That’s the latest trend for Pierre Bergé, who is selling his two-room pad at New York’s Pierre Hotel — plus all its contents — and channeling proceeds toward the Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé Foundation, which inaugurates its second fashion exhibition here next week.
“I hardly go to New York anymore,” reasoned the former YSL couture boss, who commissioned Sotheby’s in New York, rather than his own Paris-based auction house, to sell his impressive collection of early American furniture and artworks.
Highlights of the art sale, set for Nov. 30, include a painting by George de Forest Brush, “The Indian and the Lily,” expected to fetch $2 million to $3 million; a pair of Tiffany floor lamps, circa 1900, estimated to go for $40,000 to $60,000, and an elaborate rosewood cabinet, circa 1860, valued at $30,000 to $50,000.
Also for sale is the two-bedroom corner apartment on the 38th floor, which Bergé bought more than 30 years ago, enlisting architect Peter Marino and the late decorator Jed Johnson, who blended styles from Africa, India and the Far East in a late 19th-century style. Units in that building typically go for more than $2 million and Bergé’s apartment is expected to sell for about $9 million.
Meanwhile, the foundation’s debut exhibition, “Yves Saint Laurent and Art,”will next travel to the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt March 1-May 8. After that, it is bound for St. Petersburg. At the invitation of the Russian government, the YSL/Bergé foundation will mount a massive exhibition spanning several locations, including the State Hermitage Museum and several palaces, displaying more than 300 Saint Laurent originals. It will start in mid-June.
In the Paris space, Robert Wilson has mounted a show around the Fables of Jean de la Fontaine, which Bergé plans to unveil to the press on Tuesday.
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