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Good Or Bad, They’re Bringing Sexy Back

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Nobody forgets their first time. But not everybody feels compelled to recall it in print. Credit where credit’s due, then, to the contributors to the latest issue of Dossier, Skye Parrott and Katherine Krause’s glossy biannual, which rounded up a cast of characters—from Alexis Bittar and Cynthia Rowley to Miranda July and arty nouveau-pornographer Richard Kern—to muse, in pictures and text, on their first forays in the bedroom. (One brave soul even conducted a phone interview with his deflowerer, who estimated that they’d last spoken their junior year of college.) Was anything too raw to see the light of day? “We have a policy of printing everything we like,” Parrott said with a laugh at the packed launch party last night, which drew Rogan Gregory, Monique Péan, Timo Weiland, and Suno’s Max Osterweis to the New Museum.

Cobbled together in updated-zine style—with help from Buero’s Alex Wiederin, the magazine’s recently appointed creative consultant, who co-founded Another Magazine and revamped Ten and Vogue Hommes International—it’s a testament of sorts to letting it all hang out. And letting it all hang out is exactly what Andrej Pejic does in an editorial shot by Collier Schorr (who, Parrott says, is planning to use some of the images in an upcoming show). The androgynous beauty, shot in various states of undress, is in good company among the magazine’s cover girls. The previous issues have featured Freja Beha Erichsen and Daria Werbowy, and while the three aren’t the strangest of bedfellows, Pejic is definitely a departure of sorts. “We had Freja and Daria,” Parrott said of the decision. “As far as models go, how could you go bigger than that?” As any of the issue’s contributors could tell you, there’s a first time for everything.

Photo: Courtesy of Dossier

Do-Gooding In Technicolor

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Art and design go hand in hand with fashion, so no surprise to find plenty of style-world names on the invitation to next week’s Museum of Arts & Design gala and auction. Waris Ahluwalia, Tyson Beckford, and Mazdack Rassi (founder and creative director of Milk Studios) are a few of the evening’s co-chairs, and Mandy Coon, Kevork Kiledjian, Kate Lanphear, and Robert Geller all among the host committee members. This year is the Fluorescent Ball, where all things eye-popping are in, from the artworks in the silent auction (like a neon-bright surfboard by Rogan Gregory to Dan Flavin-esque fluorescent-tube art pieces by Julian Lwin, Tapp Francke, and Lite Brite Neon) to the dress code for the night.

Also lighting up the scene: the just-announced celebrity co-chair of the evening, Community and Mad Men actress Alison Brie (left, with an appropriately fluoro-clad Estelle, at Diane von Furstenberg’s Spring ’11 show). Arts education—the beneficiary of the gala’s proceeds—is close to Brie’s heart. “I’ve always been a fan of arts education—my mother works in education, and that’s always been a big priority in my family,” Brie told Style.com from the set of Five-Year Engagement, the romantic comedy she’s filming with Emily Blunt. (Plus, of course: “Tyson Beckford’s gonna be there so you know it’s going to be a fun time.”) As for her fluorescent outfit for the evening? “The dress I was thinking of wearing is a Lela Rose bright orange one. Her use of color is fantastic,” she says, describing the shade as “neon-ish.” “I’ve definitely been to some neon after-hours parties in L.A. where I’ve really gone all-out. I don’t know if I’m going to go quite as…uh, whimsical.”

For tickets and more information, visit www.thefluorescentball.com.

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

Shopping Your Part This Earth Day

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Here’s an inconvenient truth: Dressing eco-friendly is good for the planet, good for the future, and good for your karma, but many environmentally conscious and sustainable clothes are still lagging in the style department. Just ask John Patrick of Organic, one of fashion’s do-right pioneers. “I’m no Balenciaga, but this crunchy, green-bean crowd thinks that because they are using hideous vegan material, they are saving the world, but really it’s only going to end up at Goodwill,” Patrick (left, with models at his Spring ’11 presentation) tells Style.com. “The mindfulness of my work only gets stronger day by day, week by week. I’m not in a bubble and I see the reality of the landscape.” Luckily, he’s not the only one. Retailers, labels, and stores are heeding the call for good-looking, good-doing product, from major chains like H&M with its Conscious Collection to upscale green queen Stella McCartney. And more designers every day are pledging to do their part.

