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August 29 2014

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6 posts tagged "Astrid Munoz"

Astrid Among The Argentines

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“As a model, I used to go to the most exotic locations—in the depths of Kenya, Brazil, and India,” model-turned-photographer Astrid Muñoz told Style.com last night. “When the shoots were finished and everyone went back to their hotels, I stayed behind with my camera and took pictures. Then I built a dark room in my flat and since then, I have been totally taken over by photography.”

At London’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Bond Street boutique last night, a crowd of friends and family, including Clive Owen, Natalia Vodianova, Charlotte and Andrea Dellal, Anouck Lepère, and Poppy Delevingne, came by to take a look at her first London exhibition. The sepia-toned photographs depicted gauchos and horses in the Argentinean outback. That was no coincidence. Munoz’s current partner is Eduardo Novillo Astrada, an Argentinean polo player and ambassador of Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Guests crammed into the tiny shop to celebrate the work, featured in the latest Jaeger Le-Coultre publication, Yearbook Five. “The photographs are absolutely riveting; they capture the vibe of that region so well—she genuinely has an eye,” said Vodianova. But for Muñoz, whose work on the gauchos will be released in a forthcoming book, it is not just Argentina that inspires her: “For me, the more remote a location, the more difficult to get to, the better,” she said, freshly back from the Amazon jungle, where lunch was bugs and crocodiles and where the hotel room was a hammock strung on to a tree. “The most incredible subjects to photograph are in the most inaccessible places. And trust me, I will get to as many as those places as I can.”

Photo: Courtesy Photo

The Prada Book Tour, London Edition

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Swedish fragrance kingpin Ben Gorham, in town for 24 hours, looked around him at the Prada book launch last night and wondered, “Is everyone always this happy at parties in London? It’s like they’ve just been let out of a cage.” It wasn’t quite that wild, but the crowd of attractive young creatures was doing its best to make up for Miuccia’s no-show (she headed straight back to Milan after the MOCA gala in L.A. on Saturday night). Inevitably, she was on partygoers’ minds. Marc Quinn was remembering her extraordinary generosity when he showed at the Fondazione Prada. “Antagonism…and her childlike quality” were two qualities Russell Marsh said he loved most about the designer. “I couldn’t pinpoint one thing,” added Christopher Kane. “She’s everything.” Her guest list had a bit of everything, too: artist Barry Kamen, Judy Blame channeling Crocodile Dundee, a fresh-from-the-pampas Astrid Muñoz (in Pucci, not Prada), a rare sighting of Suede’s Brett Anderson (aging well), an Erdem Moralioglu/Trish Goff date, a couple of Kennedys (OK, it was Jan and Lulu, not The Other Kind), plus Assisi Jackson with her grandmother Bianca Jagger. And yes, Ben, everyone is always this happy at parties in London…as long as the Billecart-Salmon is flowing.

Photo: Nick Harvey / WireImage

Fashion’s Night Out In Words And Pictures

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It felt like New Year’s Eve in New York last night, but better because it was warm enough to see the outfits everybody pulled together for Fashion’s Night Out. We sent model-turned-photographer Astrid Muñoz into the streets armed with a few evening-appropriate signs, and everyone from Francisco Costa and Michelle Monaghan to one of New York’s Finest was game to pose for her holding one. Yes, the recovery really does start here. Click for a slideshow.

Photo: Astrid Muñoz

Postcard From Positano

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I go to Positano every summer to visit Giambattista Valli. This year, Victor Alfaro, Melvin Chua, Carlos Mota, Justo Artigas, Carlos de Souza, Hervé Bougon, and Anne McNally came along. We had a blast taking little boat rides to have lunch and dinner along the coast. My favorites are La Conca del Sogno, a 20-minute ride by boat, Adolfo for spaghetti vongole, the Hotel San Pietro for the best smoked dorade ever, and, of course, the Tre Sorelle for fried zucchini at dinner. This photo was taken at the very cool club Music on the Rocks. We danced to “I Know You Want Me” by Pitbull all night.

Photo: Courtesy of Astrid Munoz

blasblog from paris: partying brazilian style

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Essentially, Saturday night’s Brazilian dance fest was a party to celebrate another party. “But that is reason enough, no?” Carlos Souza asked in the foyer of Donata Meirelles and Nizan Guanaes’ swanky pad on the Quay d’Orsay. “We Brazilians know how to do that perfectly well.” He wasn’t exaggerating either; just ask Camilla Al Fayed, Eugenie Niarchos, Elizabeth Saltzman Walker, and Astrid Muñoz, all of whom were propped on a couch, being wined and dined by the former Valentino PR guru-turned-accessories designer and unofficial Brazilian fashion ambassador. (“He’s gooood,” Mñu;oz crooned.) Truth be told, this fête wasn’t just for the upcoming South American swimsuit festivities, called Claro Rio Summer, taking place for the first time in November—can you imagine how sexy a Rio-based swimwear fashion event is going to be?—but also a celebration of Daslu, one of the poshest shops in the world in São Paolo, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. As one guest put it, “It’s like the Harrods of South America.”

Photo: Courtesy of Daslu