April 20 2014

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3 posts tagged "John Currin"

L’Wren Scott’s Living Canvas


L'Wren ScottFashion and art often find each other, as they did last night at the Neue Gallery New York, where L’Wren Scott sat down with longtime pal Rachel Feinstein to discuss her Gustav Klimt-inspired Fall ’13 collection. The museum, which welcomed the likes of Feinstein’s husband John Currin, and actress Ellen Barkin for the affair, acquired one of the twentieth century Austrian artist’s most famous works, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907), back in 2006. Created during his golden phase, the painting was the primary muse for Scott’s decadent Fall looks, and it served as the backdrop for the Q&A. Having first discovered Klimt when she visited Paris’ Musée d’Orsay in her teens, Scott explained that her love of his work, “obsession with his golden period” and “longtime love of gold,” were the starting points for her collection. And indeed, while examining Scott’s gilded Fall ’13 designs, four of which were displayed in the front of the room, the connection was clear.

Scott offered that Klimt’s life—or, more specifically, the women in his life—were equally as inspiring as his art. In particular, she referenced Adele Bloch Bauer (a wealthy socialite and one of his foremost patrons), and his supposed lover, the bohemian fashion designer Emilie Flöge. “She was very well known for her little caplets, and she used to embellish them beautifully with geometric designs and inspirations from ancient Egyptian and Byzantine times. That’s how Klimt started doing his geometric patterns,” said Scott. One such caplet topped a black and gold sequined evening gown that hugged a mannequin to her left. Continue Reading “L’Wren Scott’s Living Canvas” »

An American In Paris


There may have been more French bons mots than usual at the Plaza Hotel last night, but it was an American designer who held the spotlight. The French Institute/Alliance Française was hosting its annual auction and awards gala and Marc Jacobs was the Trophée des Arts winner of the night. “I’m always kind of surprised when I win something like this,” said Jacobs, before being presented with the award by Anna Wintour. “It’s for something I love to do, and on top of that, I get to live in two great cities.” With brutally cold weather on both sides of the Atlantic, the designer, who splits his time between Paris and New York, barely made it in for the ceremony. But if travel schedules were hectic, it didn’t seem to bother Jacobs any. “I think Paris is the most beautiful city in the world,” he continued. “I love the way I feel there.” As for his French skills? “Except for fashion, my vocabulary isn’t very good, and I never properly learned verb tenses,” he confessed. “I think when I’m there, I tend to speak English with a French accent!”

Correct conjugation or not, Jacobs was in fine Francophile company. Rachel Feinstein Currin, John Currin, Michael Pitt, Jamie Bochert, and Alexa Chung all shared a table with the designer. “My first big show was in France, in Limoges. Only a few dozen people showed up,” Currin remembered with a laugh. “But it was a weird set of circumstances, because I had a bunch of shows after that.” Meanwhile, Bochert, who’s spent many a season walking the défilés, had more fantastical reasons. “I love Paris,” the model said. “Something about Paris just makes me want to put on red lipstick, wear high heels, go buy a baguette, and traipse about the streets.”

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A Mad-Off At The Met Ball, Sex‘s Secrets, And More


News about the Met ball continues to pour in: It’ll be a battle of the Mad women, when Stefano Pilati brings January Jones and Tommy Hilfiger brings Christina Hendricks. The redhead will be in good company; Hilfiger is also said to have Mick Jagger and L’Wren Scott, John Currin, Zoe Kazan, Peter Som, and Jimmy Fallon at his table. Michael Kors goes for the catwalkers, hosting Carolyn Murphy, Natasha Poly, Chanel Iman, and former model/actresses Brooke Shields and Diane Lane, and Ralph Lauren will sit with Taylor Swift, Jessica Biel, and Justin Timberlake. [WWD]

Chez YSL—Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé’s apartment, that is—is on the market. $31.4 million buys you a library, a music room, a gym, and plenty of mirrors. [Hint Mag]

The latest addition to Louis Vuitton’s stable of “Icons” for its heritage ad campaign? If the rumors are to be believed, Bono. Coincidentally (or not), Vuitton parent LVMH recently acquired Bono and wife Ali Hewson’s eco-friendly Edun label. [WWD]

More from the Sex and the City 2 front: For her first appearance onscreen, SJP wears (gasp!) Halston. Costume designer Pat Field also had to contend with the Middle Eastern prohibition on exposed shoulders when working on the Abu Dhabi-set film. [L.A. Times via Racked]

And speaking of SATC2, its stars have signed multimillion-dollar contracts not to reveal plot secrets. “I’ve signed my life away to say I won’t tell. I thought: ‘You have got to be kidding! This isn’t state secrets, it’s the f****** script for a movie!” said Samantha, er, Kim Cattrall. (Throw in a couple f******s and it can be hard to tell the difference.) [Vogue U.K.]

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