NEW YORK — DKNY on Thursday night was packed with bikers, chicks and art fans for the kickoff of “Madison Avenue: Where Art Meets Fashion.” But the bikers were a tame bunch, having ridden in on Vespas rather than Harley- Davidsons;...
NEW YORK — DKNY on Thursday night was packed with bikers, chicks and art fans for the kickoff of “Madison Avenue: Where Art Meets Fashion.” But the bikers were a tame bunch, having ridden in on Vespas rather than Harley- Davidsons; DKNY cosponsored the third annual Gotham Scooter Rally that evening.
Art Meets Fashion, which benefits the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Family Programs, is supported by American Express and runs through May 14. It’s organized by the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District. DKNY displayed photographs by Sebastian Kim, who chronicles the underground scooter scene. “This is a very eclectic crowd,” a spokeswoman said. “It’s people who haven’t been to the store.”
Karan, whose late husband, Stephen Weiss, was a motorcycle enthusiast, wants to learn how to ride herself. “Can you imagine?” said the spokeswoman, “after she broke two knees skiing!”
Across the street at Barneys New York, the ninth floor was jumping with fans of Isabel and Ruben Toledo, whose work decorated the space. Adam Weinberg, director of the Whitney, said, “The energy is really great. I love the shift in music from place to place.”
Brendon Cass’ large-scale canvases gave the monochromatic Calvin Klein store a shot of color. Cass, who painted impressionistic scenes of New York in Klein’s Madison Avenue windows, said, “It’s interesting to view paintings as temporary and not always precious. These are meant to be more like poetic suggestions.”
Sophie Matisse’s paintings suggest the work of famous artists. Matisse, who is Henri Matisse’s great-granddaughter, takes well-known paintings and removes one element. Her version of Vermeer’s “Woman With a Pearl Necklace,” sans the necklace, took on a sense of irony amid all the jewels at David Yurman. “This is the biggest turnout we’ve ever had and the friendliest,” Yurman said. “We sold a few big pieces tonight.”
Space was tight at Yurman’s, but not as tight as at Yves Saint Laurent, where Sylvie Fleury’s art and the cachet of an invitation-only party created a frenzy at the door.
At Ralph Lauren, guests drank Grey Goose Coolers made with lemonade and admired the merchandise as if it were fine art. The designer didn’t look far to find an artist. Bruce Weber, who photographs Lauren’s ad campaigns, supplied portraits, which looked like they were part of the Rhinelander Mansion’s permanent decor.Dolce & Gabbana’s artist of choice, Christopher Brooks, attracted a chic set of admirers, including his wife, Amanda, formerly of Tuleh; Ann Dexter Jones; Peter Beard; Frederic Fekkai; Anh Duong; Ann McNally; Boykin Curry; Celery Kemble, and Samantha Boardman.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion