Do you hear those sleigh bells ring-a-ling too? Every year we think we’re going crazy when the radio starts playing Christmas songs the moment the organic Whole Foods turkey has turned to Thanksgiving leftovers. (It’s been especially unnerving this year, considering the temperature has us repacking our winter sweaters.) We’re happy to get an early jump on the shopping—er—giving this year, as long it means that we can stuff our stockings with toys from Lady Gaga’s workshop at Barneys. Only $95 for an Alexander McQueen shoe replica made out of chocolate? That’s less than we paid at the Met to see the reel heel!
Another holiday treat has been the silence on Wall Street. Maybe everyone made peace on Thanksgiving … you know, just like the Pilgrims and Indians did before the former wiped out the indigenous culture with smallpox.
It’s a parent’s worst nightmare before Christmas: Lady Gaga‘s new holiday stocking-stuffer line at Barneys, unveiled on Monday, which is sure to be included on every little monster’s wish list this year. Cookies shaped like meat dresses? Yes. Necklaces that look like exploding disco balls and/or guns? Yes. A chocolate Alexander McQueen shoe styled after Gaga’s own wardrobe? But of course! And all at(relatively) low prices…how could you say no?
“You could identify one another in the Castro by a certain leather jacket in the ’80s,” the photographer Catherine Opie said last Thursday afternoon. “Your jeans rolled up, a pair of Doc Martens and cock rings on your jacket: ‘O.K., I know exactly who you are.’ And then Michael Jackson wore the leather jacket and it fucked us all up.”
Ms. Opie, 50, was sitting on a stage in the basement of the New York Public Library as she explained the sartorial codes of San Francisco’s queer community. She was wearing a flannel shirt, a brown newsboy cap and chunky white glasses. Next to her were sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the women behind Rodarte, the Los Angeles-based fashion label that, after only six years in existence, has reached the pinnacle of couture.
The three women, along with Minneapolis-born photographer Alec Soth, have just released a book through the Swiss art publisher JRP-Ringier. Ms. Opie photographed some of her longtime models wearing the Mulleavys’ clothes. The Mulleavys sequenced Ms. Opie’s photographs in the book. “It taught me to give up some of my control,” Ms. Opie told the crowd, which was filled mostly with women, most of them very young.
Did you wake up today with Fashion Week withdrawal? Craving a runway in New York, and unable to hop a flight to London? Remnick & Co. have you covered: The New Yorker‘s style issue hits stands today, and there’s plenty of hemming to fill the pages. Susan Orlean has a nice snapshot of Read More
The fashion label Alexander McQueen is currently in talks to bring the “Savage Beauty” exhibit of the designer’s work to London. The wildly popular show debuted at the Met this spring to record attendence numbers.
“We have been in discussion with a number of major venues in London for some time now however nothing has Read More
The Wee Hours
“Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” stunned the city, broke records and went out with unending lines that spun around the block until late in the night. Now, a few weeks after its close, the Costume Institute has announced the focus of next year’s exhibit: Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli.
And that’s all we Read More
The Daily Transom
“BUT HOW DID HE DIE?” said a young man to the girl standing next to him in an outsize dress.
The couple was looking at a blossoming, red-feathered, evening-wear creation, the first taste of the Met’s hit exhibition “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.” Read More
Just over twelve hours ago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art shut the door on “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” ending two days of staying open until midnight, waits up to six hours, and a spectacle that generated deafening word of mouth for the institution. The blockbuster show attracted 661,509 guests, putting it at number eight in Read More
The Eight-Day Week
How swamped is the Metropolitan Museum on this, the last Friday of its wildly popular Alexander McQueen exhibition? Swamped enough that visitors just hoping to enter the building itself — for McQueen, for anything — now face an hour-long wait.
“I wouldn’t say we’re closed,” said Met senior spokesman Harold Holzer. “I would say we Read More
Wednesday, August 3
The Ultimate Art Machine
Is the Guggenheim the Shake Shack of museums? Locations, locations, locations! Not content with outposts in the Basque Country and the United Arab Emirates (as well as the now-shuttered Las Vegas outpost, which seems in retrospect a bit of an overreach…to Read More