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A few days ago, I blogged about W’s December 2013 Art Issue featuring George Clooney in a suit painted by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. W’s magazine cover inspired me to look more into her work and the 2012 Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama collaboration, images of which I also shared in the previous post. Today I’m sharing some of the A-MAZING in-store experiences Louis Vuitton created around the world in cities like Paris, London and New York. It’s neat seeing Kusama’s work come to life in an retail experience. Each of these pop-up shops are practically works of art themselves. As a windows and in-store experience designer, and someone into textile and pattern design, Kusama’s work is the perfect marriage of the two. So check out these interiors and beautiful store windows below. Embrace the polka dot. Love the polka dot!

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And now for the store windows (below).

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I’m literally obsessed, OBSESSED with the W Magazine‘s new December 2013 cover for “The Art Issue.” I can’t get enough of it. What a playful use of color and pattern, and doesn’t George Clooney look great? So unexpected. Clooney is wearing a Giorgio Armani suit, shirt, and shoes, customized by Yayoi Kusama. According to W’s site, In the late ’60s, Kusama’s celebrity rivaled that of Andy Warhol. A central figure on the New York avant-garde scene, Kusama was famous for her delicately patterned abstract canvases, soft furniture with phalluses, and happenings in which she painted naked participants with her now signature polka dots. She also had her own clothing shop, where she sold her racy designs. But when the emotional issues that had plagued her since childhood proved overwhelming, she quit New York and entered a Tokyo psychiatric hospital, where she has resided ever since. You may also recognize Kusama’s work from the Louis Vuitton collaborations a year or two ago. The December 2013 issue of W magazine is on newsstands now.

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Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton (above & below).

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It’s that time of year again, the 2013 September issues have arrived! And so have the new fall advertising campaigns. Last Friday I picked up each issue pictured above: the September Elle (600+ pages), Vogue (902 pages!), Harper’s Bazaar, W and New York Magazine. Note to readers: buying and carrying 20+ pounds of fashion magazines home is not easy! After flipping through each, I noticed a few trends in regards to advertising. So many of this seasons campaigns are shot on dark/black backgrounds. Many take place at night. It’s funny how they all do this at once – something must be in the air. I’ve narrowed down to my favorites, and LEAST favorite. Which are you feeling (or not feeling??) … my picks below.

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My #1 favorite: Valentino’s Fall 2013 ad campaign. Love the still-life/portrait painting concept. Love love love everything.

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Coming in a close 2nd is the Fall 2013 Balenciaga campaign shot by Steven Klein and art directed by Alexander Wang. I love how bold and graphic these are. The images are quite arresting, in a good way!

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My last favorite is Oscar de la Renta’s Fall 2013 campaign. The photography and styling is beautiful. What is innovative about this campaign is that the de la Renta folks premiered it on Instagram, not in the Sept. issues. The full campaign can be seen in print, but we got a first look (above) on Oscar’s Instagram account.

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