When Christie's London decided to stage its auction of photographs from the collection of Gert Elfering, "A Celebration of Kate Moss," Moss herself was reportedly nonplussed. Auction goers, a little less so. Christie's last set of offerings from Elfering brought $4,273,200. Of course it included a 1968 Richard Avedon of a previous Super Lauren Hutton that fetched $127,000.
There was an Irving Penn in the Moss sale with an estimate topping out at $109,970, which she probably makes for a day's work. So who knows? She is a part of fashion history, although it’s a chapter some are still disturbed by.
And maybe she actually is a work of art. Still what does it mean when a preeminent auction house thinks the subject of a photograph holds marquee value over the photograph itself? Heroin Chic has finally arrived?
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Some people have never forgiven wealthy widow, artist, musician, and all-around kook Yoko Ono for supposedly "breaking up" The Beatles, but what will they think of her new menswear line for avant-garde retailer Opening Ceremony? It's um, well, it's pretty different.
The collection is based on illustrations Ono gave John Lennon on their wedding day, which will also be collected in a book published by Opening Ceremony. The clothes feature, well, it appears to be a hand grabbing the crotch. And let's not forget about the pants with a sheer panel where the butt cheeks are. There is a sweatshirt with what appears to be balls (the euphemistic men's kind, not the kind you play a sport with or that 19th century socialites threw in their homes) but is actually a drawing of a butt. Same difference. A sheer pink top is, um, interesting and I don't know what to make of a "bell board," which is a clear plastic square with two bells attached to it. Does Yoko think that a guy looking like a desk in a hotel lobby is chic?
Yeah, some of this stuff is completely off the wall, but if it was boring, it wouldn't be Yoko Ono. The clothes went on sale today in the company's US stores. Now, who has $335 for a pair of those pink junk grabbing trousers? Or maybe I should just add it to my Christmas List.
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[Photo Credit: Opening Ceremony]
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The former Beverly Hills, 90210 regular, who is expecting her fourth child with husband Dean McDermott, has teamed up with bosses at U.S. retailer JCPenney to release a collection which will feature items for newborns, infants and toddlers.
Spelling admits she was driven to get creative herself because she struggled to find trendy and eye-catching outfits for her young ones that were also affordable.
She tells People.com, "I searched everywhere and found it hard to believe that most baby clothes are still pastels with boring prints. I knew right away I wanted my babies in bright pops of colour and fun, bold prints."
And her three kids have been vocal about what mum should include in her range: "Stella even weighs in on the designs. Hattie is the perfect model, while Liam always wants everything to be cozy. I made sure all the clothes are comfortable, but also chic."
Little Maven by Tori Spelling will go on sale on 1 September (12).