materials at Parsons and the spark was ignited to create their label. The duo’s eccentric, avant-garde ensembles earned them a finalist spot for the 2016 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. From $285