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July 29 2014

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Steven Klein Exhibit Opens In Brazil, Ralph Lauren Drops Polo, Stuart Weitzman’s Birthday Surprise, And More…

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Steven Klein’s USAnatomy exhibit kicked off last night at the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture in São Paulo, Brazil. W has a few shots of the rare Polaroids on exhibit, including a few images from his W Brad and Angela cover shoot from 2005. [W]

Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. is no more. Yesterday, the company decided to drop “polo” from its name and opted to go by Ralph Lauren Corp. from now on. [WWD]

Shoe designer Stuart Weitzman was treated to a surprise 70th birthday bash in New York Tuesday night at the Empire Hotel lobby bar. Of course, his cake was in the shape of a shoe box. We can only hope the center didn’t taste like leather, or stiletto. [Page Six]

Model Molly Sims is tying the knot in wine country. The model and jewelry designer has announced that she and her wedding planners Yifat Oren and Stephanie Cove have selected Napa as the setting for the big day. [Modelinia]

Photo: Steven Klein/ Artinfo.com

Meet Andrew Richardson, The Man Behind America’s First “Asexual Sex Magazine”

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Early in his career, back in 1992, Andrew Richardson found himself working as one of Paul Cavaco’s assistants on Madonna’s Sex book. He immersed himself in the subject matter. “I spent a lot of time in that community,” says Richardson. “That influenced my point of view enormously.” Six years later—by now an established stylist—he launched Richardson, a magazine that is, depending on your take on these things, either extraordinarily high-end porn, or a very intelligent, very beautiful, and very graphic magazine about sex. The latest edition focuses on masculinity and the male gaze and features a cover shot by Steven Klein (below) and contributions from, among others, Geek Love author Katherine Dunn and Restrepo co-director Tim Hetherington (the war photographer who was recently killed in Libya). An exhibition of work from the new issue will open next month at the Maccarone gallery, and preorders for copies launch today at www.richardsonmag.com. Here, Richardson talks to Style.com about sex versus stimulation, the pornification of the fashion editorial, and the essential difference between men and women.

What made you decide to launch Richardson?
Well, after I’d gone out on my own as a stylist, I was working a lot with Terry Richardson and Mario Sorrenti, and we were doing stuff that was really anti-grunge, anti that whole asexual thing about grunge, and most magazines wouldn’t publish it. But there was this one guy in Tokyo—Charlie Brown [a.k.a. Fumihiro Hayashi]—who had a magazine called Dune, and he’d run those stories. At some point, I showed him a scrapbook of ideas I had, and he said, you know, it would be interesting to see what kind of porn magazine you’d do. So we did one.

Do you see Richardson as a porn magazine?
No. We like to call it a sex magazine. We recontextualize sex; we’re analytical about it. Richardson isn’t about coming. Which is the point of porn.

So what is the point?
Stimulation. Not orgasm stimulation, but stimulating debate. It’s like an asexual sex magazine.

I’m not sure how many copies you’re going to sell on the back of that marketing campaign. “An asexual sex magazine.” Sign me up!
We have quite a cult following, actually. People were really excited to have the magazine back. Continue Reading “Meet Andrew Richardson, The Man Behind America’s First “Asexual Sex Magazine”” »

Hallucination Is The Operative Word At Amsterdam International Fashion Week

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The Dutch government may have banned the sale of magic mushrooms a few years back, but their psychedelic after-effects appeared to be in evidence both on and off the runways at Amsterdam International Fashion Week, which concluded yesterday.

Fluorescent tie dye, polka-dotted bull horns, beaks, and a range of voodoolike accessories were the hallmarks of Bas Kosters’ standout collection (pictured), much admired for its unfettered, rebellious glee. “You know you’re not going to get jeans and a T-shirt with this guy,” gushed local blogger and stylist Rudney Lourens, when confronted with a model who appeared to be carried piggy-back by an enormous mutant Muppet.

The work of another enfant terrible was on display in the Westergasfabriek, in the form of Your hallucination is complete, a multimedia installation based on ten years of fashion shoots by Steven Klein. Curated by Amsterdam’s world-class photo gallery Foam, it was intended to depict a decade of decadence and decay in America, but drew crowds who appeared more delighted than disturbed.

