Noritaka Tatehana

Hint Tip: Noritaka Tatehana

He of Lady Gaga heelless-shoe fame, avant-cobbler Noritaka Tatehana will display a selection of his teetering new collection in his Tokyo atelier (#211 Palais Royal 5-4-6 Minami Aoyama Minato-ku Tokyo 1070062) from October 24 to 31. Another selection is already on display at Trading Museum Comme des Garçons (2F Gyre 5-10-1 Jingumae Shibuya-ku Tokyo 1500001) through October 31. At the latter, his geisha-ready leather hair pins are also on view.

Oct 21, 2012 22:37:00

Hint Tip: Juergen Teller

For Irene Im Wald (Irene in the Forest) at Journal Gallery in Williamsburg, Juergen Teller photographed the woods around his childhood home near Nuremberg, Germany. Only sometimes including figures, namely his mother Irene and other relatives, Teller detours from the signature cheekiness of his fashion imagery to capture the haunting magic of the German forest that has given rise to so many fairy tales. "Gebrüder Grimm, witches, the big bad wolf—the forest is one hell of a scary place," he says. "But even as a child I was drawn towards it. It was scary, but the beauty and the peacefulness of it all sucked me in."

Juergen Teller, Irene Im Wald, Sep 12 - Nov 4, 2012 (opening Sep 12, 6-9 pm), 168 North 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Sep 06, 2012 11:45:00
James Franco as Cindy Sherman in New Film Stills

Hint Tip: NEW NO DARK WAVE

The latest fashion-art crossover comes courtesy of Costume National. For one month beginning September 10, the Soho store will be transformed into a mini-gallery. Among works by Tobias Wong and Aaron Young for the NEW NO DARK WAVE group show curated by Natacha Polaert, French artist Daniel Firman has created another of his hiding mannequins. Titled Linda, she's dressed entirely in Costume National's fall collection, New Wave-No Wave-Dark Wave, and shielding herself from onlookers. Meanwhile, author Frédéric Beigbeder has created a short story written in a single straight line across the space.

If it's an unconventional art project, you know James Franco is involved. Here, he'll screen a short film in the changing rooms, appropriately enough for the his admirers. The first of them is 40 Minutes, an imagined recreation of the 40 minutes of presumably explicit footage that director William Friedkin was forced to cut from his 1980 cult classic Cruising to receive an R rating. The original version, with Al Pacino, portrays the gay leather scene of New York at the time.

Franco will also present a photo series, New Film Stills, which is another recreation, this time of Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Stills. "Cindy Sherman's groundbreaking series Untitled Film Stills showed us how we look at ourselves in film. These were performances within multiple fames of significance," says Franco. "But Sherman was an artist looking at the film industry from the outside. I have started on the inside. I earn my living in the commercial film business. This new series of film stills puts one more frame around the dialogue Sherman introduced."

NEW NO DARK WAVE, Sep 10 - Oct 10, Costume National, 150 Greene St, NYC

Sep 07, 2012 10:57:00
Camilla Skovgaard fashion film screening

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A highly abbreviated, completely biased, by-invitation-only sampling of things to do during Fashion Week (aside from the shows)...

what: Proenza Schouler Store Launch
when: Wednesday, September 5, 6-8 pm
where: 822 Madison Avenue, NYC

what: Camilla Skovgaard Fashion Film Screening
when: Wednesday, September 5, 8-10 pm
where: The Hole, 312 Bowery, NYC

what: Curators Conference
when: Wednesday, September 5
where: Walter Read Theatre, 165 W. 65th Street, NYC

what: The Antonio Lopez Exhibit, Antonio's World, Opens
when: Friday, September 7
where: The Suzanne Geiss Company, 76 Grand Street, NYC

what: W Hosts a Screening of Diana Vreeland: The Eye Will Travel
when: Saturday, September 8
where: MoMA

what: GoGo for Obama
when: Saturday, September 8, 10 pm
where: Eastern Bloc, 505 E. 6th Street

what: Opening Ceremony Ten-Year Party
when: Sunday, September 9

what: Y-3 Ten-Year Anniversary Party
when: Sunday, September 9, 10 pm - 2 am
where: St. John's Center, 330 West Street

what: Pucci Store Launch (& After-Party)
when: Monday, September 10, 6 pm (& 8:30)

what: Lady Gaga's FAME Premiere
when: Thursday, September 13
where: Guggenheim Museum

Aug 28, 2012 11:07:00
Antonio Lopez, copyright Estate of Antonio Lopez & Juan Ramos, courtesy The Suzanne Geiss Company

Hint Tip: Antonio Lopez at The Suzanne Geiss Company

Antonio Lopez was many things: illustrator, photographer, lover of nightlife, discoverer of models and muses (Jerry Hall, Grace Jones), friend of Karl Lagerfeld (designer for Chloé at the time). But above all, he was an always-on recorder of the fashions and social swirls of the 1970s and 1980s, stamping publications from Vogue to the New York Times—not to mention campaigns for YSL and Valentino—with his exuberant, expressive strokes of form and lashes of color. By the time of his death nearly 25 years ago of AIDS complications, he had become (nearly) as famous and (definitely) as sought-after as those he rendered in ink, watercolor and Polaroids.

