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A First Look at the New Visionaire x Gap T-Shirt Collection


visionaire-gap-sizedAvant-garde conceptual publication Visionaire has always been about art meeting design, and after releasing the first Visionaire x Gap T-shirt collaboration during Art Basel in Miami Beach and the second during Frieze New York, Visionaire cofounders Cecilia Dean and James Kaliardos thought that the next one should be unveiled during a fashion event. So, on September 4, just in time for New York fashion week, Gap and Visionaire will release the third installment of their T-shirt collaboration with a special installation at the Gap on 34th Street in New York.
The starting point for The Gold Collection, which will consist of 15 T-shirts featuring work by various artists produced in a limited run of 500 each, was the Forever issue. “It was an issue of Visionaire that was made entirely out of metal,” explained Kaliardos. For the shirts ($34.95 each), they selected artwork from the issue by Vik Muniz, Alexis Rockman, James Nares, Peter Saville, Philip Taaffe, Adam Fuss, Simon Periton, Pierpaolo Ferrari, François Berthoud, Ugo Rondinone, Mark Romanek, Blommers/Schumm, and Fifty Shades of Grey film director Sam Taylor-Johnson.

v-gap-2Ever the experimentalists, Kaliardos and Dean made sure to step outside the box for this project. “We wanted this time to play with many different techniques with the gold as possible,” explained Kaliardos. “So we have foil stamping, and we have dot screen, and we have triple-gold ink printing.” One T-shirt depicts Nares’ signature brushstroke in the form of a gold circle; another by Rockman, who constantly paints animals in his work, shows a painting of a porcupine-pig hybrid accompanied by the phrase “P is for Porcupig”; and Muniz’s is covered entirely with an image of multicolored puzzle pieces.

One of the T-shirts, which shows an illustration featuring symbols and directions for handling art conceived by artist John Baldessari, is a preview of Visionaire‘s upcoming Art issue. “We didn’t want to reveal any of the artwork from the actual issue,” said Dean. “But it’s called Art, and so I thought it was kind of funny that his T-shirts are all symbols of packaging for shipping art, and being on a T-shirt, with a person wearing it—it’s sort of like you’re treating yourself as a work of art, and that’s very much what the issue is about.”

The next installment of the Visionaire x Gap T-shirt series, which will debut in October, was conceptualized with the cooler months ahead in mind and will feature an image by the legendary editor Diana Vreeland. “We’re doing sweatshirts as well, which we’re really excited about,” said Dean. “That’s going to release at Frieze in London.”


They Were Excited, They Didn’t Hide It


Pedro Almodovar and the cast of "I'm So Excited"

The Sunshine Cinema theater on Houston was filled with laughs last night during The Cinema Society’s screening of Pedro Almodóvar’s latest bawdy comedy, I’m So Excited. The film is about a plane whose faulty landing gear spells impending doom for everyone on board. After a handful of business-class passengers conspire with the crew to ease “economy-class syndrome” by drugging everyone in coach, a ribald comedy of errors ensues. But what people enjoyed about the film wasn’t the salacious anything-goes humor, but rather the subtle satirical jabs the film takes at pop culture, the Spanish government, and, of course, plane travel. “Almodóvar is totally creative and outrageous, and takes chances nobody else does,” said Cecilia Dean. And she would know—the director has contributed to Visionaire many times over the years.

Unfortunately, Almodóvar had a bit of a sore throat and could not give interviews, but what the Spanish director could not say himself was made up for by praises from guests at the No. 8 after-party. Marc Jacobs, with boyfriend Harry Louis in tow, said that maybe some Spanish, Almodóvarian inspiration could be coming down the runway soon. “I love everything about him. He’s so funny, clever, and smart—a perfect director, with great vision.”

Photo: Matteo Prandoni/ 

Metal Heads


Visionaire’s latest book, Issue 63: FOREVER, comes out on May 11. And this year, the project has been underwritten by G-Shock—the watchmaker known for its durable timepieces. What’s the tie-in, you might ask? Visionaire’s avant-garde edition is rendered entirely in metal, and features images by artists and fashion designers that have been either hammered or laser-etched into 9 x 12 inch plates. Thus, both the timepieces and the tome are, in essence, everlasting.

