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Acne Paper‘s Leading Ladies

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Acne PaperThomas Persson, editor in chief of Acne Paper, has got the ladies on his mind—leading ladies, to be exact. That’s why the theme of Issue 15, out tomorrow is “The Actresses.” “We have been a bit against the grain from most magazines; we have a different point of view and don’t focus on celebrity as much. We are more intrigued by theater, movies, drama, etc., so I thought that would be something to focus on,” offered Persson of the new issue, which features Isabelle Huppert masquerading as Greta Garbo on its Andreas Larsson-lensed cover (left). “But it is such a big topic,” he added, “so we narrowed it down to just the actresses that have intrigued us over the years.”

That list includes Meryl Streep, Isabelle Adjani, Gena Rowlands, Diane Keaton, Julia Roberts, Anouk Aimée, Julianne Moore, and Michelle Pfeiffer (among others), many of whom are presented in a thirty-page photo portfolio by Brigitte Lacombe that comprises little-before-seen snaps from 1988 to 1999 that she pulled from her archive (below). We couldn’t help but notice that many of the ladies are of a “certain age.” “Maturity doesn’t scare me,” explained Persson. “Just the opposite: It points to the quality and longevity of their careers, and it is re-affirming to see that these legends are still getting major roles. Anyway, I like things mature—doesn’t matter if it’s wine, cheese, furniture, or people. It speaks to character.” Continue Reading “Acne Paper‘s Leading Ladies” »

Ten x A Détacher x Brigitte Lacombe: Knicker Knack

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The Cannes Film Festival is the site of much power-brokering and networking. But for Ten lingerie designer Daphne Javitch, it was the airport afterward where the magic happened. On her way home from attending the festival with her friend Michelle Williams, Javitch spotted a hero of hers in passport control: the French photographer Brigitte Lacombe, who over the course of decades has shot celebrities and politicians, and undertaken long-term collaborations with Miuccia Prada, David Mamet, and Martin Scorsese.

Behold the power of the fandom. “She was so striking-looking and so direct and wonderful in her approach to me, I said, ‘Let’s speak when we are both back in New York at some point,’ ” Lacombe recalled by phone from—again—Cannes. The two kept in touch, and while Williams was filming My Week With Marilyn, Javitch suggested that her old friend and her new one get together. “When you do a project with no assignment, something you do on your own for the pleasure of doing it, because you’re taken with the idea or with someone, for the beauty of it, to just do it—every time I did a project like that, something good usually comes of it,” Lacombe said. The results of the Williams-as-Monroe sitting eventually went far and wide: One of Lacombe’s photos became the film’s poster. Another ended up on the cover of German Vogue. Javitch and Lacombe went on to work together on a variety of projects, like the series of covers the latter shot for New York magazine’s Fall Fashion issue in 2011.

So when, between her design consulting and the occasional styling gig, Javitch embarked on Ten’s first-ever collaboration, on two styles of Italian cotton underwear and two bras with Mona Kowalska of the New York label A Détacher, Lacombe was a natural—if not a given—to call on for help. And she obliged, shooting the two women wearing their creations in her studio, another assignment-free project with a happy ending: It debuts here on Style.com. “I was stunned when you wrote that she was willing to do it,” Kowalska admitted at a preview in her Mott Street shop. “There’s been a lot of hand-shaking,” Javitch confirmed with a smile. Of the trembling, rather than the power-brokering, variety.

The Ten x A Détacher knickers, $45, and bras, $60, are available today at A Détacher, 262 Mott Street, NYC, (212) 625-3380, adetacher.com. For more information, visit tenundies.com.

