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August 27 2014

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Steven Sebring, Now in 4-D

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Steven Sebring and Coco Rocha at the opening of Revolution 
“I’ve been keeping it very secret,” explained fashion photographer and filmmaker Steven Sebring of his latest project, Revolution, which debuted at New York’s 69th Regiment Armory last night. “Just testing the Rig and seeing what it can do—there isn’t anything else like it.” The “Rig” is Sebring’s name for the new massive “geodome” he created—a silver sphere lined with a hundred cameras on wheels. It took three years of personally funded development to complete the apparatus, which is designed to capture the so-called fourth dimension (or the “truly true,” as the artist defines it), and record its subjects’ every move—from every angle—as it spins.

 

Model Coco Rocha is the star of Sebring’s vision (although longtime friend and onetime subject Patti Smith, as well as a tai-chi master from his building, also make appearances), and is shown dancing, leaping, and shifting in a series of videos, photographs, and sculptural works. “This is the first art exhibition I’ve ever been a part of,” offered Rocha. “I put my Irish dancing shoes on and came into Steven’s studio again and again. And it had nothing to do with editorial, nothing to do with making money or a campaign.” Continue Reading “Steven Sebring, Now in 4-D” »

Grey Expectations

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There’s a very open, very shoppable region between art and interior design, and a new Web site called Grey Area is plunging right into it. Kyle DeWoody and Manish Vora, the two young art-world insiders behind this new e-commerce venture, launched it last night with a party at the Wooly, where some of the site’s unique and limited-edition wares were on display. To wit: rope benches by Orly Genger, a resin cast of a Birkin bag by Shelter Serra, which sold on-site, and a tablecloth on which Ruffian designer Claude Morais had made an abstracted line drawing of a male torso (that’s the piece, above, modeled by Morais’ partner, Brian Wolk). “If you see it, you see it,” Morais shrugged, adding that he’s been painting as a hobby for years.

At the moment, Grey Area’s ever-changing online inventory includes bath towels by Tracey Emin and Ed Ruscha, wallpaper by Kiki Smith, a wristwatch by Tom Sachs, and E.V. Day’s playful encapsulation of the Barbie doll—she’s mummy-wrapped in a cocoon of silver and chrome. Grey Area commissioned some of the pieces, others not. It’s hard to believe the idea was born just two months ago, until you consider the founders’ powers combined: Vora is one of the New York gallery scene’s most active gadabouts, and DeWoody and her mother, Beth, are two of the city’s most active art patrons. The crowd at the Wooly included Nicole Miller and Jenna Bush, and had designers Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein (who have a Grey Area collaboration of their own in the works) in the DJ booth.

The site has some storefronts in its future, too, albeit temporary ones: a pop-up in Water Mill later this month, one in L.A. at the end of September, and one in Miami for Art Basel. Explained DeWoody, probably only half-joking, “We’re hoping to conquer the States and then move to Europe next year.”

Photo: Courtesy of Grey Area

A Garment District Advocate Puts Her Money Where Her Mouth Is

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“I’ve often been of accused of, what do you call it, marching to the beat of my own drum,” designer Yeohlee Teng said last night at the opening of her new store on a stretch of 38th Street in the Garment District. The neighborhood is known more for wholesale than retail, but Teng—the general secretary of the CFDA—has been a vocal champion of the district as a whole, and for her first bricks-and-mortar shop, she plunked down square in the middle of it. “It’s actually something I always wanted, and I found the perfect location,” she explained. “When the moment is right, it’s right.”

The narrow rectangular space retains many of the markings of its industrial past life, from steel beams to black Tyvek dressing-room curtains, but it’s been brightened up with the help of architect Joerg Schwartz. In addition to her own Yeohlee line, the store will also carry some of Teng’s favorite accessories, including Bensimon sneakers and recycled rubber jewelry by Kathleen Nowak Tucci. But as designer pal Nicole Miller pointed out, the house’s own Fall collection was the highlight of the offerings, particularly a loose cape top in red silky microfiber ($430). Fingering the racks, Miller, who was fresh from New Zealand fashion week, commented on the unusual neighbors (we counted four string-your-own-beaded-necklace parlors within a block). “It’s a strange location,” she admitted. “But it totally works.”

Yeohlee N.Y., 25 West 38th St., NYC, (212) 244-8635.

Photo: Yvonne Brooks

Nicole Miller’s New Zealand Fashion Week Diary

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Paris fashion week may still be raging on, but Nicole Miller (left) recently headed down to a sunnier fashion experience: New Zealand fashion week, in Auckland, where she was invited to present her collection. Below, the New York-based designer fills us in on the goings-on down under, and click below for more photos from the week.

After 21 hours, my assistant Janey and I finally arrive in Auckland, and suddenly it doesn’t seem so far away. It’s Tuesday morning and day 1 of fashion week. Our show will be Thursday. We check in and have to unload trunks for our fittings—we have 21 models coming in and four hours to do it all. Somehow it makes New York look like a breeze. We managed to get it all done in time to go to the Cybele show, one of the tightest shows I saw all week. I had checked out the line before I came so I was anxious to see it. It had some fabulous digital prints, and some of the prints were mirrored in the cuts of the clothing. Very nice!

The whole NZFW venue is very interesting—it’s held in an old navy yard, so it was all on the funky/rustic side. But a few brands, like Zambesi, showed offsite, which was cool, too. Zambesi was held in a huge warehouse; the runway was almost a mile long! Zambesi is one of the hippest brands in New Zealand, and I’m surprised their clothes are not easier to find elsewhere.

On day 2, we had our last fitting and then headed to the Jimmy D show—another of my favorites. It was entirely black and white—and mostly black! Designer James Dobson did a great digital print that was done by an artist friend of his, Andrew McLeod, both on T-shirts and georgettes. And that night we went to the most interesting experience of the week: the NOM*d show, also held in an offsite venue. The show was called Dance Macabre and was inspired by the black plague. It was four vignettes going simultaneously: a dinner scene, a bedroom scene, a fire, and a crushed car with a performer on it. It was quite fascinating—though you couldn’t really see the clothes. But it was so cool it didn’t matter. Continue Reading “Nicole Miller’s New Zealand Fashion Week Diary” »

MoMA Brings Mayor Bloomberg, Hugh Jackman, And Karen O Together At Last

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“I’m only here for one reason,” said Hugh Jackman. “To get this party started.”

Mission accomplished. Jackman was at MoMA to announce Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who gave a raucous performance for a crowd that included Mayor Bloomberg and about as many art-world heavies as are allowed in one room at one time. The dress code was black tie, but MoMA being MoMA, a few took it with a grain of salt. Chuck Close was wearing his tuxedo jacket but shrugged off sartorial inquiries to talk about his gorgeous companion, Sienna (she, for the record, was wearing a taupe raw-silk dress). And more than a few ladies piled on the color: Karen O, onstage, opted for a riot-colored batwing-sleeved tunic dress (pictured); Nicole Miller, in the crowd, was wearing a layered blue and green gown. Ronald Lauder, the evening’s honoree (along with Jo Carole Lauder), surveyed the crowd with a smile. “I very much approve,” he said. “They are beautiful.” As arguably the U.S.’s premiere beauty magnate, he should know.

Photo: Will Ragozzino / Patrick McMullan