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Melissa Shoes and the Campana Brothers Have a Fan in Marina Abramovic


Marina Abramovic“I feel like a pop star!” exclaimed Brazilian designer Humberto Campana, alongside brother Fernando at Galeria Melissa in Soho. He’s talking about the way the duo’s ten-year-strong collaboration with Brazilian eco-conscious jelly footwear line Melissa—which is a creative departure from their exploratory industrial design work—has impacted their status at home. “The shoes democratize our work,” said Humberto. “Everywhere I look in São Paolo, I see someone wearing my shoes.”

Last night, in addition to a retrospective installation, the latest Melissa Campana shoes were on view—not on feet, but on a hanging sculpture-turned-fluorescent light fixture of interwoven, cotton-candy pink zigzag flats. The brothers designed the installation especially to highlight the new collection, which they say is inspired by their work in furniture—a plastic interpretation of the tables they made for the opera house in São Paolo, specifically—and charged by their commitment to using recovered materials. “[Melissa] is very open to our demands. We ask to recycle the maximum amount of PVC, and we achieved 40 percent of recycled PVC,” explained Fernando. “We’re trying to get more.”

Melissa x Campana Brothers

Guest of honor Marina Abramovic, along with the likes of Giovanna Battaglia, Sebastian Errazuriz, and Telfar Clemons, was on hand to support the project. “What I love is this concept of recycling materials. It can be so useful for different designers,” said Abramovic, fresh from three hours spent training for her upcoming show at Serpentine Gallery. “Even Zaha Hadid designed shoes [for Melissa], as did many other artists and creators,” she added. No doubt, the Campana brothers are in good company.

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The Final Countdown: Style File’s Top Stories of 2013


Jeremy ScottThe fashion biz has had quite a year. 2013 was jam-packed with major designer shake-ups, groundbreaking ad campaigns, celebrity collaborations, and pop-star performance wardrobes filled with custom-made designer duds. In the final days leading up to 2014, we’re counting down Style File’s most popular twenty stories of the past year. So sit back, relax, and relive 2013′s unforgettable moments. Read numbers ten through six, below.

10. Raf Simons Opens His Atelier—and Shares His Label—to Artist Sterling Ruby for the Most Complete Designer/Artist Collaboration Yet
When Raf Simons does something, he does it all the way. Case in point, his Fall ’14 menswear collaboration. For his upcoming collection, which will hit the Paris catwalk on January 15, Simons has handed his atelier over to artist Sterling Ruby. The result will no doubt be the most extreme art-meets-fashion experiment to date.’s Tim Blanks spoke to Simons about his latest artistic endeavor.

9. At Givenchy, Flower Power, Military Might, and Even a Cameo From Bambi
In May, got an exclusive first look at Riccardo Tisci’s floral and camo Pre-Spring ’14 menswear collection for Givenchy. Showcased on fuchsia-haired models, the collection marked the debut of Tisci’s controversial Favelas 74 shirt, which was later worn by Marina Abramovic to the CFDA Awards in June. Matthew Schneier gave us a rundown of the dynamic lineup.

8. Inside David Bowie’s “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”
David Bowie had no shortage of headlines in 2013. In May, the rock star dropped The Next Day, his first album in ten years. His costumes were featured in an exhibition at the V&A, he starred alongside Arizona Muse in a Louis Vuitton campaign, and he was even named the best-dressed Briton in all of history. But his buzziest accomplishment was no doubt the music video for “The Stars (Are Out Tonight).” With a cast that included Tilda Swinton (a.k.a. David’s doppelgänger), Saskia de Brauw, and Andrej Pejic, the Jerry Stafford-styled film featured clothes from Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, Rick Owens, Raf Simons (both for Dior and Jil Sander), and Saint Laurent.’s Tim Blanks took us inside the making of the music vid and walked us through its lust-worthy wardrobe.

7. “Applause,” Please: Brandon Maxwell Talks Styling Lady Gaga’s Latest Video
Remember that time in 2013 when Lady Gaga announced her new record, Artpop, and from the moment she revealed its Inez & Vinoodh-lensed album cover in July, until she hosted her raucous Art Rave release party in November, she was all anyone could talk about? Well, during the height of the Mother Monster frenzy, right after she debuted her flick for “Applause,”’s Katharine K. Zarrella spoke with her stylist, Brandon Maxwell, about the characteristically outré vintage and custom looks she donned in the music video.

