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Art and Fashion Legends to Host a Conversation at the Parrish Art Museum

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Ross Bleckner, Calvin Klein and Edward Nardoza will host a conversation at the Parrish Art Museum.

Artist Ross Bleckner, Designer Calvin Klein and Fashion Editor Edward Nardoza, who will host a conversation at the Parrish Art Museum on Sunday, August 24.

By Tessa Raebeck

Design legends—and East End residents—Ross Bleckner and Calvin Klein will share their experiences in a conversation moderated by Edward Nardoza at the Parrish Art Museum on Sunday, August 24.

The first event in the museum’s new annual series, “By Design: Innovators in Art & Fashion in Conversation,” the evening aims to inspire through dialogue.

Mr. Nardoza has been the editor-in-chief of Women’s Wear Daily since 1991, steering the paper into the digital age and expanding its international coverage, marketing, media, financial and technology beats.

Known for his large-scale paintings that deal largely with remembrance and loss, Mr. Bleckner is an American artist who was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island. He lives in a Sagaponack beach house previously owned by Truman Capote.

Internationally renowned fashion designer Calvin Klein, also of New York City, has, through his self-named brand, launched numerous perfume, watch, jewelry and clothing lines. His local beach house is in Southampton Village.

He designed his signature tight-fitting jeans in 1974, which reportedly went on to gross $200,000 in their first week of sales.

The conversation will be held in the Lichtenstein Theater, followed by a cocktail reception with the guest speakers on the Mildred C. Brinn Terrace. The event runs from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $150 for Parrish members and $200 for non-members and can be purchased at parrishart.org/ByDesign.

Hamptons Collective Pop Up

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In conjunction with the pop-up store that has been opened this summer, The Hamptons Collective will announce the winners of a competition it has held for its customers this week. Customers who have registered online or come into the Bridgehampton store were given the chance to win a $500 gift card, a personal styling session with New York stylist Stephanie Unter, as well as plenty of other fashion related prizes.

The Hamptons Collective opened its doors for the summer on June 19 for a three-month run that will end on September 14. As well as hosting a handful of parties, signings and designer viewings, the store offers a selection of luxury casual and evening apparel, compiling the works of noted designers Tess Giberson and Carlos Falchi to name just a few. Handcrafted gifts, skincare and cosmetics can also be purchased on site.

Located at 2411 Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton, the store is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday through Sunday. It is closed on Tuesdays. Visit www.hamptonscollective.com for more information.

Diana Vreeland Ruled the Fashion World by Changing It

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Diana Vreeland in the New York City she shared with her husband Thomas. Mrs. Vreeland had Billy Baldwin decorate the apartment exclusively in red. She said, "I want this place to look like a garden, but a garden in hell." Photo courtesy Guild Hall.

Diana Vreeland in the New York City she shared with her husband Thomas. Mrs. Vreeland had Billy Baldwin decorate the apartment exclusively in red. She said, “I want this place to look like a garden, but a garden in hell.” Photo by Horst P. Horst.

By Tessa Raebeck

For half a century, Diana Vreeland, the longtime editor of Vogue magazine, was at the helm of the fashion world. She played a major role in transforming the industry from commonplace, conforming trends that rotated by the decade into iconic statements that helped celebrities blossom, recognized international contributions and enabled women to wear—and show—their personality.

“The fashion world changes all the time. You can even see the approaching revolution in clothes; you can see and feel everything in clothes,” Mrs. Vreeland, who died in 1989, once said.

In “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel,” a 2011 documentary being screened at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Monday, July 21, Mrs. Vreeland’s life and career is celebrated through a fitting selection of celebrity interviews, groundbreaking images and her trademark outlandish statements.

“She was about ideas and about the magic of fashion,” art critic John Richardson says in the film.

Diana Vreeland's office at Vogue. Photograph by James Karales.

Diana Vreeland’s office at Vogue. Photograph by James Karales.

The documentary was directed and produced by Mrs. Vreeland’s granddaughter-in-law Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt and Frédéric Tcheng. It was honored as an official selection at both the Venice International Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival.

“I wanted to understand Mrs. Vreeland’s relevance,” first-time director Ms. Immordino Vreeland wrote in an email July 12. “As someone who worked in fashion for many years, I always knew about her, but only knew about her extroverted personality. What I discovered was a woman that had such depth and used fashion to communicate a philosophical message.”

