April 20 2014

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David Bailey Brings His Art to the Masses


David Bailey

Thank you, David Bailey, for offering an affordable option for the skint art lover. “Not everyone can afford a print, so this is a nice way of making my work available for everyone,” the famed photographer told “What’s the difference between putting it on a canvas and putting it on a T-shirt that everyone can afford? I think it’s quite nice that everyone can have a T-shirt with an image that has some history behind it.”

Bailey is referring to his debut collection of six tees, which launches today exclusively at Selfridges. The tops are printed with some of his most iconic portraits, including those of Michael Caine, Mick Jagger, Boy George, and Grace Jones. Bailey collaborated with the edgy East London creative group The Bleach Room to update the images with a cool collage effect.

The collection is a clever way to reach art collectors and distant admirers alike, especially as his new exhibition, Bailey’s Stardust, is set to open at the National Portrait Gallery next week. At £70 a pop, this is a prime chance to grab an authentic Bailey—while the getting’s good.

Photo: Courtesy of Selfridges

Wishing And Hoping


The cause itself is unimpeachable, but the reason why the Hoping Foundation’s annual fundraiser for Palestinian children has become the best night out on London’s charity circuit is because it’s such damn fun. Where else on a gloomy Monday are you going to see Kate Moss coughing up £20,000 to motivate Boy George’s performance of “Do You Really Wanna Hurt Me?” Or have the Chili Peppers belting out “Californication” and “By the Way” this far from your table? Among the evening’s other random, raffish charms: Gemma Arterton charging through a hopped-up version of “Sympathy for the Devil,” Jarvis Cocker slinking off the stage and across Eva Herzigova’s table while crooning Phyllis Nelson’s soul classic “Move Closer,” Mossy dancing till 3 a.m. with the latest U.K. hip-hop sensations the Rizzle Kicks (nice 20th birthday present for Harley Kicks). Hoping’s events have coached us to expect the unexpected, like 2010′s union of Nick Cave and Tom Jones, and re-union of David Gilmour and Roger Waters. Last night came pretty close to that, kudos, as usual, to the formidable address books of co-trustees Bella Freud and Karma Nabulsi, and their equally formidable powers of persuasion. And, by the end of the evening, £380,000 had been raised to put toward everything from schoolbooks to university scholarships for children in refugee camps. Result!

Photo: Richard Young / Rex Features