The Greatest Keith Haring Fashion Collaborations, Ever

Keith Haring would have been 54 years old today. Although the legendary ’80s street artist and social activist is no longer with us (he died at 31 on February 16, 1990) there’s no doubt that his iconic graffiti art lives on. His influence hasn’t only touched the street art world; a handful of fashion designers have also worked with the Keith Haring Foundation to salute Haring by turning his signatures symbols like "The Radiant Baby" into wearable art. From Jeremy Scott to Nicholas Kirkwood, here’s a roundup of some of our favorites.

1. Schott x Jeremy Scott "Perfecto" Jacket: Back in 2009, outre designer Jeremy Scott teamed up with motorcycle jacket master Irving Schott to reimagine his classic moto leather by gracing it with one of Haring’s timeless all-over prints. The now sold-out jacket (sorry guys) has been rocked by Rihanna, Lil’ Wayne and Kanye West, among many others.

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2. Joyrich x Keith Haring Capsule Collection: For summer 2011, the cult streetwear label and boutique teamed up with the Keith Haring Foundation to release a tote bag, backpack and sunglasses that featured Haring’s eye-catching prints in red, white, blue and yellow. Lil’ Wayne also donned pieces from this collab on stage. See more here.

3. Keith Haring by Patricia Field: This might be one of the most globally-recognized designer/Haring collaborations. In 2010, the iconic Field partnered with the Foundation to produce a crazy-amazing selection of Haring-centric apparel, accessories and jewelry. The coolest part, all pieces are still up for purchase (at practical price points, no less) right this way! We dig the Three-Eyed Face silk scarf, above.

4. Nicholas Kirkwood x Keith Haring Footwear: Like we said back in 2011, this collab was a match made in pop art heaven. The British footwear architect’s inventive shapes complemented Haring’s bold motifs perfectly. See more from this exciting collection here

Honorable mention: We couldn’t complete this list without applauding Levi’s tribute last year with the limited-edition release of their Haring-ified trucker jacket at LA’s MOCA. The jacket, which features Haring’s all-over print in red, was produced in conjunction with the museum’s massively popular Art In the Streets exhibit.

Photos via Jeremy Scott, Joyrich, Black Frame, Patricia Field.

How to Wear Art on Your Sleeve, from Joseph at #LFW

There’s nothing like a little continuity with your fall fashion. In celebration of London concept store Joseph’s 25-year anniversary (stateside, we know Joseph for its contemporary line,) the company is releasing a new sweater for fall, different from the rest of the collection in its provenance. Like the current windows at the store, the sweater in question was inspired by photographer/journalist/stylist Michael Roberts’ photographs, which he created for Joseph 25 years ago. The photographs themselves were inspired by the aesthetics of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. So the sweater is Haring/Basquiat derivative. Got that?

After spending time in New York, immersed in the art scene, Roberts flew the coop for London, bringing his newfound inspirations with him. 

Set up for the London Fashion Week crowds to see, the current store windows feature the prints and patterns we associate with those artists of the ‘80s. Joseph’s creative director Louise Trotter created the Haring sweater in commemoration of that original collaboration, and it’s available at the 77 Fulham Road store, as well as online, now. 

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Keith Haring’s Humanity Heads to Paris

Keith Haring’s art is like a visual punch in the face. A true trailblazer during New York City’s street culture movement in the 1980s, the inimitable graffiti virtuoso’s playfully subversive imagery slapped society with a unique call-to-action that cleverly commanded open and direct discussions about sex, racism, war, power and violence. Following his untimely death in 1990 at the age of 31, the artist’s signature silhouettes, iconic bold lines, and legendary phrases live on through thoughtful brand collaborations managed by the Keith Haring Foundation, as well as exclusive exhibitions at major museums across the globe.  

