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Losing The Lyrics, Keeping The (Roxy) Music

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Just like they always said, the child is father to the man. Bryan Ferry remembers listening to Louis Armstrong in the family living room way back when he was nine years old in a mining town in the North of England. Now, after a four-decade career that helped stretch rock music into elegantly radical new shapes, Ferry has returned to the sound of Satchmo for his new album The Jazz Age. Under the rubric of The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, the singer revisits a lucky 13 of his own golden oldies from both Roxy Music and his solo releases without—shock!—one solitary lick of his inimitable vocalizing.

At the launch party hosted by The Vinyl Factory and Johnnie Walker Blue at Annabel’s the other night, Ferry insisted it was all about spotlighting, once and for all, the melodies he’s written over the years. Ardent fans might blanch at the prospect. How, for example, can you possibly divorce a song such as “Just Like You” from a lyric which is as worthy of adoration as the finest love poem ever penned by John Donne? Maybe that’s why, during dinner, Ferry weakened and sang a couple of numbers with his orchestra. But otherwise, listeners were treated to ragtime-, big-band-, or twenties-tango-inflected versions of classics like “Do the Strand,” “Virginia Plain,” and “Slave to Love.” (Click below for the party video, debuting exclusively here on Style.com.)

Too bad Baz Luhrmann has apparently gone all Kanye and Gaga for his Gatsby soundtrack, because Ferry’s revisionist approach to his old material sounded like an ideal aural backdrop for the world that F. Scott Fitzgerald created. Maybe too literal for Baz, but Ferry’s original self-invention was quite the match of Jay Gatsby’s, and the guest list at Annabel’s reflected his usual wide-ranging retinue of artists, aristos, fashionettes, pretty young things, and money old and new. The Roxy Woman defined glamour for a few generations. Bryan’s wife, Amanda, gloriously embodied the tradition (and the evening’s theme) in her Gucci flapper dress. But as far as Ferry’s legendary sartorialism went, filmmaker Baillie Walsh was giving him a run for his money. Tom Ford made dozens of suits for 007, Daniel Craig is one of Walsh’s best friends, they’re the same size…now, who in their right manly mind wouldn’t play swapsies with James Bond? Continue Reading “Losing The Lyrics, Keeping The (Roxy) Music” »

Michael Kors, Condfidence Man

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Michael Kors is the latest designer to sit down with Fern Mallis at the 92nd Street Y’s Fashion Icon series. Kors and Mallis go way back, at least to 1991. That year, the ceiling caved in at one of Kors’ shows, precipitating the launch of Seventh on Sixth and the Bryant Park Tents, which Mallis used to run. “You changed my life,” she told Kors. The audience, which included Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer and Anna Wintour, got an education in Kors’ life, starting with his real name (Karl Anderson, Jr.), his fashion-obsessed maternal grandmother (“her proudest thing to say was, ‘I never repeat an outfit’ “), and his early modeling career. “My mom would go on her go-sees and I would go on my go-sees, and she’d put me in a cab by myself. If she did that now she’d be on the cover of the Post.” Among last night’s other revelations: He wore YSL’s Opium “as a boy.” The first thing he designed for men in the early nineties was bodysuits: “snaps and the male anatomy are not a good thing.” And on the night he married his husband, Lance LePere, last year, they had pizza at Sam’s in East Hampton and then went to see The Help. 2011 was a big year for Kors; in addition to getting married, he rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange on December 15, becoming the biggest-ever fashion opening in the Exchange’s history. “How did that feel?” Fern asked. “It beat my bar mitzvah,” Kors said.

Here’s two more exchanges worth repeating:
“And how do you account for your success?”
“If I do my job right, my designs help boost your confidence. We’ve noticed that women at their most vulnerable moments—like, J. Lo two days after breaking up with Ben Affleck—go for Michael Kors.”

“Who will play you in a movie of your life?”
“If it’s a drama and vanity comes into it, I’m gonna have to go with Daniel Craig. If it’s a big box office comedy, Will Ferrell.”

