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Hood by Air Cracks the Establishment, and Other News From the CFDA Cocktail Fete

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Shayne Oliver, Chris PetersAs we’re sure you saw, the 2014 CFDA Award nominees and honorees were announced last night during a cocktail fete hosted by Nadja Swarovski and CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg at the Bowery Hotel. During the soiree, it was revealed that Tom Ford and Raf Simons will both receive honors, and Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, and Joseph Altuzarra will duke it out for the Womenswear Designer of the Year title. (See the full list of nominees here.)

While the news that director John Waters would be hosting was pretty great, we were particularly thrilled to learn that Hood by Air—the streetwise anti-establishment luxury line whose Fall ’14 show featured old-school voguers—was nominated for the Swarovski Award for Menswear. It seemed to signify that the brand, which Style.com’s Maya Singer recently dubbed the most exciting thing happening in New York right now, had finally cracked, well, the establishment. “When you put commentary out there, you hope that people realize what’s going on and like your take,” offered designer Shayne Oliver. “I’m glad that they’re actually listening,” added the talent, who was just back from Paris, where he had presented his collection to a panel of judges during the penultimate round of competition for the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. “We’ve been having some really cool meetings in Paris,” he later hinted. “I think there might be some European moves coming in the future.”

Tim Coppens, also just back from the LVMH event, stuck around for some revelry and received a nomination for the Swarovski Menswear honor, as well. “I’m excited,” he said. So excited, in fact, that he’s already started thinking about the June 2 awards ceremony. “What I’ll wear was actually the first thing that went through my head,” he laughed, adding that he’ll probably design something to don to the affair. Creatures of the Wind’s Christopher Peters, who, along with partner Shane Gabier, is up for the Swarovski Award for Womenswear, also pondered his ceremony attire. “I don’t have any formal clothes that don’t have food on them, so I might have to go shopping,” he deadpanned. “Last year, I wore this really insane Comme des Garçons jacket with embroidered music notes down the sleeves. I loved it more than anything, and then I wore it to a wedding in Texas and everyone thought I was with the band. So it was perfect.” When asked whether he was nervous about the competition, Peters replied, “We both feel extremely honored to be nominated, but we’re always nervous. About everything. I’m kind of, like, constantly panicked, so this is no different than my normal state.” Considering most of the designers in attendance last night were just back from sales in Europe and already working away on their next collections, we have to assume that Peters isn’t alone.

Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.comĀ 

The Spirit’s Still Independent, But The Mood’s More Mainstream

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The Oscars won’t be Hollywood’s only fancy awards night this weekend. The Independent Spirit Awards, traditionally a pretty scruffy affair, got natty for its 25th anniversary, allowing big-time stars to dress up—including Vera Farmiga, in Marchesa (pictured); Carey Mulligan, in Christopher Kane; and Olivia Wilde, in Ralph Lauren—in honor of movies made, in many cases, for less than a studio blockbuster’s wardrobe budget.

The show moved this year from the beach to downtown, from daytime to evening, from flip-flops to semiformal. “Well, I never wore flip-flops,” John Waters clarified. Later, on the podium, the Hairspray director lent the show some of his famous edge when he fantasized about making a Precious sequel about the love child of Precious and Justin Timberlake. Emmy Rossum was drinking straight Jameson in the Piaget lounge before dinner—”Normally, I hardly ever drink,” she assured us—and host Eddie Izzard indulged in some on-stage theology that certainly wouldn’t have flown at the Oscars.

Other parts of the evening, though, felt like a Sunday preview. Mo’Nique added yet another trophy to her mantle for Precious, and Jeff Bridges won for his role as a washed-up country singer in Crazy Heart. Bridges had his thumb in his belt during his acceptance speech, and even thanked his stand-in. Presumably he won’t be quite as laid-back on Sunday—or wearing a leather jacket.

Photo: Stewart Cook / Rex USA

L.A. Eyeworks: 30 Years Young

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“A face is like a work of art. It deserves a great frame.” That’s the trademark tag that West Coast optical brand l.a. Eyeworks has used for the past 30 years under the many famous faces in its iconic campaigns. They started with Go-Go Belinda Carlisle in 1979 and through the years have featured Andy Warhol, Sharon Stone, John Waters, Amy Sedaris, Divine, and RuPaul—a diverse and talented cast of characters who have all had some deeper connection to the brand. “Many of the stars in the campaign are the result of an organic relationship,” insists Gai Gherardi, who co-founded the label with Barbara McReynolds. But their 30th birthday isn’t all nostalgia and glancing backward. Their special birthday box set of limited-edition cleaning cloths, out in September, involves a new creative crew: artists Gary Panter, Catherine Opie, and Barbara Kruger.

Photo: Courtesy of l.a. Eyeworks

Pump Up The Volumes

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Because we know that there’s a significant likelihood that you, like us, are scrambling for last-minute gifts, we bring to you a selection of this year’s art books that may ease the task. There’s a little something for everyone—visual and literary types, the hopeful and the cynical. Consider it our last-minute gift to you.

Hell Bound: New Gothic Art, by Francesca Gavin (Laurence King Publishing, $24.95)

“Gothic is the art world’s zombie. It refuses to die,” proclaims Francesca Gavin, author of this season’s premier survey of gorgeously gory art by over 30 youngbloods, including Terence Koh, Amie Dicke, Chloe Piene, Matt Greene, and Wes Lang. In addition to being a leading art critic and Dazed & Confused‘s visual arts editor, author Gavin is also currently one of the coolest figures in London’s art subculture. Consider this darkly themed tome your tart antidote to an overdose of saccharine holiday cheer.

I Won’t Let You Die, by Youssef Nabil (Hatje Cantz Verlag, $60.00)

Okay, so Nabil’s book won’t be available until March, but the Egyptian photographer’s nostalgia-tinged, hand-colored images are just too beautiful not to be a holiday option. (Just give a lovely IOU written on a Smythson note card.) Nabil renders his portraits with a lovingly luxurious look adopted from old images of Egyptian cinema. His first monograph has been over a decade in the making, featuring portraits of friends and fellow artists like Julie Mehretu, David Lynch, Shirin Neshat, and Tracey Emin. Of special note is the stunning stand-alone spread of John Waters.

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