August 31 2014

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24 posts tagged "Adam Kimmel"

Ryan Lochte: Swimmer, Sex Symbol, and Fashion Designer? And More of Today’s Top Stories


Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte (pictured) might spend the majority of his day in nothing more than a Speedo, but the breakout Olympic superstar says he’s got dreams of becoming a clothing designer. “I want to be different, and fashion gives me that outlet to do that,” the hunky swimmer tells The New York Times. [NYT]

Adam Kimmel’s taking a hiatus. The New York-based menswear designer has announced that he will be taking a yearlong sabbatical following shipments of his Fall 2012 collection. Kimmel plans to use his time off to spend time with family and explore his creative arenas. [WWD]

Christian Louboutin’s battle to keep red soles his unique signature rages on. A French court has given Zara the right to emboss their shoes with a similar red sole. This court ruling ends a case that began back in 2008 between the mass retailer and Mr. Louboutin, who has also had disputes with Yves Saint Laurent over use of the red. [Grazia Daily]

Maison Martin Margiela is said to be the next designer label to collaborate with H&M. WWD reports that the will be a one-off collection by the avant-garde clothing brand will soon be officially announced. [WWD]




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Wherever He Goes, The Fashion Set Follows


Lensman Ari Marcopoulos doesn’t consider himself to be a fashion photographer. “The last time I photographed a fashion designer must have been Marc Jacobs over 20 years ago when he still had really long hair and no tattoos,” he tells “I think he was fresh out of school and he just came over to my studio for a shoot—actually, I never published those. Oh, and I did a similar thing with John Galliano after that.” But the fashion set just keeps on calling upon the surf-and-skate photog, who got his start working alongside Andy Warhol; in the past few years, Marcopoulos has been commissioned by the likes of Adam Kimmel and Stefano Pilati.

His latest solo exhibition of large-scale pigment prints and smaller photos, Wherever You Go, which he debuted last night at New York’s Marlborough Chelsea gallery, is less of a fashion-centric affair and instead focused on his familiar subjects, including graffiti-scrawled walls and skate-sessioned architecture. The most famous of these subjects is New York Knicks player Tyson Chandler, who himself is attracting some fashion interest and spent Monday night at the Met ball in Calvin Klein Collection. “I did a fanzine on him when he was on the Dallas Mavericks and they won the championship, but I made it so he appeared to be wearing a Knicks jersey and it said ‘We wish,’ ” Marcopoulos explains. “Six months later when he was signed to New York, he called me up and we just became friends.” Just like that? “Usually athletes are bigger-than-life figures, kind of literally, but I think we assign too many superhero qualities to athletes,” he says. “I don’t see him any different than my son, who is also in this exhibit; they are all just normal people.”

Wherever You Go is open through June 16 at Marlborough Chelsea, 545 W. 25th St., NYC, (212) 463-8634.

Photo: Ari Marcopoulos

Market Conditions


Dover Street Market, Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons’ multibrand London megastore, is one of the globe’s best retail destinations. Comme CEO Adrian Joffe has hinted that one may be coming to New York in the next few years. But shoppers in Kawakubo’s native Japan got lucky first: Last month, the designer opened a six-story Dover Street Market flagship in Tokyo’s Ginza district. The store may connect, in an unprecedented move, to a Uniqlo flagship, but it maintains the air of “beautiful chaos” (in Joffe’s words) DSM always strives for. There are dedicated spaces for Junya Watanabe, Balenciaga, Rick Owens, Maison Martin Margiela, all of the CDG lines, Marni, and 10 Corso Como; those not headed to Tokyo anytime soon can rubberneck below.

Comme des Garçons at DSM Ginza.

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Adam Kimmel And David Blaine Get Dressed For Dinner


The sharks circling in the waters of fashion are most often metaphorical ones. Not in Adam Kimmel‘s new video. For Dressed for Dinner, Kimmel put magician David Blaine in his finest formalwear—and sent him down to meet Jaws. “It was David’s dream to practice breath holds in the wild with his favorite creatures: great whites,” Kimmel told “I don’t think he ever imagined doing it in a tuxedo, but he was a good sport about the whole thing.” To shoot, Kimmel and Blaine spent a week on Guadalupe, a deserted island in the Pacific reachable only by a 24-hour boat ride. Blaine submerged himself 40 feet underwater, and along came the great whites—some as large as 20-feet long. “David is one of the most remarkable people living today,” Kimmel said. “I’m still shocked he made it out of the water without a bite—I mean, the sharks must have passed him for a close inspection at least 300 times.” Menswear connoisseurs would tell you any Kimmel suit is worth at least as many viewings. The video debuts below, exclusively on

Chainsawing Their Way Into The Windows Of Barneys


Last night, the chainsaws were going full-throttle at Barneys New York’s midtown window display studio. The six artists who make up Paintallica—roughly an art-world supergroup, comprising six more or less core members and a variety of guest stars, who join forces every so often to install themselves in a space and not leave until a piece is completed—were hacking away at giant tree trunks, which are to end up, eventually, in Barneys’ 60th Street windows. The artists and the retailer invited in for a peek behind the scenes.

The occasion for the displays: the debut of Adam Kimmel’s collaborative collection with workwear wonks at Carhartt. The collection will share one window with the Paintallica creation and one with a piece being installed by California artist George Herms. Both Dan Attoe (above), the de facto spokesperson for Paintallica, and Herms are Kimmel stalwarts. Last season, Kimmel collaborated with Attoe on a Pacific Northwest-inspired collection, as well as a film to screen alongside it. And Herms (below is one of the grizzled, grand old men of American art who modeled the collection Kimmel showed at Pitti Uomo in 2008, and later appeared in his lookbook.

“He was working a few years ago on a line based on the Beat generation. Tony Shafrazi said, you know, Adam, one of these guys is still wandering around the hills of California, so he sent him out to Dennis Hopper and Dennis sent him to me,” Herms explained. For his window, he is creating saturated collages, culled from magazine images, over which he’s laying melted metal sculptures he calls “barbecued moon rocks” (below). At a party tonight for finishing touches before the windows go up on Thursday, Herms will be barbecuing smaller versions made from DVDs over hot plates.

Paintallica’s, too, was in the early stages of completion at the beginning of a long night. “It’s a lot of improvisation,” Attoe admitted. “It’ll come together as we’re working on it.” The department store display is a new medium for the artist, as it is for Herms. “This is our first store window,” said the outdoorsmanly Attoe, who befriended Kimmel over chopper-riding, four-wheeling, and shooting. “I don’t know if it’ll be a recurring thing for us—I kinda doubt it.”

Photos: John Aquino