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Sunday, September 9, 2007

Tidbits from Felix Burrichter, editor of hot new architecture mag PIN-UP...

On Saturday afternoon, despite a case of vertigo (not fashion-week related!) and spending most of my weekend in bed, I made it out to the presentation of my friends at Loden Dager at Cueto Projects in Chelsea. The Loden Dager foursome— Matthew Sandager, Alex Galan, Oliver Helden and Paul Marlow—were among the first to appear in PIN-UP (they outfitted architect Jürgen Mayer H. for one of our first photo shoots) and their Ivy League/Left Bank pieces have made their way into many a closet, including mine.

Throngs of guests swilling Henriot champagne greeted me downstairs. It turns out people had spilled onto the street because the AC broke on the third floor, where the band The Great Lakes were strumming away in the heat. The likes of architect Charles Renfro, artist Pia Dehne and Hint’s very own art critic Aric Chen (with designer Tom Scott) looked like they’d been rocking the night away at CBGB—drenched shirts, sweaty hair and all. Fairing slightly better were Ellen von Unwerth, Barneys VP Wanda Colon, T's Bruce Pask, photographer Paul Graham and artists Adam Helmes and Aaron Young.

The clothes, as worn by the band (nice idea, although somehow you were afraid to look too closely—models are more approachable, I guess), looked great—inspired by the WPA (Works Progress Administration) of the federal government during the Great Depression, with sloppy hats, worn-out sweaters, suit vests and the label's trademark casual shirts in pale blues, greens and white. Also there: Loden Dager's cute new in-house model, Joakim Andreasson (whose day job is press director of HL-Art), looking impeccable in black shorts and lace-up boots—get your copy of the spring look book now!

Later, on my way to Mary Ping’s Slow and Steady Wins the Race pop-up store at the Moscot Eyewear boutique on Delancey St. (open until September 13th, though the courteous doorman, Mary's dad, was for tonight only), I stopped by Harris Lieberman gallery to check out the opening of Karl Haendel's solo show. His obsessive large-scale pencil works drew the attention of a more-art-than-fashion crowd, including famously selective New York Times art critic Roberta Smith. Also on hand was BUTT's Michael Bullock, who told me that he and Karl used to be roommates but that, much to Michael’s chagrin, Karl is straight.

The night came to an early close (for me at least) at the Creative Time-sponsored barbecue, also on Delancey, where the lady of the grill would freak out at anyone's polite request for a hamburger (“for volunteers only!”). In one corner Jeffrey Deitch held court at a table with Kenny Scharf (who we hear is in New York for two months to prepare a show at Paul Kasmin gallery), while Slava Mogutin did the same at the opposite end of the rooftop. Since this was the official Art Parade after-party, people were talking about Turner Prize-nominee Mike Nelson’s installation at Essex Market (also on Delancey!), which, in Aric's words, was ”like the twilight-zone version of a road trip gone bad” (he still recommends it to everyone). Nelson himself avoided the party crowd and hamburger shortage altogether and headed to Brown on Hester Street for a quiet dinner, while the tween art-fashion crowd at the makeshift ground-floor disco started rocking out to oldies by Deee Lite.