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Fame For Sale


Art and celebrity, celebrity artists, the art of celebrity—it’s all a big blur. But an intriguing blur, nonetheless. Starting tomorrow, online auction house Paddle8 will play to our fascination with art, celebrity, and everything in between with Somebody, a fame-themed sale. Launching in collaboration with Interview magazine (i.e., the magazine that Andy Warhol—the grandfather of celebrity/art cross-pollination—founded), the auction will offer 40 celeb-centric works by the likes of Richard Avedon, Mario Testino, Richard Prince, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Warhol himself, and more. You can browse the sale, and its famous faces, until it ends on March 27.

Photo: Andy Warhol’s 1977 Photograph of Arnold Schwarzenegger, courtesy of Paddle8

Natalia Alaverdian Is Wide A.W.A.K.E.


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 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.

Photo: Courtesy of A.W.A.K.E.

A New Home For The Medusa: Soho


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.

Photos: Courtesy of Versace

Let There Be Lucio: Will This Artist Influence The Spring Collections?


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 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

Photo: Concetto spaziale, Notte d’Amore a Venezia, 1961. Acrylic on canvas. 59 x 59 inches (149.9 x 149.9 cm). Courtesy of the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Private collection /

Dim Dam Dom With Diane Pernet


What a different a year (or five) can make. In 2006, when fashion pioneer Diane Pernet founded the A Shaded View on Fashion Film Festival (ASVOFF), originally named You Wear It Well, it was a real fringe affair.

“With each edition we try to add more things, but this year has been a real explosion,” Pernet told at last night’s L’Eclaireur cocktail party to celebrate this year’s upcoming festival, happening in Paris this weekend. She wasn’t kidding—Pernet received over 500 submissions, nearly double last year’s numbers, among them works by Bryan Adams, Ellen von Unwerth, Steven Meisel, Mike Figgis, Bruce Weber, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and Daphne Guinness (who stars in a short, The Secret Life of Marguerite Duras; a feature, The Murder of Jean Seberg; and produced another film, all with Joseph Lally). Fashion houses with films in competition include Balenciaga, YSL, and Lanvin.

As if the all-star lineup of acclaimed photographers and the high fashion quotient aren’t enough, Pernet upped the ante to another level. She has unearthed never-before-seen footage of fashion shorts from the seventies by Richard Avedon and Helmut Newton, and thrown into the mix other cult classics of the day such as the Peter Knapp-directed French TV series Dim Dam Dom. “The most incredible fashion TV that ever was,” she says.

ASVOFF opens Friday at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Photo: Courtesy Photo