Friday, September 10, 2010

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The Intersection of Art & Fashion – Part I

September is a wonderful month in New York City. It marks the beginning of the fall and with it the arrival of new gallery shows and exciting museum exhibits as well and Fashion Week (now for the first time in Lincoln Center). Of course, there will be lots of parties and events, including the fun and brilliant Fashion’s Night Out which is actually tonight! http://www.fashionsnightout.com/ (more about that in next week’s entry).

Linda and I having coffee at 9:00am in a local cafe. And yes, I posed sans makeup next to a supermodel!

I’ve always thought that fashion IS art and this is about their intersection and how much one informs the other. I recently sat down for coffee with Linda Vojtova, who is not only super gorgeous but also very smart, grounded, poised and good natured. Linda is a supermodel born and raised in the Czech Republic who has been modeling since 2000. Linda has been able to maintain a high-profile career for more than 10 years and still gets fabulous gigs, it really speaks volumes of the caliber of who she is. She has done over 14 seasons of Fashion Week in New York, Paris and Milan and there she has rocked the runways of Armani Privé, Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Hermès, Emanuel Ungaro, Emilio Pucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Rosa Cha, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Donna Karan, Chanel, Prada, Burberry Prorsum, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera just to name a few. She has also been the face of Fekkai, Armani Collezioni, Bergdorf Goodman, Bill Blass, Bloomingdale's, Diesel, Escada, Giorgio Armani, La Perla, Mango, Max Mara and Neiman Marcus and as if it were not enough she has graced the covers of international editions of Vogue, Elle, Glamour and Amica and many, many more. In fashion circles, she’s known as “Baby Gisele”.

Linda in Jean Paul Gaultier's show - Fall 2008


In Dior Couture's show - Spring 2008


This picture was also taken at a Dior Couture runway but it was the Spring 2009 show


Linda on the cover of Vogue Australia.  Gorgeous.

Linda and I discussed photographers, how they create magic with their lenses and how an editorial shooting or a campaign sometimes does become art. It’s not uncommon that many of the photographs taken by big names such as Steven Meisel and Patrick Demachelier (Linda has worked with both), Mario Testino and the sorely missed Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton and Herb Ritts become, at some point art hanging on the walls of many collectors and in museums. The brilliant Peter Lindbergh is Linda’s favorite photographer, and with whom she has a close relationship. Being old-school, Lindbergh takes the time to understand his subject, he really believes in the “muse” and that image-making is indeed art.


Linda as the face of Fekkai, captured by Peter Lindbergh


Elle Mexico

Linda recently shot an editorial for the iconic fashion magazine Dazed & Confused in the UK. Artist Simon English painted on Linda’s face and body, another extraordinary intersection of the beauty produced when art and fashion collide... And we also covered the subject of fashion designers—they create a lot of art and magic. Their clothing, is, of course, amazing, but fashion shows have evolved over the years into extraordinary installations where art, music and theatre converge with celebrities and other creative notables. Linda’s favorite shows are Christian Dior, because honestly, who better than Galliano to show the world what fashion as art really means, and who truly pushes the envelope as he does. Linda also loved working with Jean Paul Gaultier, who she considers an artistic genius, and Marc Jacobs whose shows are always the best. Balmain, McQueen and Lanvin, are, however, the collections she considers to be the most avant-garde and edgy.


One of the images for Dazed & Confused's editorial where Linda's hair, face and body were painted by Simon English

Linda is an avid collector, and among other great pieces, she has a few Andy Warhols, her favorite artist. And she loves how Andy married –in his very own way- the worlds of fashion and art. She also loved the recent show of Mr. Brainwash in the meatpacking district which she attended with her boyfriend - a renaissance man who paints, collects, has a rock band, loves fashion and has pretty much worshipped Linda for the past six years. And I totally get why.