AWARDS DETAILS: Those who wish to be surprised at tonight’s 2006 CFDA Fashion Awards should stop reading now. For others, here’s a look at who is expected: Karl Lagerfeld and Lindsay Lohan have been tapped to present the Accessory Designer of the Year award; Harry Connick Jr. will introduce the Menswear Designer of the Year award, while Jessica Lange will give the Eugenia Sheppard honors to Bruce Weber. Other celebrities expected to attend include Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie, Chloë Sevigny, Terrence Howard, and the svelte-again Janet Jackson, who is expected to be the guest of Elle editor in chief Roberta Myers. The sold-out “Upstairs at the Library” portion of the event, meanwhile, is expected to attract a mix of fashion people, models, socialites and a celebrity or two, from Karolina Kurkova to Fabiola Beracasa, Zani Gugelmann and Rachel Bilson.
SIN CITY: Imagine the fashion world interpreted through seven different deadly sins, including power, fame, vanity, addiction and illicitness. That was the assignment — and there was plenty of material — for New York-based photographer Bruce Gilden for the second edition of Magnum Photo’s “Fashion Magazine,” its annual fashion photo fest. “I’m probably guilty of all seven of them. I’ve led a bit of a crazy life,” said Gilden during a PPR-sponsored bash in Paris last week. Sipping on a fruit shake, the snapper said he’d had the most fun shooting a staged Mafia funeral scene, featuring model Reka Ebergenyi decked out in a black widow suit and veil by Giles Deacon.
“I suppose I’m addicted to change, but I’m not exactly sure that it’s a sin,” quipped shoe designer Pierre Hardy, as he sized up a black-and-white shot of Anna Piaggi.
Plenty of fashion folk seem guilty of fame. That section of the $35 magazine shows a woman seizing the hand of the gloved one (Karl Lagerfeld, not Michael Jackson) and a stern Suzy Menkes beside an agog Ivana Trump. Sprinkled amidst interviews with Hedi Slimane, Azzedine Alaïa or François-Henri Pinault are portraits of gangsters (illicit behavior), senior citizen beach bunnies (vanity) and plenty of mock fashion ads (addiction).
“It was especially fun working on new approaches to fashion advertising,” said the irreverent Gilden, who plunked a Louis Vuitton bag on a hot dog stand for one picture. “A lot of what I see in magazines is so dreadful — they’re either vulgar or boring.”
The touring one-night event will be showing next at New York’s Milk Gallery on June 15 and Milan’s Pallazo Reale on June 26.