© billy farrell images - louis vuitton maison, yayoi kusama flanked by yves carcelle and jordi constans, pretty boys andré saraiva, zach posen and christopher niquet [top to bottom]
the revival of the polka dot officially kicked off yesterday in new york city amidst total media frenzy. we're talking the louis vuitton x yayoi kusama collab, one that not only sees the superbrand support the japanese artist's traveling retrospective - the latest edition is to open tomorrow at the city's whitney museum - but also the release of a special collab collection of luxury items. the façade of the louis vuitton maison on 57th street has been given a striking polka dot makeover, yayoi kusama's renowned trademark, while the first global window installation was unveiled in attendance of the artist and vuitton c.e.o. yves carcelle. the installation is an artistic tribute to kusama, and embraces her immense body of work and use of infinite design through three illustrative themes: beginning of the universe, eternal blooming flowers in my mind and self-obliteration.
in the late afternoon a pop-up store dedicated to the louis vuitton x yayoi kusama collection opened in soho, with additional temporary outlets scheduled to launch in london, paris, singapore, hong kong and tokyo. the polka dot action shifted towards the whitney museum in the evening where an exhibition preview was given. afterwards louis vuitton threw a glam-infused dinner party here for the happy few. the kusama retrospective spans more than six decades of work from the japanese artist, ranging from her earliest artisitic endeavours in painting to her most recent work. the traveling exhibition is organized in collab with tate modern and after stopovers in madrid, paris and in the british capital this is its final stop [on through sep 30]. store location: 1 east 57th street [midtown]. pop-up store location: 116 greene street [soho]. museum location: 945 madison avenue [upper east north].
© billy farrell images - retrospective at the whitney, dinner setting, yves carcelle and waris ahluwalia [top to bottom]