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10 posts tagged "Adrian Grenier"

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

Hello, IRO


Those of Lower Manhattan love their leather jackets. And now, thanks to the new IRO boutique, there’s one more place they can find them. The Paris-based streetwear label, which celebrated the launch of its first New York City flagship last night over cocktails, offers, for lack of a better descriptor, a damn near perfect Perfecto. “It was what originally made us famous,” cofounder Arik Bitton told

Of course, leather jackets aren’t all IRO offers. Just ask Coco Rocha. “This place has everything a model’s wardrobe should have. If you don’t have it, come here and get it!” gushed the catwalker, who attended the opening with her husband, James Conran. When pressed as to her energy level post-Met Gala, Rocha laughed. “We were debating going to the after-party, but then we were like, No, we’re going home. We made some Bolognese and went to bed.”

With Harley Viera-Newton on the decks, guests such as Eniko Mihalik and Adrian Grenier perused IRO’s his and hers wares and minimalist, well-lit space. Following cocktail hour, the label hosted an intimate dinner at the Crosby Street Hotel’s private dining room—where Viera-Newton and Leigh Lezark played cat’s cradle, Mia Moretti chatted convivially with friends, and the brand’s other cofounder Laurent Bitton (yes, they’re brothers) offered an idyllic New York reprise: “When I’m here, the best thing to do is stay in Soho, go to The Mercer, and have a coffee.”

Photo: Dean Neville/

Lights On At The Electric


“Don’t I look like Mariah Carey right now?” Courtney Love asked her audience at Manhattan’s Hiro Ballroom last night, where she was performing for Scott Lipps’ One Management ten-year anniversary party. “I’m wearing my first piece of swag ever—a 1990 Calvin Klein vest.”

Courtney could hardly be confused with Carey, but it was Love the audience really wanted anyways. After she busted out one of the first songs she ever wrote (with Lipps backing her up on the drums), ”Skinny Little Bitch,” the crowd of mostly models (plus Adrian Grenier, Russell Simmons, and Johan Lindeberg) chanted for “Violet” repeatedly, it was a request to which she eventually obliged after pausing to comment about Frances Bean Cobain’s glam photos that recently surfaced. “Did anyone see pictures of my fucking only child last week?” she asked. “Thank God she didn’t get that nose job—’Skinny Little Bitch’ is for her, she’s just so cool.”

After the show, guests flocked next door to Nur Khan’s latest venture, the not-yet-opened Electric Room at the Dream Downtown. Everyone wanted a glimpse of the “new Don Hill’s,” as Lipps called it, but most left still wondering because the space only allows for a maximum of 100 people. Inside, Love held court with her band members from the Union Jack leather couches in the center of the small room, which was decked out with graffiti art and photos by Sante D’Orazio. Of his newest project since the closing of the legendary Don Hill’s, Khan told, “I was going for a cool, 1996 vibe in here—everyone else seems to be stuck in the eighties right now.” He added, “With this place, it’s going to be an all-night affair and the party will only be just getting started at 2 a.m.”

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The Eco Entourage


Wear Chanel to save the environment? Well, not exactly, but buying one timeless tweed jacket instead of four trendy ones is just the kind of subtle lifestyle change Adrian Grenier and Angela Lindvall are advocating with their new eco-friendly pop-up, open today and tomorrow on Greene Street in Soho. “I’m never going to give up my Chanel pieces, because I’ll wear them forever,” Lindvall told us at a preview of the space yesterday. “It’s about knowing what you really need and finding a style that doesn’t have to be so consumptive.”

Part sustainable artwork gallery, part green goods shop, the pop-up is a joint venture between pureDKNY and SHFT. Lindvall is the face of DKNY’s environmentally minded fragrance (the bottle is recyclable and the vanilla bean that makes up its key note was sourced from female farmers in Uganda), and Grenier, along with film producer Peter Glatzer, created SHFT as an online forum that promotes an eco-conscious lifestyle that’s more Stella McCartney than Birkenstock.

The attractive activists, who first became pals through Grenier’s television show Alter Eco on the Discovery Channel, stress that it’s easy to make a difference with simple changes like turning off all the electricity during a dinner party (how romantic) or buying vintage instead of new. “The boogieman is not a good spokesperson for change. You don’t want to be preached to and you don’t want to be scared,” Grenier stressed. “It’s all about finding a balance.” You can preach to us anytime, Adrian.

The pureDKNY SHFT pop-up gallery is open to the public today, October 22, and tomorrow, at 112 Greene St.

Photo: Marion Curtis / Startraks

Young Hollywood Takes A New Spot: Behind The Camera


With the Tribeca Film Festival still two weeks away, the Gen Art Film Festival (which kicked off last night) arrived as a sort of youth-oriented preamble. One notable thing about this year’s edition is the number of familiar names turning up in the same unfamiliar place: behind the camera. Consider it a spring coming-out party for directorial debuts. Among the debutantes: Tatiana von Furstenberg, fashion photographer Patrick Hoelck, and Adrian Grenier, whose documentary Teenage Paparazzo explores America’s obsession with celebrities.

The main event last night, which had Malin Akerman and Richie Rich walking the carpet at the Ziegfeld, was Happythankyoumoreplease. Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Josh Radnor (pictured), star of the popular sitcom How I Met Your Mother, it’s a Manhattan ensemble dramedy starring, among others, Akerman, Kate Mara, and Zoe Kazan, who made time for last night’s premiere between performances of A Behanding in Spokane, the play she’s in alongside Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell. “Josh is really writing from an honest place. He put a lot of true stories—his stories, other people’s stories—into the background of the movie,” she explained. “It was very easy to act, because so many of those conversations I’ve actually had.” The coming week will give Radnor’s fellow first-timers a chance to show the world (or, at least, New York) whether their efforts ring as true.

Photo: Eugene Mim/