GOTHAM’S SWISS INVASION: Switzerland wants New York City to realize there’s more to its design world than snow-capped ski chalets and fire engine red pocket knives.
Despite sounding like a study in semantics, "Traditionally Progressive," is a new art exhibition that celebrates the modernist slant of Switzerland’s ever-functional approach to design. With hundreds of valleys surrounded by mountains, the country is steeped in local traditions and arts, and crafts passed on from one generation to the next.
TriBeCa’s Totem Gallery is mounting a new show tonight featuring a mishmash of everyday Swiss objects, including Velcro, Swatch watches, Toblerone chocolate, mini Logitech cameras and Le Corbusier tubular steel furniture. The monthlong show is part of the Swisspeaks Festival, a citywide event playing up the country’s arts.
"Switzerland gets pigeon-holed for being about precision, banking and watchmaking. But there’s a lot more contemporary design going on, as well," said Edwin Chong, partner at Totem. "What’s most interesting is the Swiss take a rational, functional approach to design, but it’s driven by the whole history of their design. They have a tradition of being progressive and that makes them modernist to some extent."
Another show, "The Swiss Section," will feature Swiss architecture by emerging and well-established names like Bernard Tschumi. It bows March 19 at the Van Alen Institute, a not-for-profit organization that focuses on design workshops, at 30 West 22nd Street.
DRESSING UP THE NORTON: The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, the Sunshine State’s largest art institution, has spruced up with the installation of a Dale Chihuly Persian Glass Ceiling and the opening of the 45,000-square-foot Gail and Melvin Nessel Wing.
Indoors, the setting is equally grand with the opening of a new exhibition, "Picturing French Style: 300 Years of Art and Fashion." A Chanel cocktail suit once owned by Marlene Dietrich, a 1949 Christian Dior ball gown, and the work of 18th century painters like Nicholas Lancret and Jean-Baptiste a Greuze are some of the pieces that reflect the evolution of and occasional eccentricity of French couture. Next month, Hermès will demonstrate the art of silk scarf printing in the museum’s west courtyard.
STARCK ATTACK: Trust Philippe Starck to throw a curve to the classic museum exhibit. The major retrospective about him that opened this week at the Pompidou Center in Paris has not one object or piece of furniture on display. Instead, Starck has displayed his work via film projections, with a video stream of him making funny faces and offering commentary. And he has a lot to talk about: His design universe spans household items at Target, hotels, furniture and buildings. The autobiographical spectacle runs through May 12.
FIELD WORK: Courvoisier is enjoying the fruits of its recent fashion exposure by changing its look. The cognac maker, which was the official spirit sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, providing a boozey whiff around the Bryant Park tents this month, recruited Patricia Field and David Dalrymple of House of Field to design a series of limited edition decanters for its VS and VSOP brands. The bottles are decorated with a gold animal print and antique renderings of Courvoisier’s signature CV and Napoleon logos, which will hit national markets next month.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye