10 posts tagged "Scott Campbell"
Sure, the once apocalyptic-looking Bowery may now be home to more than a few posh gyms, bloodless condo buildings, and, yes, even a 7-Eleven. But starting today, the fabled downtown street may regain at least a bit of its former cred, thanks to the arrival of Bushwick motorcycle club and cult denim brand Deth Killers. Since crystallizing back in 2002, the label and its asphalt-resistant denim have become the stuff of particularly hip legend—hell, you’ll even find Deth Killers in the V&A’s much-lauded, now-touring David Bowie exhibition.
Now, just in time for fashion week, founder Greg Minnig has teamed up with the bold-faced artist (of both fine and tattoo varieties, having inked the likes of Marc Jacobs) and longtime DK admirer Scott Campbell to revive the line. “I’m in it for very selfish reasons,” Campbell confesses. “Just for my closet’s sake, ’cause I want these things, and the only way for them to exist is to help Greg make them.”
The duo have taken over a tiny former auto shop crouching on the corner of Great Jones and Bowery, and filled it with plenty of ephemera and apparel (and a smattering of vintage centerfolds). As Minnig tells it, “For me this place has been something I’ve driven by for twenty years. The thought that it would make a great spot for something has always been in the back of my mind.” And despite the 7-Eleven that looms across the street, Campbell is optimistic, too. “I feel like historically, all of the juju that has made Bowery what it is, is still underneath this pavement somewhere.” Shoppers can bask in the aforementioned vibes and browse the fabled, 16 percent Kevlar, USA-made jeans. While the denim is shockingly lightweight, for those not risking road rash, ultrasoft wash tees (some with art by Campbell himself) should please.
But you may want to act fast. As Minnig tells it, Deth Killers has set its eventual sights pretty high. “2019 is the motorcycle club’s deadline to go to space. So one of the purposes behind Deth Killers—in addition to making asphalt-resistant clothes—is to be able to buy a ticket, maybe on Virgin Galactic, to get everybody into space, because it’s been a dream of ours and that’s one of our common threads with the guys we ride with—it’s like the next thing above motorcycles.” You’ve been advised.
Deth Killers’ new store is located at 348 Bowery in New York.
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?
Fashion week presents a particular problem to any scheduler: When? “Fashion week’s so nuts,” designer Waris Ahluwalia admitted. “I didn’t have an open night.” So when he went to host an “intimate” (25—which turned into 45—person) dinner to celebrate his presentation at CIRCA’s Lincoln Center accessories lounge, he decided to bat cleanup, and invite friends to supper after the end of the week. It worked. Last night, CIRCA CEO Chris Del Gatto and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff hosted Johan Lindeberg, Scott Campbell, Veronica Webb, Sophie Théallet, Aaron Young, Terence Koh, Carlos Quirarte, and Ahluwalia’s mother, Darshan (“the guest of honor, always”) piled into Tiny’s in Tribeca for a last-minute dinner toasting House of Waris’ Spring jewelry and scarf collections. “A downtown celebration for an uptown exhibition,” he called it.
The collection being celebrated marks the second time that the House of Waris—known largely for its jewelry—has forayed into scarves. At a follow-up visit at his studio today, the designer explained that the two categories only seem different. They’re both, he reasoned, about keeping craftsmanship alive for a new generation—of craftspeople, as well as of customers. (The Rajastani embroiderers who work on his hand-loomed cashmere scarves now have their hands so full from his business that they’ve stopped working with any other.) This season sees a major uptick in the number of scarf designs offered, with many motifs carrying over from the jewelry collection. They range from the simple—a gorgeous plain taupe cashmere scarf with embroidered border—to the ornate, with chains picked out in contrast thread weaving their way over the whole. They have a richness—and a price tag—consistent with the hours of work they take to complete. But luckily for entry-level fans, batik-dyed cotton-silk scarves start at $300.
No one knows who invented the game Truth or Dare. But Sophomore designer Chrissie Miller has a pretty good theory as to why it’s proven so popular. “Based on my own experience, it’s just the obvious thing for boys and girls to do when they get together for the first time,” she says. “You’re kids, you’re looking around the room at each other, and you realize, we have absolutely nothing to talk about.” Miller has had Truth or Dare on the brain lately; together with frequent collaborator Cass Bird, she’s created a short documentary featuring the likes of Chloë Sevigny, Lesley Arfin, Jen Brill, Scott Campbell, and PJ Ransone playing the game.
Of course, in addition to all of the pre-teen boys and girls worldwide, Truth or Dare has one very famous practitioner: Madonna, who named her 1991 doc after the game. It’s that flick, in fact, that inspired Miller to lens her own. “I watched it not that long ago, and I just loved it, and I thought, we’ve got to do that,” Miller explains. “It’s not a typical ‘fashion’ film—it’s for Sophomore, yeah, but the clothing isn’t my main concern. I prefer to focus on making something interesting, that people will want to watch. So I rounded up some friends, we got a room at the Bowery Hotel, and came up with a list of questions.” Those questions led to hours of footage, all of which was boiled down to the six-minute film. All that editing means there was plenty left on the cutting room floor—including a few tantalizing bits. “There was one point where Chloë dared Lesley Arfin to kiss her,” Miller recalled. “It was really adorable—I mean, they’ve been friends forever, and they were both willing to go there with the game.” The film debuts tomorrow on www.kanonvodka.com, and tonight, Miller is hosting a screening in Los Angeles at Paul and Andre, the unmarked bar recently opened by Paul Sevigny and André Saraiva.