30 posts tagged "Simon Doonan"
Last year, Christie’s brought in $1.36 million with its annual Bid to Save the Earth live auction in New York, where attendees bid on airplane rides with Harrison Ford and a day with Bill Clinton. The auction house has equally exciting items and experiences lined up for this year’s April 11 gala (Anna and Graydon Carter, Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault, and Susan and David Rockefeller are among the co-chairs), but ahead of the big event, Christie’s launches an online auction this morning, powered by Charitybuzz. Tea with model Elettra Wiedemann, a limited-edition reissued vintage Fendi Baguette handbag, and an afternoon of shopping with Simon Doonan (along with $2,500 to spend at Barneys) are all in the loot, but Style.com has its eye on the six bespoke Stella McCartney bags going up for auction today. McCartney, a dedicated green activist, teamed up with five artists to create one-of-a-kind bags for the auction. Style.com has the exclusive first look at the bags, featuring art by the likes of Mr. Brainwash (pictured, above), Bunta Inoue (pictured, below), and Peter Tunney, here. The bags will be for sale this morning through April 19 on Charitybuzz.com.
Jeweler Aurélie Bidermann’s Gallic chic has a new, American counterpart: Bidermann, her new collection exclusively for Barneys. At a dinner in her honor at New York’s Il Buco Alimentari and Vineria last night, she looked every bit the Parisienne, surrounded by a cadre of Frenchwomen, including hostess Garance Doré and the Webster’s Laure Heriard Dubreuil, and decked head to toe in Alaïa—which, she revealed to an envious group of U.S. editors—is her usual. (An aunt in the fashion industry has been supplying it to her since she was a teenager.) She was also wearing, of course, a few key pieces from her new collection, which traipses between girlish clovers and pansies (pictured) to gladiatorial cuffs and collars, in brass and enamel. So were several of her dinner guests, like Rachel Chandler Guinness. Between platters of beets and ricotta, roast chicken, and gelato, Bidermann proclaimed herself “very, very excited” about her first-ever capsule collection. So are her new partners at Barneys. The store’s creative ambassador at large, Simon Doonan, gave dinner’s kickoff toast, proclaiming his great affection for the woman and her wares. Then he situated a Frenchy evening firmly on American soil: “Welcome to Arby’s,” he joked.
Bidermann is now available at barneys.com.
This week, Barneys’ Simon Doonan kicks off his book tour for his latest tome, “geared towards anyone mesmerized by fabulosity”: Gay Men Don’t Get Fat. Don’t, however, be misguided by the name: Gay men do eat crumble and “gay men do get fat,” Doonan, now on his fifth book, tells Style.com. “They are called ‘bears’ and I have a whole chapter about them in there.”
Also in the book: chapters about hokey hookers, Ke$ha and the prissy queens, why macarons are so gay, and the most important word in the history of style. Doonan says these chapters came to him when he got an impulse to share the gay wisdom with the world. “To liberate everybody, women especially, and show them how to live life with the stylish bravado of us homos. Being a girl has never been more complicated—women are expected to look like Gisele, work like Bill Gates, and have a million kids like the old woman in the shoe,” says Doonan. So, what’s his secret to life? Never feel bad, about eating macarons or anything else.
“Don’t feel guilty about buying millions of pairs of Louboutins,” says Doonan. “Just shut up and buy them.”
In between his life coach advice, Doonan also offered up his thoughts on red-carpet dressing for awards season. “I have basically lost interest in awards,” he says. “Watching perfectly groomed people clutching awards has lost any fascination, but I will get interested again when someone shows up in something interesting—they are all gun-shy now.” Fodder for his next book? Perhaps. Doonan wants to let his latest one marinate for a bit before he’s ready to go forth.
Get Kate Middleton’s Issa Dress, Simon Doonan’s Words Of Advice, CFDA Rejects Milan’s Request, And More…
Remember the blue Issa dress that Kate Middleton wore at her engagement announcement? Now, the dress is being reissued for Online Fashion Week, but there will only be five available on the Selfridges Web site. [Vogue U.K.]
Gloria Estefan has joined Wilhelmina’s celebrity roster alongside Fergie and Estelle. Wilhelmina’s chief says, “She’s truly an icon and we see tremendous opportunities for her in the fashion and beauty world.” [Page Six]
Simon Doonan has a new book, due out next month, titled Gay Men Don’t Get Fat. In the meantime, he has some other advice: “Throw away your work clothes and wear party clothes for the rest of your life.” [Hint]
The CFDA has rejected Milan’s request to cancel New York’s final day of shows. The day they are requesting to cut includes runway shows from Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein Collection. [WWD]
Tonight, Barneys New York creative ambassador at large Simon Doonan kicks off his weekend Fashion in Film festival with a fête at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), where Qui Êtes-Vous, Polly Maggoo? will be screening. Before the festival, hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and MAD, Doonan took a few minutes to talk with Style.com about the “twisted and kinky” film preferences of fashion insiders and muse over Liberace, the movie.
How did the idea for this film festival come about?
The folks at Vanity Fair called me and said they wanted to do a fashion film festival and I jumped right in. The most interesting thing about film and fashion people is that fashion people take their inspiration from film all the time, but from very unexpected places.
How so, exactly?
It’s not from Funny Face or Breakfast at Tiffany’s like one might expect, but more obscure, twisted, kinky, and strange movies. Fashion people are a little more perverse and they are always looking for something haunting that comes from a Rothmeyer or a movie like Qui Êtes-Vous, Polly Maggoo? or something like that.
How did you pick Maggoo and the other films like X, Y, and Zee and Hearts and Craft?
I came up with a huge list and then we worked our way through it. We included new things, like the Hermès and the Rick Owens documentary, but also some classics. I think today, with the whole red-carpet scene, people forget real fashion is strange and unusual and intriguing. This movie [Maggoo] captures that notion of the strange world of fashion. It’s often counterintuitive. I always say, “Don’t look to fashion for normalcy and healthy role models.” William Klein did a great job of capturing that masochistic and mysterious side of fashion. The opening scene, girls are wearing these aluminum outfits and the girls are saying, “It cuts, ouch!” That movie, to me, shows the strangeness and the beauty of fashion. At the end of the day, everything else is just clothes. Which is fine, but that’s not my idea of fashion.
What’s your favorite fashion film of all time?
Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! It’s funny but fantastically stylish. When you see it you will see how many Italian Vogue shoots and Guess ads and editorials over the years have been influenced by this movie. It’s lots of bad girls and girls with too much eyeliner. Also, a film like Grey Gardens had so much influence.
Any upcoming fashion films on your radar right now you are excited about?
I heard they are making a movie of the life of Liberace. I think that could result in a whole new wave of bedazzling—definitely. When Faye Dunaway wore that whole look in Bonnie and Clyde, that look was just cusping and then women saw her look so amazing in it and then everyone started wearing it. There’s been a lot of austerity with a military influence in fashion these days. I could see the bravado of Liberace having a huge impact. Chinchilla capes for men, hello!
Fashion week is in full force. What are you most excited for?
Very excited about our Carine Roitfeld party. I get to do karaoke and I’m such a show-off, so I can’t wait! But seriously, don’t miss X, Y, and Zee with Liz Taylor. It’s extremely hilarious from a style point of view. It’s like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf but with crazy caftans, it’s just hilarious.
For more information on the festival, click here.