So this week Kanye West gave Kim Kardashian a George Condo hand-painted Hermes Birkin bag for Christmas and Kim showed it off on a shopping trip. Condo did the artwork for my favorite Kanye album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. June Ambrose photoshopped a photo of her with a George Condo painted Birkin on Instagram to generate chatter. Needless to say the art world has officially infiltrated fashion. And, well, although I like the provocative artwork on Kanye’s album cover, I can’t say the same about the Birkins. It just doesn’t do it for me. What do you think?
I can’t wait to see what everyone wears at the Met Gala this coming May 6, ModaOperandi will be live streaming the red carpet at 7 PM. They are also giving our readers the opportunity to pre-order looks straight off the red carpet from Anthony Vacarello, Balmain, Delpozo, Rodarte, Nina Ricci and Wes Gordon on May 7. I will be live tweeting and running around the city as usual. Get excited and check out Exclusive Punk Collection, I’m kind of loving these mohawk headpieces and Hermes‘ attempt at the graffiti trend with their new Kelly bag. They even etched “New York City” on there for us locals and NYC lovers.
So Springtime has finally arrived in New York City and everyone has been waiting for a long time to break out their bright colored shoes, clothes and handbags. Here are a few favorite handbags of the moment that combine great design and functionality!
Last week I attended Columbia Business School and Parsons Students’ Final Presentations which featured their fall 2012 case studies from the CBS class Design and Marketing of Luxury Products. There in attendance were CEOs and top representatives from Chanel, Hermès, Loro Piana, Pomellato and Van Cleef & Arpels, with whom the students had worked all semester.
The class is taught by Professor Ketty Pucci-Sisti Maisonrouge from CBS, who also runs several luxury consulting companies, and Professor Jessica Corr, a high-end hospitality designer/consultant who teaches at Parsons. The class is through the Luxury Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on educational programs for undergraduate and graduate students in Design and Business related to the creation and marketing of luxury goods.
What struck me about the presentations was that most of the companies were looking for ways to integrate their online presence with the actual experience of a customer in-store. Some ideas included placing physical touch-screen computers in the fitting room, a “My Chanel” virtual closet to upload photos of yourself in your new Chanel wear, or my favorite “Share Your Love Story” cards for Van Cleef & Arpel’s bridal business.
It was a very exciting class, I might say! And it ended with a celebration and networking along with a gracious champagne donation from Moët Hennessy USA.