photo Richard Lea-Hair

Giles Deacon Flexes His Historical Knowledge at Kensington Palace

Over the weekend, British designer Giles Deacon presented a greatest-hits collection in the Orangery of Kensington Palace. Part of Glorious Georges, a series of events celebrating 300 years since King George I ascended to the English throne (and ignited one of the most artistic and lavish periods in British history), the show highlighted Deacon's historical and often cryptic influences, from Georgian interiors and traditional corsetry to Bambi, spiders, and the Turner Prize-winning artist Richard Wright.

Styled by Katie Grand, the boisterously-received collection also featured original archival headpieces by Stephen Jones, culled from Deacon's longstanding collaboration with the milliner extraordinaire. Not to miss out on the fun, many of Deacon's model-muses, too, were in attendance, both in the seats and on the runway, including Erin O’Connor, Jessica Stam, Jacquetta Wheeler, Tatiana Cotliar, and Catherine McNeil, who closed the show in a stunning red ostrich feather and chiffon gown.

photo Richard Lea-Hair

photo Richard Lea-Hair

photo Richard Lea-Hair

photo Richard Lea-Hair

photo Richard Lea-Hair

photo Richard Lea-Hair

photo Richard Lea-Hair

photo Richard Lea-Hair

M.I.A. & Melanie Ashley
photo Jason Lloyd-Evans

Angie Kurdash & Tim Blanks
photo Jason Lloyd-Evans

Jade Parfitt & Princess Julia
photo Jason Lloyd-Evans

Hilary Alexander & Deirdre Murphy, chief curator of History Royal Palacesphoto Jason Lloyd-Evans

Oct 27, 2014 13:30:00
HBA, spring 15

Hint Tip: Hood By Air at MoMA

Whatever humannequins are, they'll be at a Hood By Air "performance masquerading as a party" at MoMA, part of the museum's new PopRally program. The part-theater, part-virtual event builds on designer Shayne Oliver's spring 2015 shows in Paris and New York, the first and second parts, respectively, of his three-part Superego/Ego/Id series. To jog your memory, Superego was the collection held at the top of a disused glass office building, where seemingly every guest tweeted the spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower. Even by fashion standards, models looked aloof and detached as they rolled around in office chairs wearing deconstructed suits, platform boots, and executive-realness long hair. Maybe they're the same humannequins we'll see in Id at MoMA. Other performers include Boychild, Mykki Blanco, plus surprise guests. There may be no better way to celebrate Halloween.

October 30, 8:00 pm, $25 (includes open bar), MoMA, 11 W. 53 Street

Oct 24, 2014 18:14:00
Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Michelle Williams Wore...

a white leather mini-dress with crocheted sleeves from Louis Vuitton's spring 2015 collection to the opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Boulogne-Billancourt, France.

Oct 23, 2014 18:13:00

Just the Pics, Please: Frieze London

As cool and collected as ever, Frieze Art Fair in London is in full swing. Here, the essential pics...

Sarah Burton and Naomi Campbell at the Alexander McQueen party

James Righton & La Roux at the Alexander McQueen party

Beyonce & Jay Z

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Oct 16, 2014 19:28:00
Baz Luhrmann & Gisele Bundchen

Gisele Plays a Convincing Woman Who Has It All in the New Chanel N°5 Film

Here's Gisele hamming it up with Baz Luhrmann at last night's launch of his short film for Chanel N°5. You can tell by her outstretched limbs that she's definitely having loads of fun. Loads. Definitely. And why not? Not only is she the face of the world's most famous fragrance, she's also the star of the short, which tells the story of a woman who has it all — family, career, love. Clearly, autobiographical. She even finds time to hit the waves on a Chanel surfboard. Never mind that it's a non-speaking role because those limbs speak for themselves.

If the film, which opens to the public October 15, whiffs of feminist idealism, it's probably not a coincidence. Karl Lagerfeld seems quite taken with the topic. He had some colorful words to say about his somewhat controversial Chanel collection, which some thought trivialized hard-won women's rights. "I couldn’t care less if people are for or against [it]," he quipped to Fashionista, clearly unmoved by the criticisms. "It’s my idea. I like the idea of feminism being something lighthearted, not a truck driver for the feminist movement."

Karl Lagerfeld, Gisele Bundchen, Baz Luhrmann

Lily Allen

Lexi Boling

Karlie Kloss

Caroline de Maigret

Gigi Hadid

Update 10/15/14: Here's the final version, unveiled today...

