ZAC ON FILM: With resort becoming a season of ever-grander statements from major houses, even designers with smaller operations are feeling the need for a little showmanship. For his fourth resort collection, Zac Posen collaborated with his friend and sometime muse Lola Schnabel to create a dreamy short movie, called “Ma Vendeuse,” which will make its debut Monday on Style.com. “Clothing always looks good on film,” says Posen. “And it’s a newer way to present the collection.”
The three-minute short is narrated by Schnabel’s maternal grandmother, Anne Beaurang. It stars model Leilani Bishop and artist/model Raina Hamner, dressed in Posen’s new resort offerings and cavorting in various locations in Montauk, Amagansett and Bridgehampton.
It’s the first original film to appear on the Web site, but probably not the last. “Style.com is up for multimedia,” says executive fashion director Candy Pratts Price. “So any way that I can get it going live and in action is great.” She added, “This has a very Warhol in the ‘Grey Gardens’ feel to it. And you get a lot of information in there without it being a music video.”
— Meenal Mistry
CRUISING ALONG: For the fashion set, cruise is just another season on the calendar, rarely connoting the luxury liners that fill the pages of vacation brochures. The spirit of both, however, is very much the same: one of leisure, wanderlust and high times.
In the new book, “Cruise: Identity, Design and Culture,” Peter Quartermaine and Bruce Peter explore the many faces of the cruising lifestyle and its history, as well as ship design, cuisine and, through the many photographs and illustrations, fashion. A bevy of Sixties beauties, for example, are dolled up in furs and fancy frocks, lounging on the deck with their tuxedoed men. There are also, of course, bathing suits galore from every era.
“[The ships] are these strange floating communities,” says Quartermaine, who spearheaded the project. “They’re moving around the world, touching on various continents for a day and setting sail again. And there’s the aspect of celebrity — not celebrity in the sense of film stars, but people themselves becoming celebrated for a limited period.”
A few of the choice tidbits gleaned from the glossy, 144-page read: British passengers prefer to stay longer at sea, while Americans favor stopping at a port each day; Caronia, the first-class, mid-century liner, had one guest who stayed for 14-and-a-half years — the excursion cost her $2.5 million.
— Venessa Lau
WORLD TRAVELERS: Jules Verne wrote about it, Jackie Chan spoofed it, and a 1956 flick about it, starring British actor David Niven, garnered five Oscars. This summer, 19 London artists are the latest to tackle the subject of traveling around the world in 80 days in a two-month exhibition titled — what else? — “Around the World in Eighty Days.” The exhibition is being held simultaneously at the city’s Institute of Contemporary Arts and South London Gallery, where it’s accompanied by a program of films, dance, music performances and even a club night, all of which are loosely inspired by Verne’s seminal 1872 novel.
The show, which runs through July 16, features works from local artists such as Erika Tan, Mona Hatoum, Runa Islam and Alexandre da Cunha, who all hail from different countries. “The issues these artists tried to address — traveling, globalization, technological change — are ones that come up in the book,” says Jens Hoffmann, director of exhibitions at the ICA. “At the time it was written, there were lots of things happening in the world, like the opening of the Suez Canal, that, in a way, made our world smaller. We thought it would be quite interesting for looking at our world today.”
Brazilian native da Cunha, for example, replaced a series of national flags with souvenir beach towels for a commentary on traditional colonialism and tourism now, while the Lebanese Hatoum created a map of the world from thousands of glass marbles. “There are all these metaphors,” says Hoffmann. “The marbles are dangerous, fragile and, not being glued to the floor, the borders and continents shift.
“And it really happens,” he adds with a chuckle. “All of a sudden, the tip of South America is gone.”