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Wu-Tang, Aging Artfully



In 2013, we’ve witnessed an unprecedented convergence of hip-hop and art. First there was Jay Z’s “Picasso Baby” music-video shoot this summer; then came Kanye West’s experimental Yeezus tour de force; and last night the two communities came together yet again, at NeueHouse in Manhattan, for a panel talk in celebration of the Wu-Tang’s twentieth anniversary, with Clan architect Oliver “Power” Grant and sculptor Tom Sachs. The latter is a longtime Wu disciple, who recalled listening to their records as a kid after Hebrew school in the nineties. Although the two couldn’t possibly be more different—Power was raised in the projects of Staten Island, a.k.a. “Shaolin,” while Sachs grew up in wealthy Westport, Connecticut—they found surprising common ground in “bringing the ruckus.” For example, they were both mischievous as kids. Sachs keyed his father’s BMW to make one of his first statements about consumerism, while Power ultimately decided to assemble and launch Wu-Tang because group leader RZA was locked up in jail and needed bail money, and he was on probation himself. According to Power (it’s worth noting that he never rapped with the group, focusing on business instead), “it was a form of desperation and inspiration” that caused them to “get past the corner” and start creating. Sachs agreed, saying that fear is the only thing that stops people from “creating your own reality and writing your own rules.”

Later in the evening, the conversation turned to consumerism, which remains a particular source of fascination for Sachs and informs many of his most famous works, such as Chanel Guillotine and Prada Deathcamp. Power quickly related: “I think that consumerism dictates what rap is and what it’s going to be, because that’s what it’s been doing.” He continued to discuss the origins of the Wu-Tang phoenix logo (“RZA was like, ‘Yo, I want my shit like Batman.’”) and the brand expansions that he has helped bring about, including Wu Wear clothing, the Wu-Tang video game, and even Wu Nails on Victory Boulevard, in Staten Island, which closed a few years ago. “Wu-Tang is forever going to be culturally relevant,” he said. “Even if we don’t have a record out, our brand is for real. This shit is like Coca-Cola now.”

In addition to their forthcoming album and reunion tour, the Clan’s major news is their Wu-Tang Hybrid Arts initiative, a.k.a. Wu Ha, which features works inspired by the Wu-Tang’s history (during the talk, several artists were live-painting portraits of different members such as Raekwon, ODB, and RZA), including Sachs’ combination ode to Wu-Tang Ladurée macarons. It will be displayed in a larger exhibition that opens at the Japanese American National Museum, in September 2014.

Photo: Benjamin Rosser

Strange, Sweet Love from Reed Krakoff


No treat quite says “fashion week” like Ladurée macarons (except for champagne, maybe). And this season, the Parisian patisserie has teamed up with Reed Krakoff to turn out a limited-edition box of matte-black dark-chocolate morsels the pair calls Strange Love. Debuting on February 8 at Ladurée on Madison Avenue, the scrumptious little sweets were inspired by the beauty of industrial textures (an unlikely concept for a cookie, we know) and will come in a special black Reed Krakoff box. The macarons will be available throughout Fall ’13 fashion week, which means you can munch on them between shows, or even pick up a box for your valentine. Talk about a dark romance…

Ladurée is located at 864 Madison Avenue, New York, NY.

Vanessa Bruno Pops Over From Paris


Get ready to give Vanessa Bruno a big New York welcome. On February 7, the Paris-based designer will open a pop-up in Soho—a venture that, she says, could be a prelude to a permanent New York store. “Of course we have plans, but I don’t want to rush. And I want to find the right place. I love so many different areas in New York that it’s hard for me to choose,” says the designer of a potential New York outpost. (In addition to ten boutiques in France, Bruno already has stand-alone stores in L.A., London, Spain, Japan, and Australia.)

Bruno, who’s been making regular trips to New York since childhood, loves Manhattan’s melting pot of personalities and styles. She hopes to express this in her store—with a Parisian twist, of course. Stationed in a loft at 131 Greene Street, the two-floor pop-up will feature Bruno’s Spring ’13 collection as well as items from some of the designer’s favorite French shops, like Diptyque (“I love their packaging and I wear their perfume”) and Ladurée (“It’s beautiful, high quality, and their macarons are the typical Parisian sweet”). French film company MK2 will also contribute a special project, and books from Bernard Chauveau will be on offer.

According to Bruno, “nomad” is the concept behind the store, so nothing will be permanent—that includes the walls. Apparently, they’ll all be mobile and printed with Bruno’s ethereal Spring ’13 images of Stella Tennant (above), which were shot by Mark Borthwick. While the boutique certainly has a French focus (“I just wanted to bring the Parisian spirit to New York for a month!” says Bruno) the designer has created one particularly patriotic item: a limited-edition, American flag-embellished version of her signature sequined tote. She’s only made 50—one for each state.

Vanessa Bruno’s pop-up will be located at 131 Greene Street and runs from February 7 through February 26.

Photo:Mark Borthwick

The Latest At Ladurée


Famed 150-year-old French macaron specialist Ladurée has a lot in the oven these days. For starters, downtown New York fans can soon forgo those treks uptown to the brand’s only U.S. outpost, on Madison Avenue. Last night at a private event for editors, reps confirmed the rumors we had been hearing that Ladurée is set to open its largest shop and tearoom in the world on Broome Street in Soho (at the space currently occupied by Barolo). The space, slated to open this December, will feature private dining (by two of its top chefs, whom the brand is flying over from France) and a sprawling garden. And that’s not all for its 150th anniversary celebrations—the company (which has previously collaborated with designers like Dries Van Noten and, more recently, Japan’s Tsumori Chisato) revealed to that it has tapped Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz to create a custom design for its famously intricate boxes encasing the macarons. Reportedly, Elbaz is still putting the final touches on his Ladurée creation, due out just in time for Paris fashion week in October. Until then, stay tuned.

Photo: Courtesy of Ladurée

Love You, Mom


Mother’s Day is this Sunday. In honor of the occasion,’s editors are sharing what they’re planning to give—and hoping to get—this year.

“I’ve always been drawn to Alyssa Norton’s pieces; it must be the former friendship bracelet-maker in me. And my four-year-old Nikolas would approve of the pretty colors in this one ($715,—purple is his favorite.” —Nicole Phelps, executive editor

“My list is always endless. Being in the market and seeing new pieces on a daily basis just makes my imaginary wish list longer everyday. I moved recently and I’m still organizing my house, so some Joe Cariati decanters ($385, would be a dream. And, I still haven’t put my hands on any neon jewelry and now with the summer approaching I’m craving a Tom Binns neon necklace ($1,285, Truth is, I’ll end up getting none of the above. My husband always forget it’s Mother’s Day and my daughter, at 3, is too young to remind him!” —Marina Larroude, market director Continue Reading “Love You, Mom” »