FOURTH FLOOR WALK UP

Brooklyn based lifestyle blog by Lauren L Caron

FASHION

SPACES | New York Holiday Windows | Louis Vuitton

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I've been a little late in posting these photos because I took a quick vacation to LA a week ago and tried as I might, I could not finished editing the images and post them before I left. 

For the first part of this series I wanted to talk about Louis Vuitton. They often create window displays that are more of an abstract holiday concept - definitely not traditional in any sense. One year it was Indian elephants, last year a giving goose, and this year they're focusing on the monogram project to celebrate the brand's 160th anniversary. In addition to the windows, they also have an installation in the interiors showcasing special collaborations with 6 creative iconoclasts. A big highlight is the Karl Lagerfeld punching bag you can read more about that [here].

Karl Lagerfeld Punching Bag: Photo by Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld Punching Bag: Photo by Karl Lagerfeld

Each window represents a monogram for each featured creative. You have M.N. for Mark Newson (Australian industrial designer), C.S. for Cindy Sherman (American Photographer), F.G. for Frank Gehry (American Architect), C.L for Christian Louboutin (French Accessories Designer), and R.K. for Rei Kawakubo (Japanese fashion design and founder of Comme des Garçons). These iconoclasts have also designed an accessory for each window - my favorite would probably be Christian Louboutin's luggage design. 

Window Display for Marc Newson - Louis Vuitton

Window Display for Marc Newson - Louis Vuitton

Window Display for Cindy Sherman - Louis Vuitton

Window Display for Cindy Sherman - Louis Vuitton

Window Display for Frank Gehry - Louis Vuitton

Window Display for Frank Gehry - Louis Vuitton

Window Display for Christian Louboutin - Louis Vuitton

Window Display for Christian Louboutin - Louis Vuitton

Christian Louboutin Design Luggage: Photo by Karl Lagerfeld

Christian Louboutin Design Luggage: Photo by Karl Lagerfeld

Window Display for Rei Kawakubo - Louis Vuitton

Window Display for Rei Kawakubo - Louis Vuitton

They're definitely more festive than in years past with the ribbons, abstracted boxes and balloons. They're oddly similar to a concept I was working on with Tiffany & Co a few years ago when we were trying to create a box out of the white ribbon. Interesting how no good idea is ever truly original.

Speaking of Tiffany's the next installment will be their windows. Look for the post tomorrow. 

 Any position on these designs? I'd love to hear your feedback. 

FASHION | Iris Apfel Partners with & Other Stories

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Last month the new store & Other Stories opened in SOHO on Broadway. It is an H&M sister brand which focuses perennial closet staples that indulge in a bit of drama; think voluminous silhouettes, interesting pleats and metallic jacquards for every day. & Other Stories' markets the more mature sibling of H&M who is interested good lines, lush materials and subtle details. The merchandising and interiors of & Other Stories has a similar approach to how you would expect a Parisian style store to be merchandised - I can see a Merci influence, with white walls, rolling racks, and bare light fixtures. The signage is minimal, evoking such signs used to identify garments at fashion shows - photos from the season's look books in plastic sleeves. The beauty section is like a European pharmacy, this department is less than appealing to me. I don't think it's necessary for the brand, but perhaps they're Farrow & Ball-esq named nail polishes will in the future, be something I can't live without. Okay, enough about the store.

I'm incredibly interested in their partnership with Iris Apfel, my favorite self proclaimed "Geriatric Starlet." Iris is everywhere right now, her documentary debuted at the New York Film Festival, she's selling up her least favorite collections on One King's Lane and now she's collaborating with new and exciting brands like & Other Stories.

& Other Stories asked Iris to create a styling story, where she pulled some of her favorite pieces from the AW/14 collection. Iris's mantra is for all women to embrace their own personal style. Known for her maximal-ist (not a word) accessorizing, she seamlessly layers on her own personal pieces to these new favorites. I have to say that I find the lighthearted direction of this shoot by Ari Seth Cohen [Advanced Style] with Iris in her own home one of the best parts of the collaboration. How cute is she! 

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Also opening under the large umbrella company of H&M in less than two weeks is COS, another brand that has a cult following with fashion bloggers and editors. COS lies on the more minimalistic end of the spectrum and from what I can gather is more high end in materials, construction and the price. The latest is that the store will open on December 5 or 8th. I can't wait to get myself to that location when it does!

All photographs by Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style