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April 20 2014

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Shaded: Casey Spooner

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Musician and artist Casey Spooner admits he’s been a fan of Grey Ant sunglasses for over a decade, so who better than the longtime devotee to front the label’s newest eyewear campaign. “We share a similar love of intelligent, bold, and fearless style,” says Spooner of the new square-shaped Harvest collection, inspired by French New Wave films of the sixties. “I love that there is always a smart twist to a simple idea.” On picking Spooner, designer Grant Krajecki (who was in the first wave of the CFDA Incubator program explains, “We love to use characters in addition to models to give our brand a more human connection, and Casey has created such an incredible collection of unusual personas that we thought he was the perfect fit.” Here, we debut the portraits of Spooner wearing the modified new iterations of the Status frame, by New York-based visual artist Danielle Levitt, exclusively on Style.com.

Awards Worth A Couple Thousand Words, At Least

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“The art of telling a story cannot be done better than it is with a picture,” said lensman Mark Seliger (pictured) last night at the International Center of Photography’s 26th annual Infinity Awards. His tablemates—Ingrid Sischy, Craig McDean, and Calvin Klein (that last no stranger to telling a fashion story, often sans clothes, in the medium)—would likely agree. When Seliger first moved to New York, he went on, he volunteered at the Center in exchange for darkroom time, and the debt runs deep. “Giving back to the ICP is important because the act of documenting what is going on—which is so crazy—is so important!” Rising star Alexi Lubomirski agreed, adding that photography has an immediacy that other mediums lack. As a “frustrated artist,” he finds that “when you paint a painting, it takes three months before you know if it’s good or not. With photography, it is instantaneous! Though,” he went on to add ruefully, “that can be a bad thing…”

The awards this year passed over fashion-centric photogs, but the style set was still well represented—not only by Klein, McDean, and Sischy, but designers Jay Kos, Gaby Basora, and W‘s Stefano Tonchi, too. The awards themselves were presented to, among others, Luc Sante, for his writings on photography; to photojournalist Reza for his gritty wartime captures in Afghanistan; to artist Lorna Simpson; and to Raphaël Dallaporta, who nabbed the Young Photographer Award. Duly collected, it was time for a stylish exit. In the words of Danielle Levitt, who’s shot for The New York Times Magazine, Arena Homme Plus, and Details, “This was amazing! Now it’s time I beat some people to my cab.”

Photo: Stephanie Badini

Blasblog: The Camera Phone, Now A Legit Artistic Medium

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With camera phone technology getting increasingly sophisticated (did you know some of those suckers can do high-def video now?), this was bound to happen: an art show composed entirely of snaps taken on cells. Such was the gist of a party at the Stephan Weiss Studio on Wednesday night to celebrate Exilim’s new phone, where giant slideshows of the work several New York art types—Cass Bird, Justin Giunta, Richard Kern, Danielle Levitt, Chrissie Miller (see her self-portrait above), and Christian Weber—took on these new phones were projected on the walls. For the artists themselves, it turned out to be a fun experience. Bird, a professional photographer, found herself dabbling in food styling, like when she propped an order of French fries into a sunset, and shooting pics of skateboarders on the street. “I guess you don’t realize how many photographable things surround you,” she said in the VIP section of the party. The technological progress of camera phones was a hot topic of conversation, especially since the crowd spanned chic teenagers, like Taylor Momsen and Zoë Kravitz, to a more mature audience, like Mick Rock and Ann Dexter-Jones. “I can remember when there weren’t even digital cameras,” smiled Dexter-Jones. “Actually, I can remember the time before cell phones.” One good thing—or bad, depending on who you’re asking—about this sort of picture is how intimate they can be. In a few of snaps that Sophomore designer Chrissie Miller took of Lindsay Lohan, Mandy Moore, and the Virgins’ Donald Cumming for her portfolio, they look just like regular folk. “Everyone keeps asking me who the vivacious redhead is in these pictures,” Miller joked. “And I say, ‘Only the most photographed woman in the world: Lindsay Lohan.’ “

at deitch gallery, danielle levitt proves that the art world is just like high school

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Suffice to say, cheerleaders and art kids have never really gotten along. Last night at Deitch Gallery, however, photographer Danielle Levitt called a temporary cease-fire in the war of the high school hallways, inviting the NY Cheer All Star Academy to perform at the opening party for her new show, We Are Experienced. Like Levitt’s book of the same name, which powerHouse publishes next month, the exhibition comprises portraits of teens, in all their pustulent, posturing glory, and so it was only fitting that some real-live adolescents showed their face to the artmongers. “I really like teenagers,” noted Levitt, as she waited for the NY Cheer members to assemble for their brief but remarkably acrobatic routine. “I wish I could have gotten the actual cheerleaders I shot to come up here,” she added, “but they were down in Houston, and there was no way I could afford to fly them up just for one night.” No matter: The local pep squad managed to rally Deitch High just fine, though it must be noted that the two teen DJs working the decks were looking a mite skeptical. And so the war rages on, along with the hormones.

Photo: Jianai Jenny Chen