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August 2 2014

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10 posts tagged "Martha Stewart"

Nonstop Marc

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Marc Jacobs was the guest of honor at the WWD CEO Summit dinner last night. With Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, Olivier Theyskens, and Pamela Love, among other New York design stars, looking on, Jacobs sat down with WWD’s Bridget Foley for an engaging interview that ranged from subjects like his favorite living designer (Miuccia Prada) and current projects (a beauty line with Sephora) to his recent absence from Page Six (“Kanye and Kim have taken my thunder,” he said) to the virtues of living in New York City in the pre-cell-phone age. “Everything felt like a first. It didn’t get tired,” Jacobs said. “Now it’s different, but then there were places where young artistic people could live. Madonna performed at the Roxy before anyone knew who Madonna was. Or Jean-Michel Basquiat. So many people were coming up. There were pockets of creativity. And all of that seemed new. And it was pre-computers, too, so people actually talked to each other, and they did go to clubs. I don’t think there were iPhones or text messaging, so everybody either talked to each other or ignored each other, but they did it face-to-face.”

Describing the nonstop work as “like one prolonged day” between now and the Louis Vuitton show in early March, Jacobs alluded to an upcoming meeting about his Louis Vuitton contract. “So the contract,” Foley said, pressing him for more information, but Jacobs demurred. “We’re discussing that this week,” he said, as if to indicate that anything could still happen. When his boss at Louis Vuitton, Bernard Arnault, came up another time, Jacobs was more forthcoming. “I always feel like Babe the Pig, with the farmer, where Mr. Arnault will say, ‘That’ll do, Pig.’ He was very pleased with [Daniel] Buren [our Spring collaborator], and he was very pleased with the train [from Fall 2012]; he’s been a lot more forthcoming. But there’s been a good ten out of fifteen years where it was, ‘That’ll do, Pig.’ “

At the end of the interview, Foley invited the audience to ask questions. Martha Stewart was among the guests who spoke up. “I asked my Twitter followers what they’d like to know,” she began, “and they asked, Who’s your greatest inspiration? And if you cook, and your favorite color.”

“I love red, I don’t cook at all, and who inspires me? Well, all of the people I work with inspire me, and my friends inspire me. I couldn’t give you one name.”

Stewart pressed, “They also asked, Who’s your favorite porn star?”

“Well, my favorite ex-porn star,” he said, “is a guy named Eddie.”

Photo: BFAnyc.com

At The Social Set’s Holiday Parties, The Past Is Present

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Style.com contributing editor and party reporter Darrell Hartman circles the city and, occasionally, the globe in the line of duty. In a new column, he reports on the topics—whatever they may be at whatever given moment—that are stirring the social set.

Last week, the in-demand event designer Bronson van Wyck made his first foray into retail with a holiday pop-up space at the West Village vintage shop Overbey & Dunn. A shrine to traditional (read: WASP) Christmas, it’s richly decked out with vintage baubles and antlered taxidermy. There are magnolia garlands by the foot, with the added option of gilding and pomegranates—”an ancient symbol of prosperity and good fortune,” van Wyck explained at the launch party Thursday night, which drew the likes of André Balazs (left, with van Wyck) and Martha Stewart. (“Fabulous,” the entertaining queen declared, admiring a basket of faux-glass ornaments.) Van Wyck’s staff—or “elves,” as he’s calling them—will even deliver you a made-to-measure Christmas tree.

People tend to get nostalgic around the holidays. We literally turn the clocks back, as if to prepare for them. But there seems to be more nostalgia going on this time around. For the high-minded party set this season, revisiting the past is all the rage. Continue Reading “At The Social Set’s Holiday Parties, The Past Is Present” »

American Made, By Martha Stewart

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“Whenever Martha calls, I listen,” J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler said at the inaugural American Made fair celebrating local food, fashion, and design at Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall yesterday morning. Drexler, along with Calvin Klein, Tory Burch, and Ralph Rucci, joined Martha Stewart (pictured) on a “Makers of American Fashion” panel discussion that kicked off the two-day affair, where they tackled topics like inspiration, business, and tricks of the trade. “Today is about recognizing the innovative spirit that’s happening across the United States,” Stewart told the audience, which included countless Martha fans.

