8 posts tagged "Alexis Bittar"
Nobody forgets their first time. But not everybody feels compelled to recall it in print. Credit where credit’s due, then, to the contributors to the latest issue of Dossier, Skye Parrott and Katherine Krause’s glossy biannual, which rounded up a cast of characters—from Alexis Bittar and Cynthia Rowley to Miranda July and arty nouveau-pornographer Richard Kern—to muse, in pictures and text, on their first forays in the bedroom. (One brave soul even conducted a phone interview with his deflowerer, who estimated that they’d last spoken their junior year of college.) Was anything too raw to see the light of day? “We have a policy of printing everything we like,” Parrott said with a laugh at the packed launch party last night, which drew Rogan Gregory, Monique Péan, Timo Weiland, and Suno’s Max Osterweis to the New Museum.
Cobbled together in updated-zine style—with help from Buero’s Alex Wiederin, the magazine’s recently appointed creative consultant, who co-founded Another Magazine and revamped Ten and Vogue Hommes International—it’s a testament of sorts to letting it all hang out. And letting it all hang out is exactly what Andrej Pejic does in an editorial shot by Collier Schorr (who, Parrott says, is planning to use some of the images in an upcoming show). The androgynous beauty, shot in various states of undress, is in good company among the magazine’s cover girls. The previous issues have featured Freja Beha Erichsen and Daria Werbowy, and while the three aren’t the strangest of bedfellows, Pejic is definitely a departure of sorts. “We had Freja and Daria,” Parrott said of the decision. “As far as models go, how could you go bigger than that?” As any of the issue’s contributors could tell you, there’s a first time for everything.
Looking For The Next Chloë? Try The Newsstand; The Faces To Watch This Fashion Week; Rihanna’s Feeling Fruity;
How’d Chloë Sevigny kick off her career in film and style? By cutting school, it turns out. eBay’s Andrea Linett, the woman who discovered young Sevigny way back when and put her in an ad for Sassy editor Jane Pratt’s The Jane Pratt Show, discovered her loitering at a newsstand̵2during school hours. She did the ad anyway, and lo, a star was born. [Vogue U.K.]
In Rihanna’s new video, she wears newsprint dresses and giant-cherry headpieces. Fruit millinery? Sounds a little like someone we know. That someone, though, is 100 percent on board. “J’ADR!” Anna Dello Russo tweeted about the new vid. [Anna Dello Russo]
Meet the new ones to watch: Modelinia selects its fresh faces of the Fall 2011 season, including Xiao Wen, Ruby Jean Wilson, and Laura Liriano (left). See you on the runway, ladies. [Modelinia]
Speaking of modeling, Alexis Bittar scooped up one of the industry’s grandest dames for his latest poster campaign: Lauren Hutton. He first met the supe 20 years ago when he was still selling jewelry on the street in Soho. [WWD]
As if we needed another reason to hit the spa, The Standard Miami’s is now home to the Rafael de Cárdenas-designed STND/OHWOW store, stocked by the Miami Beach art gallery with accessories, jewelry, beach goods, gifts, and art books. [Racked]
Since the recession, many designers have remained cautious, cutting back collections and limiting their reach. But Alexis Bittar, still enjoying his recent CFDA accolade, has only seemed to gain steam. In Los Angeles to toast not one but three store openings in the Golden State (two in Los Angeles and one in San Francisco), the designer mingled with a low-key crowd that was equal parts new, local fans and longtime devotees.
At his Abbot Kinney store—a converted beach bungalow with whitewashed floors—Bittar declared himself a fan of the thrumming neighborhood. “This Venice store has a similar feel in terms of content to my other stores, but Abbot Kinney has this amazing beachy vibe and you can just feel this cool undercurrent running through the area.” Even L.A.’s Third Street location seems to have caught on to Venice’s laid-back ethos. “It’s really surprised us. What’s selling on Third Street is more subdued than we had thought it would be. I guess we thought it would be more glitzy.” (This is L.A., after all.)
Fresh off the Victoria’s Secret runway, model Alessandra Ambrosio (above right) introduced herself to the designer, while stylist (and Tom Ford costume designer) Arianne Phillips and a host of L.A. socials sipped Alizé and perused the Fall collection (and a taxidermy hybrid wildebeest/zebra by artist Frank J. Zitz, decked out in AB bangles, below). Lauren Hutton (above left, with Bittar), who follows Joan Collins’ well-heeled footsteps in the line’s latest Jack Pierson-shot campaign, swung by to catch up with Bittar. The designer was all smiles when talk turned to Hutton. “I’ve known Jack for 20 years now and it was good to have such an artistic sensibility to the shots. And with Lauren, well, I just wanted [him] to really capture her and it turned out beautiful.”