Fashion Week Gets Sketchy

Replacing the political campaigning of last fall as the design motif of the Bryant Park tents? A back-to-basics approach that uses sketches, photographs, fabrics, and other images from the studio inspiration walls of some of the designers showing inside. Scattered bulletin board-style among inspiring Polaroids (may they rest in peace) are fabric swatches—that bit of black lace above comes courtesy of Dennis Basso—and other graphic elements with pinked edges are sketches from designers such as Erin Fetherston, Rachel Roy for Barbie, Rebecca Taylor, and Tadashi Shoji (that’s his ruffle-fronted frock pictured above, at far right), who will show his collection tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Modem continues to up the cover art ante for its seasonal mini-guidebook to the collections. In seasons past, the Paris-based publishing firm’s notebook-style “fashion reference” has featured covers by designers and artists including Patricia Urquiola, Marc Newson, Christian Lacroix, and Jim Dine. “This season, for the cover, we have given carte blanche to John Baldessari,” notes the Modem Editorial Committee. Color us impressed. Baldessari’s 2008 work “Raised Eyebrows/Furrowed Foreheads: (with Pain and Insouciance)” appears on the cover (pictured at left) and on each of the book’s 11 section dividers, courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery.