Happy Friday to you all and what a week it has been. Frieze London is back, and busier than ever, after all, Brits do love a line. Fashion has truly gone bonkers with some unusual trending accessories and your fave art world scammer Delvey is being released but under some interesting rules. Read all about it, plus more, in our Friday art x fashion news wrap-up.
A rather expensive bag of potato chips
I hope you have a deep pocket chip x fashion lovers because Balenciaga’s Lay Chips bag is supposedly going to be released at the grand ol’ price of $1,800 USD. A regular pack of Lay’s potato chips in comparison costs $4 USD. The latest ‘it’ bag was shown among a string of other unusual accessories revealed on Balenciaga‘s Spring/Summer 2023 “The Mud Show” runway at Paris Fashion Week.
Anna Delvey is getting out of prison
The scammer queen, Anna “Delvey” Sorokin has been released from ICE detention but has been banned from using social media until her case is fully over. In June, Sorokin mentioned to the press that she has been “trying to move away from this, like, quote, unquote scammer persona” and announced that she is now getting into NFTs.
Like a Cloud of Blood
Christie’s will auction off Tracey Emin’s Like A Cloud of Blood, 2022, (estimate: £500,000-700,000). The outstanding and deeply personal painting is being sold by the artist to benefit her pioneering TKE Studios in Margate, England. Tracey will use the proceeds from the auction to fund 12 professional artist studios and an additional 20 artist residencies with a free arts education program.
Art Handler Faux Pas
A collaboration between Christie’s and Highsnobiety has come under fire online recently, alongside backlash from real art handlers, for glamorizing their labor at the same time that some workers say Christie’s benefits from their low pay. The merchandise included garments reading “art handler” — priced at $125, $65, and $50. The merchandise has since been taken down from the company’s website. According to a statement from Christie’s, post the backlash ‘art handlers are valued members of our global team—dedicated, skilled and hard-working.’
Trending at Frieze
London Frieze week has officially begun, and the highlight of the fair is ultra-contemporary art. Americans in particular have been taking advantage of the dollar’s strength before heading across the channel to Paris. As per usual, a swarm of celebs have been present, so far including, politician Rishi Sunak, Jared Leto, Jay Chou, Josh Hartnett, Claudia Schiffer, and Princess Beatrice of York.