I also attended this event with Instructor Melissa Hall: http://www.refinery29.com/2014/09/73904/bill-cunningham-fern-mallis-interview
“Fashion is armor to get through life.”
“I eat with my eyes.” (In response to question about food. When he moved into his new apartment the first thing he did was have the refrigerator removed to make more room for his file cabinets. He can always grab something at the deli. Doesn’t much care what he eats.)
Told a story about taking a photo of a woman because of the marvelous (his most used word) way the shoulder was cut in on her fur coat. Realized later it was Garbo.
Fiercely independent. For example, pays for his ticket to Paris each year. NYT would pay but then he’d have to do what they want him to.
He cried– touched that when spoke of mother gathering coal from the train tracks or sharing a story about a wonderful party on Fire Island (the last before the AIDS epidemic hit) or his experience of the famous 1973 Versaille fashion show– he had to stop and collect himself before returning to his almost constant smile.
Never spoke ill of his family although they clearly rejected him for being in fashion.
Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe
September 10, 2014–February 15, 2015
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By Jove: The Biz Buzz
Aha weekly tidbits for the HT Insider
Opps! Did I say Radio City Music Hall when lauding Saks’ Christmas effort last time? Clearly I meant Rockefeller Center.
I said we would talk more about Dover Street Market (DSM) this week. If you are holding out, because the thought of facing east and walking to Lex and 30th in tundra-esque conditions stopped you, you’re forgiven. Even the heartiest of us “Check out the stores” types hibernated this past week. As soon as the temperature rises check out DSM. This is an “Alice in Wonderland” located in a neighborhood best described as – no particular reason to go there. So why go? Because sometimes it is very hard to explain what avant garde is all about. It really depends on what your eye is accustomed to. Many young FIT undergrads (aside from Lady Gaga) will confuse couture for avant garde, i.e., fashion and or any art form presented at the most extreme expression. DSM from the interior design, use of space and merchandise is a temple to avant garde conceived by Rei Kawakubu, her 3rd DMS project after Tokyo and London.
Most importantly, it is a curated assembly of items from a wide mix of leading experimental extremist designers, representing a global assortment of markets such as Junya Wantanabe and Thom Brown. 7 floors of crazy nooks that as a whole somehow give new meaning to urban anti-fashion chic that breeds trickle down looks at lesser price points. Take the core glass elevator to the top and work your way down. Make sure you visit the bathroom(s). Seriously. The big challenge when I visited was that one after another mortified men and women came out apologizing that they could not figure out how to flush! Also, the seats, in true Japanese fashion are heated. This alone might inspire you. Finally, plan to eat at the Rose (a Paris icon) Bakery. Coffee to die for, and a décor and menu to match “Jabberwocky” surroundings. http://ny.racked.com/tags/the-racked-38
Meanwhile, in effort to clarify the difference between couture level and avant garde:
While not in the same neighborhood, another absolutely must see new store is Balenciaga at 148 and 149 Mercer in Soho. What a contrast DSM. Having taken over the Balenciaga creative director’s position a little over a year ago, Alexander Wang has spearheaded the building of a green marble and chrome modern temple to luxury that manages to stun and yet in no way dominate the merchandise. Absolute elegance that will remind you of a museum, yet in no way stuffy. What an accomplishment. http://blog.contentmode.com/2013/11/the-new-balenciaga-flagship-store-in-soho.html
Now for the question of the week – was Beyonce’s Grammy gown designed by Michael Costello, Avant garde? Couture? Stunning or Slutty? What do you think?