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29 posts tagged "Helena Christensen"

House of Versace Is Coming to a TV Screen Near You

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Gina Gershon

Among designers, Donatella Versace’s story is one of the more dramatic ones. Here is a woman who has dealt with family tragedy, betrayal, addiction, and disapproving male authorities, and seems to have come out fabulously on top. You might say her tale has the makings of a Lifetime movie.

Which is exactly what it is now. Last night, the likes of Helena Christensen and Michael Stipe headed to the Museum of Modern Art, where the network screened its new biopic, House of Versace, with the Cinema Society. Like the book on which it’s based—Deborah Ball’s attention-getting 2010 exposé —the telefilm is unauthorized by its subject. The house of Versace didn’t participate in the Lifetime movie and dismissed it in a recent statement as “a work of fiction.”

That said, star Gina Gershon has the designer’s self-presentation down pat: the mannerisms, the sense of humor, the distinctively indistinct approach to English. Gershon smoked “one or two packs a day” to prepare for the role, she explained before last night’s screening, and walked around in higher heels than usual to perfect the gait. To keep her face resembling Versace’s as the years passed, Gershon added, “I tried a little bit of cotton, a little bit of gum. It kept falling out. I ended up using Scotch tape.” Hey, it’s a TV movie.

Director Sara Sugarman attended the same arts school as a child as Naomi Campbell, and considered reaching out. “I wanted to, but they thought it was a bad idea,” she explained. “I think they thought our budget was stretched enough without getting Naomi Campbell to be in one scene.”

House of Versace airs on Lifetime on Saturday, October 5, at 8 p.m.

Photo:Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

Pirelli Buttons Up for Fifty

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A preview of the new Pirelli calendar

The annual Pirelli calendar—famed for showcasing saucy shots of supermodels in the buff—celebrates fifty this year with a megawatt lineup, including Helena Christensen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, Alek Wek, Karolina Kurkova, and Isabeli Fontana. But judging by the series of tribute images —reportedly lensed not by the yet-to-be-revealed 2013 calendar photographer, but by Pirelli vets Patrick Demarchelier and Peter Lindbergh to build hype around the half-century milestone—the calendar’s stars are decidedly more dressed up than usual—well, by Pirelli standards, anyway. The catwalkers were snapped in black lingerie, as well as white shirts and their Skivvies. The full calendar, which has, in the past,been shot by the likes of Bruce Weber, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, Karl Lagerfeld, and Inez and Vinoodh (just to name a few), will be unveiled thisNovember—no word yet if the final images will be more, ahem, stripped-down.

Photo: Patrick Demarchelier

Maria Black Masters Minimal

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Maria Black Denmark-born, East London-based jewelry designer Maria Black is a self-proclaimed minimalist. “It’s very hard to grow up in Scandinavia and not be a minimalist,” said the 36-year-old talent, laughing. Indeed, Black, who opened her first boutique in Copenhagen this year, is drawn to clean, geometric shapes and crisp lines. But don’t mistake minimal for simple. Having served as the apprentice to master jewelers for four years before winning a prestigious design grant (which came with a personal congratulations from the Queen of Denmark) and launching her line in 2010, Black’s precision borders on obsessive. She crafts the prototypes for each of her gold or gunmetal pieces—like tribal-inspired full-fingered rings, textural ear cuffs, and, her favorite, the delicate Monocle necklace (above)—herself before sending them off to be handmade in Thailand. “Every piece has to be touched by a human hand,” she offered.

Having garnered a following that includes Rihanna, Helena Christensen, Scarlett Johansson, and Coco Sumner, Black has steadily grown her label over the past three years. The designer launched with her unfussy Roll On range and has since expanded to offer three additional divisions—Cascade, Electric Avenue, and her latest, Diamond Cut, which, as its name would suggest, is sprinkled with lots of the sparkly stuff. Each collection offers its own unique aesthetic, but maintains the sharp geometry and versatility that Black has made her own. With her designs available on Net-a-Porter as of this month (Black says the site has already had a significant impact on her sales), the jeweler is poised to become a cult favorite. Keep an eye out for a men’s line and a selection of elaborate runway pieces, which will hit the catwalk during a yet-to-be-revealed Scandinavian label’s Spring ’14 show.

