By 1.30 pm, Fri Feb 8th, the Fall/Winter 2008 Rad Hourani was done. Rad, Hung Vanno (make-up and emotional motivation) Nicholas Grasa (stylist ) and their team had worked relentlessly hard on crafting a very dedicated vision. As its casting director I'm too close to deliver any kind of critical verdict on it, but I do know I apreciate Rad's indulgence in allowing a daring follow through on an exclusive engagement for Sunniva and a newcomer I considered to be a beautiful bookend, Camille to walk the show. I also loved the loyalty Rad as a newcomer inspired in prompting agents to give him two other girls, Rena and Kathleen also for his show in NY only. Behind the scenes there was lots of drama and screaming and... uhmm moments of "coming together" on my part. In that regard I'd like to extend my total gratitude to first and foremost, Paul Rowland and the team at Supreme and to Karina @ IMG, Michael Schwartz @ Women, Heinz Holba, George and Christopher @NY Models, Neal Hamil and Roman @Elite, Tammy @Next, Duane@ Trump, Sonny@One, Cheri@Marilyn and David @ Major. A big shout out goes to MDC's Betty Sze who was invaluable the entire week. I also am grateful to TI's latest contributing photographer, Pablo Ravazzani for snapping these backstage pics. They allowed me to see the clothes with a clean and clear new eye. I think they are incredibly appropriate as the photographic style of Pablo's pictures is totally in sync with the graphic precision that drives Rad's work .
Submitted by Wayne on Sat, 2008-02-09 20:13.
When Ti hits Paris later this month , art stop No 1will be Loris Greaud's Palais de Tokyo show. This is a huge, huge event as the press release below explains.
4000m square, 30 YEARS OLD, 3 MONTHS
Loris Gréaud’s CELLAR DOOR marks a unique occasion in the history of the Palais de Tokyo. For the first time, its entire 4000 square meter surface will be occupied by a French artist under 30. This daring wager demonstrates the Palais de Tokyo’s commitment to emerging artistic creation in France and to Loris Gréaud, who has considerably upped the ante with his already impressive body of work.
CELLAR DOOR is an ambitious artistic enterprise: a colossal organism engendered by an original music score that distends through space and time. This mutant form of exhibition is guided in real time by a studio and an engineer located at the heart of the display; they activate the artworks, produce the assemblage of sounds, and prompt its accelerations and retractions.
WELCOME TO CELLAR DOOR!
Where gigantic fireworks are shot off underground… Where perspectives crumple like paper balls… Where stars draft intergalactic drawings calculated in light-years… Where spatio-temporal rifts split open beneath your feet… Where sculptures form before your very eyes!...
Submitted by Wayne on Fri, 2008-02-08 22:58.
Breathless excitement, ladies and gentlemen as the Marc Jacobs backstage crowd mills and spills around. Its the best VIP room in town . It's a battle of the status coats and the conspicious air kiss..Here are the latest newsflashes...No more classical strings weeping over everything. Marc has gone back to his rock roots for the music...Sonic Youth set to perform live...Opening girls, Irina K..closing girl..Alana Z. Stay tuned!
Submitted by Wayne on Thu, 2008-02-07 21:07.
Submitted by Wayne on Wed, 2008-02-06 16:07.
Very sorry about the slow updates guys, but this Fashion Week has simply been the greatest time management challenge of my life! But it's mighty Joe Lally to the rescue. We have a hot Tyson Ballou story of his docked and ready to go, plus he just sent this hot tip from Art Knowledge News, RE: Juergen Teller's Lehmann Maupin Gallery show. You're a lifesaver Joe!
NEW YORK CITY - Photographer Juergen Teller will present his recent body of work Ukraine, for his fourth exhibition at Lehmann Maupin Gallery. Teller was commissioned, along with four other artists, by the PinchukArtCentre to interpret the Ukraine for the 52nd International Venice Biennale 2007, where a selection from this series was first shown. This exhibition marks the first time, an expanded version, along with other new works, will be shown in the United States.
Faced with how to experience and discover the Ukraine, Teller chose to employ the city as a setting for a W Magazine fashion shoot, characteristically mixing fashion, still-lives of the city, and portraits of ordinary people as a way of representing his own fantasy of a country marked by a brash youthful energy and an obsession with capitalism. In Teller’s Kiev the membrane between harsh economic reality and obtainable fantasy is surprisingly thin and these pictures represent a place where beautiful girls wait to be discovered in a place where the desire for luxury has reached a fever pitch.
Submitted by Wayne on Tue, 2008-02-05 17:39.
I love that the team at NY Models is beginning to have fun with their job. A sense of playfulness and humor is half the battle in getting through this grueling Fashion Week no? A few months ago TI popped by the NYM offices during one of their "training sessions" for their girls. We loved that the girls got dressed up and marched as one army, just for a laugh. (And boy do I need a laugh today. It's been 48 hrs of drama). Stay tuned for the quick clips of the Women models walking including a glimpse of their break out star, Heloise . Walk it out girls!
Submitted by Wayne on Mon, 2008-02-04 16:21.
TI's art correspondent Mr. Briscoe was in Los Angeles last weekend covering the LA Art Fair, the Rosson Crow opening at the Honor Fraser Gasllery, and the LA scene in general . After meeting up in Chinatown with painter/girlfriend Katherine Bernhardt of Canada Gallery NYC and sculptor Anna Sew Hoy of Karyn Lovegrove Gallery LA, Mr Briscoe kicked off his art tour . (Anna Sew Hoy currently has an exhibition titled Hook& Eye which is reviewed this month in Artforum) The trio took in the electric folk sounds of the Holy Shit band at Dan Hugs Gallery,and from there all the scenesters met up at Hop Luie Bar & Lounge to be seen, have drinks and chat about the scene.
Submitted by Wayne on Sat, 2008-02-02 21:51.
Now that the NY fashion machine is spinning full tilt, my ADD affilicted mind is already eyeing all nearby airports for the next destination. I really wanted it to be London but I think it may be LA first, just for the warmth, the isolation and the sight of a town spinning on the buzz of the upcoming Oscars. Writer's strike or not (many a friend is telling us that event is a catatostrophe all around ) the shiny new beautiful people on the LA scene will be partying like it was still 1999... to the sound of Prince's "1999". It's one of the things I find odd about LA DJ culture...that constant Greatest-Hits-Review most DJ's spin. Which is why TI hopes Lionel Bensemoun's plot to bring Andre Saraiva "Le Baron" franchise to the City Of Angels will mean better music for at least one venue. And yes, I know I owe you the dear reader a long delayed overview of the LA party scene complete with exclusive Q+A's with the hottest promoters and scensters. Well, in order to pull it together I'm hiring an assistant to transcribe the whole epic. We'll do our very best to make it worth the wait and do stay tuned for our Hiss Squad report on the true nature of Le Baron LA. The principals tells style.com that it's going to be "private and for our friends only" . Does that mean the dining room at Chateau is going to go empty?