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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Arty Party

Thank goodness fashion tires of trends quickly (last season's "recession chic" cast a dour pall over our festivities). But spring '10 is already looking up, and the strongest trend taking shaping is one we can get behind: art collaborations. Photographer (and Women Models founder) Paul Rowland will kick off the New York shows with a fete for Supreme and V in a hot new Chelsea penthouse space that might just give Milk Studios a run for its money... Meanwhile, Croatian wonder Damir Doma will be arting up the Soho Grand with a conceptual installation called Silent... Always adept at the art of being fashionable (or the fashion of being arty?), Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld and Andy Valmorbida are following up last season's exhibit with an homage to legendary painter Richard Hambleton. The duo will host a dinner at Armani and a top-secret opening bash... Not to be outdone that night, MOMA has recruited Linda Evangelista to host the opening of interior designer Ron Arad's No Discipline exhibit... Deitch Projects and Vogue are hosting The Open, a groups show of emerging artists at the epic Deitch Studios on the East River... Graduating from mannequin manhandling and basement dungeons, the crew at Bland is having a full-blown performance at Cherry Lane Theatre... Then there's the much-rumored threeasfour collaboration with Yoko Ono at Milk Studios, as well as the launch of Pop’s Damien Hirst-designed covers... The week will wrap up with a bang at the New Museum: the launch of Shoot, Rizzoli's valentine to the point-and-shoot revolution, showcasing the work of Nan Goldin, Wolfgang Tillmans and Juergen Teller. Collections, collectors, collectibles and collabos—can you handle it? Of course, we'll trust you to use your own wiles to shimmy your way in. Or just stay tuned.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Headline Trip

  • Everyone knows she invented her posh provenance. But with Coco Before Chanel hitting theaters soon, just how well do you know your Mademoiselle? [Times of London]


  • At 19, British model Jourdan Dunn is preggers. What to wear? [Style]


  • Meanwhile, another Brit model, Daisy Lowe, poses for Agent Provocateur, sits with her legs spread and gets doused with dog pee in her MTV UK documentary airing Sunday. [Grazia]


  • Julia Restoin Roitfeld is no more jeigermaster... EVER. [Facebook]


  • The rest of Marc Jacobs' fall ads, once again shot by Juergen Teller, have been posted. Expect more pretty people (and a few not) doing silly things... [Marc Jacobs]




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    Friday, April 3, 2009

    Camera Ready

    Who's this? She lives in New York, but was born in London to a 60s' supermodel mom and a photographer dad who discovered and managed Twiggy. She's about the furthest thing from a socialite (yuck, we hate that word), although she could've worked it if she wanted to. Her illustrator-sister is named after a flower—and, actually, so is she. When trying her hand at modeling, she was photographed by Mario Testino and Juergen Teller before her 18th birthday. Now 30, she's taken after her father and works as a fashion photographer, shooting for W, American Vogue, British Vogue, Monocle and Esquire.

    Okay, we hate guessing games so we're just gonna tell you: Poppy de Villeneuve, whose next solo exhibition launches May 25 in The Gallery of the Soho Grand, 310 West Broadway. It's described to us as "a specially commissioned series capturing immobile star struck people or the inert pulsating crowds watching live music." We don't know what that means either. But go, figure it out and meet a cool chick...

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    Monday, November 3, 2008

    Royal Flash

    The run-up to the launch of Flash, a three-month pop-up restaurant in the Royal Academy of Art's regal new GSK space in London, has been well-publicized—as if its well-connected owners David Waddington and Pablo Flack, both of Bistrotheque fame, would have it any other way.

    And with the launch on Saturday, the verdict is in: the hype is warranted. Not only were chef Tom Collins' creations delicious, but the guests—a tight-knit bunch—were in rare form. Giles Deacon and Katie Grand, who go back nearly twenty years with Waddington, were particularly chatty. Grand was likely still riding high on all the to-do surrounding Love, her new title with Conde Nast. But although she didn't let on if she knew who her replacement at POP would be, the rumor mill's list grows longer by the day, even if most people think trying to do POP without her would be impossible. But he/she who dares, wins. No?

    Many of London's biggest fashion names were to be found across town at CSM course director Louise Wilson's OBE award celebrations, making Flash's pull all the more impressive. Arty types included everyone from the Int'l Herald Tribune's Alice Rawsthorne, megastar photographer Juergen Teller and his wife and gallerist Sadie Coles to the irreverent artist Simon Popper and trash art stars Tim Noble and Sue Webster. Also making an appearance was designer Bella Freud, daughter of the painter Lucian and great-granddaughter of the father of psychoanalysis. Rounding out the fashion contingent were Style.com's Tim Blanks, Nicki Bidder of Starworks, Dazed creative director Nicola Formichetti, i-D editor Ben Reardon, Arena Homme Plus' Jo-Ann Furniss and Lulu Kennedy of Fashion East, all of whom recognize that fashion is fueled by parties that aren't just big, but also big fun.

    Following dinner, fashion's favorite bearded drag artist and playwright Johnny Woo hosted a spirited game of Gay Bingo. although everyone (see above) cheated. Woo and Grand's banter was funny, fashion types just don't argue with Grand. It's like having an inner policeman, Foucault-style.

    —Daryoush Haj-Najafi

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    Friday, February 8, 2008

    Photos from last night's party to open Juergen Teller's latest photo exhibit at Lehmann Maupin gallery...


    Juergen Teller, an image from his private collection


    Fabien Baron, Michael Stipe, Juergen Teller & Cathy Horyn

    photos by Patrick McMullan

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