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August 30 2014

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7 posts tagged "Kelly Klein"

Jason Wu Curates for a Cause

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Bruce Weber

On June 11, Jason Wu will merge good art with a good cause when he hosts the Second Annual Young Friends of ACRIA Summer Soirée. But his involvement with the AIDS research and education foundation goes far beyond turning up at the benefit and smiling for Billy Farrell. “I want to help pave the way for my generation to get involved,” said Wu, who sits on ACRIA’s board. “I love what ACRIA does, and it’s great for me to be able to work with people I admire, like Francisco Costa and Donna Karan.”

In order to help raise funds for the organization, the designer has put together an extensive auction of photographs (fashion and otherwise), the proceeds from which will naturally go to ACRIA. “Last year I collaborated with artist Nate Lowman on T-shirts, and I wanted to continue the art-and-fashion element,” said Wu. “So I thought it would be nice to curate a collection of photographs by young and established photographers that I admire.”

Inez & Vinoodh; Herb Ritts

Open for bidding now on paddle8.com, the auction includes Inez & Vinoodh’s Guinevere Descending a Staircase; Herb Ritts’ 1991 portrait of a pensive Karl Lagerfeld; and Bruce Weber’s erotic snap Gregory and Sacha, Nantucket, Mass, 2012, as well as works by up-and-comers, like Kevin Tachman’s moody shot from Rick Owens’ Fall ’13 show, Kelly Klein’s punk-tinged image, and Gregory Harris’ uplifting 2008 photograph New Hope.

Rick Owens“I’d like the younger generation of creative people to be able to afford and have these things,” offered Wu. To wit, starting bids range from $400 (for Simon Burstall’s grayscale image) to $6,000 (for a Weber or Steven Meisel). Sure, it’s no small investment, but these are pretty appealing prices when it comes to big-name photographers. “This is a great way for people who are really interested in collecting to get an incredible work that most people in their 20s and 30s wouldn’t be able to buy.” A collector as well as a philanthropist (his latest acquisition was an Inez & Vinoodh-lensed print of his Spring ’14 campaign with Karen Elson), Wu places himself in this category. “I’ll definitely be bidding on everything!” he laughed. Why not join him?

Photos: Bruce Weber, Inez & Vinoodh, Herb Ritts; Kevin Tachman; all courtesy of paddle8.com

Kelly Klein Makes A Splash Once More

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Twenty years ago, Kelly Klein released her first Pools tome, a tribute to the swimming pools around the world in all their various forms. Klein, the ex-wife of Calvin Klein, is back again with a new set of iconic images from some of fashion’s finest photographers, including Steven Meisel, Juergen Teller, and Theo Wenner, in her follow-up book, Pools: Reflections, out this month. “I felt enough time had passed to do the sequel,” Klein tells Style.com. “I’m a bit obsessed with the architecture of pools and the water—swimming is such a form of relaxation for me.” This latest rendition combines pools with fashion, architecture, sculpture, and art. From a Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott photo of a naked Sasha Pivovarova to a Patrick Demarchelier photo of two lovers underwater, this edition is certainly sexed up from the last. One of the book’s highlights is a Bruce Weber photo, featured on a limited-edition ATM T-shirt ($85) on sale at Barneys. (ATM designer Anthony Thomas Melillo also just launched cashmere styles of his namesake label exclusively at Barneys earlier this month.) “I choose the guy and girl underwater photo by Bruce Weber because of how sensual it is,” Klein explains. “You feel what it’s like to be floating underwater with someone—it’s sexy.” There’s also a limited-edition ATM T-shirt being sold by ACRIA (all profits from the book are being donated to the organization). Here, the Weber shirt makes its debut on Style.com before this evening’s private book party at the Barneys New York store.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Blasblog: The Interim Beatrice Inn

