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Yoko Ono’s bringing her Imagine Peace anti-violence initiative to London just in time for the Olympic Games. For the 12-week-long London 2012 Festival (starting June 21), Ono translated her Imagine Peace message into 24 different languages, and it will appear on the London Live Sites screens, along with screens at Victoria Park, Hyde Park, and Art on the Underground/Canary Wharf, paired with John Lennon’s 1971 iconic “Imagine.” As part of the project, Art Production Fund (the presenter of Ono’s art installation project) will be selling Imagine Peace items under the artist-designed Works on Whatever (WOW) line at Selfridges. Here, has a first look at the limited-edition Imagine Peace towel ($95; there’s also a water bottle, $28) going on sale at the department store June 21 and online at

Photo: James Ewing / Courtesy of Art Production Fund

Yoko Ono, Face Of A Generation


Last night, Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld debuted the results of their latest collaborative efforts, The Little Black Jacket book and related exhibition, featuring 113 portraits of some of the coolest names in fashion from Alexander Wang to Linda Evangelista. Tonight, however, another set of portraits of an equally impressive bunch gets its official unveiling at the Hole Gallery on Bowery Street. Portrait of a Generation, as it’s called, is like a yearbook for the hip artists and designers of New York City. Over 100 of them, world-renowned artists like Olivier Zahm, André Saraiva, and Ryan McGinley, paired up and exchanged portraits (of all varieties—photos, drawings, and paintings). One of the most intriguing ones? A portrait of Yoko Ono, lensed by Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl at Ono’s studio in front of her beautiful dot drawings, which the Threeasfour designers Adi Gil, Angela Donhauser, and Gabriel Asfour then remixed to their own liking. “We dressed the picture on a mirror background with our fractal shapes that we created for our last Fall 2012 collection, Full Circle,” they tell For those who don’t know the backstory, Lennon has contributed music and performed live for several of the label’s shows, and Ono has been a muse to the designers. Here, has a first look at the portrait. (Yoko also shot the three designers, which is on view as part of the exhibition.)

Portrait of a Generation, open tonight through August 10, the Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, NYC.

Photo: Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl

The Little Black Jacket Hits NYC, And More Of Today’s Top Stories


Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld’s much-hyped The Little Black Jacket traveling exhibition kicks off tonight with a party in Soho for celebrities and fashion industry insiders. The week-long homage to the French house classic will open to the public on Friday, with 113 black-and-white photographs of A-listers such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Joan Smalls, and Yoko Ono, who adapted the iconic jacket to fit their own personal style. [New York Daily News]

Paris men’s fashion week just got a little bigger. Band of Outsiders and Hardy Amies have both been confirmed to show for the first time during the June lineup. And in true Band of Outsiders fashion, the label’s designer, Scott Sternberg, has taken matters into his own hands, tapping one model to act as a living mannequin, who will show off all the looks during the course of a 60-hour period and live in a cardboard and wood plank box. Amies will show as part of the official calendar. [WWD]

A month after parting ways with former designer Manish Arora, Paco Rabanne has promoted its young studio design director, Lydia Maurer, to creative director of its womenswear. German-born Maurer, just 29, will present her first collection for the house during Paris fashion week in October and will also oversee accessories. [WWD]

Are Shaun White and Lily Collins a thing? Following Monday night’s CFDA Awards, rumors have been flying that the Olympic snowboarder is pursuing the young Mirror Mirror actress after a short stint with model Bar Refaeli. Reps for both had no comment. [Page Six]




Photo: Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld / Chanel


Steve Jobs Dead At 56, Burberry Breaks Into Music, Yoko Ono Hosts A Lennon Art Sale, And More…


Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died yesterday at 56. “No one will take issue with the official Apple statement that ‘The world is immeasurably better because of Steve,’ ” writes Wired‘s Steven Levy. [Wired]

This week, Burberry became the first fashion brand to launch its own single by Brit band The Feeling. The song will be the soundtrack for Burberry Body, the new fragrance fronted by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. [Vogue U.K.]

Yoko Ono has leased a space in Soho to sell art by John Lennon and work inspired by him. For four days, “lithographs, serigraphs, and copper etchings printed from his original drawings” will be up for grabs. [Page Six]

Now, you can talk Jil Sander all you want—literally. Tomorrow, LG will release its new Jil Sander-designed phone, available for purchase on [Racked]


Chanel And Tribeca Make Winning Even Sweeter


Winning big at the Tribeca Film Festival is a laurel on its own. But no reason to stop there—not, at least, when you’ve got the power of Bobby De Niro and company behind you. At this year’s festival, as in years past, winners in each of the 11 categories will be awarded a work of visual art to commemorate the achievement. This year’s donating artists, selected by the festival, include Yoko Ono, Vik Muniz, Stephen Hannock, and Clifford Ross. “The festival is a vehicle for all of what can be good about New York,” said Ross, whose work, along with that of the other 10 participating artists, is now hanging at Chanel’s Soho store. (They’ll be on view through May 2.) “The joy for me in donating my work is in contributing to the life of the festival. It’s also such an exciting concept for an artist to give another artist his or her work—it’s artist-to-artist connectivity.” The festival, he went on, “born out of the rubble of 9/11…has in fact, contributed to the resuscitation of lower New York.” From Ross’ archival print of a surging wave to Ono’s constructed bronze box to Hannock’s mixed-media Study: Northern City Renaissance (Mass MoCA 379K) (pictured, and originally commissioned by Sting, no less), the work is well worth fighting over. Excellence is its own reward, but it doesn’t have to be the only one.

PLUS: Queen Noor, Christy Turlington Burns, Veronica Webb, and more come together for Vanity Fair‘s TFF bash.

Photo: Stephen Hannock