A social activist at heart, Haring’s powerful political messages are as impactful today as they were at the height of his career. To celebrate his legacy, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris) and Le CENTQUATRE present one of the artist’s largest retrospectives to date. The Political Line runs from April 19 through August 18and boasts nearly 250 striking images on canvas, subway walls and tarpaulins, including such works as A Pile of Crowns, For Jean-Michel Basquiat (1988), Brazil (1989), and Andy Mouse – New Coke (1985), a tribute to Haring’s close friend and mentor, Andy Warhol. The CENTQUATRE art space will showcase 20 large-format works, most notably The Ten Commandments (1985), which is a mighty set of 25-foot panels that cleverly merge Biblical references with socio-political iconography. In short, it’s bucket list-worthy for Haring diehards.

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Brazil, 1989, Glenstone, © Keith Haring Foundation

Dedicated to supporting art initiatives around the world (projects include Miss Van’s exhibition in Los Angeles, Fuzi UV TPK’s tattoo residency at New York’s The Hole Shop, and Barry McGee’s retrospective at the Berkeley Art Museum in California), premium denim and lifestyle brand Citizens of Humanity (COH) is sponsoring the exhibition and will also host a special children’s program to salute the partnership. "I am inspired by people that follow their own ideas and create what no one has before them," explains COH founder, Paris-born Jerome Dahan. "As a child, I didn’t have the opportunity to be exposed to ‘art’ as it was defined inside a museum or gallery. Contemporary art, which feels far more accessible, was one I connected with. When I came to the states, I found the look and voice of artists at the time particularly interesting and inspiring, as they were rewriting the rules and, for the first time, were so much a part of popular culture. Haring defines a true artist to me; he had a strong vision, incredible courage, and spoke from the heart." Dahan has paintings from both Haring and Basquiat in his home collection.

"As a team, we wanted to support an exhibition that showcases the work of a man who truly was a Citizen of Humanity and who helped draw attention to social issues that are important to all of us," explains COH president, Amy Williams. "To do so in Jerome’s birthplace, during the 10-year anniversary of our brand, makes it even more important." In addition to the artist’s undeniable draw, Paris, contemporary art and charity are three elements that attracted COH to sponsoring the exhibition. Over the last year, the brand has been working to develop and share their story while expanding presence in France, a place that is very much a part of their DNA.

Haring’s connection to France includes a 1985 exhibition at the CAPC Musee d’Art Contemporain (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Bordeaux and a vibrant 1987 mural on the exterior of Necker Children’s Hospital in Paris. Although his international presence is certainly revered, the artist was a New Yorker through and through. Born on May 4, 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1987 Haring dropped out of the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh after two semesters when he realized that he wasn’t interested in becoming a commercial graphic artist. Later that year, he moved to New York City and enrolled in the School of Visual Arts (SVA), where his love affair with street art first sparked. Swiftly making a name for himself through rapid, mind-blowing public paintings in subways (this was around the time his infamous "Radiant Baby" figure was born), by the 1980s he was making waves with fellow 20th century game-changers like the aforementioned Basquiat and Warhol, and collaborating with a host of acclaimed audio angels. Memorable designs include a leather jacket donned by Madonna in 1984 during her performance of "Like a Virgin" for the TV dance show, Solid Gold, and brilliantly eccentric outfits sported by the one and only Grace Jones in her 1986 music video for "I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect for You)." (There’s also body painting involved and cameos by Haring and Warhol. That video will change your life.)

Living friends of the artist continue to sing his praises. Queen of New York’s underground scene in the ’80s and FUN Gallery co-founder (her memoir, FUN Gallery…The True Story, is a must-read) Patti Astor recalls her first encounter with the artist: "I met Keith on Astor Place in 1980. He was wearing his distinctive Day-Glo painted googly eyeglasses and asked to take my picture. What a lucky day for me! We were privileged to show Keith and [famed Lower East Side graffiti artist Angel Ortiz] LA2 at the FUN Gallery in February of 1983. If there is one artist who epitomizes the breakthrough spirit of the early ’80s—a moment when your ‘art’ and your impact on the culture were inseparable—it is Keith. I think of him every day."

Hollywood-born, Brooklyn-based art legend Kenny Scharf was friends and roommates with Haring and appears in the 2008 documentary, The Universe of Keith Haring. He shares Astor’s sentiment: "Although Keith and I were the same age, I always felt that he was my guide and teacher. I learned so much from him and still use his advice today. Thank you, Keith, forever."

