Ryan McGinley’s Upstate New York

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Since 2004, Ryan McGinley has taken summer road trips across America with a gang of models — excursions that have yielded some of his best-known work. But his next two shows at Team Gallery (running semi-concurrently at both gallery locations in SoHo and Venice, Calif.), reveal a dramatic shift in thematic focus. Whereas McGinley’s road trip series resulted in youthful, sometimes forlorn-feeling images of nude forms set against the backdrop of landscapes that varied according to geographic location, this most recent collection of photographs was shot entirely in upstate New York.

For “Winter” (opening tomorrow in New York) and “Fall” (opening Nov. 15 in Venice), the 37-year-old photographer’s lens captures the theme of change through time, specifically the cooler seasons of the year, and their wildly different representations of nature and weather conditions. “In 2004, I made a promise to myself that I would travel America extensively for 10 years,” McGinley explains. “After my annual summer road trip in 2014, I had achieved that goal. I wanted something new, and shooting the fall and winter upstate felt like a huge change,” he adds. (more…)

Inside Opening Ceremony’s Dance Performance

Monday, September 14th, 2015

By now, Opening Ceremony fans know to expect some kind of unconventional Fashion Week presentation that takes Humberto Leon’s and Carol Lim’s outside-the-box thinking beyond a traditional runway (last season’s presentation occurred in tandem with a pop-up photography show by Spike Jonze; the season before, the designers staged a theatrical performance).

This season the duo brought back the runway format, but not without turning it on its head: A number of models stumbled. They tripped, they slipped, they went down — several times, too. But it was not at all graceless, and certainly not unintentional. Leon and Lim had enlisted Justin Peck, current resident choreographer at the New York City Ballet, to help stage a presentation — no, a performance — that would include seven dancers from the company in perilously tall heels embedded among the phalanx of models. (more…)

A Recipe From Rachel Comey’s Fashion Week Feast

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Pair the fashion designer Rachel Comey with chef Ignacio Mattos of Estela for a dinner-party-slash-fashion show and you’ve got a recipe for one very chic unofficial start to New York Fashion Week, which begins today. Add in a musical performance by Justin Vivian Bond, choreographed models donning Comey’s spring/summer 2015 collection, a sprawling arts venue near the Brooklyn waterfront, and it’s no wonder the event last night drew a crowd that included notable artists and performers, as well as fellow figures from the style and culinary worlds.

The event, held at the artist Dustin Yellin’s Pioneer Works center in Red Hook and co-hosted by Adam Rapaport of Bon Appetit magazine, was the kick-off event for the magazine’s Feast or Fashion series, now in its fifth year, which highlights the flourishing symbiosis between fashion and food with several events each season. It was also a much-anticipated evening for Comey’s regulars, who each season look forward to her relaxed, elaborate evening dinner parties, which she began throwing two years ago in lieu of the standard-format runway. “I don’t go to many fashion shows during the week — only the few that I have a personal connection to. And Rachel’s are always really interesting and different,” said Debbie Harry, a regular attendee whose fellow guests last night included Emily Mortimer, Zadie Smith, Cindy Sherman and the actor Paul Dano.

URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/10/t-magazine/rachel-comey-fashion-week-spring-2016-feast.html

Westwind Orchard

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Down a winding road, nestled deep in the Rondout Valley between the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, sits Westwind Orchard, a pick-your-own-apples farm two hours north of Manhattan. That it’s located in the harmonious-sounding town of Accord, New York, lends even more appeal to the orchard’s charms. And then there are the stewards of the land, its proprietors Laura Ferrara and her husband, Fabio Chizzola, who both maintain dual identities. “Most people here don’t know what I do,” says Ferrara over lunch at the farm this past May. She’s referring to her other profession as one of the fashion industry’s top stylists. Chizzola, meanwhile, originally from Rome, leads a second career as a fashion photographer. For 13 years, the couple and their son, Matteo, have divided their time between the Westwind and an apartment in downtown Manhattan.

