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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hint Tip: Gaga for Givenchy

Giving Liberace a run for his money, Lady Gaga will take center stage at The Box on September 15, belting out an acoustic set on a grand piano for the launch of Givenchy’s new men’s fragrance, Play. Hosted by OUT magazine (because clearly it wasn’t gay enough already), the bash will hopefully restore the former hotspot’s reputation, tarnished after its star turn on Gossip Girl. Following in the footsteps of contortionists, female body builders and assorted carnies, her Gaga-ness is a perfect fit.

—Franklin Melendez

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Hint Tip: Alexander McQueen

Guess who's the latest to join Twitter. Alexander McQueen! (McQueenWorld) Be the first to know what's going on in his houndstooth-lined head in the run-up to the spring collection. We also hear he has big news to divulge soon, presumably on Twitter, but for now he's dealing with a "microwave head meltdown (with) sparks flying out of my brain!"

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Hint Tip: 40 Winks

Shabby chic, understated opulence, Alice in Wonderland on percocet. However you describe it, there's no denying that 40 Winks, the eccentric haute hotel in East London, would make a suitably outré environment to show a collection. Which is exactly what they're offering. On a daily or weekly basis for the duration of London Fashion Week, 40 Winks will stage a pop-up showroom for a maximum of five designers. It isn't free, but how better to butter up a buyer than with a random Beatles drum, a cheeky porcelain greyhound and lots of gold leaf?

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hint Tip: Costume Institute

Here are three reasons to revisit the Model as Muse exhibit at the Costume Institute: Carmen Dell'Orefice, Dorothy McGowan and Isaac Mizrahi. They star in three fashiony films to be screened at the Met, respectively: Funny Face (July 10), Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? (July 17) and Unzipped (July 22). Each of them will be introduced by Harold Koda and guest co-curator Kohle Yohannan. Click for ticket info. (BTW, we read recently that Carmen was discovered while riding a bus to ballet class at the age of 13. Amazing!)

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Hint Tip: Yves Saint Laurent

Stefano Pilati has recruited French director, actor and writer Samuel Benchetrit to create a moody short film (pictured below) for his Yves Saint Laurent men's show on Wednesday, following a similar cinematic gesture from Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin last season, featuring Michael Pitt. This time around, the star is none other than Benchetrit's 11-year-old son, Jules. The three-fold presentation will include the fashion show, film screening and a private after-party for friends of the house...

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Hint Tip: Gotscho

In this era of conglomerate-sponsored art, French artist Gotscho is that rare breed, a stylish loose cannon whose take on fashion consumption has a decidedly sinister tinge. Gotscho has been putting clothes center stage in his installations since the 90s, through collaborations with Maison Martin Margiela, Yohji Yamamoto and Comme des Garçons, to name a few.

For this month's Carré Rive Gauche, an annual group show of 120 galleries (antiques and fine art) on Paris's Left Bank, gallerist Eric Allart turned his space over to Gotscho to show his dark and mysterious "Ladies First" series (through June 19). In one piece, fragments of silk slip through fitting-room doors as though the customer has dematerialized through the looking glass like a repentant shopaholic desperate to get out. Nearby, a silver rolling rack sports a dozen seemingly banal garment bags with a row of identical black pumps ready for transport, one atop the other. It's only on closer inspection that you find the bags have an embroidered burkha slit at eye level, and the shoes are fused together in a permanent state of travel readiness.

Which begs the question: does Gotscho love or hate la mode? "I'm on both sides. I'm eternally attracted yet always looking for an escape," he says. "I was shocked the first time I saw a woman wearing a burkha. I didn't understand how it was possible, but I wanted to say something about it diplomatically. A garment bag is for travel and shoes are for walking, so both are about movement. What you have here is the possibility of movement, but the reality of immobility."

For the upcoming couture shows in Paris, Bruno Frisoni, artistic director of French shoe house Roger Vivier, will unveil his own pair of Gotschoesque-fused footwear, for those who prefer to look at stilettos than wear them.

