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August 22 2014

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15 posts tagged "Mark Ronson"

Teddy Bears Get All Dressed Up for Charity

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Charity Bears

Mark your calendars—on December 10, Mark Ronson will head to New York’s Highline Ballroom to host The Other Ball: a soiree and auction whose proceeds will go to Arms Around the Child. Founded by Leigh Blake, the charity aims to provide struggling children in developing countries with a loving home, medical treatment, protection, and education. Underwritten by Topshop, the event will feature performances from The Black Keys, A$AP Rocky, Lykke Li, and more. And if the party isn’t enough to get you in a giving mood, the one-of-a-kind teddy bears up for auction most certainly will. Christian Louboutin, Alexander Wang, Topshop’s Topman, Opening Ceremony, Thom Browne, Simon Doonan, and Chromat have each put their own spin on the stuffed toys, which, crafted from black leather, are surprisingly subversive. “I had so much fun reimagining my bear,” offered Doonan of his buckle-and-spike-embellished design. “I channeled Helmut Newton and added a dollop of Christopher Street circa the seventies. I wanted to show that bears can be kinky, too.” Wang’s version also has a dark side, what with its silver X-eyed executioner’s mask and black studded collar. Louboutin, meanwhile, whipped up a superhero-style bear, complete with a cape and paws in his signature hue of red, and Thom Browne’s iteration is dressed in one of the designer’s unmistakable cropped suits. “We need to bring more awareness to the importance of children’s happiness, well-being, and innocence,” said Browne of the project. Each bear will go under the hammer for a starting price of $1,000, and if you can’t make it to the Ball, online and telephone bids will be accepted until noon on Tuesday. For information on bidding and tickets, visit theotherball.org.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Mexico City’s Museo Jumex Arrives in Style

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MUSEO JUMEX Opening Night After Party

“You get picked for a building based on an image. The world runs on images,” said the architect David Chipperfield on Saturday, at Mexico City’s newly opened Museo Jumex. If Chipperfield—who won the commission to design the building in 2009—is correct, then Jumex’s inaugural weekend produced enough visual currency to run the whole of Mexico, if not the globe. A bienvenidos dinner in a tangerine-lit urban forest with the likes of Eva Longoria, Richard Buckley, and Stavros Niarchos; a whitewashed penthouse studio with a Damien Hirst cow’s head and a Richard Prince sex joke; and Mark Ronson’s two-hour deejay set, which was spun for thousands of partygoers in a purpose-built Studio 54-inspired Mayan temple, were just some of the event’s highlights.

Located in the municipality’s upscale Polanco neighborhood, Jumex will serve as a second home for the Colección Jumex—a contemporary art collection billed as Latin America’s largest, spearheaded by the Mexican beverage magnate Eugenio Lopez. With its serrated roof and sand-colored geometry, the building is completely captivating, and will function primarily as a gallery space to house curations from the Colección, as well as exhibitions by other artists. Jumex’s current headliner is a blockbuster show dubbed A Place in Two Dimensions, which features artists from the Colección such as Thomas Ruff, Jorge Pardo, and Francis Alÿs alongside a solo display by Fred Sandback, a sculptor best known for his tied-off strings fraught with tension and delicacy. Curator Patrick Charpenel explained, “We wanted to play with the idea of being on the verge of collapse.” It’s a provocative sentiment, though it may contain a layer of reverse subtext: Mexico City—particularly on the arts front—is in modern-renaissance mode and is poised to flourish as a major and permanent international cultural player. Though, after this weekend, we’re sure many would argue that its moment is already in full swing.

Photos:Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Worlds Collide In London, Where Donna And Samba Mingle

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The world converged in London last night. “I’ve just flown in from L.A.,” said a breathless Donna Karan, “after Barbra Streisand’s closing-night concert at the bowl. The jet lag hasn’t kicked in yet.” Karan has been outfitting her friend Babs for the singer’s world tour, but the customer still comes first, which is what brought her to Harvey Nichols, to launch her own boutique and show her Resort collection. (Nicks’ brass said Karan was the top seller on its international floor last week.) Yasmin Le Bon (left, with Karan), Irina Lazareanu, and biking gold medalist Victoria Pendleton were among those on hand to welcome her.


