August 22 2014

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23 posts tagged "Patti Smith"

Aliens Like To Look Good, Too


At last night’s Cinema Society screening of The Host, there were no questions about the caliber of Saoirse Ronan’s performance as a young woman overtaken by body-snatching aliens—everyone loved it. But there were some queries about how to pronounce the Oscar-nominated actress’ name. During the after-party at Jimmy in the James Hotel, which attracted the likes of Olivier Theyskens, Patti Smith, and Gabourey Sidibe, guests turned to Ronan’s fellow cast members for advice. “It’s Saoir-se,” said co-star Raeden Greer. “Sounds like inertia,” she stressed.

Diane Kruger plays the film’s supreme alien invader. The actress gave a cool performance as an emotionless villain, but what really stood out were her character’s white pantsuits. “It’s actually quite silly,” the actress told “We filmed in New Mexico and it is impossible to keep a pristine white outfit clean in the desert.” So how did she do it? “I was forever being chased by some fluffer who dusted me off and prevented me from sitting down!” Jason Wu, in particular, expressed an appreciation for Kruger’s fine-tuned on-and-off screen aesthetic. “I really came out tonight for Diane,” said the designer. “She’s one of the chicest women in the world. She just has it—there are very few people like that out there.”

Photo: Matteo Prandoni/

Karlie Kloss Makes A Tumblr, J.W. Anderson Debuts His Aldo Collaboration, Balenciaga’s Patti Smith-Inspired Campaign, And More


Model-of-the-moment Karlie Kloss was inspired by her friend Coca Rocha to start a Tumblr, called Kloss Gloss, which she launched this week. She has posted her latest editorials and a behind-the-scenes video from her Numéro shoot with Greg Kadel. [Kloss Gloss]

J.W. Anderson celebrated his collaboration with Aldo at Selfridges last night in London. The designer, along with Christian Cota and Mark Fast, was selected to work with the brand as part of the Aldo Rise initiative. [Vogue U.K.]

Patti Smith’s gritty photos in her book Just Kids served as the inspiration behind Balenciaga’s new Spring campaign. The Steven Meisel-lensed images, starring Laura Kampman, Juliane Grüner, Rosie Tapner, and Kirstin Liljegren, are shot in a torn-up bedroom much like the one in the iconic image of Smith and Sam Shepard. []

Karl Lagerfeld’s gymnastics-themed campaign came out last month. Now Chanel has released a video that gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the shoot with Joan Smalls and Saskia de Braw. [Telegraph]

Photo: Steven Meisel

Exclusive: An Inside Look At Patti Smith: Camera Solo


Patti Smith has made her mark on the world with her legendary, avant-garde music and written words, but what people have yet to discover is her impressive photography talent, until now. Today marks the opening of her first-ever U.S. museum exhibition, Patti Smith: Camera Solo, at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut. “The real, true reason we did this show is I think her photography is really quite brilliant,” Susan L. Talbott, the museum’s director, tells “I hope that with this exhibition people will understand and appreciate her photography like they do her music.”

There is, of course, a link that runs between her music, poetry, and photography and no, it’s not her great friend, Robert Mapplethorpe. “It has less to do with Robert,” Talbott says. “The one common thread between her music and her art is they are both incredibly intimate.”

Case in point: Smith gave a performance in the Wadsworth’s historic, 300-person auditorium last night, and as Talbott explains, “every single person in there felt they were having this incredible, personal experience with Patti.” The same goes for her 70-photo exhibition, which includes the infamous image of Smith and Mapplethorpe on their second anniversary taken in a Coney Island photo booth as seen in her book, Just Kids. The exhibit is a scrapbook of Smith’s life and inspirations, including Mapplethorpe’s prized cross and slippers, photos of poet Jim Carroll’s deathbed exactly as he left it (complete with the sheets he died in), and an entire room dedicated to her icon, poet Arthur Rimbaud. Here, has the exclusive first look inside the exhibit, open through February 19, 2012.

Photos: Courtesy Photos

The Beckhams Are Expecting, Slimane Shoots De Niro, The Flat Rises (Again), And More…


No sooner has one gorgeous child been born—that’d be the new baby son of Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom—than another’s on the way. David Beckham took to Facebook this weekend to announce that he and Victoria are expecting their fourth child. [Vogue U.K.]

Words we thought we’d never have occasion to write: Hedi Slimane photographs Robert De Niro and produces some of the best portraits of the actor we’ve seen in years. [Hedi Slimane]

What’s next for the man who created Boom Boom? According to rumors, André Balazs has got his eye on a very storied New York property: the Chelsea Hotel, onetime home to Sid Vicious, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, and Iggy Pop. [@PeterDavisNYC]

2011: year of the flat? [WWD]

Photo: Hedi Slimane/

Kids Stays In The Picture


Her fashion stock has rarely been higher than in the last year, when Patti Smith’s punky, layered look found a whole new generation of fans and imitators. Her literary stock is on the up-and-up too: Last night, Smith won the National Book Award for Just Kids, her memoir of her life and friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Earlier this month, the book came out in paperback, and it’s currently selling on for a mere $7.71. That means you’ve got no excuse not to read it. As for us, we don’t need any excuse to publish great vintage pics of Patti—like this one from the late seventies, with Lou Reed, above—but we’ll take this opportunity anyway.

Photo: Lynn Goldsmith / Corbis