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Vanessa Bruno Hearts The Tate, Kate


“Some people go to the gym or spa to relax; I go to art galleries,” said Vanessa Bruno. “Fashion can be very draining and galleries are a great place for me to revive myself, and to draw inspiration.” If that’s the case, she had plenty to draw from last night, when she hosted the Tate’s Young Patrons party in London. “My husband is an art dealer, and I have loved art since I was a little girl, especially people like Wallace Berman and Meredyth Sparks.”

Equally art-minded were the members of the party’s organizing committee—which included co-chair Marc Ronson and Alex Dellal—and attendees like Cara Delevingne, Elizabeth von Guttman, and Elise Øverland. After a DJ session by Ronson himself (who is warming up for spinning duties tonight for the Duchess of Cambridge, a.k.a. Kate Middleton, at Arpad Busson’s ARK charity event), guests also were treated to a live set by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs—TEED, for those in the know.

Bruno took a minute from hosting duties to discuss her work. She describes her collection as being “about urban poetry, a chic French laid-back woman.” Who embodies that quality best? “Grace Coddington,” she replies with no hesitation (and admittedly, Coddington is about as French chic as you can get without Gallic blood). “I love everything about her. She sticks to her universe and her aesthetic is impeccable. And from within the younger women, there is someone I met recently in L.A. that I really did connect with—she is a smart, wonderful and chic actress, and that is Kate Bosworth. In fact, she will be the star of our next film that will be released in September. Et voilà—I let the secret out!”

Andrea Dellal Gives Back—With An Epic Party, Naturally


The Brazil Foundation gala won’t be until the fall, but the buzz began yesterday night at Fatima Otero’s marvelous town house in the West Village. Olivier Theyskens, Shala Monroque, Adam Lippes, Luigi Tadini, and more were there to celebrate the gala’s just-announced honoree, Andrea Dellal. Dellal (above left), the London-based social and matriarch of the large Dellal clan—her daughters are Charlotte Olympia designer Charlotte Dellal and model Alice Dellal; her son, Alex Dellal, runs the iPad magazine POST—is one of the most visible Brazilians on the social scene. After so many years living outside her country, Dellal said, it was time to give it back. “Brazil is a rich country, but the gap is still huge between the upper and lower class,” she explained. “It’s time to join forces, between all of us, and give back to those who need most.” One way to give, of course, is by buying a ticket to the September 19 event, which takes place at the New York Public Library. Expect plenty of Valentino: label heavy and jewelry designer Carlos de Souza (above center, with Otero, right) is doing the list this year, and the house is co-sponsoring the event. A hot list of Brazilian artists will be donating art to be auctioned, too. Last year’s $2.5 million raised could even be topped this year—especially if, as last year, Brazil’s most visible fashion plate, Gisele, takes to the mic to sell the dress off her back.

To find out more and purchase tickets, visit

Photo: Courtesy of the Brazil Foundation

Is There A World POST Print Magazines?


There may be four or five people reading this who don’t yet own an iPad. Some of you are stubborn technophobes; others of you steal hungry glances at the Apple store every time you pass. But whether you’ve bought in or not, the media industry has certainly heard the iPad’s call. Later this month, News Corp. is launching The Daily, an iPad-only newspaper. Virgin’s iPad-only Project magazine went live in November. And this week marks the launch of POST, an iPad-only culture bible put out by 20 Hoxton Square gallerist Alex Dellal. The brainchild of creative director Remi Paringaux, the former art director of Dazed & Confused and Vogue Hommes Japan, POST was explicitly conceived for the new multidimensional page. As Dellal notes, the iPad can not only display images, text, and video, but the audience can interact with that content, too, in a fluid and intuitive way. “What fascinates me,” Dellal says, “is exploring the dynamic of how content is received and how it can result in the creation of a new medium.” “It’s not just eye candy,” adds POST editorial director Xerxes Cook. “It’s finger candy.” Here, Cook talks to about media’s next wave.

What is POST?
We define it as an art and fashion magazine. Fashion, film, art, architecture, photography; not just of today but for tomorrow. All for $1.99 an issue on iTunes. Really, though, POST is not a thing, it’s an idea. It’s the world’s first independently published magazine for the iPad. It’s born of the iPad, which means it doesn’t have a print sibling to imitate or be intimidated by. It’s very self-reflective of the new medium. And it’s very much an experiment.

