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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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    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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