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

What you’ll need
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)

Prep nails by filing and buffing to a unified shape. Apply base coat, then paint on colours in any order that tickles you.

Load the brush with adequate amount of polish, then pat the tip of the brush onto the nail. The size & shape of most nail polish brushes should be perfect to make a round-ish mark without too much effort.

Unload a dollop of nail polish onto your scrap paper, then using a toothpick, add in smaller dots.

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!

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48 Comments

  1. inspiring!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  2. wooOoOoOO i feel like i’m getting hYpNoTiZzZzEd by all these dots!!!! haha great post as usual shini :)

  3. I adore her work, saw this the other day – I think because it is fashion related I got so more excited about it than I did when I went to see her exhibition at the Tate Modern a few months ago. Incredible photos, by the way!

  4. First of all, I was ecstatic when I was able to visit London last spring during the Yayoi Kusama exhibition in Tate Modern, but this… this I should’ve seen too. (I know October 19th is a long way from here, but I’m afraid it’s not happening for me)

    SO thank you, for being your awesome self and show some windows and the inside of the concept store. It’s soooo pretty! Infinite dots is all I’ll dream of now. – thank you for the tutorial, definitely trying it out myself as soon as I have white nail polish!

  5. wow it’s a great collection ! So cute :))
    I also love the nail art tutorial ! <3

  6. So cute! You make it look easy.. I’m not quite so skilled haha :)

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  7. crazy location, and the dots can hurt the eyes…but interesting!
    Yuna

  8. Wow! So many prints with polka dots!

    From http://www.xeanafashion.com

  9. Those are some very amazing pictures! I just love polka-dots and this LV collection is going to outdo many of the previous ones, in my view…

  10. Shini, I passed by the newly opened concept store but left quite qickly, somehow seeing your pictures after you’ve managed to make everything SO gorgeous and glamorous! Your pictures always make me so happy and I can sort of almost defo recognize them (which is a good thing). I too was pondering the whole world domination part, trying to cover every piece of land with her polka dots, kind of like psoriasis lol, glad to know she confirmed it with you ;D

  11. you’re like an ff-ing nail queen!! They’re soooooooo cute! XO

  12. FUN!

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  13. Woaw, Kasuma-san would be so proud to see this, it’s like a giant spotty octopus.
    Your dotty nails looks delicious to eat.

  14. Lovely nails! I wish I didn’t bite mine off so I could paint it too!

    As always, lovely photos and top notch writing (ekhm, as if I ever read it).

    You’re an inspiration!

  15. Ryu

    Adorable nail!!

  16. I don’t usually pine over luxury handbags (sort of) but that mustard yellow polka-dot Louis Vuitton is totally amazing!! Swoon.

  17. wow!we are talking about thousand of dots!!!!

  18. Yayoi Kusama! Back in art school I wrote an entire paper on her and her polka dots… psychosis? Gimmick? Genius? Whatever the reason, they are truly her trademark!

    ~F

  19. My first time hearing about this artist and I already love it! What a fun store front — it makes me dizzy and I love it lol. The nails are super cute too. Thanks for this, your blog is always inspirational :)

    Kim
    http://oohlaluxe.net

  20. this vuitton line is quite a thing! what a huge campain they did in departement store all over the world! impressive.
    anyway, I love these little kusama statues!
    and thanks for the nail tutorial, that’s very pretty!
    xo

    anne

  21. I love the collection !

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  22. amazing location !!! your nail art tutorial is wonderful – a little bit crazy, but cute :-)

  23. whoa..the quadruplets look just like her! love your nails

  24. Woooow, this post was amazing! I’m in love with polkadots!

  25. Lost in the world of polka-dot….
    All are great photos !

  26. Wooow, I would definitely go for that naildo someday when I have more time, so impressive! I adore Kusama’s work and the collection for LV is just no exception. But dude, didn’t you feel dizzy or whatever after visiting the concept store?

  27. Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama looks so wonderful :) Nice nails

  28. OMG <3
    love your photos, love your style, love your blog :)

  29. Helen

    amazing nails! unfortunately my own are a lost cause…

  30. Whoa whoa whoa this is amazing. I can’t believe you did a matching manicure! So cute!! Cuuuute. xx

  31. I love the work you did on your nails <3 :)

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  33. Your post is great ! I wrote about the Louis Vuitton & Marc Jacobs exhibition in Paris in my blog if you didn’t see it ! :)

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    Lovelovelove the polka dots!

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