Category: Art

Alice + Olivia Fashion Week Display Is the Chelsea Hotel of a New Era

A drawing of the installment and more about the project.

Artists design rooms and inspire clothes in an ode to New York City’s notorious creative commune

Before downtown lofts, there was the Chelsea Hotel. Since opening its doors in the 1880s, the landmark 12-story building—one of the city’s first cooperatives—has been, arguably, New York City’s most notorious creative commune. From Andy Warhol to poet Rene Ricard, artists of all media graced its halls and created in its rooms. (And yes, it was also the site of that Sid Vicious murder.) Today, the Chelsea Hotel no longer allows long-term stays, but its bohemian whims left a lasting impression on fashion designer Stacey Bendet, so much so that her Alice + Olivia Spring 2018 New York Fashion Week presentation is staged as an interactive, contemporary version. On September 12, several up-and-coming female artists will create “rooms” in the Skylight Clarkson to house the spring looks tailored by Bendet.

Rendering of the sitting room with artwork by Jemima Kirke and Susie Lopez. The Angelica Hicks–designed bathroom space is adjacent.

The motivation behind her inspiration this season, admits the designer, was a little bit of nostalgia. “I was flooded with memories of one of my first photo shoots, which Mick Rock shot in the hotel,” she said. “And I began to think of who would live there today.” In Bendet’s vision, those residents were young female artists: Francesca DiMattio, Angelica Hicks, Jemima Kirke, Susie Lopez, Lola Schnabel (who actually lived in the original Chelsea Hotel for a decade), Lucy Sparrow, Scout and Tallulah Willis, and Blair Z. Her choices in creative collaboration set out to correct what she sees as a larger art world problem: “I feel like female artists are hugely undervalued,” she explained. “I asked multiple people to name three living female artists with name recognition, and no one could do it.” Wanting to showcase talents she feels are underrepresented in today’s art world, the designer selected the group of women based on their merits—and previous working relationships.

Among a few original pieces of Chelsea Hotel furniture, the artists were given full license to design as inspired, and their work, in turn, influenced Bendet’s collection. For her space, illustrator Hicks designed a wallpaper based on the female form—her nipple-coconut palm print is now an Alice + Olivia printed blouse and sweater. Schnabel’s floral pattern (“not so many petals as bells”) is also incorporated as a print, and her draped statue takes a cue from ancient Greek sculpture but, amusingly, wears a sculpted version of Bendet signature sunglasses. Sparrow transformed the kitchen into a felt-covered world where Scout Willis will be singing live. The presentation promises as much artistic activity as an apartment in the co-op. “That space can never be fully reproduced,” said former resident Schnabel, who lived in the building’s penthouse and was a neighbor to Rene Ricard. “But Stacey has so much empathy. She emulated the jewel-box feeling.”

Source: Architectural Digest

Chelsea Hotel Installment – Alice + Olivia’s Spring 2018 Collection Presentation

Chelsea Hotel Installment – Alice + Olivia’s Spring 2018 Collection Presentation

Article written about the installment that Jemima took part in as well as the room Jemima designed.

Forget the Catwalk—One Designer Got Jemima Kirke and Other Celebrity Artists to Make an Art Show for Fashion Week Instead

Stacey Bendet invited female artists to build out interactive “rooms” as a tribute to the Chelsea Hotel’s artsy heydey.

Designer Stacey Bendet took an unusual approach to this edition of New York Fashion Week. In lieu of the traditional runway show, Bendet enlisted a cadre of female artists—including Girls actress and painter Jemima Kirke, British sculptor Lucy Sparrow, and sisters Tallulah and Scout Willis—to create work for an interactive art and fashion gallery for her brand Alice + Olivia, held this afternoon.

“I feel like female artists are hugely undervalued and underexposed today,” said Bendet in an email to artnet News. “I asked multiple people to name three living female artists with name recognition and no one could do it—in this era of proposed equality and equal pay, women in the art world are some of the most disadvantaged. I wanted to show some of the young female artists I consider the most talented today.”

Admittedly, Bendet is spotlighting a group of women who have gotten a bit of a head start in terms of finding art-world success. Even predating her Girls fame, Kirke is the daughter of famed British drummer Simon Kirke, and the Willis sisters are, of course, the progeny of Hollywood royalty Demi Moore—who was in attendance—and Bruce Willis. The show also features illustrator Angelica Hicks, whose father is literally the second cousin of the UK’s Prince Charles, heir to the throne.
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Jemima and several other artists will re-create Chelsea Hotel

Jemima will be in this art project/show today and hopefully we will get more information and some photos! I think this sounds so fascinating and I visited Chelsea Hotel when I was last in New York and everything from and inspired from the 60s and 70s interests me! 🙂

The Hollywood darlings are among the artists lending their creative juices to the label’s spring 2018 show on Sept. 12.

Stacey Bendet, the petite founder and creative director of Alice + Olivia, has always been enamored by stories. When asked about the inspiration for any collection, the 38-year-old will without fail launch into a minutes-long saga, detailing how an obscure book, a trip abroad or a specific moment in history played into her bright, feminine, tailored-preppy aesthetic.

However, for her spring 2018 collection, Bendet was not inspired by just one story, but rather, a collection of storytellers: the eclectic bohemian artist residents of Manhattan’s Chelsea Hotel. Built in the 1880s, the 400-room Chelsea Hotel rose to infamy during the latter half of the 20th century, known for its arty denizens, many of whom would trade their works for rent.

Bendet, who married Eric Eisner, son of Disney magnate Michael Eisner, in 2008, decided that with such an ambitious foundation, she needed an equally ambitious presentation format. She has a reputation as the queen of Instagrammable installations to uphold, after all.
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New interview with ‘W Magazine’

Jemima was interviewed by W Magazine about her plans after Girls ending and about her work as an artist. They also took some lovely photos of Jemima herself as well as her studio in Brooklyn. View them here!

“I’ll sit here so I don’t get in trouble for smoking,” Jemima Kirke said on a recent morning, adjusting her paint-streaked apron so she could plop down onto a cushion by the window in her studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn. She lit an American Spirit, turned down the opera music a notch, and, having granted me entry by pushing a gigantic portrait of Allison Williams in her wedding dress away from the door, suggested I take an armchair where a wall used to stand before she and her studio-mate moved in.

Read full interview in our press archive.

Jemima Channels Louise Bourgeois and Yayoi Kusama

Jemima recites written work by artists Louise Bourgeois and Yayoi Kusama as part of a exhibition at Sothebys in London. Watch the beautiful video below:

Join actress Jemima Kirke as she recites written works by Louise Bourgeois and Yayoi Kusama, both subjects of a current selling exhibition at Sotheby’s.

Titled, Traumata: Bourgeois / Kusama, the show bridges the intense psychological states that comprise the fabric of the artists’ parallel careers through a tightly curated selection of sculpture, paintings and works on paper. Watch the video to discover more about these artists’ unique minds and preview their work in our London galleries through 13 April.