Is there anything sexier than the marriage of art and fashion? Tenoversix, the Little River concept and design store, is hosting an unusual pop-up shop adapted from award-winning Danish fashion designer/artist Henrik Vibskov’s runway design aesthetics. The Dec. 4 event (6 p.m.-9 p.m.) will debut a series of artsy shop-in-shop modules within the Tenoversix store, and everything displayed will be for sale. Similarly, the art, fashion, and additional items normally merchandised and sold in a gallery setting at Tenoversix can also be purchased during the opening night event.
The pop-up installation is designed to combine unconventional high fashion with art and will remain up and running from December 4th through January 4th. DJ Kristian Kirk will provide entertainment for the opening night party as guests browse the heady installations. “We’re excited to activate our space in collaboration with Henrik’s team during Art Basel,” says Kristen Cole, president and chief creative officer of Tenoversix, which also has stores in Los Angeles and Dallas. “Henrik is an artist himself and a true collaborator. We love his experimental creations.”
In addition to being a designer of often absurdist fashion and wild accessories, Vibskov is an artist, musician, film director and interior designer who likes to mix and match his different disciplines into one highly original installation. His work is considered part of the New Nordic movement, a term describing 21st-century design in various media as practiced by designers from Northern European countries. The Wall Street Journal has praised his “playful fashion sense that steers clear of Scandinavian minimalism, emphasizing instead the eclectic sensibility of multicultural Copenhagen.” The Los Angeles Fashion Magazine noted that his clothing has “commercial sensibility and wearability,” applauding him for “craftsmanship and attention to detail.”
To get an idea of his iconoclasm, here are some of the designer’s recent show titles: “The Spaghetti Handjob”, with models walking around an art installation including rows of carwash-inspired, seafoam-toned ribbons of “spaghetti” suspended and swaying from raised poles like mobiles; “The Shrink Wrap Spectacular”, whereby cavemen-like models presented a modern vibe; and “The Transparent Tongue,” in which the artsy pink and black backdrop often matched patterned pants with hand-shaped pockets and garments riddled with laser-cut holes.
Vibskov, who will be present at this kicky fashion event, has produced nearly 30 men’s and women’s collections around the world since graduating from London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2001. Working with Tenoversix, which has a roster of 150 designers, artists and publishers, is a natural fit for the clever, offbeat designer. The original high-concept store was founded in 2008, then expanded to Miami’s Little River neighborhood earlier this year. The creative retailer usually focuses on emerging designers and multi-brands, billing itself as a “laboratory of ideas and concepts”.
Customers can see beautiful clothing, accessories, and fashion and design magazines while enjoying the artsy surroundings.
But the collaboration with Vibskov, which does not include a runway show, was tantalizing to Cole because Tenoversix is where shoppers are exposed to innovative ideas as well as what’s hot in popular culture. So it’s easy to see why Cole and Vibskov were eager to join forces during Art Basel. Cole, who has lived and worked all over the U.S., loved the idea of curating high fashion, hats and socks from Vibskov’s Fashion Week 2018 and Spring 2019 collections for the Art Basel-week event. “The pop-up will be fun, dynamic and a great fit for the art crowd,” she says. Cole is also a proponent of imagination and collaboration. The Austin, Texas-based art collector, yoga lover, fashion/design maven, and mother of two young children is married to Joe Cole, a designer and creative consultant for the store’s Dallas-based, privately owned parent Headington Companies. Naturally, she’s excited about the Art Basel week collaboration; the edgy Vibskov is a good fit for her store. His work and attitude suits the Miami location because the Tenoversix neighborhood is rife with youth culture. In 2007, Vibskov produced a Spring/Summer collection in Paris and other cities called “The Big Wet Shiny Boobies Collection,” in which models were surrounded by an art installation of shiny breasts.
We can only wonder what outrageous installation he will create in Miami, the city that Sting once said is a place where “everyone looks like they just had sex, or are about to have sex.”
Art speaks in many ways.