A Porcelain Expert Weighs In On Supreme x Meissen .

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This week in fashion: porcelain, Tom Ford, and red meat.

Is Supreme About to Create a Whole New Generation of Porcelain Freaks?

For its Spring/Summer 2019 collection, Supreme collaborated with prestigious porcelain manufacturers Meissen for a cupid figurine dressed in a Supreme T-shirt and piercing two hearts. The piece dropped this week, with a price tag of nearly $4,000. The figurine is based on another Meissen design, part of a pair that illustrate a story from a 17th century Belgian emblem book teaching the lessons of love. The Supreme cupid is uniting two hearts in love (aww). (You can see the original pair of cupids on 1dibs.com, which, though not wearing Supreme, are priced at a healthy $4,500.)

Supreme collabs have that mythical cocktail party plus-one effect: the collaborator gains some edgy credibility, and Supreme demonstrates how deep and refined its taste is. (“We’ve even got preferences in harmonicas and cough drops!”) Often, the collaborator’s audience may not even be aware of Supreme. Now that the company is one of the most famous fashion brands in the world, that dynamic is getting harder and harder to create. But before Supreme dissolves into total information overload, the brand may have found the last remaining Supreme-free audience in the obscure and cosseted world of European porcelain.

I asked Christie’s Head of Ceramics Carleigh Queenth, who also runs @BreakingIsBad, Instagram’s premiere porcelain influencer account,, whether this might be a “grail,” as it were, for Meissen collectors, not just Supreme stans. “It’s amusing how they put this traditional model into a new context,” Queenth told me. “I would think the figurine would appeal more to new audiences that love tongue-in-cheek contemporary art than to the traditional Meissen collectors who tend to focus on 18th- and 19th-century works.”

In other words: ceramic fuckbois are simply too new to inspire lust on the Meissen scene. But porcelain offers the Supreme customer a whole new world of collectible items that combine bizarre humor with extreme craftsmanship. Dutch Delft cannabis jar, anyone? A Dresden Porcelain monkey from Scully & Scully, the legendary outfitter of imperious Upper East Side grandparent homes? Porcelain might be the most online ceramics of all!

Could Tom Ford be the new king of New York fashion?

WWD is reporting that Diane Von Furstenberg may be stepping down from her post as the chairwoman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and hunk designer Tom Ford is being proposed as her replacement. The role involves serving as the public face of the CFDA, which promotes the interests of the American fashion industry and its designers, and inspiring intense sartorial patriotism, or at least school spirit, in the organization’s members. WWD writes, “Like von Furstenberg, he is one of fashion’s most glamorous personalities and a bona fide star.” It’s true: Ford is like Karl Lagerfeld merged with a cowboy, but with the skin and grooming regimen of an imperious Italian aristocrat. At the same time, the CFDA doesn’t hold quite the same grip over the fashion industry France’s The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, which literally makes laws about what is and isn’t Fashion. But France invented the idea of our earthly rags being extremely important tools of communication and power, and America is a place for outlaws. Like Tom Ford! Maybe Ford can help lasso us into something more meaningful. Yee haw!

A cosmetics company is making a greasy burger that you smear all over your face for beauty.

Or it’s a bunch of eyeshadows in ketchup and mustard colors? Idk, sounds horrible, but so does everything else.