Despite my plan to focus my MET post around where the party really happens – which, oddly enough, is typically in the bathroom – the museum finally caught on and placed guards in both restrooms this year. It was a relief to not have to walk through plumes of smoke and navigate around the likes of Ricardo Tisci and Giambattista Valli in the ladies room, but nevertheless not as entertaining. Regardless, the party still lived up to its reputation as Party of the Year. Impossible Conversations is a complete departure from the dramatic aesthetic of last year’s Savage Beauty exhibit. It always excites me to learn more about somewhat mysterious designers, like Schiaparelli, especially when using such a celebrated female, such as Miuccia Prada, as a basis for comparison. The exhibition is geared towards those who love and appreciate both current fashion and its history. More to come on specifics of the exhibit but for now check out some highlights from Monday evening below…
Don’t you love those moments when you realize at the time how magical something is? Yeah. Me too. Fortunately that happened today during my morning with Alber. I first met the Lanvin designer and his partner, Alex, two years ago at dinner in Paris with a mutual friend. Alber was one of my first interviews when I started Minnie Muse and to this day one of my favorites. I love that even after 10 years and at the height of his career he still embodies the brand and has such an infectious mentality that makes everyone want to become part of the Lanvin family.
I hadn’t seen him for almost a year and was so excited to reconnect when I heard he was in town. My mom and I made our way over to the Lanvin boutique early this morning for a very small book signing in celebration of Alber’s 10th anniversary at the fashion house. The book is itself a piece of art.
The spectacular new volume is filled with over fifty pages of single quotes and hundreds of photographs offering a rare glimpse inside of Alber’s extraordinarily creative land at Lanvin.
Monday evening marked the opening of Liu Bolin’s latest work exhibited at the Eli Klein Fine Art Gallery located at 462 West Broadway in Soho. Bolin is a Chinese artist/photographer dubbed The Invisible Man due to his style of painting himself into the background of his photographs to the point of being almost nonexistent. Bolin was also the master behind the Lost In Fashion spread in Harpers Bazaar’s March 12 issue where he painted the likes of Angela Missoni, Alber Elbaz, Jean Paul Gaultier and Maris Grazia Chiuri & Pierpaolo Piccioli into fashion-inspired backgrounds. The party on Monday was hosted by Gaultier and Glenda Bailey to honor of the unveiling of the fashion photographs full scale. In addition to the four prints from Bazaar, the Eli Klein Gallery is also showcasing highlights from Bolin’s already momentous career. See if you can spot The Invisible Man in the below…
In case you missed Bolin’s Lost In Fashion spread check out the images below of Angela Missoni, Alber Elbaz, Jean Paul Gaultier and Maris Grazia Chiuri & Pierpaolo Piccioli. All four photographs are hanging in the Eli Klein Gallery.
Tuesday evening marked the VIP opening of Cindy Sherman at MoMA. It was such fun to celebrate with Cindy on such an important night in her already momentous career. Clothing plays a increasingly crucial role in Cindy’s constructing of new personas. It is easy to see through Cindy’s work how fashion and art are so interconnected. She utilizes the former while it is apparent the fashion industry takes cues from her, as well. Having already done collaborations with Comme des Garçons, Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga and Chanel it is exciting to think about who will come next. Check out some of the prints exhibited at the MoMA and which designers most likely feed off Cindy for inspiration.
Cindy Sherman runs at the MoMA February 26th -June 11th.
Last night marked the opening of Eric Fischl’s Portraits exhibition at Mary Boone’s Gallery. It is the first time Boone has dedicated both her Midtown and Chelsea Gallery spaces to one artist. The opening party was at the 24th street location with a reception following at the Boom Boom room. Eric’s portraits are truly breathtaking. He does it for me with art what Nicolas Ghesquière does season after season with fashion. Both are so innovative with color and technique to the point where it is hard to understand why others even bother. In my ultimate fantasy world I would be in the background of Eric’s painting entitled The Gang (pictured below) wearing a SS12 Balenciaga mega-brim hat. One can only dream…
I am a bit of a loser in the presence of artists and turn into the paparazzi type. It is hard to help myself from clicking away if I see Andres Serrano and Chuck Close talking or when I catch Cindy Sherman prepping for a bike ride.
