July 30 2014

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5 posts tagged "Polaroid"

For His Polaroid Project with Raphael Mazzucco, Peter Beard Makes It Messy


Polaroids  by Peter Beard

In a Chelsea photo studio last month, the scene was a jungle of sorts. Nothing as literal as palm-frond props—but there was a baby tiger and toxic ooze seeping out of jumbo Polaroids that Peter Beard had laid on the floor. Beard’s friend/muse/producer, Natalie White, warned no one in particular: “Don’t step in the goo! You’ll burn your feet off!”

Beard, naturally, was braving the terrain in socks. Now in his seventies, the man famous for his adventures in Africa seems as dismissive as ever of caution or over-planning. Beard made his way through the chaos in sweatpants, a wet paintbrush in hand. “I try and make it messy,” he said. “We don’t like chic.”

Raphael Mazzucco

That “we” includes Raphael Mazzucco, the photographer Beard partnered with for the four-day shoot. White (who’s also worked with Olivier Zahm and Will Cotton) made it happen, but the two photographers are friends from Montauk, where both have houses. Another thing they’ve got in common: a portfolio full of beauties. Beard’s contains everything from Veruschka for Vogue in the seventies to the 2009 Pirelli calendar; Mazzucco’s, the stacked rosters of Sports Illustrated and Victoria’s Secret. They were working separately, thus offering Angela Lindvall, Noot Seear, Pamela Anderson, and the other models who came by the opportunity to do a two-for-one. And each was flexing his own style: Beard double-exposing images of African wildlife over models and Mazzucco experimenting with baby powder and colored gels.

Both were happy to leave a lot of the process up to chance, and neither had any particular plans for the images. “London would be good,” was as specific as Mazzucco got. For the time being, the only place to see them is

Photos: Peter Beard (top); Raphael Mazzucco (bottom)

NC On CNBC, Guinness’ Twitter Find: Hogan McLaughlin, Vionnet Costumes From W.E. at Harvey Nichols, And More…


Next week, Naomi Campbell will be the subject of the CNBC Meets series. During the 30-minute episode, she talks about her mentors, like Bob Marley and Quincy Jones, her childhood in South London, and her charity work. The show will air September 28. [CNBC]

Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh, and Hogan who? Hogan McLaughlin is probably not a name you are familiar with just yet, but the 22-year-old designer’s work is sitting in very good company at Daphne Guinness’ new FIT exhibit. That should certainly help with the young designer’s next goal of landing his work at high-end retail stores. [WWD]

Polaroids from the likes of Andy Warhol, Helmut Newton, and Robert Mapplethorpe have been compiled in a new book, From Polaroid to Impossible…, featuring over 4,500 photos. The project originally began in the late sixties when Polaroid founder Edwin Land asked more than 800 artists to photograph anything they wanted on Polaroid film. [Hint]

The Vionnet costumes from the Madonna-directed film W.E. are now on display at Harvey Nichols. The retailer is showing off the thirties-esque pieces from the Wallis Simpson biopic through September 30. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images

Steven Klein X Lady Gaga X Polaroid


For Made in Polaroid, a new exhibit of—yes—Polaroids opening at Milk Studios today, fashion photographers like Patrick Demarchelier and Steven Klein, designers like Phillip Lim and Nicola Formichetti, and actors including James Franco all created images using the company’s GL 10 instant, mobile printer. There’s over 50 works of art in the Phillips de Pury & Company exhibition, all of which will be auctioned to benefit Free Arts New York, which offers children and families arts education and mentoring programs.

Klein, for his part, contributed Alejandro, a photograph of Lady Gaga (incidentally, the creative director of Polaroid). Klein also lensed the famously racy music video for the Gaga song of the same name. Above, your exclusive first look at Alejandro. It may benefit children, but it’s certainly not for kids.

Made in Polaroid runs through September 13 at Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., NYC. For more info, visit

Photo: Steven Klein

Marc Jacobs Heads Uptown, Lady Gaga’s Shooter Specs, L.A. Fashion Week Gets Put On Hold, And More…


Marc Jacobs, uptown boy? Brand president Robert Duffy is fresh from his honeymoon and back to work, confirming today that the label will open a store on New York’s Madison Avenue, and has plans for a bookstore/retail shop in Hong Kong in the works. [WWD]

Speaking of Jacobs, his contract is coming up for renewal at Vuitton (where Duffy, incidentally, says he and Jacobs are both very happy and hoping to stay). And according to LVMH’s Bernard Arnault, Vuitton is where he’s meant to be. The businessman spoke to Asian Tatler about his selection of Jacobs for Vuitton and John Galliano for Dior: “Take Marc Jacobs, he has been a fantastic success at Vuitton and he has a proximity to the Vuitton spirit, but I don’t think it would have been a success with Jacobs at Dior and the other way around, if I had asked John [Galliano] to do Vuitton, it would not have worked.” [The Cut]

Lady Gaga, woman of many hats, is the creative director of Polaroid. It was in this capacity that she hit the Consumer Electronics Fair in Las Vegas yesterday to debut her and the brand’s new creation: the GL20 Camera Glasses, a pair of shades that can capture and play video and images. [CNET]

Waiting for Los Angeles fashion week? You’ll have to wait a bit longer. In the hopes of raising more money, Fashion Los Angeles, the group dedicated to reviving the California-based week, has announced it will postpone its inaugural run of shows, which was originally scheduled for this February. [L.A. Times via Daily Front Row]

Is it model-engagement week? First Anja Rubik and Sasha Knezevic announced their impending nuptials; now Petra Nemcova is affianced to her boyfriend of eight months, actor Jamie Belman. [Modelinia]

Photo: Joe Schildhorn/

Fox For Armani, Armani For Senate, And More…


Megan Fox is the new Victoria Beckham. The actress’ much-rumored Armani underwear campaign is a done deal, with ads set to appear this spring.[WWD]

Speaking of Armani, he could be Italy’s newest senator. Santo Versace, chair of Versace and a member of the Italian Parliament, has nominated Giorgio for a lifelong appointment. [WWD]

WWD makes the case that Lindsay Lohan and Emanuel Ungaro could actually be soul mates. Both favor sexy designs, worked with a partner, and met with initial criticism. However, the comparisons abruptly end there. [WWD]

Call it a good day for Jeremy Kost. Polaroid is back. [Animal]

Joe Corré, Dame Vivienne Westwood’s son, has left Agent Provocateur, which he co-founded, to spend more time on his own line, A Child of the Jago. [Vogue U.K.]

Do you love clogs? Or are you afraid you’ll look like a “tap-dancing hippo” if you wear one? They’re going to be ubiquitous pretty soon, so you’d better make your mind up stat. [Telegraph]

Photo: Tony Barson/WireImage