Meanwhile, across town, another American transplant was celebrating its London debut: SushiSamba, the Japanese-meets-Brazilian chain, which opens its doors at East London’s Heron Tower. Alison Mosshart, McQueen muse Annabelle Neilson, Katie Grand, and Richard Nicoll (left) were among the revelers, as was Style.com’s roving advice columnist Waris Ahluwalia, while Pixie Geldof’s band Violet played a set Mark Ronson spun the tunes. (His uncle, Gerald Ronson, built the tower.) At Harvey Nichols, Yasmin Le Bon was applauding her friend Donna’s knack for knowing how real women want to dress in the real world, but the dress code here was more unreal woman in the unreal world: a clatch of barely clothed samba dancers. “You know it’s a good party when you’re picking feathers out of your mouth all night,” Peter Pilotto said with a laugh.

Photos: Courtesy Photo

Farmville For An Evening At Gwyneth’s London Arts Club

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In terms of celeb cred, it doesn’t get hotter than the members-only Arts Club on Dover Street. Founded in 1863 by London’s original It boy, Charles Dickens, it’s recently reopened after an extravagant renovation. Gwyneth Paltrow is an investor, on the membership committee, and has acted as design consultant; Mark Ronson is its music director. Despite its relatively nascent stages, it’s already hosted some legendary parties, like last month’s still talked-about affair where Mrs. Chris Martin took to the stage and sang to the Duke of Edinburgh, and two weeks ago, where Ron Wood, Damien Hirst, and Flea rocked out for a near-hysterical crowd. Last night, the Club shared a little of its hard-earned mojo with one of the oldest established celeb haunts: Switzerland’s Verbier Farm Club, which arrived for a one-night-only “pop-up” at the London space. (There have been plenty of pop-up shops in recent years, but this may be London’s first pop-up club—and what’s more, a pop-up club within a club. Think of them as the Russian Dolls of the party world.)

Giuseppi and Serafino Berardi’s establishment has been the Verbier’s premier après-ski club for 41 years, infamous for its “no last call” policy and for being the club where people like David Bowie and Diana Ross went straight from the dance floor at 6:00 a.m. to the first ski of the day. Princess Diana and the Duchess of York were Verbier Farm Club regulars, and now so are their sons and daughters, similarly titled ilk, Posh and Becks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jemima Khan, and so forth. All this ski debauchery was brought to the Arts Club last night, where the Champagne and vodka flowed freely in what amounted to a hat tip from the old-school legend to the newbie hot spot. It served as a thank-you of sorts from the Swiss club to its London faithful, and as importantly, a way to induct new It Brits into the Verbier world. Spotted in the crowd were such next-generation partiers as Cara Delevingne and Otis Ferry, alongside Elizabeth Saltzman Walker and model Adwoa Aboah. The approach seemed to be working. “I haven’t been to the Verbier Farm Club before,” Delevingne said, surveying the scene approvingly. “But I guess now I am going to have to check it out.”

Photo: Courtesy of the Arts Club

Zac Posen On The Wedding Dress He’s Designing For Fashion Royalty

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“I am a New Yorker through and through, so brunch is genetically engineered in me,” Zac Posen said. So much so that he even managed to host one on a Wednesday—not usual brunching time. But that didn’t stop friends like Leigh Lezark (left), Charlotte di Calypso, Anna Cleveland, and Genevieve Jones from dropping into Le Caprice, and taking down a few Belevedere Bloody Marys in the middle of the work day.

This is only the most recent Posen brunch; just last week, he was throwing one for Londoners, from who, the designer says, New York girls can take a tip or two. “Because of that security with their history, they can take the piss out of themselves,” said Posen, who holds a degree from London’s Central Saint Martins. “They have a good sense of humor, even in dress and style, and that’s something us New Yorkers can learn from.”

As the world eagerly awaits one of England’s most historic style moments, the debut of Kate Middleton’s wedding gown, the self-confessed history buff admits he is preoccupied with the dress of another princess bride: Josephine de la Baume, Mark Ronson’s fiancée. Baume is only the latest model to walk the aisle in Posen; Coco Rocha also tied the knot in one of his creations. “We are making laces, working with different embroidery houses all around the world for Josephine,” he said. “That’s the wedding that I am focused on, that’s my rock-royal wedding.”

Photo: Courtesy of Belvedere