Eric’s work will be on display at both Mary Boone Gallery spaces until March 17th.
Chelsea: 541 West 24th Street
Midtown: 745 Fifth Avenue
Last week’s Friends event at The Costume Institute was a discussion with two of today’s most influential men in fashion; designer Thom Browne and writer Glen O’brien. The format of the talk was very casual but incredibly interesting and informative. Thom spoke about starting his line because was tired of seeing men dressed casually. He wanted to dress young kids in something they would otherwise run from because they associated suits with older men. His reason for making the proportions of his pieces more severe was to update a classic way of dressing. Thom’s goal in design is to make beautiful pieces that are still cool enough where people don’t feel like they are dressing up. While he did recognize that due to their cut he may have to start marketing his jackets as boleros, he also said his pants are going to stay short because to him a man’s ankle is equivalent in sex appeal to a woman’s cleavage. for Thom style is not a trend but rather an aesthetic and there is nothing cooler to the man than individuals who have their own look. For him, the perfect look is a shrunken grey suit, but for others it could be something completely different, they just have to not use clothing to hide behind but rather to better shape who they are.
Last week Milly hosted a blogger party at their Madison Avenue Flagship boutique to get a first look at the new collection. It is always fun to dress up and celebrate the holiday season with fellow bloggers. The store looked great and it is definitely worth the trip to see the new holiday collection, there are some really great pieces for the cold months ahead.
I was so lucky to get to style myself during the party in two looks; one for the holiday season and one day look. This dress was my favorite piece I saw. I love the length and the interesting back, it is the perfect party dress for these cold months ahead.
Tags: Alexander McQueen, Art, Daphne Guinness, Designers, New York, Parties, Photography
I hope you have seen the Daphne Guinness exhibit at FIT already, but in the event you haven’t, I hope these photographs make you want to go. Even if you have already walked through, you’re in need of a re-visit. I have never been in the presence of so much couture before, there isn’t even this much shown in Paris in January and July. Ok, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement, but it is not an exaggeration to say that Daphne’s clothing collection is truly extraordinary. I remember back to last August when I was interviewing her and she described the process she and Valerie Steele -Director of the Museum at FIT- went through to curate the exhibit. The roughly 100 looks were styled by Ms.Guinness in one sitting during a trip to her clothing archive. Once you get past being in utter disbelief that a single woman can own such exquisite garments, you see the garments for what they truly are, pieces of art. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the wearability of her collection. Yes, the practical pieces were offset by some Gareth Pugh madness, but it was refreshing to see a classic, black velvet Alaia gown or Chanel jacket amidst the craziness that is couture. The exhibit is on display at the Museum at FIT until January 7th – appropriately, my birthday. I think that is some sort of sign. I don’t quite know yet what it indicates, but it has to mean something… Please go see it and let me know what you think!
On August 10th Banana Republic held a launch party at their Rockefeller Center store in honor of their newest capsule collection. Simon Kneen, Creative Director of Banana Republic, and famed Mad Men Costume Designer Janie Bryant, partnered up to offer customers the Mad Men look for Banana Republic prices. The collection, which officially launched online and in stores on August 11th, features apparel and accessories for both men and women. Whether you’re into dressing ’60s or not there are some great separates that any closet could use. Everyone should go in stores and online now to check out the line!
Below is a short piece with Simon Kneen discussing his vision for the collection as well as a few shots from the launch party… Enjoy!
Below is footage of Florence and the Machine’s, or as my mom says: Frances and the Mechanic’s, performance at the MET Gala. She only did three songs but Dog Days Are Over was by far the best. The start of the film is a bit shaky (she was running around everywhere!) but hopefully you can get a good glimpse of Florence Welch’s amazing McQueen caftan and her equally incredible voice.