WILL TRAVEL: For those who missed the recent Maison Martin Margiela retrospective at Antwerp’s fashion museum, MoMu, dubbed “Maison Martin Margiela (20) The Exhibition,” it may soon be coming to a museum near you.
The show is set to travel to Munich’s Haus der Kunst, opening March 19 and set to run through June 1, while MoMu’s “6+. Antwerp Fashion” exhibition is set to open at Tokyo’s Opera City Art Gallery on April 10, running until June 28. “We’re in talks with a lot of museums to see where they will travel next,” said a MoMu spokeswoman.
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SADOVE’S CLOSE CALL: Saks Fifth Avenue’s chief executive officer Stephen I. Sadove escaped having to testify at the grand larceny trial of a former jewelry sales associate, perhaps in part thanks to his fashion week calendar. A New York State Supreme Court judge in Manhattan on Tuesday quashed a subpoena by Cecille Villacorta’s defense that would have called for Sadove to appear as a witness. Lead defense attorney Joseph Tacopina argued Sadove took over at Saks in January 2006, two weeks before the retailer fired his client for allegedly giving out roughly $1.4 million of unauthorized discounts. The timing of Villacorta’s firing showed at least some relevance, he said. Saks’ counsel argued Sadove had already submitted an affidavit that he had no knowledge of Villacorta and that he’s scheduled to fly to Paris this week to attend shows. Judge Gregory Carro ruled he couldn’t see the relevance in Sadove’s proposed testimony, but not before Tacopina provided counterpoint on the fashion week conflict and attempt to give the court a lesson in retail operations. “I don’t think he’s their buyer,” the lawyer said.
TEXT MESSAGES: Whipping out one’s BlackBerry at a black-tie dinner is typically considered a no-no, but guests at this year’s Henry Street Settlement Dinner Dance should feel free to text away. That’s because the festivities, held on April 1 at the Plaza Hotel honoring Tatiana von Furstenberg, will be sponsored by BlackBerry. The unlikely partnership is a first for the fund-raiser, which had no backer when it was last held in 2007. Proceeds from the event benefit the Henry Street Settlement, a community center on the Lower East Side.
SOUL SEARCHING: “I feel like I want to spend hours here so I can read everything,” said Luella Bartley, gazing at a sea of quotations printed on boards suspended from the ceiling at Christie’s in South Kensington Tuesday night. The quotations and photographs on show all came from i-D magazine collaborators including Giorgio Armani, David LaChapelle, Alexander McQueen and Yoko Ono, and formed the “Soul i-D” exhibition, which runs through to March 10 in London. The exhibition was previously on display at the Galerie Azzedine Alaïa in Paris in November and will next show in Milan during the city’s furniture fair in April. Guests including Pam Hogg, Roisin Murphy and DJ Princess Julia turned up to fete the exhibition and its accompanying tome, edited by i-D publisher Tricia Jones. At the party — co-hosted by Diesel — an ultrapopular designer and DJ, Hogg caught up with old pals, keen to congratulate her on the collection of Ziggy Stardust-style metallic cat suits she showed during London Fashion Week. “I’m ecstatic, elated and exhausted,” said Hogg with a smile.
DARWIN & DOONAN: Barneys New York’s creative director Simon Doonan thinks the luxury market is going Darwinian. “Only the designers who have ideas and can really innovate will survive,” he said at the annual auction for the Bailey House, an organization that serves the homeless living with HIV. “It will be painful, but will be good for consumers in the long run.” The same could be said of retail, where stores large and small are fighting to stay afloat. Questioned about his own employer’s troubles, the Barneys veteran was sanguine. “I’ve spent my day designing holiday windows,” said Doonan, who cohosted the auction with Tim Gunn. “I’m full-steam ahead. You know how retail is; it’s onto the next.”
That night, the creative head put himself on the auction block. “I’m not sure what kind of wattage I have, but I’m happy to offer,” he said, adding in classic Doonan: “If you win, you get a day with me. If you lose, you get two days with me.”
IN THE LONG RUN: Materialists sweating over the state of their greenbacks might borrow a page from ultrarunner Serge Roetheli, who sold all of his personal belongings to run 25,400 miles in five years. His wife Nicole captured the journey with a camcorder, riding a Yamaha beside him through 37 countries and across six continents. Without a sponsor of any kind, they soldiered on and raised $400,000 for the Fairbanks, Alaska-based nonprofit International Vision Quest. All the while, he logged between 25 and 30 miles each day, often at a seven-and-a-half-minute mile pace and risking peril. In West Africa, they holed up in the Swiss embassy for 15 days while people were being killed on the streets. His wife was held with a knife to her throat for more than an hour at the Morocco-Gibraltar border, and later slipped into a malaria-induced coma in Madagascar, from which she recovered. “If you don’t want to be scared, you stay at home,” he said.
Their trek is featured in a new documentary, “The Epic Run,” which was screened Monday night at the Anthology Film Archives in New York. Despite this unfathomable feat, Serge, a former Olympic boxer, took away something more intangible than physical strength. “You realize you are rich all the time, while [most of] the rest of the world is poor. You’re rich because you chose this way of life. Most of the millions of people in the world have no choice. They are just trying to survive,” he said.