—Rebecca Voight

Ladies First W10 (2007), Ladies First W31 (2007)

Odalisque (2007)

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Hint Tip: Peaches

No matter where Peaches comes in on your approval matrix, with her balls-out sexuality and in-your-face vulgarity, no one who's met her would say she isn't extraordinarily sweet and generous in person. Judge for yourself when the potty-mouthed popstar-cum-producer makes a personal appearance at Tatty Devine's London boutique (236 Brick Lane, E2 7EB, June 27, 2-4 pm) to launch the Tatty Devine for Peaches jewelry range and sign copies of her new album, I Feel Cream.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hint Tip: Colette

Leave it to Colette to add a little glamour to the globally conscious with its latest project. In collaboration with Bow Wow International and curator Karta Healy, the Paris boutique is staging MeWeCycle, a bicycle-themed exhibition and shop-within-shop featuring wares made from 100% recycled materials. Discarded skateboards are turned into furniture, aluminum foil fashioned into lighting fixtures and vintage grain sacks whipped into totes. Eclectic and inventive, it proves that all you need is French cachet to turn other people's trash into designer-approved treasure. The project also includes limited-edition products from the likes of Wood Wood, Opening Ceremony and Lala Berlin. Launching in time for Word Environment Day on June 5, it's a good excuse to go green—it sure beats shopping in your closet.

—Franklin Melendez

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Let Your Mouse Say It Loud

The great democratic experiment might never revolutionize fashion, a realm notorious for its feudal hierarchies and iron-willed tyrants, but it might add a bit of suspense to the upcoming CFDA Fashion Awards, which just announced its first Popular Vote Award. Why it's not called People's Choice, we don't know, but pitting designer against designer will let fans and followers have a say in the sacred process. Mind you, this is the same logic that let that other guy beat out Adam and that prematurely ousted a nubile Lil' Kim from dancing glory, but we're confident the fashion crowd will take their civic duties more seriously. Created in collabs with WWD, polls are open from May 27 - June 9, with the winner announced along with the others on June 15 in the big ceremony at Lincoln Center.

Naturally, as we're on the voting panel this year, we promise to do all we can to rig the results.

—Franklin Melendez

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Hint Tip: Seven New York

So you wanna be all boozy and louchy this holiday weekend, crashing rooftop BBQs and waking up in strange underwear. Cool, but as you head out on beer runs, why not be a little productive and drop in at Seven New York, where a biannual sale has already started? Treat yourself to air-conditioning and 25-35% off most spring merch—yeah, we're thinking there might be a mini-mob scene. In non-sale news, Seven's latest arrivals include Raf Simons footwear, David Lindwall tees and Cassette Playa. Up next, Gareth Pugh...

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hint Tip: Fringe Projects

Fringe Projects, Henrik Vibskov's conceptual collaboration with artist Andreas Emenius, is now available in book form, documenting their first ten exhibits. Shredded cover included...

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hint Tip: BBlessing

In more this-economy-sucks news, I Heart is having, well, heart failure. The little shop on Mott will close its doors on May 24, after five years of pumping Nolita and beyond with Sonia Rykiel, Isabel Marant, United Bamboo, Karen Walker, Rachel Comey and Emma Cook. Expect markdowns through closing day and a closing party on May 30.

But at least one indie store has reason to celebrate. The unsightly scaffolding that obstructed the front of BBlessing for three years is finally coming down. And you know what that means. Yup, an afternoon party (because it's never too early to start imbibing, and don't forget the men's store was designed after an absinthe bar) and more markdowns. Ah, there's no time like a recession to have a stash of cash...

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hint Tip: Bauhaus

Hard times call for hard measures. In some cases, literally. Students of Bauhaus know this better than anyone, given the German school's long tradition of rectilinear radicalism. Launching today at Wok store in Milan, twelve new Bauhaus students show their wacked-out wares, like this piece, Wing Chair, by Hannes Grebin. Adding to the OMGness, the exhibit will be on view for only three days, ending April 25. Welcome to the Bauhaus, kids...

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Hint Tip: Maison Martin Margiela

This came to us through Facebook, which is exactly what we'd expect from the culty Belgian brand. MMM is having a sample sale in Paris (chez Adèle Sand, 13 Rue Jean Beausire, +33 (0) 140299324) on the dates below. Wig coat, here we come! ...

Wednesday, April 29, 11-9
Thursday, April 30, 11-7
Friday, May 1, 11-7
Saturday, May 2, 12-7

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Hint Tip: Natalia Brilli

Natalia Brilli is on a drumroll. Not only has the Belgian designer of accessories wrapped in taut lambskin brought her traveling rock band to dead heads in Vienna with an exhibit at Park, she's also gearing up for a busy fall with her hottest collection yet. The big news? She's thinking mink...

