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August 27 2014

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2 posts tagged "Frederic Dechnik"

A Night Off From Fashion At The New Bortolami Gallery

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Man cannot live on fashion alone. And especially as the end of fashion fortnight (who ever said it’s just a week?) approaches, a little art starts to look very good. No surprise, then, to see the style types at the opening of the new Bortolami gallery last night. Artist (and fashion-friendly DJ) Nate Lowman; Adam Kimmel and his new bride, Leelee Sobieski; and The Webster’s Frederic Dechnik and Laure Heriard Dubreuil (pictured, with Lowman) all stopped by.

“This is a really fun space to work with,” Stefania Bortolami said of her new space on West 20th Street, one that’s roughly three times the size of her old one. To celebrate her new real estate, the inaugural show is a retrospective of past Bartolami exhibitions, including some of the hottest names in the business—Jack Pierson, Cecily Brown, Hanna Liden, and Gardar Eide Einarsson among them. Einarsson was in town from his home in Tokyo, joined by his gorgeous model-turned-PR-maven wife, Maryline. He’ll be working out of a Dumbo studio for six weeks. “I don’t really work too much in Tokyo because I don’t have a studio there,” he explained. “Basically I’m an intern for Maryline’s PR company; I just sit around and stuff envelopes all day!” Just another hardworking fashion publicist in New York, in other words—albeit one with a few works in permanent collections ’round the globe.

Photo: Antwan Duncan

Milan Vukmirovic: “Fashion’s Like The Titanic”

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On Tuesday, the troika behind the Webster in Miami—Frederic Dechnik, Laure Heriard Dubreuil, and Milan Vukmirovic (pictured)—took over the private salons of the Maison Baccarat to introduce selected friends to the Louis XIII Rare Cask by Rémy Martin. Dressed in a plunging, lace-up black dress by Joseph Altuzarra, Dubreuil noted that despite the fashionable guest list—which included Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, Pierre Hardy, Charlotte Dellal, Pamela Golbin, the Traina sisters, and Gabriele Corto Moltedo—this was really just a family affair. (After all, Dubreuil’s family owns Rémy Martin.)

Through dinner, the talk turned to art and architecture. Dellal, the designer behind Charlotte Olympia shoes, described the restoration process on the ironwork in her new London boutique, set to open in early May. “It’s a nineteenth-century shop, so I am restoring it to what I think it must have been then, by way of the forties,” she said. Dubreuil’s boyfriend, artist Aaron Young, regaled guests with tales of his as-yet-untitled work in progress, a gold-plated modern chariot to be impaled atop one of Augustus’ columns at Rome’s Teatro di Marcello at the end of May, around the opening of his solo show at the city’s MACRO museum. That takes care of the high art; a few attendees were as invested in what’s coming up from below. “Fashion’s like the Titanic,” observed the multitasking creative director Vukmirovic, who also designs Trussardi 1911. “The band plays on, but the era of big designer egos is over. Ready-to-wear is becoming what couture used to be. Fashion is direct and the future reality is that everyone is a star, whether or not they have a fashion culture or even means [to buy it]. The only question that matters is, do they like it?” Some like the booze, at least-reports indicate that the Louis XIII, a few bottles of which will make their way to the U.S. in May, has almost entirely pre-sold at €10,000 a pop.

Photo: Stephane Feugère