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Showy Shoes

Even if you can’t afford a pair of Louboutins, at least you can enjoy the next best thing – a ticket to the Design Museum’s exhibition on the iconic French shoe designer. The exhibition itself is over-the-top with decadence and theatricality to showcase the red-soled goods. It has been likened to Moulin Rouge – all red and black, mirrors, lights, and carousels. On view in London through July 9.

Charming Journey

Forever fanciful, Louis Vuitton celebrated the release of their air balloon bag charm with a beautifully animated short video. Directed by Christian Borstlap it imagines the wonderful adventures of the charm as it floats through different (LV-branded) fantasy worlds. (Note the monogrammed trunk clouds.)

This project continues a period of whimsy for the company. For their Spring/Summer Paris show, models paraded on a carousel – a theme which was carried over to store windows (pictured above).

Mag Museum

Magazine fanatics can get their fix via a new pop-up collaboration between magazine publisher Visionaire and collector/former owner of East Village Gallagher’s magazine shop, Michael Gallagher. VFILES + Gallagher’s complete archive, including issues of vintage GQ, Esquire, Vogue, and Interview is on view for perusal in stacked-form. They are also going digital – soon to launch the store’s website component, which will include options to search the archives by person and theme.

(Image via UrbanDaddy)

Conceptual Conversation

After the blockbuster McQueen exhibition at the Met, the curators are stepping back, and taking a more conceptual approach with their new show. Opening today, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations is a display around an imagined conversation between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, Italian designers from different eras. Racked has an inside sneak peek here.

The exhibition should prove to be a wonderfully intriguing look at the two iconic designers, and well timed with the recent news the Schiaparelli brand will be relaunched.

Toile & Waves

Fashion designer Dries van Noten is a modern master of pattern, juxtaposing seemingly disparate prints for dynamic and elegant effect. His Spring/Summer 2012 collection used photo prints taken from etchings, paired with simple silhouettes.

(Image via NYTimes)

Colorful Queen

Who better than the Queen herself to give a sneak peek of our theme for next week. Vogue followed Queen Elizabeth’s wardrobe selections for a year, noting the patterns that emerged in her color-focused dresses. The results form a lovely rainbow of a chart, revealing the Queen’s favorite color as blue (with several hats to match, of course).

(Via Plenty of Colour)

Gradient Scarves

Hermès continues its recognition of iconic artists with a collaboration with Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto.  Twenty of Sugimonto’s polaroids from his “Colors of Shadow” project – deep-hued gradations of color – will be printed on silk Hermès scarves. A limited run of seven of each design will be produced at 55 x 55″, showing at Art Basel in June.

(Via WWD)

Fashion and French Film

Jean-Luc Godard, the pioneering New Wave film director who famously argued that “a story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end… but not necessarily in that order” continues to inspire future generations, especially in the fashion world.

To promote their new Spring/Summer collection, Opening Ceremony re-imagined three of a Jean-Luc Godard classics: Le MemprisJe Veux Un Enfant and A Bout de Souffle. The series is reminiscent of the French-inspired seven short films campaign from Stella Artois in 2009. This vibrant photograph is from the lookbook of the new Rodarte collection for Opening Ceremony released in February.

Color on the Catwalk

Fashion designers Sonia Rykiel and Stella McCartney have both been seduced by the powerful appeal of yellow for their spring/summer 2012 collections. Stella McCartney “Weekender” collection for Adidas features neon yellow sportswear, while Sonia Rykiel’s models marched down along a vibrant yellow carpet in various shades of the color.

Getting Dotty

Iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is working harder than ever these days – from her Obliteration Room in New Zealand, a line for Louis Vuitton, Infinitely Kusama, complete with exhibitions in New York and London, and now, even a cake roll bears her signature dots.

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