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Life In The Fast Lane

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Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl

Yesterday was not a slow Wednesday night at Chelsea Bow Tie Cinemas. The Cinema Society screened Ron Howard’s high-octane new racing film, Rush, for an audience that included Courtney Love, Richard Phillips, and Craig McDean. Safe to say the speed freaks left feeling pretty satisfied.

Having debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, Rush seems on track to please Formula 1 wonks and general audiences alike. It dramatizes one of the great rivalries in the history of motor sport, between a pair of seventies-era drivers—a fun-loving Briton and a calculating Austrian—played by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl. The evening was co-sponsored by Piaget and Ferrari (the latter of which inevitably ends up getting plenty of screen time) and wrapped up with an after-party at Hôtel Americano.

Hemsworth’s character, James Hunt, was a scintillating pop icon in his day. “He was the first Englishman that I remember considering attractive,” screenwriter Peter Morgan recalled, adding that he and Howard cast a wide net before landing their Australian leading man. “There wasn’t a sexy enough Englishman to play James Hunt.”

And indeed, his story is a remarkable one. Hemsworth, who lost thirty pounds of Avengers bulk in order to fit into an F1 car, figured it would be hard for spectators to look away. “Anything thrilling or adrenaline-driven like this, where there’s a huge amount of risk involved…you’re forced to pay attention and even, I think, to watch someone participate in that,” he mused. Then again, some viewers might be just as drawn to the sex scenes, for which Hemsworth drops his trousers more than once—something he confessed was “more daunting than the racing, to be honest.”

Photos: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

The Artist Was Present

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Jay-Z

If fine art wasn’t already the ultimate status symbol, it certainly is now. Yesterday afternoon, the reigning king of hip-hop and all-around tastemaker Jay-Z brought together the crème de la crème of New York’s art, fashion, and entertainment worlds for the marathon six-hour-long shoot of his video for “Picasso Baby,” off the new Magna Carta…Holy Grail album, at the Pace Gallery in Chelsea.

“I just met baby Picasso, baby!” enthused Jenna Lyons, pointing out the late painter’s granddaughter, Diana, who participated in the action along with Judd Apatow, Jim Jarmusch, Alan Cumming, Adrian Grenier, and Jemima Kirke. Further upping the event’s street cred were Rosie Perez, Fab 5 Freddy, and Michael Kenneth Williams (a.k.a. Omar from The Wire). Naturally, the art world was well-represented, too. An established collector of Basquiat, Warhol, and Hirst, Mr. Carter worked with his personal art adviser, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, to bring in contemporary stars such as Richard Phillips, Elizabeth Peyton, Rob Pruitt, Aaron Young, Kalup Linzy, Jane Holzer, and Klaus Biesenbach. Each took a turn vibing alongside Mr. Carter during a live performance of the song that was being filmed by Mark Romanek (who was also behind “99 Problems”) in the format of Marina Abramovic’s The Artist Is Present show. Notoriously transgressive photographer Andres Serrano, who was rocking his signature flattop hair and a vintage cowboy ensemble, told Style.com, “I’m just going to wing it when I get up there and go off of him. “‘Big Pimpin’ has to be my favorite song of his.”

At the end of the track, Hova would huddle up all the eager onlookers. The vibe was amped up, but it wasn’t high enough for Jay. “Y’all call that energy?” he boomed into the mic, which reminded people to stop Instagram-ing and Vine-ing.

The clear highlight of the production was Jay’s interaction with Abramovic herself. The two locked foreheads, as if in a performance-art mind meld, and stared each other down while circling the room. And when their powers combine? The artist Laurie Simmons’ verdict is likely the one the two were courting: “Simply genius.”

Photo: Brittany Adams

Carla Bruni Serenades New York

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Carla Bruni performs in New York

Carla Bruni’s new album might be titled Little French Songs, but there was nothing little about her performance at Manhattan’s Royalton Hotel last night. Produced and sponsored by The New York Observer and Absolut Elyx, the event served to celebrate Bruni’s just-dropped fourth release and was, in fact, her first show in the Big Apple.

Little French Songs is a mix between the melancholy, the romantic, and maybe…a bit of fun—a little ticklish sometimes,” Bruni told Style.com. “But, you know, the fun songs are not so simple to write. It’s easy to write about nostalgie, lost love, or something you never get, but writing about fun is harder.”

Taking the stage in a vintage Yves Saint Laurent blazer (“I like the new Saint Laurent, too,” she quipped. “Hedi’s first two collections were great.”) and Zara jeans, Bruni played to a crowd that included André Balazs, Dorothea Barth Jorgensen, Ivanka Trump, and Richard Phillips.

Not only did the session mark Bruni’s debut Gotham gig but also her one and only American show this year. “Just to play in New York is so rare for a French artist,” she said. “The U.S. has so many great musicians—to have a chance to perform here is awesome.” Fans, take note: Bruni revealed that she’ll be returning in April 2014, for a U.S. tour. She’s promised to work on some English verses, though we’d be perfectly happy with a little more French.

Photo:Owen Hoffmann/ PatrickMcMullan.com

Kowabunga!

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If today’s sunny New York weather is any indication, summer’s just around the corner. And Tommy Hilfiger is well-prepared for the warm days ahead. On May 15, the designer will launch a his and hers Surf Shack capsule, which consists of punchy beach-ready wares in shades of fuchsia, cherry, citrus, lime, and aqua. Highlights include easy denim shirts, brightly hued wedges, a cheeky little sky-blue romper, a series of swimsuits, and a clutch shaped like a surfboard. Speaking of surfboards, Hilfiger teamed with the Art Production Fund and commissioned artists Lola Schnabel, Richard Phillips (above), Raymond Pettibon, Scott Campbell, and Gary Simmons to design limited-edition boards, all of which will hit stores alongside the capsule. Perhaps considering those who are more inclined to soak up rays than ride waves, Hilfiger also collaborated with CocoCozy on some graphic pillows. Where else would style-conscious beachgoers rest their bronzed heads?

Can’t Sit Still

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Fact: GIFs have been around for 25 years. Only recently, however, has the world caught on to this moving picture format. (We admit, we have spent our fair share of time at Style.com toying around with them.) Needless to say, when we caught wind of a new digital GIF exhibition, we were intrigued. Starting today, Paddle8 and Tumblr are accepting GIF submissions via Tumblr (through November 17), to be judged by a panel of fashion and art experts like Johnny Misheff, Michael Stipe, the Rodarte sisters, Nicola Formichetti, Richard Phillips, James Frey, and Vinoodh Matadin & Inez van Lamsweerde. The chosen GIFs will be displayed at a physical exhibition, entitled Moving the Still, at Art Basel Miami in December. In the meantime, feast your eyes on original GIFS created by leading artists including Nick Knight, Casey Spooner, and Stipe, on view at MovingTheStill.tumblr.com. Here, an exclusive first look at the GIF created by Kate and Laura Mulleavy for the project.

Photo: Rodarte, 2012