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Monday, March 23, 2009

Debt Collection

Just over a week ago, we ran a post about the L.A. launch of The Stephen Sprouse Book at the Chateau Marmont. Today we got an email from a hotel rep with another interesting tidbit about the late designer and artist. Turns out, way back in 1991, he moved into the hotel for a month, but couldn't pay his bill when he checked out. So Andre Balazs agreed to let him off the hook if he designed some apparel for the Chateau. A couple of months ago, Andre was going through the archives in hotel's attic and discovered a stash of six original, never-before-seen sketches Stephen made of that collection, all signed and dated. While not everything will be produced, Andre has reissued the same pieces produced in 1991—a T-shirt, baseball cap and postcard—available at the hotel and its online shop...

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Camping Out

The man of the hour was surely smiling at the motley crew who assembled at the Chateau Marmont last night for the L.A. launch of The Stephen Sprouse Book (Rizzoli), by Mauricio and Roger Padilha. Only in L.A. could you get Courtney Love, Dita Von Teese, super-stylist Arianne Phillips, Tony Ward, Tatum O'Neal, original catwoman Julie Newmar, 70-something sex bomb Mamie Van Doren and the trantastic Holly Woodlawn in the same room.

Some moments: When asked by photogs if they could take her pic, Courtney Love shouted, "Fuck yeah! I'm skinny. Take it!" Later she went up to Phillipe Blond, who was wearing custom-made Christian (as in Louboutin) for Phillipe feather shoes, and said "Omigod, where did you get those?" "Christian made them for me." "You're a man girl!" And with that, she gave him a huge kiss....

Courtney Love & Arianne Phillips

Mamie Van Doren, Julie Newmar

Holly Woodlawn, Dita Von Teese

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Friday, January 9, 2009


So, yeah, the latest New Year's resolution we've obliterated is to be more punctual. We arrived late to all three of Louis Vuitton's shindigs on Thursday to celebrate its new Stephen Sprouse collection. And the worst thing is we don't even have a lame excuse.

First we were late to the LV store on Greene St. (where we did catch Marc and Lorenzo being extra-super-duper-frisky as they ran around from guest to guest giggling like girls). Then we were late to the "Rock on Mars" exhibit at Deitch Projects around the corner (where we overheard our new favorite line, delivered in perfect deadpan to the clueless door girl: "Marc Jacobs would vomit in your face if he knew you were making us wait out here.") And then late again to Bowery Ballroom (where Debbie Harry went onstage pretty much on time for her four-song set.) Foiled again!

But we promise, dear readers, to do better. And now, a few enlightening words about Stephen from Mauricio Padilha, co-author of The Stephen Sprouse Book, out this month from Rizzoli...

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Your First Look: Stephen Sprouse

Way back in the primordial ooze known as the 80s, designer Stephen Sprouse started out as an assistant to Halston, made art with fellow freaks at Andy Warhol's Factory, designed stage outfits for his friend Debbie Harry and ultimately opened a store of his very own. But it's possible that he's more sought-after now, posthumously, than ever before.

Taking stock, there's that photo-stuffed new book from Rizzoli that everyone is talking about (how major does Steven Meisel look?). Marc Jacobs, too, has followed up his 2001 Louis Vuitton collaboration with Sprouse with a new line of limited-edition accessories, launching this week with parties at Vuitton's Soho store, Deitch Projects and Bowery Ballroom. Bags, shoes, wallets, macs, cell phones and skateboards all get the graffiti treatment.

Now comes word that the latest issue of Le Book is "dressed" by Sprouse, the latest in a long line of collaborators that includes Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent and Azzedine Alaïa. We haven't the foggiest idea how the collaboration took place, since it's been five years since his passing, but there's no question Sprouse's neon-punk aesthetic makes for an eye-popping design—such as the rose motif on the cover, an image he achieved through photocopying and sent as thank-you cards to friends...

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