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20 posts tagged "Milk Studios"

Welcome To Fashion Week’s Best Idea (And The Woman Behind It)

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Above the grateful hum of editors noshing on free tacos at MAC and Milk Studios’ eighth-floor Surf Lodge, you can almost hear the question on everyone’s mind: What genius dreamed this all up? Credit goes to MAC exec Jenne Lombardo, who figured it would be wise to give fashion weekers a place to hang out between shows, and Surf Lodge co-owner Robert McKinley, whom Lombardo convinced to creative-direct the space. “There’s always that lag time,” McKinley noted, as a motley assortment of fashion types gobbled the Sam Talbot-prepared repast. “And we just thought, well, what do people need during fashion week? Something to eat, something to drink, a place to sit down, a few computers to work off of….” The Lodge provides all of the above (all miraculously free of charge, from cocktails to coffee to meals) and hosts the occasional Valentine’s Day photo booth or dance party. McKinley also came to the seemingly obvious conclusion that the fashion flock would rather be attended to by people with a bit of style—and got Loomstate to provide the servers’ special vegetable-dyed dresses and Jill Platner to make necklaces for them, too. A nice touch, but honestly, you had us at free tacos.

Photo: Ben Rowland

All-Out War. And Moët.

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Art-world denizens put their thinking (and drinking) caps on last night at the Accompanied Literary Society’s “Art War” quiz challenge at Milk Gallery. A brainier follow-up to the paintball tournament the group put on at this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach, the war combined cocktails, works by Andrew Cramer, and five teams slightly confused about the Jeopardy-style rules—all in all, an evening of loud, buzzer-ringing, smarty-pants fun. Few questions (all hewing to the theme of violence in art) went unanswered, and at one point, ALS director Brooke Geahan threatened to cut off the Belvedere and Moët unless the crowd piped down. Matthew Higgs of White Columns served as quizmaster, and the Beatrice Inn’s Paul Sevigny deejayed before taking his spot among the eventual winners—led by gallerist Andrew Kreps and Gagosian’s Sam Orlofsky in an eleventh-hour triumph over Phillips de Pury. “We could have won by a larger amount, but it’s all about quick reaction,” Kreps concluded. (Tell that to the trigger-happy squad led by Horacio Silva, Chris Bollen, and Cecilia Dean, which finished in the negatives.) Back near the bar, teammate Rebecca Guinness downplayed her role in the victory: “I contributed some very long legs. I actually couldn’t see the screen.”

Photo: Billy Farrell / PatrickMcMullan.com

blasblog: stripping down for charity

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Noot Seear, the Canadian model and a child of international social worker parents, has come up with a novel approach to fundraising. “No more slideshows and sit-down dinners,” she said at Milk Studios last night, where she was hosting a Be Bare fashion show and auction. “Plus, I think this will help get the boys involved.” And why would the boys be so interested? Because the highest bidder got the clothes—literally—off the backs of the models. Not that the ladies were entirely denied an opportunity to have some fun—there were a couple of male models in the show, too, which featured looks from designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Alexander Wang, Elise Øverland, and Marchesa. Such, ahem, naked ambition definitely begat a certain debate: Are you here for the philanthropy, in the form of Rose Charities, a volunteer-based organization that tackles poverty both in the U.S. and in countries like Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam? Or are you here for the ladies? For Brendan Shanahan, the former Rangers wingman, it was the former—or at least that’s what he told us. “I explained to my children as I put them to bed that Daddy was going to raise money for a great organization,” he grinned. The fashion photographer Magnus Unnar was more candid: “I’m here for the booze and the babes.” Regardless of the intentions, the end result—like when Seear stripped out of her first look and down to her Kiki de Montparnasse knickers to the tune of $2,500—was more money for those in need. “And that’s all that matters,” the hostess smiled.

Blasblog: milking a tenth anniversary

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It was apparent at last week’s party for The Last Magazine, when all of New York’s cool kids piled into the ground-floor gallery to celebrate a brand-new fashion publication within the first minutes that the doors were open, just how important a certain building on West 15th Street is. Not only for the production of pretty pictures (its top-floor studios are responsible for many of the images in glossy magazines around the world), but also for having a good time. This season, Milk Studios is celebrating its tenth anniversary, and those in charge have thus decided to spend more time patting themselves and their friends on the back. “Milk would be nothing but an empty space without the photographers, the stylists, the designers, the models, and everyone else who keeps this place running and consistently a creative hub,” said Mazdack Rassi, one of studio’s founding members. To celebrate, this season Milk crammed as much into the space as it could, from small presentations (like Band of Outsiders and Victor Glemaud) to intimate dinners (Naomi Watts hosted a sit-down for her brother Ben’s photography) to full-scale dance parties (like the aforementioned Last boogie fest). The fashion week events were such a success, in fact, that Rassi has renewed his focus on entertaining. In the upcoming weeks expect to see gallery openings and dinners in honor of the likes of Alexi Lubomirski, Norman Jean Roy, Hunter Barnes, and Greg Kadel. “We consider our artists to be part of the Milk family and we do our best to get them a lot of buzz. I love being inspired by the brilliant people around me.”

 

Photo: Neil Rasmus/PatrickMcMullan.com

 

Leigh Lezark At Band of Outsiders

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Fashion Week notes from the MisShapes DJ and girl-about-town