August 2 2014

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21 posts tagged "Cecilia Dean"

Diane Von Furstenberg: “The Future Looks Best In Brazil”


So many of Diane von Furstenberg’s collections are designed with the globetrotting woman-about-the-world in mind, but until recently, DVF fans in Brazil didn’t have a Diane outpost to call their own. But on April 8, the label opened its first Latin American flagship at São Paulo’s Iguatemi, a veritable luxury mecca—or, as von Furstenberg hailed it, “the only shopping center on earth with a soul.” Last night, von Furstenberg threw a dinner in honor of her friend and Iguatemi CEO Carlos Jereissati (pictured, left, with DVF). It was initially intended to be an intimate gathering to celebrate “family and business coming together,” but family and business in the DVF land can include everyone from Francisco Costa to Cecilia Dean to Kate Young, all of whom braved the unholy weather to make an appearance.

“Of all countries, the future looks best in Brazil,” von Furstenberg said in a toast. “Beautiful boys, beautiful girls everywhere. Brazilian women love everything—and they don’t care about cost!” (True enough: According to all reports, her designs are already flying off the shelves.) The key to a Brazilian woman’s heart? “Something that will make their bodies look good. Something colorful, something you can wear with heels. But most importantly—it must be sensual,” Jereissati said. But, he went on, DVF’s universal appeal transcends the clothing itself: “Diane speaks to the Brazilian woman—and all women. She’s a caring person and very down-to-earth. She represents energy, light, a love of life. You can’t fake that.” But you can give it prime retail space.

Photo: Courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg

Blasblog From Venice: Zeppelins And Pedestals


Seeing the art at the Biennale is a feat in itself. The Arsenale Fair, which is the main deal, is a winding web of pieces big and small in a dilapidated shipbuilding yard. Then there’s all the off-site fairs and country-specific pavilions, like the Russian pavilion (which was amazing), the Italian pavilion (which was all right), and the Chinese pavilion (which was closed when I got there). Sicco Diemer, one of Mario Testino’s art consultants, told me that he’s staying until Tuesday to make sure he has ample time to see everything. Two pieces stick out in my mind from yesterday: One was Héctor Zamora’s Sciame di Dirigibili installation, in which the Mexican artist wedged a giant zeppelin between a pair of Venetian buildings. At a lunch for the piece hosted by The Garage, the museum based in Moscow, Zamora explained he’d come to Venice months before to distribute postcards of an imaginary event in which the city was overrun by giant air balloons. The faux memorabilia is for now sale at tourists’ kiosks. “Maybe in New York it’s easy to make everyone believe in fiction.” Oh, if he only knew. “But people actually think this has happened here.” Later, I stumbled upon a tiny green park behind the German pavilion where Miranda July had set up little pedestals saying quirky things. Interview magazine hosted a daytime soirée for the filmmaker and artist where friends of the magazine could get their pictures snapped—that’s Interview‘s Christopher Bollen, Visionaire‘s Cecilia Dean, and July herself, guilty, guiltier, and guiltiest as charged. Earlier this week July got married to fellow artist and filmmaker Mike Mills. “So I guess you guys are on my honeymoon,” she joked, “which oddly isn’t weird.”

Photo: Derek Blasberg

Blasblog From Moscow: More Chic-sters Arrive In The Russian Capital


David Lynch and Christian Louboutin have been working Moscow into a tizzy with the opening of their collaboration, an exhibit of kinky pictures and kinkier shoes called Fetish, at the Garage, Dasha Zhukova’s Center for Contemporary Culture here. We’ve already reported on Tuesday night’s party, but yesterday the chic set continued to multiply. Spotted fresh as a daisy in Rodarte—despite the overnight flight—was Visionaire‘s Cecilia Dean, pictured above with Fantastic Man‘s Gert Jonkers. Touring the Garage with her was Colette’s Sarah Lerfel, and later in the evening, a whole slew of Parisian party animals—Olivier Zahm and Le Baron’s André and their requisite entourage—showed up for dinner at a restaurant called The Most, which is a fitting name for a dining establishment in a place like this, we think. Turns out everyone is coming to town for a special MasterCard-sponsored weekend of art and fashion called Cycles and Seasons. Check back for more updates.



Photo: Derek Blasberg


All-Out War. And Moët.


Art-world denizens put their thinking (and drinking) caps on last night at the Accompanied Literary Society’s “Art War” quiz challenge at Milk Gallery. A brainier follow-up to the paintball tournament the group put on at this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach, the war combined cocktails, works by Andrew Cramer, and five teams slightly confused about the Jeopardy-style rules—all in all, an evening of loud, buzzer-ringing, smarty-pants fun. Few questions (all hewing to the theme of violence in art) went unanswered, and at one point, ALS director Brooke Geahan threatened to cut off the Belvedere and Moët unless the crowd piped down. Matthew Higgs of White Columns served as quizmaster, and the Beatrice Inn’s Paul Sevigny deejayed before taking his spot among the eventual winners—led by gallerist Andrew Kreps and Gagosian’s Sam Orlofsky in an eleventh-hour triumph over Phillips de Pury. “We could have won by a larger amount, but it’s all about quick reaction,” Kreps concluded. (Tell that to the trigger-happy squad led by Horacio Silva, Chris Bollen, and Cecilia Dean, which finished in the negatives.) Back near the bar, teammate Rebecca Guinness downplayed her role in the victory: “I contributed some very long legs. I actually couldn’t see the screen.”

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Browns And Nicholas Kirkwood’s London Dance Party


A dance party for Browns Shoes, given by Nicholas Kirkwood, seems like the perfect occasion to talk about the unfortunate combination of high heels, swanky dos, and standing. Taken individually, each of these things is incontrovertibly good—high heels, good; swanky dos, good; standing, the thing that separates human from ape and thus, yes, good. But put them together and, well…ow. “If you know you’re going to be standing for a while, you want to wear a shoe that’s got some proper padding on the ball of the foot,” said Kirkwood on Saturday night at the aforementioned dance party he gave to fête the opening of Browns Shoes in London. “And if you’re wearing a really high heel,” Kirkwood added, “you’re best off with a platform, because that will cushion you against the ground.” Kirkwood, creator of heels about a mile off the ground, knows whereof he speaks, though it must be noted that at the fête itself, hosted by Visionaire‘s Cecilia Dean and makeup artist James Kaliardos, Kirkwood spent rather little of his time just standing around. Rather, inasmuch as the MisShapes and Love, of the band CSS, had been shipped across the pond to DJ, the thing to do was dance. Before he got his groove on, however, Kirkwood did offer some clues to the Fall ’09 collection he’s in the process of completing. “I’ve been working on a heel-platform combination inspired by what happens when, like, ice breaks apart,” he said. “If you remove the negative space between them, they’d fit together.” And how are the broken-ice heels for standing? “I can’t really say,” Kirkwood admitted, “as I don’t actually wear them myself.”

Photo: Courtesy of Browns Shoes