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Pharrell Williams Makes Rap—and a Difference

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Pharrell Williams“I’ll never forget, I was doing this concert—this is years and years and years ago—called Live Earth, and when I got there, I was struck by all the people who were just so into the cause and what it really meant,” said Pharrell Williams at the launch of G-Star Raw and Bionic (of which Williams is the creative director) denim at the American Museum of Natural History Saturday night. “And I was with it—I thought it was interesting and I thought it was something I could learn from.” The hip-hop mogul and producer, who wore his now favorite Vivienne Westwood hat while addressing the crowd, started looking at his own consumption and experienced a post-concert television takedown of his supposed rock-star lifestyle (“’cause I make rap, I guess,” he speculated) as a personal challenge to create environmental change. Bionic Yarn, his eco-conscious clothing developer, was the result.

Saturday Evening’s event represented a new collaboration between Bionic and G-Star Raw. “We really had to go to the very raw material that makes our jeans,” explained G-Star strategy director Thecla Schaeffer, of the team’s innovative development of denim made from recycled plastic. “For G-Star, denim is almost like a work of art—the weight, the weave, the way the denim fades. We had to be sure that Bionic denim would do the same thing.”

A diverse crowd of supporters—activists, scientists, Joe Jonas (who sat in the back row and provided continuous commentary—”that was intense” and “cool speech”—throughout the press conference), Dorian Grinspan, Tyson Beckford, and Charlotte Ronson—turned out to support the cause, taking in serious ecological talk and an all-vegetarian menu of hors d’oeuvres in turn. “We can commit to radically changing our actions, our way of thinking,” said David LaChapelle, one of the original supporters of the endeavor. “Let’s not give into apathy.”

Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

Remembering Basquiat—Nude and Otherwise

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RECLINING NUDE: JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Photographs by PAIGE POWELL

“It wasn’t my idea to do this,” explained photographer and curator Paige Powell. “I didn’t want to face it.” The artist is talking about her new exhibition, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Reclining Nude, which opened at the Suzanne Geiss Company on Grand Street last night. The photographs on display, grainy black-and-whites blown up to massive scale from negatives that were untouched for three decades, depict Basquiat lounging nude while sketching in his Upper West Side apartment. Powell’s work captures a moment of intimacy between she and Basquiat—one of many the pair shared during their two-year relationship at a time when Powell ran with Andy Warhol (she started working at Interview magazine just a couple of weeks after moving to New York in 1980) and his crowd of Factory regulars.

“I had so many photographs—prints, video, Polaroids—and they had all gone into boxes, so nothing was referenced, very little was dated,” continued Powell, stopping to greet friends including Gus Van Sant, David LaChapelle, Rufus Wainwright, and Isabel Toledo. “When I came across these, I wasn’t sure if I should show them. I thought, ‘What would Jean-Michel think? He would love these.’”

“Paige was always wired to be a little more conscious of the moment at hand or what it meant—with Andy, with everything,” mused longtime pal, curator and fellow Warholite Carlo McCormick. “I never hung out with Jean naked,” he added. “I only hung out with him doing drugs. But I think it’s nice that she’s conveyed something really intimate on a big scale. It’s a space that you don’t often share.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Reclining Nude is on view at Suzanne Geiss Company in New York through February 22.

Photo: Patrick McMullan Company

Isabella Blow: Beyond the Eccentric

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2. Isabella Blow, 2002 (c) Diego UchitelCurator Alistair O’Neill only met the late Isabella Blow once. He was at an art opening with designer Julien Macdonald, one of the late, great Blow’s charges, whom he studied with at the Royal College of Art. “Isabella was wearing a famous Philip Treacy hat, which is in the exhibition. It had feathers around the eyes, which covered her nose and her mouth and her forehead,” he recalled. “I spent the evening talking to her and was completely fascinated. But all that I could concentrate on were her eyes, because I couldn’t really see her mouth. I could only just about listen to what she was saying, and I was just mesmerized by this image of these eyes being framed by the feathers. The combination of her intelligence and her laughing was really intoxicating,” he continued. “I’ve never forgotten that.”

