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Photographer Edo Bertoglio Unearths Vintage Polaroids

Swiss photographer Edo Bertoglio became involved in the downtown scene right as the crazy, colorful, frenetic, plastic 80s era was picking up steam.

His new book, New York Polaroids 1976-1989 (Yard Press), shows a candid side to the likes of Andy Warhol, Grace Jones, Debbie Harry, Madonna, and his good friend Maripol during the endlessly alluring time.

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Aug 09, 2015 22:40:00
Elio Fiorucci (center) with Halston, Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli, and Michael Jackson

In Memoriam: Elio Fiorucci

Elio Fiorucci — who died this week, aged 80, of unknown causes — championed a neo-glamour with a wink and a nudge throughout the 70s and 80s. Not only was he an early pioneer of the cheeky, bold, bright style that came to define the over-the-top 80s look, but he transformed his stores in Milan, London, Beverly Hills, and especially New York into creative hotspots, where celebrities and the demimondaine would collide in performances and happenings. The NY outlet became known as the 'daytime Studio 54,' where the likes of Andy Warhol, Cher, Jackie Onassis, Liza Minnelli, Keith Haring, Grace Jones, and Klaus Nomi mingled.

The mild-mannered Italian became such a sensation that he was namechecked in a Sister Sledge song and in Mark Leckey’s cult 1999 club-culture film Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (which coincidentally was the inspiration for Raf Simons' spring 2016 collection). From signature stretch jeans to campy ad campaigns, here are some of Fiorucci's choice moments...

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Jul 22, 2015 12:01:00

Azzedine Alaïa Among Great Works of Art

The designer of museum-worthy pieces now has his designs in an art museum. Not just any art museum, but the Galleria Borghese in Rome, one of the great institutions of the world. Which makes its exhibition to the couturier Azzedine Alaïa a big deal. The exhibition casts a light on the designer’s works that are as much sculpture as they are fashion. And there is the fact that Alaïa studied sculpture when he was a teenager at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tunisia, before decamping to Paris.

Couture-Sculpture: Azzedine Alaïa in the History of Fashion, July 11 - October 25, 2015, Galleria Borghese, Piazzale del Museo Borghese 5, Rome

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Jul 12, 2015 12:51:00
photo Richard Lea-Hair

Giles Deacon Flexes His Historical Knowledge at Kensington Palace

Over the weekend, British designer Giles Deacon presented a greatest-hits collection in the Orangery of Kensington Palace. Part of Glorious Georges, a series of events celebrating 300 years since King George I ascended to the English throne (and ignited one of the most artistic and lavish periods in British history), the show highlighted Deacon's historical and often cryptic influences, from Georgian interiors and traditional corsetry to Bambi, spiders, and the Turner Prize-winning artist Richard Wright.

Styled by Katie Grand, the boisterously-received collection also featured original archival headpieces by Stephen Jones, culled from Deacon's longstanding collaboration with the milliner extraordinaire. Not to miss out on the fun, many of Deacon's model-muses, too, were in attendance, both in the seats and on the runway, including Erin O’Connor, Jessica Stam, Jacquetta Wheeler, Tatiana Cotliar, and Catherine McNeil, who closed the show in a stunning red ostrich feather and chiffon gown.


photo Richard Lea-Hair


photo Richard Lea-Hair


photo Richard Lea-Hair


photo Richard Lea-Hair

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Oct 27, 2014 12:30:00

Just the Pics, Please: Frieze London

As cool and collected as ever, Frieze Art Fair in London is in full swing. Here, the essential pics...


Sarah Burton and Naomi Campbell at the Alexander McQueen party


James Righton & La Roux at the Alexander McQueen party


Beyonce & Jay Z

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Oct 16, 2014 19:28:00
Lanvin 'I Love You'

Just the Pics, Please: Lanvin's 'I Love You' Book

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.

Sep 23, 2014 20:28:00

Just the Pics, Please: Harper's Bazaar ICONS Party

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)

Sep 08, 2014 12:11:00
Charlie Le Mindu

Just the Pics, Please: Charlie Le Mindu Haute Coiffure

When the hair stylist extraordinaire Charlie Le Mindu isn't creating elaborate headpieces destined to grace the craniums of Lady Gaga, Peaches, and many more ladies of the avant-garde, he's staging tonsorial theater during the Paris couture shows that at times feels more like kabuki theater. He calls it, fittingly, haute coiffure. Last season his theme was Seapunk, in homage to an obscure scene that combines the usual punk accoutrements with elements of sea life. This season's theme could have been Sasquatchpunk, if such a scene exists — and surely it does somewhere...

Jul 12, 2014 21:29:00
Backstage at amFAR 2014, photos Eli Schmidt

Just the Pics, Please: amfAR Inspiration Gala

Merry champions in the fight against AIDS and their admirers turned out to the Plaza Hotel, New York, for amfAR’s annual Inspiration Gala and a fashion show featuring looks by Thom Browne, Raf Simons, Rick Owens, and Calvin Klein.

Honorees included HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, CK's Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli, and HBO President Michael Lombardo. The gaiety continued well into the night with a live performance by New Order and a steady stream of rainbow-colored confetti...

Jun 12, 2014 13:44:00

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