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Fashion Frenzy - Friday, 2/26/2010 12:58 PM

Greg Lauren (Photo by Rose Hartman)

Rambling Rose: Fashion frenzy

By Rose Hartman 

Counter-culture couture

Life size, hand-sewn men’s suits and accessories meticulously made from pristine treated white Japanese paper fill the gallery at the French Institute, in a show aptly titled “Greg Lauren: Counter Culture.” A dance sequence from Alfred Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief” featuring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly is projected onto 10 unique paper sculptures of iconic menswear. It’s hardly surprising that these fabulously elegant actors would be Lauren’s childhood idols, considering he’s Ralph Lauren’s nephew. “I’ve always been fascinated with the role fashion plays in the development of identity” Lauren explained, as well-wishers filled the “fashion asylum” space on a recent evening. The exhibition, on display at the French Institute (22 E. 60th St.), is free through March 6.

Style scribe

Belgian-born fashion designer Olivier Theyskens not only designs gorgeous clothes for international labels, but the man can write as well. He just penned his first book, “Olivier Theyskens: The Other Side of the Picture”(Assouline), a mostly visual meditation on his career with a beautiful introduction by Vogue’s Sally Singer. The book was featured at—what else?—a party at Barneys during Fashion Week, with the store’s creative director Simon Doonan and fashion director Julie Gilhart hosting, and Vogue stars Anna Wintour and Hamish Bowles the most photographed guests. (The unflappable Wintour looked relaxed and approachable for once, which was lovely.) For all of you interested in Theyskens’ career, I recommend you grab a copy and enjoy this very personal, intimate view of one of the most brilliant young names in fashion.

Enduring Duras

I have been an admirer of the French author, playwright and film director Marguerite Duras, who is more revered and famous in her native country, for decades. So, I eagerly made my way to the opening of photographer Hélène Bamberger’s impressive, 15-year series of portraits—a fascinating collection of Duras’s haunts, her rooms and the landscapes of Normandy where Duras lived with her young lover (a fan who arrived on her doorstep, and never left). Bamberger’s show is on view at Cultural Services of the French Embassy, 972 Fifth Ave., through March 18. For information about the month-long salute to Duras, featuring lectures, plays and films (“The Lover” is my personal favorite), visit

Haring’s Paradise

Fashion designer Patricia Field decided to celebrate Keith Haring—the graffiti artist-turned-Pop Art superstar whose early death in 1990 put a definitive end to the ’80s art boom in New York—with a new collection inspired by his work and the artist’s nights at the legendary Paradise Garage. The line was presented during a colorful, glittery party at Good Units, the new basement club at the Hudson Hotel—but, unfortunately, several guests seemed more interested in absconding with fashion photographer Dah Len’s 24 photos and large murals than admiring the clothes shown on mannequins. I can certainly understand leaving an event with a flower arrangement, but photos?! The Haring collection is available at the Patricia Field Boutique, 302 Bowery.

Gallery roundup

In “Hedone,” Terri Thomas explores women’s sexuality with explicit and provocative self-portraits and objects. My favorite, “Folie a Deux,” a sculpture of Swarovski crystal-encrusted conjoined stags, is a visual feast! The exhibit is on view at the Lyons Wier Gallery, 175 Seventh Ave., through March 8.

Ghanaian-born artist El Anatsui has transformed thousands of discarded bottle caps into monumental, shimmering, vibrantly patterned sculptures that drape rather than hang flat on the walls of the Jack Shainman Gallery. If only I had so much imagination and patience! Interestingly, El Anatsui is perfectly happy to have galleries or museums drape his work as they see fit—a rarity in today’s ego-driven art world, to say the least. 513 W. 20th St., through March 13.

Fashion Week

Designer Betsey Johnson’s fresh, fun fashion shows are a welcome change from all those runways filled with expressionless, super-thin models. Johnson rummaged through 45 years of archives for her Wild West-themed fall 2010 collection, “Gunfight at the BJ Corral.” The designer, looking young and fit as always, was attired in prison-striped long johns and ended her show with one of her signature smashing cartwheels. I don’t know what she’s drinking to keep her beauty and energy int
act, but I want some!

Street-fashion royalty Kelly Osbourne, Micha
el Stipe and Estelle filled Milk Studios to cheer on tongue-in-chic designer Jeremy Scott, who offered a very wearable collection highlighted by such pieces as a batwing sweater that spelled out “fashion” and “style” and sleek black outfits.

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