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April 18 2014

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42 posts tagged "Dasha Zhukova"

blasblog: the olsens do london

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While the rest of the fashion troops made it back to their respective homes this weekend—finally—Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen continued on to London, where they debuted their secondary line, Elizabeth & James, at Selfridges. “I love this town,” Mary-Kate said. “The street style here is fantastic.” Both girls had been in Paris the week before, handling sales for E&J, as they call it, as well as their more upscale collection The Row; M-K’s European experience stretched all the way back to Milan, however, where she attended a few of the art openings that coincided with fashion week before hitting Aaron Young’s most recent motorcycle spectacle in Naples. “We did really well with sales, especially considering what’s going on in the financial world right now,” said Ashley, a woman always acutely aware of the business bigger picture. Joining the sisters were London’s coolest kids, including Dasha Zhukova, Olympia Scarry, Pixie Geldof, and Henry Holland. “I totally get this stuff,” Geldof said. “Can we buy it now?”

Photo: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images

blasblog from paris: colette gets arty

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Sarah Lerfel, the daughter of a lady named Colette, who has a certain shop on the Rue Saint-Honoré that you might have heard of, was manning her party/installation alone on Monday night. The shop closed up early to get ready for an art show curated by Jen Brill and Aaron Bondaroff, featuring works from the likes of Jack Pierson, Nate Lowman, Terence Koh, and Dan Colen. “They are coming, they are coming,” Lerfel said, blaming the hectic Parisian traffic and the late-running Martin Margiela show for the lack of a crowd. When guests like Barbara Bush, Margherita Missoni, and fledgling art-world favorite Dasha Zhukova did start to arrive, they were impressed. Zhukova, in particular, put her money where her mouth is. “I like the one with the poodle,” she said of a Dash Snow piece that was one in a series of three. “Do you think it’s for sale?” It was, and she got it.

Photo: Derek Blasberg

blasblog: don’t call her the s word

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It’s official: “socialite” is a four-letter word. In some circles, mainly the really small ones that orbit the world in private jets, calling someone that term is the harshest of insults. While I’ve known that was the case here in New York, I learned last week in Russia that the anti-socialite brigade has gone international. Take the cases of Dasha Zhukova, who is more art patron than party girl nowadays, and Eugenie Niarchos, a fledging jewelry designer who worked on a tiara inspired by ancient Rome for the fashion brand Azzaro this season, and has her own collection with the Paris-based precious-stone dealer Repossi. The third member of this Euro working-girl threesome is Olympia Scarry, the Swiss-born/London-dwelling blonde who’s quite serious about having the word “artist” describe what she does (as opposed to the variety of other terms that the local media has pinned on her). Scarry is proving her point this week in Milan with her first solo show at the Conduits Gallery. “I take this very seriously,” Scarry told me last week in Moscow, where her former roommate Zhukova hosted a party for a museum she opened in the city. “Sure, I have fun and there’s a humor in my work, but I’m not particularly flattered by some of the words used to describe what I do. I’m an artist.” The Milan show, entitled R.A.T.S., an acronym for Rise Above the Shit, is a series of installations mainly composed of women’s undergarments hardened in resin and then suspended in mirrored cases. While Scarry dislikes being described as a well-connected rich girl, it seems having friends in high places has paid off: The LVMH Foundation has become a client, and her next show will be in 2009 at the Phillips Gallery in London.

Photo: Courtesy of Olympia Scarry

blasblog: a farewell to moscow

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The livers of the New York and European social and art set can breathe a sigh of relief, so to speak. After last night’s Gagosian Gallery show and dinner, the jet set’s residency at the Moscow Ritz has officially expired, and with it their foray into Russian-style wining and dining. (Although I do know of more than one early-morning plea for an additional recovery night at the hotel, and the last-minute reworking of private-jet schedules to leave a day later.) But what a finale—the evening began with Aaron Young’s motorcycle show outside the Red October Chocolate Factory, followed by the fancy-pants dinner, and then, just to top things off, Larry Gagosian’s official after-party at local disco Soho Rooms. While the spreads of sushi were impressive, I have to say that by the end of the evening something truly shocking and unexpected happened: The bar ran out of vodka. (“When in Moscow…” Stavros Niarchos explained.) But the end of the clear liquid did nothing to dampen the party: The trio of Olympia Scarry, Dasha Zhukova, and Eugenie Niarchos continued to hold court on the second-level balcony of the club, which overlooked the dance floor where Aaron Young, Adam McEwen, Yvonne Force Villareal (still in her Marc Jacobs fur), and Jessica Craig-Martin were cavorting. Opposite them sat Natalia Vodianova, who was chatting with a table full of Russian men and her husband, Justin Portman. Barbara Bush and Amy Greenspon debated if they should venture from the bar toward the heaving masses of artists and fellow collectors, and were finally convinced when Alex de Betak and Charlotte Sarkozy dragged them onto the dance floor. “Such hedonism!” exclaimed the actress Leelee Sobieski, who brought her father as her date to the dinner earlier in the evening. “I’ve been here shooting a movie for the past month, and discovered that Moscow can get wild, but this isn’t typical.” I was later told that there are usually strippers at the club, but Gagosian nixed them to keep things classy. However, I feel it my journalistic duty to report that some of the revelers did find their ways to Bourdeaux and Egoiste, which are purported to be Moscow’s best gentlemen’s clubs. (On this I cannot attest nor deny, as it’s not really my field.)

Photo: Derek Blasberg

stir-up

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Dasha Zhukova, co-founder of Kova & T, may be busy entertaining art patrons in Moscow, but her fashion sense lives on in London. Her line’s trademark look—faux leather stirrup leggings worn with sandals—has been everywhere this week. Said Annabelle Cohen, a fashion-phile we spotted wearing the ensemble at the Acne launch party at Liberty’s last night, “I never thought I would hear myself saying this, but I live in my sprayed-on leather. My husband insists I change looks every so often, but it’s so comfortable—and a bit naughty. Maybe I should carry around a whip, too.” An idea for the Kova & T accessories line, maybe?

Photo: Courtesy of Kova & T