IN HIS FASHION: Tommy Hilfiger drew a packed house at Milk Gallery on Thursday night, with fellow designers and celebrities on hand to celebrate the artist Sam Haskins and his new exhibition, the biggest of his career. Hilfiger is also co-publisher of “Fashion Etcetera by Sam Haskins: Tommy Hilfiger Special Edition.” “I’ve been studying his work for many years,” Hilfiger said. “And using ‘Cowboy Kate’ as a source of inspiration.” Unfortunately, Haskins couldn’t attend the event, since he recently suffered a stroke, but his son Ludwig played host and told guests his father is doing well. “He’s made remarkable progress,” Ludwig said. “He signed books at the hospital for tonight’s event. This is the most important exhibition of his career.” Nearly 500 people stopped by, including Dee Hilfiger and Ally Hilfiger, Rebecca Minkoff, Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra, Jamie Burke and Oren Haskins. — Amy Wicks
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ANOTHER HEDI SHOOT: “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson graces the cover of the fall issue of Another Man, the men’s spin-off from Another Magazine. Appropriately enough, the title’s editor-in-chief, Jefferson Hack, tapped Hedi Slimane — who’s known for his moody, shadowy images of youthful subjects — to shoot Pattinson. Along with Pattinson’s interview with journalist Dave Calhoun, the issue also profiles Dennis Hopper and his photographic work and David de Rothschild, who’s sailing across the Pacific in a boat made from plastic bottles, to highlight an area of pollution in the ocean.
To coincide with the release of Another Man, which hits newsstands Thursday, the magazine will today launch an online store, which will carry three limited edition art works created for the magazine by artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, Tom Friedman, and Vera Lehndorff (also known as the Sixties model Veruschka) and Holger Trulzsch, who have all worked with the title in the past. The Chapman brothers, for example, have created a hand-colored etching of their dark vision of a teddy bears’ picnic, which comes in an edition of 120 and will sell for up to 1,925 pounds, or around $3,070. The Web site will also sell “Another Fashion Book,” which is made up of fashion editorials from the magazine, and “Another Portrait Book,” which will be published in November. Other products include a candle in collaboration with Colette, a fragrance with Le Labo and a bag designed by Peter Pilotto for Mismo, will be sold via the online store, as well as at retailers including Liberty in London, Colette in Paris, Opening Ceremony in New York and Los Angeles and Joyce in Hong Kong in mid-October. — Nina Jones
ROCK MEETS ART: British indie rock duo The Ting Tings departed from the norm during their visit to Hollywood last week, and even embraced another art form entirely — painting. Jules De Martino and Katie White invited nearly 300 of their fans to a private performance, where guests donned black Adidas tracksuits and used hundreds of gallons of neon paint to splatter the venue walls, ceiling and floor, which will be refashioned into collectible album covers for The Ting Tings’ new single, “Great DJ.” Select artwork from the evening will be on display at the Adidas Originals store on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.
Art fans White and De Martino hosted their first Adidas Originals paint party in Manchester, England, earlier this year after being featured in an ad campaign for the sportswear brand. Though neither White nor De Martino describe themselves as devotees of any particular designer, White is handy with a sewing machine and used to make her own clothing and costumes. The slender blonde, who favors catsuits, missed London Fashion Week but said she plans to attend next year, citing Pam Hogg, Jeremy Scott and Betsey Johnson among the shows she’d like to see.
The pair has relocated to Berlin and is already at work on their next album. White said she plans to design the costumes for their next tour and videos. — Anne Riley-Katz