4 posts tagged "Cat Power"
December 1 marks World AIDS Day, dedicated to raising awareness and funding to fight the disease, and the fashion industry has stepped up to help. This morning, designer (and amfAR chairman) Kenneth Cole—joined by Liza Minnelli, Cheyenne Jackson, and Project Runway competitor Mondo Guerra—rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange, to commemorate the occasion. Celebs-turned-designers Kim Kardashian and Justin Timberlake and style icon Lady Gaga are among the many signing off of Twitter and Facebook until $1 million is raised for Alicia Keys’ Keep a Child Alive charity—a worthy gesture, even if the ads proclaiming “Kim Kardashian Is Dead” are a little macabre.
Looking for a way to help? As Michael Kors reminded us in our video, donating to God’s Love We Deliver—an organization which delivers meals to homebound people with HIV and AIDS—is a great way to show support at the holidays. (Click here for more information and to donate.) There are also plenty of things to buy. Giles Deacon’s collaboration with Happy Socks ($110, www.happysocks.com) goes on sale here today—at least 25 percent of the proceeds will go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. If music’s more to your taste, pick up the hipster-endorsed Dark Was the Night album ($13.28, www.amazon.com), with contributions from fashion favorites Cat Power, Arcade Fire, Feist, David Byrne, and more—the Red Hot Organization, which sponsored the album, announced today that it has so far donated $1,000,000 to AIDS-related organizations. Finally, if you’re still feeling the classics, there’s always Maison Martin Margiela’s AIDS awareness tee, a staple of the house’s collections since 1994. You can get the standard version, a V-neck printed with the slogan “There Is More Action to Be Done to Fight AIDS Than to Wear This T-Shirt but It’s a Good Start,” at Margiela stores today; proceeds go to the French nonprofit AIDES. This year, the shirt is being issued in a special new style: in Japanese (pictured).
Whitley Kros designers Marissa Ribisi and Sophia Coloma went digital for Fall. At their Sunday night fashion week slot, the L.A. designers welcomed guests like Cat Power’s Chan Marshall, Devendra Banhart, and Giovanni Ribisi to studio-slash-party hot spot Miauhaus to check out their ’09 offerings via installation and video presentation. “This multimedia stuff is so them, and you get to talk here,” hostess Erika Christensen, in a turquoise Whitley Kros dress, said of the designers and their new venue. “You do not get to talk at a fashion show.” Off-the-shoulder tops, bright prints, belted shirtdresses, and schoolgirl blazers (the Whitley Kros girl has been backpacking through Eastern Europe) along with notes, photos, and travel accessories adorned the walls. “She’s like a nomad and wanderer, and it feels like you’re walking into her wardrobe or hotel room,” Marissa—whose husband, Beck, created the play list for the evening—said of the decor. “This was what we always wanted to do, and it sort of feels like the art world or something.”
For William Van Meter, going home to Kentucky wasn’t all Momma’s chocolate chip cookies and trips down memory lane. In March of 2005, he went back to Bowling Green to attend the trial of two men suspected of brutally raping and murdering a college girl after a party. At first intended to be a magazine piece, Van Meter, 33, quickly discovered it was far too complex, and began work on his recently published nonfiction book Bluegrass: A True Story of Murder in Kentucky. To say that it was a heavy undertaking is putting it mildly. “I was absolutely depressed,” he says of the subject matter and the three years it took to write it. “And I got the book deal the day of my mother’s funeral.” Not classifying it as a real-crime whodunit, Van Meter was interested less in the thrill or salaciousness of the story, delving deep into the emotional lives of the young characters. “I wanted to portray them as people and not just as culprits and victims in a newspaper story,” he explains, acknowledging and humbly avoiding the inevitable comparison to Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. “Some people are looking at this as a kind of cautionary tale for young people,” Van Meter continues. “I completely disagree with that. The victim, Kate Autry, was not doing anything a normal college student wouldn’t.” With the book hitting shelves, Van Meter now has something to be happy about. Tonight at Union Pool in Brooklyn, the writer is having his good friend Cat Power do a celebratory set to launch the book. “She is a dear friend who happens to be an incredible musician, and has kindly agreed to play for free,” says the Brooklyn-based writer. Well, not completely free. He adds, “I’ll give her a coupon for a nickel off the cover price of the book.”
Former stylist Gia Bahm used to experiment with clothes. Now she’s moved onto crystals and stones as the founder of the accessories brand Unearthen, which is fast becoming known for made-to-order necklaces of rose crystal, tangerine quartz, and black tourmaline mounted in bullet casings. What prompted her to mix New Age crystal and bullets? “I just thought it would look cool,” says Bahm, whose fans include Björk, Duran Duran, Cat Power, and Mary-Kate Olsen. And then there are the properties that the various stones reportedly contain, which even rock stars might need to avail themselves of sometimes, as the designer does. “I’m a little bit shy sometimes, so I tend to wear aquamarine, as it gives me that added sense of courage,” she says.