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August 30 2014

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School Ties

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For every fashion student toughing it out in the university, take hope: You may just find your future collaborator in the trenches. “We met in a college dorm,” Visionaire‘s James Kaliardos said of meeting his magazine’s co-founders, Stephen Gan and Cecilia Dean (left), during their Parsons days. “Stephen needed my food card to eat back then in the cafeteria.” Twenty years later, the trio is still raising eyebrows with their evocative flagship publication and receiving accolades too; they took home the first ever Future of Fashion Award at the 45th Annual YMA FSF Geoffrey Beene National Awards dinner last night.

Despite a Northeast snowstorm warning, a bevy of Visionaire admirers and original supporters (including Diane von Furstenberg, Italo Zucchelli, and Milk Studios’ Mazdack Rassi) turned out anyway. “I feel like we’re the grandpa and grandma of the publication,” Isabel Toledo said of her and husband Ruben’s involvement. “We used to put together the issues in our kitchen and it was the second issue where I literally bound each magazine with thread.”

Needle and thread will always have their place in fashion (and maybe even in publishing), but the business proposals of last night’s newly-anointed Geoffrey Beene scholars, who took home $25,000 scholarships for their work, ranged from tech-oriented to Web 3.0. But if online offers instant gratification, print still has the potential for shelf life. “I have this edition of Visionaire that I kept from the nineties,” Calvin Klein’s Zucchelli said. “It’s about birth and religion and all these different visual ideas. It’s old now, but it’s still really special.”

A Very Tom Christmas, England Prepares For A New Princess, A Minute With Melodie, And More…

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Happy holidays from…Tom Ford? The multitasking designer has apparently been tapped to guest-edit the holiday issue of Paris Vogue, which means that even the naughty will no doubt be rewarded this year. [WWD]

Prince William has finally popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton (in Philip Treacy, left), and the English media is more than ready. The Telegraph rounds up the lady’s best fashion moments (she’s “a very royal style icon,” the paper asserts), while British Vogue asks leading English designers how they’d dress Miss M for her big walk down the aisle. [The Telegraph / Vogue U.K.]


Runway phenom Melodie Monrose has moved to Paris, discovered cinnamon buns, and generally worships Givenchy. W has more details on the newest catwalk face to watch. [W]

And here’s something we didn’t know: V‘s Cecilia Dean apparently raises chickens in her backyard. [Fashionologie]

Photo: Tim Graham / Getty Images

Designers And Artists On The MOVE!

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At Visionaire‘s Halloween party on Saturday, an elaborately costumed crowd took to the sweaty dance floor to cut loose. The designers on hand deserved it. They’d been in the museum all day, installing MOVE!, an exhibition curated by Visionaire‘s Cecilia Dean and journalist David Colman that paired artists and designers to create—well, whatever they wanted.

MOVE! is a unique experience of art and fashion, where one is a reflection of the other,” explained Italo Zucchelli. “Reflection” was literal in the case of the “live sculpture” he and Terence Koh created: two silver-painted and -cloaked men (above), walking continuously toward and away from one another. “Bringing the future into history and presenting it as a perfect present,” Koh described it in a rare moment of verbosity.

Performance artist Ryan McNamara—who recently completed five months of public dance lessons for a project called Make Ryan a Dancer—took the weekend off to act as instructor. McNamara and 11 dancers, in costumes designed by Robert Geller, taught museum-goers everything from strip dance to traditional Korean moves. “We created this McNamara/Geller carnival of dancers, with Ryan as this kind of crazy Andy Warhol carnie directing the whole thing,” Geller said. “Sometimes art and fashion can be too serious. This was meant to be fun, and even a little funny.” Continue Reading “Designers And Artists On The MOVE!” »

Be A Man, Wear A Dress

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Kalup Linzy, the (male) performance artist and collaborator du jour (he’s performed at Proenza Schouler’s Pitti show and rocked out with pal James Franco) is no stranger to a dress—he’s slipped on more than a few for the soap opera videos that he exhibits at venues like MoMA’s PS1. At a party a few months back, I couldn’t resist asking him who he’d love to wear. I expected one of the hot young things—a Proenza or an Altuzarra. But Linzy didn’t miss a beat: Diane von Furstenberg, he said.


Now he’s getting his chance. For MOVE!, an exhibition-turned-party at PS1, curators Cecilia Dean (of Visionaire) and David Colman (of The New York Times) paired artists with fashion designers for an on-site installation. Dean made a few of the matches herself, but Linzy put in his own request—guess who. The soon-to-be-wrap-dressed performer will take the stage on the weekend of October 30 and 31, but until then, here’s an exclusive video of his fitting with DVF.

The Most Powerful Women In The World, Where The Fashion Set Will Be This Halloween, And More…

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The Forbes list of the world’s 100 most powerful women is out, and fashion plates are well represented: There’s our impeccably attired FLOTUS, Michelle Obama (we like to think of her as Clotheshorse in Chief), holding strong at #1, as well as Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (#35), Heidi Klum (#39), Sarah Jessica Parker (#45), and Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts (#97). [Vogue U.K.]

If you’ve ever wanted to see a Robert Geller “old-school French boudoir type of” stripper’s outfit, you’re in luck: It’s one of the many artist/designer collaboration projects at Move!, an exhibition and party that’ll be held at P.S. 1 at the end of October. (The collaborator in question is Ryan McNamara, the performance artist who’ll be learning to strip-dance, as well as soft-shoe and plié.) Proenza Schouler, Narciso Rodriguez, Rodarte, Italo Zucchelli, Terence Koh, Kalup Linzy, and Dan Colen are all also involved in the project, organized by Visionaire‘s Cecilia Dean and The New York Times‘ David Colman and capped off with a Visionaire Halloween party on the 31st. [WWD]

Dolce & Gabbana made a short ad for their new Martini Gold vermouth, starring Italian sexpot Monica Bellucci. It’s almost enough to convince you to buy vermouth. [Fashionista]

And Brooklyn boutique Epaulet has opened a Lower East Side pop-up shop, which will be vending exclusive designer collabs through October only. Head over for Gitman Vintage shirts, Japanese twill chinos, hand-knit cardigans, and Wisconsin-made boots. [NYT]

Photo: Andrea Renault / SIPA Press