PHOTO CALL: Helmut Lang, who has contributed art and imagery to several edgy magazines since exiting fashion two years ago, is taking his point of view on contemporary culture to a larger public. Lang has agreed to curate what’s being billed as a “virtual” photo exhibition this summer as part of the Magnum agency’s 60th anniversary celebrations. Lang plans to select Magnum photography to portray the lives of artists in their working spaces — and they will be shown online and on a giant digital billboard in New York’s Times Square. Singer Lou Reed and filmmaker Spike Lee have also been tapped for the project, slated to go live at the end of May.
THE LOWDOWN: The frenzy for accessories will soon be hitting the slopes. Luxury French ski brand Moncler, which was bought by Italian Remo Ruffini in 2003, has unveiled its first line of puffy snow boots and bags in its signature nylon and down combo. Getting back to its roots, Moncler also is preparing to open its first off-piste store in Paris in July. It also operates stores in St. Moritz in Switzerland and Courmayeur in Italy, with another bowing soon in Crans Montana in Switzerland.
GREEN TO STAY AT TESCO?: Speculation that Terry Green, chief executive of clothing at the U.K. supermarket chain Tesco, was to defect to rival retailer Marks & Spencer, has been rife in the British press. However, it seems that, for the moment, he’s staying put. Several newspapers reported that Green, who has held his post at Tesco since 2005, was in talks with M&S chief executive Stuart Rose to head up Marks & Spencer’s clothing lines. Green and Rose had worked together at British retailers The Burton Group, before Green was appointed ceo of retailer Debenhams in 1991. However, London’s Evening Standard reported Tuesday that Sir Terry Leahy, ceo of Tesco, had persuaded Green to stay to continue to develop Tesco’s clothing lines. A spokeswoman for M&S declined to comment, as did a spokeswoman for Tesco.
LET’S DANCE: Madonna and Kylie Minogue aren’t the only pop superstars chez H&M. David Bowie is the inaugural guest curator of a new annual music and arts event dubbed “The H&M High Line Festival,” to be held May 9 to 19. The Manhattan happening is named after disused elevated railway tracks, soon to become a public pathway, which will receive a part of the proceeds. Arcade Fire, Air and Laurie Anderson are among musical acts already signed up to perform during the 10-day festival, along with comedian Ricky Gervais. “The request was for me to choose artists and acts that I myself would go out of my way to see,” Bowie said in a statement on his Web site.
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THIS JUST INN: Christian Lacroix‘s second Paris hotel won’t open until summer, but the couturier has given a preview of one room already completed. Located on Rue de Bellechasse, steps away from the Musée d’Orsay, the hotel will feature 34 rooms on seven floors — each room with an eclectic theme, from an 1850s restoration period to James Bond and the Sixties and Seventies. Some of the rooms will feature open bathrooms; others will have attics. On the ground floor, the Bellechasse will also feature a terrace on two levels and a bar.
FOR THE MOB: A motley assortment of East Side hipsters, local designers and former “Project Runway” contestants showed up for Jeffrey Sebelia‘s Cosa Nostra runway show March 28, staged in the courtyard of a loft building in downtown Los Angeles. Male and female models walked down a maze-like path dressed as plebeian neo-Victorians — in handkerchief-hemmed slipdresses and skintight deconstructed jeans paired with knit leggings and louche cardigans. Crowd-pleasers included structured wool-and-leather jackets with squared-off tuxedo lapels and skinny, wool zippered pants. “It was quintessential Cosa Nostra,” said fellow “Project Runway” alumnus Santino Rice. “It’s fresh, but always rooted in punk.” A performance by Los Angeles band Ima Robot punctuated the punk-rock theme, but the good vibes ended when guests were forced to wait for an hour or more for the valet service to dig their cars out of remote parking lots.
FLYING HIGH: An in-flight show? Yes, for the first time, eyewear manufacturers Safilo, Luxottica and Marcolin will showcase their new designs during a flight between New York and Milan, to coincide with Mido, the international eyewear exhibition running in the Italian city May 4 to 7. The Eurofly business class-only Airbus A319 will leave New York for Milan on May 2, returning on May 6. Anfao, the Italian association of eyewear manufacturers, and the Italian Trade Commission will promote the event. Andie MacDowell is expected to host Mido’s opening gala on May 4 with a retrospective on the history of eyewear.