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August 23 2014

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39 posts tagged "Juergen Teller"

Inside Duro Olowu’s World of Rebellion

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Duro Olowu
Duro Olowu

Two years ago, London-based designer Duro Olowu brought a collection of globally sourced inspirations to Salon 94′s Freeman Alley space. The wares were combed from all over the world—from his birthplace in Lagos, Nigeria, to the quieter corners of his adopted hometown—and included such cherished ephemera as vintage Parisian Deco wallpaper and feather-lined lamps from Uganda.

Now Olowu is expanding upon his 2012 show with More Material, an exhibition that opened last night at Salon 94 on the Bowery and brings together works from the likes of Carrie Mae Weems, Juergen Teller, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, and more, alongside colorfully curated home items from vintage dealers near and far.

“The show is really an extension of my last show,” related Olowu. “[This time] I really wanted to show the rebellious side of women, the way they’re represented, and the way they represent themselves with elegance—elegant rebellion.”

Duro Olowu

Swooping fashion illustrations by Antonio Lopez (“They’re very, very alluring without being vulgar—a new rebellion,” noted Olowu) rest alongside documentary street photography from Sandy Kim (“I just see a cool tomboy who wants to have fun”) and more overtly political/feminist-leaning works from Weems, Sherman, and others. As in the case of the original rendition, there’s also a shop selling new Duro Olowu pieces, as well as artworks—a Lopez, a Lorna Simpson—and hand-selected vintage house and jewelry objects.

“It’s going to be up for a month and a half, and I’d love for people to experience the beauty and integrity of the incredible mix of artists and ceramics and great jewelry and just feel empowered,” said the designer. “I’d like young girls, older women, and middle-aged ladies to feel empowered by wanting to be individual.”

Photos: Courtesy Photos

EXCLUSIVE: First Look at Louis Vuitton’s Fall Campaign by Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber, and Juergen Teller

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Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton

Naturally, we expected big things from Nicolas’ Ghesquière’s first Louis Vuitton campaign. And as is so often the case, the designer did not disappoint. Ghesquière enlisted not one, not two, but three iconic photographers—Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber, and Juergen Teller (who, if you’ll remember, also lensed Vuitton’s Fall and Resort lookbooks)—to shoot his Fall ’14 ads, which he dubbed “Series 1.” The snaps star Charlotte Gainsbourg (Ghesquière’s longtime muse), Liya Kedebe, Freja Beha Erichsen (the Fall ’14 show opener), and Jean Campbell.

The three photographers were given a brief of “classic beauty meeting creative innovation.” Though each approached the task in his or her own way, the images work together to build a fluid, cohesive story. Debuting exclusively here is a behind-the-scenes film of Gainsbourg’s shoot with Leibovitz, set to the tunes of the model’s own music. The short illustrates not only the essence of the collection, but the wearability of Ghesquiere’s first garments for the house. And who better to showcase Ghesquière’s modern French clothes than a quintessentially French femme like Gainsbourg? Have a look at the chanteuse posing in Vuitton’s Fall ’14 wares, above.

Photos: Annie Leibovitz and Juergen Teller for Louis Vuitton

Print’s Not Dead, So Visit Room&Book

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Room & Board

“We’re in a golden age of paper in the U.K. and internationally,” related Lucy Moore, the director of Claire de Rouen books in London. “There are so many different types of creative people, whether artists or designers or writers, really enjoying making books and magazines—it’s time to celebrate that.”

The celebration Moore is talking about is the three-day book fair Room&Book, which brings together the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Claire de Rouen, and a host of rare-book creators and dealers to show a broad-ranging trove of art books, special editions, and vintage fashion and cult zines. Room&Book functions differently than your traditional book fair: Rather than bringing in the big publishers to show the major new works, the fair is made up of pieces from niche dealers, specialty bookshops, and artists (like Tauba Auerbach, who will be on-site representing her own publishing imprint). “The importance of the artist publication is sometimes underplayed. I think for most artists, when they produce a publication, it’s almost an extension of their work—if not their work,” explained Gregor Muir, executive director of the ICA, of why these works are so special. “We have to acknowledge that sometimes actual artworks are beyond us, whereas art books are not.”

Room&Board

The pieces at the fair span from new editions from Thurston Moore, Juergen Teller, and Alasdair McLellan to underground zines like seventies punk chronologue New York Rocker, which was brought in its fifty-seven-issue entirety by New York-based dealer Arthur Fournier. “There is a group of dealers, including myself, who are all trying to shake up the trade and bring new materials to this world,” said Fournier. “I’m just so excited to be working in the world of fragile, beautiful, and important precious materials at a time when most of our reading is on iPhones and iPads—these things don’t last forever.”

“What we’re doing isn’t necessarily a book fair,” said Muir. “The idea is to kind of really start to examine the artist book in a different way.”

Room&Book runs from June 6-8 at London’s ICA. For more information, visit ica.org.uk.

Photos: Courtesy Photos 

EXCLUSIVE: A Sneak Peek at Juergen Teller’s Photographs of Louis Vuitton Cruise ’15

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Louis Vuitton
Editors, starlets, models, and the rest of the fashion set are currently en route to Monaco, where, at 7 p.m. CEST tomorrow evening (1 p.m. EST), Nicolas Ghesquière will present his first Cruise collection for Louis Vuitton. Naturally, we’re waiting with bated breath to see the lineup, but in the meantime, Vuitton has sent over an exclusive Juergen Teller-lensed teaser image to tide us over. Have a gander at model Alexandra donning one of the house’s Resort 15 looks, above. And be sure to tune in tomorrow to see the livestream, pictures of the full collection, and to read Nicole Phelps’ review.

Photo: Juergen Teller, Courtesy of Louis Vuitton 

Juergen Teller Covers the Latest Issue of System

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systemblogFor its latest issue, System magazine riffs on teaching: Karl Lagerfeld shares his encyclopedic knowledge of pre-WWI caricaturists; Warhol’s right-hand man, Bob Colacello, gives a history lesson on why the 1980s were America’s last great decade; and Donatella Versace reveals how she taught Madonna and Lady Gaga everything they know. To top it off, cover star Juergen Teller, in conversation with Hans-Ulrich Obrist, explains why teaching Bavarian photography students while hungover is the perfect antidote to shooting luxury ad campaigns.

System 3 will be available at Colette, Opening Ceremony, 10 Corso Como, and Dover Street Market this Friday.