Jeremy Scott's predictably insane collections tend to echoe the young, urbane, hipster party vibe of his front rows (Sky Ferreira, The MisShapes, Olivier Zahm, Cory Kennedy, Peaches Geldof, Waris Ahluwalia, to name a few of yesterday's attendees). However, this season, his reference points were a bit more down-home, but not without Scott's sexy (and at times obscene) rock and roll twist. And I don't think anyone could do a hillbilly-inspired collection without a sense of humor...or without being Jeremy Scott, actually. For girls, there were pale denim overall bustiers, ruffly off-the-shoulder crop tops and skin tight mini skirts and dresses, all appropriate for a hillbilly who likes to party. However, the women's looks were tame in comparison to the men's. Almost every men's look included a pair of "pants" with the butt and crotch cut out--not surprising at all for Scott. We're not sure who would wear those other than male strippers, but that's not really the point.
Playboy is (finally) putting their entire archives online at iPlayboy.com, accessible through phone, iPad, and laptop. Yes, the entire archives. Are you drooling yet? To celebrate, the mag asked some fashion/art/film folk to pick out their favorite images from Playboys of the past for an exhibit which opened last night at Partners and Spade (and lives online too). This group of fashion-y curators included: Simon Doonan, Waris Alhuwalia, André Balazs, and Sarah Shotton, the creative director of Agent Provacateur among others. Unsurprisingly everyone played it safe--less lady bits and more culture. The party, however, featured large prints of Playboy bunnies on the wall for sale at $1500 a pop. Naturally the retro styles and naked woman were a conversation topic among the trillions of guests. (Seriously, was all of the East Village there to make up for Simon Doonan's absence?) There was such a large young crowd, so I did some investigative journalism and ask the guests what makes vintage Playboy so alluring to twenty-somethings today. (Hint: no one said the articles.) So click through to see the images selected by big shots (plus their commentary from the exhibit) and to find out what motivates contemporary readers to revisit Playboy's past. (Obvs NSFW)
The media frenzy at Jeremy Scott, orchestrated by the very hard-working Emily, Robyn and Kelly of People's Revolution, just happened to take place in front of my section and lasted longer than the show itself. This was fine and completely entertaining. Kelly seemed cheery and said to my section, "Is everyone good? You like my $100 Jeffrey Campbell shoes? Recession chic." Kanye seemed pleasant and happy to be there and Solange looked pretty and really skinny. Oh and Waris Ahluwalia and Terence Koh sat across from me and are thus in every one of my pictures of boys in assless chaps and girls in trash bag outfits, which I find pretty amazing.
Last night, we stopped by Party for the Pelicans, a charity event held at The Wooly to benefit the oil disaster, specifically the Endangered Species Coalition's efforts to protect the more than 40 endangered species being negatively impacted. The party was full of cool people like Arden Wohl, Tom Sachs, Leelee Sobieski and Waris Ahluwalia, who lent a beautiful piece from House of Waris to the event's silent auction. If the piece weren't so far out of our price range, we would have bid our little hearts out. We're super jealous of whoever got it, but if it wasn't you, head to Barneys this week, as all proceeds from House of Waris will go to the Endangered Species Coalition. Sculptor Tom Sachs is also helping out--he made this amazing necklace made out of little polar bear sculptures and about $40 worth of quarters, all the proceeds of which will also go to the ESC.