The buzz: Famous Japanese artist and purveyor of the painfully avant-garde, Yayoi Kusama has teamed up with French high fashion house Louis Vuitton to open a series of pop-up shops across the globe. Other pop-up locations include New York, Tokyo, Paris, London and Singapore. The shops coincide with her recently opened retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
The goods: Kusama is well-known for her psychedelic work and repetitive patterns, which is clear in the shop’s appearance—white walls, colorful mannequins and curling vine-like sculptures, all covered in spots. The sculptures are part of “Biomorphic Nerves,” her latest installation work.
The location: The explosive smattering of dots spreads over bug-like sunglasses, bangles, snoods, shawls, stoles and trench coats, which are all part of Kusama’s new ready-to-wear line “Infinitely Kusama,” also in collaboration with LV. Only the most dedicated of LV-slash-Kusama fans—or those most fanatical about keeping their wardrobe on the sharpest knife-edge of cool—will feel inclined to snap up a piece, though. The rest of us will probably be satisfied with admiring the spotty creations from a distance, considering the unsurprisingly hefty price tags—a mere coin purse will set you back $4,400.
Open through Sep 8.
By Leanne Mirandilla