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Art and Soul: Aaron Young Sets the Mood for Julien David Fall ’14


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Julien David has emerged as one of Paris’ hottest up-and-comers since launching his line in Spring 2011 (and winning the 2012 ANDAM prize). He has an artful approach to even the most basic of ensembles (think high-tech fabric hoodies and textural, tulle-embellished T-shirt frocks), and he’s proven that his finger is on the pulse of creative culture. So it’s perhaps not surprising that he’s worked with one of fashion’s favorite artists, the impossibly cool Aaron Young, for his Fall ’14 show, which is set for 1 p.m. tomorrow at Paris’ Palais de Tokyo. Young, who met the Japan-based David while visiting Tokyo, has lent the designer two of his gilded barricade sculptures to enhance the ambience of the presentation.

“Every season I try to present a new idea of what can be considered high-end fashion,” David told “I do it progressively, working concepts and techniques little by little. The two keywords for Fall ’14 are ‘control’ and ‘release.’ I wanted to show my taste for mixing references that are not generally used together, and build the collection around those opposite things.” He felt that Young’s sculptures were the perfect complement to this concept. “I asked Aaron to lend me two of his beautiful barricade sculptures for the show. They’re totally crunched up but dipped in 24-karat gold. They’re a nice analogy for this season’s materials and fabric manipulation.” Have a look at Young’s sculptures, above, and don’t miss David’s show tomorrow afternoon.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

The Final Countdown: Style File’s Top Stories of 2013


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The fashion biz has had quite a year. 2013 was jam-packed with major designer shakeups, groundbreaking ad campaigns, celebrity collaborations, and pop star performance wardrobes filled with custom-made designer duds. In the final days leading up to 2014, we’re counting down Style File’s most popular twenty stories of the year. So sit back, relax, and relive 2013′s unforgettable moments. Let’s kick things off with numbers twenty through sixteen, below.

20. Rihanna and River Island Take London Fashion Week
Rihanna stirred up some anarchy in the U.K. when she and Adam Selman debuted their risqué River Island collection at London fashion week in February. had a front-row-seat to the star’s design debut.

19. Maison Kitsuné’s Retro Pop Experience
Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki, the talents behind cult fashion brand-cum-record label Maison Kitsuné, were Pitti W’s Fall ’13 guest designers. And in keeping with their quirky, multidisciplinary roots, the pair put on a riotous musical fashion presentation. was on the scene to document their sixties-themed extravaganza.

18. Dior Walks the Red Square
Last July, for the second time in history, Dior staged a show in Moscow’s Red Square. As you can imagine, the festivities, which were hosted inside a purpose-built mirrored pavilion, were brimming with glitz and glamour—albeit of Dior’s sleek and tasteful variety. Designer and Style Map contributor Vika Gazinskaya took us inside the memorable affair.

17. Playboy‘s Artist Pals Are Rethinking Sexy—But Is It Porn or Art?
Playboy has had a big year, what with Kate Moss covering its sixtieth anniversary issue and Richard Phillips’ controversial Playboy Marfa installation. Back in May, the magazine’s new director of special projects, curator Neville Wakefield, asked artists Aaron Young, Malerie Marder, and Alex Israel to create works featuring Playmate of the Year Raquel Pomplun. So we asked the question—were the results porn or art?

16. Bike Like Baba
In 2013, just six years after Paris inaugurated its shared vélo program, New York finally caught up and launched its ever-popular Citi Bikes. But traffic-inducing tourists aren’t the only ones using the vehicles—the bicycles were a popular mode of transport at New York fashion week. During the Spring ’14 shows, we talked to eccentric stylist and cyclist extraordinaire Catherine Baba about the dos and don’ts of biking about town.

Photo: Tommy Ton

The Artist Was Present



If fine art wasn’t already the ultimate status symbol, it certainly is now. Yesterday afternoon, the reigning king of hip-hop and all-around tastemaker Jay-Z brought together the crème de la crème of New York’s art, fashion, and entertainment worlds for the marathon six-hour-long shoot of his video for “Picasso Baby,” off the new Magna Carta…Holy Grail album, at the Pace Gallery in Chelsea.

