5 posts tagged "W Magazine"
Rising photographer Boo George has been on fashion’s radar for some time now: He’s long been championed by editors in his native United Kingdom, and shot one of his biggest supporters, Katie Grand (alongside Marc Jacobs, backstage at Louis Vuitton), for the third issue of Style.com/Print. Now, here in the U.S., W has signed on, too. George is the winner of its first annual The Shot competition, a partnership with the International Center for Photography. In celebration of his win, images from George’s knitwear story from the September issue of W are now on sale at Artsy. If you’ve ever pasted editorial pages on your bedroom walls—and happen to find yourself with a low four-figure sum to spare—a George can be yours. Shots of Suvi Koponen, Meghan Collison, Irina Kravchenko, and Juliana Schurig, styled by Edward Enninful, are all available, in limited edition, beginning today; the September issue of W will appear on newsstands Thursday.
While many of her contemporaries have lightened up on the modeling game, or taken to hosting reality TV, Kate Moss is snagging headlines left and right. For starters, she’s in a slew of Spring campaigns (Versace, Givenchy, Stuart Weitzman, and Rag & Bone come to mind). She made waves with her recent covers for Love magazine (she appeared nearly nude in a bathtub), and W‘s March issue (conversely, she was styled like a white lace-clad madonna), and closed out Paris fashion week with a surprise strut down Vuitton’s sultry Fall '13 catwalk. And today, the model sent the Twittersphere abuzz after she read a passage of Fifty Shades of Grey on pal Nick Grimshaw’s UK radio show. (It was all in the name of charity, apparently.) We’re always wary of ubiquity, but somehow, Moss makes it work for her.
Vionnet’s Goga Ashkenazi and W‘s Stefano Tonchi hosted an opening party in Milan last night for Thayaht: Between Art and Fashion. Ashkenazi recently acquired a collection of illustrations Thayaht made of dresses designed by Madeleine Vionnet between 1919 and 1925. Famous for inventing the bias cut, the French couturier never sketched; rather, she draped all of her pieces on eighty-centimeter mannequins. Originally hired to design the house’s logo, Thayaht, an Italian futurist artist and industrial designer, born Ernesto Michahelles (he liked the palindromic qualities of his nom de paint brush, apparently), became her collaborator and documentarian. “There’s nothing more graceful than seeing the garment float freely on the body,” Vionnet once said. Thayaht’s drawings would seem to confirm that; some of the dresses look startlingly modern, despite being made nearly a century ago. Among the sixty sketches in the collection, a few include the name of the client for whom the dress was made. “They put the idea of body types in perspective, because the drawings were about the client, not about the idealized woman,” Tonchi told Style.com. “One of Vionnet’s big revelations was to eliminate the waistline,” he added. There’s some debate about who, exactly, freed women from the corset—Poiret, Chanel, or Vionnet—but Ashkenazi has her answer. “Vionnet—she made us all comfortable.”
Thayaht: Between Art and Fashion is open at Milan’s Museo Poldi Pezzoli until February 25.
Hidden among the old-and-new runway garb on e-tail megalith Yoox is a funny little last-minute holiday gift courtesy of art star (and W cover artist) Francesco Vezzoli: A new piece, Con Amore, Francesco Vezzoli (Francesco by Francesco), being sold to benefit the Italian National Trust’s relief efforts for rebuilding in the Emilia region after a recent earthquake. If you’ve ever wanted a framed portrait of Prada pal Vezzoli weeping sewn-on tears, today’s your lucky day—presuming you can beat the rest of the interested buyers for this 399-piece edition, which sells for an apropos $399. In a particularly Vezzolian touch, you can shop the precise edition you want: 399 pieces, 399 lots. One through 84 and 398 through 399 are spoken for, as are a grab bag of numbers in between. Find your lucky one if and while you can.
Artist Matthew Day Jackson’s Lem Interior went for $88,000 during the live auction at last night’s W magazine and Akris-sponsored Ballroom Marfa benefit. It was made from scorched wood and looked like the interior of a lunar exploration module that had been burnt crispy upon re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere, but it wasn’t the strangest work of art on display at the Chelsea event space Center548. That prize went to Maria Jose Arjona, a performance artist who sat in a wooden chair suspended horizontally from pipes high above the heads of guests like Anh Duong, Yvonne Force Villareal, Cornelia Guest, and Cynthia Rowley for the duration of the party—cocktails, dinner, and dancing. There was no bidding on her, and it’s probably just as well. The piece was uninsurable. According to a Marfa, Texas, local who helped install Arjona before the fête, “She didn’t want a net.”