Along with a Rizzoli monograph due out in two weeks, Lopez is the subject of an exhibition at The Suzanne Geiss Company. Opening September 7, Antonio’s World will examine and celebrate three decades of his creative output, including unpublished drawings and photos, as well as various items culled from the Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, his partner and collaborator. Designers routinely cite Lopez, now a cultural touchstone of the era, as an inspiration for their collections; this show might shed light on why they keep coming back for more.

The Suzanne Geiss Company, 76 Grand Street, NYC

Aug 17, 2012 13:47:00
Gore Vidal

Hint Tip: Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal passed away two weeks ago in typical contrary fashion, during a revival of his play The Best Man at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. For those in need of more closure, the Schoenfeld will offer fans of the celebrated writer, political critic and crotchety cultural watchdog a chance to bid a proper adieu. Beginning at 1 pm on August 23, principals from The Best Man, as well as film, television and theater friends, will perform scenes from a wide swath of Vidal’s repertoire and share remembrances of his exceptional life. (Playbill)

Aug 14, 2012 21:45:00

Hint Tip: Johnny Ramone Tribute

A plaque on Rodeo Drive is one way to commemorate a late legend. Here's how Johnny Ramone is being remembered. On August 19, a motley gang including Priscilla Presley, Henry Rollins, Rose McGowan, guitarist Billy Zoom of the famed L.A. band X, and Slim Jim Phantom from the Stray Cats, among others, will respectfully descend on Hollywood Forever Cemetery to pay tribute to the founding member of The Ramones, the seminal New York punk band of the late 70s. Johnny Ramone, number 16 on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, lost his battle to cancer in 2004.

But this is hardly a funereal occasion. Think of is as a not-too-crazy get-together among crazy types at a cemetery in the late afternoon. But first, understand that Johnny was a major Elvis Presley fan. Okay, so around sundown, none other than Priscilla Presley will share her reflections on Johnny, her husband, and anything she feels like. Then, an outdoor screening of King Creole (starring Elvis) will begin, followed by a slideshow of rare photos of the legend from Johnny's archives, given by another Presley, Lisa Marie. 

And before any of that starts, Johnny's fans will gather at his eight-foot bronze statue to do what fans do so well: swap stories, sing his praises, glorify his legacy, etc. The grounds, meanwhile, will include an on-site display of rare Elvis memorabilia culled from Johnny’s personal collection in his Los Angeles home.

The event will also include a book signing of Johnny's autobiography, Commando, released earlier this year, by his wife Linda Ramone, as well as the sole surviving original band member, drummer Tommy Ramone, and the aforementioned speakers (with the exception of Priscilla, we're not sure why). 

You could say it's also a tribute to Elvis Presley, although it's called the Johnny Ramone Tribute. But here's the thing. It's the 8th annual Johnny Ramone Tribute. Yeah, they've done this seven times before! How did we not know?

Admission is $10, tickets available here. Net proceeds will benefit the Johnny Ramone Research fund at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center.

Aug 10, 2012 18:09:00
Yayoi Kusama

Hint Tip: Yayoi Kusama

When it comes to dots, one is never enough. It's takes two to polka. So leave it to Love to collaborate with dot-artist Yayoi Kusama and Louis Vuitton on a free iPad app, which, aside from dots aplenty, features a fashion film by Angelo Pennetta and styled by ed-in-chief Katie Grand.

But that's dot all. In celebration of her retrospective at the Whitney, Kusama’s works will also go on view at two downtown sites near the Whitney’s future home in the Meatpacking District. Beginning mid-August, one of her signature not-dot images will fully engulf an otherwise nondescript building at 15th Street and 9th Avenue. Currently being installed, the wrap will feature a detail of the original painting Yellow Trees (1994). Meanwhile, throughout the summer, Kusama's red-dot boulder-like sculptures will, ahem, dot the lawn at the entrance to Hudson River Park’s Pier 45. 

Aug 09, 2012 17:58:00
John Cage's One11

Hint Tip: John Cage at the High Line

It won't be long before the summer calm once again morphs into the storm of Fashion Week. In one last glimmer of civility, the High Line will commemorate what would have been the 100th birthday of the pioneering avant-garde artist and composer John Cage, who passed away twenty years ago. Beginning August 2, Cage's combined film and sound composition One11 (which features nothing more than spotlights panning across an empty TV studio) and 103 (a 17-part orchestral work) will play on a continuous loop at one of the pedestrian park's entrances.

A partnership between High Line Art, Friends of the High Line and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), the screening is the first edition of HIGH LINE CHANNEL 14, a program of film, video, and sound installations in the 14th Street Passage at West 14th Street. Can’t make it to the High Line quite yet? The screenings run through September 13, the last day of New York’s spring collections.

Aug 01, 2012 15:45:00

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