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Hint Tip: Monocle

Here's a pic of Monocle's new L.A. shop, all 115 square feet of it. Following November's launch of the London store, the new and first U.S. outlet will carry the magazine's 22 issues, as well as designer collaborations including Porter bags, a Comme des Garçons fragrance, Valextra notebooks, Orlebar Brown swimming shorts and Skeppshult bikes from Sweden. Says editor-in-chief Tyler Brûlé, "We think L.A. provides a great opportunity for us... We were offered a great space in a high traffic area that possesses a similar demographic and community feel to our Marylebone store in London." We, for one, love the greige stripe—very dentist's office. Monocle, 225 26th Street, #19b, Santa Monica...

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hint Tip: Project No. 8

GM's president was just forced out by a bigger president (America's) and the Hummer brand is about to hum no more. It's a new era for cars, and Seth Kinmont is in the driver's seat. Literally. On April 7, 7-9 pm, at Project No. 8 boutique, the artist and California native will not only launch the first in a series of three wooden electric cars—a three-seat urban touring coach, an all-terrain vehicle and a two-person coup—but he'll also drive guests around the block. Considering that Project No. 8 is way down at 138 Division St., near Little Italy, and considering the car is outfitted with Amish-made wheels and handworked wooden flourishes reminiscent of old buggies (which "absurdly decrease drivability," says Kinmont) we think we'll be channeling drunk, loud flappers fleeing a busted speakeasy. Yes, everything goes back to drunk, loud flappers...

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Hint Tip: The Fashion Show

Leading up to the May 7th premiere of Bravo's new fashion reality show—called, um, The Fashion Show—Isaac Mizrahi went on camera to ponder his personal style. In short: he's a slob, he wears almost nothing in a regular day, he wants to be buried in croc shoes. (Sorry for the super-loud, super-annoying ad.) ...

By the way, could this be the freakiest fashion cast ever? ...

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Hint Tip: Terence Koh

Along with aligning himself with art-world greats Jeff Koons and Mike Kelley, Terence Koh likes to use malapropisms and spoonerisms (and other jisms). It's an endearing and disarming habit, stripping away notions of propriety and formality so you can concentrate on more important questions, such as: Am I a hot skank? Am I drunk enough to pee on art? Will I get laid at the Eagle? ...

"deer kindred spirit

if yo are around next saturdae
i am making something gay fo tis i tink
perhaps you can pee on my sculpture
the secret party afterwards is at the eagle from 8pm onwards, like gay sausage party
but i don't want it to be a secret cause i am want lots of gays to be there actually no just all kinds of hot skanks girls and boys and boy girls and girl boy and boy boy

thank you

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Hint Tip: Boudicca

On Saturday, March 28, from noon to 7 pm, Boudicca will hold a sample sale, including women's, accessories, one-offs and archive pieces. At 45 Vyner Street (first floor), London E2 9DQ, +44 20 8 981 9413. And they invite you "to create beauty easily for free" and enrich your garden by bringing in a plant cutting for exchange...

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hint Tip: Mark Borthwick

British-born, Brooklyn-based, Maria Cornejo-married, anti-fashion fashion photog Mark Borthwick launches his new book "not in fashion" (Rizzoli) with a book signing on March 26, 6-9 pm, The Journal Gallery, 168 N. 1st Street, Brooklyn...

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Hint Tip: Band of Outsiders

Fresh off his CFDA nom last night, Scott Sternberg released his spring imagery for Band of Outsiders—or rather Boy, the women's line. Always a polaroid, it features Sarah Silverman, who's not just our all-time favorite comic, but might just be our all-time favorite person. Just a few days ago we stumbled upon an episode of her show on Comedy Central we hadn't seen before, unbelievably, and nearly died. But wait, why is she doing the sad clown thing?...

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Hint Tip: CFDA Awards

We had the privilege of serving on the 2009 CFDA Awards selection committee—can you tell which nominees below smack of Hint? They were announced tonight in a swanky little party on top of Rockefeller Center. Of course, all anyone could talk about was the tanking economy, it being an industry gig and all. But to them, the ultimate fashion survivor and CFDA prez Diane von Furstenberg had a message: "We will surf out the tsunami in style." So there.

