12 posts tagged "Aaron Young"
Fashion week presents a particular problem to any scheduler: When? “Fashion week’s so nuts,” designer Waris Ahluwalia admitted. “I didn’t have an open night.” So when he went to host an “intimate” (25—which turned into 45—person) dinner to celebrate his presentation at CIRCA’s Lincoln Center accessories lounge, he decided to bat cleanup, and invite friends to supper after the end of the week. It worked. Last night, CIRCA CEO Chris Del Gatto and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff hosted Johan Lindeberg, Scott Campbell, Veronica Webb, Sophie Théallet, Aaron Young, Terence Koh, Carlos Quirarte, and Ahluwalia’s mother, Darshan (“the guest of honor, always”) piled into Tiny’s in Tribeca for a last-minute dinner toasting House of Waris’ Spring jewelry and scarf collections. “A downtown celebration for an uptown exhibition,” he called it.
The collection being celebrated marks the second time that the House of Waris—known largely for its jewelry—has forayed into scarves. At a follow-up visit at his studio today, the designer explained that the two categories only seem different. They’re both, he reasoned, about keeping craftsmanship alive for a new generation—of craftspeople, as well as of customers. (The Rajastani embroiderers who work on his hand-loomed cashmere scarves now have their hands so full from his business that they’ve stopped working with any other.) This season sees a major uptick in the number of scarf designs offered, with many motifs carrying over from the jewelry collection. They range from the simple—a gorgeous plain taupe cashmere scarf with embroidered border—to the ornate, with chains picked out in contrast thread weaving their way over the whole. They have a richness—and a price tag—consistent with the hours of work they take to complete. But luckily for entry-level fans, batik-dyed cotton-silk scarves start at $300.
The Webster co-founder Laure Heriard Dubreuil and her boyfriend, artist Aaron Young, hit Venice this week for the legendary Biennale di Venezia. For those farther than a vaporetto away from the action, she’s sending back updates on the sights and the sounds (and a few parties, too).
Today, Aaron and I went to the opening at the Palazzo Grassi, the art-filled manse owned by the Pinault family. I met Shala Monroque in front of Joana Vasconcelos’ sculpture Contamination, a patchwork sprawl of brightly colored forms that invades every nook and cranny of the Palazzo (above). Contamination is huge, and it’s growing—Vasconcelos uses materials she either makes or finds, and she adds new elements each time she installs it. It really spreads like a virus, taking over the whole Palazzo. She makes a strong case for so-called “female” crafts like sewing, knitting, and crocheting being valid means of artistic expression—not just artisan craftwork.
Later, I stopped in at the shop of my favorite Venetian jewelry designer, Antonia Miletto, who is doing little cocktail parties every day to offer some festival relief. Couldn’t resist trying a few pieces on. I loved her thick chain ring in sterling silver with a tiny peridot (left), as well as diamond-encrusted bracelets in yellow gold and skull pendants in gold and sapphire—very Venetian.
After dinner with friends—where I discovered a new (but very old in Venice) drink, the Sgroppino, vodka with Prosecco and lemon sorbet!—we headed to the Maurizio Cattelan party for his magazine, Toilet Paper, at the military fortress San Sereolo. Everybody was wondering if Maurizio is going to continue working after his joke that he’d quit—but it doesn’t seem to be true. He installed a series of sculptures called Tourists all around the city—they’re pigeons, just like the real ones that wander all through Venice (below). Continue Reading “Postcard From Venice: Laure Heriard Dubreuil Reports From The Biennale” »
The Webster co-founder Laure Heriard Dubreuil and her boyfriend, artist Aaron Young (top), hit Venice this week for the legendary Biennale di Venezia. For those farther than a vaporetto away from the action, she’s sending back updates on the sights and the sounds (and a few parties, too).
I arrived in Venice for the Biennale on the morning of Memorial Day, with my boyfriend, Aaron Young. We decided to come a little earlier to enjoy Venice and the beautiful, early summer weather before the fair officially begins—a little calm before the madness! I hadn’t been to Venice since last September when I came for Adam Kimmel and Leelee Sobieski’s wedding, and I have to say I’m looking forward to this trip. I just love Venice and have never been disappointed by its magic!
We took a vaporetto from the airport to our hotel, and we could feel the energy of everybody getting ready for the festivities: art pieces being set up, gardeners doing the last touch-ups, workers putting on the last coat of paint, even cranes being moved around on ships, all for the city to look its best to welcome the “Contemporary Art World.” We’re staying at the Europa Hotel (above), one of the old palazzos on the Grand Canal right next to Palazzo Bauer. We had drinks there with Stefano Tonchi before hitting the famous Harry’s Bar for bellinis and carpaccio with Rob Pruitt, who’s here for a month to teach at an art school.
On Tuesday, we spent the entire day at the Biennale preview—the fair doesn’t technically open until the 1st. We saw everything—I especially liked Navid Nuur’s neon pieces (below), and Emily Wardill’s films—but I have to say my favorite piece so far is Urs Fischer’s Untitled. It showcases a life-sized sculpture of the Italian artist Rudolf Stingel (left) made out of wax, gazing at a marble statue that looks like a Bernini sculpture. The sculptures are giant candles and there are many wicks everywhere—I guess a different one will be lit throughout the exhibition. You can see the residues of melted wax on the floor. We got super-lucky to see it right at the beginning when it’s almost entirely intact; I can’t wait to see how it’ll look at the end of the Biennale…it’s ever-evolving. Continue Reading “Postcard From Venice: Laure Heriard Dubreuil Reports From The Biennale” »