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.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)