14 posts tagged "Richard Avedon"
Street-style watchers will recognize Natalia Alaverdian, Harper’s Bazaar Russia’s diminutive fashion editor and the woman responsible for some of its most eye-popping spreads. But fewer know she’s also the force behind her own ready-to-wear line, A.W.A.K.E. (which stands for All Wonderful Adventures Kindle Enthusiasm), which debuted with a presentation during Paris fashion week. But, like all good collections, her Spring offerings deserved a second look. So Alaverdian hauled the collection to New York this week and took Style.com through the lineup, which fuses sixties mod with Japanese elements. “I’ve wanted to design since I was about ten years old, but I was scared of the technical aspect of it, so I went into styling,” said Alaverdian. “My boyfriend convinced me to take the leap. Life’s too short,” she added while flipping through pieces like a statement-making floor-length gown cut from giraffe-printed grosgrain and a sharp three-piece white canvas suit. “It’s very Saturday Night Fever,” she said of the ensemble.
The newly minted designer pulled inspiration from Richard Avedon’s iconic seventies images of Veruschka in Japan; hence the pleated samurai culottes, flared trousers, and checked belts with origami-like folds. It’s the kind of playful, effortless clothing that will drive the fashion paparazzi wild. On the topic of street-style celebs, don’t get Alaverdian crossed with those other oft-photographed Russians. (Technically, despite her prominence in Russia, she is Belgian/Armenian, and A.W.A.K.E. is based in London.) Nevertheless, she has a few strong words for those she’s grouped together with: “Compared to the other popular Russians, I actually do something,” she joked.
A.W.A.K.E. is currently available on Moda Operandi.
Donatella Versace, after years of search, has finally found a place to hang her heel. (A reporter at a preview of her new Soho shop this afternoon wondered whether she ever went for a flat shoe: “What’s a flat shoe?” she replied.) “I love Soho,” she said. “I walk up and down, up and down.” She’d wanted a Soho shop, she added, for a long time, “but I needed the collection to be good enough for it.” Now it is.
Unlike the mansionlike Fifth Avenue Versace store, downtown, at just under 1,800 square feet, is practically a studio apartment. The difference between it and her closet, Donatella joked (or didn’t?): “My closet is bigger.” Small or large, the store combines Italianisms—a marble mosaic floor, inspired by Gianni’s own taste for classical flourishes—and nouveau Soho sleekness, with curving Plexiglas panels.
In addition to the store design, one of the new boutique’s innovations is a selection of limited-edition products created and curated by a revolving panel of inspirational friends of the brand. For the first, Versace tapped her Versus collaborator Christopher Kane, who also made the trip to New York to christen the shop. They include T-shirts with images from the brand’s past, like the Avedon ones below. “I’ve been lucky enough to see the archive, and the pictorial archive is so large,” Kane said. “It would take weeks upon weeks to see it all. It’s a hard edit, but Donatella is a really good editor.” His capsule collection, sold exclusively at the Soho store, also includes Medusa-head goods aplenty: tees, ear buds (left), stationery, and even a board game à la Chutes & Ladders: Medusa & Greca.
One of fashion’s most noted phenomena is the mysterious process by which any number of designers might be inspired by the same thing in a given season. But if a certain artist makes an impression on the runways come September, it won’t be so much a case of something in the air as something in the Gagosian Gallery. A handful of European designers are in New York this week for their Resort presentations (along with the dueling dinners that follow), and most of them, it seemed, had been over to West 24th Street to take in a new museum-worthy exhibition devoted to Lucio Fontana. The midcentury Italian painter and sculptor has long been a favorite of the fashion set—Tom Ford installed one of his pieces in the entryway when he opened his first men’s store on Madison Avenue—and it’s intriguing to imagine how Fontana’s slashed surfaces might influence a designer’s work. (Fleeting, wholly impractical thought: how to duplicate the effect on the next cover of Style.com/Print. See how that flies with the ad department.) Jean-Luc Godard once suggested that all filmmakers should shoot the same script so that you could really appreciate the difference in their styles. It might be fun to witness a similar challenge on the fashion front. Then again, maybe it won’t be Fontana but something else that captures the collective mind. The Avedon show, round the corner at Gagosian’s sister branch on 21st Street, is pretty great, too.
Lucio Fontana: Ambienti Spaziali runs through June 30 at Gagosian’s W. 24th St. gallery; Richard Avedon: Murals & Portraits runs through July 27 at its W. 21st St. branch. For more information, visit www.gagosian.com.
Dovima has a new home: Chez Christian Dior. The iconic Avedon portrait of legendary model Dovima in a Dior gown, surrounded by elephants (pictured), was snapped up by the house of Dior when it went on the block at Christie’s much-anticipated auction in Paris. It went for $1.1 million (at current exchange rates), the highest price, according to a Christie’s expert, recorded for such a photo in France. [WWD]
Looking for runway newcomer Britt Maren? Try New York’s Fat Radish restaurant on the Lower East Side. As she tells W, her boyfriend works there as a cook and she’s a regular—as, apparently, is Marc Jacobs. [W]
More details are emerging on Prince William’s royal wedding: Wills and Kate Middleton will be married on April 29 at Westminster Abbey. Dress details, alas, remain a mystery. [Vogue U.K.]
Good day for J.Crew: The do-no-wrong retailer has announced that it’s been acquired by Leonard Green & Partners and TPG Capital, to the tune of almost $3 billion (!). CEO Mickey Drexler will stay on, and remain one of the company’s largest stakeholders. [Fashionologie]