A Kicksilver Star to Fashion Week

Published August 13, 2012

Harbingers of New York Fashion Week are already beginning to appear around the city; one that’s caught our eye recently is on the walls of the Mondrian SoHo, not very far from Interview‘s offices (and one of our favorite haunts). To ring in the coming season of fashion shows and gallery exhibitions, the hotel has partnered with contemporary painter and photographer Marilyn Minter to produce an installation of epic proportions, blowing up her well-known Kicksilver photograph to wrap around the walls of their lobby.

The image, of a model’s stiletto-strapped feet splashing in a puddle of metallic vodka, depicts what Minter calls the “pathology of glamour,” so it may be less of good omen for fashion week and more of a warning—but it’s not meant to be a buzzkill: the Mondrian SoHo will join in on all the week’s festivities, hosting a party to officially unveil the project and celebrate their new look on closing night (September 13). Minter sees the piece more as a democratic motion than a backdrop for fashionable parties, dedicating the work to her late friend Ron Keyson, who, she explains, “had a vision of artists making their work accessible everywhere by converting their signature styles to wallpaper.” The lobby of the Mondrian may not be the most accessible venue, but it’s a great place to start.