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2 posts tagged "Laurie Lynn Stark"

In Seoul, Chrome Hearts Is Bigger than Ever

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Chrome Hearts' Installation in Seoul

Chrome Hearts—Richard Stark’s L.A.-based clothing and accessories label with a rocker-cum-skater sensibility—launched its second boutique in Seoul, South Korea, this past weekend. To celebrate the new space, which is nestled inside the city’s massive Shinsegae Main Department Store, the brand collaborated with Korean pop musicians Big Bang & 2NE1 on a range of items (like chokers, sweatshirts, and fingerless gloves), which, along with a host of other exclusive wares created for the opening, will be available throughout the month. The big news, however, is Chrome’s installation—a collection of signatures, like a heart-shaped locket, an oval belt, and the JJ Dean bag, which have been blown up to jumbo size and displayed in the store. (We should also mention that an assortment of giant CH crosses will remain on the store’s roof—across from a Jeff Koons sculpture—for the next year.) Also on view is 28 Images, co-owner Laurie Lynn Stark’s photography show, featuring the likes of Iggy Pop, Shepard Fairey, Brittany Murphy, and Karl Lagerfeld. As for what will garner the most attention, we’d think it’s a toss-up between Karl and Chrome’s thirteen-foot leather-and-metal dinosaur—stiff competition, indeed.

The sculpture and photography installations will be on view until June 27 at Chrome Hearts’ new store, located at Shinsegae Main, 52-50 Chungmuro 1ga, Jung-gu, Seoul.

Photo: Courtesy of Chrome Hearts

The “American Dream Woman”

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When you’ve been designing rock star-friendly jewelry for 20 or so years—the kind that even Karl Lagerfeld is known to wear—you pick up a few friends in high places. And if you’re really good, said friends in said places even take a turn in front of your camera, for the photography you’ve nurtured from a hobby to a professional advantage (when you can shoot your brand’s own campaign) to a full-on fine art side project. So it goes with Chrome Hearts’ Laurie Lynn Stark, who’s taking a weekend off from the jewelry beat to show her work at the St. Moritz Art Masters in Switzerland. (Not a bad venue for her second show ever.) Stark trained her lens on friends and fans like Lagerfeld, Steven Tyler, a few of the extant Sex Pistols, and Kate Hudson, who trusts her enough to be shot, ahem, on the commode. But our favorite, no offense to Kate, are Stark’s shots of Cindy Crawford (above). “Looking back at my body of work, I can see how important it was that this shoot happened later in my career,” Stark told Style.com. “Cindy is the utmost professional and working with her set a very high bar for me. It’s just beautiful to watch how she orchestrates her family, work, passion for living and loving—she is the American Dream Woman.”

Photos: Courtesy of Laurie Lynn Stark