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Filling Fashion Week’s White Space


The White Space - Presentation - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014

“I’m really interested in promoting young designers and bringing them together,” explained curator and stylist Alison Brokaw of her interest in The White Space. The project, a three-day showcase of four emerging designers at Jeff and Justine Koons’ West Chelsea studio produced by Brokaw represents a concerted attempt to shine a spotlight on new talent during a week when, amid 250-plus presentations and runway shows, it’s become near impossible for nonestablished brands to attract substantial industry attention. The idea behind White Space is simple: “If you bring everyone together, you’re going to get more traffic, you’re going to get more people through the door,” said Brokaw. “We’ve had all the majors through, [meeting the designers] and giving them feedback. It’s been a very, very positive experience.”

The four designers on view come from diverse backgrounds. Wadha Al Hajri (above) is a Qatari womenswear designer with a sharply architectural aesthetic that features cutout-heavy, hand-embroidered black-and-white woven separates; Brokaw found her on a sales trip to the Middle East. “My collections are always inspired by my heritage and my background,” Al Hajri offered. “Working in Qatar is challenging—there are no pattern cutters!—but it’s integral to my vision.”

The White Space - Presentation - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014

Handbag designer Lee Savage (above), a Savannah, Georgia, native, gives us solid brass, lamb-lined and leather-coated geometric evening clutches, this season inspired by the minimalist creations of Donald Judd. “Because my background is in interiors, everything is very architecturally based,” said Savage of her hyper-sculptural accessories, which are carried at Barneys and on Net-a-Porter. She’s hoping to attract the attention of a few other buyers through the showcase.

Kashmiri scarf designer Yaser Shaw runs his family’s generations-old, traditional fabric manufacturing workshop in the Himalayan mountains. He collaborates with local artisans, helping them select colors and patterns (this season inspired by the work of Josef Albers and 17th-century Central Asian architecture) as they spend three weeks weaving each set of six shawls.

English designer Anjhe Mules (one of the costume designers for The Hunger Games) of technical sportswear line Lucas Hugh rounds out the group. “It’s technical sportswear with a high-fashion twist,” she explained. “Everything is styled to make you look slimmer, and there is support as well through the waist and the bum. The aesthetic is a little edgier.”

“Everyone’s doing something different, so there’s really no competition,” said Brokaw. “It’s great to bring everyone together and focus on these three days the magic happens.”

Photos: Getty Images 

In Seoul, Chrome Hearts Is Bigger than Ever


Chrome Hearts' Installation in Seoul

Chrome Hearts—Richard Stark’s L.A.-based clothing and accessories label with a rocker-cum-skater sensibility—launched its second boutique in Seoul, South Korea, this past weekend. To celebrate the new space, which is nestled inside the city’s massive Shinsegae Main Department Store, the brand collaborated with Korean pop musicians Big Bang & 2NE1 on a range of items (like chokers, sweatshirts, and fingerless gloves), which, along with a host of other exclusive wares created for the opening, will be available throughout the month. The big news, however, is Chrome’s installation—a collection of signatures, like a heart-shaped locket, an oval belt, and the JJ Dean bag, which have been blown up to jumbo size and displayed in the store. (We should also mention that an assortment of giant CH crosses will remain on the store’s roof—across from a Jeff Koons sculpture—for the next year.) Also on view is 28 Images, co-owner Laurie Lynn Stark’s photography show, featuring the likes of Iggy Pop, Shepard Fairey, Brittany Murphy, and Karl Lagerfeld. As for what will garner the most attention, we’d think it’s a toss-up between Karl and Chrome’s thirteen-foot leather-and-metal dinosaur—stiff competition, indeed.

The sculpture and photography installations will be on view until June 27 at Chrome Hearts’ new store, located at Shinsegae Main, 52-50 Chungmuro 1ga, Jung-gu, Seoul.

Photo: Courtesy of Chrome Hearts

To New York City, Love Acne Paper


What does it take to be a New Yorker? According to Acne Paper editor in chief Thomas Persson, confidence, energy, vitality, and sometimes, audacity. London-based Norwegian though he is, Persson has spent a good deal of time thinking about New Yorkism of late: The magazine’s 14th issue, dedicated to New York, launches tonight with a party at New York’s legendary Four Seasons restaurant. (On its cover: echt New Yorkers like Fran Lebowitz, Richard Serra, and Mikhail Baryshnikov.) Considering Acne opened a new store in Soho this past June and its designer, Jonny Johansson, married his longtime girlfriend in NYC last weekend, it would seem an appropriate time for Persson to feature the Big Apple. And within the pages of Acne Paper‘s latest issue, he unearths striking images and surprising stories that would intrigue even the most jaded of New Yorkers. There are archive shots by Steven Meisel, a new shoot with Karlie Kloss, a look into apartments in neighborhoods throughout New York, and a series of portraits by Brigitte Lacombe featuring New Yorkers including Martin Scorsese (pictured, above), Jeff Koons (pictured, below), and Lena Dunham. But, adds Persson, “I would love for people to actually read the magazine. There are some really good stories in there. New Yorkers are great storytellers.” Here, he speaks with about his first time in New York, the difference between New Yorkers and Scandinavians, and the city’s suggestive skyline.

