August 23 2014

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Helena Christensen’s Visions of Peru


Helena Christensen

The thing about being Helena Christensen is that everybody expects to see you in front of the camera. Turns out, the supermodel has some skills behind one, too. Christensen has been a photographer since her teens, and part of why she decided to enter professional modeling was to advance her photography skills. “Being on both sides of the camera is hugely beneficial,” Christensen told “You learn so much about psychology, emotions, capturing the moment, the technical side of things—and as a model when you step behind the camera, you know what it’s like to be in front of it.”

With that in mind, it made sense that, when The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts named her a Global Explorer, her first creative endeavor would be a photo expedition to some faraway destination. Last night, Christensen’s Visual Journey, Peru was revealed at an intimate party at the Bleecker Street Arts Club, drawing in the likes of Michael Stipe, Liv Tyler, and Rob Thomas.

The images, currently up for auction through Gavel&Grand, depict an excursion a little less glamorous than one might associate with a supermodel (there are lots of llamas), but the trip was a return to Christensen’s roots—more specifically, her Peruvian mother’s roots. That’s why she brought her mom along for the trip. “It was her first time back to Peru in seventeen years,” Christensen offered. “It was great to observe the intense, emotional experience she had after being gone for so long.”

Photo: Dean Neville/

It’s a Drag, Drag, Drag, Drag World


PS1 Dral Ball

Leave it to the queens to do Halloween in style. Last night at MoMa PS1, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim along with Luis Venegas of Candy magazine hosted an art-meets-fashion Halloween drag ball, complete with an old-school pageant. “This is Miss America on steroids,” proclaimed MC Ladyfag before letting the contestants loose on a makeshift catwalk.

Later, Ladyfag explained, “It’s really a celebration of a culture that always dresses up. Most of the people here do this every day. It’s nice for people to stop and think what really goes into all of this all the time—how much work it is being a drag queen!” The work was evident in the hundreds of elaborate, detailed transformations—a sparkling, towering mummy bride; a red-lip-smeared Horn of Plenty; and co-host Melissa Burns as Prince. Also in the crowd: a well-disguised Michael Stipe and Justin Bond. “This look? I wanted to make it a bit Saint Laurent grunge, but at the same time I thought it would be cool to have something that would remind people a bit of Norman Bates’ mother—Norman from Psycho,” explained Venegas of his ladylike, lace-collared flower frock. “You know I come from Spain, so to be in New York celebrating Halloween with a drag ball is quite amazing for me!”

“It’s a total mess, but it’s great!” added Swedish pop star Robyn from beside the tequila bar. “I just think people are having a good time.”

Photo: Charles Roussel

Fashion And Art Converge At The Whitney


It had all the fixings of a standard fashion show—front-row fixtures like Michael Stipe and Jen Brill, makeup by James Kaliardos for MAC, hair by Bumble and Bumble, and in-demand models from agencies like IMG and Ford, but K8 Hardy‘s Untitled Runway Show at the Whitney Museum on Sunday was anything but typical. The multimedia performance artist, known best for her cult zine FashionFashion, put together a collection of over 30 looks as part of her exhibition for the 2012 Biennial. For Hardy, the presentation was a way of creating a dialogue about commercialism and the way fashion affects society’s views on women rather than a vehicle for showing off her design chops.

The crowd of art enthusiasts waited patiently for about half an hour before the first model stepped out onto the wood and steel runway set, installed for the occasion by fellow Biennial artist Oscar Tuazon. Walking to amped-up reggaeton beats mixed up with Neutrogena radio ads and high-pitched nail art tutorials that had some audience members covering their ears, each model affected her own signature strut based on Hardy’s instructions. “I used to love the shows where models would dance down the runway,” Hardy told after the show. Some shuffled slowly with a moribund limp, others did ballet-like pliés and leaps, and one girl even staged a convincing runway stumble and tumble. Each catwalker wore teased-to-the-max wigs and face paint that resembled another spoof on the now-famous Tanning Mom.
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Two Great Fashion Tastes That Taste Great Together


Every so often, life gives you occasion to wonder: Where do those front-row regulars go in the six months between fashion seasons? In plenty of cases, it’s only back to the manse for intensive exfoliation and wardrobe realignment, but a select few also hold day jobs in the interim. Two of the latter type are Kirsten Dunst (friend of Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy, and regular showgoer) and Michael Stipe (a frequent attendee of the menswear shows), who have teamed up for a new video. “We All Go Back to Where We Belong” is the last single from Stipe’s R.E.M., which announced in September that it is disbanding after three decades; the song will appear on the forthcoming greatest-hits compilation Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage. Dominic DeJoseph directed the accompanying short, which is actually one of two versions of the “We All Go Back to Where We Belong” video. The other features a guy we haven’t seen front-row: poet John Giorno.

AWE Strikes London


Art week kicked into gear last night at London’s Cuckoo Club, where the likes of Courtney Love, Michael Stipe, Tali Lennox, and Daisy Lowe gathered for the “Rave in a Cave”-themed party fêting the debut issue of AWE (Art Wednesday Editorial) magazine. “I’m not hungover, luckily, but more than a few people might be—it was pretty wild,” co-founder and editor Max Bergius says of last night’s festivities.

Today, Bergius was still punchdrunk from the excitement of seeing his magazine finally come to fruition (his first glimpse of the final copy was at 3 p.m. yesterday). Roughly a year ago, Bergius started his site,, and then decided to do the unconventional and turn it into a magazine with his friend James Penfold. “It seemed like a physical version was important because Web content is so disposable,” he explains. So, they enlisted a team that included Paola Kudacki, Maryna Linchuk, Annabel Tollman, Todd Selby, and William Eadon to work on their first issue of their biannual arts and culture mag.

“The most challenging thing is stepping up to the mark and being able to produce something that is original,” Bergius says. “There are so many incredible magazines out there, but many of them have similar themes and the same people going through them.” In the case of AWE magazine, the photographers and writers were given free rein to do whatever they wanted, with Bergius and Penfold on the sidelines, simply “guiding them in a way that allowed their creativity to come out.” In the case of some of the contributors, they were asked to step outside their comfort zone and do a job they had almost never done before. There’s an eclectic, innovative assortment of stories, including Selby’s shoot with Robert Wilson, unpublished photos by Alvin Baltrop, and Lily Cole’s feature on sustainability. If those topics feel too PG for your liking, Bergius says, “What’s the word? Well, Paola’s shoot with Maryna is a bit dirty; it’s adult art.”

Photos: Courtesy of AWE