Womenswear Designer of the Year
- Marc Jacobs
- Narciso Rodriguez
- Rodarte

Menswear Designer of the Year
- Italo Zucchelli for Calvin Klein
- Michael Bastian
- Scott Sternberg for Band of Outsiders

Accessory Designer of the Year
- Marc Jacobs
- Vera Wang
- Proenza Schouler

Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear
- Thakoon Panichgul
- Alexander Wang
- Jason Wu

Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Menswear
- Patrik Ervell
- Robert Geller
- Tim Hamilton

Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Accessories
- Albertus Q. Swanepoel
- Alejandro Ingelmo
- Justin Giunta for Subversive Jewelry

Additional honors go to Michelle Obama (Board of Directors special tribute), Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton (International Award), Anna Sui (Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award), WWD's Edward Nardoza (Eugenia Sheppard Award for Journalism) and GQ creative director Jim Moore (Eleanor Lambert Award).

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hint Tip: The Convenience Store

Goodbye wire hangers, hello Eames chairs. That's how the conversation will go when the Convenience Store—the little underground boutique in London that sells hard-to-find anti-labels in a deliberately low-budget, corner-store setting—pops up and spreads out at St Martins Lane from March 19 - April 9. Finally, the Philippe Starck set can get their hands on Gareth Pugh's ventilated armor or Rick Owens' backless jumpsuits, or Bruno Pieters, Hannah Marshall and Boudicca, without leaving the swanky comfort and disco-lights glam of the hotel lobby.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Hint Tip: Barbie at Colette

Barbie may have turned 50, but you'd see a Republican in France before you'd ever see a wrinkle on her face. To celebrate 50 years of eternal youth and impossible beauty, colette has assembled a Barbie Room on the first floor with all kinds of limited-edition, Barbie-branded goodies: a line of clothes and accessories from Jeremy Scott, a Bless hairbrush (well, a brush made of hair), Stila make-up, bow ties from Alexis Mabille, a Goyard trunk, Bruno Frisoni stilettos and so on. Meanwhile, in the gallery upstairs, Karl Lagerfeld has put together a Barbie and Ken photo exhibit of a life-sized cardboard Barbie posing with male model Baptiste Giabiconi as Ken. And on March 12 only, original Barbie and Ken dolls will be on display in the main window. Don't get any ideas, though. A security guard will be watching them like his life depended on it—and it probably does.

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Hint Tip: Kitsuné

So you're not in Paris for Fashion Week. No sweat. French record label Kitsuné and its bands Guns'N'Bombs, Heartsrevolution, Classixx and Beni are coming to you with free shows. The North American Tour will hit Miami, New York, Los Angeles and Austin from March 8-12...

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Hint Tip: Jeremy Kost

Whether you look at grainy images of young, supple male skin and see art or something more carnal, you'll be sated tonight at the opening of After the Party, an exhibit of such images by Polaroid artist (and Hint contributor) Jeremy Kost, curated by Tim Goossens of PS1. Here's what the press release had to say: "Jeremy'd Polaroids are about power and desire; whether it is obtained or not, the works presented lend to the notions of instant gratification, restraint and the overall fulfillment of desires."

Tuesday, March 3, 7 - 9:30 pm, The Dactyl Foundation, 64 Grand Street (b/w West Broadway & Wooster), after-party at the Tribeca Grand, 10 pm - late

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Hint Tip: Freudenthal & Verhagen

In cheerier art news, Dutch photographers Carmen Freudenthal and Elle Verhagen, best known for their winky work with Bernhard Willhelm, will close out Milan Fashion Week on March 3, when they launch a retrospective at Dopo Lavoro gallery...

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hint Tip: Damir Doma

Born in Croatia, schooled in Germany, employed in Antwerp and now based in Paris with his own men's line, Damir Doma can add another notch to his proverbial belt (he's more of a drawstring guy). On February 13, he'll be feted by Atelier New York at the unveiling of Veil, a video and sound installation he created, which we think will have a lot of wood (c'mon, you know what we mean). At least that's how it looks from the invite, so thick it's practically a tree branch...

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Hint Tip: Pleasure Principle

Seven New York, Hintmag.com, GrandLife and the Metaproject celebrate Valentine's Day and the first day of Fashion Week the only way we know how—with razor blades—as we host Pleasure Principle's fall '09 video presentation and after-party. Audio by Tronik Youth, AC Slater, The Misshapes, Spencer Product and Larry Tee. Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., February 14, 11 pm - 4 am...

