Category Archives: FASHION

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN DOCUMENTARY

Quicksilver inspiration, preternatural artistry, and laser-focused drive against a backdrop of allies (Philip Treacy), loyal assistants (Sebastian Pons), ambivalent observers (Detmar Blow), and demons within (depression, drugs) and without (the fashion calendar)—the rapid rise and demise of Alexander McQueen is told in trenchant documentary form by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui, co-directors of MCQUEEN.
Showing us the personal and professional clashes that marked his brief tenure as fashion’s leading enfant terrible, the film also takes the audience inside McQueen’s process and provides a ringside view of his iconic runway shows. In one of the films most dramatic scenes, McQueen’s close but contentious relationship with benefactor Isabella Blow comes to a head in rare footage shot at the Blow estate in Gloucestershire.
MCQUEEN
Now playing.
Arclight Hollywood
6360 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.
Landmark
10850 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Photographs by Ann Deniau, courtesy Bleecker Street.

PORTABLE ART AT HAUSER & WIRTH

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Organized by Celia Forner, Hauser & Wirth presents the Portable Art Project in Los Angeles, an exhibition of wearable objects commissioned from a range of artists, including Louise Bourgeois, John Baldessari, Phyllida Barlow, Stefan Brüggemann, Subodh Gupta, Mary Heilmann, Andy Hope 1930, Cristina Iglesias, Matthew Day Jackson, Bharti Kher, Nate Lowman, Paul McCarthy, Caro Niederer, Michele Oka Doner, Pipilotti Rist.

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PORTABLE ART, through August 12.

HAUSER & WIRTH LOS ANGELES, 901 East 3rd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

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From top, work by Phyllida Barlow, Mary Heilmann, John Baldessari (2), and Stefan Brüggemann.

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COMME DES GARÇONS ARCHIVE AT TOTOKAELO

Staff Raincoats, Comme des Garçons, Fall-Winter 1985-86

Grailed and Heroine have teamed with Totokaelo to offer more than 50 pieces of archival designs from Comme des Garçons.

See: grailed.com/comme-des-garcons-archive-exhibit

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COMME DES GARÇONS ARCHIVE, through July 25.

TOTOKAELO, 190 Bowery (at Spring Street), New York City.

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An interview with CDG’s Adrian Joffe will be published in the forthcoming print issue of PARIS LA.

Above: Comme des Garçons, staff raincoats, Fall–Winter 1985–1986.

Below: Comme des Garçons Hommes Plus, Dirty Wash Hole Cut Out Long Sleeve Shirt, Fall–Winter 2014.

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DRIES

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“ ‘Fashion’ is such an empty word.” — Dries Van Noten

As is stated by curator Geert Bruloot at the onset of DRIES—the Dries Van Noten documentary directed by Reiner Holzemer—this original member of the Antwerp Six remains an “artisanal designer,” bringing emotion and passion to a field overrun with indistinct “product.”

Van Noten is always looking, eyes wide open to a variety of influences, and a believer in the art of coincidences. Amid the beautiful, flowering brocades, Van Noten introduces what he calls “bad taste,” or “things that hurt the eye.”

“I need contrasts, I need tensions. I need a kind of clash in the collections.” — Van Noten

The film features Van Noten explicating several key runway shows, as well as a look into the visually rich home life Van Noten shares with his longtime partner Patrick Vangheluwe, both of them happily possessed by their possessions.

Also seen and heard from in the film: Iris Apfel, Pamela Golbin, Suzy Menkes, and Jane Birkin.

 

DRIES, Netflix.

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See: hero-magazine.com/dries-van-noten-documentary

Top: Dries Van Noten watching an exit.

Above: Ringenhof, the estate of Van Noten and Patrick Vangheluwe in Lier, Belgium.

Below: Van Noten (second from left) and his fellow Antwerp Six.

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