4 posts tagged "Rufus Wainwright"
Balenciaga bucked tradition debuting its new Fall ad campaign. Rather than break the images in a magazine and wait for some enterprising fashion spotter to scan them in and send them around, the label unveiled the Marie-Amélie Sauvé-styled and Steven Meisel-shot images online. Now you can go backstage online, too. In the new behind-the-scenes video, debuting exclusively above, catch models posing and strutting (and being attended to by the usual fashion-shoot phalanx of stylists, makeup artists, and minders) at the Harlem church where several of the images were shot on location. Kate Elson (yes, Karen’s sister) shot the video, which features models including Liisa Winkler and Julia Nobis. Soundtrack sound familiar? It will if you were at the show. It’s a remix of Rufus Wainwright’s “Tiergarten,” which played as the girls marched down the Paris runway back in March.
The performance artist Marina Abramovic titled her Museum of Modern Art show The Artist Is Present. Why? Because the artist is present. Among the many Abramovic pieces re-created for the exhibition, the one drawing most attention is a simple desk at which the artist has agreed to sit silently for the entire duration of the show, and invites spectators to take a seat for as long as they like (or can stand). The sharp-eyed ladies at Jezebel noticed that Abramovic’s table has hosted some famous visitors over the course of the show, which runs through May 31. (Each sitter is photographed for the museum’s Flickr page.) Sharon Stone, Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed, Christiane Amanpour, Isabelle Huppert, and André Balazs all came to sit for a spell. We’d try to reach Abramovic for comment, but we’ve got a feeling her lips are sealed.
I’ve seen Rufus Wainwright perform in all sorts of places: the great outdoors over a year ago at the Last Song of Summer fundraiser for Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, and then an elementary-school gymnasium a couple months back for the same benefit. There was the rousing revival of Judy Garland hits at Carnegie Hall, and then a gay piano bar on the L.E.S. In each one, the singer-songwriter and, as of this summer, opera composer, was the same: engaging, funny, and truly terrific. Tomorrow night, Wainwright returns to Carnegie Hall with a group of musicians including sister Martha Wainwright, Courtney Love, and Scarlett Johansson for a Gavin Friday and Friends concert to benefit (RED). On his playlist will be many of the songs from Milwaukee at Last!!!, his recording of a live performance in the Midwestern town, released last month. I sat down with Wainwright to talk about that concert, the Albert Maysles documentary that coincides with it, and, of course, his relationship with fashion.
On October 4, you’re back at Carnegie Hall. I saw you in your Judy Garland tribute there a few years ago. Do you particularly like that venue? Or do you just like Judy?
No, no. I am so proud to have called Carnegie Hall my New York home for many years now, whether it’s my Judy tribute, the Christmas shows, assorted benefits, and so forth. It’s a dream to many to play the venue. And before anyone asks me, I do know the way to get to Carnegie Hall: “Practice! Practice! Practice!”