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Hint Tip: Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld

In a small Fashion Week-timed exhibit, The Works of Three Photographers, USC film grad and fashion scion Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld shows us just that, the works of three friends and photogs: P.C. Valmorbida (also Theodora Richards' squeeze), David Mushegain and Salim Langatta. In collaboration with Louis Vuitton and Terrazas, a wine from the Andes—delish! Tuesday, February 17, 6 - 10 pm, Collective Hardware, 169 Bowery, New York.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Hint Tip: Paul Rowland

Paul Rowland kicks off New York Fashion Week with an exhibition of compelling, haunting, yet quirky portraits snapped over the past five years. More interested in process than snapping a pretty picture, the founder of Women Models traces the subtle negotiations—both in front of and behind the camera—that transform nubile bodies into icons of the beautiful and strange. Transformations, February 13-20, 12-6:00 pm, 136 10th Avenue, ground floor. Opening reception (by invitation only) is Thursday, February 12, 6-9:00 pm...

—Franklin Melendez

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hint Tip: Chadwick Tyler

Depression-era glamour, if you can call it that, is on a lot of minds these days, including Chadwick Tyler's. For his solo show Tiberius (a name he chose for its cool Roman sound and, we assume, in reference to the fall of Rome), the Brooklyn-based photographer gathered 52 emerging and established models—i.e. Karlie Kloss, Lisa Cant, Maggie Rizer, Agnete Hegelund, Iekeliene Stange, Constance Jablonski, Victoria Wallace—to created antiquated portraits of lonely, broken beauty. This is his first gallery show, but he's made the rounds in indie mags: Tank, Qvest, Exit, Joy Quarterly, Plastique and The Last Magazine. February 10 - March 12, Honey Space, 146 11th Avenue. Opening reception is on February 10, 6-10 pm...

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Remix You Can Believe In

Hot off the presses, this inauguration-edition music video of Adam Freeland's remix of Daft Punk's "Aerodynamic" made us chortle into our Irish coffee this morning—er, afternoon. Nothing says fresh start like stop-motion toy art and the letters O-B-A-M-A delivered in a speak 'n' spell robo-voice. Say it. You are correct!...

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Hint Tip: Kaiserin

We've introduced you to Kaiserin, the Paris-based "magazine for boys with problems." Now the boys are back for more. Celebrating their fifth/latest issue and its theme of L’Outside, Kaiserin editors Arnaud-Pierre Fourtané and Didier Fitan have curated Hors Les Murs (Outside The Walls), a photo exhibit at Exile Gallery in Berlin featuring the homoerotic work of Aleksandar Todorovic, Santiago Reyes, Slava Mogutin and the late Al Baltrop's notorious Pier series. If this is what it means to have problems, we don't ever want to be cured ...

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hint Tip: Terence Koh

Should you find wandering around the bowels of the LES with nothing to do and nowhere to go, head over to ASS, Terence Koh's cheekily named gallery at 45 Canal Street, where he's installed "Winter Landscape," a riff on German Romantic landscape painter Caspar David Friedrich's "Winter Landscape with Church." Here's what Terence has to say: "There is nothing to this installation except that we have taken out the religious things in the painting and just done a joyful winter landscape." Interpret that as you wish. The launch party is Friday, December 19 at 6:00 pm, and the installation remains open 24/7 through January. We're not sure how exactly they can do that, but there you are...

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Hint Tip: Damien Hirst

Nothing says yuletide cheer like loads and loads of new things, as Damien Hirst knows well. Never one to miss a commercial holiday, he's joining the Christmas fray, releasing an exclusive holiday selection for Other Criteria, his twin London boutiques, selling limited editions, rare artists' books and other arty odds and ends. It's not the Neiman Marcus holiday catalog of yore (no helicopters or taxidermied endangered species), but there's plenty to wet the erudite and refined palate—and with some reasonable prices (Phillip Allen tees start at 30 quid).

Our picks: Hirst's silkscreened heart with butterflies (also doubles as an early Valentine), his Pharmacy Wallpaper (enough said) and Johannes Albers' B-Side Joy Division. Of course, it wouldn’t be the holidays without a splurge. Ours would be Hirst's Hallucinatory Head, a psychedelic plastic skull that’s not quite the diamond-studded version, but enough to tide us over till next year.

