Here's Gisele hamming it up with Baz Luhrmann at last night's launch of his short film for Chanel N°5. You can tell by her outstretched limbs that she's definitely having loads of fun. Loads. Definitely. And why not? Not only is she the face of the world's most famous fragrance, she's also the star of the short, which tells the story of a woman who has it all — family, career, love. Clearly, autobiographical. She even finds time to hit the waves on a Chanel surfboard. Never mind that it's a non-speaking role because those limbs speak for themselves.
If the film, which opens to the public October 15, whiffs of feminist idealism, it's probably not a coincidence. Karl Lagerfeld seems quite taken with the topic. He had some colorful words to say about his somewhat controversial Chanel collection, which some thought trivialized hard-won women's rights. "I couldn’t care less if people are for or against [it]," he quipped to Fashionista, clearly unmoved by the criticisms. "It’s my idea. I like the idea of feminism being something lighthearted, not a truck driver for the feminist movement."
Karl Lagerfeld, Gisele Bundchen, Baz Luhrmann
Caroline de Maigret
Update 10/15/14: Here's the final version, unveiled today...
Apparently not a stop on her controversial book tour, Lena Dunham and Spike Jonze co-hosted the annual Anti-Gala gala at Skylight Modern to benefit Lowline, a planned underground park beneath the Williamsburg Bridge on the LES. They humorously led an auction that resulted in the sale ($3,000) of the suitably tree-printed Rachel Antonoff dress Dunham was wearing. “It’s not a size zero. It’s for a curvier woman. I can dry-clean it, or not,” she said in her typical oversharing way. A little later, her boyfriend Jack Antonoff (of The Bleachers) performed, followed by a DJ set by James Murphy.
Lena Dunham & Spike Jonze
Such a little room for such a big book. Vivienne Westwood is a woman of contrasts, and the launch of her memoirs was no exception. Held in the cozy, historic (and, like the Dame, rather notorious) Mark's Club in London, she and co-author Ian Kelly toasted the biography's long-awaited launch with friends and family.
To a live piano and cello, Westwood furiously signed copy after hefty copy proffered by her nearest and dearest. They were an assorted bunch ranging from Jerry Hall and Chrissie Hynde to Bella Freud and Sara Stockbridge, the bleached-blonde model on many a Westwood runway, epitomizing the brand in the punky '80s. Westwood's sons Joe Corré and Ben Westwood, as well as her husband and design partner Andreas Kronthaler, were also close at hand.
"The living deserve respect, the dead deserve the truth," Westwood has said about the book, for which she interviewed with Ian Kelly over the course of a year. "This is the story nobody's told." Forever the provocateur.
You might wonder what sort of accoutrement a leather daddy, a term we use fondly, would collect and if that's something you really want to see. In the case of Peter Marino — that swaggering biker-clad bear of a designer and architect behind unexpectedly opulent boutiques for Chanel, Dior, and Louis Vuitton, among countless other projects, fashion and otherwise — the answers are: art and yes.
Beginning during Art Basel Miami, the Bass Museum of Art will present an exhibition exploring "the renowned American architect’s multifaceted relationship with art." Curated by the equally unorthodox Jérôme Sans, the show will address the intersection of Marino’s architectural designs and his private collection of modern and contemporary works by the likes of Pierpaolo Ferrari, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Thomas Houseago, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Mapplethorpe, Steven Meisel, Walter Pfeiffer, Richard Prince, Tom Sachs, Richard Serra, Christopher Wool, and Andy Warhol, a mentor of Marinos' from way back when.
In addition to his own recent series of large cast-bronze boxes, newly commissioned works by Guy Limone, Farhad Moshiri, Jean-Michel Othoniel and Erwin Wurm will also go on view, beginning with Gregor Hildebrandt's Orphische Schatten (Orphic Shadows). The site-specific installation employing hundreds of videotape strips culled from copies of Jean Cocteau’s classic film Orphée will guide visitors from room to room. The show ends with a recreation of Christophe Willibald Gluck’s contemporary opera Orfeo ed Euridice, a collaboration between Marino, his wife Jane Trapnell, the house of Christian Dior, Michal Rovner, and Francesco Clemente originally staged in Marino’s New York home in 2013.
One Way: Peter Marino, Dec 4, 2014 – Mar 29, 2015, Bass Museum of Art, Miami
Guy Limone, Red, Black and Grey-White Tapestry, 2014; Andy Warhol, Human Heart, circa 1979
Detail of Guy's Limone's Red, Black and Grey-White Tapestry
Leather Biker Jacket, 2010 (left: Ronnie Cutrone, middle: Lee Quinones, right: Nate Lowman)
Models, designers, singers, celebs, the Biebs. They're all friends of Carine Roitfeld and they all turned up at the launch party for CR Fashion Book #5 at the Peninsula Hotel. She, in turn, hung out with each and every one of them in what also turned out to be her birthday party. A cake six feet high was rolled out, along with giant jeroboam bottles of Veuve. That's how you cap the Paris collections.
Karl Lagerfeld, Carine Roitfeld
Joan Smalls, Carine Roitfeld, Cara Delevingne
Justin Bieber, Carine Roitfeld
Carine Roitfeld, Selena Gomez
Celebrated for his lively window displays for Lanvin, among his many creative pursuits, the house's creative director Alber Elbaz has authored the book 'I love You' (Rizzoli, $75, Oct. 2014), a photographic record of these street-theater tableaux derived mostly from the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré boutique, as well as one-off exhibits at the Crillon and Art Basel Miami.
A highlight of New York Fashion Week, Harper's Bazaar celebrated iconic women with a black-tie soiree at the Plaza Hotel, where Lady Gaga lulled the crowd with a surprisingly low-key performance. (photos by Nicholas Hunt for Patrick McMullan)
Finnish designer Daniel Palillo is an odd one, and we wouldn't want it any other way. He recently told us, "I've been starting to design with a method that would be similar to method acting. During designing the latest collection, I became like the ultimate slacker, wandering Helsinki in my bathrobe."
Not only is he slightly cuckoo, he's also extraordinarily prolific, designing several new looks every day. At current count, he says it's five. While not all of them make it into a collection, they're nonetheless very large collections (he does a kids' line, too). And of course he wouldn't be an odd one without also being gifted in multiple disciplines. In fact, before fashion design, he studied painting.
Returning to his roots, Pailillo's spring collection will be shown in the context of new paintings at The Hole gallery, opening tonight. 'Paintings About the Fashion World,' as the exhibit is called, showcases works with titles like Fat Hipster, God, and Madonna — characters familiar from previous collections. They're shown wearing Palillo's hand-made pieces, surreal and abstract patchworks of color that in some cases consist of no fewer than 180 pieces of fabric sewn together. Madness knows no bounds.
The Hole, 312 Bowery, NYC