Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama @ Selfridges, London
24 windows based on her poem ‘Love Forever’
Selfridges Wonder Room concept store
After closing hours: the coming together of the Selfridges installation
And your own little Kusama keepsake: Easy-peasy dotty DIY
Red and White are basically the only two colours you’ll need to rock dotty limbs this but it might be fun to add a bit of LV flair and accent with a yellow, green or black. Otherwise the usual – top & base coat, toothpick or pin, scrap bit of paper to use as palette (best if laminated paper)
Many thanks to Anna for the tour around LV x Kusama concept store in Selfridges Wonder Room, and Michelle for helping with photo no 16.
So word on the street was that Louis Vuitton erected a 6-metre-tall Kusama to guard the Selfridges main entrance clock, and seeing that Dr Google wasn’t answering my ‘why am I seeing spots everywhere’ questions (‘It’s just worms in your eyes’ is not helping, dude) I decided to pay Dotty-san a visit. There she was, five whole metres of that red dress (she was born in it, I swear) and a pair of door-sized black loafers casting shadows above my head. It was all too large for a simple Q&A session so I decided to take it up with the
more adequate version in window #23 of total 24 dotty windows. I enquired about her plans of world domination (starting with Instagram) and she stood solemnly answering with blinks (strict orders not to move during daytime apparently, all very Toy Story) – one blink for YES world domination, two for NO world domination – and just that one blink it was.
Make sure to pay her a visit at the LV x Kusama concept store in the Selfridges Wonder Room before the 19th October.
Some tips with the nail-do:
- The Kusama polkadot pattern doesn’t actually have a grid-based pattern, the dots are positioned quite randomly in varying sizes. Best if you start with the biggest size and go for a Marc Jacobs-y dot-spacing then fill the surroundings with smaller dots.
- Red-white is the classic combo, but the LV x Kusama collection features yellow-black, green-black and blue-black. The yellow-black skirt is one of my favourite pieces so I thought I’d put that as an accent (ring finger, right hand).
- When doing the dots, it’s best to get as little varnish on your brush as possible to avoid having a blob and waiting for it to never dry.
That’s all! Easy peasy, dot butt squeasy!