Pharmacy Wallpaper

B-Side Joy Division

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Hint Tip: Yves Saint Laurent

Are you a Saint Laurent slut? Have we got a sale for you. Housing Works Thrift Shop recently received nearly 500 vintage Yves Saint Laurent pieces from a single anonymous donor (we're racking our brains, too), to be unloaded to the public—in a party, no less—at seriously low prices, even by recession standards. Leather skirts for $90, goddess gowns for $150, power pinstripe suits for $150, ruffle tops for $50 and so on. December 11, 6 - 9 pm, Housing Works Thrift Shop, 157 East 23rd St., 212-529-5955.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Hint Tip: Alexandre Vauthier

Couture might be dying, but there's never a shortage of new blood. Enter Alexandre Vauthier, former first assistant for Jean Paul Gaultier Couture and Thierry Mugler (private clients), who'll debut his own collection during Paris Couture Week in late January. We expect nothing less than theatrical genius by osmosis, but there's more. According to his publicist, Alexandre "holds the view that prices of couture clothes today are unrealistic and do not reflect the historical prices that clients paid in the past when whole wardrobes were ordered for the season." Okay, we think we get that. Plus he feels non-couture luxury labels have been ripping people off with inferior fabrics. When a couturier talks money, you know we're in for an economic face-plant of biblical proportions.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Hint Tip: The Sads

As if Art Basel Miami needed another anything, The Sads (Aaron Rose's indie band) are playing the Nike Sportswear/NADA/ANP Quarterly party with No Age and Panda Bear on Friday...

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Hint Tip: Atelier

We can't give away too much, but we suspect you'll know know what to do if we just tell you that Atelier New York, that dark horse of men's boutiques (Rick Owens, Undercover, Julius, Ann Demeulemeester), is having a relocation party on December 11, with a special performance by experimental-folk artist Scott Mou. But if you can't wait that long, the new store at 304 Hudson will be open starting December 2. Who needs mirth and merriment for the holidays when you can have distressed leather and chunky silver jewelry?

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Hint Tip: Uniqlo

UNIQLO, the Japanese brand that brought cheap cashmere to the masses, needs your help. After winning the 2008 Cannes Lions Grand Prix award in advertising (not to be confused with that other Cannes), they've been asked to produce the official T-shirt for the same awards next year. So they've set up a competition and invited people from all over the world to design it. As long as the theme is the lion, the mascot of the festival (because it's persuasive?), the tee can be whatever you want. The top ten entries will be sold in UNIQLO stores and the winning design will be distributed to the esteemed guests of the 2009 Cannes Lions award ceremony in June.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Hint Tip: Frédérique Daubal

Our crazy French friend Frédérique Daubal—a graphic artist who's collaborated with colette, Palais de Tokyo and yours truly—has launched an e-shop, selling an assortment of odd things like stripy tube tops and I Hate Xmas pins...

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Hint Tip: Surface to Air

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hint Tip: The Broken

Sean Ellis, the British fashion photographer who was everywhere in the late 90s (The Face, Arena Homme Plus, French & American Vogue, Numero, i-D and Harper’s Bazaar), in fact never went away. With his cinematic style, he just moved into filmmaking. First came commercials for Jean Paul Gaultier, Rimmel and Land Rover, followed by a few short films, including Cashback (nominated for an Oscar in 2006), which ultimately became his first feature, screened at Cannes. Now Sean wants you to know his second feature film, The Broken, will have its French debut on November 26. Fashion to horror films? It's actually makes perfect sense to us.

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Hint Tip: Six Scents

The New Museum has it going on. Hot on the heels of their Elizabeth Peyton opening reception, where Marc Jacobs couldn't keep his hands off new squeeze Lorenzo Martone (and who can blame him?), comes the launch of Six Scents. We know you pored over our latest Beauty Duty, but just in case, Six Scents is the perfume collaboration between the scent masters at Symrise and six designers chosen by Seven New York. For the first in the annual partnership, the designers are Bernhard Willhelm, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Cosmic Wonder, Jeremy Scott, Preen and Gareth Pugh, who has hosting duties for the night...

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Hint Tip: Bless

The notoriously shy Bless girls are cracking open their nutty world a little with a sample sale that includes every collection going back to the very first. That's right, pieces from collections N°01 – 34 can be yours: November 14 & 15 at 14 rue Portefoin, 75003, Paris. We've always had a soft spot for their fur wigs circa 1998...

