31 posts tagged "Jay-Z"
If fine art wasn’t already the ultimate status symbol, it certainly is now. Yesterday afternoon, the reigning king of hip-hop and all-around tastemaker Jay-Z brought together the crème de la crème of New York’s art, fashion, and entertainment worlds for the marathon six-hour-long shoot of his video for “Picasso Baby,” off the new Magna Carta…Holy Grail album, at the Pace Gallery in Chelsea.
“I just met baby Picasso, baby!” enthused Jenna Lyons, pointing out the late painter’s granddaughter, Diana, who participated in the action along with Judd Apatow, Jim Jarmusch, Alan Cumming, Adrian Grenier, and Jemima Kirke. Further upping the event’s street cred were Rosie Perez, Fab 5 Freddy, and Michael Kenneth Williams (a.k.a. Omar from The Wire). Naturally, the art world was well-represented, too. An established collector of Basquiat, Warhol, and Hirst, Mr. Carter worked with his personal art adviser, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, to bring in contemporary stars such as Richard Phillips, Elizabeth Peyton, Rob Pruitt, Aaron Young, Kalup Linzy, Jane Holzer, and Klaus Biesenbach. Each took a turn vibing alongside Mr. Carter during a live performance of the song that was being filmed by Mark Romanek (who was also behind “99 Problems”) in the format of Marina Abramovic’s The Artist Is Present show. Notoriously transgressive photographer Andres Serrano, who was rocking his signature flattop hair and a vintage cowboy ensemble, told Style.com, “I’m just going to wing it when I get up there and go off of him. “‘Big Pimpin’ has to be my favorite song of his.”
At the end of the track, Hova would huddle up all the eager onlookers. The vibe was amped up, but it wasn’t high enough for Jay. “Y’all call that energy?” he boomed into the mic, which reminded people to stop Instagram-ing and Vine-ing.
The clear highlight of the production was Jay’s interaction with Abramovic herself. The two locked foreheads, as if in a performance-art mind meld, and stared each other down while circling the room. And when their powers combine? The artist Laurie Simmons’ verdict is likely the one the two were courting: “Simply genius.”
“I wanted the audience to feel like the people who read Gatsby in the twenties,” said director Baz Luhrmann during yesterday’s intimate luncheon and discussion of The Great Gatsby at the New York Public Library. “Back then, it was dangerous and of the moment.” Following a string of stylish events and a splashy New York premiere worthy of any Fitzgerald novel, the event was a scholarly affair hosted by Anna Wintour, NYPL President Tony Marx, and editor in chief of The New Yorker, David Remnick. The latter moderated a Q&A with the film’s star-studded cast and crew.
Just steps from the library’s trove of Fitzgerald first editions, the film’s stars, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, and Carey Mulligan (DiCaprio was absent), offered insight into playing some of literature’s most memorable characters. “Daisy became a cocktail of a lot of research,” revealed Mulligan, who plumbed Princeton’s archives for the author’s intimate correspondence with muses Zelda Fitzgerald and Ginevra King. “I fell in love with these two women. The more I read their words, the more real Daisy became.” Fisher, who plays the down-on-her-luck Myrtle Wilson, admitted that her character’s capricious tendencies were hardly far-fetched. “I often play a floozy,” the Australian starlet deadpanned in a Chloé ensemble.
But perhaps the keenest observation came from the film’s scorer, Jay-Z, who was the first to see a rough cut. “We went to lunch afterward, and Jay told me, ‘The thing about this movie is that it’s aspirational,’” recalled Luhrmann. “I think he really nailed it. With Gatsby, everybody thinks of the parties, the fashion, and the champagne. I do hope the movie has a lot of razzle-dazzle, but ultimately it’s a book about hope.”