Prize for best party of the week went to Ilja Visser, whose “Escapism”-themed designs for Ready to Fish were presented in a darkened circus tent at a warehouse cocktail bash that incorporated men on stilts, painted ladies, and even a fortune teller, who was to be glimpsed freaking out the front row with her oddly specific predictions.

And the forecast for Amsterdam International Fashion Week itself? Co-founder James Veenhof makes it sound pretty straightforward: “Today we are working hard to put Amsterdam on the map. Tomorrow we are New York fashion week’s cooler younger cousin.” Sounds like the journey’s going to be a trip.

Photo: Peter Stigter

Behind-The-Scenesters: Mel Ottenberg

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Designers design. Photographers photograph. Models model. That much—in broad strokes, at least—is clear. But what about the artists, technicians, and industry insiders, often unpublicized and underappreciated, who help to get clothes and accessories made and shown? Call them Behind-the-Scenesters: people who shape our experience of fashion but never take a bow on the catwalk or strike a pose for the camera. Without them—from patternmakers to production designers—the show wouldn’t go on. And in our recurring series, Style.com sits down with a few of these pros to find out, basically, what they do.

“Style,” as Jean Cocteau said, “is a simple way of saying complicated things.” And so it might be said that stylist Mel Ottenberg’s job is to find that simple way of saying something complicated. A button undone, a cuff rolled just so, the particular way a particular belt is slung over a particular dress: A good stylist makes these kinds of choices seem inevitable, and uses them to impart heaps of information about fashion, about the vibe on the street and the mood of the nation, and about how to look, now. “You’re kind of a medium,” explains Ottenberg, who is, among many other gigs, the fashion editor for Purple and the stylist for Adam Kimmel and Opening Ceremony (below). “You’re doing your own appropriation of this ‘thing,’ that’s how you bring the style into it. That’s hard to talk about, and it’s pretty much subliminal,” he adds. “I don’t want the style to be noticed, per se. I just want the kid who’s reading the magazine to think, wow, that looks great.” Here, Ottenberg talks to Style.com about his big break(s), his atypical days, and how a little fear can be a very good thing.

So, Mel: In one sentence, what do you do?
Well, on a good day, I’m the glue that holds everything together. Let’s say I’m on a shoot: I get the hair and the makeup going, I get the clothes together, looking right, and I’m there the whole way working with the photographer and the model. There’s a ton of collaboration involved. But fundamentally, I’m there to help make it work. Keep things going, keep things on point.

How did you get into styling?
Growing up, I was super, super-obsessed with fashion. I’d pick up copies of Vogue and Interview and pore over every word. And I started going to clubs at a young age, too, so I began dressing up and seeing fashion and glamour from that angle. Then, after I graduated from RISD, I moved to New York City and started working for some designers. The thing was, as much as I loved design and respected the process of putting a collection together, I didn’t like being hunkered down creating one thing for six months. And I tended to see images more than clothing, if that makes sense. But I wasn’t sure what to do with that until, completely by chance, I was asked to style a friend for The Face.

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Naomi Speaks!

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No doubt by now you’ve already read plenty about Fashion’s Night Out and have your itinerary firmly in place, but this little bit of news might persuade you to update your plans: Naomi Campbell will be in residence at Dolce & Gabbana’s Madison Avenue store on Friday night, signing limited-edition 25th anniversary T-shirts designed by the duo and featuring photographs of her taken by the world’s top photographers. (Proceeds from the $200 tees go to Campbell’s charity Fashion for Relief.) Below, Naomi discusses a few of her favorite lensmen (Bruce Weber, Steven Klein, and David LaChapelle, included) in this exclusive video sneak peek. “She’s an icon, not a model,” the designers said. Those who agree will be glad to hear that 14 models representing Campbell’s looks throughout the years will be performing a dance routine with the icon herself, choreographed by Lady Gaga’s go-to choreographer, Laurie Ann Gibson, whom we expect knows a thing or two about divas.