Month: February 2018

Ashley Longshore Is Fashion’s Latest Art Darling

Ashley Longshore Is Fashion’s Latest Art Darling

 The artist Ashley Longshore is not one to fret. Her remedy for worry can be summed up in a word. “Action,” she said. “Action is my cure for everything.”

On this late winter day, she rose at 5:30 a.m. “Mornings, as soon as my eyes open, I grab my phone, and on my way to the bathroom I instantly start emailing,” she said. “Then I pee, put on my Spanx, yank on my pearls, pop on some sunglasses, and it’s time to get rolling.”

Ms. Longshore, who boasts of working 16-hour days, doesn’t roll so much as churn, her copious output all but assaulting visitors to her storefront gallery on funky Magazine Street.

Greeting me was a larger-than-life portrait of the model Kate Moss cloaked in a houndstooth patterned nun’s habit; a throw pillow stamped with the formidable visage of Anna Wintour; and a portrait of Jesus wearing a T-shirt and flanked by a pair of teddy bears. There was also a self-portrait of Ms. Longshore tricked out as a pleasingly chubby Wonder Woman.

Those shrilly colorful sculptures, paved with crystal and glitter, seem to wink from the walls or spring from the floor, a stretch of poured concrete slicked with garage paint in a naughty shade of pink. “It makes you feel happy the minute you walk in,” Ms. Longshore said. “Besides, I like the stimulation.”Ashley Longshore Is Fashion’s Latest Art Darling

Indeed, she thrives on it. Working outside the corridors of the mainstream art world, she has become an avatar of pop feminism to thousands of followers, who view and buy her work on her proudly profane Instagram feed, her website and, most recently, in the rarefied precincts of Bergdorf Goodman in New York.

At the department store, introducing her installation there in January, Ms. Longshore, 46, lured a crowd of mostly young women scrambling for a chance to view the art and the artist, up close. They jostled, scarcely registering the presence of the actress Blake Lively, one of Ms. Longshore’s most ardent collectors; the designer Christian Siriano; and celebrity stylists including June Ambrose and Jenke Ahmed Tailly, who counts Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian as clients. Single-mindedly they snaked toward Ms. Longshore, who stood at the rear of the room dispensing hugs.

“I love her, she captures a lot of positive vibes,” said Cara Dimino, 24, a medical researcher from New York, as she threaded her way through the crush.

 

Carine Roitfeld Talks Japan Launch and #MeToo

Carine Roitfeld Talks Japan Launch and #MeToo

When Carine Roitfeld was ready to launch CR Fashion Book’s first international edition, Japan was a natural choice.

“I have a special relationship with Japan,” Roitfeld tells BoF, fondly recalling the time she spent there working with Uniqlo on her collaboration collections in 2015 and 2016. “It’s a country that still likes magazines. They have the best bookstores with lots and lots of magazines.”

CR Fashion Book Japan will launch this autumn through Hearst Corp.’s subsidiary Hearst Fujingaho, deepening a partnership between the former Vogue Paris editor’s biannual title and the New York-based publisher that dates to 2016. Hearst hosts, syndicates and sells advertising against CRFashionBook.com, while also printing and distributing the print edition (through a joint partnership with Condé Nast).

Hearst is putting its promotional muscle behind the new Japanese edition as well, bundling 10,000 inaugural CR Fashion Book Japan copies with Harper’s Bazaar Japan and Elle Japan issues for subscribers, with an additional 15,000 copies available in stores.Carine Roitfeld Talks Japan Launch and #MeToo

The Japan edition — which will feature a larger format and translated content from the American edition with one additional editorial and a different cover image (but the same cover star) — will be followed by the launch of CRFashionBook.com/jp. Online, translated content will be supplemented by news and local coverage produced with the Hearst Fujingaho team, and shared across Hearst’s international sites.

Roitfeld’s son Vladimir Roitfeld — the president of CR Fashion Book since the magazine parted ways with its former publisher, Stephen Gan’s Fashion Media Group — has been working on making the Japanese edition a reality for over a year. He started the conversations with former head of Hearst Fujingaho, Yves Bougon, who recently left for Condé Nast France. Chief operating officer Nicolas Floquet has been promoted to president to succeed him.