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ART ATTACK: Personalities from the fashion and art worlds mingled at a cocktail gathering at Roger Vivier’s Paris flagship on Thursday night to fete the launch of the sixth issue of Tar magazine. A provocative work by Swiss contemporary artist Urs Fischer figures on the title’s cover, featuring a Manga-style character striking an indecent pose with removable stickers strategically placed over its private parts. It made for an interesting talking point among guests.
“We like to do covers that stand out,” said the title’s editor in chief Francesco Bonami, who is working on an exhibition called “1978,” due to open in a few years.
“It’s rather playful,” said fellow contemporary artist Rupert Shrive. Guests including Diego Della Valle, Karl Lagerfeld, Michelle Yeoh and Jean Todt turned out to support the launch of the issue, which includes a Q&A between Pharrell Williams and Ambra Medda and a feature on the history of the fashion show by Pamela Golbin, chief curator of Les Arts Décoratifs.
A regular on the art and fashion scenes herself, Roger Vivier brand ambassador Inès de la Fressange waxed lyrical about following in the footsteps of the house’s founder by commissioning art for the luxury shoe house. “I recently bought a bust by Mark Stuart,” said de la Fressange, adding that Vivier’s love of Serge Poliakoff and other contemporary artists has been inspiring.
Lagerfeld discussed his latest art project — a booth he designed for Swiss gallery Galerie Gmurzynska for the FIAC art fair, which ended on Sunday. He also exhibited photographs from his “Floating Flower” series at the stand. “I wanted to go and have a look, but there were so many people coming up to me I couldn’t go round the fair to do any shopping,” said the designer, adding that he would be traveling to the South of France over the weekend to shoot the fall-winter 2012 campaign for Chanel.
French author Sophie Fontanel revealed that her novel “L’Envie” was going Stateside. “I’m not quite sure what the title will be in English yet, it should be interesting,” she said.
It wasn’t just the art in the magazine that had guests chatting, though. A peepshow revealing legs and Roger Vivier pumps was discreetly hidden in a room adjacent to the main store.