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Monsieur Vladimir Dit Merci


He may be a fixture on the fashion-party-circuit, but Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld continues to make a strong case for himself as an up-and-coming art world contender. Following a successful show with Sotheby’s last October, the Paris native previewed his most ambitious group exhibition to date this morning at developer Aby Rosen’s contemporary art mecca, 980 Madison Avenue. Dubbed Merci Mercy, the 35-artist show explores the power and vitality of the written word. “I was looking for a new concept to develop and discovered that many of the artists I like use text in a systematic way,” said Restoin-Roitfeld, looking every bit the power broker despite frigid climes and the before-noon preview. “It was a good opportunity to bridge the artists I love with those I’m less familiar with and contextualize them in a way that made sense.” Borrowing its title from a Louise Bourgeois inscription (left), the show features works from industry veterans Ed Ruscha and Nan Goldin) to Zeitgeist darlings (Tom Sachs and the late Dash Snow, whose work is pictured below). “We wanted to find pieces that were less expected or typical,” said co-curator and Bortolami Gallery director Christine Messineo, who was introduced to Restoin-Roitfeld by his sister Julia. “And we were especially interested in working with artists from our generation.” To wit, the pair paid studio visits to several younger artists including Rashid Johnson, Jason Loebs and, Lucien Smith, all of whom created original works for the show.

This March, Restoin-Roitfeld will curate a two-man exhibition with his longtime collaborator Nicolas Pol and Ashley Bickerton at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, but the roving dealer has no plans for a permanent gallery anytime soon. “I would like to settle down, but it’s a step-by step-process,” the 27-year-old told, though he’ll start by holding private salons at his new Upper East Side office. “I think it”s good to do things uptown. Young people should see what’s happening on this side of the city.”

Merci Mercy will run until February 17 at 980 Madison Avenue

Photo: Courtesy of Merci Mercy

Fashion Week Ends, The Parties Don’t


New York’s party scene never sleeps—even the day following a whirlwind fashion month. Last night, both the fashion and art worlds convened at Sotheby’s S2 Gallery to toast Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld’s latest opening. Dubbed Hue + Cry, the exhibition was the budding megadealer’s first stint as guest curator for the venerable auction house, comprising 30 contemporary works that highlighted the transformation of abstract expressionism. But unlike Restoin-Roitfeld’s typically hip gatherings—often warehouse-based and liquor-fueled—yesterday’s soirée was decidedly a toned-down affair, complete with passed hors d’oeuvres (OK, pigs in a blanket) and sauvignon blanc. “It feels a lot more uptown in here,” quipped V‘s Stephen Gan as he surveyed the mixed-media pieces by contemporary artists including Nicolas Pol, Jin Meyerson, and Angel Otero. Gan’s trek from Lower Manhattan to the uptown York Avenue space took nearly an hour, but the host didn’t mind the commute. “I live five minutes away,” Restoin-Roitfeld shrugged. Still, representing the downtown contingent were the likes of Vito Schnabel, Stavros Niarchos, and girlfriend Jessica Hart, who happily installed themselves near the open bar.

“The show really looks like him, doesn’t it?” mused proud mom Carine Roitfeld in head-to-toe Givenchy. Giovanna Battaglia, clad in Dolce & Gabbana and a sparkling Marni collar necklace, arrived from Paris just in time for her boyfriend’s big night. “This is such a prestigious location,” she
beamed. “Every time Vlad does something, it’s different and a step ahead.” As for the couple’s plans post-fashion month? “This is my first weekend off in a month and a half,” she told “But I still have to work—there’s a shoot next week. It never ends.” To wit, at 9 p.m., the guests decamped to Casa Lever, where Aby Rosen, Kim Heirston, and Leo Koenig toasted the young curator with a private dinner.

Photo: Neil Rasmus/

Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld’s Postcard From Istanbul


Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld and painter Nicolas Pol make a good team. When Restoin-Roitfeld presented Pol’s exhibition Neverlodge in New York, most of the Basquiat-esque canvases had already been sold by the opening party. Last week, the pair trekked to Istanbul to unveil Pol’s most recent project, Epektasis. The young dealer and curator documented his week-plus trip exclusively for Epektasis runs until May 17 at Istanbul ’74.

“I am always humbled when I see an exhibition come together. No matter how beautiful and evocative I know a painting to be, it isn’t until I am standing in the middle of the exhibition, with all of the paintings on the wall, that I can truly see the remarkable power of art—truly awesome, in the literal sense of the word.” Continue Reading “Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld’s Postcard From Istanbul” »

Actors And “Real Men” To Hit The Runway At Menswear Shows, A.P.C. X Tooshie, Hugo Boss Prize Winners Announced, And More…


Real men, including actors and “personalities from the worlds of fashion, art, and business,” are set to have a moment in the limelight at the menswear shows this season. Brioni is reportedly using models and personalities in its still-life presentation, and several movie stars, including Adrien Brody, are set to walk in Prada’s runway show. [WWD]

On February 7, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld will kick off fashion week with a new exhibition from Ouattara Watts. The New York-based painter’s exhibition will run through February 19. [Hint]

French swimwear line Tooshie has partnered with A.P.C. to create an 11-piece capsule collection that includes powder blue trunks for men and one-pieces for women. “I like the idea of an eccentric print on a very simple bathing suit,” says A.P.C.’s designer, Jean Touitou. [T]

Richard Armstrong, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, and Claus-Dietrich Lahrs, chairman and CEO of Hugo Boss, have announced the ninth biennial Hugo Boss Prize 2012 finalists. The six artists, nominated for creating work that makes a significant contribution to contemporary art, are: Trisha Donnelly, Rashid Johnson, Monika Sosnowska, Danh Vo, Tris Vonna-Michell, and Qiu Zhijie. [Hugo Boss]

Florence Welch For Gucci, Daphne Guinness: The Film, Mother’s Day Chez Roitfeld, And More…


It’s “Cosmic Love” between Gucci’s Frida Giannini and Florence Welch. After meeting the ginger songstress at the Grammys this year, the designer says she was so struck by Welch’s presence that she inspired Gucci’s Fall ’11 collection. Why? She’s got the “self-assured look that goes hand in hand with the Gucci woman,” Giannini says. [Vogue U.K.]

Daphne Guinness—shy? The heiress, who got dressed for this year’s Met gala in the windows of Barneys, admits, “Maybe this is my way of getting more comfortable with people. I gravitated towards people who are as shy as I was. We sort of huddled together, like on a raft.” Learn more about Guinness in “Daphne’s Window,” a new short film by Brennan Stasiewicz. [Nowness] revealed what Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld planned to give Carine for Mother’s Day this year, but here is a look at one of his creative gifts from his younger years. In this image, the first to be released from the Rizzoli pictorial biography on the former Paris Vogue editor due out in October, depicts Roitfeld wearing a shirt Vladimir made for her on Mother’s Day when he was eight years old. [Hint]

And today in tipples: The world’s most expensive bottle of Champagne was purchased at an auction for $41,000. “Vintage,” in this case, barely covers it: The bottle of Veuve Clicquot has been chilling since the 1840′s beneath the Baltic Sea. [ELLE]

Photo: Steve Granitz / WireImage