Maria Black’s jewelry is available on Net-a-Porter.com, on the designer’s Web site, and at other select retailers. Prices range from $100 to about $1,566.

Maria Black Jewelry

Photos: Courtesy of Maria Black; Courtesy of Net-a-Porter

Helena Christensen’s Iron Girls

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Helena Cristensen

Matchesfashion.com is paying tribute to strong, independent women this week with “Iron Girl”—a series of portraits shot by Helena Christensen and Jen Carey for the September issue of Rika Magazine. The snaps star Julianne Moore, Dree Hemingway, Caroline de Maigret, Lucie de la Falaise, and, of course, Christensen, sporting “Iron Girl” sweaters, which, priced at about $178, will be sold exclusively at Matches starting tomorrow.

Julianne Moore by Helena ChristensenIt’s no secret that nineties supermodels are having a comeback, with Christy Turlington, Yasmin Le Bon, Naomi Campbell, and Elle Macpherson fronting a dizzying array of ad campaigns, magazine covers, and prime-time modeling shows. Christensen is no exception. She recently appeared in a seminude spread for FutureClaw magazine (which caused its Web site to crash) and has also been busy as a shutterbug, serving as Oxfam’s global photographer. “I have worked on both sides [of the camera] for over twenty years now and thoroughly enjoy the creative process of either,” Christensen told Style.com. “I have learned so much doing both jobs, and that knowledge has helped me evolve as a photographer and inspired me as a model,” she explained, noting that a Polaroid camera is her weapon of choice.”

Rika founder Ulrika offered that choosing the Iron Girl models was no easy task, but ultimately she looked for women who have “a keen sense of who they are. They have an understated but cool edge and an ageless style; they are the nonchalant women of the world who inspire the people around them.”

Matchesfashion.com will host an exhibition of the photographs on July 18.

Photo: Courtesy of Matchesfashion.com

Travel Tales From the Style Set

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Summer is around the corner, which means vacation time is nigh. And those in the market for an extravagant jaunt might want to pick up the latest addition to Assouline’s Hotel Stories series. Written by Francisca Matteoli, the limited-edition tome details Luxury Collection escapes in far-off places such as Santorini, Sevilla, and Venice, and offers personal travel tips from the such stars as Susan Sarandon, Coco Rocha, Emily Mortimer, Stanley Tucci, and more. “We didn’t want to do a banal, boring book about hotels and where to go. You can find that information on Google. We wanted to make people dream,” offered Martine Assouline during a dinner she and her husband, Prosper, hosted at Geoffrey Zakarian’s Lambs Club restaurant at the Chatwal Hotel last night. The occasion, of course, was the release of the book, and the likes of Dree Hemingway, Helena Christensen, and Catherine Malandrino (who, speaking of travel, is just back from a trip to Beijing) all came out to toast it.

Waris Ahluwalia, who contributed a section about India to Hotel Stories, conceded that he never boards a plane without a portable leather backgammon set. “I bring it because the places I go don’t always have power,” he explained. Case in point? His latest adventure—a trip to Kalahari, Africa. “There’s only one way to describe it,” he said before pulling up a BlackBerry snap of him sitting on the ground next to a wild zebra.

Meanwhile, Hemingway, whose favorite destination is Tulum, Mexico, admitted that she always travels with her stuffed rabbit in tow, and Mrs. Assouline explained her habit of wearing giant sunglasses on transatlantic flights. “I hide behind them on the plane so I arrive fresh. They’re good in all circumstances.” Zakarian divulged his own jet-setting must-haves: Ambien, multiple phone chargers, and his wife’s Tata Harper face cream. “If you have cream and phone chargers, what could possibly happen to you?”

The Luxury Collection Hotel Stories is available now at www.assouline.com.

Photo: Angela Pham/ BFAnyc.com