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Hint Tip: Asia Song Society

Here's a surprise you actually want on Election Day. Shanghai artist Xu Han Wei will unveil a new large-scale work, a sculpture called HISTORY, on November 4 at ASS, Terence Koh's cheeky acronym for his Asia Song Society gallery. This is the first time Xu Han Wei will show in the States, but the gallery is tight-lipped about any other details, saying an English translation from Chinese wouldn't be appropriate. But since we're talking ASS, we assume it'll have some kind of punk, queer or porn theme—or all three.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Hint Tip: Maison Martin Margiela

In what promises to be the sample sale of all sample sales, Maison Martin Margiela will hold one of its rare ventes privées at its Paris location from November 12-15. We suggest printing out and taking this handy tip sheet with you...

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Hint Tip: Berliner Strasse

If you ever wanted to know more about the young Berlin urban art scene (and of course you do—it's unlike anything you've seen), don't miss Berliner Strasse. Opening October 31, the group show features artists Jaybo aka Monk, XOOOOX, Emess, Nomad, Anton Unai, Marok, Charlie Isoe, Neon, Daniel Tagno, Mymo and Alex Flach, whose recent book of photos, Berlin Calling, says it all...

Projection on Berliner Dom by Jaybo aka Monk, conceived by Skudi Optix & Tristesse Deluxe

Sit Lady by XOOOOX

Daniel Tagno performing with The Gadget

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hint Tip: Ace Hotel

Back in February we learned, and immediately spilled the beans to you, that Portland's cheap-but-chic, grunge-observant Ace Hotel (we know such things because we recently stayed there on a trip to the sprawling Nike campus) had plans to open smack in the middle of New York City. Now we're hearing the new space, in midtown at 29th & Broadway, will finally launch February 1, just in time for Fashion Week.

Some of the signature anti-glam things you'll find: a restaurant by the owners of the Spotted Pig, an old-timey barbershop, a gym with vintage equipment, Smeg refrigerators (from the time people called them ice boxes) in half the rooms and views of the Empire State Building. Apparently the place is full of history—until recently there was even a boxing ring in the basement. And even though they're all about cheap rooms, they want you to know they have rock star suites, too. You know, just in case.

(By the way, in a related tip, the elk-emblazoned wool blankets on the seats of Number (N)ine's Northwest-inspired fall collection, made in collaboration with Ace, will arrive soon.)

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hint Tip: Queer Zines

Take the angry Revolting Cocks anthem from 1990, "Beers, Steers + Queers," subtract the steers, add a few rears and what do you get? Queer Zines, an exhibition of 100 indie rags with a radical queer sensibility—beginning with the seminal imagery of Straight to Hell in the late 70s to the more cleaned-up Butt of today—at Printed Matter's NY Art Book Fair at Phillips de Pury from October 24 - 26. (If you go on the 25th, you can catch the latest Saturday@Phillips, this time focusing on the art collections of Hamish Bowles, Humberto Leon & Carol Lim of Opening Ceremony and Everard Findlay.) And now, because we know you want to start googling queer zine titles in hopes of raunch: My Comrade, Dik Fagazine, They Shoot Homos Don't They?, Agony, Young Men at Play. Happy Searching...

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Hint Tip: Antony & The Johnsons

What do lace gloves, suicidal thoughts and Butoh dance have in common? They're just a few of the things that make up Antony and The Johnsons' new five-track EP, Another World (available October 7), their first release in three years and a teaser of their forthcoming full-length album, The Crying Light...

Cover art (1984 photo of Butoh co-founder and Japanese dance legend Kazuo Ohno)

The video for the sublime yet depressing title track...

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Hint Tip: Transformazium

Transformazium, a group of amazing women (artists, organizers, social reformers and sweethearts, each one of them), up and transplanted themselves to a mostly abandoned steel town outside Pittsburgh last winter as a sincere, long-term life experiment to fix up an old, beautiful, weird church and turn it into a community skill-sharing center. They are 100% living the change they want to see in the world, teaching themselves how to farm, taking responsibility for their own roles in their physical environment—and disinterested third parties can confirm it is working. Of course, this kind of thing takes money; hence, Transformazium's arty boat cruise without the boat this Saturday. Amber Valentine and Hint's Liz Armstrong will DJ the dance party afterward...

