13 posts tagged "Bernard Arnault"
What makes Chinese artist Zhang Huan a fashion darling? It’s not immediately obvious. Zhang, who has traipsed around the Whitney Museum while encased in raw meat, created enormous Buddhas from cowhide, and painted large-scale canvases using incense ash—all in the name of art—has also previously been commissioned by the likes of LVMH chief Bernard Arnault, Christian Dior, and Diane von Furstenberg. His latest exhibition, which inaugurated Shanghai’s newly reopened Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) on Friday, may offer an oblique clue.
Called Q Confucius, the artist’s largest solo exhibition in China takes the ancient philosopher as its subject and blows him up as a 16-foot-high, mechanically breathing replica; in incense ash paintings; and as an animatronic statue in a three-story-high cage populated by nine live monkeys. So is there a fashion twist to it? Perhaps the answer is in irony. “As Mao said, ‘Art comes from daily life,’ ” Zhang says with a wink. “And fashion is really about daily life.”
Zhang Huan: Q Confucius is open through January 29, 2012, at the Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China.
Crank that Bernard Arnault? You read that correctly. The chairman of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is the inspiration behind Soulja Boy’s (the rapper behind “Crank That” and “Turn My Swag On”) new mixtape. By last night, the “Bernard Arnault” EP had already been downloaded over 13,000 times. [WWD]
Soulja Boy isn’t the only one with something to sing about—Brazilian model Alice Dellal (and Mick Jagger’s goddaughter) is rocking out in a “high-voltage solo” for Matthew Donaldson’s new short. The film, which is part of stylist Aurelia Donaldson’s series for The Telegraph, demonstrates models’ off-runway skills. [Nowness]
Before her wedding, model Anja Rubik and her dress designer, Emilio Pucci’s Peter Dundas, checked in with Style.com to share the details of the gown’s design process. At the time, the bride wouldn’t reveal specifics of it, but today, we finally get a glimpse of the short dress with a long train she wore down the aisle this weekend. [Vogue.U.K.]
Waiters at Tom Collins’ new pop-up Bistrotheque 88 will be serving up his dishes in serious style. The restaurant, in Canary Wharf (accessible by boat from Westminster Pier in London), enlisted Giles Deacon to create uniforms inspired by the eighties. In addition, some staff members will be sporting pieces from the likes of Katharine Hamnett and Thierry Mugler. Get there soon—it’s only open until July 23. [Grazia Daily]
The Rue de Sèvres space that houses Hermès’ new store—its 134th and second largest to date—used to be home to the Lutetia hotel’s indoor swimming pool. So in tribute to aquaculture past, the label trucked in a band of kids in matching swimsuits to salute arriving guests, while on a balcony, great moments in swimming-pool cinema screened on a loop.
As impressive as all that was—as is the former pool space itself, which now holds three giant, nearly 30-foot-tall “huts” in latticed ashwood, designed by architect Denis Montel of RDAI (below)—the guests were gasping loudest at one partygoer in particular. Salma Hayek Pinault, in red, strapless Gucci, was making the congratulatory rounds, reportedly on behalf of her husband, François-Henri Pinault of PPR. It was a dramatic entrance, given Hermès’ recent conflict with Pinault’s no. 1 rival, Bernard Arnault of LVMH, who’s lately been angling to buy a share of the company. Hayek gamely posed with Hermès chairman Patrick Thomas, but both downplayed the significance of her visit. Artistic director Pierre-Alexis Dumas (above, with Hayek and Thomas) was more eager to discuss the store, the label’s first on the Left Bank of Paris in all of its 173 years in business. “I had a moment of vertigo when I first visited,” Dumas said, “but it was stimulating. I asked myself, how can we turn this into a warm and protective space?”
Speaking of spaces, the opening coincides with Hermès’ move into interiors. The store showcases the recent addition of furnishings fabrics, wallpaper, carpets, and the new Jean-Michel Frank par Hermès numbered furniture re-editions. (Hermès did the original leatherwork for Frank’s Comfortable series of Art Deco sofas and chairs from the 1920′s.) Nearly half of the three-level, 15,800-square-foot space is devoted to home, including a florist’s shop stocked with exotica like New Zealand coral peonies and lichen branches. There’s a bookstore, too, the Chaîne d’Encre, and a tea bar on the balcony, the aptly named Le Plongeoir—the Diving Board.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen described the aha moment behind the founding of their label, The Row, at Women’s Wear Daily‘s WWD@100 conference this week: On a press tour of Canada, they noticed that the audience was wearing giant sweaters, bug-eye sunglasses, and Balenciaga bags. Exactly what they were wearing, in other words. Well, no one can say they didn’t give the people what they wanted. [WWD]
Hermès is firing back at LVMH after the French conglomerate purchased 17.1 percent of the company’s shares last month. Hermès international CEO, Patrick Thomas, and Bertrand Puech, the fifth-generation heir of the company’s founder, requested that LVMH chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault withdraw. “There is nothing friendly about this move,” they told Le Figaro. [Fashionologie]
Don’t mess with the Hells Angels. That seems to be the moral of their recent copyright infringement lawsuit against the Alexander McQueen label: A judge has decided in the Angels’ favor, ruling that all merchandise with the motorcycle club’s trademark insignias must be recalled and destroyed. [Huffington Post]
The CEO of YouTube, Chad Hurley, is stepping down from his post to focus on his line of menswear, Hlaska (a combination of Hawaii and Alaska). No, really. Hurley, at least, sees the two projects as being vaguely related. “We make stuff we want to use,” he explained to Forbes. “In that sense, it’s exactly like YouTube.” [Forbes via Refinery29]
Jason Wu made a quick trip back to his native Taiwan for his brother’s wedding (and a quick radio chat with the president, natch)—and found that his star has risen considerably since the last time he’s been home. He was advised to prepare a security detail for the airport, where he was told he’d be mobbed by fans. His response? “Who am I, Victoria Beckham?” [WWD]
Marc Jacobs, on the other hand, thinks of himself in a slightly different way. “I used to say in the beginning that I was like the pig in Babe,” Jacobs (left) told British Vogue. “Mr. Arnault does not express himself in a super-warm way, but he has softened up—I am that pig and he pats me on the back and says, ‘That’ll do, pig,’ and I just feel this is the highest praise.” [Vogue U.K.]
That’ll do, Babe—er, Bazaar: The magazine won the 2009 Cover of the Year award from the American Society of Magazine Editors for (no shocker here) the December issue, featuring star-cross’d lovers and Twilight stars Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. [Styleite]
And if you haven’t heard Kanye rap 21 top runway models’ names in about a minute, you should do so. Really. [Coco Perez via Racked]