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April 20 2014

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Bottega Veneta’s Got Art Smarts

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Bottega Veneta's Fall '13 Ads

For the past few years, Bottega Veneta designer Tomas Maier has taken an artistic approach to his campaigns, tapping multidisciplinary photographers such as Nan Goldin, Nick Knight, Annie Leibovitz, Jack Pierson, Peter Lindbergh, and more to bring a dynamic edge to his ads. Dubbed the Art of Collaboration, the project continues this season, with Maier commissioning New York-based artist Ralph Gibson to lens the Fall ’13 campaign. Best known for his eerie images with erotic undertones, Gibson turned out a series of moody snaps for the Italian house. His high-impact shots, which star Fall ’13 show-opener Raquel Zimmermann, debut above, exclusively on Style.com.

Photo: Ralph Gibson

At Victoria Bartlett, Skin Is In

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Fans of VPL won’t be surprised to hear that designer Victoria Bartlett is obsessed with anatomy—VPL is short for Visible Panty Line, after all. But her fixation on the body goes beyond her signature maxi dresses with the bra-cup tops. Tomorrow night, Bartlett is hosting an opening for an exhibition at her Mercer Street store in Soho that she curated with Renee Vara, in which she invited 15 artists to submit work based on the theme (and shown under the title) Second Skin. Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Jack Pierson, Collier Schorr, and Mark Borthwick are among the participants. Hrafnhildur Arnardottir (a.k.a. Shoplifter) is doing a performance in the shop window. All the work except hers will be for sale. “It could be literal, or it could be interpretive,” Bartlett says of the submissions. “It’s also about what’s underneath, getting under your skin, annoyance—all those different points are represented.” Ugo Rondinone’s wax and earth pigments sculpture, nude (xxxxxxxx) (pictured), could almost double as a mannequin. You won’t find any clothes hanging from it before or after the opening—the show will be up for two months—but more than likely his piece and the others will influence Bartlett’s own work. The crossover of media “keeps me ticking,” she says. “It’s fodder for my brain.”

Second Skin opens tomorrow at VPL, 5 Mercer St., NYC.

Photo: Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels and INPUT Journal/ Vara Fine Arts

Babyoncé Arrives (Maybe), Remembering Herb Ritts, A Roundup Of The New Spring Campaigns, And More…

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Has the new Beyoncé/Jay-Z collaboration finally dropped? The rumor mill (and, naturally, the British tabloid press) is buzzing that Beyoncé may have gone into labor, and may have given birth to a daughter whose name may be Tiana-May Carter. No official word yet from mom and pop. [Observer]

Nowness takes a look back through the career of legendary fashion photog Herb Ritts, unearthing a few choice unseen photos and reminiscences from his famous collaborators, including Cindy Crawford (left), Naomi Campbell, and Richard Gere. “All of us experienced pain with Herb, but the pain was worth it,” Campbell said. “You want one of those photographs in your lifetime of modeling.” [Nowness]

Speaking of fashion photographers, the world may have just gotten a new one: Critically lauded contemporary lensman Jack Pierson, who has just shot the new Bottega Veneta Spring campaign with Karmen Pedaru. [WWD]

And speaking of campaigns, here are all the latest from Spring. [Fashionologie]

Photo: Herb Ritts / Nowness.com

Victoria Bartlett Will Get Unhinged in Milan

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At the VPL show almost two weeks ago, many of the models came down the runway with abstract, hand-crocheted accessories by the young designer Aran Baik. Based on anatomical drawings, the accessories served to outline and extend the skeletal lines of the models’ bodies—ribcage, hip bone, shoulder blade. The pieces spoke to the collection’s theme, Atlas of Anatomy, but they also worked as an elegant summary of the obsessions VPL designer Victoria Bartlett has nurtured since she launched in 2003. Bartlett’s fascination with the body is frank. Her collections have often seemed like the product of a dialogue between a choreographer and an X-ray technician. Bartlett has opened that conversation up to a variety of collaborators. Baik was one of several designers who participated in VPL’s recent Spring show. And over the years, she has worked closely with many artists, most of whom delivered work to VPL UNHINGED, a retrospective opening on September 27 at the Dopolavaro Gallery in Milan. The show will feature new work from some—including Mark Borthwick, Jack Pierson, and Jessica Metrani—while others, like Steven Klein and Collier Schorr, are contributing iconic pieces from their archives. Here, Bartlett talks to Style.com about tap-dancing twins, time capsules, and exposing what lies beneath.

VPL UNHINGED opens toward the end of fashion week in Milan. Was that timing coincidental, or did the gallery intend for the show to find a place on the calendar?

Actually, they invited me to do an exhibition in June, around the time of the men’s collections in Milan. But I was just too busy, so we pushed it back. The intention was never to be part of fashion week, but more like something at the edges of it. We also felt like the show couldn’t just be about clothes. This is more like a dialogue with VPL, in different mediums—photography, painting, etching, sculpture, film. We’re going to have a performance, too, the night of the opening. Everyone in the group will be wearing one-of-a-kind showpieces.

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