INK-STAINED WRETCH: Hedi Slimane’s dream of being a journalist came true on Friday when the issue he guest-edited for France’s left-leaning newspaper Liberation hit newsstands. Called “London Calling,” the front (and back) page featured a photograph Slimane took of Pete Doherty, companion of Kate Moss, frontman of Babyshambles and formerly of the Libertines. Slimane’s fascination with London’s rock scene unfolded throughout the paper he designed via photographs — many taken by himself — and pieces written by the likes of Paul Simonon of The Clash and Alison Mosshart of The Kills.
DESIGN FOR A LIVING: Reed Krakoff, Coach’s creative director and an enthusiast of contemporary design, is so keen on Ron Arad that he not only wrote the book to go with the Israeli-born designer’s first exhibition and retrospective in New York in almost 20 years, he even helped hawk some of the pieces on display at the Barry Friedman Ltd. gallery. Krakoff enthusiastically showed off Arad’s sculptures and furniture to potential buyers, including Arad’s most famous pieces — the “Big Easy” chair collection and his “After Spring” and “Before Summer” chaise lounge collection of polished bronze. Arad designed the carbon fiber and Nomex honeycomb paper desk that sits in Krakoff’s office at Coach headquarters on 34th Street.
“I love the idea of collecting art that was created by someone who is still around, having it be something of our time,” said Krakoff.
In attendance at the opening were Richard Meier, Coach chairman and chief executive officer Lew Frankfort and Delphine Krakoff.
LOB ONE FOR FASHION: Anna Kournikova may soon become a fixture on the fashion scene.
The former tennis star, who was in New York this past weekend to help open the Adidas store in SoHo, said she enjoyed going to the Y-3 show in Paris in March so much that she wants to start attending other runway presentations. “It was my first fashion show and I loved it,” she gushed about Y-3. “I couldn’t believe how long it took to start and how short it was.” Clad in a bright blue Adidas jersey, dark blue cropped Adidas pants, and white Adidas sneakers, Kournikova, still an Adidas-sponsored athlete — who’s often cited for her own sense of style — drew throngs of paparazzi to the opening of the 30,000-square-foot store, located on the northeast corner of Houston and Broadway. Among other athletes on hand were boxer Lailia Ali and NBA player Sebastian Telfair.
Steve Aoki held a presentation, a runway show and outdoor concert for his men's line Dim Mak. Here's a look from his spring 2018 collection, which was titled "Paradise Found." #wwdfashion #wwdmens (📷: George Chinsee)
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