The Political Line runs from April 19 through August 18, 2013 at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, France.

1980s New York Graffiti Art Has Never Been Less Cool

Two painters who have emerged as touchstones for their artistic moment after conveniently dying young—Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat—have now settled comfortably into stultifying legacies that will keep them on the wrong side of “fashionable” for decades to come.

Haring, on the one hand, had to defend his work from charges of commercialism while he was still alive; such is the price of accessible pop. Yet what we’re seeing today (I point you to the Duane Reade installation pictured, a spectacularly thoughtless appropriation of Haring’s Radiant Baby for a set of designer baby bibs) is so utterly divorced from the original commentaries about crises like AIDS and Apartheid and crack-cocaine as to seem a hollow plagiarism. When you see a wall in Brooklyn tagged with one of his trademark figures, it’s difficult not to scoff at the homage, earnest or not.

Meanwhile, the art world’s Basquiat bubble is inflating like Rush Limbaugh at a Vegas buffet. Christie’s will in November auction an untitled piece that should fetch $20 million:

"Great works by Basquiat have become close to impossible to find in recent years," said Loic Gouzer, international specialist of post-war and contemporary art at Christie’s, said in a statement. "The market has been waiting a long time for a work of this caliber and freshness.

"Basquiat is increasingly being recognized as a grand master of post-war art alongside de Kooning, Warhol and Pollock," Gouzer said.

"We expect it to set a new record."

Truly, street art has no cachet until it hangs in the triplex penthouse of a person who vastly overpaid for it, don’t you think? I mean, either there or around a baby’s neck. You might even split the difference: put it in a museum, where no one will see it. Now that’s cool.

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Happy Birthday, Keith Haring

Street art icon, activist and pioneer Keith Haring would have been—rather, should have been—54 today. The clever folks at Google honored him with a doodle for the day depicting his colorful dancing figures.

Haring’s legacy in American culture is a fascinating one on so many levels and one that is constantly changing. His works are featured on tourist-shop items and posters in college dorms, community centers and schools and even a church in Pisa, Italy. His "Crack Is Wack" playground is a registered site with the New York City Parks Department; last year, his "Double Retrospect" was turned into the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle, coming in at more than 32,000 pieces. His work appeared in music videos and on Sesame Street (examples below). His art conveyed messages of universal harmony and a common identity, raised awareness about the devastating AIDS epidemic and other larger global issues and created life on New York City’s austere walls in the form of bright, sometimes cute, sometimes provocative, always with great energy.

Fans of Haring’s work visiting New York can celebrate his birthday and his art at "Keith Haring: 1978-1982," a retrospective of his earliest days as a street artist, at the Brooklyn Museum through July 8th. For more on Haring and another perspective from the New York art museum world, read the MoMA’s post, "A Few More Ways of Looking at Keith Haring."

Behold the Nicholas Kirkwood x Keith Haring Collaboration

In a match made in pop-art heaven, British shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood has linked with The Keith Haring Foundation to debut a line of footwear inspired by the ’80s street-culture icon’s pioneering artwork. While previously exclusive to the Joyce boutique in Hong Kong, the range is now available until July 1 at the designer’s newly-opened retail space on Mount Street in London.

A pioneer in her own right, innovative fashion blogger Susie Lau (better known as Susie Bubble) stopped by the space to take some snaps of the designs, like thee open-toe booties above.

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“Kirkwood has taken motifs from Haring’s work and applied them onto an array of exaggerated shoe shapes that hark back to his pre-occupation with sculpturally challenging footwear,” says Lau. Seeing Kirkwood’s architectural genius mashed-up with Haring’s classic “Safe Sex” and “Radiant Baby” images is a fashion moment you know will be referenced for years to come.

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See more photos here, and watch a neat film on the collab here.

Art Basel Countdown: Six Great Art + Fashion Collaborations

Season nine of Art Basel Miami Beach kicks off December 2, which means you’ll be jumping on a plane to check out the country’s greatest art show any day now. While you’re busy planning which exhibits and parties to hit, we’ll be here counting down to the big event with some art-inspired features. To get things started, here’s a roundup of awesome art-meets-fashion items available at Opening Ceremony.

1. MismoAnOther & Colette x Peter Pilotto Mismo Shopper. AnOther Magazine and Paris boutique Colette’s collaborative project with womenswear designer Peter Pilotto takes this classic bag to the next level, thanks to Pilotto’s signature 3D print. $315.

2. VilacKeith Haring Chair. The renowned French toy company was provided with a number of New York artist Keith Haring’s iconic pieces, which produced a brilliant children’s chair that’s guaranteed to become a collector’s item. $155.

3. Mandy CoonGinny Leather Bunny Bag. The New York model-turned-DJ-turned-designer’s leather bunny-shaped bag is cute, a little creepy, and a fun conversation piece. $435.

4. Marina Abramović The Artist is Present. Known as the “grandmother of performance art,” this must-have retrospective traces the prolific career of Marina Abramović, whose work spans over four decades of installations, solo performances, and work with longtime collaborator Ulay. $50.

5. Art Production FundElizabeth Peyton Towel. Elizabeth Peyton’s towel version of her Sid Vicious charcoal drawing was produced as part of Art Production Fund and WOW (Works on Whatever)’s Artist Towel Series, which debuted at Art Basel Miami in 2008. $95.

6. Aurel Schmidt for OCP Tee. 2010 Whitney Biennial artist (and Art Basel fixture) Aurel Schmidt’s exclusive letter tees for Opening Ceremony are based off of the Ace Hotel shop sign she created, which spells out the hotel’s name in beer, blood, and other junk. $60.

Sunday Celebrates 25 Years of Keith Haring’s Party of Life

This Sunday, in honor of the 25th anniversary of AIDS Walk, the 25th anniversary of the Hispanic AIDS Forum and the 25th Anniversary of Keith Haring’s Party of Life, Café Con Leche will host a charity party to support these initiatives at the Arena Event Space. DJs Junior Vasquez, Merritt, Lord G, Derrick Foxx and many others will be on hand. My old pals Alvaro and Andre Charles will lend a hand as will Perfidia, Joey Rolon and dozens of others. I caught up with Joe Sheridan—long time supporter of this initiative—and asked him what this all meant and what he was up to.

A lot has changed in the 25 years since this began. Many people think AIDS is something that has gone away, or is “controllable.” Please address this. Until every human being on earth can receive effective treatment on demand for HIV/AIDS, regardless if they are rich or poor, insured or not insured, legal or illegal, this fight is just as important today as it was 25 years ago. AIDS is just a name given to a modern disease. Finding effective treatments to this disease is a noble battle. With that said, our drive for sex has driven us to create and destroy civilization after civilization. Spreading awareness of our personal responsibility to create value from that sex drive is what is important. I have been in a relationship for five years with one person. Here and there it can really get boring, but the joy from sharing your life with a single individual is boundless. Sexual drive is maddening and it has strayed me from my relationship a few times, but because of education I am aware of the consequences and protect myself and my partner to the best of my ability. The message for me is to create a goal of having a healthy relationship with one other person that will last a lifetime, when we don’t live up to our own goals we have to protect ourselves and if we contract a virus that leads to a disease then we have to make sure the opportunity for the most effective treatment is available to us.

To my readers of another generation, tell us about Keith Haring. Keith Haring’s most popular figures were his “Radiant Baby” and his “Barking Dog.” The “Radiant Baby” represents the optimism of our lives and the “Barking Dog” represents us barking at injustice and conformity. What I get from this is, Keith is encouraging us to be the radiant baby in own environment. He is also encouraging us to stand up to oppression and be a barking dog in our own environment. The daily challenge is to be both at the same time. The barking dog warns us of the dangers lurking, but people quickly grow tired of the dog barking, if that’s all it does. Keith’s challenge to us is to be the barking dog on the inside and be the radiant baby on the outside! Both figures have radiating lines around them that symbolizes the energy of these forces. The figures are a goal, the truth is the fine lines are easily erased and distorted with our daily challenges. Keith’s own lines were constantly challenged in his own life, he himself could not live up to the “Radiant Baby” and the “Barking Dog.” None of us can live up to our highest potential all the time. The figures are inspiring to everyone because they symbolize our loftiest goals.

