Last night WWD caught up with up-and-coming British chanteuse VV Brown before she took the stage at Express' 30th anniversary bash, co-hosted by Vogue and held at Eyebeam Studios in Chelsea.
Brown, who's slated to tour with P!nk in Europe this summer, was featured in WWD back in October. Since then, the 26-year-old's penchant for vintage threads (she has her own vintage e-tail site vvvintage.com), teased hair, and lots of sparkles and feathers hasn't waned. Here, in Brown's own words:
WWD: You're wearing bright green lipstick tonight. What's that about?
VV Brown: I really feel like 2011 is the year when people are going to become more eccentric with their makeup, like David Bowie. I think the way that music is going and culture is going is much more eccentric.
WWD: Do you think that has anything to do with Lady Gaga?
VVB: I don't know. I'm from Europe, where people dress like that all the time. We're used to very extravagant clothes.
Last night, WWD hit Creative Time's annual Spring Benefit Gala, held at Jing Fong banquet hall in Chinatown. While guests such as Chuck Close, Klaus Biesenbach, Beth Rudin DeWoody and evening honorees Andrea and Marc Glimcher of Pace Gallery mingled and munched on dim sum, we took the opportunity to ask their picks for the art world's next big star.
After the jump, the results:
"No Prenup" by Rachel Hovnanian
Rachel Hovnanian may have used dolls and doll house furnishings to create tableaus for her latest photo exhibit, but the 24 white-washed images that make up "Too Good To Be True," opening May 26 at Colette Blanchard Gallery on the Lower East Side, aren't exactly kid friendly.
In one, cheekily titled "The Collector," a man reclines with a cocktail while a woman--clad in a beauty pageant sash and crown--stands stiffly before him. "This one is about what happens when you become a trophy wife, how you just become an object," explains Hovnanian. Another, called "No Prenup", features a young female sitting on a bed, engulfed by piles of shopping bags from every luxury label imaginable--Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Versace--as a noticeably older male looks on. "The shopping precludes these people from having an intimate relationship," she says.
WWD spoke with the rookie sex symbol about superstardom and what it's like to be photographed in your skivvies.
WWD: So the next Twilight installment, "Eclipse," comes out next month, how do you prepare for all the craziness that comes with that?
Kellan Lutz: I really look at it as going to Six Flags or an amusement park. The first time, you don't realize what that long line of people waiting there is for, so when you get out of the car and everyone is screaming your name it's like, 'Oh my god.' It's surreal. But after the second time around, you realize you can't really prepare for it. You just know it's going to be one of the biggest moments and best memories of your life.
Sinking happily into the cushions of a fire-engine red velvet sofa in Amis' sunny sitting room, I felt like the sole guest at a fabulous literary festival, firing off questions and getting thoughtful and witty answers back. Herewith, an excerpt from our hour-long interview:
WWD: How long did it take you to write the book?
Martin Amis: I struggled with it for six years and then I abandoned what I was writing, which was a long autobiographical novel. Then, after two horrible weeks, I realized that with luck it would be two novels. What was wrong with it was trying to combine them.
WWD: There's much talk about physical beauty - and its power - in the book.
Amis: It's the most invidious subject on earth because no one really knows what beauty is. We all sense it, don't we? But it's very hard to define, and very hard to see it in human worth or virtue - but there it is.
Gordon's house is wonderfully lived-in, with random boxes, artsy-craftsy cushions and tchotchkes everywhere. (The latter, she noted, was a Moore hobby; he has a penchant for picking up tabletop odds and ends from his travels.) Walls come in chartreuse, turquoise and egg yellow. And there are books everywhere, including those arranged in neat little stacks on practically every flat surface -- some random, others curated. "Thurston does that," Gordon explained. "He's a book person." Naturally, the music touches abound, too, as in the tiny Joey Ramone plastic figurine on top of one television or the light-switch covers boasting photos of Gordon and Moore performing in concert.