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April 19 2014

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23 posts tagged "Stella Tennant"

Akris Tries A Guinness

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Last night at Bergdorf Goodman, Akris’ Albert Kriemler celebrated his 15-year relationship—that’s 30 seasons—with the brand’s ad campaign photographer, Steven Klein. The Swiss designer may be remarkably faithful regarding his favorite shutterbug, but he’s not necessarily a one-woman kind of guy when it’s come to models, except for a few special cases. The first was Stella Tennant, whom Kriemler and Klein worked with for their first three seasons together. “Then she was discovered by Karl [Lagerfeld] and she was gone,” the designer joked. The most recent exception is Daphne Guinness, who was at the cocktail party last night in a dress fresh off the Paris runway. At first the eccentric heiress and clotheshorse with a penchant for punishing footwear seemed like a strange fit for Kriemler’s brand of streamlined minimalism, but something about the Spring ads clicked. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Tennant and Guinness are first cousins? In any case, she’s agreed to star in Akris’ Fall campaign, which Klein is shooting today.

Photo: Neil Rasmus/PatrickMcMullan.com

Mark Borthwick’s Not In Fashion Party

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In the gallery space of the Ofr bookstore in the Marais, photographer Mark Borthwick sat amongst an assortment of assembled objets: daffodils, oranges, chimes, large photos, small drawings, a toy dinosaur, a guitar, an amp, a sheepskin throw—it looked more like an altar than an exhibition, and Borthwick was happy to be in the mix. “Collectively, it brings me a lot of joy,” he said of the pieces he’d brought together for his small show. As for the course of the evening? “Whatever happens, happens,” he offered. Officially, the occasion was the release of Borthwick’s book not in fashion, published by Rizzoli and featuring early photos for Purple and Self Service of then-relative-unknowns Stella Tennant, Chloë Sevigny, and Angela Lindvall, as well as personal work. Wednesday was the opening gambit in a series of wine-and-song-filled evenings stretching into next week, starring eclectic gatherings and performances by Borthwick and friends—among them Lou Doillon, whom Borthwick shot for Vanessa Bruno’s spring catalogue. “Mark is very open to things; he does things in a humble way, with a different perspective,” Maria Cornejo, Borthwick’s wife, said. “Like with his pictures—they are always directional, but in his own way. Then he gets copied years later.” As onetime Paris residents, this was something of a homecoming for the couple, Cornejo said, with an extra reason to celebrate: Her collection will make its French début this season at Joseph on the Avenue Montaigne, and star in a pop-up boutique happening in June.

Photo: Mark Borthwick

the scent of a.p.c., coming soon

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A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou always has some new project cooking, and so it piqued our interest to discover him huddled with photographer Bruce Weber yesterday afternoon. Were the two planning a follow-up edition to A.P.C.’ s three-part, M&M-designed Fall catalog, which features Weber’s shots of, among others, Stella Tennant and Gia Coppola in the throes of stylish autumn languor? “No, we shoot the new ad campaign tomorrow,” said Touitou. “That’s all.” Indeed, a question about the catalog elicited barely more than a shrug, and an observation that A.P.C. had first cast Stella Tennant in a campaign back when she was 17. Not that he wasn’t chatty—it’s just that Touitou prefers to focus on the future. And A.P.C.’s future, he revealed, now includes a perfume. Unisex, 100 percent natural, and called A.P.C. Sustain, the scent emerged from his accidental encounter with Lisa Eisner’s aromatherapist on a recent trip to L.A. Rebuffed by the lady when he asked if A.P.C. could bottle one of her better-smelling oils, Touitou found himself immersed in a perfume development process rather more intimate than he’d expected. “It was like seeing a psychiatrist,” he explained. “She was making me talk about myself, my memories… Finally, I mention that when I was young and romantic, I used to put dead flowers in my guitar case. That became the brief, as they say. Wood, velvet, jasmine, roses…” A sample of Sustain that Touitou happened to have on hand proved accurate to his description. But what’s with the name? “It’s like the sustain pedal you step on when you play guitar, to make a note last. All the experts hate it, so I’m happy.”