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7 posts tagged "Casey Spooner"

Shaded: Casey Spooner

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Musician and artist Casey Spooner admits he’s been a fan of Grey Ant sunglasses for over a decade, so who better than the longtime devotee to front the label’s newest eyewear campaign. “We share a similar love of intelligent, bold, and fearless style,” says Spooner of the new square-shaped Harvest collection, inspired by French New Wave films of the sixties. “I love that there is always a smart twist to a simple idea.” On picking Spooner, designer Grant Krajecki (who was in the first wave of the CFDA Incubator program explains, “We love to use characters in addition to models to give our brand a more human connection, and Casey has created such an incredible collection of unusual personas that we thought he was the perfect fit.” Here, we debut the portraits of Spooner wearing the modified new iterations of the Status frame, by New York-based visual artist Danielle Levitt, exclusively on Style.com.

Hermès, Bringing The People Together

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It wasn’t the difference between night and day, but it might’ve been the difference between night and a different night. To fête its new men’s store on Madison Avenue, Hermès devised an evening in two parts. First, the luxury label invited a few of its uptown celebrities and clients to the sleek, multilevel emporium for Champagne and polite conversation, much of it in French. There went Martha Stewart, Cindy Adams, Mad Men‘s John Slattery, and Talia Balsam. Representing youth was Katie Holmes, surely the stateliest wife-and-mother ever to get her start on a WB teen drama. Then, after a quick clink of the glasses, the guests hopped town cars to the labyrinthine Park Avenue Armory for part deux: the after-party, an event several months, and not a few euros, in the making.

The Armory had been transformed just for this one night into an extraordinary series of themed rooms. There was a cabaret club complete with dinner service; a fully stocked game room (pictured); a “library” with shelves of books, their pages painstakingly hand-tinted different shades; and a harbor-front “travel room,” complete with roped gangways and the distant squawk of seagulls. There were oysters, lobster, dim sum, real linen napkins. And all this to be dismantled and disappear at the stroke of midnight.

“I feel like this is the downtown table,” Surface 2 Air creative director Gordon Hull said from his perch in the cabaret room, and so it was—a cool downtown breeze blew through the after-party, thanks in part to stylist Julie Ragolia, who helped Hermès wrangle more than a few young art stars to attend. Agathe Snow, Todd DiCiurcio, and Gavin Russom were milling about, as was Fischerspooner’s Casey Spooner. Genevieve Jones and model Lyle Lodwick swept through the rooms, though finding friends posed a slight problem, as no one could agree on what to call any particular one. (“I’m in the rave room!” someone called out. Which?)

But it was the themeless central room that eventually devolved into the closest approximation of a rave, as a DJ set off a raucous dance party that united uptown and downtown. The androgynous male model and club kid Martin Cohn—downtown, you might say, in the flesh—even drew an appreciative crowd of more traditionally turned-out spectators as he danced furiously in a latex sheath, sequined dress, and a pair of Olivier Theyskens’ famous towering, sickle-shaped platforms from the designer’s last season at Nina Ricci. “I have three pairs,” Cohn cooed. “They’re soo comfortable.”

Photo: Matthew Carasella

FischerSpooner’s Next Act

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The first time Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner performed together live, in 1998, their venue was a Starbucks. In the years since, the duo’s career as FischerSpooner has taken them to rather more exalted halls—the Centre Pompidou in Paris, for example, and the stage of the BBC’s Top of the Pops. For a while, FischerSpooner seemed to have a special kind of superstardom in its grasp. The band notched a hit single (“Emerge”), fomented a scene (electroclash), and got Capitol Records to sign off on their diffident, frontally pretentious, synth-driven songs. It was all very unlikely, to say the least. FischerSpooner’s biggest fans were artists and its shows played like avant-garde theater. And yet by the time their 2005 LP Odyssey rolled around, Fischer and Spooner were in the studio with Linda Perry, the woman who wrote the Christina Aguilera tune “Beautiful” (and more ignominiously, introduced the world to James Blunt). And then: silence. “It was almost like we were starting over,” says Casey Spooner of his and Fischer’s approach to their new record Entertainment, which they are releasing on their own label next month. “We’d gone through it all, from nothing to an international record label, and I guess I’d say that the experience gave us a renewed enthusiasm for doing things on our own. Not,” he adds, “that we’re in exactly the same position as when we began. We do have a larger audience now.” This evening, FischerSpooner ends its lengthy hiatus with the first of three shows at the Performing Garage in New York City. Here, Spooner talks to Style.com about partying down, packing up, and Gareth Pugh.

Help me out here. Entertainment is the kind of album I always hated to review, back when I was doing that, because it’s almost impossible to pinpoint the thing that makes it signally different from the band’s other material. The difference is there, it’s just hard to extract. So, you tell me: What makes Entertainment new, for you?
Well, let’s see…We’ve definitely gone back to a more electronic sound, with this record. And this was the first time we’ve worked with one producer from start to finish, which automatically gives the material a different energy. I don’t know, I just think there’s more of a fun spirit. I had more fun, making the thing—our producer was Jeff Saltzman, who’s also worked with bands like the Sounds and the Killers, and maybe because of his rock background, he guided my vocal performances in a new way.
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A Day In The Life Of: Marcelo Burlon, Editor In Chief Of Rodeo Magazine, Event Planner, Nightclub King

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8 a.m.
Just woke up. I need a caffè Americano with lots of sugar. I’m Dazeddigital.com’s guest blogger this week so I have to cover all the fashion week stuff. Previously Julia Restoin-Roitfeld covered New York fashion week, and now it’s my turn. Today is all about meetings. I’m running to photographer Vicky Trombetta’s studio to finish the casting for our fashion story in Rodeo magazine. We’re looking for ten new girls; it will be fun to see all these new faces. Chanel and Lakshmi are confirmed. Very exciting.

11 a.m.
I have a meeting with Casey Spooner for a quick brief about my party. It’s called “Pink Is Punk” and Fischerspooner is the guest DJ. It’s going to be very tough because not everyone can get in. The capacity is only 300 people, and because it’s fashion week, we only let in friends, and of those only the ones with the best looks!

11:30 a.m.
The phone’s ringing. It’s my best mate, Riccardo Tisci. He wants me to listen to the music for his show, which will be on Sunday, March 8. I met Ricky many years ago and I fell in love with his vision and aesthetic. In fact, I was his PR person for the first three years of his career before Paris called.

12 p.m.
I’m starting to feel hungry. I may stop by Cucchi to have a quick sandwich and see some old Milanese ladies wearing incredible outfits.

12:30 p.m.
Meeting with Andreina Longhi to go over the Rodnik show Saturday night at Superstudio. After that I’m running to lunch with Margherita Missoni to give her a birthday present. Her family’s show was yesterday, always nice and warm. Continue Reading “A Day In The Life Of: Marcelo Burlon, Editor In Chief Of Rodeo Magazine, Event Planner, Nightclub King” »

Jefferson Hack: Too Tired To Party?

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Fashion Week notes from the editorial director of Dazed & Confused.

Background Photo: Kuo-Yu Slayer Chuang