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The enormous hole left agape in New York’s downtown lounge circuit when the Beatrice Inn was closed for a laundry list of violations a few months ago has been partially filled by the Tribeca bar 77 Warren, conveniently opened by Beatrice regular (and sometime New York Ranger) Sean Avery, Smith & Mills co-owner Chris Miller, and Beatrice Inn co-founder Matt Abramcyk. Although the chic nightspot—which somehow blends posh wood paneling and Diane Arbus artwork with hockey jerseys and flat-screen TVs that, yes, occasionally showcase sporting events (but only the trendy ones, like Lakers games)—has been open a few weeks now. Thursday night tested the new place’s staying power when it hosted the unofficial Burberry after-party. It passed. Kelly Klein and Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer were holding court with Catherine Keener and Brendan Shanahan at the booth nearest the door; next to them were Jen Brill, Byrdie Bell, Hilary Rhoda, and Bonnie Morrison having a late-night dinner; and bringing up the rear were Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Sophia Hesketh, Magnus Berger, and Brooke Geahan. Not bad for a soft opening. “The best part about this place is the food,” said Brill. She wasn’t kidding: At her table was a roast chicken, a house salad, grilled cheese, and, according to Avery himself, the best mac and cheese in New York City.

Photo: Will Ragozzino/PatrickMcMullan.com

The In Crowd Likes The Maidstone Inn

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Granted, the best way to weekend in the Hamptons is by scoring a bed from a friend with a house. But if those invitations are in short supply this season, you might consider booking a room at the Maidstone. The flagship American property of Swedish company c/o Hotels, the 19-room c/o the Maidstone opens this weekend, taking over an East Hampton inn that dates back to the 1700′s. “We want our guests to feel like they’re living with friends when they stay with us,” explains c/o Hotels owner and creative director Jenny Ljungberg, who has nicknamed the Maidstone’s renovated aesthetic “Scandinavian cozy” and put slow-food restaurant the Living Room on the ground floor. Check in, and chances are you’ll run into some familiars—on the 22nd, Alec Baldwin is hosting a screening at the hotel; two days later, the Watermill Center benefit kicks off at the Maidstone with a cocktail party hosted by, among others, Amanda Hearst, Shamim M. Momin, and Arden Wohl; and a week after that, Donna Karan and Gaby Karan de Felice, Kelly Klein, Haley Binn, and Christie Brinkley set up shop for their “Mommy and Me Tea.” Three makes a trend, in other words, so it’s entirely possible c/o the Maidstone won’t have any free rooms at all. In which case, you might just have to sleep on the beach.

Photo: Courtesy of the Maidstone Inn

Blasblog: Burberry Transcends Mere Trunk Show

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Hey, we’re in a recession here, people. So the idea of a trunk show where fancy ladies are magically drawn in by the allure of looking at next season’s wares with a cocktail in hand isn’t going to cut it nowadays. That’s why Burberry has stepped up the trunk show game. Last night, the British house invited Kelly Klein to sign copies of her giant coffee-table tome, Horse, and had L.A.-based musician Nico Stai give a special performance in the third floor Prorsum section of the store. Joining Klein and Stai (both pictured here) were Amy Greenspon, Eleanor Ylvisaker, Fabiola Beracasa, and Genevieve Jones. Fellow musician Diego Garcia commented, “The voice and the face don’t mix.” (I think that was a compliment, meaning that the crooner’s moody lyrics didn’t match his friendly smile. I think.) Ann Dexter-Jones came for Klein. “The only thing I like more than horses is Kelly,” she said with a smile. Meanwhile, Amy Sacco said her slipped disc meant that the closest she’s getting to those big ole animals is the book itself. “This is the new shopping experience,” mused Klein. “If only all shopping could happen in such an intimate environment with friends.” Well, as we know, there’s always another trunk show, but for more Stai, swing by Socialista tomorrow night. He and fellow Angeleno performer Rain Phoenix will be playing there from 9 pm.

Photo: Billy Farrell / PatrickMcMullan.com