It’s a Dotty World

It’s a Dotty World

Something has taken over the portion of Oxford Street between Duke Street and Orchard Street otherwise known as Selfridges.  It's the dot.  Many of them in fact.  Yayoi Kusama's dot to be precise.  This is an unprecedent monobrand takeover whereby, Louis Vuitton's collaboration with Kusama is showcased to the max, casting its dotty net across twenty four windows as well as the Concept Store space on the ground floor.  Your eyes are almost assaulted by the polka dot, a pattern that Kusama is intent on spreading across the world in line, trapping herself and the world around in this infinitive pattern.  If you traverse from the Orchard Street end of the store, a poem "Love Forever" plays out in both English and Japanese, as an ode to this collection and to the future in general.  Stars.  Shining.  Budding Love.  All perfectly cast in gold typography, set alongside her collaboration with Louis Vuitton.

The significant point of this retail takeover is of course that Selfridges is exclusively selling (for eight weeks) the monogrammed part of this collaboration with the dot-covered bags and leather goods sure to get the hardcore Louis Vuitton art-collab collectors hot under the collar.  I'm personally partial to the dotty op-art monogrammed totes myself.  The Concept Store space has been transformed with Kusama's signature giant pumpkins, punctuated with dots and I suspect the trick is that as you enter, you become overhwhelmed with a feverish desire to own a piece of this dotty world or at the very least, run your hands over the product which comprises clothing, shoes, sunnies, scarves and of course the bags.  If that doesn't convince you, then looking into the eyes of the three eerily lifelike waxwork Kusama figures will.  One is in the hallway, linking the Louis Vuitton area of the Selfridges and the Yayoi Kusama concept store and the other two are in the showcase corner window, where thousands of people are likely to point, gawp and camera-snap.  Oxford Street will and probably already has fallen under Kusama's spell.  

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  1. Ana

    2012-08-24 at 6:59 PM

    I like Kusama’s work.
    The clothes are not to my taste.
    BUT: I love that there is money to make something like this.

  2. Miss Coco

    2012-08-24 at 7:20 PM

    Amazing!!
    Miss Coco
    http://WWW.JUST-COCO.COM

  3. Elisa Eymery

    2012-08-24 at 7:39 PM

    I’m not a Vuitton fan but their limited editions are always quite interesting to look at, this one especially so. I’m digging the green dotted travel-bag, a really cool, Marni-esque print.
    Elisa
    Wandering Minds fashion
    http://www.ourwanderingminds.com

  4. Tian

    2012-08-24 at 7:49 PM

    It’s all adorable! Not really my thing, but cute nonetheless.
    http://aspiringforever.blogspot.com

  5. Rosie

    2012-08-24 at 7:58 PM

    Perhaps I have terrible taste, but I think I’d probably wear everything together at the same time! These dots are much better than the normal small variety, much more bright and fun and different.

  6. EUGENIA

    2012-08-24 at 9:00 PM

    THESE ARE SUCH STUNNING INSTALLATIONS AND SO INSPIRING! THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING THESE!
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  7. Tara

    2012-08-24 at 9:03 PM

    This is really overwhelming. I don’t know it is “bad taste” on my part, but I am pretty taken on the vast majority of this collection. “So weird, yet so wonderful”, is what I’d dub it!
    Best Wishes,
    Tara
    http://dandelionden.blogspot.co.uk/

  8. sgh

    2012-08-24 at 9:31 PM

    Like the windows, the clothes not so much

  9. Eyespectacle

    2012-08-24 at 11:42 PM

    I love the glasses. Hopefully YK will inspire us to be more adventurous with eyewear!!
    x

  10. Serdane

    2012-08-25 at 12:35 AM

    OMG ! It’s really obsessing. It could finish like an ill. Ill of fashion.
    http://www.younglington.wordpress.com

  11. Katy

    2012-08-25 at 1:32 AM

    I think I saw these on their website! Love how different they are from the original LV designs. xo
    http://mintcolored.blogspot.com/

  12. karl leuterio

    2012-08-25 at 4:22 AM

    the Japanese never go wrong =p

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  14. So Charming

    2012-08-25 at 10:59 AM

    WOW!

  15. Suzi

    2012-08-25 at 12:09 PM

    HOW VERY DOTTI INDEED!!! I loved this post Susie. It would have been great to be there to see it in person.
    Suzi x
    http://fortheloveofaudrey.com

  16. shot for slim

    2012-08-25 at 12:29 PM

    Very nice dotty world and thanks for sharing the blog and keep on updating the blog.

