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July 29 2014

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7 posts tagged "Newbark"

Beautiful Apparition: Jamie Bochert Croons for NewbarK

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“It’s a kind of journey to self-discovery,” explained Floria Sigismondi, the artist who famously directed Tilda Swinton and David Bowie in the rock star’s smash music video “The Stars (Are Out Tonight).” Sigismondi was talking about her Fall ’14 film for the sisters Maryam and Marjan Malakpour’s bare luxury accessories line, NewbarK. The short stars a writhing, slithering Jamie Bochert in the designers’ simple red flats. Making its online premiere exclusively here, the film also serves as the debut of Bochert’s latest musical effort, and features a haunting track from the model-cum-singer-songwriter. “The film was shot in Los Angeles in a house stripped down to its most simplistic form—it seems to emit a lot of ambient vibe,” said Sigismondi of her darkly surrealist offering. “I think this was especially a great opportunity to expand on the idea of non-cohesive images being strung together to create a kind of new reality,” she continued. “Jamie encompassed that character really naturally.”

That Bochert organically embodied Sigismondi’s gothy, abstract vision is no surprise. Bochert’s own artistic output is undeniably in sync with the longtime director’s dreamily sinister aesthetic. “It was inspiring,” commented Bochert. “I felt free and safe because I love Floria’s work, art, and authenticity.”

In L.A., Fashion Meets Art

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Wear LACMA

After two successful seasons, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is set to release its latest Wear LACMA campaign, with resident L.A. talents Greg Chait of The Elder Statesman and Jennifer Meyer (past designers include Gregory Parkinson, Libertine’s Johnson Hartig, Juan Carlos Obando, and NewbarK’s Maryam and Marjan Malakpour). The initiative conceived of by Katherine Ross, wife of LACMA director Michael Govan, and member of the museum’s Director’s Circle, challenged the two local designers to create limited-edition wares based on the museum’s permanent collection. “The goal of this initiative is to present works of art from the collection in a new way,” Ross said. “Through this partnership we are able to highlight extraordinary works in the museum’s encyclopedic collection seasonally.”

Of his contributions, Chait told us, “I love the spirit behind the project most.” After experiencing the museum’s James Turrell exhibit, he felt compelled to create six custom cashmere tees and scarves boasting abstracted Native American motifs. Meanwhile, Meyer, Chait’s fellow CFDA/Vogue Fashion Funder, was drawn to Ed Ruscha’s painting Made in California. With the artist’s express permission, Meyer created two nameplate necklaces bearing the moniker “Made in California” in 18-karat yellow gold and 18-karat gold with white diamond pavé. “I think LACMA is incredible, one of the best museums around,” the designer said of the institution that’s been enjoying a resurgence of late. “It’s incredibly exciting that LACMA chooses to partner with designers rather than “artists,” so to speak…combining those two worlds.” It would seem Net-a-Porter agrees with that sentiment, as the e-tailer will, for the first time, sell a selection of the Wear LACMA offering on its Web site. Proceeds from the collection, which ranges from $180 to $6,450, will benefit the museum.

Wear LACMA will be available beginning November 19 on net-a-porter.com and beginning November 20 in the LACMA store.

Photo: Courtesy of net-a-porter

LACMA Fuses Fashion and Art

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After the success of its debut Wear LACMA range last fall—which featured designs by Gregory Parkinson and Libertine’s Johnson Hartig—the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is set to launch round two of the project. This time around, Juan Carlos Obando, NewbarK’s Maryam and Marjan Malakpour, and L’Oeil du Vert Fragrances’ Haley van Oosten have created limited-edition designs inspired by the museum’s permanent collection.

NewbarK’s designers were drawn to Félix Edouard Vallotton’s La Manifestation (1893) because of his use of black and white. “Black-and-white is my personal favorite, and a signature to NewbarK designs,” Malakpour told Style.com. The duo (whose Wear LACMA pouches are pictured, above) was also influenced by the exoticism and primitivism in Henri-Charles Guérard’s Monkey’s Hand (1888).

Obando, an L.A. native, pulled inspiration from Willem Danielsz van Tetrode’s sculpture Mercury for his bold bronze and gold jewelry, while van Oosten was moved by Antonio Montauti’s bronze relief The Triumph of Neptune and Europa. The perfumer created an exclusive new botanical fragrance, TONAE, which, of course, comes in a bronze bottle. “TONAE celebrates our yearning to be transported by divinity—as immortalized by Montauti’s Neptune conducting a swirl of coupling sea nymphs,” van Oosten said.

Wear LACMA is available, starting tomorrow, at LACMA and online at thelacmastore.org

Photo: Stuart Pettican.

NewbarK in Wonderland

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Maryam and Marjan Malakpour are artists in multiple mediums. The sister design duo behind accessories label NewbarK created a film in collaboration with director Laurence Dunmore titled In Wonderland, which they’ll screen tonight during their presentation at Paul Kasmin Gallery. The film is a compilation of sounds, music, and poetry, and it stars model Jamie Bochert, who wanders through an old hotel in a dreamlike state and finds a package that reads “In Wonderland.” “It’s really about a dream and a seduction that a girl has,” said Maryam, noting that the package provides a little mystery. “It’s about dreams in Wonderland.”

The film was shot over the course of a week, at New York’s Lafayette House. “I always wanted to merge the worlds of art, fashion, and music,” said Maryam. For Bochert, the process brought back childhood memories of watching her favorite vintage movie, Un Chien Andalou (1929). “I don’t really consider this acting, maybe more like silent film,” she said. “I used to love going to the silent-movie theater. This film was more like that for me.” Watch Bochert in NewbarK’s eerie short, which debuts above.

On Our Radar: Beach Totes

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July is coming to a close and for many of us, days at the beach this summer are numbered. I already have my go-to suits and oversized sun hats for this summer, but I’m still on the hunt for the perfect beach tote. While designers (and by default, editors) have been gravitating toward more compact, small bags in recent seasons, the beach tote is generally the exception. Sunscreen, towels, brush, summer reads, sarong—they all have to fit in there. Above, a few of my top picks for toting to Montauk this weekend.

Clockwise from top left, above: Missoni Lipki tote, $315, available at www.net-a-porter.com; Newbark weekend woven canvas and leather tote, $950, available at www.net-a-porter.com; Matador Direct Gang Gang Dance tote, $25, available at www.openingceremony.us; Club Monaco tote, $49, www.clubmonaco.com for store locations; eBay x CFDA “You Can’t Fake Fashion” tote, $35, available at www.fashionvault.ebay.com.

Photos: Courtesy of Net-a-Porter; Courtesy of Opening Ceremony; Courtesy of Club Monaco; Courtesy of the CFDA