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29 posts tagged "Helena Christensen"

Framing Helena


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

the hole story: marina schindler’s lace obsession


“Oh my God, I’m a freak,” confesses Marina Schindler. “I’ve got boxes and boxes, and I keep buying more. I can’t stop!” Schindler’s obsession: lace. The stylist has been collecting vintage lace for years, and a rotating selection of her hand-embellished finds has been available at Helena Christensen’s Butik in the West Village. On a recent evening, however, as Schindler opened up her apartment for an Electric Feathers trunk show, she unearthed a larger trove of her creations. “I think what I like about the lace is that each piece feels special,” said Schindler, who doubles as a new mom and triples as the fashion director of just-launched art mag Tar. “And as busy as I am, it’s nice to have a hobby that’s as focusing as, you know, sewing some crystal beads onto a piece of lace.” Another hobby of Schindler’s: making raspberry jam, jars of which were for sale at her place alongside lace capelets and necklaces and vintage lingerie embroidered with crystal at the behest of Swarovski. “That was a special project,” she explained. “I really like the old lingerie, too, but I can’t start collecting that. I just don’t have room.”

Photo: Courtesy of Electric Feathers

helena christensen cans it


Some people go to parties to get trashed; others, to get trash cans. Feel free to include Rachel Roy, Amy Sacco, Julianna Moore, Celerie Kemble, and Andrew Saffir among the latter. Last night, they and several starry others accepted host Helena Christensen‘s invitation to attend the VIPP Charity Auction at the Winston Wächter Fine Art Gallery in Chelsea. VIPP, for reference, is the Danish maker of high-end garbage cans, and as Christensen explained, every so often they ring up some notables, have them customize a bin or two, and auction them off for charity. “I told them I’d love to host one of the auctions, so long as I could pick the charities that would benefit,” she recalled. “I’ve been working with both the Food Bank for New York City and the Chernobyl Children’s Project for a while now, so…” The event turned out to be something of a Christensen family affair—as well as showing up with new beau Paul Banks (of Interpol fame) in tow, the model/photographer had dragooned friends such as Michael Stipe and Christy Turlington Burns into working up one VIPP bin each. But the evening’s capstone was set by the auction on a can customized by Christensen’s pal Bono: The VIPP scrawled with lyrics off U2′s forthcoming record went for a cool $30,000. Talk about elegantly wasted.

Photo: Sara Jaye Weiss/Startraks

bono: keeping his day job for now


The Spring ’09 showing for sustainable fashion label Edun at the Mini rooftop was a multimedia affair: models posing in African-inspired khakis and zigzag-patterned wrap dresses, a brief Q&A with designer Ali Hewson, a clip from a documentary about Uganda, and a DJ set from Vito Roccoforte and Gabe Andruzzi of the Rapture. Hewson and her husband, a musician you may have heard of named Bono, launched the for-profit company in 2005. (They also introduced Helena Christensen to fair trade, the Danish supermodel revealed when we approached her at the bar.) Relying on organic dyes and pre-cuts, the Edun threads on display were made in Africa, India, and Peru. So what kind of a role does Hewson’s high-profile husband play in the whole thing? “He’s brilliant as a mentor and a guide. It’s great for us to work in this micro way and feed back into the macro stuff that he’s doing with governments,” the designer said, sipping an African-rum cocktail. But pop star clothing lines are so in—the U2 headman really isn’t doing any sketches? “He may be,” Hewson allowed. “But we’re not using them.”


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