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Hint Tip: Gucci

If love conquers all, we think we have a solution to this pesky financial meltdown, and it's called GUCCI loves Bergdorf. The uber-exclusive 15-bag line—launching tomorrow at the 5th Avenue shopping mecca—features Gucci's Hysteria, Jockey and Indy styles in patent and Guccissima leather, as well as beyond-precious skins like crocodile, ostrich and python. Here's where the love comes in; they're all in Bergdorf's signature lilac color. Prices range from $1,295 to $29,800, so it seems that in these tough economic times, love means never having to say your card was denied. Take that, credit crunch.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Hint Tip: A.P.C.

Paris Fashion Week has only just begun (we know this because Gareth Pugh's show, the new start of the week, just rocked our worlds), but if we don't tell you about A.P.C.'s closing party, we'll completely forget in a blur of air-kisses and bowl-hugs. So put this in your iCal: Friday, Oct. 3, 11:00 pm, La Régine, 75008, tunes by The Teenagers, Cosmo Vitelli, Tony Frontal and Dan & Ewan. Naturally, we can't give out the RSVP email—we'll trust you to work your magic.

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Hint Tip: Peter Saville

Speaking of Burberry, at its Madison Avenue flagship on Thursday, the label will play host to the New York launch of Peter Saville Estate 1-127 (JRP Books), the first-ever survey of the graphic designer's archives, beginning with his groundbreaking work for Factory Records in the late '70s. Also includes personal impressions of his work from artists Slater Bradley, Liam Gillick, Robert Longo, Wolfgang Tillmans, etc...

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Hint Tip: Kaiserin

Paris-based Kaiserin, a magazine for boys with problems, says the tag line, is having a New York issue release party at Envoy gallery (131 Chrystie Street) tonight from 6-8 pm. What's inside? According to the rag: "The work of renowned and emerging young artists, authors, photographers, graphic designers, typographers, illustrators and poets, all focused on one theme." That is, the theme of boys. Boys in various states of undress, boys in their natural setting, pensive boys, artistic boys, good boys doing bad things and vice versa. You get the idea.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Hint Tip: Deitch Projects

Deitch Projects celebrates the launch of two new books:
- NEST by Dash Snow and Dan Colen
- Beautalism by Kembra Pfahler

Monday, September 15, 6 - 9 pm
Santos Party House
100 Lafayette St.
NYC 10013

Doors open at 6 pm
The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black goes on at 7 pm
Cheeseburger at 8 pm
Dance party from 9 pm - late

This book documents the infamous NEST exhibition by artists Dash Snow and Dan Colen, where they turned Deitch Projects into a giant hamster nest. Along with many downtown artists in their community, Dash and Dan filled the space with over 3000 shredded phone books, and then in multiple overnight celebrations, destroyed the gallery to create a complex performance piece and earthwork. With paint poles speared into the wall, bottles protruding from hacked-up sheet rock, and a pummeling of enormous wine, pee, and paint spit-balls stuck to the walls, it seems a great deal took place during these night-into-mornings.

This is artist Kembra Pfahler’s first book in her amazing thirty-year underground New York City art career. Cataloging her recent projects for the 2008 Whitney Biennial, which included a huge rock show in the Park Avenue Armory, this book also features her most notorious body art performances and shocking “sewn Vagina” and “wall of vagina” pieces. Numerous full-bleed photos capture the making of the Biennial artworks, the preparation for her live show, the performance itself, and the aftermath.

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Friday, September 5, 2008

Hint Tip: Yves Saint Laurent

Today: relative calm. Tomorrow: Saint Laurent mania, as more than half a million copies of the third installment of designer Stefano Pilati's so-called manifesto are handed out on the streets of New York, Paris, London, Milan, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Intended to give the haute house a more democratic sheen, the manifesto consists of a 20-page booklet containing all the images from its fall 2008 ad campaign, featuring the irrepressible Naomi Campbell as the ideal YSL woman, photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. The first 5000 copies handed out in each city will also come in a collectible limited-edition cotton tote designed by Stefano himself. Even if you miss out on the giveaway, the manifesto and a short film will launch simultaneously on Ysl.com...

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Hint Tip: Kitsuné

After the Interview party tomorrow night, head down to Kitsuné Maison Night at Santos. From 10 pm to 4 am, the fun-loving Parisian music/fashion label will have Fischerspooner, Guns'n'Bombs and Gildas & Masaya DJ, and HeartsRevolution perform live. Get tix here.

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