6. Jeremy Scott: The New Man at Moschino
After celebrating its thirtieth anniversary in Milan, in September, Moschino appointed Jeremy Scott as its creative director. Scott, who succeeds Rossella Jardini, spoke to’s Nicole Phelps about the new gig, poking fun at fashion and sharing how he plans to bring the irreverent house into the future.

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Louise Leconte Gets the Gaga Bump


Louise Leconte's dress worn by Lady Gaga

With her ArtPop album set to debut in November (and a new song that allegedly leaked today), Lady Gaga has ended her uncharacteristic under-the-radar spell—she’s been recovering from hip surgery since February—reemerging on the scene with a look that’s pared down but no less bold. Earlier this month, she attended artist Robert Wilson’s Watermill Benefit in the Hamptons (where she announced an upcoming project with Wilson and Marina Abramovic), donning a vampy black gown that curved in at the chest to reveal a black lace brassiere. The ensemble, we learned, wasn’t designed by any of Gaga’s favorite haute powerhouses—rather, it was the work of 26-year-old up-and-comer Louise Leconte. “Her stylist wrote me and asked for six or seven looks from my graduation collection, so of course I sent them,” the French-born, Brussels-based designer told Continue Reading “Louise Leconte Gets the Gaga Bump” »

Three’s A Trend: Marina Abramovic


Devil's Heaven: The 20th Annual WATERMILL CENTER Summer BenefitWe’ve been seeing Marina Abramovic quite a lot lately, both in the art world and elsewhere. Earlier this year, the performance artist worked alongside longtime pal Riccardo Tisci on the Opéra de Paris’ short production of Boléro—the designer created a range of ethereal costumes; the artist (a die-hard Givenchy devotee) conceived the set and scenography. A few weeks ago, Abramovic popped up alongside Jay Z at Pace Gallery, where she starred in the shoot for Hova’s forthcoming Picasso Baby music video. And this weekend, at the Watermill Center Benefit, a surprisingly pared-down Lady Gaga—whose reemergence, it would seem, is in full swing—stepped onstage with Abramovic and announced that she’ll be training under the conceptual provocateur. Their hard work will be revealed during the pop star’s upcoming collaboration with Robert Wilson at the Louvre Museum in Paris this fall. However, we’re not saying that extreme exposure is necessarily bad for business—at the event, a quartz stone from Abramovic’s work Black Dragon was auctioned off for a cool $60K. The high bidder, of course, was Gaga herself.

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The Artist Was Present



If fine art wasn’t already the ultimate status symbol, it certainly is now. Yesterday afternoon, the reigning king of hip-hop and all-around tastemaker Jay-Z brought together the crème de la crème of New York’s art, fashion, and entertainment worlds for the marathon six-hour-long shoot of his video for “Picasso Baby,” off the new Magna Carta…Holy Grail album, at the Pace Gallery in Chelsea.

“I just met baby Picasso, baby!” enthused Jenna Lyons, pointing out the late painter’s granddaughter, Diana, who participated in the action along with Judd Apatow, Jim Jarmusch, Alan Cumming, Adrian Grenier, and Jemima Kirke. Further upping the event’s street cred were Rosie Perez, Fab 5 Freddy, and Michael Kenneth Williams (a.k.a. Omar from The Wire). Naturally, the art world was well-represented, too. An established collector of Basquiat, Warhol, and Hirst, Mr. Carter worked with his personal art adviser, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, to bring in contemporary stars such as Richard Phillips, Elizabeth Peyton, Rob Pruitt, Aaron Young, Kalup Linzy, Jane Holzer, and Klaus Biesenbach. Each took a turn vibing alongside Mr. Carter during a live performance of the song that was being filmed by Mark Romanek (who was also behind “99 Problems”) in the format of Marina Abramovic’s The Artist Is Present show. Notoriously transgressive photographer Andres Serrano, who was rocking his signature flattop hair and a vintage cowboy ensemble, told, “I’m just going to wing it when I get up there and go off of him. “‘Big Pimpin’ has to be my favorite song of his.”

At the end of the track, Hova would huddle up all the eager onlookers. The vibe was amped up, but it wasn’t high enough for Jay. “Y’all call that energy?” he boomed into the mic, which reminded people to stop Instagram-ing and Vine-ing.

The clear highlight of the production was Jay’s interaction with Abramovic herself. The two locked foreheads, as if in a performance-art mind meld, and stared each other down while circling the room. And when their powers combine? The artist Laurie Simmons’ verdict is likely the one the two were courting: “Simply genius.”

Photo: Brittany Adams