Fashion has been Ferrara’s primary occupation for nearly two decades—her work has been seen in Vogue, Glamour, and Marie Claire, along with dozens of ad campaigns—and yet the Brooklyn-raised Italian remains an anomaly in that codified world. Preferring a uniform of comfortable, trend-proof classics—Levi’s, white tee, army jacket—Ferrara’s philosophy on fashion and beauty is far more in line with that of an organic farmer. “We modify food to make it bigger or look more perfect in the produce aisle, but it’s not real, and it’s not good for you. And you see the same thing with plastic surgery and how we alter ourselves to meet these unrealistic standards,” she says. (more…)

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An Artist’s ‘Meditation Nightclub’ on the Las Vegas Strip

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Artists’ residencies in Las Vegas tend to involve grand theater stages and bizarre ticketed performances, but at the Cosmopolitan hotel, the New York-based multimedia artist Lia Chavez has crafted an altogether different kind of spectacle. As the first in the annual lineup for the hotel’s P3Studio artist-in-residence program, Chavez has set up a surprisingly cerebral take on the notion of nightclubbing.

“I wanted to extract the very best elements of a great nightclub — namely, those encounters with ecstatic abandon — and create an experience all about that aspect,” Chavez explains. Her show, “The Octave of Visible Light: A Meditation Nightclub,” tracks and displays the real-time relationship between visitors’ oscillating brainwaves and corresponding colors and sounds for a mesmerizing spectacle that’s entirely unique to each participant.


Printing Textiles In India With Block Shop

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Twice a year, Lily and Hopie Stockman, the siblings behind the textiles label Block Shop, begin designing a new collection from their home base in Los Angeles before traveling to India to oversee final production. “It’s gleefully low-tech,” remarks Lily of the entirely handmade process. The two-year-old brand, known for its colorful palette of limited-edition printed scarves and textiles, collaborates exclusively with a co-op in Bagru, a small city near Jaipur known for its natural dye processes and craftsmanship in traditional block printing. “We know every printer in our co-op, so we know who prints what scarf,” Lily says, adding that proceeds from sales go back into Bagru’s local community (earlier this year, the sisters sponsored a mobile health care clinic that treated over 200 individuals).

The Stockman sisters gave T an inside look into the making of their Autumn/Winter collection (available online today), a small-run selection of patterns that take equal inspiration from the graphic line drawings of Sol LeWitt and the elaborate landmarks of nearby Jaipur.

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Center-Stage Vegetables

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

The vegetarian-heavy menu trend in downtown Manhattan is picking up steam, but unlike other food fads, this one doesn’t seem like it will go out of fashion. In March, Bobby Flay opened the Mediterranean-inspired Gato, where the best-selling item is a kale and mushroom paella. In SoHo, stylish diners are flocking to Navy, where Camille Becerra incorporates ingredients sourced from a Pennsylvania farmers’ cooperative into a vegetable- and seafood-based menu that includes charred snow peas with peanuts, chili and basil. Later this fall, Amanda Cohen will move Dirt Candy, her popular meat-free restaurant, to a larger space on the Lower East Side, while Jean-Georges Vongerichten is expected to open his newest spot, a vegan and vegetarian eatery for ABC Home, in early 2015. At Narcissa, in the newly revamped Standard East Village hotel, John Fraser has made vegetables from the hotelier André Balazs’s upstate farm the basis of a fantastic meal. “Chefs aren’t thinking about how to make ‘vegetable’ dishes anymore,” according to Flay. “They’re making interesting, healthier dishes in general, and vegetables have become more a part of that.”

Marni Hosts a Pop-Up Flower Market in Milan

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Photo: Stefano Galuzzi

“I love flowers for their liveliness and vitality,” says the Marni designer Consuelo Castiglioni. And it shows: For the past two decades, blossoms have been a significant and recurring component in Castiglioni’s witty, often deeply personal collections. While it remains to be seen whether Castiglioni will send any garden motifs down the runway this Sunday, Marni flower power promises to be in full effect at the nearby Rotonda della Besana in Central Milan, where the brand will host a one-day pop-up flower market open to the public on the same day to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

URL: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/19/marni-consuelo-castiglioni-pop-up-flower-market-in-milan/

Francesca Amfitheatrof (Interview Magazine, September 2014)

Sunday, August 31st, 2014