August 23 2014

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Bruce Weber Toasts His New Exhibition in the Motor City


bruce-weber-sizedEveryone has something good to say about Bruce Weber. Look at the long list of Condé Nast editors and publishers, creative luminaries, and style stalwarts who decamped to Detroit yesterday in his name. The occasion was the opening of a new Condé-sponsored exhibition of the lensman’s images of the Motor City at the Detroit Institute of Arts. “I just kept hearing music in my head for a long time,” said Weber of why he first turned up in town back in 2006. “I’m a big Marvin Gaye fan, and I thought, Well, I have a musical going on! That’s what brought me here.” The resulting images are a long way off from the ruin porn that has come to make up much of the city’s photographic legacy. Instead of decaying buildings, Weber gravitated toward locals.

Many of those he shot were on hand last night, including Jeremy Marek, a young man whose arresting scowl from under a fedora has become one of the show’s most iconic shots. “He’s very gentle, and easy to work with,” said Marek of why Weber has become so beloved of the city’s population. Also singing Weber’s praises (and later simply singing) was former Detroit resident and Weber compatriot Patti Smith. Scarcely an iPhone camera went unraised during her performance, for which her children Jesse and Jackson joined her on piano and guitar, respectively. It all made for a heady sight against the backdrop of the Institute’s titanic Diego Rivera mural depicting the Ford factory. After the cocktails, guests took their finery to a downtown diner, where the main attraction was “Coney Islands,” a Detroit take on the chili dog. An after-after-bash headed to The Raven Lounge, Michigan’s oldest blues bar, for live music and carousing into the night. It’s good to go local.

patti-smithPatti Smith, Musician and Writer, New York City, 1996
jackso-fiveThe Jackson Five and a Cousin, New York City, 1975

Photos: Conde Nast / Bruce Weber

Ann Demeulemeester Leaves The Label She Founded


Ann Demeulemeester According to a handwritten letter circulated via e-mail this morning, Ann Demeulemeester is leaving her namesake label. “A new time is coming both for my personal life and the brand ‘Ann Demeulemeester,’” she wrote. “I feel it’s time to separate our paths.” Demeulemeester’s poetic, ethereal aesthetic made her a favorite of fashion iconoclasts, perhaps most famously her friend Patti Smith. The letter did not specify whether a new creative director would be named or whether the existing team would take the collection forward, but it announced that the men’s and women’s collections for Fall ’14 would be presented together at a show on February 27, 2014.

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Sir Paul Tells All in The Talks’ One Hundredth Interview


Paul SmithWriter and Style Map contributor Sven Schumann founded online magazine The Talks in 2011, launching the site with nine interviews, which included subjects such as Valentino, Mick Jagger, and Patti Smith. In the two years since, Schumann hasn’t stopped talking, racking up Q&As with cultural titans such as Yohji Yamamoto, Woody Allen, Helen Mirren, and Salman Rushdie.

This morning, the site fetes its one hundredth chat, with inimitable Brit Sir Paul Smith. Since opening his first menswear shop, in 1970, Smith has built an empire of more than two hundred shops on his cheeky interpretations of Savile Row cuts—all while maintaining an almost infamous reputation as one of fashion’s “nice guys.”

So why choose Smith for this milestone moment? On top of his fabled status as a designer, “Paul’s story is ultimately that nice guys do sometimes finish first,” Schumann tells “And I always love talking to older people, who have lived life and can reflect and share their wisdom.”

In his Talks interview, Smith chats about the livestock that’s passed through the Paul Smith reception, unusual fan mail, and the soundtrack to his hangovers. Catch the full interview on The Talks’ Web site.

Photos: James Mooney

At Landmark’s Sunshine, A Surprise Appearance from Pussy Riot


Pussy Riot members Headlight and Puck at the screening of HBO's "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer"

“Women are a lot funnier than people realize,” said Maxim Pozdorovkin, one of the directors of HBO’s soon-to-be-released documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer. He’s talking about one of the more unexpected takeaways from his new film, which screened courtesy of The Cinema Society last night at the Lower East Side’s Landmark Sunshine theater and tells the shocking, dark, and, yes, subversively comical story of feminist-punk-cum-conceptual-art group Pussy Riot’s February 2012 performances, arrests, and subsequent imprisonment in Russia.

The film drew in a full house, including Pat McGrath, Charlotte Ronson, Salman Rushdie, Girls’ Alex Karpovsky, and Patti Smith, who introduced the project with a compelling dedication (“There is not a time that I go onstage that I do not think about them or feel the freedom to speak out and say the things that upset or anger me about my own country that I don’t think about these girls”) before running off to the Bowery Ballroom to perform.

A Q&A following the screening dialed in Pussy Riot member Katia for her thoughts via Skype, and in a surprise, carefully anonymous appearance, two members of the group took the stage in Pussy Riot’s signature fluorescent balaclavas to tell the audience how they could take action now.

“I was extremely inspired,” said model Heidi Mount at the Pravda-hosted after-party. “I had heard of [Pussy Riot] because of Madonna’s representation of them, and have been following them for the past year, but to actually get to hear their statements, what they’ve been through, was really—I want to protest outside the Russian embassy now.” After a few sips of rye-tini, Mount added, “We take for granted, as women in America, that we can wear what we want and say what we want—especially in fashion—but the girls that I work with are coming from these places where they don’t have that opportunity. People need to hear this story.”

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer will premiere June 10 on HBO.

Photo: Nicholas Hunt / 

Steven Sebring, Now in 4-D


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” »