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A Stange Day In London


In London yesterday, amid frenzied G-20 protests, road closures, and Michelle Obama and the Queen hugging (abandoning centuries of protocol—no one touches the Queen), madness was the theme of the day. And it continued into the night as Iekeliene Stange, she of the razor-cut cheekbones and the newly platinum hair, and her BFF, Dutch stylist Victor de Bie, exhibited their work at the Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury—aptly named, seeing as that in the 1800′s the art studio stabled cabbie’s sick horses. Strains of quasi-disturbing Dutch children’s folk songs, de Bie’s Dalí-esque paintings, Stange’s bleak Polaroids, vacant-looking Dutch dolls, and a disorganized spread of homemade cakes and tea set the oddly hallucinatory scene. The exhibit was called Umfeld, which de Bie explained means “surroundings” in Dutch: “We are trying to show the atmosphere of what it was like for us growing up. It was a surreal life, so it’s perfect that tonight has that chaotic kind of feel—we could not have scripted it better.”



Photo: Courtesy of Ikeliene Stange


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Iekeliene Wants The World To Look Like A Polaroid


Iekeliene Stange’s finely sculpted features—which we think evoke the lines of Modigliani or Erté—have the kind of unique beauty that’s often dubbed “intellectual.” Opening today at Berlin’s Projekt Galerie, her new photography show called I Like Ponies, a collection of playfully surreal Polaroid images, is proof that the description isn’t merely skin deep. While some fashion- friendly fields are a natural transition for models who want move past posing, Stange is interested in presenting work with a set of allusions that go beyond the industry and her own distinctive beauty. After years of snapping pics backstage (including for, Stange’s first show marks her graceful transition from muse to artist. Let’s hope that Impossible b.v., the Netherlands-based company that’s resuscitating Polaroids for fans worldwide, churns out lots of film for her to shoot. Here, Stange talks to about her secret stash of film, Dutch nursery rhymes, and the state of fashion photography.

Why are you drawn to Polaroids?

There is something quite chaotic about the way Polaroids develop, the way they appear and their flaws. I think their irregularities, along with the dreamy colors and tones, sums up the way I’d like the world to really look.

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a day in the life of: iekeliene stange, model


Wednesday, September 24

I ended up being a little rushed in the morning—I was walking in the Gucci show—so to be honest this outfit was more of a quick decision than something really thought-out. And I had some important appointments, so I had to keep it simple (some Italians get slightly shocked by my color explosions). It’s a Phillip Lim dress with an Erin Fetherston top and a vintage sparkly waistcoat.

Thursday, September 25

I’m really into flowery dresses at the moment. I love finding vintage items with interesting fabrics and patterns that show a little history. I had to go to the airport today—a last-minute job in London, so no more Milan shows for me—and wanted to wear something comfortable and easy. I guess it’s very “hippie traveler.” It’s a vintage dress with a waistcoat I dug out of my dressing-up box from when I was little, with some beads and a necklace I made myself.

Photo: Greg Kessler