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Next Up For The Man Who Put Franco In Drag? Justin Bieber

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If you hadn’t heard of Candy magazine, Luis Venegas’ salute to “transversal” style, its recent cover with James Franco in full drag likely put it on your radar. For that one, Venegas admitted, “I have to give all the credit to Terry Richardson and his team.” But Venegas’ other collaborators are no less distinguished: Bruce Weber, Steven Meisel, Ellen von Unwerth, and Daria Werbovy have all pitched in. Why? “So many people, transgender or not, are reading it,” the Spaniard explained. “It’s like, well, you don’t have to play football to like watching it, no?”

Venegas (left, with Jodie Harsh) was in London for a party celebrating Candy‘s collaboration with Acne on a line of limited-edition shirts. “A classic American cowboy shirt—very masculine, very denim, but with some female details,” he said. Acne’s Jonny Johansson, Erdem Moralioglu, Jonathan Saunders, and more turned out to have a look. But more than fashion, it was Candy‘s next cover star that was the hot topic. “Well, it’s a fantasy, but I would love to have Justin Bieber on the cover,” Venegas said. “I mean, everyone says that he looks like a 14-year-old lesbian anyway, so how perfect would that be?”

Nearby, fellow rabble-rousers were celebrating another launch: the debut of the by-appointment London shop LN-CC (that’s “Late Night Chameleon Club”), founded by Dan Mitchell and John Skelton, lately of the e-tail giant oki-ni.com. “There’s nothing in this store, not a fixture, not a brand, not a product, that we don’t really love,” Skelton explained of the buying philosophy, which ranges from indie labels like Christopher Raeburn and Nonnative, to established brands like Margiela and Rick Owens, to vintage records and books—even a signed, original copy of A by Andy Warhol.Designed by artist-cum-set-designer Gary Card, the store features three separate concept rooms: a stark white space with mobile geometric display pods for casual brands; a gray concrete cavern next door, inspired by the Rick Owens looks that hang from its ceiling; and a Zenlike retail tree house finished with a gravel floor (all below). A host of guests—including Diane Pernet, Cassette Playa’s Carri Munden, and a raft of stylists and editors—came for a look, but Raeburn, carrying an overstuffed backpack, was there for the duration. “I’m actually staying here, in the tree house,” he told us. “That’s why I brought the rucksack.”





Photos: Courtesy of Acne; Courtesy of LN-CC

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