Photo: Joyce Culver for 92Y

Betting On The Great American Consumer

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All the talk in retail these days is of China, India, and Brazil, but Omega feels it has discovered another emerging market: the good old U.S. of A. The Swiss watch company is opening nine new stores here over the next few days in locations both obvious (L.A.; Chicago, pictured) and perhaps less so (Pittsburgh, Hackensack), and there are plans for 15 more in the first half of 2011. Why the bullishness? In New York en route to last week’s Chicago opening, the brand’s CEO, Stephen Urquhart, said he believes there are plenty of untapped American customers for watches in the $5,000-$10,000 range, the same consumers who will invest in a flat-screen TV. He added that he has been impressed by both the quality of the retail spaces his team has scouted in the U.S. and the caliber of the sales staff that the company has been training. Wry and engaging are not the first characteristics you might expect to encounter in the chief executive of a venerable watchmaker based in the Swiss town of Biel/Bienne, but Urquhart is both. Showing a reporter his pink gold Seamaster Aqua Terra and explaining its annual calendar function, he jokes that the date is the most important thing on a watch, as you don’t necessarily need it to tell the time—you can use an iPhone for that. Conquering America is just one of Omega’s current tasks—they are expanding in Asia, of course; they just launched their new Ladymatic model along with a Peter Lindbergh-lensed campaign starring Nicole Kidman; they’re looking forward to the next installment in the Bond franchise slated for 2012 (don’t be surprised to see Daniel Craig modeling the company’s wares again at some point); and last but not least, they’re getting set for the 2012 Olympics in London. Omega will once more serve as the official timekeeper, a feat that involves a team of 450, 150 of whom have already started work on the technical preparations. But in many ways it’s the U.S. push that is the most interesting development, and no doubt other luxury companies will be watching their progress closely.

Photo: Courtesy of Omega

Freja Channels Patti, Ten Years Of Marc By Marc, Iman’s Man, And More…

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The reign of Patti Smith rages on. The eternally cool rocker-poet is up for the National Book Award tomorrow night—Just Kids, her memoir of her early years with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, is a finalist for the nonfiction category—and she’s the inspiration for yet another editorial in the new issue of VMan, on stands November 11. Freja Beha Erichsen takes the role of Patti (left) and Christian Brylle does a fairly convincing Mapplethorpe—all the more convincing because he actually shot the spreads himself. [VMan]

Turning ten is almost on trend these days! First there was Style.com, then 10, then SHOWstudio, and now Marc by Marc Jacobs is celebrating a decade in the business. WWD checks in with Marc Jacobs international president Robert Duffy—the mastermind behind MMJ—who reminisces on the early years, the inspiration behind it, and why he’s never going to spend $300 for a pair of jeans. In honor of the anniversary, a capsule collection of the best Marc by Marc pieces from the past ten years hits the floor this spring. [WWD]

Words of wisdom from her diva-ness, Iman: “Alexander Wang is one of my favorites. But he is like my daughter. He is like 12.” [Harper’s Bazaar via Racked]

Words of wisdom from her other diva-ness, Vogue Italia‘s Franca Sozzani: “I personally think that TV shows about fashion are generally boring.” [Styleite]

And in sad news: Fashion favorite Rachel Weisz and her partner of nine years, Darren Aronofsky, are splitting up. Apparently, they’ve been separated for months and some sources say that Weisz is currently dating Daniel Craig. [TMZ]

Photo: Christian Brylle/Courtesy of VMAN

Meet James Bond, Assist Versace for Charity

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Last time we saw Daniel Craig, he was telling the paps inside the Boom Boom Room “no photos,” but fortunately, he’s less camera-shy when it comes to charity. As part of the U.K. Evening Standard‘s online Christmas auction to benefit Kids Company, you can bid to have your photo taken with James Bond by artist and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood. Other lots (there are 150 in all) show that former Tatler editor in chief and current Standard bearer Geordie Greig hasn’t lost his famous knack for networking. You can take an art lesson from Tracey Emin, down a pint with Guy Ritchie, sip tea with the Duchess of York and Elton John (separately, not together), have Gordon Ramsay cook dinner for 12, or see lambs being born at Sting and Trudie Styler’s country house (tantric sex presumably not involved). But the top item for fashion types is surely no. 25, a six-week work experience package that includes time with designers Roland Mouret and Antonio Berardi, photographer Tim Walker, the Net-a-Porter team in London, and the Versace press office in Milan. The U.S.-based may have to spring for airfare to Europe, but that seems like a small price to pay for the chance to open Donatella’s mail and help underprivileged children along the way.

You can view the auction here, and you have until noon (British time) on Monday, December 14, to place your bids.

Photo: Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic/Getty Images