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22 posts tagged "Patti Smith"

They’re All There In Black And White


The German artist Robert Knoke has worked in all media and covered most every theme, but he’s got a special affinity for the world of fashion—he’s collaborated on collections, exhibited in stores like Seven New York, and shown up in the pages of i-D and Purple Fashion. With a résumé like that, no surprise he’s picked up a few friends in chic places, many of whom appear—in portrait, at least—in his new tome, Project 00—Black Material, which arrives in New York with a party, of course, just after fashion week concludes. (Call it fashionably late.) Olivier Zahm, Patti Smith, Marc Jacobs, Terence Koh, and Leigh Lezark (pictured) are only a few of the bold names who sat for Knoke’s black-and-white portraits, which are collected in the first in his series of multimedia art books. Of course, no good multimedia-ist is content to rest between two covers, so the project comes along with Knoke-designed T-shirts, too—screened with his portraits of Damir Doma, Koh, the MisShapes, Gareth Pugh, and DJ Spencer Product, and available in limited editions of 500 at Seven, Oak, Colette, 10 Corso Como, and Isetan.

The Studs Won’t Stop


Nicole Richie has already Twitpic’d hers and Mary-Kate Olsen was spotted wearing hers on the way to JFK. The latest iteration of the studded leather jacket, that is—this one from Katie Nehra’s Simone label. The L.A.-based designer is picking up left-coast fans, as they say, left and right. But the latest admirer of the Fall ’10 style ($1,080), a cropped moto jacket with exaggerated lapels, is none other than Patti Smith. After hearing that the singer-turned-Just Kids memoirist was lusting after the jacket (spotting it on one of Nehra’s friends in Manhattan), the designer made sure to rush a jacket for Smith into production. “You can custom-order the jacket any way you want,” Nehra said, pointing to the exaggerated studs and last name emblazoned on the back of hers. “But for Patti, I’m going to leave all those decisions up to her.”

Photo: Courtesy of Simone

Words Of Wisdom From The Stylish Ms. Smith, The Singing Ms. Elson, The Philosophical Sig. Cucinelli, And More…


Fashion’s obsession with Patti Smith continues, and the Times took the weekend to jump on the bandwagon. But Patti herself could take or leave it. Despite an enviable wardrobe of Demeulemeester and co., she describes her style as, “I don’t care what you think.” (But, OK, she doesn’t mind a Dior gown.) [NYT]

WWD checks in with Karen Elson for some thoughts on her upcoming country album and the precarious state of being a model-hyphenate. “The payoff with singing is that you’re singing your songs,” Elson says. “The payoff with the runway…maybe there isn’t one.” [WWD]

Meanwhile, The New Yorker talks with “beneficent overlord” and cashmere king Brunello Cucinelli (pictured). The gregarious knitwear mogul is bullish on his cashmere, capitalism, and President Obama: “I always say, Obama is my President—the President of the world.” And if that weren’t enough, he’s commissioned a bust of the prez that he chats with from time to time. [New Yorker]

And place those bets while you can: Word on the street is that W‘s new editor in chief will be announced as soon as this week.

Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images

On Our Radar: LnA Tees


One very good way to make your name in New York: throw one of fashion week’s best parties and get Patti Smith to headline (and rasp out a McQueen tribute while she’s at it). One very good way to keep your name there: make the clothes that everyone wants to wear. LnA may be L.A.-based, but I’d say they’ve got the right idea for East Coast expansion. Designers Lauren Alexander and April Leight have expanded their basics collection for guys and girls this season to include leggings, outerwear, and even a few affordable leathers, but the tees that made their name out west are still the bread and butter of the line. There are plenty of T-shirts out there, but LnA’s can go toe to toe with the best of ‘em, and this season, they come in a couple graphic versions, too. Call it the “Telephone” effect if you must, but I’m feeling the black and white prison stripe, in a front-pocket pullover for me and a slouchy button-down for you ladies.

Photo: Courtesy of LnA

If I Had A Hammer…


It seemed a simple enough concept: To rebuild following its devastating earthquake, Haiti needed cash and tools. So that’s exactly what Tools For Thought founders Diana Campbell and Julie Ragolia set out to find. Campbell, a museum administrator, and Ragolia, a fashion stylist with an art background, canvassed their friends and colleagues to gather tools. Of course, when your friends and colleagues are Nate Lowman, Dan Colen, Alex Katz, and Ed Ruscha, they’re swinging a different sort of hammer than the one that repairs the hospital. No matter. The hammer—the one is question Ruscha’s, by the way, a mallet for pounding canvas stretchers—is going on the auction block, along with the tools and work of more than 100 other artists, to raise money for Partners in Health’s Haiti efforts. Kon Trubkovich, Alex Katz (whose paintbrush is above), Subversive’s Justin Giunta, Marilyn Minter, Kiki Smith, and Patti Smith have all donated work to Monday night’s auction, where Smith (Patti, not Kiki) will perform and Alexandra Richards will spin. Attendees are encouraged to bring a mighty tool of their own—the checkbook.

Tools for Thought’s Rebuild Haiti cocktail reception and silent auction take place Monday, March 15, at Sotheby’s. For more information, visit, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Photo: Courtesy of Tools For Thought