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18 posts tagged "Vanity Fair"

Left Coast Car Party


BMW and Vanity Fair teamed up last night to throw a party for the Art Car exhibition (which runs through February 24) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Guests including Dennis Hopper, Joan and Jackie Collins, and Rick and Kathy Hilton sipped Champagne and pondered the featured works of art on wheels: vintage Beamers with paint jobs courtesy of big-name Pop artists. There were four in all, by Andy Warhol (colorful impasto), Frank Stella (black and white grid pattern), Roy Lichtenstein (yellow sun rays and signature pixel dots), and Robert Rauschenberg (Old Masters on the doors). Cheryl Tiegs, stationed by the Warhol model, revealed she’s no stranger to customized cars. “The first thing I do is get fatter tires. Instead of 17-inch, I get 19-inch—it’s cooler.” A former swimsuit model and current reality show judge (ABC’s True Beauty) who knows her way around autos—could it get more L.A.? “I’ve pretty much always driven
sports cars, but I want a hybrid,” Tiegs added. Guess that answers that question.

Photo: Todd Williamson / WireImage

Ooh, Snap: The ICP Brings Us A Year Of Fashion


The year ahead for the fashion industry may look somewhat bleak, but that’s all the more reason to be excited about the International Center of Photography’s “Year of Fashion,” a 12-month-long look at style shooters. The year begins on January 16 with three simultaneous exhibitions: a collection of vintage prints from Vogue and Vanity Fair‘s chief lensman Edward Steichen; a 70-image look at non-fashion photographers (Walker Evans, Tina Barney, Robert Mapplethorpe) whose images are nonetheless quite stylish; and another that focuses on the modern fashion photograph, culled from glossies that range from Vogue to Purple Fashion. (The latter two are curated by photography critic and writer Vince Aletti.) There’s a whole lesson in fashion history right there in the first few months of the year. Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the Condé Nast Years, 1923-1937; This Is Not A Fashion Photograph; and Weird Beauty: Fashion Photography Now will all be on view from January 16 through May 3, 2009.

Photo: Courtesy Condé Nast Archive, New York (c) Condé Nast Publications

Legends On The Walls And In The Halls AT LACMA


Much as you’d expect, the Vanity Fair “Portraits” exhibit at LACMA is thick with legends—Katharine Hepburn, Josephine Baker, Madonna, and Princess Di are just a few of the famous subjects lensed for the magazine, and the shots of them included in the show are among its most familiar. But the legends everyone was keeping an eye on at last night’s opening party weren’t stuck in any frames. No, that was in fact Joan Collins, younger beau in tow, working her way down the LACMA carpet, followed shortly thereafter by a shockingly petite Farrah Fawcett. These people are real? Very real, according to Mario Testino. “You know, I spend so much time retouching,” explained Testino, “I become very intimate with my subjects. I know all their flaws. I know what their toes look like. Sometimes,” he added, “when I look at my photos, I can only see the parts I retouched. It’s strange.” Naturally, Testino cited his portraits of Princess Diana as his favorite among his pieces in the exhibit, and likewise naturally, he wasn’t about to divulge any information about Di’s toes. The Office star Rainn Wilson, on the other hand, was more forthcoming. Asked if he had a favorite portrait of himself, Wilson explained that a while back, he’d done a series of photos for Entertainment Weekly where he’d dressed as various legendary television stars. Joan Collins? “No,” Wilson said. “But I did dress up as Xena, the warrior princess, with sword and breastplate and everything. And that is probably my favorite photo of myself.” But, he went on to note, there was one problem. “Now I kind of wish that whole series had been for Vanity Fair,” added Wilson. “Because that way, I’d have my freaking picture in this show!”

Photo: Charley Gallay/WireImage