Why did you choose New York for your first city-centric issue?
I had been wanting to do an issue on New York for a long time. It’s a city that’s totally different from any other place in the world. And, it seemed like a good time because Jonny just got married here last weekend. He and his girlfriend met in New York 20 years ago and they had this lovely wedding, so it seemed like a good moment to do sort of a love letter to New York City.

What do you think makes New York so mesmerizing?
Because it attracts a certain kind of person. People who choose to live in New York City are often full of ambition and drive. They have an enthusiasm for what they’re doing and for life. So it has this electric intensity that you don’t find in Europe. You come to New York if you really want to accomplish something. There’s a very high level of energy. Also, because it’s so compressed. It’s this little island, it’s a small place and the whole world has gathered here. I think that is really unique.

How do you feel that your Scandinavian perspective frames your view of the city?
Well, I’m Norwegian and I feel very Norwegian when I’m in New York. I don’t know how to describe it. People here are extremely outgoing, which I like. In the northern countries we are much more introverted. Here in New York, we are overwhelmed by this outgoingness. It’s an extremely social place and people are very open. New Yorkers are very into introducing people to each other and that is very different than where I come from. In Scandinavia we have a general mentality where people are very in tune with the same things but there’s no real class system or anything like that. So that’s very different too. Here, you have an enormous difference in how people live. And their viewpoints and mentalities are so radically different.

What were your initial impressions of the city?
The first time here was in 1990. I was very, very young and it was me and my boyfriend. We just went out to the Sound Factory and Disco 2000 and it was quite funny. One of the first people I met in New York was Michael Alig, of all people. So my impression was it was just so much fun. The nightlife was very different back then and I thought it was super exciting with all the club kids and the music. All that blew me away.

Why did you choose the Four Seasons Restaurant as the location for the party?
It’s just such a beautiful, timeless, elegant, chic restaurant. For me, Manhattan is a man. It’s not a woman. It has these erections of skyscrapers. And this place is so masculine. It’s a bit corporate. And I think that’s very New York. I also think it’s one of the most stunning places in the world.

The issue ($15) is available at Acne Soho, 33 Greene Street, NYC.

Photos: Brigitte Lacombe © 2012

Art for Armitage


Karole Armitage has been a driving force on the international dance scene for more than 30 years—and has the friends and internationally renowned collaborators, like Jeff Koons, Carroll Dunham, and David Salle, to show for it. “Jeff Koons and I became good friends in the eighties, when he was not at all successful as an artist,” Armitage tells “And Philip Taaffe slept on my floor in Florence.” Now, Koons, Taaffe, and five other artists have bonded together to help out the legendary choreographer and her company, Armitage Gone! Dance, which is in need of financial support. The artists have donated their postwar and contemporary artwork (from $18,000 to $250,000) for a Christie’s auction, taking place in New York this week (November 9).

“The artists are the great heroes,” Armitage says. “They give selflessly over and over again.” In the mix, there’s a self-portrait pastel piece from Francesco Clemente, an inkjet print from John Baldessari, a bronze dancer sculpture from Eric Fischl, and the inflatable pig costume (seven feet high) from Armitage’s 1989 collaboration with Jeff Koons. “Jeff has an astonishing ability to hit the nail on the head by pointing out things that seem obvious, but which no one else can express,” she says of the costume. The money raised from the auction will allow Armitage to create a new ballet.

In the meantime, Armitage is hard at work on several wide-ranging side projects, including a new tent show for Cirque du Soleil; a ballet focused on the art of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock; and a “catwalk homage to the icons of style, from models to Indian chiefs to rock and movie stars” called Rave, complete with costumes by Donna Karan.

Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s

A Walk To Remember


Arguably, the opportunity to be in a room with Alec Baldwin is, in this day and age, enough to coax anyone out on a rainy night. Now add to that a good cause (New York’s Coalition for the Homeless) and an auction that includes works by Francesco Clemente, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons, James Rosenquist, and Silvia Venturini Fendi. Yes, you read that last one correctly. Artwalk 2010—hosted by Baldwin, Richard Gere, and Carey Lowell, and honoring Rosenquist—does primarily draw from visual artists for its annual for-charity auction, but since Fendi has signed on as this year’s sponsor, the house matriarch (and accessories designer) has ponied up, too. Hitting the block will be a made-to-order Selleria Peekaboo bag (pictured), customizable from the leather or skin down to the stitching and lining, in 37 color variations. No wonder Isabella Rossellini, Selita Ebanks, Heather Marks, and Olympia Scarry are all expected at tonight’s event. Want to join them? Tickets are still available at, where you can also bid on auction items.

Photo: Courtesy of Fendi