On November 20, O’Neill, along with Shonagh Marshall and Central Saint Martins, will aim to bring the editor, patron, and muse’s work and wardrobe to life with the opening of Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! at the Somerset House in London. Before her tragic suicide, in 2007, Blow was a pillar of London’s emerging fashion community. Having worked everywhere—from British and American Vogue to The Sunday Times to Tatler—Blow is credited with discovering such designers as Alexander McQueen (as the story goes, she bought his entire graduate collection after it walked down the Central Saint Martins Runway in 1992), milliner Philip Treacy, Jeremy Scott, and Hussein Chalayan, as well as models Sophie Dahl (whom she once described as a “blow-up doll with brains”) and Stella Tennant.

Alexander McQueen and Isabella blow

Aside from being a steadfast supporter of young talents (Treacy and McQueen both lived with her at one point, and she not only gave the designers financial and editorial support but also fed them ideas from her wealth of historical knowledge—fashion and otherwise), Blow, who came from a complicated aristocratic background, was known as a great eccentric—both in her behavior and her dress. Her infamous wardrobe comprised the most extreme pieces by all of the conceptual up-and-comers she helped along the way. And, of course, Treacy’s hats were her screaming signature. Following her death, her sartorial collection was to be sold at Christie’s to settle her estate, but Blow’s friend Daphne Guinness swooped in at the last minute and purchased every piece, because that’s how Isabella—or Issy, as she was known—would have wanted it.

O’Neill, however, did not want to simply paint Blow as an eccentric. “I thought it was important to distance Isabella from those literary ideas of the English eccentric, because they’re often quite tragic,” he explained. “And I’m not sure Isabella was fully tragic—she was quite brave, and very funny. She had a very bored and black humor.” Furthermore, Blow always wore her outfits—whether it be a metallic McQueen corset or an ensemble crafted from brightly hued garbage bags—in a deeply considered manner. “Isabella used her clothes, her hats, and her accessories as a means to modify and transform herself,” said O’Neill. “She had a great eye for silhouette, and her hats were almost a means of plastic surgery for her face, without going under the knife,” added Marshall. “She said they can lift you, they can make you look different, and I think that was something that she really indulged in.” Continue Reading “Isabella Blow: Beyond the Eccentric” »

David LaChapelle Opens A New Exhibition, Tali And Terry Team Up, The Palace Responds To PETA Claims, And More…

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Photographer David LaChapelle opened his new “traditional Baroque still-life paintings” exhibition in New York last night. He spent more than 20 years shooting for the likes of Vanity Fair, GQ, and Rolling Stone and now spends the majority of his time on fine art projects like this one. [WWD]

The 19-year-old model daughter of Annie Lennox, Tali, stars in Eleven Paris’ Spring ’12 ad campaign, lensed by Terry Richardson. In true Terry style, it’s suggestive and features images of Lennox grabbing model Ash Stymest’s crotch, and in another photo, the two are licking a lollipop together. [Grazia Daily]

The likes of Donatella Versace, Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, and Franca Sozzani all turned out last night in Milan to celebrate the opening of the Vogue Talents Corner. In between checking out the work of 11 international designers on display, guests talked about the stream of young talent coming up in Italy right now. [WWD]

After PETA contacted the Palace about a real fur jacket the Duchess of Cambridge reportedly wore, the Palace responded with a letter to the anti-fur group stating that she was in fact not wearing real fur. They also requested that the images be removed from the group’s social media pages and that they issue a retraction of the claim. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Vogue U.K.

Naomi Speaks!

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No doubt by now you’ve already read plenty about Fashion’s Night Out and have your itinerary firmly in place, but this little bit of news might persuade you to update your plans: Naomi Campbell will be in residence at Dolce & Gabbana’s Madison Avenue store on Friday night, signing limited-edition 25th anniversary T-shirts designed by the duo and featuring photographs of her taken by the world’s top photographers. (Proceeds from the $200 tees go to Campbell’s charity Fashion for Relief.) Below, Naomi discusses a few of her favorite lensmen (Bruce Weber, Steven Klein, and David LaChapelle, included) in this exclusive video sneak peek. “She’s an icon, not a model,” the designers said. Those who agree will be glad to hear that 14 models representing Campbell’s looks throughout the years will be performing a dance routine with the icon herself, choreographed by Lady Gaga’s go-to choreographer, Laurie Ann Gibson, whom we expect knows a thing or two about divas.