  17. patricia de miranda

    2012-08-25 at 12:42 PM

    wonderful project!!! thankss for to share it!!! <3

  18. Lili Gabbiano

    2012-08-25 at 12:52 PM

    I always loved polka dots…so this is now as it would snow during the winter…plenty of dots falling from the sky as snowflakes in the winter…beautiful….
    http://www.liligabbiano.com

  19. ttea

    2012-08-25 at 3:01 PM

    Personally I love the polka dots. I think polka dots are a great way to inject some fun. For instance the black and white polka dot coat still feels sophisticated, but it’s fun at the same time. I’m not entirely sure whether it would be a comfortable and calming experience shopping in the store however. Polka dots, layered on top of polka dots, layered on top of more polka dots! can get a bit crazy.
    http://fashionananthropologicalpointofview.blogspot.ca/

  20. Bombqueesha Wattendawdles

    2012-08-25 at 9:31 PM

    I was so ready to completely hate this (art should not be used as a tool for commerce and commercial gain), but as with the posthumous Stephen Sprouse collection a few years ago LV really nailed it and the pieces look great. The LV monogram is used subtly along with Kusuma’s art, the way it should be designed. I might even try to score a pair of those leggings…

  21. michelle benet

    2012-08-26 at 9:11 AM

    I absolutely love polka dots…so retro. I just ordered a black and white polka dot gourd handbag from the company and I’m thrilled with it…so unique…check them out.
    http://www.snookncompany.com/gourd-handbags/decoupage-asst-styles/

  22. Cassandra

    2012-08-26 at 10:48 AM

    Yes to polka dots! So cute! 😀
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  23. Fashion Holidays

    2012-08-26 at 11:24 AM

    I like it!

  24. Amanda

    2012-08-26 at 6:34 PM

    The displays are truly amazing, so much work must’ve gone into them!
    Louis Vuitton are pretty impressive this season, must admit
    http://www.lithbrit.blogspot.com

  25. The Provoker

    2012-08-26 at 7:47 PM

    OMG yeah I passed by selfridges and was shocked to see the polka dot overload and kusama prints and statues infesting all the window displays. It’s quite amazing how this collaboration turned out, it’s definitely gonna be fashion history to own certain pieces from the collab. I’m personally not too fond of polka dots but as I sifted through the racks of dotted covered clothings, I kept thinking that these pieces are in a way collectable items after a few years, since they spend SO MUCH MONEY on advertisements and marketing, maybe picking up some dotties ain’t such a bad idea, now just to figure out what to get… decisions decisions decisionsssss……

  26. Little Red Book

    2012-08-26 at 8:09 PM

    Inspiring and creative as she is always.
    http://www.littleredbook-thatshaute.blogspot.com

  27. agnes

    2012-08-26 at 8:24 PM

    it looks stunning!! love it!! I went to her exhibition at Whitney Museum in New York, that’s marvelous too!!!
    http://bigbigballoon.blogspot.com/2012/07/yayoi-kusama-exhibition-at-whiney-museum.html

  28. Nilli

    2012-08-26 at 11:50 PM

    Abslutley amazing! I’ve only fallen more and more in love with this collection, and now seeing the display…OMG! It’s just brilliant! I wish I could see it for myself!

  29. Natalie

    2012-08-27 at 2:55 AM

    This is brilliant. I’m glad I can keep up with what’s happening with London from the other side of the world! Those wax works are a little scary!
    http://hardtochase.blogspot.com

  30. This is way too cute! I love all of the designer bags !

  31. besochicbyfederica

    2012-08-28 at 10:05 PM

    lovely pics!
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  32. Sari Purdy

    2012-08-29 at 9:36 AM

    The clowns in pink really look great. Lol! I can’t stop laughing.

  33. Elvis Trujillo

    2012-08-30 at 8:24 AM

    Great post! Are those clowns or mere images? Whatever they are; I just want to say they look good in those outfits.

  34. Paulus

    2012-08-30 at 1:58 PM

    Cool pictures, love the details:-)

  35. Clare K

    2012-08-30 at 11:39 PM

    Its so whimsical isn’t it? I posted about it a few weeks ago and did a few illustrations if you fancy a peek!
    http://togsmustbeworn.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/gone-dotty/

  36. Eyespectacle

    2012-09-02 at 5:00 PM

    Anyone in London should definitively go down to Selfridges and check-out the windows!!

  37. Noe Farrell

    2012-09-04 at 10:43 AM

    Awesome! The clothes are my tastes and I really love your pics so much; they look so beautiful and stylish!

  38. Deadly Bite

    2012-09-20 at 1:22 AM

    Whoa! I wanted to write a comment, but I think I’ve gone blind with all these dots LOL
    This display is just spectacular!!! *O*

  39. pandora

    2012-09-23 at 10:02 AM

    The clothes are my tastes and I really love your pics so much,Cool pictures, love the details

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