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Monday, August 10, 2009

Headline Trip

Sundance goes fishing for Bruce Weber hunks with a new online exhibition featuring photos, films and more. [Sundance Channel]

Celebrating her 67th birthday, the unsinkable Betsey Johson pulls from the archives, posting runway videos dating back to her 1978 debut. [WWD]

Proving it's hip to be square, Erin Wasson thumbs her nose at alternate venues and opts for a big bash at the tents. Take that, Milk Studios! [Fashion Week Daily]

We swore we wouldn’t come back for more, but a peek at Blair Waldorf in Hervé Léger guarantees we'll at least tune in for the season premiere. [NY Post]

There's life after Katie Grand, and it's on Pop's blog. [Pop]

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

No Love Lost

It's been quiet on the Katie Grand front since we revealed the name (Love) of her new Condé Nast-backed "bespoke" biannual in October, following a slow falling-out with Pop owner Bauer Media. But this morning we have more news about the masthead, namely that Lee Swillingham and Stuart Spalding will be the creative directors, Victoria Young the fashion director, Tim Clifton-Green the senior fashion editor, Francesca Burns the senior fashion editor-at-large, Joe McKenna the senior contributing fashion editor, with the ever-amazing Murray Healy as senior editor. You may remember Murray wrote our Hinterview with Katie Grand a while back. The first issue of Love hits newsstands February 19.

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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, October 17, 2008

Pop, the Question

So everyone knows that Condé Nast UK, whose original plans to acquire Pop from Bauer Media fell through, simply poached the magazine's founder and editor-in-chief, Katie Grand, and her team last week to create a new-and-improved title under their own auspices. The larger, "bespoke" biannual promises to be an even more experimental and visionary blend of fashion and art. But the question is, what will happen to Pop? We hear that Bauer's initial reaction to keep the style bible alive has hit a snag and that, after twenty glorious issues over eight years, the winter issue will be the last pop. And here's another Hint exclusive. We also hear that the name of Katie Grand and Condé Nast's new baby is, appropriately, Love, due to arrive in March. Now that's what we call a love child. You heard it here first.

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