The first issue is called POST-Matter. What should people expect?
The name comes from the fact that we’re considering this shift from the material to the virtual; “post-matter.” There are anomalies with that—the iPad itself is a physical object. You have to tap-tap it. But there’s a whole world inside that screen, and our aim is to use this new medium to its full capability. There are 16 features, and we want you to figure out what’s interactive as you go through them, and for the interactive elements to tell those stories in ways you never could in print.

How so?
For instance, we have a piece on the video artist Semâ Bekirovic, and what we can do with video art is, we don’t just talk about it, we show it. You can go into the work. Likewise, we have a video Q&A with the director Gaspar Noé, on the idea of the void, and rather than trying to summarize Enter the Void, we can show the trailer and exclusive clips from the film itself. Another video is a discussion between Miltos Manetas, who is one of the pioneers of digital art and a bona fide technophile, and Purple editor Olivier Zahm, who is a self-proclaimed Luddite. (Though of course, Olivier has embraced the Web now, in his own way, creating an almost Warholian persona for himself online, hasn’t he?) We sent them to Istanbul and there’s a two-part film with them discussing the downfall of capitalism through social networking.

With the video features, we’ve worked really hard to re-create the freedom you have with print to flip around. We’ve laid out those features so you don’t need to sit and watch 30 minutes of video; you can skip forward and find the parts of the conversation that most interest you. Like a print magazine, we capture time for the reader. Or browser. Or, whatever. Continue Reading “Is There A World POST Print Magazines?” »

Who, What, Where, And When At Art Basel


We’re at that time of year when the party winds blow south—to Art Basel Miami Beach. Two of the week’s busiest spots are starting things off tonight: At The Webster, the Brazilian footwear company Melissa is throwing a dinner in honor of Italian designer and architect Gaetano Pesce; meanwhile, at brand-spanking-new Soho Beach House, Jay Jopling’s big-time gallery, White Cube, will be tippling until 3 a.m.

This time around, erstwhile gallerist Jeffrey Deitch will be at Miami Basel as director of L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art. As usual, though, he’s hosting a big backyard party at the Raleigh (whose famous pool is pictured, above) on Wednesday, and this year he’s booked LCD Soundsystem. Other Wednesday night options include cocktails with The Last Magazine at The Webster and a party in a car park designed by Herzog & de Meuron—home of the new boutique The Alchemist, which has partnered with the art-world Web site Art Ruby for its inaugural Basel party.

But the real circus night is shaping up to be Thursday. Naturally, both Schnabel men are involved. Papa is doing a star-studded screening of his latest film, Mistral, in collaboration with Maybach and J/P HRO, Sean Penn’s Haiti charity; son Vito, meanwhile, is hosting a late-night bash at Wall with pals Stavros Niarchos and Alex Dellal. In between, there are fashion-heavy dinners for W and Interview magazines (at Cecconi’s and the Delano’s Solarium, respectively), not to mention one at The Webster hosted by La Mer. Across the bay, Bally is celebrating its pop-up shop and collaboration with Swiss artist Philippe Decrauzat. (While we’re on the subject, two other pop-ups to keep an eye on are the eyewear brand Illesteva’s, at Soho Beach House, and the OHWOW shop at the Standard Spa.) Continue Reading “Who, What, Where, And When At Art Basel” »

Charlotte Dellal’s Champagne Shoe Party


Charlotte Dellal knows people. Alexander Wang cozied up to her sister Alice and took her as his date to last year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards; Charlotte Casiraghi and her brother Alex Dellal are likethis; her mother, Andrea, is a former model. Not to put too fine a gloss on it, but the girl’s got friends in high places. Fitting, then, that her shoes—produced under the name Charlotte Olympia—are of the seriously tottering variety. She did make a pair of flats once. “They were experimental,” she explained at her tea-and-Champagne party at London’s St. Martins Lane hotel Tuesday. “And I swear to you, these are more comfortable.” “These,” per Dellal, were the towering, striped-wedge over-the-knee platform boots she was wearing, a look from the Fall ’09 collection being presented. “I call this my super-wedge. They’re the highest I’ve ever done.” Is there a particular girl Dellal has in mind when she designs her sky-scraping platforms? “I don’t have a muse,” she notes. “And I don’t even particularly design with myself in mind, either. I guess I just think about the Charlotte Olympia girl, who gets dressed from the feet up. Shoes first, figure out the rest later.”

Photo: Nick Harvey/WireImage