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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Out of the Blue

Tired of going green? Try blue. Spearheaded by Julie Gilhart, Barneys New York has joined forces with Elle to create Project Blue, a shop-for-charity initiative to benefit the clean-water advocacy group Oceana.

Eight designers—including Rodarte, Stella McCartney, Versace and Alexander Wang—were given a pile of old donated denim to play with. From this mass of acid-washed, mom-jean rejects, they were asked to create totally new garments, to be auctioned off on eBay.

The results, which aren't the patchwork-denim Franken-frights you might expect, range from a tailored dress from Bottega Veneta to Rogan's long-sleeved hooded dress. The bidding has started (Ann Demeulemeester is currently fetching $135, which won't last) and continues through May 10.

—Pia Catton

Versace, Rogan, Rodarte

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Rendez-Vous, That's Who

After all these years, Paris-based Rendez-Vous has stayed true to its mission—to promote quality over quantity—and in the process redefined that crusty old term "tradeshow."

That's why we at Hint are proud to be the media sponsor of its New York debut during Fashion Week, showcasing over 70 our fave men's and women's lines from the U.S. and abroad: Henrik Vibskov, Rogan, Christian Wijnants, Nice Collective, April 77, Surface to Air and special guest Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. Also on display will be an exhibit by photographer Martine Mulder. More info to come, stay tuned.

Rendez-Vous, the Altman Building, 138 W. 18th St., Feb 20-22, 10:30 am - 7:30 pm

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Hint Gallery: Halloween

Day of the Dead Halloween party, hosted by Freemans' Taavo Somer, Earnest Sewn's Carlos Quirarte, Matt Kleigman and Matt Creed...

Carlos Quirarte & Taavo Somer

Julie Gilhart, Rogan Gregory

The Virgins

Aron Kazan & Leo Fitzpatrick

Ryan McGinley, Charlotte Ronson

Theodora Richards

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Model Behavior

Rogan, Giambattista Valli, Phillip Lim and Chris Benz, among others, have created limited-edition tees to help build the first solar-powered hospital in Burundi, the poorest country in the world. Starting today you can buy them for only $60 at JustOneFrickinDay.com, a charity founded by Elettra Wiedemann—yes, the model and daughter of Isabella Rossellini, but did you know she'll also attend grad school in biomedicine this fall?...

Rogan, Giambattista Valli

Rag & Bone, Phillip Lim

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Monday, June 30, 2008

That Was Me on the Corner

A hipster lover's delight spilled out on to the corner of Bowery and Bond Street last Thursday when Gregory Rogan hosted buddy Michael Stipe's first-ever solo art show, Relics, at his new shop. Music, art, film, fiction and fashion worlds coalesced as famous friends—Jake Paltrow, Jeff Koons, Chris Martin, Douglas Coupland—came out to support the R.E.M. frontman. But because of the tropical temperature inside the all-black store, the real party took place in front of the cream-colored cast-iron gem of a building, which was chosen, Rogan told us, "because it's where several neighborhoods meet, so it doesn't fit neatly into one box. Just like me. I am not very good as a fashion designer, I am reluctant to be an artist." He then compared the hood to Istanbul, the only city in the world to sit on two continents. So the man is not only talented, but also modest, well-traveled and poetic. We so want to hang out with him. Oh, he also professed his love for Raf Simons and Martin Margiela, two of our own favorites. Total compatibility. Yet it's different with genius musicians, whose charm doesn't always come as easily. When asked whether there was any nostalgic element to his artwork (once-important but now-obsolete artifacts such as cassette tapes, Polaroid cameras and books cast in bronze), a perfectly polite Stipe was unequivocal: "I despise nostalgia. If you listen to our work you notice I'm much more about sentimentality." Okay, my bad, can we go to Istanbul now?

Gregory Rogan and Michael Stipe

bronzed cassettes

P.S.1 curator Klaus Biesenbach & Terence Koh, Polaroid cameras, Rogan Bouwerie store

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