Often called the “Empress of Fashion,” Mrs. Vreeland ruled the fashion world during some of its most transformative decades—which were transformative in large part due to her contributions. Her work coincided with the civil rights and women’s rights movements; she launched Twiggy, advised Jackie Onassis on her signature style and featured in Vogue the first portrait ever taken of Mick Jagger.

“Mrs. Vreeland really brought us into a modern period and knew that fashion and the world were on their way to something much more global,” fashion designer Anna Sui says in the film.

“Diana was just so far ahead,” writer Bob Colacello adds. “I mean, it wasn’t just about fashion; it was about art, it was about music and it was about society—it was all woven together.”

“She would say, you’re not supposed to give people what they want; you’re supposed to give them what they don’t know they want yet,” he added.

After moving to New York City in 1936 to follow her husband Thomas’s banking career, Mrs. Vreeland began working as a columnist for Harper’s Bazaar, a job she was asked to take on after the editor Carmel Snow noticed her style.

She stayed at the magazine until 1962, and then went on to join Vogue, where she was editor-in-chief until 1971. Following her stint leading the world’s premiere fashion magazine, Mrs. Vreeland was a consultant to the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She died in New York City in 1989 of a heart attack.

“There is no one in fashion who is like Mrs. Vreeland or anyone historically who can come close to her,” Ms. Immordino Vreeland said. “Her success in the world of fashion was the ability to give a message to people to seek for an inner meaning in life, not to accept the status quo and to push themselves to dream about the impossible. She encouraged curiosity and wanted people to be driven to passion. There are many very famous and iconic names in fashion, but none who continue to inspire people like Mrs. Vreeland.”

The film uses transcription from tapes George Plimpton recorded of his conversations with Mrs. Vreeland when they were preparing her autobiography as narration.

Mrs. Vreeland had a skill in finding the special and unique qualities in people and, rather than hiding them in the name of societal obedience, celebrating and emphasizing those distinctions.

“She saw things in people before they saw it themselves,” fashion designer Diana Von Furstenberg says in the film.

“She celebrated Barbara Streisand’s nose. She would push their faults, make it the most beautiful thing about them,” added Joel Schumacher, a director, screenwriter and producer known for films like “The Phantom of the Opera” and “St. Elmo’s Fire.”

Mrs. Vreeland spent time at the Factory and Studio 54, rubbing elbows with Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson and Cher.

“All these people invented themselves,” Mrs. Vreeland says in the film. “Naturally, as the editor, I was there to help them along.”

“Vreeland inspired them, she had a very strong impact on them,” Calvin Klein says in the documentary.

Angelica Huston adds of her friend, “She made it okay for women to be outlandish and extraordinary.”

“Mrs. Vreeland, in a very unique manner, used fashion to dictate a way of life,” wrote Mrs. Immordino Vreeland. “For her, what was paramount in life was the freedom to ‘dare’ and she wanted everyone to do that. For her, the “outlandish and extraordinary” was an expression of the ability to be free and brave enough to do what you dream about doing.”

“Mrs. Vreeland believed in the celebration of life and in taking on everything,” the director added. “She felt that the impossible was possible to conquer if you had the belief in yourself and you had the possibility to dream; that was her motivation…She used fashion to tell a story of being unique, of standing out and of believing in oneself.”

In Mrs. Vreeland’s own words: “There’s only one really good life and that’s the life that you know you want and you make it yourself.”

The film will be screened at Guild Hall, 158 Main Street in East Hampton, on Monday, July 21, at 7 p.m. A panel discussion with filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland and China Machado will follow. For more information or tickets ($15; $13 for members), call (631) 324-4050 or visit guildhall.org.


Back by Popular Demand, the Jackson Pollock Studio Croc

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Jackson Pollock Studio Crocs on the studio floor. Photo crocs.com.

Jackson Pollock Studio Crocs on the studio floor. Photo crocs.com.

By Tessa Raebeck

After selling out shortly following their introduction last summer, the Jackson Pollock Studio Croc is back at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs. The shoes’ design is derived from a photo taken of Mr. Pollock’s studio floor during the “drip period” between 1947 and 1950, when he created his most famous abstract expressionist paintings. Along with wife Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock painted in his local studio up until his death in Springs in August 1956.

With a dark base colorfully splattered with blues, reds, greens and yellows, the clogs have a recognizable Jackson Pollock design. The strap reads, “Jackson Pollock Studios” using the artist’s signature for his name’s typeface. Prompted by “rave reviews and customer demand,” according to the center, Crocs reissued the artsy shoes in limited edition, with just 5,000 pairs available for purchase.

