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3 posts tagged "True Religion"

Psychedelia Down The Hole


Despite the rainy weather, a crowd including Charlotte Ronson, Fabiola Beracasa, Jenne Lombardo, and Maggie Betts turned out last night at The Hole gallery downtown for Evan Gruzis’ True Religion-presented solo show, Exotic Beta. The show is the second exhibition for the year-old venue founded by Kathy Grayson, former director of the now-shuttered Deitch Projects.

“Evan has this cool eighties California vibe,” Grayson told “He studies clichés and notions of taste.” Indeed, Gruzis’ psychedelic works straddle the line between the cult-y and the cheesy. As one guest remarked while surveying a neon-inflected ink painting featuring a palm tree, “I get it—it’s Miami Vice!”

As for the wearable art, Gruzis created one-of-a-kind subversions ($500 to $5,000) of True Religion classics, such as leather motorcycle jackets featuring “the dude from Phish” and acid-washed jeans with python-skin appliqués, all on sale at the gallery’s neighboring shop. After the exhibit, the guests retreated to their seats in the gallery’s cavernous candlelit back room for a dinner catered by The Fat Radish.

Exotic Beta is open through October 22 at The Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery St., NYC.

Photo: Carly Otness /

Patrick Robinson Nails It


Fresh off a week and a half tour of Gap stores across the U.S., creative director Patrick Robinson was at the Fifth Avenue flagship this morning talking up the brand’s new premium denim. “They’re the best-fitting jeans in the world. That’s a big statement, I know,” he said. Robinson also told us, “They’ll change your life.” Hmm. But it sounds like he just might’ve done the work to back it up. The six new women’s and seven new men’s styles were a year and a half in the making and are designed to put Gap back into the denim game. Once upon a time—before Diesel, Seven for All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, True Religion, J Brand, etc., etc.—Gap and Levi’s owned it. To get back to that place, Robinson recruited wash experts, incorporated hand details, and retrained the technical people in Gap’s factories. The most important change? “Nailing the fit,” he explained. “I heard over and over again from customers that it’s about fit. If the jeans don’t give her a rock star butt, she’s not buying.” Gap was giving free pairs to blog editors, but the $69.50 price for a pair of Very Skinnys in olive green with riding pant seaming across the thighs was so right, I would’ve happily paid for them.

Photo: Courtesy of Gap

Beth’s Leggings, Vivienne’s Son, And More…


How many supermodels can you fit into a pair a Beth Ditto’s leggings for Evans? Apparently a “bale,” which is British for a lot. [The Guardian]

On the other hand…the future of skinny jeans for men looks bright. The Gap, Levi’s, and True Religion are all amping up their slim-denim efforts. As one client puts it, “Discomfort comes with the territory.” So true. [WSJ]

Vivienne Westwood’s son (“best known as an erotic photographer of girls”) is launching a menswear line. Hopefully his two hobbies will remain separate. [The Cut]

Start your week out with some bons mots from Roberto Cavalli. For example, “I never pay attention to costs—it’s not attractive to speak about numbers.” He and his financial adviser must get along smashingly. [Times Online]

Photo: Richard Young / Rex USA