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July 30 2014

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28 posts tagged "Helena Christensen"

L.A. Gets Odd

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Odd Molly co-founder Per Holknekt named his handmade and organic women’s label after a skater girl he met while living in California in the eighties. So it makes sense that the Swedish label’s first U.S. store debuts in the Golden State (L.A.’s Robertson Boulevard to be exact), where it all started. Friday night’s opening soirée, hosted by Helena Christensen, drew Heidi Klum, Kelly Osbourne, Kate Mara, Lake Bell, Mena Suvari, Tara Subkoff, Lydia Hearst, and Malin Akerman, among others, who sipped Champagne while Little Joy’s Fabrizio Moretti and Binki Shapiro manned the decks. “I love the way they mix fabrics, colors, and patterns—I like when it’s loose,” mused Christensen (pictured, with Holknekt and Klum). She knows what she’s talking about: For three years, she was the face of the line. Now she’s their photographer: She just shot Daisy Lowe for the label at the Chelsea Hotel.

The flagship boutique, which features indoor chain-link fencing, an antique chandelier, and clothing suspended from the ceiling, lives up to its odd moniker, but the fabulous attendees found plenty to love. “I’ve already ordered a piece,” said Heidi Klum, pointing to a denim jumpsuit on the wall. “The line reminds me of clothes you’d love as a kid,” added designer Tara Subkoff, who’s preparing to relaunch her own Imitation of Christ line. “It’s a little bohemian and fun.” Odd Molly’s got a launch in the works, too: its first menswear collection, which Holknekt says will be “nothing too extravagant, just good-looking clothing for guys who don’t want to look like they tried.”

Photo: WireImage/Courtesy of Odd Molly

The Quiet—No, Really—Marc Jacobs After-Party

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“Friends and family only,” Marc Jacobs explained about his (mostly) employees-only after-party. (Well, employees, friends, and Patrick McMullan photogs. Some things are sacrosanct.) “I really wanted to focus on that, and on the collection, which I’m very proud of.” Just a few seasons ago, the Marc Jacobs front row was the celebrity magnet, and the eyes tended to linger longer on Uma and Lindsay and Helena than on the clothes. But the shows have gotten small—and more punctual—and this season, Jacobs banned celebrities from attending full-stop. It only makes sense that the party (in days past, the bacchanal of the week) was a quiet affair at Boom Boom: no press lines, no scandal.

The collection was a rousing success, and after working so diligently on it—I’ve heard that even Jacobs himself has been known to pull all-nighters and sleep on the floor of his Soho office when it comes to putting together the show—he and his staff looked keen to party. Marc plopped into a seat in front of one of the LCD screens; show closer Jamie Bochert held court with her fiancé, Michael Pitt; Rachel Zoe sat with Robert Duffy; and Angela Lindvall passed mini burgers with André Balazs. All in all, it was one of the chicest office parties I’ve ever seen. It was good that everyone was letting their hair down on this one night, as it would soon be back to business.”Tomorrow I start on the next one,” Jacobs smiled.

Photo: Billy Farrell / PatrickMcMullan.com

Blasblog: Birds Of A (Jeweled) Feather

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Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman told me last night that she’s always had a thing for sparkles and feathers—and indeed, a brief look back at her red-carpet-monopolizing label proves that she’s not kidding. Last night in Soho, she took the sparkle and feather fetish to new heights, debuting a new, avian-inspired jewelry collection with the London-based label Garrard. On display on a mannequin made of marabou feathers was a bird necklace that wrapped around the neck: a head of precious stones on one side of the clavicle, and a wispy tail of diamonds on the other. “That was the first thing I thought of, and then I wanted to have birds flying off the hands and flying off the knuckles, and to see what else we could do with the motif,” the sometime actress explained. Cue rings with miniature birds and winglike earrings made of sapphires. A savvy businesswoman—maybe she learned something from hubby Harvey Weinstein?—Chapman also created some rings at a lower price point, even a giant cocktail ring with a pavé diamond wing that covered a whole hand of knuckles, which she managed to keep under $2,000. There to celebrate, along with Mischa Barton, Helena Christensen, and Garrard’s new creative director, Stephen Webster, was stylist Robert Verdi, who complained that Chapman was officially too glamorous—first, a successful clothing line, and now a jewelry line? “And look at her—I just want to kick her and give her a few bruises,” he teased. “But she would probably just cover them in diamonds and make it a trend.”

 

Photo: MAX RAPP/ PatrickMcMullan.com

BMW + Mercedes Fashion Week Showdown. Vroom.

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There’s always been room for boy toys at fashion week, but is there room for Mercedes-Benz and BMW? This weekend, the two automakers are duking it out with back-to-back fashion parties. BMW has pulled a fast one by hosting its own event tonight, the night before Mercedes’—the official sponsor—kickoff at Shang (which will feature a performance by the Virgins and a $300,000 limited-edition SL65 sitting pretty outside). Tonight, BMW is toasting the new, customizable 7 Series
with the help of Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani, who recently co-designed one. (Details are sketchy, but we’re told she had it upholstered in a combination of felt, washed wool, and leather.) With Joy Bryant, Helena Christensen, and Chanel Iman co-hosting, it’s sure to be a little swingier than your typical cars-and-cocktails soirée.

To the big spender goes the spoils, though, and Mercedes-Benz has seemingly thrown recession woes to the wind in an effort to spread itself all over Bryant Park and beyond. Even if you don’t refer to this
time of year as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, it’s hard to walk into the tents without feeling that, well, maybe you should. That AMG Black Series model to your left goes from 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds and has an “air-scarf” heating system that targets your neck (consider it a go-everywhere accessory). True to tradition—and admirably, in this economy—M-B is covering costs for a designer who might not otherwise be able to pull off a show at the tents. This season, it’s Yigal Azrouël. (Last fall it was Ralph Rucci; the brand’s past partnerships include Badgley Mischka and Tracy Reese.) His post-show party will be in the Maurice Villency-designed backstage lounge, where, during a Tuesday hot toddy session, Mercedes will be handing out a ski trip to Stowe, Vermont. How do we know the dream is still alive at fashion week? Even automakers are in a giving mood.

Photos: Courtesy of Mercedes and BMW

Framing Helena

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Just because Helena Christensen likes to take a picture now and then, that doesn’t mean she has to take her freaking camera everywhere. That’s according to the supermodel herself, by the way. But at last night’s opening of her new photography show Far From, Close at Neil Grayson’s Dactyl Foundation, Christensen noted that in today’s advanced technological age, not having a camera is merely a formal opportunity disguised as a challenge. “I took them on a phone,” she explained of the series of slide-size photographs (pictured here) in the front room at Dactyl. “You can’t print too large with the phone photos,” she added, “but anyway, I like the small.” Meanwhile, gallerygoers including 30 Rock star Judah Friedlander, Jeff Koons, Todd Eberle, and Christensen’s boyfriend, Paul Banks of Interpol, craned their necks at the tiny prints and squinted. However, sweet relief for the eyeballs could be found in the back, where the large-format prints were hanging and where Christensen pals Yelena Yemchuk and Michael Stipe were hanging out. Judging by the landscape shots, Christensen had managed to pack her camera on a few trips—to the Catskills, to Cuba, to Canada. But she wasn’t packing, so to speak, last night, which means the Christensen set’s post-opening journey to new It spot Macao will have been documented only in memory, or perhaps on camera phones. Far From, Close‘s next stop is the gallery at Chanel’s Ginza boutique next year.

Photo: Helena Christensen