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3 posts tagged "Johnnie Shand Kydd"

Amanda Harlech And Jonathan Anderson Talk Twosomes


What is the meaning of collaboration? Ian Schrager and Marriott are experts at it by now, as their partnership has led to one of the coolest hotel propositions around, the Edition. The London outpost is set to open its doors tomorrow, with a highly anticipated launch party hosted by Stefano Tonchi, Edward Enninful, and Cara Delevingne, to be held on Saturday night. To capture the essence of collaboration, Edition along with Nowness have shot a collection of five films by Johnnie Shand Kydd. The third film in the series, Distinction, goes live on Thursday, September 12—but we got a sneak peek.

Distinction features two of the greatest fashion collaborators around: Lady Amanda Harlech, who has spun her magic with Karl Lagerfeld over the decades, and J.W. Anderson’s Jonathan Anderson, who, with his sold-out Topshop line, knows a thing or two about teamwork. Listen to their thoughts here in the trailer’s exclusive debut, above.

Siren’s Song


If the YBA movement—that’s Young British Artists, in case you weren’t gallery-hopping in the Saatchi-mad nineties—has a staff photographer, it’s a post held by Johnnie Shand Kydd, who’s shot everyone from Sam Taylor-Wood and Tracey Emin to Damien Hirst with Kate Moss. Many of those famous sitters, Emin and Taylor-Wood among them, came to Charing Cross last night to celebrate the lensman’s latest book, Siren City. And though those ladies are no doubt sirens (Taylor-Wood showed up with her new, 19-year-old fianc&233;, Aaron Johnson), it’s not a fellow artist whose song Shand Kydd heeded this time around: It’s the city of Naples.

“Whenever I find myself discussing Naples, I don’t feel like I am talking about bricks and mortar. The city’s an organism, almost human—like a very beautiful lover but with severe mental issues,” he said. So maybe a little bit more like his previous subjects than we first thought. All eyes were on the photographer as he described the city’s eerie, paganlike vibe (and, Emin noted, dark alleys and suspicious characters: “Were you ever frightened taking pictures in Naples?” she asked). With luminaries like Bella Freud, Earl Spencer (the late Princess Diana’s brother, and Shand Kydd’s stepbrother), and Agent Provocateur co-founder Serena Rees in attendance, we wondered if, post-Naples, a return to portraiture was in order. In terms of subject matter, the brass ring is still out there: “I would like to photograph Lucien Freud. He is a great, great painter and physically totally compelling.”
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The Dead Live On in London


You could be forgiven for thinking that The Dead is a reference to exhausted fashion journalists after a month of collections. Rather it’s the name of the show that Damien Hirst’s art shop-cum-gallery Other Criteria staged last night to kick off impending art mania in London, with the Frieze Art Fair around the corner. Now, instead of getting worked up about Matthew Williamson and Christopher Bailey, Londoners can froth over art luminaries like Sir Peter Blake, Paul Stolper, and Johnnie Shand Kydd, all of whom attended last night’s event. There was unmistakable electricity in the air, possibly because Hirst’s limited-edition prints of shiny, shimmering skulls started at about £3,500, far more affordable than the £10 million that his formaldehyde-dipped shark brought in last year at Sotheby’s. In other words, it’s a relatively manageable amount for anyone wanting to capture a bit of English art history. Some of the prints will also be available in New York at Gagosian Gallery, at 988 Madison Avenue, where Other Criteria shares a space. “Actually, this skull would make a brilliant CD cover,” observed Blake while intensely studying one print. Given that Blake designed the Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Pepper album, it’s a safe bet to assume he would know.