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August 20 2014

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6 posts tagged "Amy Greenspon"

Curtains Up At New York’s
Newest Gallery Of Note

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New York’s newest gallery, Algus Greenspon, is a bona fide labor of love—emphasis on labor. It’s been two years in the works, and only a few months ago, co-founder and director Amy Greenspon (who will run the gallery with Mitchell Algus) was referring to the Morton Street space as “the puddle,” thanks to the poky pace of construction. Luckily, she had supportive friends to ease her along. “I didn’t have much to do with it,” pal Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler demurred. “But I’d ride my bike over after work and we’d sit in the space and drink a bottle of wine.”

He was only one of the many friendly faces on hand for the grand opening last night. Hernandez and Jack McCollough, Kai Kühne, artists Nate Lowman and Hanna Liden, and gallerists Kelly Taxter and Pascal Spengemann were all there to see the opening show, a retrospective of the work of Gene Beery (pictured). Artist/performer/gallerina Emily Sundblad even performed a few songs for the occasion. (“Pure bliss,” was Kühne’s verdict.) All in all, a bang-up opening—and a testament to the power of word of mouth. “I’m a technological disaster,” Greenspon said. “So apparently not a soul received the e-mail invite I sent. I’m so happy the word got out, or it would have been Emily singing her heart out for Mitchell, me, and Michael, the mouse that comes out at night.” And luckily for revelers, Michael didn’t end up making an appearance.
Algus Greenspon, 71 Morton Street, NYC, (212) 255-7874, www.algusgreenspon.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Algus Greenspon

Blasblog: Roberta’s New York Layover

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“I love coming to New York,” Roberta Armani announced at Lauren Santo Domingo’s dinner in her honor at the Standard this weekend. “In fact, I’d like to move. Someone find me a good reason—a husband, perhaps—and I’ll set up here.” If it’s a sportsman she’s after, there were a few on hand at the de facto after-party upstairs at the Boom Boom Room. Tatiana Santo Domingo, Jen Brill, Amy Greenspon, Hayley Bloomingdale, and Emma Watson were mingling with a few of the Rangers—Sean Avery, Aaron Voros, and Michael Del Zotto, all perhaps drowning their sorrows after their loss earlier in the evening to the Florida Panthers. Might be a good match; Armani travels about as much as a pro athlete. She’d hardly settled in when she had to make her way out, flying to L.A. for the American Music Awards and then, ten hours later, back to New York to host a dinner for Cate Blanchett at the Armani restaurant in the brand’s Fifth Avenue flagship tonight before continuing to Milan.

Photo: Derek Blasberg

Delfina Delettrez Fendi Isn’t Afraid Of The Dark

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Remember the silver finger ring and nail polish set we reported on earlier this month? Its designer, Delfina Delettrez Fendi, was at Opening Ceremony last night showing it off, along with other creepy-chic creations like bejeweled skulls, frogs, spiders, and eyeballs. It’s not as dark as it sounds: “I don’t take it too seriously. See my skulls, they’re smiling,” the young designer explained. “I rather think that the pieces are ironic.” Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon was apt to agree. “She has a sense of humor about things that’s refreshing,” he said. While the presentation was her first stateside, the 22-year-old already has a strong fan base. Amy Greenspon, Mickalene Thomas, and Amy Phelan stopped by to check out her new Anatomik collection; Jen Brill showed up bedecked in her pieces; and afterward, The New York Times‘ Stefano Tonchi hosted a private dinner at his place for the jewelry designer. But with her famous last name—mom is Silvia Venturini Fendi—is she content to stick with jewelry? “Well, for now I’m growing the line, but I would love to do clothing as well,” Delettrez Fendi said. “Oh, but I would do bags first. I think always bags before clothing.” Mama must be proud.

Photo: Hannah Thomsen

The Stone Set: Dinner With Samantha Wills

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There was a sort of meta-Hollywood moment on Tuesday night at a girly dinner for Aussie model-turned-jewelry designer Samantha Wills when Lindsay Lohan tried on a set of bracelets strung with religious charms, named Mary-Kate. The Sydney-based Wills was in town after a trip to Los Angeles, where she’s already amassed a starlet following. Lohan certainly seemed to like what she saw. The intimate dinner (and we mean 12-person intimate, not 100) at the Bowery Hotel’s Gemma, hosted by Sarah Howard, drew more would-be fans like Chrissie Miller, Amy Greenspon, and Zani Gugelmann. Wills’ five-year-old collection has been quite the hit down under and now sells in the States at Nordstrom, Blue & Cream in New York, and Beckley in Los Angeles. The look of the line—all rendered in semiprecious gems and various metals—is decidedly bohemian, but tracks the entire range of that category from the rocker chic end to the more luxe in statement cocktail rings and cuffs set with big colorful stones. Though Wills is based in Sydney, you’ll probably be seeing the former face of Billabong around town in New York, where she’s decided to spend more time.

The Dead Weather Report

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I told Alison Mosshart, the raven-haired songstress currently on tour with Jack White and their musical collaboration the Dead Weather, that if she comped me some backstage passes to her gig last night I would come dressed as her: tight dark jeans, gold Dior Homme boots, black wig, and a baggy cardigan. Well, she came through with the tickets, but I only met her halfway—just the baggy cardigan. Not that the fashion quotient was at all low. Proenza Schouler’s Lazaro Hernandez, model Jessica Stam, art girl Amy Greenspon, and Chanel favorite Jen Brill were all there in their backstage best. (Think: denim cutoffs, messy hair, and disheveled headgear.) The performance itself was great, a sold-out and packed crowd—including the full Mosshart clan up from Florida: Mom, Dad, and brother Matthew—at Midtown’s Terminal 5, all of whom seemed pretty impressed. “He’s like a blur,” Brill said of White’s drumming. “Pretty sexy.” I concurred in both the case of the drumming and in a sweaty, writhing Mosshart. Brill wasn’t the only one who deemed the gig sexy, though some were into kinkier things. When I followed Mosshart, who also doubles as one half of the Kills with Jamie Hince, out of the venue, one overzealous fan asked her to sign a poster of herself, and then to put a cigarette out on his arm. I’m all for a souvenir from a great night, but nothing permanently scarring, please. For a good concert, and presumably, the potential of chic wounds, the band is performing again tonight at the same venue. Tickets were available this morning.

Photo: Derek Blasberg