It’s like the last city bash of the summer. Much looser than the CFDA Fashion Awards, when Vogue teams up with the Whitney in June, the glam crew is sure to come out, even in the rain. No one could tell that heavy drops fell outside at the party space on Mercer as artists and fashion girls and boys teamed up to bid on art lining the walls — all to benefit the Whitney Museum of American Art — all while sipping cocktails. Actress Christina Ricci wore a white BCBG dress (the fashion sponsor), as did some fashion “it girls” like Arden Wohl and Pamela Love, the latter two donning simple white tunics that were painted or silk-screened at the party by participating artists. Ryan Humphrey painted the dress worn in this slideshow by Vogue beauty editor Sarah Brown. Simple black dresses were the exception as girls knocked it out with leopard print, stripes, and tie dye (worn by designer Cynthia Rowley.) Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony embodied the boy print with a striped tunic and cool leather jacket. And Lisa Anastos carried a special edition clutch for Jimmy Choo designed by artist Richard Phillips. It’s time to turn on, creatively, just in time for summer.
You’ve only got a couple more days to see “Natural Renditions,” the show just erected at the Marlborough Gallery in Chelsea, but it’s worth the stroll to 25th Street to see some great interpretations of nature and the human emotion. Amit Greenberg constructs a tree as a balcony that will soon debut at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Nir Hod depicts the end of a relationship through half blown and broken balloons. And Ahmed Alsoudani outlines his his color collages in charcoal. If you blink, you might think you’ve been caught between seasons, Spring with the edge of Winter just behind it. The slideshow above will give you a quick peek, but head there in person for the full effect. The show has been extended for two more days, and it’s part of a new trend of “see it before it disappears” collective art shows. Marlborough Gallery, Chelsea, 545 West 25th Street, NYC.
Whilst roaming the streets of Shoreditch, I came across Caroline, lead singer of electronic maniacs Kap Bambino. The group is known for Caroline’s wild vocals,electronic metal mixes and rioting performances. Wild child born and bread, this girl is good!
Shannon, Fashion Editor
Think tie dye style revolves around patchouli oil, Birkenstocks, and tunes from the Grateful Dead? Not for this generation! The sexiest styles, even from usual frumpster designer Tory Burch — who put out a purple tie dye skirt — make chic marks. The boys at Proenza Schouler turned out a lime and black dress, seen in slideshow above that would dazzle any summer cocktail. And Rodarte composed their Fall line around splashes and lines of color, transforming the original hippie dying technique into a new art form. A hot sack bag is the coolest way to top off a pair of skinny or flared Hudson jeans. Rachel Minkoff’s black bag with ivory streaks ($550) ranks up there, but my favorite, the Halston Heritage bag ($195) — both seen below — really pops for beach bonfires, from LA to the Cote D’Azur.
Coco Sumner, offspring from Sting and wife Trudie Styler, is here and being equally ‘cool’ as her father’s late 1970′s topping era. She sings from the heart, she is undoubtedly beautiful and her music brings a fresh new twist of reggae-tinged pop.
She is claimed to be the next big thing with 6 album deals with Island Records, duet’s with top recording artists and, did I mention, she is the daughter of STING!
Ceaser is her first released single, collaborating with a much missed (but ecstatic to have her back!) Robyn.
Above: Famous designers channel Warner Bros. superheros: Karl Lagerfeld (495 Euro/approx $608) made the white studded gloves and Balmain designed the gray Batman tee (375 Euro/approx $460) with simple wings.
Oh those crazy French! Pass by the windows at Colette this week and you’ll see images of Wonder Woman, Batman, and the Joker with clothing to look just like them. One could say this culture that loves to dress up just tapped into a flight of fancy but the store is celebrating the 75th anniversary of DC Comics by Warner Brothers. So Madame Colette, whom I spotted thrifting in NYC just last week, wants us to buy white studded gloves created by Karl Lagerfeld, inspired by the Green Hornet or a red, white, and blue micro mini dress by Sonia Rykiel to look like Wonder Woman (900 euro/$1106.)
Okay, so one might be more inspired to head to Ricky’s in NYC for a costume instead, but we’re liking the Batman tees by Balmain (seen above) and the illustrated head of Batman on a dog’s body by Lanvin. A guy with a punk attitude could really wear these with some Hudson jeans, but you’d have to be a literal badass to pull it off. And, a certain kind of bon vivant could rock the gloves! For all else, as in the Superman or Wonder Woman dresses, a girl would have to be pretty bloody pissed drunk! Windows and merch are up at Colette until June 5th.
Trova likes pretty girls….
We all know what the Oscar looks like: that compact Adonis-like gold man that actors, directors, set designers and other filmies win each spring in the USA for top performances. But most of us who assemble each June with global fashion stars recognized at the CFDA awards (the Council of Fashion Designers of America) have not gotten anywhere close to a CFDA statue, UNTIL NOW! She’s called “Trova.” Thanks to the whiz kid artist/photographer Hanuk, we can now spot her with our friends. Hanuk’s been snapping up editors, like PaperMag’s Kim Hastreiter (up for the Eugenia Sheppard Journalism Award) and others all around NYC holding the fair dame CFDA statuette. The actual awards take place next Monday evening on June 7th, but until then, check out who Hanuk found around town. LINK: TROVACFDA