LET IT SNOW: What’s more minimalist than snow? For Calvin Klein’s holiday window display at its Madison Avenue flagship, the company commissioned Czech artist Roman Deingruber to design an installation that makes the store look like it’s snowing inside. Deingruber’s “Transient of Reality” is actually a digital replication of a snow storm, with an aluminum pail catching the “flakes” underneath.
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Carrying the theme further for the holidays, the company asked another artist, Jeff Koons, to create a fund-raising T-shirt following the idea of snow. Koons’ idea — combining three stylized snowflakes with a picture of a blow-up raft in the shape of a hot dog —?fits the bill.
“I immediately thought of a painting I did a couple of years ago called ‘Hair with Cheese,’ which had these stylized snowflakes in it,” Koons said. “And the idea of the dog, maybe that speaks to the slightly masculine side, in the sense of the thinking behind a T-shirt for Calvin Klein.” It’s the same dog that appears as a backdrop for the Rolling Stones’ most recent world tour.
One thousand of the $75 shirts are being made for Klein’s stores in Dallas and New York to benefit the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. The shirts will be unveiled at a party at the Madison Avenue store on Thursday.
THE FEAT OF LOVE: Dan Akroyd took a ribbing from his wife, Donna Dixon, during Wednesday night’s fund-raiser for Dana and Christopher Reeve’s foundation. Talking up his role as a neurosurgeon in the forthcoming flick, “50 First Dates,” Akroyd said Adam Sandler’s character has to make his beloved Drew Barrymore fall in love with him daily, due to her short-term memory.
“Like you do with me everyday?” Dixon interrupted. “Like when you take off your shoes, when we come to a party at this fantastic Park Avenue apartment?”
The former Blues Brother paused long enough to glance at the athletic socks he was padding around in, then explained he had stepped in gum and continued.
“It’s touching when these young stars call old bulls like myself out of the warehouse to be involved,” Akroyd said. Look at Bill Murray. He’s already won an Oscar nomination for his “Lost in Translation” performance from Akroyd, who plans to cast a vote for his old pal.