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TWO MEN IN FULL: Retail might be slow, but Ralph Lauren’s West Broadway store was doing a brisk business of selling Mark Seliger’s latest coffee-table tome, “The Music Book,” at a packed party last Wednesday night. The photographer was there to inscribe pages for fans, as was the author of his foreword, Tom Wolfe.
“We met riding motorcycles,” said Wolfe, who was clad in his trademark white suit. “But only the beginner riders wear leather jackets,” he said, pointing out Seliger’s own black leather one. But, in all seriousness, he attested, “Mark does so much research for each of his photographs that his pictures are worth 100,000 words.”
This story first appeared in the December 22, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
As for the pictures in question, they show musicians from the past 20 years Seliger has been shooting, from Kurt Cobain to Justin Timberlake. And even though it was Seliger’s book party, he didn’t take a break from snapping, even asking a bystander to take a group shot of him with Wolfe and David Lauren on his digital camera.
GOOD TIDINGS: Rag & Bone’s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright proved they’re anything but Scrooges. They bucked two of the season’s biggest trends by hosting a launch/holiday party to fete their new men’s store on Christopher Street last Tuesday night. “I wanted to get carolers,” said Neville, while admiring the atmospherically apropos snow flurries during a small post-party dinner at I Sodi. Among the handful of diners was “Late Night”-bound Jimmy Fallon, who divined on-air potential from the evening. “We should do your fashion show on my show,” said Fallon. “That would be hilarious.”
TYING THE KNOT: Nigo, the founder of Japanese cult brand A Bathing Ape, married his girlfriend, actress Riho Makise, in a small civil ceremony last week. The two met four years ago and made a joint-appearance at Fendi’s massive Tokyo bash in 2006. Dec. 16 is considered a lucky day on the Japanese calendar. It was also a busy one for Nigo since he put in an appearance at GQ Japan’s annual bash later that evening.