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August 23 2014

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4 posts tagged "Chace Crawford"

“A Frozen Moment Meant To Be Consumed”

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The step-and-repeat of red-carpet coverage—the parade of celebrities in front of branded billboards at premieres, parties, and galas, where they’re photographed by the paps—has become an established part of media coverage. So established, in fact, that we barely notice anymore how artificial it is. But Richard Phillips (above) does. “I wanted to make that celebrity endorsement the single subject of my paintings,” the painter says. “What fascinated me about their expressions is that they’re totally rehearsed and meant only for the still capture, for the shot. It’s a frozen moment meant to be consumed.”

Phillips’ new show, Most Wanted, opens this week at London’s White Cube Gallery and features those frozen moments writ large: giant portraits of celebrities like Kristen Stewart, Taylor Momsen, Chace Crawford, and Taylor Swift in front of logo-splashed backdrops, staring slightly glazedly out at their adoring public. We recently dropped by Phillips’ Chelsea studio as he was preparing to send the canvases to the U.K. for the show. Click here to check out more from our visit.

Photo: Kyle Ericksen

Burch and Co. Bring The Big Bucks, Fashion’s New Crawford, And More…

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Chace Crawford is guest-editing Grazia Daily this week, making him the most famous fashion intern since Sean Avery. The guy’s not exactly known for his high-fashion bona fides, but we’re guessing this matters to the smitten girls who’ll be tuning in, oh, not at all. [Grazia]

Helmut Lang menswear has a new guiding light: Naoki Takizawa, a veteran of Issey Miyake, will take over the design of the men’s collection come Fall. [WWD]

T sits down with famed illustrator Jean Philippe Delhomme, whose distinctive drawings have graced campaigns for Barneys and NYC’s The Mark. The takeaway? “Fashion people are disconnected from reality.” Debate freely, below. [T]

And last night, DVF, Theory’s Andrew Rosen, and Tory Burch presented President Clinton a $1 million check from the CFDA’s “Fashion for Haiti” campaign for the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Maybe not so disconnected from reality, after all?

Photo: Courtesy of the CFDA

Blasblog: One Weekend, Two Birthdays

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No one needs to be told of the weather that New York experienced this weekend: the first fully sunny, fully warm couple of days of 2009 in this busy city. But while every single tourist in town seemed to stop and admire the city on my block, the real fun happened after dark. Jessica Stam’s birthday party was Friday night at a new club—”it’s not even open yet,” she explained—on Eighth Avenue called The Gates. Joining her were a good smattering of fashion folk (current Chanel campaign girl Heidi Mount), downtown types (DJ Harley Viera Newton), and the requisite Gossip Girl shout-outs (Chace Crawford and Jessica Szohr). The model, who turned 23, went all out with popcorn machines, a cotton candy stand, and a photo booth that got a little racy for some of the guests. On Saturday, the Thompson Hotels’ Jason Pomeranc hosted his own birthday party at his Thompson LES hotel; his group was similar to Stam’s but expanded into more social genres, like pop music (Jesse McCartney) and society (Byrdie Bell). Ever the businessman, Pomeranc timed his fête with the opening of Shang’s second-floor terrace. “I just did it to look popular,” the hotelier jested. “This way it looks like I have a lot of friends, but I’m sure everyone just came for the cocktails and food.” He was being modest. Several hours later, his pals Paz de la Huerta, Yigal Azrouël, and Crawford were still partying at Above Allen, the club on the hotel’s 7th floor.

 

 

Photo: Derek Blasberg

 

Claridge’s Decade of Glam Drinking

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“Just hanging out and having a great time,” said Chace Crawford at the Claridge’s Bar 10th anniversary party last night in London. The Gossip Girl star was on hand to help the ultraglamorous hotel bar celebrate its anniversary alongside a loyal group of high-profile Londoners. Rod and Kimberly Stewart joined Jade Jagger (who wore a puffy prom dress) with boyfriend Dan Williams, Rosamund Pike, Vivienne Westwood with former daughter-in-law Serena Rees of Agent Provocateur and husband Andreas, Nicky Haslam, Pippa Middleton, a pregnant Leah Wood, Dinos and Jake Chapman, Zandra Rhodes, and more. All sipped pink Champagne while noshing on tidbits of foie gras, baby kebabs, and outrageously scrumptious chocolate-and-raspberry samosas.

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