6 posts tagged "Christopher Bollen"
When it comes to advertising campaigns, what you say is (almost) as important as the magazines, billboards, and street corners where you say it. So when Flora Gill and Alexa Adams set out to shoot a campaign for their label, Ohne Titel, they skipped the usual mags (the shots will run primarily on their Web site) and the usual models, tapping Visionaire‘s Cecilia Dean, L.A. boutique owner Zainab Sumu, and Interview‘s Christopher Bollen for posing duties. “Instead of having a celebrity for the sake of name value, or use a model solely for her looks, we wanted to have people who we could connect with our brand because they’re doing something groundbreaking or unusual,” says Adams. (They’re just the latest groundbreakers to sit for the label—a previous campaign featured the Boston socialite and eccentric Marilyn Riseman and artist Tauba Auerbach.) Adams describes the new shots, lensed on location at the Eldridge on the Lower East Side, as having a “dated glamour.” And as for the models, they had plenty of praise for their outfitters, too. Dean (who posed sans extensions, by the way!) called the collection “creative, sexy, a little hard, very functional and versatile—not an easy combination.”
If Natalie Portman is used to walking into a room and having all eyes landing on her, she had some tough competition on Friday night, when art world dabbler Stuart Parr threw a party in honor of her new Web site, www.makingof.com, at his recently renovated Tribeca pad. Guests at the fête, which was co-hosted by Interview‘s Christopher Bollen and Glenn O’Brien, entered the apartment via the indoor pool room and had full access to half a dozen bedrooms in various stages of completion. “He finished it just in time for the recession,” his ladyfriend Allison Sarofim jested. After a tour of Parr’s digs, though, most everyone went back to Portman gazing. The actress, who mingled with Anne Hathaway, Debbie Harry, and Rashida Jones, talked up her new site, which, as its name suggests, is devoted to all things behind the scenes. “The idea happened pretty organically: I was having dinner with a friend who worked in Silicon Valley and knows a lot about what’s on the Internet, and we asked ourselves, ‘Why isn’t there a Web site devoted to this kind of stuff?’ ” Portman explained. No lazy lady, she sought out the domain name—”it was already taken, but we got it for cheap”—and started collecting B-roll footage and backstage material, putting together a site that has subjects as varied as Billy Bob Thornton and Michel Gondry. Portman herself does an interview, too, for those of us that didn’t get enough face time at the party. “It’s a brilliant idea,” Max Minghella said. “And one I’m surprised no one has thought of yet. Leave it to Natalie Portman…”