Norwood Young

Norwood Young, Controversial High-Camp R&B Superstar, Lands a Museum

Norwood Young was born with a voice of gold and a taste for fame. Along the way, the enigmatic gospel and R&B singer became a freedom-of-speech advocate, plastic-surgery obsessive, hedonist, fashion plate, drug addict and child-abuse survivor. He recently self-published an autobiography, Getting Back to My Me, a confessional filled with tales of fabulosity that ultimately proved too over-the-top, even for someone who erected naked male statuary on his front lawn. I chatted with Norwood on the eve of his New York book launch...

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Feb 06, 2011 00:00:00
Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin Has Never Worn High Heels—Well, Twice

Attending the Marrakech Film Festival in the unofficial capacity of BFF with the the blonde, French, glamorous festival director, Mélita Toscan du Plantier (after whom he's named a very high-heeled shoe), Christian Louboutin has plenty of his own goings-on to talk about. Among them, his red-soled shoe line turns 20 next year, for which he's painstakingly creating a book. Here, under the Moroccan sun, he borrows my gold-tinted sunglasses (perhaps testing them out for a future line of his own?) and keeps me afoot...

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Dec 14, 2010 00:00:00
Susan Sarandon & Harvey Keitel

Susan Sarandon On Everything from WikiLeaks to Glee

At the Marrakech Film Festival last week, Susan Sarandon presented her old friend Harvey Keitel—with whom she co-starred in 1991's Thelma & Louise—with a special tribute award. Just prior, she took time out to hold a cozy meet-and-greet at her hotel, the Royal Mansour (where a night starts at, ahem, $2000). The ever-outspoken, uncensored, unapologetic Oscar winner regaled us with her humanitarian efforts, her thoughts on Wikileaks, her New York ping pong club, and that Halloween episode of Glee...

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Dec 11, 2010 00:00:00
Gael García Bernal

Gael García Bernal On Playing Doctor with Kate Hudson and Other Punny Things We Couldn't Pass Up

On the jury of the Marrakech Film Festival, along with with likes of John Malkovich and Maggie Cheung, Gael García Bernal is tasked with picking a winner in the Features category. We think, given his track record of supporting artistic merit and his aversion to boilerplate, he'll do it with gusto. This, even though he says he's really in Marrakech, his first time in the Moroccan retreat, to "have a holiday and play around" (that would be us). Here, the most revealing bits from a conversation with the hunky Mexican actor and director best remembered, with a hot flash, for his roles in Y Tu Mamá También and The Motorcycle Diaries...

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Dec 06, 2010 00:00:00
Stephin Merritt

Q&A with Stephin Merritt, The Magnetic Fields' Frontman and Possibly the Funniest Musician Ever

A fixture on the New York downtown music scene since the 80s—with his ironic, experimental, synth-y, post-New Wave band The Magnetic Fields—singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt has sported a myriad of fashionable looks. The recent documentary about the tunesmith and his music, Strange Powers, touches on his unusual sartorial choices. We delve deeper...

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Nov 29, 2010 00:00:00
Maison Martin Margiela, spring '05

Q&A with Paris Curator Bernadette Caille

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris is kicking off the second installment of its two-part exhibit L’Histoire Idéale de La Mode Contemporaine. The first focused on designers who debuted in the ‘70s and ‘80s (Mugler, YSL, etc.), while the second—opening November 25—will showcase the most definitive collections of the ‘90s and ‘00s. Associate curator Bernadette Caille breaks it down...

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Nov 23, 2010 00:00:00
Anna Sui

The Unsinkable Anna Sui

Few designers have had a coffee-table crusher devoted to them, much less written by Andrew Bolton, renowned fashion historian and curator of the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute. Anna Sui is one of the select few, no doubt owing to her irrepressible personality and unsinkable creativity. The self-titled new book (Chronicle Books, $60)—her first—looks back at two decades of twice-yearly brilliance. I chatted with the reclusive designer about the making of the monograph, coming up in the low-rent 80s, and hanging out with famous friends...

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Nov 19, 2010 00:00:00
Carla Bruni & Jean Pigozzi, 1991

LimoLand's Jean Pigozzi Wears Bright Colors But Shoots in Black-and-White

It's impossible to miss the larger-than-life presence that is Jean "Johnny" Pigozzi. When I first encountered the amiable collector, philanthropist, photographer, clothing designer, not to mention multi-millionaire, his jumbo frame was draped in a bold, almost offensively bright bomber and bookended by two beautiful women. Pigozzi, whose father was the founder of the French carmaker Simca, moves in fabulous circles. Since the age of 14 he’s been chronicling the people and places that make up his weird and wonderful world—for a dyslexic teenager, a nice alternative to keeping a diary.

Never without a point-and-shoot camera, the gentle giant captures candid moments shared with celebrities, artists, designers, gorgeous women, and other millionaires in a way that only an insider could. The sum of this documentation, spanning 20 years, is now on view in the exhibition "Johnny Stop!" at Gagosian gallery, accompanied by a 400-page book, Catalogue Déraisonné (or Lunacy Catalog).

On the day of his book-signing and opening, I caught up with Pigozzi at his West Side apartment—where he was "kidnapped by the [New York] marathon"—to talk about his vibrant clothing line LimoLand, his exhibition, and how he turned his art collection from that of a “dentist from Cincinnati” to the largest private contemporary African art collection in the world...

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Nov 14, 2010 00:00:00
Hamish Bowles, photo Patrick McMullan

Hamish Bowles Collected Balenciaga Couture as a Tween

Like Nicolas Ghesquière's prophetic vision today, Balenciaga has always been a prescient label. Even the Spanish couturier's first name, Cristóbal, suggests the future-mindedness of the house he founded in 1919, before moving it to Paris in 1937, a result of the Spanish Civil War.

Now, at the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute in New York, a new exhibit looks back at some of Balenciaga's most innovative pieces, worn by some of the 20th century's most glamorous society women—think Pauline de Rothschild and Mona Bismarck. An estimated sixty items of clothing and accessories (some which have never gone on display) have been painstakingly tracked down and assembled, including the iconic 1939 “Infanta” gown, toreador boleros from 1946, and flamenco-inspired dresses from 1951 and 1961.

I caught up with the show's curator, Hamish Bowles (also Vogue’s European Editor at Large and arguably the world's biggest Balenciaga fan), who describes here the thrilling, challenging, extraordinary process of poring through the life, times and work of a childhood hero, seemingly. Some kids collect baseball cards, others collect couture...

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Nov 16, 2010 00:00:00

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