Crocs collaborated with the Stony Brook Foundation, which supports the center, to create the design. The Jackson Pollock Studio Clog can be purchased for $39.99 at crocs.com.

Open from May to October, the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center is located at 830 Springs-Fireplace Road in East Hampton. For more information, visit here or call 631.324.4929.

A New Wave of Village Fashion

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Rash of clothing stores set up shop in Sag Harbor By Marissa Maier Heller_bbbalsam_4280

When Dee Clarke opened her women’s fashion and accessories store D.J. Hart on Main Street in the 1970s, the accountants of Sag Harbor — there were three at the time — told her she would soon be out of business. But nearly 33 years later, Clarke has proved these financial advisers wrong. D.J. Hart (34 Main Street) is not only still open but is thriving, Clarke remarked in an interview, adding that her store even stays open until midnight in the summer months. As a veteran Main Street shopkeeper, Clarke has seen the economic tides of Main Street ebb and flow and has managed to stay ahead of the shifts. And recently Clarke, as well as many others, have witnessed a new cycle of entrepreneurial activity in the village. Over the past few months and years, fashion-oriented businesses have been mushrooming up in all corners of Sag Harbor. From Lauren G (112 Hampton Street near Sag Harbor Elementary School), to Marie Eiffel (2 Bay Street) and the countless new Main Street digs — like Collette Designer Consignment (Main Street Shopping Cove), Matta (Main Street Shopping Cove), B.b. Balsam (83 Main Street), Sean (76 Main Street), Dreaming of You (150 Main Street) and Pailletts (Main Street Shopping Cove) — a veritable apparel storm is brewing in Sag Harbor. Clarke attributes the change to many factors — from increased tourism to the local restaurants attracting a clothing-conscious clientele. Many of the new Sag Harbor business owners cited a deep appreciation for the ambiance of the village and its proven year round appeal. “I lived in Sag Harbor for over 15 years. I love Sag Harbor. It’s a great town with really interesting people,” noted Sean Cassidy, owner of Sean, a men’s clothing store on Main Street. “I [was] looking for a few years for the right spot.” Shelter Island resident Barbara Balsam, proprietress of the new avant garde clothier B.b Balsam, decided to open her fourth location in Sag Harbor on a “fluke,” she said. After spending roughly 20 years visiting the village in the winter for some sightseeing and dinners at The American Hotel, Balsam established her Sag Harbor operation at the end of August of this year. “[The village] has a ton of charm but it was like an old kind of charm and it also had a lot of sophistication. It just appealed to me and I liked the businesses in the town,” Balsam remembered of what initially drew her to set up shop in Sag Harbor. “The stores are beautiful, but I bring something else to the town.” Balsam, in addition to many of the new guard in Sag Harbor, noted the stylistic niche her store fills. She tends to stock a limited number of certain items, which are often made by an obscure brand. “I carry brands you aren’t going to find in Bloomingdales,” Balsam remarked. “My store is [like] a constantly changing art gallery and we will have a new show every month.” At her third location, Cristina Gitti, the founder and designer of Matta, brings the shoppers of Sag Harbor her take on traditional Indian silhouettes, as well as a smattering of home goods, accessories and textiles, said store manager Theresa DiScianni. While Gitti supplies her wares to other fashion stores, DiScianni added, her merchandise is all made by her own craftsmen in India instead of a third party. The result is a modern, yet authentic looking selection of pieces marked with the design thumbprint of Gitti and the flavor of India. Danielle Gisiger, owner of Pailletts, said she often hears from clients that her merchandise is very different from what is offered in the rest of the village. Featuring many one-of-a-kind or limited run pieces, Pailletts’ aesthetics are often off the beaten path like a pair of swimming trunks featuring President Obama’s mug which were popular this summer. While many store owners are quick to note the year round and lively atmosphere of Sag Harbor and the niche they fill within the village, others added that the comparatively low rents of the village also fueled their decision to open here instead of elsewhere. Sean store manager Vincent Brandi pointed out that a few years ago Cassidy had a location in East Hampton but he had to shutter it once his lease became prohibitively expensive. Of the new wave of downtown businesses, Clarke theorized, “I think it is inevitable given the enormous rents in Southampton and East Hampton.” Clarke, like many in the village, owns the building from which she operates her shop and also leases another commercial space to Flying Point Surf and Sport as well as a few apartments. “I think owner occupied buildings is important. We are people who take this very seriously. This is our livelihood. It’s not a joke,” Clarke noted. “We do not charge too much for rent for an apartment or store and therefore we have full occupancy and happy tenants.”