July 22 2014

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2 posts tagged "Jean Cocteau"

A Magazine And Acne Paper Play Host In Paris


The party people were out in force on Friday night in Paris’ Marais to celebrate the latest editions of two—get this—print magazines. The revolving-editor A Magazine chose Giambattista Valli to helm its new issue: his chosen theme, “real beauty,” and his cover, a portrait of River Phoenix by Michael Tighe (above right). Marina Abramovic, Nan Goldin, Chiara Clemente, Lee Radziwill, Peter Schlesinger, and Kenzo Takada all collaborated on the tenth issue, as did Sasha Pivovarova, who did a series of self-portraits. “This magazine is about what nourishes me; it’s another way to show my inspirations,” said Valli, who opened his exploration with a 1975 quote from Yves Saint Laurent: “What we imagine may be very beautiful but nothing replaces reality.” (To buy, visit

Around the corner at the very private Maison de La Chasse, Maria Berenson and editor Thomas Persson (below right) co-hosted a fête for the new issue of Acne Paper, the Studio Issue, and Kristin Scott Thomas and Bruno Frisoni (below left), Nicola Formichetti, Lanvin’s Lucas Ossendrijver and Elie Top, and Catherine Baba all dropped by to mill in the hunting house’s drawing rooms. The mag includes visits to, or representations of, the studios of artists like Matisse, Pollock, and Hockney, as well as photographic portfolios by Helmut Lang and Eric Boman. A nude Leigh Bowery (shot by Bruce Bernard as he sat for a portrait with Lucien Freud) appears on the cover (above left), and hostess Berenson is inside, shot by Katerina Jebb in Jean Cocteau’s house in Milly-La-Forêt. “Marisa’s grandmother, Elsa Schiaparelli, was so close to Cocteau it was natural to shoot her in his old house,” Persson explained of the spread, “and Acne is based on the idea of a creative collective, so we focused on artists’ studios as the place where creativity happens.” (To buy, visit Acne, 10 Greene St., NYC, or

Photos: Courtesy of A Magazine; Courtesy of Acne Paper

Sad News For A Different Sort Of Fashion Collection


The world is Oscar-mad today, but a note from the Criterion Collection caught our eye this afternoon. Few companies have been as dedicated to bringing the stylish movies of earlier days onto DVD and Blu-Ray, and Criterion’s lengthy backlist has long held pride of place on our Netflix queues. We’re sad to report that several of its offerings will soon be out of print, thanks to an expiring license. If you want to own classics like Cocteau’s Orphic Trilogy, Clouzot’s Quai de Orfèvres, or Godard’s Alphaville or Pierrot le Fou, the clock is ticking—and to sweeten the pot a bit, the company is offering to knock $5 off the price of the titles until they sell out. That’s reminder enough to re-watch Pierrot (pictured), with the ethereally beautiful—and still influential—Anna Karina, Godard’s muse, sometime wife, and one of the strongest arguments for bangs around.

Photo: R.A. / GAMMA / Everett Collection