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August 29 2014

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15 posts tagged "Mark Ronson"

Sauvage Love

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Adrien Sauvage is an unusual multi-talent—a former basketball player turned London’s coolest new suitmaker. Never mind that the photo essay/ad campaign he shot for the line, starring Mark Ronson (above), Coco Sumner (top), Bill Nighy, Terry Gilliam, and an 82-year-old former Harlem Globetrotter is called “This Is Not A Suit.” And there’s another talent still, for photography—”This Is Not A Suit” attracted enough attention from the British media that he’s now fending off offers as a lensman. “For now, I will stick to the design thing,” Sauvage said last night at the line’s debut at Matches. “It’s going so well.”

Sumner was on hand for the event, as were Lily Allen and rocker-sartorialists like Louis Simonon (son of Clash guitarist Paul Simonon, and occasional Prada model) and These New Puritans’ George Barnett, the rock drummer who’s a favorite of Hedi Slimane (and has done turns on the Dior Homme runway). And so, of course, were plenty of sharp A.Sauvage suits as well. There are dashes of public schoolboy style—Prince of Wales check and fine cashmere, but also purple and orange trousers and sizing for the full-grown gent (a nod, perhaps, to Sauvage’s own basketball-player’s proportions). Coco, for her part, was holding out for a custom piece. She didn’t get to keep the suit she modeled, but, she said, “I think he’s making a waistcoat for me. At least I hope.”

Photos: Adrien Sauvage

M.I.A., Mark, And More Party At Milk

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Vice magazine can mobilize the hipster masses, but isn’t necessarily known for its ability to keep them organized. Interesting, then, that the mag teamed up with Intel to present 12 straight hours of movie screenings, digital art, and precisely scheduled musical acts at Milk Studios. Anyone with memories of Vice‘s chaotic Halloween party last year (or the riotous door situation at Milk’s recent Corduroy bash, for that matter) could be forgiven for thinking the so-called Creators Project might end up more madhouse than funhouse—especially considering all the free booze.

Miraculously, that wasn’t the case. From Saturday afternoon until early Sunday morning, crowds flowed easily in and out of Milk’s multilevel complex, and organizers even installed a bunch of silver bike racks along 15th Street as a courtesy to visitors, like Nate Lowman, who rode over. The audiovisual amusements were loud and varied, and anyone who thought Interpol’s show at the loading dock was too mainstream could go upstairs to see Die Antwoord, the unlikely South African rap sensation. Ryan McGinley, who shot M.I.A. (top) for the Times Magazine‘s controversial recent profile, was one of few fans not snapping photos of the pop star during her unannounced but not-so-secret performance, which had her on-stage team taking a moment to pour drinks for the front rows.

Mark Ronson (above), who served more or less as the event’s busy mascot, circulated in a white jacket, sipping from a carton of orange juice. After midnight, he set up his DJ station on the first floor. He’d already done a discussion panel and created a pop song in front of an audience. Now, he had Alexander Wang swaying to his tunes and his sister, Charlotte, proudly looking on. She’d missed the M.I.A. set and just about everything else, she said: “I came for him.”

Photos: Courtesy of Milk Studios

Piaget Gets The Ronson Seal Of Approval

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Mark Ronson—he of the six-shirts-a-season Band of Outsiders habit, Van Cleef & Arpels cologne, and strident pompadour—is one of the most fashion-minded of the power producers (not, by the way, an un-peacocking lot). So when he put out his latest video, for “Bang Bang Bang” (co-starring “the Business INTL”—a.k.a. Q-Tip and Brooklyn up-and-comer MNDR), we were curious to see the fashion credits. The guy doesn’t disappoint. The gold, peak-lapelled double-breasted suit fits in with the nouveau-retro eighties shtick nicely (plus, Versace just showed similar), and Lacoste must be over the moon that its canvas sneaks got a nod. But my favorite is the watch. Leave the Rollies to the rappers. Who else but Mark Ronson is going to floss a Piaget? That’s the mechanical, hand-wound, diamond-encrusted Altiplano on his wrist, first in white, and then (as above) in vinyl-ish black. For the handful of you who see this video and have the funds for a Piaget, it’s now available at the brand’s boutiques and select retailers nationwide. If not, well, you can check out the full video below.

Photos: Courtesy of Piaget

No Use Crying Over Spilt Vodka

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Bottle service, deafening dance music, and an eager chorus of people clamoring to get in—just another Friday night at Avenue, except for the shared genes. Charlotte Ronson was throwing the after-party for her Bryant Park show, and, as usual, the family—less brother Mark, who’d flown back to London earlier that day for an album release—was there to celebrate. That’s not to say it was a Ronson-only crowd. The bash (sister Sam on the turntables) drew Zoe Kravitz, Cory Kennedy, and the ubiquitous Jared Leto (pictured, with Ronson), as well as a glut of Ronson’s fans, friends, and staff. Why not a calmer affair? “There’s too many people that work too hard—you can’t contain them,” Ronson said from her banquette, adding that after a runway event where “all those little things have to fall into place,” it’s nice to be able to get a little sloppy. “You can spill a lot of vodka and be like, oh, I meant to do that.”

And a few blocks downtown at Provocateur, Rag & Bone was celebrating its after-party, though the spills David Neville was thinking of were tears, not vodka. “We were crying backstage,” he said of the reaction among his staff when the last womenswear look went out at their show earlier that day. “It’s been such an intense season for us—we really put ourselves on the line, creatively, and coming to the end of that process, it was a little overwhelming.” And, his co-designer, Marcus Wainwright, hastened to add, the duo’s new stylist, Vanessa Reid, “kicked our ass”—in the best possible way. The bash was a celebration of many months of work, no less on the collection than on the soundtrack. “Five months,” Wainwright said, explaining that it takes that long for him and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke to settle on the tracks for the shows, which Yorke then mixes and sends off. “A lot of bass this season. At the men’s show, we blew out a speaker.” One way, among many, that Rag & Bone has been blowing everyone away.

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene

Ping-Pong For Haiti, And Other Adventures In Fashionable Do-Gooding

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Emergency parties, disaster-relief socials—whatever you want to call them, there was no shortage of get-togethers in New York last night designed to raise much-needed money for Haiti’s devastated earthquake victims.

Modelinia and SPiN teamed up to bring paying guests into the trendy Gramercy table tennis club, with proceeds benefiting Friends of the Orphans. “We’re watching it on TV and then we go on with our daily lives. And tonight we’re having fun, but we realize why we’re here—that’s a step,” offered paddle-wielding Doutzen Kroes. Of all the models, the Dutch former speed-skater seemed to have the best game. “I’m just competitive,” she insisted.

Farther downtown, hotelier Jason Pomeranc was overseeing a party at the Thompson LES that he and his team had only started planning Monday. “This situation requires people to move quickly, so everyone’s going outside the norm to do something right,” he said. (Narciso Rodriguez had been quicker than most, holding a benefit at 60 Thompson on Monday night.) And so the likes of Vito Schnabel, Lily Donaldson, and Justin Giunta made their way up to DJ Mark Ronson—whose sister Sam was spinning at a simultaneous fundraiser at Pomeranc’s L.A. property, the Roosevelt—by way of a lobby donation box. The nightlife crowd showing it cares, fashion types paying for drinks? “Like I said,” Pomeranc shrugged, “outside the norm.”

Photo: Retna