— Thanks to Andrew Blau for pointing me in the direction of this wonderful note from Gene Wilder, contemplating the design of his costumes as Willy Wonka. Part of this world, Part of another was written to the film’s director Mel Stuart, and shows Wilder’s obsessive attention to detail and awareness of the impact of costume design on the audience. Love it.
— Bit of architectish bitchery in the New York magazine story, Peter Marino: The Leather Daddy of Luxury. He’s talking, of course, about Koolhaas (and OMA)’s Prada store in New York, and makes me realize I’ve always been a bit baffled by it. Glorious space for artworks (on the top level, at least), but the poky downstairs is hardly conducive to actually trying on clothes (or, I imagine, shelling out wads of cash, if Prada’s your thing.) Good piece.
— Todd Blumenthal is SVP of Merchandising at Aéropostale, the clothing line for 15-year-olds. He presented at Design at Scale with his partner in crime and the company’s SVP of Design, Beverly House. What was so charming about their presentation was the pair’s interaction with one other. They are working at astonishing speed (they produce 15,000 individual SKUs every year and change the design of store floors every three weeks) yet they remain keenly aware that they need to collaborate and work well together in order for the process to remain on the rails. If they’re seen to be bickering and disagreeing, that attitude will filter to their teams and could become a huge problem down the line. Awareness of the human factors of business can all too often be forgotten in the push towards profits, and these two provided a heart-warming and often hilarious reminder of how much it matters.
Love the invention, imagination and creativity in this line of accessories for insulin pumps by designer Jessica Floeh. Her ideas won her a brief presentation slot at Mayo Clinic’s Transform conference, while her ideas also caught the idea of Johnson & Johnson design director, Chris Hacker, who was next up. “We must talk,” he said to her, excitedly.
Finally got around to visiting the astonishing Alexander McQueen show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Even if fashion’s really not your thing, this exhibition has something that will knock your socks off. The interior design, for one thing, is glorious, with differently themed rooms for each collection that don’t make you feel like you’re wandering through a really weird theme park. The clothing itself, meanwhile, will make you think about fashion in entirely new terms. I’m not generally one for gushing, but I can’t get the show out of my head. I published as many images as I could lay my hands on.
Burberry Prorsum Beijing ups the fashion show ante, adding holograms and live music to its regular catwalk show. It’s a little difficult to see exactly what’s going on in this video, but it’s clear that it must have been a devil to pull off. The danger of such a spectacle is that the actual clothes — the reason everyone is there — can end up seeming somewhat surplus to requirements, but it certainly seems like the crowd liked it all well enough. Not to mention, their obvious enthusiasm makes a welcome contrast with the raised eyebrow seal of approval we’re more used to seeing in New York or Paris. (Link via Adam Kmiec.)