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August 29 2014

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6 posts tagged "Peggy Moffitt"

At Home With Peggy Moffitt

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The mission statement of CRUSHFanzine is simple: pure, unadulterated idol worship. Its first few issues focused on single objects of affection—Charlotte Rampling, model Arthur Kulkov—and for its latest, arriving in stores today, the broader and more various target: Women We Love. Those include Anjelica Huston, Amanda Lear, Chloë Sevigny, and Daryl Hannah, but the highlight of the new issue for me is legendary model and Rudi Gernreich muse Peggy Moffitt. Daniel Trese shot her at home, which might, with her collection of archival Gernreich, qualify as an L.A. museum of sorts; fitting, then, that Kaye Spilker, the costume curator of LACMA, was chosen to conduct the Q&A. Given our own recent magazine about rule breaking, I was most tickled by Spilker’s question of whether it was still possible to do anything shocking in fashion. “Well, I’m sure it is,” Moffitt said, laughing. “But I hope nobody asks me. I’d love to sit the next one out, because it sure is tiring.” The price of fame! A few shots from the shoot, plus an exclusive unpublished portrait, debut above.

Photos: Daniel Trese/Courtesy of CRUSHFanzine

It’s A Good Day To Friend Mark Zuckerberg, And More of the Day’s Top Stories

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It’s probably been a pretty happy birthday for Mark Zuckerberg (pictured), Facebook’s baby-faced CEO, who turned 28 this week: The company’s initial public offering today is targeted to raise $16.4 billion and be the third largest in financial history. (The initial share price is $38.) Could a trade-up from his much-maligned hoodies be next? [WWD]

Zuckerberg isn’t the only guy smiling: U2 front man Bono is reaping the rewards of Facebook’s IPO as well. Through his private equity firm, Elevation Partners, Bono owns 2.3 percent of Facebook. This morning’s offering will earn a reported $1.5 billion and make the man the world’s richest rocker—a title he takes over from Sir Paul McCartney. [The Hollywood Reporter]

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is getting a shot of street culture thanks to KAWS, who has been tapped to create his own balloon. The artist (a.k.a. Brian Donnelly) plans to inflate his Companion character, who originally made his debut last summer when he was positioned at the entrance of the Standard hotel in New York. [NYT]

Sixties fashion icon Peggy Moffitt is still rocking her signature look—five-point haircut included—and she shows it off in a Phil Pinto-directed film shot at her Los Angeles home. The model and muse, who worked closely with designer Rudi Gernreich and photographer William Claxton (her husband), reminisces about her favorite fashion memories. [NOWNESS]

 

 

 

Photo: James Devaney / Getty Images

 

Cameron Silver Opens His MOCA Exhibit

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“Oscar weekend brings out a lot of art lovers, and this is the best of art and fashion and celebrity,” curator Cameron Silver explains of The Total Look: The Creative Collaboration Between Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt, and William Claxton, opening today. On display at MOCA Pacific Design Center in what is now a yearly Oscar weekend debut tradition (last year, Rodarte unveiled its Black Swan designs in the space), the collection celebrates a collaboration that found its roots in Los Angeles. “I can think of no other model/muse relationship,” Silver recalled of the iconic, boundary-pushing model and oft-referenced designer. “It was really collaborative—and then you bring in William Claxton [Moffitt's husband], who was taking the photos, and it was almost Peggy and her two husbands.”

The multimedia experience conveys some of Claxton’s most notable imagery (including never-before-seen pointillisms of Moffitt he produced before he died), in addition to a continuous reel of what some consider to be the first fashion film, The Total Look. But for Silver, Moffitt’s legacy lies in the 66-piece collection, which includes the one thing that started it all: the topless swimsuit. “It signifies the liberation of women in fashion and it’s such a hallmark in fashion history—it’s the birth of modern fashion.”

Photos: Courtesy Photos

Savage Beauty Comes To Tinseltown

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The Costume Institute’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is currently drawing thronging crowds in New York (so much so that its run has already been extended), but its reach doesn’t stop there. Last night in Los Angeles, Friends of the Costume Institute Cameron Silver and Susan Casden hosted a dinner in honor of the exhibition and its curator, Andrew Bolton. Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, Peggy Moffitt, James Galanos, and Kimberly Brooks all came to raise a glass. So did actress Perrey Reeves, despite running on fumes after a day that began at 4 a.m. (She’s been filming the final season of Entourage.) “I can’t even begin to think about it,” she laughed. “But I adore Cameron.”

L.A. is known for its laid-back style, but the guests knew that where McQueen is concerned, casual wasn’t going to cut it. “Thank you all for dressing up for the chicest night in L.A.,” Silver said. (He, Casden, and several of their guests donned looks by the late designer.) “This is really becoming one of my favorite events of the year,” Bolton chimed in. “The exhibition has been such a heartwarming experience and I love seeing so many of the women tonight in his designs.” Those same women got their hands on a few more, thanks to the Savage Beauty exhibition catalog, and Bolton gamely signed them for any interested party.

Photo: Andreas Branch / Patrick McMullan

The Mick Jagger Of Scented Candles

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Frédéric Malle has been crafting coveted perfumes and fragrances for years, but until now, had never done a candle. Why? The answer is simple: “Most candles are designed to cover bad smells, but my clients don’t have bad-smelling houses,” he said. Not these. Malle applied the same discerning nose to his votives that he did to his eaux, and the result is a line of candles unlike most others on the market. “It took me ten years to do a candle, and we are giving access to fragrances that no one else would do,” Malle explained.

At last night’s launch dinner, hosted by Anjelica Huston and Paul Fortune (pictured with Malle, left) in L.A., guests like Gina Gershon, Peggy Moffitt, and Decades’ Cameron Silver all stopped by for a sniff. (“I just thought it would be fabulous to show Freddie that L.A. can be just as interesting and nuanced as Paris, so I assembled a groovy crowd,” said Barneys’ Simon Doonan, the man behind the fête.) Following the event, Malle will go on a nationwide Barneys tour—Scottsdale today, Beverly Hills on Saturday, Chicago on October 6, New York on October 8. “I feel like I’m Mick Jagger,” Malle laughed.

Photo: Donato Sardella/WireImage