Despite the rush-hour crowd, Stewart transformed the midtown landmark into a multimedia expo featuring dozens of American artisans from Manhattan childrenswear designer Makié to Connecticut-based accessories company Mystic Knotwork, allowing shoppers—and some confused commuters—to sample the goods and even craft their own gifts. Tips bestowed from the panel? “The most important thing is to know what you’re good at,” Klein advised. “From the very beginning, I had a vision of minimalism and purity.” (Not quite the case with his first fragrance, Obsession, which he launched with a scintillating ad in 1985. “It looked like an orgy in print,” Klein mused.) Burch, meanwhile, credited her years in fashion PR and “learning on the job” as essential stepping stones. Ever the queen of crafts, Stewart peppered the discussion with instructional demos such as tie-dyeing using Sharpie pens (just add rubbing alcohol) and teaching Drexler how to properly fold a T-shirt. “I learned it on Japanese TV,” beamed the DIY maven.

Around 11 a.m., the crowd dispersed to sample Fair Trade coffee and Petrossian caviar (leave it to Martha to serve Beluga before noon). Longtime friend Klein raved about the host after the panel. “Martha is the quintessential American woman,” he told Style.com. “From gardening to tie-dye, that’s who she is and she does it in a way that’s so endearing.” As for her off-duty persona? “She’s exactly the same person on camera and off camera,” he insisted. “To be successful in this business, you have to be who you are. Otherwise it’s not going to go well.”

Photo: Fernando Leon / Getty Images

On Sale: Material Heels

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In an effort to help offset the cost of the most expensive disaster in history, a dedicated group of New Yorkers braved the elements last night to show their support for Japan at a fundraiser co-hosted by Martha Stewart and Wynton Marsalis. At Reika Yo Alexander’s En Japanese Brasserie, guests including Hilary Swank, Zac Posen (left, with Stewart), and Waris Ahluwalia checked their winter wear at the door and headed to check out the silent auction items.

Art made up a big part of the evening’s offerings: photographs and paintings by the likes of François Nars, Julian Schnabel, Laurie Simmons, and Terence Koh decorated one wall. That last was mulling an acquisition as well as a donation. “If I get to leave here with one thing,” Koh said, “it would be the Yoko Ono piece.” But with a fashion-heavy crowd like this, no surprise that the item attracting the most attention was a pair of gold Louis Vuitton heels (right). They came with a little something extra: the signature of their original owner, Madonna. “I thought about taking the Madonna shoes, cutting them in half, and displaying them Damien Hirst-style,” Michael Stipe mused. And while we can’t imagine that she and the Material Girl have quite the same taste in chic, even Stewart was eyeing the pair. “Madonna’s shoes, of course,” she told Style.com about the item she most coveted. “But they are a little too small for me.”

Photos: Jonathan Ziegler / Patrick McMullan.com

Hyères’ Paper Tiger, What They Wished For Before They Walked, And More…

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The French fashion festival in Hyères wrapped up this weekend, with Belgian Alexandra Verschueren taking the top prize for her creations made out of paper and papery fabrics. “I don’t even introduce myself as a designer,” she said. Well, maybe time to think about starting. [Hint Mag]

Industrious model/blogger Imogen Morris Clarke (pictured) polled her mannequin friends to find out what they wanted to be when they grew up. The results range from grocer (Kasia Struss) to volcanologist (Sigrid Agren)… [Poison Dart via Racked]

…but, amazingly, no one said they’d wanted to be a multi-platform lifestyle guru with both prison time and a successful TV show under her belt. Well, that job’s taken by former model Martha Stewart, whose early-sixties modeling shots have hit the Web. [Styleite]

Haute eighties designer (and current Beyoncé costumer) Thierry Mugler would really like for you to see him naked. [NYT]

Photo: Greg Kessler / FirstView.com