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Concert As Catwalk

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“Classical music has been a long-time passion of mine, and it’s struggling to survive,” concert pianist Sugar Vendil told us last night after a sold-out concert at the Nabi Gallery in Chelsea. “I wanted to find a way to promote it to a hip, downtown crowd.” Vendil’s resulting brainchild, the Nouveau Classical Project, brings music by the greats—last night’s performance featured works by Philip Glass and Maurice Ravel—to a chicer demographic. Namely, fashion fans. Collaborating with young designers, Vendil (who once nurtured dreams of becoming a designer herself) and her partners are trading conventional concert dress for something much fresher. At last night’s show Expressionist/Reflections, Vendil took to the piano in a slinky cream and blue constellation-print dress from up-and-comer Cathy Pill. The looks—which included pieces by Michael Angel and Central Saint Martins alum Ross Barnes—were courtesy of Soho boutique Debut, which was more than happy to lend pieces from its roster of emerging designers. In the future, Vendil plans to commission pieces based on the music, and Nabi gallery owner Val Schaffner, for one, wishes her luck. “I am having a great time,” he said last night. “It’s like a concert coming to you without having to buy the tickets.” We’re sure he liked the clothes, too.

Photo: Courtesy of Cathy Pill

Popping Pill

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At 27, newly married and with her first baby on the way, Brussels-based designer Cathy Pill already has everything lined up for fall. She gets a jump on the season by showing her ready-to-wear ahead of her peers during Paris Couture week, and what she’s up to is getting better by the season. She belongs (in spirit, if not geographically) to the cohort of young modernist print talents that has been on the rise in Europe, like Peter Pilotto and Josh Goot. Pill also has a mathematical brain that approaches the draping of a dress like a geometry problem. Her first experiments, though approaching Vionnet-esque elegance once on the body, would often drive customers into frustrated tangles in changing rooms. “Now, though, I’ve worked it out,” Pill laughs. “I want to do dresses that are as easy as T-shirts to put on. And I’ve gone through everything, thinking what I want to wear.” That turns out to be a combination of Xerox-manipulated images of a piece of rock, printed onto jersey or taffeta and then (in some cases) topped with a fur chubby. The cool part is the way she’s dyed the pelt tips to reflect the print, and implanted the fur on top of a tailored jacket so it looks as if you’re wearing two pieces, but without the bulk.

Photo: Courtesy of Cathy Pill