Photos: Brigitte Lacombe

To New York City, Love Acne Paper

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What does it take to be a New Yorker? According to Acne Paper editor in chief Thomas Persson, confidence, energy, vitality, and sometimes, audacity. London-based Norwegian though he is, Persson has spent a good deal of time thinking about New Yorkism of late: The magazine’s 14th issue, dedicated to New York, launches tonight with a party at New York’s legendary Four Seasons restaurant. (On its cover: echt New Yorkers like Fran Lebowitz, Richard Serra, and Mikhail Baryshnikov.) Considering Acne opened a new store in Soho this past June and its designer, Jonny Johansson, married his longtime girlfriend in NYC last weekend, it would seem an appropriate time for Persson to feature the Big Apple. And within the pages of Acne Paper‘s latest issue, he unearths striking images and surprising stories that would intrigue even the most jaded of New Yorkers. There are archive shots by Steven Meisel, a new shoot with Karlie Kloss, a look into apartments in neighborhoods throughout New York, and a series of portraits by Brigitte Lacombe featuring New Yorkers including Martin Scorsese (pictured, above), Jeff Koons (pictured, below), and Lena Dunham. But, adds Persson, “I would love for people to actually read the magazine. There are some really good stories in there. New Yorkers are great storytellers.” Here, he speaks with Style.com about his first time in New York, the difference between New Yorkers and Scandinavians, and the city’s suggestive skyline.

Why did you choose New York for your first city-centric issue?
I had been wanting to do an issue on New York for a long time. It’s a city that’s totally different from any other place in the world. And, it seemed like a good time because Jonny just got married here last weekend. He and his girlfriend met in New York 20 years ago and they had this lovely wedding, so it seemed like a good moment to do sort of a love letter to New York City.

What do you think makes New York so mesmerizing?
Because it attracts a certain kind of person. People who choose to live in New York City are often full of ambition and drive. They have an enthusiasm for what they’re doing and for life. So it has this electric intensity that you don’t find in Europe. You come to New York if you really want to accomplish something. There’s a very high level of energy. Also, because it’s so compressed. It’s this little island, it’s a small place and the whole world has gathered here. I think that is really unique.

How do you feel that your Scandinavian perspective frames your view of the city?
Well, I’m Norwegian and I feel very Norwegian when I’m in New York. I don’t know how to describe it. People here are extremely outgoing, which I like. In the northern countries we are much more introverted. Here in New York, we are overwhelmed by this outgoingness. It’s an extremely social place and people are very open. New Yorkers are very into introducing people to each other and that is very different than where I come from. In Scandinavia we have a general mentality where people are very in tune with the same things but there’s no real class system or anything like that. So that’s very different too. Here, you have an enormous difference in how people live. And their viewpoints and mentalities are so radically different.

What were your initial impressions of the city?
The first time here was in 1990. I was very, very young and it was me and my boyfriend. We just went out to the Sound Factory and Disco 2000 and it was quite funny. One of the first people I met in New York was Michael Alig, of all people. So my impression was it was just so much fun. The nightlife was very different back then and I thought it was super exciting with all the club kids and the music. All that blew me away.

Why did you choose the Four Seasons Restaurant as the location for the party?
It’s just such a beautiful, timeless, elegant, chic restaurant. For me, Manhattan is a man. It’s not a woman. It has these erections of skyscrapers. And this place is so masculine. It’s a bit corporate. And I think that’s very New York. I also think it’s one of the most stunning places in the world.

The issue ($15) is available at Acne Soho, 33 Greene Street, NYC.

Photos: Brigitte Lacombe © 2012

Christian Louboutin’s Sunset Billboard, Moschino’s Cheap And Chic To Show In London, Meryl Over The Years, And More…

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Neiman Marcus and street artist Galo Make Canote have teamed up to create a giant billboard as a tribute to Christian Louboutin’s 20th anniversary. The red-soled heel mural is now on view on Sunset Boulevard. [Racked]

Moschino has announced it will show its Cheap And Chic label for the first time at London fashion week. Moschino’s main line, however, will continue to show in Milan. [Vogue U.K.]

Katie Holmes’ third campaign for H.Stern is out and she’s looking smoldering. The actress stripped down for the jewelry ads, so the images are mostly just sun-kissed skin and sparkling jewels. [Telegraph]

In celebration of Meryl Streep’s latest movie, The Iron Lady, photographer Brigitte Lacombe has released a series of behind-the-scenes images she’s taken of Streep during their 31-year friendship. Lacombe sat down with Nowness to talk about her friendship with one of Hollywood’s leading ladies. [Nowness]

Photo: Brigitte Lacombe