August 22 2014

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22 posts tagged "Linda Evangelista"

Venus Rising


After the fluorescence of Frieze, last night’s cloistered and barely candlelit opening of Venus Over Manhattan was a shock to the art system. The new gallery at 980 Madison Avenue is the latest passion of Adam Lindemann, and if it seems strange for an art writer and collector to turn dealer at age 50, well, strangeness is part of the aim. “I was fascinated with the novel À Rebours,” Lindemann said, referencing Joris-Karl Huysmans’ decadent classic. “It means ‘against the grain,’ and it’s about a debauched nineteenth-century aristocrat who destroys his life with drugs and art.” (It also gave him the title of his inaugural exhibition.) He was offering a modulated version of excess: a late, 10 p.m. start time (the better to coexist with Sotheby’s contemporary evening sale, one of the big events of the auction house’s year) and a different drink from the usual gallery-opening Champagne. “Have you tried the absinthe yet?” he asked the crowd, which included Linda Evangelista, Rita Ackermann, Hope Atherton, Charlotte Kidd, and Richard Kern.

Elise Øverland had not. “I can’t do hallucinogenics,” murmured the designer (pictured), just back from sabbatical in India. “It’s trippy enough just being in the dark,” added art world impresario Yvonne Force Villareal. “I think this is my first candlelit art opening, and I love the mystery, the feeling that anything could happen.” Erin Fetherston felt it, too. “It’s been so long since I did anything spontaneous,” she said. “I love it. My friends said let’s go to this art thing, and now I’m in a haunted house.”

“Isn’t it so weird here and wonderful?” sighed curator Stacy Engman. “I hardly know what time it is or where I am, but it could only be New York.”

Photo: Steve Eichner

Angels Among Us, A Field Guide To France’s New First Lady, And More…


It’s a boy! Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio gave birth to her second child, a son, in Brazil yesterday. The happy news was announced as all such news important is announced in 2012: via Ambrosio’s mother-in-law’s Facebook page. [Vogue U.K.]

Today marks François Hollande’s first day as the President-elect of France, with Valérie Trierweiler (pictured) as First Lady. Vogue Italia has compiled a primer on her style for those wondering what to expect. [Vogue Italia]

The dust is settling for Linda Evangelista and François-Henri Pinault. The pair agreed on child support terms for their 6-year-old son yesterday, and will return to court today to approve the details. As it turns out, it takes more than a tense day in court to keep Linda from the Met. [WWD]

Speaking of the Met, it wasn’t the only game in town last night. While the fashion set descended on the museum for the Costume Institute Gala (the “East Coast Oscars”), the James Beard Foundation Awards (the “Oscars of the food world”) were taking place across town. Big winners included Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi and Daniel Humm, who won the outstanding chef award for his work at New York’s Eleven Madison Park. [Huff Po]

Pop star M.I.A. has been rather M.I.A. ever since her 2010 album and mix tape, but the singer—who hit the Met last night on the arm of Stella McCartney—revealed her latest project to designing beer bottles. In the off hours, she’s working on a new album, too. [Spin]




Photo: Fred Dufour / Getty Images


Linda Evangelista For Chanel, Lapo Elkann Unveils The Fiat 500 By Gucci Car, And More…


Linda Evangelista is the star of Chanel’s new eyewear campaign. The images, lensed by Karl Lagerfeld, feature Evangelista sporting a slicked-back ‘do and wearing black and white graphic prints. [Fashion Gone Rogue]

Italian financier and playboy Lapo Elkann was in Beijing this week to launch the Fiat 500 by Gucci car he helped design. The limited-edition ride, complete with the Gucci red and green band, is selling for $42,641. [WWD]

Vivienne Westwood has designed a line in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. The Red Carpet Capsule Collection, as it’s called, includes cocktail dresses, gowns, and jewelry, and it hits stores in May. [Grazia Daily]

Dior fêted its newly renovated Tokyo Ginza flagship shop last night, along with its traveling Lady Dior As Seen By exhibition (open through May 20). Neither the brand’s interim designer, Bill Gaytten, nor recently named creative director Raf Simons made it out for the event because they are hard at work on the house’s upcoming collections. [WWD]

Photo: Karl Lagerfeld

Will You Throw It Back With Vintage Versace?


Scarf prints, bondage straps, studded leathers—fashion is having a vintage Versace moment. That fact hasn’t been lost on Donatella Versace herself: She brought the house down last month with a menswear show that paid homage to the motifs that her late brother Gianni made famous in the eighties and early nineties. Back then, glamazon supermodels—Gianni’s designs helped make Linda, Christy, Naomi, and Cindy household names—and celeb friends alike endorsed Versace’s singular brand of fearless sexuality. (Case in point: the infamous Elizabeth Hurley safety pin dress.)

These days, Lady Gaga is flying the Versace flag. In early June, the superstar told a reporter, “I’m wearing only Versace for, like, the next two months,” and Donatella opened up the house’s archives for her to oblige. Nor is La Gaga the only one feeling the maximalist urge. On recent runways like Givenchy’s and Mary Katrantzou’s as well as Versace’s own, bolder was better. And this November, the high street gets in on the action, too, with the launch of a Versace for H&M collection, which will reportedly reinterpret the house’s greatest hits.

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Photo: Frederic Andrieu / Condé Nast Archive

Hair Apparent: Julien D’Ys’ First Painting Exhibition At Comme Des Garçons


You’re likely to find master hairstylist Julien d’Ys with a brush in hand these days, but not the kind you would expect. The talented Frenchman (né Pierrick Le Verge), known for such tress moments as Linda Evangelista’s career-launching crop, the Marie Antoinette wigs at the Met’s Model as Muse exhibition, and Katy Perry’s retro wave on the June cover of Vanity Fair, has been devoting his time to peinture of late. He kicks off his first ever solo painting exhibition at the Paris Comme des Garçons store today. We caught up with Monsieur d’Ys after a day of installation setup for a tête-à-tête.

You’ve had this long-standing work relationship with Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons. What’s the process like working with Rei on a show?
Working with Rei, it’s always a surprise. We’ve been working together for almost 23 years now. Maybe two weeks before the show, she’ll give me some background. For example, she’ll say, “Black and gold.” I’ll work on it and then we’ll see each other one day before the show to fine-tune the look. I respect her a lot. She gives me a lot of freedom but at the same time I try to find an idea that she is going to like. I like to think between the two of us there’s this osmosis of creation.

When you first started your career, did you ever think you’d have the creative reins to take hair to, pardon the pun, such heights?
No, not at all. I never wanted to be a hairstylist. I just wanted to create, to do things that didn’t exist yet.

Now you’re showcasing your first painting exhibition. Are there similarities or differences between working with hair and paint as a medium?
People know my wig creations but not my paintings. For me painting, drawing, and doing hair are similar. At the very beginning, I was painting and drawing. It was only after that I started doing hair. I treat hair as if I’m painting. During shoots, I think of all the people I work with as canvases.

Is fine art where you find the most satisfaction creatively these days?
Definitely. It has been always like this. To create is my life.

What do you think of Lady Gaga? She seems to have a penchant for outlandish wig and hair pieces.
I met her in 2009 in Grace Coddington’s office. When I first met her, I didn’t know who she was. The meeting was to prepare for a photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz: “Hansel & Gretel,” and in the story Lady Gaga was playing the witch. For the meeting, I went with some of the wigs I made for the Metropolitan Museum. I tried a white wig on her and she really liked it. She’s really inspiring. Ours feelings about art are really close.

What other projects do you have coming up?
I don’t know yet. My motto is “go with the wind.”

Photo: Ilker Akyol