The already-extraordinary talent for Wednesday's 121212 Concert for Sandy Relief just became even more awesome: The Rolling Stones will join the lineup.
The Gotham Independent Film Awards have an indie perspective and a very NYC address (it doesn't get much more Manhattan than Cipriani Wall Street), but make no mistake: they are the first important awards show of the season, and their impact will be felt at major Hollywood ceremonies over the next few months.
Silver Linings Playbook, which Russell wrote and directed, took top honors at the Toronto Film Festival in September, winning the People's Choice Award—often a harbinger of Oscar's Best Picture winner (American Beauty, Slumdog Millionaire and fellow Weinstein Company nominee The King's Speech all won both awards).
James de Givenchy's latest jewelry collection gives new meaning to The Art of War. The five pieces are designed for Fonderie 47, a non-profit organization that transforms the steel of confiscated AK-47 assault weapons from Africa's war zones into luxury jewelry and then funds the removal of hundreds of guns with the proceeds of each sale. The ingenious and compassionate double-edged approach is the brainchild of Fonderie 47 co-founder Peter Thum.
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez made fashion history in 2002 when Barneys bought their entire Parsons senior thesis collection, which would become the first Proenza Schouler collection. Last night, Proenza Schouler graduated to its first store of its own—on Madison Avenue and 69th, no less—where their neighbors include Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Tom Ford, Cartier, and Prada. Valentino (whose parent company owns a 45% share of Proenza Schouler) will be opening a flagship store across the street.
Set to Colony Farm's "Fly the Sky," Where's Bambi? opens as Sevigny dons a Kurt Cobain-esque cardigan, while an offscreen Strobeck says, "Smells Like Teen Spirit"—prompting Sevigny to try on various OC designs, from leopard ankle boots to floral dresses, as Strobeck distorts the images with static and multiple screens.
Acclaimed photographers Henry Grossman and Deborah Feingold discussed snapping some of rock's legendary musicians at last night's opening of the "Behind the Lens" exhibit at the Roger Hotel. The installation features dozens of iconic images by a variety of rock photogs, from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and James Brown in the 60s; to Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, the Ramones, and Patti Smith in the 70s; Madonna, Prince, Sting, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper, the Beastie Boys, Run-DMC, and LL Cool J in the 80s; to Tupac Shakur, Kid Rock, and Beck in the 90s; and Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Questlove, and the Strokes today.
Prabal Gurung released his banging Spring 2012 video yesterday, starring IMG supermodel Candice Swanepoel, who is also featured in his print campaign. Daniel Jackson photographed both the print and video images, which are delicate, complex and subversive; Swanepoel resembles an exquisitely broken ballerina. The video, a surreal depiction of Gurung's critically acclaimed collection, can be viewed here.
According to the Mayan calendar, the world will end on December 21, 2012. This oft-referenced date, however, was not the inspiration for Willem Dafoe's latest movie, 4:44 Last Day on Earth, which premiered at the LES (Lower East Side) Film Festival on Friday Night.
The collision of downtown '80s fashion and music vibrates through the fascinating new documentary, On the Street, screening on Monday at the LES Film Festival. On The Street chronicles photographer Amy Arbus' eponymous fashion column for The Village Voice from 1980-90.
Simmons has focused primarily on fashion rather than music for the last decade, creating the Phat Farm, Baby Phat (with ex-wife Kimora Lee), American Classics and Argyleculture labels and paving the way for dozens of lines from hip-hop artists, including Fubu (LL Cool J), Rocawear (Jay-Z), Apple Bottoms (Nelly) and Billionaire Boys Club (Pharrell Williams).
Danes, who frequently wears Rodriguez, said, "As always, his shapes and his colors and the way in which the clothes move is just extraordinary." Danes currently plays a CIA officer on the Showtime series Homeland, which won the Golden Globe for Best Drama in January. "I'm currently 'working on' resting so that I can work some more on Homeland!" she told us.
Moments before the Badgley Mischka show began yesterday, Joan Rivers was walking up the runway with a camera crew, shooting a TV segment. The usually stone-faced fashion crowd burst into unprecedented, extended applause. Some stood; cheers broke out.
"Basquiat showed up at a party at my house with [performance artist/drug dealer] Rockets Redglare and Rockets had a gun on him," recalled Robert Longo. "I asked Rockets to leave the party. I said to Jean-Michel, ‘Either he has to go or you both have to go.' It was intense. Rockets left."
Prabal Gurung's Fall 2012 show demonstrated why he is currently considered not only one of the world's most important designers but also a truly visionary artist. What is astonishing about Gurung is how he consistently surpasses himself from season to season.
Each Fashion Week, we look forward to Charlotte Ronson's show: we like the clothes, we like the music, we like the vibe. Ronson usually shows on a weekend night, and her backstage is always chill. Her longtime pal Russell Simmons stops by, and so does Sky Ferreira (on Friday night we also spotted Gina Gershon, Nikki Reed, and Jessica White in the front row.)