August 21 2014

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15 posts tagged "Kim Gordon"

In The Woods With Kim Gordon And Tess Giberson


Tess Giberson has been riding high since she relaunched her eponymous collection (after a three-year hiatus during which she was design director of TSE) for Spring 2010. Earlier this year, she opened her first boutique on New York’s Crosby Street, and to launch her Fall ’11 collection, she nabbed Sonic Youth frontwoman Kim Gordon to star in a video directed by artist Alia Raza.

“Kim was the first person that came to mind,” Giberson says of the rocker. “I am a huge fan of hers, both as a musician and now as an artist. I chose her for her strength and great style. She embodies the characteristics of the woman I imagine when designing: strong, creative, beautiful, and cool.”

The video marks Giberson’s second collaboration with Raza, who also created a short for her Spring ’11 collection. (It was screened at the collection’s presentation.) For the new piece, Raza shot Gordon in the woods near her Northampton, Mass., home. Although she enjoys nature, Gordon admits, “I was never into goth; it’s far from my persona and music to play a forest, witchy person.”

There’s no plot, per se, but the mood is ominous; as Giberson puts it, “the attention to detail and tension that [Raza] builds up in her characters is really intriguing.” So, according to the designer, is the medium. “Video is a very exciting format to work with,” Giberson explains. “It’s a less seasonal format, and there is also a different type of emotional connection to the clothing itself by showing it through video, so I’m finding it is becoming one of my most valuable tools for reaching out to a wider audience.” She’ll broaden it still further when she screens the two-minute film at the Lexington W in New York tomorrow night. Before then, you can catch it above.

Pats And Eddie Are Back For More, Angelina’s Up (Maybe) For Vuitton, Kim Gordon Gets Some Air, And More…


They’re back, darling! U.K. fashion mavens Patsy and Edina of Absolutely Fabulous return; Joanna Lumley, who played Patsy on the seminal Britcom, revealed that she and Saunders are recording three new episodes this summer for BBC1. Co-stars Jane Horrocks and Julia Sahwalla will return as well. [Hollywood Reporter]

Angelina Jolie: the new face of Louis Vuitton? [E via Racked]

Sonic Youth front woman Kim Gordon is working on painting these days—two of her pieces will hit the affordable-art site Exhibition A this Wednesday—but buried in Women’s Wear Daily‘s art-centric interview with Gordon is this little tidbit: She’s also working on a capsule collection of pieces for the French fashion label Surface to Air. [WWD]

And learn the rules of style from one of fashion’s nicest couples: Lisa Mayock (Vena Cava) and Jeff Halmos (Shipley & Halmos). Their tips? Men’s cologne for girls, Braun beard trimmers for boys, and lots of cheese in Saint-Tropez for everyone. [Details]

Photo: Getty Images

Punk’s Not Dead—And It’ll Soon Be On DVD


A trip down memory lane today had me thinking about punk and grunge in the early nineties. Following the spate of designer departures, we at were remembering one of the nineties’ most trumpeted (after the fact, at least) layoffs: Marc Jacobs’ firing from Perry Ellis, following his grunge-inspired Spring ’93 collection. Hindsight’s 20/20: Today, Jacobs is near-untouchable, and that particular collection has gone down in history (or is it infamy?) as one with enduring appeal. Of course, as much credit as Jacobs deserves, he had a little help. I’m thinking of his friends in the actual grunge scene at the time, the ones whose thrifted-or-lifted, tattered-and-layered sensibility helped refine his vision. People like Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon (above, with Courtney Love) and Thurston Moore—longtime friends of Jacobs—as well as legendary grungesters like Kurt Cobain and J Mascis. They all make up the cast—if you can call it that—of the groundbreaking music doc 1991: The Year Punk Broke, which has, somehow, never made it onto DVD. That is, until this coming fall. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Dave Markey’s documentary, about Sonic Youth and Nirvana’s 1991 European tour, the film will finally make its way to DVD in September (with extras including commentary by Markey and Moore and a 42-minute film of SY/Nirvana performances). It’s about time. 1991 has long been VHS-only, sending appreciators without VCRs (myself included) to YouTube for our fix. Until the DVD does hit stores this fall, that’s still your best bet, and where you’ll find SY’s performance of “Teenage Riot” from the movie or Gordon and the gang mugging for TV and fooling around (“You promised me there’d be no interesting people in the front row!”). Twenty years on, nineties style is having something of a moment. Once today’s designers get their Netflix queues around this one, can a New Grunge look be far behind?

No. 6 Turns 5


Kim Gordon is shaping up to be fashion week’s unofficial hostess with the mostest: The alt-rock legend has been receiving friends and fans at fêtes throughout the week (when, that is, she’s not catching the shows). There’s been her new Sportmax collaboration, with its attendant gathering, and then there was the fifth anniversary of No. 6, Morgan Yakus and Karin Bereson’s ultra-cool downtown boutique. The week is wearing on, but Rogan Gregory, Anna Sheffield, and Beastie Boy Mike D appeared to be handling the week’s umpteenth event in stride. Ever the gracious host, Gordon signed copies of the latest No. 6 portfolio, in which her newest series, The Noise Paintings, are featured. She took for her source material a lyric from Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” (“She is like a cat in the dark, and then she is the darkness”) and divided it into 14 single-word paintings on canvas paper. (No. 6 has also printed them onto silk T-shirts, sold at the shop.) Strange bedfellows, the art rocker and the moon child? “I always go back to Stevie Nicks,” Gordon said. And not just her. “I used a Richard Hell lyric for another series, and another one from Kurt Vile, who I can’t stop listening to.” At this party, she didn’t have to: Vile was on hand for an acoustic set.

Photo: Elizabeth Lippman

Twice The Fun With Chloë Sevigny And Opening Ceremony


Apparently, one party per day does not suffice for the Opening Ceremony crew. Yesterday afternoon, Humberto Leon, Carol Lim, and Chloë Sevigny collected a typically heterodox crowd to their garden party preview of the new Chloë Sevigny for O.C. collection: Spike Jonze (left, with Sevigny), Kim Gordon, skater Jason Dill, performance artist Justin Bond, and designer Eddie Borgo were among the notables nibbling finger sandwiches as friends-of-Chloë like Rita Ackermann, Lesley Arfin, Lissy Trullie, and Jen Brill modeled the new looks. (The five dress styles, by the way, are named after five of the friend/models, too: Lissy, Lesley, Winnie Wong, Alanna Gabin, and Sophie Aschauer.) Sevigny, in a leopard-print dress and reversible baseball jacket from the collection, noted that she likes to show her clothes on friends, rather than models, because she designs sportswear “that’s meant to be worn by real people.” “It’s not a runway collection,” she said, as Terry Richardson popped off a few impromptu shots of the girls in hot pants. “The clothes are for doing stuff like this, hanging out.”

Sevigny went on to say that the new collection’s vibe was derived from early Benetton and Esprit de Corps, and that the sure-to-be-everywhere printed tights and socks represent the summa expression of an obsession with legwear that dates back to the eighth grade. “I remember wearing a pair of striped tights to the first day of school,” she recalled. “I guess it’s been a thing for me since then.” At that, the clock chimed seven, and it was time for the tea and macarons to be packed away. On to party number two, at Santos, where a bevy of O.C. regulars turned up to celebrate both the collection and Leon’s birthday. Needless to say, the mood was a little less genteel. By midnight, “Edge of Seventeen” was playing and the dance floor was packed. Sevigny was nursing a drink in the corner. And sure enough, she was wearing tights.

Photo: Hannah Thomson