A Fashion Insider’s Appetite For Destruction-------
The New York Times may have called lower Manhattan’s Orchard Street “the summer’s stylish hot spot” and noted its “perfect balance of hipster posturing and urban authenticity,” but that’s no reason to avoid the area entirely. And if you make it down before August 6, you can still catch Hedi Ferjani’s show at the Michali gallery at no. 45 Orchard. Ferjani is a familiar figure on the New York fashion scene, but this exhibition reveals a different side of the young Frenchman, the side that likes to cover AK-47s and other weapons of destruction in colored glitter or make tombstonelike crosses bearing the names of beloved pop culture figures like Barbie. He’s thinking of doing one in homage to Michael Jackson, he says. That’s a joke…maybe. It’s hard to resist Ferjani’s mordant sense of humor. Take the gas mask piece above, intriguingly titled The Smell of Love.