4 posts tagged "Bill Powers"
Watch out, Willy Wonka. You’ve got some competition in Cynthia Rowley. The designer will show her Fall ’13 collection later today. In lieu of parading her wares down the catwalk, she’ll debut them in her new clothing boutique-cum-candy shop: opening for business later this week, CuRious Candy will house Rowley’s collection of conceptual confections. (The store will also be linked to a new space for husband Bill Powers’ Half Gallery.) Now, this is Cynthia Rowley we’re talking about, so don’t expect your average chocolate bark and truffles. While the four-story town house will offer classics like Sour Patch Kids, pecan-covered caramels, and chocolate bars (“People would go berserk if we didn’t have those!” says the designer), it will also include edible silverware and teacups, “storm cloud” black licorice cotton candy, and sugary figurines that look like glass sculptures. “It can be the centerpiece of your dinner party, and then at the end of the night, you can surprise everyone by smashing it and eating it,” laughs Rowley.
In order to get the word out, Rowley teamed up with Red Bucket Films’ Josh and Benny Safdie to create a surreal, candy-centric video. The short debuts exclusively on Style.com (above) and will be on Taxi TV from tomorrow. Rowley makes a quick cameo, but the film focuses on Hailey Gates and Hannah Gross as they sit in the Maritime Hotel’s La Bottega restaurant and begin to eat everything from the flower vase to the table. Naturally, they’re dressed in looks from Rowley’s Fall collection, which was heavily inspired by her sweet endeavors. Like the store, Rowley’s Fall clothes merge the “pretty” and the “dark”—qualities that are ever-present in the designer’s dreamy world. For instance, there will be leather-quilted accessories, stretch crocodile trousers, leather hats, and giant lockets with mother-of-pearl faces. All of this will be presented amid an installation by Raul Avila, which will remain in the new store. “We spend so much time on the sets for our runway shows, and a few hours later it’s over,” says Rowley. “This way our set can live on and everyone can enjoy and experience it.”
Cynthia Rowley’s CuRious Candy shop and new boutique will open later this week, located at 43 East 78th Street, New York, NY.
Bold strokes of black acrylic paint and built-up fluorescent polymer gel isn’t what you would expect from a painter based in the French countryside, but Hermann Amann isn’t one for conventionality. “He’s such an interesting man; you can’t even have a conversation with him without him suddenly talking about colors or going over his work out loud,” curator Alexis Dahan said at last night’s opening for the 76-year-old artist. Up for the next three weeks at Half Gallery, Fluorescence is the first U.S. show for Amann, but Dahan, a photographer whose own work has been featured in Purple and W magazines, was attracted to Hermann’s oeuvre early on. “I was his secretary when I was 17,” Dahan explained. “I realized then that I couldn’t be a painter myself. I saw what it took; you can’t just make painting your hobby.”
With wintry conditions on both sides of the Atlantic, the German-born painter couldn’t make his own show, but had he made the hop, he would have been greeted by admirers such as Justin Giunta, Cynthia Rowley, and model Coco Young. “Those bold colors are what caught my eye first,” Half Gallery owner Bill Powers began. “I was walking past Alexis’ office and he had one of Hermann’s paintings up. That’s how the show idea came about.” Young, who’s served as painter John Currin’s muse, offered a like-minded observation: “It’s nice to see a bright pop of color in the middle of winter.”
Fluorescence runs until January 22 at Half Gallery, 208 Forsyth St., NYC, www.halfgallery.com.
Soon you, too, can own a Richard Phillips—even if you can’t afford his usual six-figure prices. The new Exhibition A (members’ only, technically, but with open registration) offers editions, printed on canvas, of works by artists like Phillips (whose Spectrum painting famously reached a new audience recently after appearing on Gossip Girl), Hanna Liden, and Terence Koh—for between $100 and $500. Gallerist Bill Powers (left, with wife Cynthia Rowley), who co-founded the site, explained that his goal was to help turn young art appreciators into bona fide collectors. “Really the idea sprung up because of my niece who goes to Cal Arts,” he explained. “It’s affordable enough that she can buy something. And it can be a point of entry for new collectors. Sometimes people don’t know how to get started.”
Powers, who currently runs Half Gallery in the city, teamed with Rowley, Laura Martin, and Gabby Munoz on the project. The key to the low prices isn’t the membership (signing up is gratis), but rather the unique open-edition format: Works are available for sale for a limited time rather than by numbered edition, which also keeps the artists’ galleries happy. For the opening, participants like Liden, Phillips, Rene Ricard, and photographer Mark Borthwick (designer Maria Cornejo’s other half) all made the rounds. “Bill chose the canvases, which worked out perfectly for me,” Borthwick said of his pieces, available now on the site. “I’m a typical Libra. I don’t ever wish to choose.” Those willing to wait it out until the new year will have even more options, including pieces by Jim Drain, Olivier Zahm, and Terence Koh. Koh, in typical enfant terrible form, riffed off his notorious Big White Cock (a white neon light in the shape of a rooster) by screening the outline onto black canvas.
If it wasn’t your usual fashion crowd, designer Cynthia Rowley felt right at home with the industry crossover. “Before I was ever in fashion, I was in art schoolᾹI was a painter,” she said. “Now I draw mostly. But doing things like this…it’s like getting to hang out with all my friends.”
Earlier this week, when the weather was so bad I thought it was raining sidewise, the idea of warm beaches and afternoons surfing seemed like a far-off fantasy. But fast-forward a few days to the sunny wonderfulness that was Thursday, and suddenly it seemed like springtime was just around the corner. So it was the perfect time to fête Cynthia Rowley’s new surfwear collection for Roxy, all pastel colors and fun in the sun. I dropped by Barneys Co-Op on Wooster Street last night to check it out and chat with Cynthia (pictured, with her husband Bill Powers), an avid Montauk-er and surfer chick herself. As the designer explained, the typical women’s wetsuit is just a tweaked version of the men’s version—hence unflattering lengths, odd cuts on the hips, and an absence of feminine touches. “So I decided to pretty it up a bit,” she said, pointing out wetsuit boy shorts and bikini tops. “And look here, a wetsuit dress. You don’t know how long I thought about surfing in a dress.” Dreams do come true. Is it June yet?