Between today’s launch of the AllSaints installation, Biker Project: Series 1 and Jay-Z singing about the brand in Justin Timberlake’s record-breaking song “Suit and Tie,” AllSaints creative director Wil Beedle could barely contain his excitement. “The biker jacket is an iconic silhouette for us, and it sums up our DNA, which is a little rock ‘n’ roll, but a thorough commitment to exquisite craftsmanship and design,” Beedle told Style.com. In an effort to convey its “slightly disruptive yet nimble” core, the London-based brand stripped its Covent Garden shop “back to its industrial bones,” making it the ideal location to exhibit fifty meticulously constructed biker jackets (some of which even include tattoo ink). The label also created a corresponding film that, debuting exclusively below, details the making of its signature leather toppers.Having previously collaborated with Tinie Tempah, Thenewno2, and Kings of Leon (just to name a few), AllSaints has some pretty legit rock ‘n’ roll ties. The label took its rebel status one step further with last year’s launch of the Basement Sessions—a series of weekly performances and interviews with musical heavyweights like Fatboy Slim, Gary Numan, and Kelis, that streamed on its Web site. And, of course, having the likes of Kristen Stewart, Cara Delevingne, Russell Brand, and Lourdes Leon as die-hard fans helps with the street cred.The Biker Project will eventually go on a road trip, with the jackets being auctioned off for a yet-to-be-named charity. And it seems like the brand is ramping up for a little adventure, too. “Our Los Angeles store opens in April—that will make fifteen stateside shops, alongside our Bloomingdale’s concessions,” Beedle says. “Our fans in America have shown a humbling amount of support. Americans can definitely relate to London’s rock ‘n’ roll rebellion vibe.” Watch out, L.A.—here comes trouble.
“Everybody, including myself, thought it was a bit random,” said Jourdan Dunn of her new cooking show, Well Dunn With Jourdan Dunn, which debuted on Jay-Z’s Life + Times YouTube channel last week. “But that’s what I liked about the project to begin with. Nobody saw it coming.”
After the first episode, 60,000 viewers (and counting) immediately understood that the show was less about Dunn’s culinary skills and more about showcasing the 22-year-old model’s feisty, laugh-a-minute personality. While preparing a jerk pork belly dish inspired by her Jamaican roots, Dunn had garlic cloves flying around the kitchen. Her hair was in her face, and she even sliced one of her nails. “Before signing on to do [the show], my mom was like, ‘Are you ready for the whole world to know that you’re basically an idiot?’ And I thought, ‘Well yeah, I am ready,” she laughed. “The show was a way to share myself with my fans while doing something that I love: cooking.”
Dunn explained that the series will feature meals she regularly serves at home. Sweet and sour spare ribs, buffalo wings, a spicy Thai beef salad, and baked fish with Indian spices and tomatoes will all make appearances. The model, however, is hesitant to reveal the recipe for her 3-year-old son Riley’s favorite dish: macaroni and cheese. “My mac and cheese is kind of special and I wasn’t sure that I wanted everybody to know how to make it. We’re talking about a second season of Well Dunn [which would potentially include model friends like Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne], and maybe I’ll let the secret out then.” She did give us one hint: “Most people only use one kind of cheese but I make it with about five different ones, so it’s really cheesy.”
All in all, it’s been an even busier year than usual for Dunn, who recently made her Victoria’s Secret debut and shot the ad campaign for Rihanna’s forthcoming River Island clothing line. “Rihanna was really cool. During the shoot, she said, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe you have a son.’ I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe you know that I have a son or even know who I am!’ ” Between cooking on Jay-Z’s channel and modeling for Rihanna, we’d say Dunn is officially part of the Def Jam family. So what’s next? “I was thinking about rapping,” Dunn mused. While you’re waiting for her potential lyrical debut, you can catch the second episode of Well Dunn With Jourdan Dunn on Life + Times on Monday.
Brit catwalker Jourdan Dunn is getting her own television show, courtesy of Jay-Z. It won’t be of the sartorial sort, however. The model, who appeared on the runway this season at Burberry, Emilio Pucci, Gareth Pugh, and more, is going to be showing off her kitchen know-how with her series, a part of the rapper’s newly relaunched YouTube channel Life + Times. Style.com got in touch with the supe (in between her photo shoot today) to talk about her latest project, called Well Dunn With Jourdan Dunn. “I wanted to show people what I am really like, and to feel like they were sitting in my kitchen with me, getting to know me and the food I love to cook,” she says, admitting she’s also a little nervous about the whole thing. “For me, family is everything. My memories of cooking Jamaican food with my mother and grandmother are some of my happiest. Living in New York and London, there are great restaurants, but there is still nothing like my family cooking.” The air date is not yet known, but we sure hope to see some of her model pals join her on the show.