Doing that part can be burdensome, many freely admit. “Now [that] hundreds of designers are working in sustainability, it can’t just be any old cotton—it better be damn good organic cotton,” Patrick adds. And Steven Alan, who incorporates recycled organic and ethical materials, primarily from Japan, into his designs, is candid about the difficulty of balancing eco ideals with market considerations. “It’s just frustrating,” Alan says. “We will work to find one fantastic fabric, but it’s exorbitant, especially with cotton prices where they are now.”

But working a little harder—and, yes, paying a little more—is worth the effort. “It’s where things have to be and there’s no going back, I think,” Alan goes on. “The earth’s resources are just getting fewer and fewer. The way of thinking is changing and I don’t think it will change back—it’s not like skirt lengths or something.” Rogan Gregory and Scott Hahn, the founders of Loomstate, agree. “Buying things of higher quality is always a turn-on,” Hahn opines, “and life is better when you are turned on.” To turn you on—ecologically, of course!—we’ve rounded up some of our favorite look-good, feel-good, environmentally friendly clothes, jewels, and accessories. Buying sustainable is a 365-day-a-year mission. But in honor of Earth Day, keep reading for a few of our favorite little reminders. Continue Reading “Shopping Your Part This Earth Day” »

Designers Offer A Few Precious Metals

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This Fall, New York’s Museum of Arts and Design celebrates its second anniversary. The traditional gift for such an occasion, as any bride can tell you, is metal, so that’s what the museum’s well-wishers are offering: All manner of metal art, jewelry, clothes, and craft, which will be sold at its annual gala on October 18th to raise money for its educational programs. Arts and design being top of mind for the fashion set as well as fine artists, plenty of style-world types are involved: The host committee for the Metal Ball includes Chris Benz, Duckie Brown‘s Steven Cox and Daniel Silver, Pamela Love, Mandy Coon, and (full disclosure) yours truly. The list of artists donating is even more impressive. Richard Meier, Michael Stipe, Rogan Gregory, and Robert Lee Morris have all donated metal items for the cause; I’ve got my eye on the enormous metal urn (left), contributed by designer-cum-interiors-guru Rick Owens. It’ll go perfectly with that one-ton Owens alabaster bed I’ve had my eye on. For tickets and more information, visit www.themetalball.com.

Photo: Courtesy of MAD

No. 6 Turns 5

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Kim Gordon is shaping up to be fashion week’s unofficial hostess with the mostest: The alt-rock legend has been receiving friends and fans at fêtes throughout the week (when, that is, she’s not catching the shows). There’s been her new Sportmax collaboration, with its attendant gathering, and then there was the fifth anniversary of No. 6, Morgan Yakus and Karin Bereson’s ultra-cool downtown boutique. The week is wearing on, but Rogan Gregory, Anna Sheffield, and Beastie Boy Mike D appeared to be handling the week’s umpteenth event in stride. Ever the gracious host, Gordon signed copies of the latest No. 6 portfolio, in which her newest series, The Noise Paintings, are featured. She took for her source material a lyric from Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” (“She is like a cat in the dark, and then she is the darkness”) and divided it into 14 single-word paintings on canvas paper. (No. 6 has also printed them onto silk T-shirts, sold at the shop.) Strange bedfellows, the art rocker and the moon child? “I always go back to Stevie Nicks,” Gordon said. And not just her. “I used a Richard Hell lyric for another series, and another one from Kurt Vile, who I can’t stop listening to.” At this party, she didn’t have to: Vile was on hand for an acoustic set.

Photo: Elizabeth Lippman