Oct 14, 2014 13:15:00
Lena Dunham & Spike Jonze

Lena Dunham Overshares for a Good Cause

Apparently not a stop on her controversial book tour, Lena Dunham and Spike Jonze co-hosted the annual Anti-Gala gala at Skylight Modern to benefit Lowline, a planned underground park beneath the Williamsburg Bridge on the LES. They humorously led an auction that resulted in the sale ($3,000) of the suitably tree-printed Rachel Antonoff dress Dunham was wearing. “It’s not a size zero. It’s for a curvier woman. I can dry-clean it, or not,” she said in her typical oversharing way. A little later, her boyfriend Jack Antonoff (of The Bleachers) performed, followed by a DJ set by James Murphy.

Lena Dunham & Spike Jonze

Lena Dunham

Darren Aronofsky

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Oct 10, 2014 19:42:00
Kristen Stewart in Chanel

Kristen Stewart Wore...

a silver-sequined black Chanel cocktail dress to several screenings at the 2014 New York Film Festival...

Oct 10, 2014 09:32:00
Jerry Hall & Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood Keeps It Low-Key for Her Book Launch

Such a little room for such a big book. Vivienne Westwood is a woman of contrasts, and the launch of her memoirs was no exception. Held in the cozy, historic (and, like the Dame, rather notorious) Mark's Club in London, she and co-author Ian Kelly toasted the biography's long-awaited launch with friends and family.

To a live piano and cello, Westwood furiously signed copy after hefty copy proffered by her nearest and dearest. They were an assorted bunch ranging from Jerry Hall and Chrissie Hynde to Bella Freud and Sara Stockbridge, the bleached-blonde model on many a Westwood runway, epitomizing the brand in the punky '80s. Westwood's sons Joe Corré and Ben Westwood, as well as her husband and design partner Andreas Kronthaler, were also close at hand.

"The living deserve respect, the dead deserve the truth," Westwood has said about the book, for which she interviewed with Ian Kelly over the course of a year. "This is the story nobody's told." Forever the provocateur.

Oct 09, 2014 17:15:00
Peter Marino, photo by Patrick McMullan

Fashion's Leather Daddy, Peter Marino, to Exhibit His Private Art Collection

You might wonder what sort of accoutrement a leather daddy, a term we use fondly, would collect and if that's something you really want to see. In the case of Peter Marino — that swaggering biker-clad bear of a designer and architect behind unexpectedly opulent boutiques for Chanel, Dior, and Louis Vuitton, among countless other projects, fashion and otherwise — the answers are: art and yes.

Beginning during Art Basel Miami, the Bass Museum of Art will present an exhibition exploring "the renowned American architect’s multifaceted relationship with art." Curated by the equally unorthodox Jérôme Sans, the show will address the intersection of Marino’s architectural designs and his private collection of modern and contemporary works by the likes of Pierpaolo Ferrari, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Thomas Houseago, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Mapplethorpe, Steven Meisel, Walter Pfeiffer, Richard Prince, Tom Sachs, Richard Serra, Christopher Wool, and Andy Warhol, a mentor of Marinos' from way back when.

In addition to his own recent series of large cast-bronze boxes, newly commissioned works by Guy Limone, Farhad Moshiri, Jean-Michel Othoniel and Erwin Wurm will also go on view, beginning with Gregor Hildebrandt's Orphische Schatten (Orphic Shadows). The site-specific installation employing hundreds of videotape strips culled from copies of Jean Cocteau’s classic film Orphée will guide visitors from room to room. The show ends with a recreation of Christophe Willibald Gluck’s contemporary opera Orfeo ed Euridice, a collaboration between Marino, his wife Jane Trapnell, Raf Simons, Michal Rovner, and Francesco Clemente originally staged in Marino’s New York home in 2013.

One Way: Peter Marino, Dec 4, 2014 – Mar 29, 2015, Bass Museum of Art, Miami

Guy Limone, Red, Black and Grey-White Tapestry, 2014; Andy Warhol, Human Heart, circa 1979

Detail of Guy's Limone's Red, Black and Grey-White Tapestry

Leather Biker Jacket, 2010 (left: Ronnie Cutrone, middle: Lee Quinones, right: Nate Lowman)

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Oct 07, 2014 15:29:00

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