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Friday, July 17, 2009

Headline Trip

  • New York has been spared that annoying London tradition of celebrity spawn posing as models, but that may change with an agency shake-up today. [Grazia]
  • Careful Hint readers will have noticed we used the word "fiancée" when describing Leelee Sobieski and Adam Kimmel recently. Seems celebrity sites also noticed. [Just Jared]
  • Maria Cornejo and Isabel Toledo come down on opposite sides of the piracy debate, an increasingly hot topic in fashion. [Reuters]
  • Mert Alas: "my baby is doing his first shoot today!!!! so excited!!!" [Facebook]
  • Lifetime releases a trailer from the new season of Project Runway, kicking off August 20. This time, the models get real....

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    Thursday, June 25, 2009

    Paris Men's Week: Adam Kimmel

    Adam Kimmel and his fiancée, the actress Leelee Sobieski, are heading down to the Camargue in southeastern France, where French cowboys herd bulls in the salt marshes and where Leelee's father, the painter John Sobieski lives. This couldn't be more timely as Kimmel has just finished one of his big dreams, a cowboy collection inspired by Roy Rogers and the Marlboro Man. Kimmel worked with Jim Krantz, the Marlboro campaign's original photographer, on the look book, featuring real-live modern cowboys, and video artist Meredith Danluck shot the making-of on the original Marlboro ranch with bull-riding champion Rocky McDonald.

    What's particularly nice about Kimmel's westernwear is that it's actually wearable compared to the real thing, which is usually a bit heavy on the embroidery, or heading towards polyester. At Yvon Lambert's Paris gallery, where Kimmel held an informal collection fete, Charlotte Rampling, actor Gaspard Ulliel and the transatlantic art crowd picked out their favorite pieces while Stefano Pilati recalled his first visit to Texas at the age of eighteen. "I didn't know much about cowboy clothes when I was growing up. I just wore jeans," he said, "but later on I discovered it all in Texas—the boots, the shirts, everything—and brought it all home with me."

    —Rebecca Voight

    photo Karl Hab

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    Tuesday, June 23, 2009

    Headline Trip

  • Adam Kimmel goes west for spring '10, roping Marlboro Man photographer Jim Krantz into shooting his look book. [WWD]
  • Despite bankruptcy, Christian Lacroix forges ahead with a couture show on July 7. Couture, daahleen! [The Cut]
  • Patricia Field can't follow Vivienne Westwood's "mind-process." [The Advocate]
  • Guy Trebay improves model and race relations backstage in Milan. [NY Times]
  • Billy Eichner thinks that Black Eyed Pea should change his name to Will.i.am.probably.gay. [Facebook]
  • Priest and drag queen bursts out of the closet with a hit dance single. [On Top]

  • Father Anthony, aka Big Mama Capretta

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    Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    This Is a Test

    Andy Warhol's infamous screen tests, in which he filmed unsuspecting stars and soon-to-be-stars doing and saying absolutely nothing for minutes at a time, got something of a sequel during Paris men's week last January. In a coup, men's designer Adam Kimmel persuaded Gerard Malanga, Warhol's assistant in the 60s and an artist in his own right, to recreate those awkward yet iconic moments for one of his look books. The resulting black-and-white stills of Matthew Barney, Francesco Clemente, Ryan McGinley, Dan Colen and Nate Lowman, among other pals from the art world and beyond, were also exhibited at Thaddeus Ropac gallery. And now, in case you missed it, all of them have just been uploaded to Kimmel's website.

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    Saturday, January 24, 2009

    Paris Men's Week: Adam Kimmel

    By Rebecca Voight...

    Gerard Malanga's black-and-whites of artists, poets, musicians and general hangers-on in the late '60s Warhol orbit—Gregory Corso, Billy Name, a very young David Byrne, Patti Smith posing on the fire escape with her boyfriend Robert Mapplethorpe and Ed Hood—wouldn't be out of place in one of American designer Adam Kimmel's seasonal look books. Kimmel has been asking his downtown friends to pose since he launched his collection with shammy jumpsuits in 2002. They inspire his design and he's their label of choice.

    While Kimmel isn't the show-off type, his presentation fête last Thursday night at Galerie Thadeaus Ropac in Paris, billed as a "remake" of Malanga's "screen tests" from The Factory days, drew a throng of Paris and New York artists, models, actors and fashion folk. Malanga took Kimmel's look book pictures for fall 09: Glenn O'Brien, Aaron Young, Slater Bradley, Dan Colen and the voluptuous Leelee Sobieski couldn't be more timely in American-flag long johns, boxy corduroy jackets and plenty of denim and plaid flannel.

    Waris Ahluwalia, in town to present his latest bird-inspired jewelry collection during couture next week, was so busy with Leelee Sobieski and Lou Doillon that he nearly forgot he had a dinner date with Kanyé West. Waris is doing press in Europe and recently found himself interviewed for the evening news in Sweden, which reminded him that it was the first country he wanted to visit as an exchange student when he was sixteen. "My parents vetoed that right away though," he admits. "They knew why I wanted to go to Sweden and it wasn't for the culture."

    Adam Kimmel with the NY Times' Cathy Horyn and i-D's Terry Jones

    Adam Kimmel with Paris Vogue's Carine Roitfeld and Olivier Lalanne

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    Thursday, September 4, 2008

    Up to Speed

    Adam Kimmel has just put up the first video on his site. Directed by Ari Marcopoulos and produced by Neville Wakefield, the short film follows Noah Sakamoto and Patrick Rizzo as they skate down a street in Claremont at warp speed, sometimes inches from oncoming traffic—all while wearing suits from Adam's new collection. "The second time around they go even faster," Adam tells us, "passing each other at 65 mph."

    (Also check out Adam's video of his brother, Alexei Hay, playing bass.)

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