9 posts tagged "Grace Jones"
If Patrick Kelly’s legacy has been a somewhat neglected one, that’s soon to change, with help from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s upcoming Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love. The retrospective of the Mississippi-born designer, whose skyrocketing career was cut short when he died of AIDS at age 35 in 1990, offers a comprehensive look at Kelly’s cheeky brand of femininity. This irreverence earned him a celebrity following, including Grace Jones, Isabella Rossellini, and even an aged Bette Davis, who championed his garments in an effort to find investors for the young designer. After a start working at Atlanta’s Yves Saint Laurent boutique, Kelly cut his teeth as an American in Paris, creating costumes for nightclub vedettes. By 1988 he had found the sponsor he needed in Yves Saint Laurent chairman Pierre Bergé. Kelly would soon become the first African-American designer inducted into the Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode. A previous retrospective bowed at the Brooklyn Museum in 2004.
Runway of Love boasts photography by the likes of Pierre et Gilles, runway videos from Kelly’s five years of shows, and more than eighty archival ensembles, including his take on Josephine Baker’s infamous banana skirt and a series of Moschino-esque, button-studded body-con frocks. The exhibition’s mannequins come in a variety of skin tones, a nod to Kelly’s embrace of women regardless of race or waistline.
Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love opens this Sunday and runs through November 30.
Thank you, David Bailey, for offering an affordable option for the skint art lover. “Not everyone can afford a print, so this is a nice way of making my work available for everyone,” the famed photographer told Style.com. “What’s the difference between putting it on a canvas and putting it on a T-shirt that everyone can afford? I think it’s quite nice that everyone can have a T-shirt with an image that has some history behind it.”
Bailey is referring to his debut collection of six tees, which launches today exclusively at Selfridges. The tops are printed with some of his most iconic portraits, including those of Michael Caine, Mick Jagger, Boy George, and Grace Jones. Bailey collaborated with the edgy East London creative group The Bleach Room to update the images with a cool collage effect.
The collection is a clever way to reach art collectors and distant admirers alike, especially as his new exhibition, Bailey’s Stardust, is set to open at the National Portrait Gallery next week. At £70 a pop, this is a prime chance to grab an authentic Bailey—while the getting’s good.
Ah, the American West of old. It embodies an ideal that a trifecta of designers have tapped, perhaps unwittingly, in their Fall ’13 Couture collections. At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld channeled tumbleweed towns with a quilted, three-quarter-sleeved gown (above, center). He upped the frontier factor with a geometric headpiece, which, intended to be an ode to Grace Jones, vaguely resembled an oversized, futuristic bonnet. Perhaps Lagerfeld was thinking about the house’s upcoming December 2013 Métiers d’Art show in Dallas.
Raf Simons paid homage to Millicent Rogers at Christian Dior (Rogers was a supporter of Mr. Dior), citing her “strong” and “cowboylike” American attitude as inspiration. A scarlet and midnight neck scarf shown with a black and blue separates look (above, left) screamed “outlaw.” And Ulyana Sergeenko—a woman from about as far away from Kansas as they come—offered a simple, almost colonial-era frock, complete with a strict, tied-off bonnet (above, right). Laura Ingalls Wilder would have appreciated it; however, if you’re in the market for one of these outfits, your house on the prairie probably ain’t so little.
Kenzo creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have once again teamed up with artist Jean-Paul Goude (yes, the same Jean-Paul Goude who created that iconic eighties image of Grace Jones) for their Spring ’13 campaign. And the result is modern-day Jungle Jap at its finest. Wearing the season’s Technicolor animal prints, Models Ming Xi and Jester are flipped upside down, their legs creating geometric X shapes against the Kenzo logo. Take a peek at Kenzo’s punchy Spring ads (above) and watch Mr. Goude in action in the debut of Kenzo’s behind-the-scenes film (below).
Paul Smith’s Sporty Stamps, Alexa Chung Gives Jimmy Fallon A Style Lesson, Kate Moss The Singer, And More…-------
Sir Paul Smith has designed seven stamps for the Isle of Man in honor of London’s Olympic Games this year. The stamps, which went on sale January 1, include images of tennis balls, pink bicycles, and racing boats. [WWD]
Alexa Chung, who is currently promoting her new television show 24 Hour Catwalk, took a brief break from fashion last night to drink beer and throw footballs with Jimmy Fallon on his show. After that, she taught Fallon a thing or two about style. Of her new gig, she said, “It’s a very mean show.” [Huff Po]
Congratulations to Isaac Mizrahi and his longtime boyfriend Arnold Gerner. The two, who tied the knot on November 30, shared the news on The Wendy Williams Show yesterday. [Fashion Etc.]
Kate Moss reportedly spent New Year’s Eve doing karaoke with friends Grace Jones, Terry Richardson, and her husband Jamie Hince, in Jamaica. Moss sang a version of Blondie’s “Rapture.” We’re still wondering what Hince sang. [Page Six]