“The word indestructible is the catalyst—if G-Shock does the indestructible watch, we want to do the indestructible publication. It was a nice, tight concept,” said Cecilia Dean, Visionaire’s cofounder and editor in chief. G-Shock, who’s celebrating its thirtieth anniversary and a recent store opening in Soho, liked the pitch and came on board to sponsor the inevitably “expensive” production

The idea for an all-metal issue was spawned during Dean’s time spent with Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, while working on Visionaire’s Issue 60: RELIGION. “In religious iconography, there’s all this incredible metalwork, the metal on the altars, gold painting—it’s just so beautiful and rich,” said Dean, adding, “I have to say, it’s so funny, everything goes back to Riccardo—a big inspiration was also the Jay-Z and Kanye West album cover he designed,” referring to 2011′s Watch the Throne.

FOREVER features everyone from a nymph-like Kate Moss, shot by Mario Testino, to a Karl Lagerfeld-lensed in-the-buff Baptiste Giabiconi, to a suggestive Lady Gaga snapped by Inez & Vinoodh, to Linda Evangelista ringed in light by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari. “It’s Linda as a saint, basically,” said Dean.

To commemorate the coupling, G-Shock will open a mini-retrospective of Visionaire’s past (above) in its downtown outpost tomorrow. The exhibition runs through the end of May.

Photos: Inez & Vinoodh/ Visionaire (Lady Gaga Plate); Courtesy of G-Shock (installation)

Visionaire In 3-D


For its last issue, Visionaire set a world record for the largest magazine ever produced (it was fittingly dubbed the Larger Than Life issue #61). The newest edition might not win any awards for its physical size, but #62, which is all about Rio de Janeiro, has a cool factor all its own. Boldfaced names like Gisele Bëndchen, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Lea T, Adriana Lima, Richard Phillips, Karl Lagerfeld, and Marilyn Minter collaborated on a series of 3-D images celebrating Brazilian culture that appear on double-image slides. To look at them, there’s a stereoscope (which creates the illusion of depth), designed by NYC-based design studio aruliden, that comes along in the 3-D lenticular case. Visionaire 62 Rio ($375, available this week at made its debut at the Iguatemi-hosted private launch party last night in São Paulo, but here, has an exclusive first look at some of the issue’s best images by Lagerfeld, Minter, and Jason Schmidt.

Photos: Karl Lagerfeld; Marilyn Minter; Jason Schmidt

Master Class


It might have been a balmy after-work Friday evening, but an impressive fashion lot made their way to Washington Square to preview Helmut Lang’s latest show, titled simply Helmut Lang: Sculptures. The power players in the room, including Barneys’ Mark Lee, Ed Filipowski, and Cecilia Dean, were a testament to the designer-turned-artist’s lasting draw. “It’s really a confirmation of Helmut’s style,” said Giambattista Valli, who was in town for the Met gala and was taking in the rubber, foam, sheepskin, and tar stacked sculptures—modern totems of a sort (pictured). Valli, who has never met Lang, admitted he had long been an admirer. “He came into fashion and completely changed the aesthetic,” he said. “It went from the over-the-top eighties to his own clean and spare aesthetic. If you look around, his aesthetic continues to today.”

Lang’s forward-thinking, stark work contrasted particularly nicely with the classic parlor-floor town house space, including vintage moldings. The viewing venue came courtesy of art veteran Mark Fletcher, who co-curated the exhibit with Neville Wakefield. “It’s not easy to make the transition from fashion to art,” Fletcher said. “But when Helmut shredded his fashion archive, I thought ‘This guy is really serious.’ ” Fletcher was also quick to point out, though, that those with vision shouldn’t be restricted. “People like to keep people in specific arenas, whether it’s art, music, film, or fashion,” he said. “But transgressing cultural boundaries is what’s interesting. Look at Tom Ford.”

Helmut Lang: Sculptures, 24 Washington Square North, is on view until June 15.

Photo: Courtesy Photo