12 posts tagged "Olympia Scarry"
When we say that André has the lock on Paris nightlife, we make no exaggeration. Last night I logged in time at three of his clubs: Régine’s, Le Baron, and Le Montana. That last one is his newest edition and last night, André revealed the site’s storied history (Purple magazine’s blowout being the latest notch in its bedpost). Before it was a sixties and seventies hotspot, Le Montana served as a thirties-era communist hangout; and before transforming into its latest bejeweled iteration, it was a loud-and-proud gay club in the eighties. As André scanned the crowd—which included Olympia Scarry, Angela Lindvall, and Milla Jovovich with their adoring male best friends—he smiled. “Some things never change,” he said. “But we could use more communists.”
According to Alice Temperley, the two big pros to having a party in your Soho loft and showroom are that, for one, you can stay as long as you’d like, and two, there’s enough room to have a real dance floor. While I can’t attest to the former (it’s called beauty sleep), I did receive word this morning that the revelry continued past a typical nightclub’s closing time. I did, however, take advantage of that dance floor, joining the likes of Milla Jovovich, Olympia Scarry, Michael Stipe, and Barbara Bush in enjoying the musical stylings of the evening’s DJ, Jefferson Hack. The party was a celebration of the brand’s newest presentation mode—this season’s collection was seen via video. “It’s an exciting time,” Lars von Bennigsen, Temperley’s husband and business partner, said. “We’re thrilled to try new things.” Not that all talk was devoted to futuristic fashion presentations. When Jovovich came in, Temperley was eager to compare notes on Ever Gabo (Jovovich’s little girl) and Fox (Temperley’s 17-month-old son). “And I thought having a fashion company was hard work,” teased Temperley.
Remember back when we were little, that group of cool girls that would show up in homeroom all dressed alike? Maybe it was an I.O.U. turtleneck sweatshirt (or were those only big in Missouri?), or maybe it was a fancy pair of stonewashed jeans with a zipper at the bottom—which, strangely, is very Balmain Spring 2009, now that I think about it. Not that it was limited to the ladies. I can remember coordinating my fuchsia Umbro shorts with friends on more than one occasion. Well, this weekend in Moscow, three of London’s coolest broads brought back this dress-alike trend, albeit raising the bar on the chic factor. Instead of Z. Cavariccis, they were all in different variations of a Gareth Pugh Fall 2008 print. That’s jewelry designer Eugenie Niarchos in a minidress that has a smaller version of the black and white optical illusion pattern, artist Olympia Scarry in a larger version in leggings form, and Harrods brand ambassador Camilla Al Fayed in the same larger print, but cut into a minidress. Scarry mixed hers with a pair of Chloé boots, to which she seems awfully partial. Niarchos went minimal with a tiny belt. And Al Fayed blinged hers up with an oversize chain-link necklace covered in pavé diamonds. “We are the same, but very, very different, too,” Niarchos smiled, adding that they all picked up traditional Russian fur hats while they were in Moscow. So maybe the triplet look won’t end here.
While the rest of the fashion troops made it back to their respective homes this weekend—finally—Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen continued on to London, where they debuted their secondary line, Elizabeth & James, at Selfridges. “I love this town,” Mary-Kate said. “The street style here is fantastic.” Both girls had been in Paris the week before, handling sales for E&J, as they call it, as well as their more upscale collection The Row; M-K’s European experience stretched all the way back to Milan, however, where she attended a few of the art openings that coincided with fashion week before hitting Aaron Young’s most recent motorcycle spectacle in Naples. “We did really well with sales, especially considering what’s going on in the financial world right now,” said Ashley, a woman always acutely aware of the business bigger picture. Joining the sisters were London’s coolest kids, including Dasha Zhukova, Olympia Scarry, Pixie Geldof, and Henry Holland. “I totally get this stuff,” Geldof said. “Can we buy it now?”
It’s official: “socialite” is a four-letter word. In some circles, mainly the really small ones that orbit the world in private jets, calling someone that term is the harshest of insults. While I’ve known that was the case here in New York, I learned last week in Russia that the anti-socialite brigade has gone international. Take the cases of Dasha Zhukova, who is more art patron than party girl nowadays, and Eugenie Niarchos, a fledging jewelry designer who worked on a tiara inspired by ancient Rome for the fashion brand Azzaro this season, and has her own collection with the Paris-based precious-stone dealer Repossi. The third member of this Euro working-girl threesome is Olympia Scarry, the Swiss-born/London-dwelling blonde who’s quite serious about having the word “artist” describe what she does (as opposed to the variety of other terms that the local media has pinned on her). Scarry is proving her point this week in Milan with her first solo show at the Conduits Gallery. “I take this very seriously,” Scarry told me last week in Moscow, where her former roommate Zhukova hosted a party for a museum she opened in the city. “Sure, I have fun and there’s a humor in my work, but I’m not particularly flattered by some of the words used to describe what I do. I’m an artist.” The Milan show, entitled R.A.T.S., an acronym for Rise Above the Shit, is a series of installations mainly composed of women’s undergarments hardened in resin and then suspended in mirrored cases. While Scarry dislikes being described as a well-connected rich girl, it seems having friends in high places has paid off: The LVMH Foundation has become a client, and her next show will be in 2009 at the Phillips Gallery in London.
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