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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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Monday, August 24, 2009

Headline Trip

Since it'd be too obvious to just go into fashion, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld is opting to curate another art show with a New York Fashion Week launch. [NY Observer]

Mystic revelations from Chloe Sevigny and Joe Denardo fuel the hysteria surrounding Opening Ceremony's Tokyo launch. [Daily Beast]

Now you can get your nails did with the likes of Carri Mundane at WAH in East London. Hipsters were bound to show up. [The Moment]

Is Grace Coddington Vogue's secret puppet master? The September Issue is rife with juicy secrets. [Page Six]

The second issue of LOVE hits newsstands today, featuring Miss Piggy in Marc Jacobs and Allegra Versace flirting with the family business. [LOVE]

WAH Nails

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Headline Trip

  • International editions of Vogue plan simultaneous party in thirteen cities to celebrate fashion, shun recession. [AFP]
  • The High Line opens today, though the fashion flock will likely hold out until a Calvin Klein fete on June 15.
  • Glenn O'Brien expected to exit Interview only a year since joining the relaunched title as co-editorial director. [WWD]
  • Former door whore Jeanette opens shop in London.
  • Japanese artist Ari Tabei wins Sprout's emerging artist competition, will go on view at Rebecca & Drew store.
  • Happy Birthday, Prince.

  • Ari Tabei in one of her signature cocoon creations

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    Friday, May 22, 2009

    Dixie Cape

    Amid rolling thunderstorms and blankets of Spanish moss, a handful of fashion's intelligentsia gathered in Savannah, Georgia, last weekend to take in the Savannah College of Art & Design’s annual senior fashion show. Among them were Ruben and Isabel Toledo (who were honored with SCAD's Lifetime Achievement Award) and Vogue’s André Leon Talley, a North Carolinian who holds an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from the Southern institution.

    I ran into André pre-show, decked out in his now-signature Obama pin (“I’ll be buried with them,” he said of his collection, which includes hundreds of First Family pins alone). Naturally I asked him about his style as a student. “I had a pale yellow, V-neck cashmere sweater—my first cashmere sweater, that my grandmother sacrificed a lot of money to pay for—and my first pair of Italian loafers.”

    André's trademark capes, apparently, didn’t enter the picture until college: “I was reading Vogue and dressing like Diana Vreeland’s pictures of Verushka dressed as Greta Garbo in [the 1933 film] Queen Christina. I went out and got myself a big cape, and then I took black silk curtain tassels and roped them around by neck with a white, pleated tuxedo shirt. I would go like that to class, with a big black hat. And I found all of this in North Carolina, by the way. I would walk around campus and people would look at me funny, but my French teachers thought it was wonderful." And there you have it, the source of André's cape craze.

    —Alisa Gould-Simon

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