“I just met baby Picasso, baby!” enthused Jenna Lyons, pointing out the late painter’s granddaughter, Diana, who participated in the action along with Judd Apatow, Jim Jarmusch, Alan Cumming, Adrian Grenier, and Jemima Kirke. Further upping the event’s street cred were Rosie Perez, Fab 5 Freddy, and Michael Kenneth Williams (a.k.a. Omar from The Wire). Naturally, the art world was well-represented, too. An established collector of Basquiat, Warhol, and Hirst, Mr. Carter worked with his personal art adviser, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, to bring in contemporary stars such as Richard Phillips, Elizabeth Peyton, Rob Pruitt, Aaron Young, Kalup Linzy, Jane Holzer, and Klaus Biesenbach. Each took a turn vibing alongside Mr. Carter during a live performance of the song that was being filmed by Mark Romanek (who was also behind “99 Problems”) in the format of Marina Abramovic’s The Artist Is Present show. Notoriously transgressive photographer Andres Serrano, who was rocking his signature flattop hair and a vintage cowboy ensemble, told, “I’m just going to wing it when I get up there and go off of him. “‘Big Pimpin’ has to be my favorite song of his.”

At the end of the track, Hova would huddle up all the eager onlookers. The vibe was amped up, but it wasn’t high enough for Jay. “Y’all call that energy?” he boomed into the mic, which reminded people to stop Instagram-ing and Vine-ing.

The clear highlight of the production was Jay’s interaction with Abramovic herself. The two locked foreheads, as if in a performance-art mind meld, and stared each other down while circling the room. And when their powers combine? The artist Laurie Simmons’ verdict is likely the one the two were courting: “Simply genius.”

Photo: Brittany Adams

Playboy‘s Artist Pals Are Rethinking Sexy—But Is It Porn Or Art?


Aaron Young for PlayboyThe famous old dodge—”I read Playboy for the articles”—is getting a contemporary update. Thanks to a revamp and a prominent new hire, you can now look at Playboy for the art.

The magazine recently signed curator Neville Wakefield as its special projects director, and he’s been working on some highbrow—albeit playful—extensions. His first official venture involved commissioning three artists (Aaron Young—left, Malerie Marder, and Alex Israel) to create work presenting the 2013 Playmate of the Year, Raquel Pomplun, within the context of art. “I think it’s a reimagining of what Playboy can be,” said Wakefield, who’s working on another art-centric supplement for November.

The effort got us wondering: When is a picture art, and when is it erotica? “I think it has a lot to do with context,” offered Wakefield. “Porn has an efficacy when it comes to arousal, but [these works] are meditations on a person and a condition, so in that respect, they are art.” We put the question to the artists themselves; their original works debut exclusively here.

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Aaron Young for Playboy

Playmates are “always working with their bodies,” said Aaron Young, so he covered a nude Pomplun neck-to-toe in paint and had her press her body (in one case, dragging her) across canvas for a series inspired by Yves Klein’s press paintings. “This definitely has rich and deep connections to art history,” he said. “I mean, there have been so many different kinds of nudes, why not work with the most popular nude in America?

The bottom line: Is it erotica? “If somebody has a good enough imagination, I’m sure it probably could be. But I think that expressing an idea through any medium can be sexy. I mean, I find dry conceptualism sexy, sometimes.” Continue Reading “Playboy‘s Artist Pals Are Rethinking Sexy—But Is It Porn Or Art?” »

In The Swim: Laure Heriard Dubreuil at Miami Swim Week


The Webster founder Laure Heriard Dubreuil returned to Miami last week for Mercedes-Benz Swim fashion week. Between parties at her store, shows by the beach, and laps in the pool, she found time to send back a few snapshots from her trip.

After a stormy flight from New York, I finally got back to the Sunshine State for Mercedes-Benz Swim fashion week. I started the first official day with an early a.m. swim in the Soho House pool—swimming like a shark around the runway in the middle of the pool! Afterward, I joined Mary Kate Steinmiller and Jade Frampton at the Raleigh Hotel for the Mercedes-Benz Bespoke event, where we made jewelry from Mercedes-Benz leather. I kept the piece Mary Kate made for sale at The Webster!

After a very busy day, I went full-on Swim week look for the Vogue and Clarins party at The Webster: a Theyskens’ Theory mermaid-inspired dress and Charlotte Olympia aqua fish-skin pumps. I was so happy to see all of my swimwear designer friends like Lisa Marie Fernandez, Yodit Eklund of Bantu Wax, and Tori Praver. Once the event was over, I met up with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the Delano Beach Club Midori Beachside Bash, where Kim was having her portrait painted live in front of the crowd. Continue Reading “In The Swim: Laure Heriard Dubreuil at Miami Swim Week” »