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8 posts tagged "Taylor Momsen"

“A Frozen Moment Meant To Be Consumed”

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The step-and-repeat of red-carpet coverage—the parade of celebrities in front of branded billboards at premieres, parties, and galas, where they’re photographed by the paps—has become an established part of media coverage. So established, in fact, that we barely notice anymore how artificial it is. But Richard Phillips (above) does. “I wanted to make that celebrity endorsement the single subject of my paintings,” the painter says. “What fascinated me about their expressions is that they’re totally rehearsed and meant only for the still capture, for the shot. It’s a frozen moment meant to be consumed.”

Phillips’ new show, Most Wanted, opens this week at London’s White Cube Gallery and features those frozen moments writ large: giant portraits of celebrities like Kristen Stewart, Taylor Momsen, Chace Crawford, and Taylor Swift in front of logo-splashed backdrops, staring slightly glazedly out at their adoring public. We recently dropped by Phillips’ Chelsea studio as he was preparing to send the canvases to the U.K. for the show. Click here to check out more from our visit.

Photo: Kyle Ericksen

The Gang’s All Here At Balenciaga, Taylor’s On Her Own, Wang Takes His Show On The Road, And More…

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MObama hosted a party for this year’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards at the White House, honoring the year’s best in design (though the fashion design award winners, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, didn’t attend.) The FLOTUS wore Isabel Toledo for the occasion. [WWD]

Balenciaga’s Fall campaign is out, and the multi-girl spreads star reigning catwalk queens Freja Beha Erichsen, Mirte Maas, and Valerija Kelava, but also gorgeous-as-ever Stella Tennant and Karen Elson (pictured). Who’s your favorite? [Fashionologie]

Taylor Momsen fired her stylist. Now she’s got nobody but herself to blame for those raccoon eyes. [NY Mag]

Alexander Wang is known for his downtown-NYC cool, so when he began the trunk-show circuit—heading first to Canada’s Holt Renfrew—he boxed it up and brought it along with him. Or, we should say, tented it up. Wang’s been traveling with a custom-made tent, complete with fluorescent lights, TV screens, and inflatable furniture to replicate his Tribeca studio. [WWD]

A new Web site, SixItemsOrLess.com, encourages users to wear a combination of only six items every day for 31 days. We’re all for getting back to basics, but this is one fad diet we’ll be passing on. [NYT]

Photo: Steven Meisel/Courtesy of Balenciaga

Yea, Nay, Or Eh: Taylor Momsen

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OK, we get it. Taylor Momsen wants the world to know she’s not the innocent “Little J” she portrayed way back in season one of Gossip Girl. But the sheer thigh-highs, garter belt, and oversized oxford shirt (unbuttoned to there) that she donned for last night’s Fashion’s Night Out activities put her into Risky Business territory. Besides, Lindsay Lohan received serious flak for working a similar ensemble last week in Beverly Hills. Shouldn’t Taylor be picking her sartorial role models a little more wisely? What do you think?

Photo: George Napolitano / Getty Images

Blasblog: The Camera Phone, Now A Legit Artistic Medium

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With camera phone technology getting increasingly sophisticated (did you know some of those suckers can do high-def video now?), this was bound to happen: an art show composed entirely of snaps taken on cells. Such was the gist of a party at the Stephan Weiss Studio on Wednesday night to celebrate Exilim’s new phone, where giant slideshows of the work several New York art types—Cass Bird, Justin Giunta, Richard Kern, Danielle Levitt, Chrissie Miller (see her self-portrait above), and Christian Weber—took on these new phones were projected on the walls. For the artists themselves, it turned out to be a fun experience. Bird, a professional photographer, found herself dabbling in food styling, like when she propped an order of French fries into a sunset, and shooting pics of skateboarders on the street. “I guess you don’t realize how many photographable things surround you,” she said in the VIP section of the party. The technological progress of camera phones was a hot topic of conversation, especially since the crowd spanned chic teenagers, like Taylor Momsen and Zoë Kravitz, to a more mature audience, like Mick Rock and Ann Dexter-Jones. “I can remember when there weren’t even digital cameras,” smiled Dexter-Jones. “Actually, I can remember the time before cell phones.” One good thing—or bad, depending on who you’re asking—about this sort of picture is how intimate they can be. In a few of snaps that Sophomore designer Chrissie Miller took of Lindsay Lohan, Mandy Moore, and the Virgins’ Donald Cumming for her portfolio, they look just like regular folk. “Everyone keeps asking me who the vivacious redhead is in these pictures,” Miller joked. “And I say, ‘Only the most photographed woman in the world: Lindsay Lohan.’ “

Gary Graham’s Collector’s Editions

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Yes, it’s strange to shop for fall clothes in May, but that’s how the fashion world rolls, so Friday night I stopped by ABC Carpet & Home for Gary Graham’s autumn trunk show and ended up not only placing an order for a red silk dress, but going home with another dress in black jersey from Spring. My two purchases notwithstanding, one of Graham’s specialties is the washed, shrunken leather jacket. Taylor Momsen has been seen around town in the Spring version; the Fall style is named after Hepzibah Pyncheon from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables. “She’s the ultimate spinster and I loved the idea of using her as inspiration for the Victorian silhouettes,” Graham explained. Among the collection’s other keepers was a jacquard coat with a pattern taken from a 1774 Spanish-Flemish engraving, which the RISD museum purchased for its permanent collection. Talk about museum-worthy design. More information at www.garygrahamnyc.com.

 

 

Photo: Courtesy of Gary Graham