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The Life of the Party Throws One of His Own


Hanuk, in front of his work at his opening at The Line

If it was Monday night and you were in an apartment just like yours, only infinitely nicer and better situated, then you’d found yourself at the opening reception of Paintings by Hanuk (one name only, please). Because Hanuk is an inescapable enthusiast of the New York party scene, you were shoulder to shoulder with half of the people you’d find out on any given night: photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Vogue editor Sally Singer (cohosts, with art PR Bettina Prentice), designers Prabal Gurung, Eddie Borgo, and Camilla Staerk, TV personality Bevy Smith, W‘s Vanessa Lawrence, and everyone else Hanuk has, by way of his party photos, made a momentary celebrity. (The artist, in fact, was flitting around, grouping portraits and snapping as usual—”It wouldn’t be a party without it,” one guest quipped—despite being the main attraction himself.) Hanuk is so well-known as a party documentarian—his signature shot includes him kissing his subject on the cheek, and he’s bussed everyone from James Franco to Philip Crangi to Mickey Boardman—that it might have been news to a few of the attendees that he paints at all. But there, on a large wall at The Line, Vanessa Traina Snow’s apartment-turned-store, were thirty canvases in not-quite-matching pairs. They are brightly colored flat planes with undulating shapes and dots, a bit like Miró filtered through pop. All around, would-be buyers were calling out the color combinations of their favorites.

Before painting, before photography, Hanuk trained as a fashion designer. (He once won an Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation grant for his collection.) But life wended him away from toiles and toward canvas. “I didn’t want to make clothes anymore,” he said last night. “You know, I love making clothes. But that shit costs, like, $8,000. No one’s going to buy it. So I said, You know what? Painting.”

Those paintings, when sold as pairs, did in fact cost $8,000. But Hanuk loved the idea of them splitting up, having them find new partners and new homes, so they were sold individually, too. He was visibly energized by the prospect of new meetings and new acquaintances being made between them. Which, no coincidence, could also describe his entire social M.O., not to mention his party. (He is forever introducing one partygoer to another as he smashes them together to take a picture.) “Like with a key?” he said mischievously when the idea was presented to him. And with that, and camera held high overhead, he dove into a new crowd for the next photo op.

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She’s Got The Beat


This weekend, the Siren Festival hits Coney Island, bringing with it hipsters by the drove (well, those who haven’t carpooled their way to the other hipster music fest of record, Pitchfork in Chicago). Here in New York, Ilirjana Alushaj (pictured, front) and her band, Apache Beat, whose first album arrives this October, will be taking the stage—dressed, no doubt, better than just about anybody else.

Style cred? Yeah, she’s got that. Alushaj name-checks designers such as Suno and Ashish when talking about her love of print, and she recently rocked a Camilla Stærk dress at a concert. “I’m into clothes that are innovative yet realistic,” she says. “No Gaga gun bras for me, I’m afraid.” Bonus style points for founding and editing The Pop Manifesto, her online mag, which mainly focuses on music but occasionally dips a toe into designer waters, too. The magazine pre-dates the two-year-old Apache Beat, and Alushaj says that the band is in some ways an extension of that project. “I guess I felt like another way of showing my love for music was by making it,” she notes. “And I think you see my taste in both, obviously. The bands I choose to write about reflect my taste, and the sound of Apache Beat reflects my taste, too.” Alushaj describes said sound as “psychedelic tribal rock,” but you can judge that for yourself, since the band is debuting the album version of its song “Tropics” here.

Photo: Mike Vassari/Courtesy of Girlie Action

VMan Rounds Up A Few Great Danes


Tonight at around 11 p.m.—so they say, but my money’s on midnight or later—a handful of Denmark’s best designers present a runway show of a few looks from their Fall collections for the revelers celebrating VMan‘s Scandinavian issue at Good Units. VMan‘s Stephen Gan sees big things in Scandinavia’s fashion future, I’m told, and has called in a few friends to make his case. But if late-night conditions aren’t favorable for a clear-eyed assessment (or for any editor with a husband, kid, or early bedtime), the group all gathered yesterday for a preview event and to meet the press.

Some names are familiar to U.S. buyers: Cheap Monday; Camilla Stærk, who shows at New York fashion week; and Henrik Vibskov, who shows men’s in Paris and a co-ed, and-the-kitchen-sink extravaganza in Copenhagen (last season’s included donkeys). But a few lesser-known Danish brands deserve their due. Day Birger et Mikkelsen, the lower-priced daywear line originally founded by Malene Birger, was covetable, especially at its reasonable prices. The men’s brand Soulland, whose hybrid cap/hat topper should replace the porkpie on every scruffy dude east of Avenue A, had great high-low pieces—I couldn’t take my hands off a varsity jacket with mink sleeves, even if it’s probably a little precious to wear anywhere near a game. And the flame-haired Stine Goya, an alum of Central Saint Martins, showed separates with a strong tailored streak. Her twining, cabled Snake sweater (pictured) is a best seller, she told me, and should look just as good with her wool or linen-silk wide-leg trousers as with your oldest weather-beaten jeans.

Photo: Courtesy of Stine Goya

Yoko And Threeasfour, Monique On The Cheap, And More…


Make that Fourasfour. Threeasfour’s newest muse and collaboratrice is none other than Yoko Ono. In some ways, we kind of saw that coming. [WWD]

Recession victim # 147 (rough estimate): We received news this morning that Camilla Særk is canceling her September 12 show at Milk Studios. WWD confirmed the change in Stærk’s schedule, but notes that the designer is focusing on her new line, Stærk Signature, which she plans to show at the Rendez-Vous NYC trade show later this month. For now, at least. [WWD]

Shalom Harlow will be serving drinks in drag for Organic on Fashion’s Night Out. That’s all. [Fashion Week Daily]

Affordable Monique Lhuillier wedding dresses? Yes, ’tis true, bridezillas. [Style List]

Photo: Marcio Madeira

Camilla Stærk Introduces Stærk SIGNATURE


Nobody’s particularly enjoying the Great Recession, but among its silver linings is the fact that several designers have seen fit to introduce collections of their best-selling staple items. Camilla Stærk is the latest to get in on the act: On Thursday, she’ll be giving buyers a look-see at her Stærk SIGNATURE line, a recurring range of items such as the Stærk racer-back tank (available in stretch leather and liquid jersey) and peak-waisted pencil skirt (in leather and super-matte cotton-Lycra). The plan, according to Stærk, is to keep the seasonal collections to an edit of eight garments and one, maybe two accessories, and for now, she’s sticking to her trademark black palette. “At some point, I’d like to do pieces like the tank, or the jersey tee, in black and white versions of my archive prints,” Stærk explains. “But to start out, I’m keeping SIGNATURE really simple, and just bringing back the pieces people are always asking me for.” The first Stærk SIGNATURE collection will be in stores at the end of November; the second collection arrives next summer. Here’s hoping that by then, the Great Recession will be over—leaving only silver linings.

Photo: Marcio Madeira