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April 24 2014

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3 posts tagged "Audrey Marnay"

Rodarte’s Night At The Museum

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It’s a Black Swan kind of week in L.A., as Natalie Portman looks likely to clinch the Oscar on Sunday. So what better time for her pals at Rodarte, Laura and Kate Mulleavy, to debut their first solo exhibition—of their Black Swan designs, no less? L.A. MOCA’s Jeffrey Deitch snagged the sisters’ designs for Rodarte: States of Matter, which opens March 4 at the museum. The tightly edited collection of Swarovski crystal-dusted costumes and other sculptural designs was brought to life by the duo’s longtime collaborator, French producer Alexandre de Betak, who also works on their runway shows. “We wanted to express the duality of dark and light,” de Betak explained at a preview of the exhibition last night, referencing the strict color theme and extreme lighting design. “It’s in the different textures they use and it was important to express that in the way we brought it all together—the fluorescent and then the moody lighting, the beautiful white costumes and the drama of the dark.”

Hot on the heels of their Fall ’11 show, the critical darlings attracted an impressive showing considering Oscar week’s tight social calendar. In town for Barry Diller’s pre-Oscar luncheon, CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg stopped in to congratulate the sisters and spent time with André Balazs, while guests like China Chow, Liz Goldwyn, and Audrey Marnay milled. Even crosstown rival LACMA’s Michael Govan arrived with his wife, Balenciaga’s Katherine Ross, in Rodarte for the occasion.

Of their first solo exhibition, Kate Mulleavy felt they’d found the perfect home. “It’s so amazing because MOCA is such a special cultural place in Los Angeles and even globally now. Having grown up here, it’s such an honor. We’ve never really done anything like this before in Los Angeles.” And it appears collaborating with de Betak was key. “It makes it even more special to do it with Alex. He’s such an incredible artist and what he does allows us to build these worlds. The fact that he took a chance on us even though we’re still relatively younger and independent is amazing, and being able to continue to work together so many seasons is special.”

Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

“Tales” Spin

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The latest from art patron (and fast-fashion abstainer) Miuccia Prada: “The Women’s Tales,” a series of short videos she’s commissioned from female filmmakers featuring clothes and accessories by Miu Miu. In the first film of the series, The Powder Room, director Zoe Cassavetes shoots French actress and front-row regular Audrey Marnay alongside models Caroline de Maigret, Line Gost, and Sophie Vlaming indulging in some mid-party primping. “I love the idea of a powder room; the ritual which takes place within them is very important for women,” Cassavetes said. “I love the sense of intimacy. It’s a place away from men, where you can check out other women, and re-glamorize yourself ready to face the world again.” Check out the re-glamming below.


Entering The World Of Walker

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Three hundred yellow canaries were used in Tim Walker’s first short film, The Lost Explorer, but for Harry Potter fans anxiously awaiting installment seven, the real draw may have been Lord Voldemort. “He’s my neighbor,” Walker told us last night about actor Richard Bremmer. “I saw him walking outside and I thought, ‘There’s my lost explorer.’ ” The photographer-turned-director was in town for a special screening of the short hosted by Mulberry and Stefano Tonchi at Soho House, and an appreciative crowd of friends and colleagues, including Audrey Marnay, the French actress who’s the new face of Longchamp, and her fellow ginger Grace Coddington, turned out on the chilly Monday night.

Using a story by Patrick McGrath as backbone, the 20-minute film revolves around a young girl (played by Olympia Campbell, in her acting debut) and her coming of age—one that quickly goes from fantastical to macabre. There’s a tent, a mysterious lost explorer (Bremmer) within, and some talk of the African bird trade—hence the canaries. Those birds didn’t get the invite to the dinner Stefano Tonchi hosted for Walker afterward, but the tent did, complete with traveler’s trunks, utilitarian mugs, and campside forks and knives. “This is the closest I’ll ever get to camping,” Michelle Trachtenberg joked.

No rest for the budding filmmaker, though—he’s already planning his next flick. “We’re working on a feature length now,” Walker said. “We haven’t found our script yet, but we’re looking and it’s going to be the same team. The cinematographer, Robbie Ryan, he’s amazing. He gets the vision. He gets my world.”

Photo: Tim Walker