This week, an array of artists, designers, and luxury brands debuted special collaborations for new boutiques, collections, and installations. Below, we’re highlighting a few stand-outs.
Theory is creating a holiday season sight to remember through a collaboration with the Brooklyn-based object and visual design studio Heavy Eyes. Inspired by the earthy color palette of Theory’s latest collection, Heavy Eyes created paper animals—a fox, a fawn, a rabbit, and a dove—and a forest of silver trees. “We are excited to create a tranquil winterscape with Theory for Holiday. The display captures a frozen moment in time, a deep breath, when animals and humans coexist in a serene natural landscape,” said Heavy Eyes founders Matt Cavanaugh and Kathleen Scudder.
For the past four years, Disaronno has continued its “ICON” project—an annual partnership to design the façade of its bottle, supporting the United Nations-sponsored charity Fashion 4 Development. For its fifth iteration, the brand has partnered with Missoni. Drawing inspired from the house’s signature zigzag pattern, the façade of the new bottle is made up of lightning bolt-shaped strips in varying colors and dimensions. A portion of the proceeds from the collection are donated to the development of humanitarian efforts in Africa.
The CALVIN KLEIN flagship store on Madison Avenue is now catching the regular passer-by by surprise. Now with a bright new makeover, the boutique’s three floors shine in bright yellow. The brand’s creative director Raf Simons collaborated with artist Sterling Ruby to achieve the look, inspired by the celebration of the future of the brand. From yellow scaffolding hang garments and various artworks, which include found objects and everyday materials, to tie into Ruby’s interest with American consumerism.
Also new for holiday windows, Barneys New York on Madison Avenue is seeing very merry decorations by the Haas Brothers, entitled “Haas for the Holidays.”
Swiss luxury jewelry de GRISOGONO has opened its New York boutique at 700 Madison Avenue, with London-based David Collins Studio at its design helm—the same firm that has helped the brand elevate other boutiques. The 1,614 square feet of space spread over, two floors features exclusive metal mesh screens by Sophie Mallenbranche, traditional paneling, white marble floors, and a private salon (wrapped in dark purple velvet). Furniture and fixtures—by Artistic Frame, Hudson Furniture, Essential Home, Luxxu, Circa Lighting, and more—guide guests throughout the space, amongst exquisite jewels.
YOOX—a leading lifestyle store for fashion, design, and art—partnered with ViBi Venezia’s designers Viola and Vera Arrivabene for a new collection. After success in 2014 with a capsule collection, the brands have once again teamed up for a small collection as a tribute to the love of Italy, inspired by the country’s enchanting landscapes, colorful skies, skilled artisans, and fashion-forward flair. At the heart of the collection is the asexual shoe—the Furlana, available in the classic Furlana and the New Sabot, and in eight colorways for women and three for men.
LOUIS XIII cognac and ten-time Grammy Award winning musician Pharrell Williams have teamed up for an innovative new project, spearheaded by a new song, “100 Years.” The exclusive track was recorded onto a record made of clay from the chalky soil of the Cognac region, and stored in the cellars of LOUIS XIII in a state-of-the-art safe (only destructible when submerged in water) designed by France-based vault firm Fichet-Bauche. The song’s title references scientific projections that state that if within the next 100 years, if sea levels continue to rise at the current alarming rate, a significant portion of the world’s land might be underwater. The brand guarantees that the public will hear the artist’s new song 100 years from now in 2117, but only “#Ifwecare.”
And tomorrow, Dover Street Market New York (DSMNY) and Dia:Beacon are partnering for a pop-up book shop, open to the public through November 27. Located on the DSMNY’s ground floor, the shop is inspired by the simple design of the book shop at the upstate museum, set up as a reading room. The shop also celebrates the launch of two new books on Walter De Maria that commemorate the 40thanniversary of The Lightning Field, The New York Earth Room, and The Vertical Earth Kilometer. There is also a limited-edition wallet, designed by Comme des Garçons, available to celebrate the occasion. Tomorrow at 7:45 p.m., as well, the space will hold a special panel discussion with Courtney Martin, Dia Deputy Director and Chief Curator; Bill Dilworth, caretaker of The New York Earth Room; and Patti Dilworth, caretaker of The Broken Kilometer.