Tell me where the money goes. 25% of the proceeds go directly to the Hispanic AIDS Forum, an organization Cafe Con Leche has a long standing relationship with. Another 25% of the proceeds go to the House of Latex, an outreach that hits the streets in a way that I instinctively feel Keith would have both enjoyed and supported. Another 25% goes to the Keith Haring Foundation. Keith set up the foundation to continue his message of HIV/AIDS eduction and to support causes effecting children. The foundation was set up by Keith and he entrusted certain people with his legacy through its founding before his passing. 25% of the money will go to paying the expenses related to creating an event like this. With this benefit I wanted people to know up front that 75 cents of their dollar was going directly to these three organizations. With the other 25% I hope to pay the money back I have borrowed to promote this event, print invitations, provide some money for some of the entertainers expenses and pay for the flights of several crucial people to attend including myself. Though I don’t want to mention anyone by name I am very grateful for the resources provided up front to finance the event.

Tell me about your work and things you have seen in your NY experience. I have been involved in the nightclub scene since I was a kid. Since I was a teenager, nightclubs have been the one constant in my life. I arrived in New York at age 19 to explore life and New York calls on us that want to see it all and that I have!

Do you still go out? How are things different now? I live outside New York. I live in Hot Springs National Park. I love my life outside New York and my life in New York. Someday I’ll live in both places, but for now I just visit. I own an inn that is evolving into a retreat for people hat tire of the urban experience to rejuvenate from time to time and need to a place to relax and be inspired and healed by nature. For New York and going out, everything has changed and nothing has changed. I am still the same insecure ball of nerves that walked in to the Mudd Club and Danceteria as a kid and will be that same insecure ball of nerves walking into Sunday’s event. I see the young kids on their own journeys and am excited for them.

Tell me about the Paradise Garage. The first time I went to the Garage I went to a New Order concert. It was probably 1983, I was jaded and coming out the punk/new music scene! I thought everyone that worked there was way too happy! The second time I went to the Garage was Keith’s first Party of Life. I remember Madonna rolling around on stage and I remember her thanking Keith Haring. I remember thinking why is she thanking Keith Haring? Keith to me at the time was just a friend of my then boyfriend and now dear friend, Robert Hawkins. I did not really know he was really famous, because to me he was the nerdy white boy that rode around on his bike in the East Village that was becoming friends with the graffiti artists. I did not get it at first. It was an evolution for me to become influenced by the Garage and house music. Within the next few years, the Garage would come to have such an effect on my life over time that my entire being was controlled by it’s existence. I actually had to move away from New York when it closed. I remember the last party, standing outside at 6pm on a Sunday evening with people still dancing inside and just asking everyone ‘where do we go from here?’ It was the only question you could ask. So I actually took up and moved to California to be by the ocean, the only entity that I could think of that was bigger than the Garage!

Tell me about Cafe Con Leche. How it came to be. The niche it filled. In California I threw myself into spirituality. I spent several years completely immersed in Buddhist practice and study. In February of 1990, the president of the largest Buddhist organization in the world visited Los Angeles. He encouraged us to go out in the world and follow our dreams. Keith died the same month. In the deepest sense I knew I had to go back to New York to represent his spirit. I did not tell anyone because I did not want to be disrespectful and I had a long journey ahead of me to even really know myself. New York was a dead zone in 1990, everything was splintered. You had your white, black, and Latin gay clubs and your white, black and Latin clubs. Only a few promoters like you understood the value of creating a great mix of people in a club. Derrik Foxx, Robert Owens and I had a great party called Visions. Keith’s protege, Andre Charles, and I formed Urban Works, we worked as consultants for Unique, the center of our world on lower Broadway, and handed out fliers for all the clubs as well as did our own art-oriented UB events. I formed Cafe Con Leche with Naudio Feliz. Naudio’s passion was and still is to share and celebrate Latin culture. I knew Latin culture was the bridge that would bring the gays, the straights and the not quite sure together! I brought Keith Haring’s spirit to Cafe and Naudio and others of many backgrounds supplied the beautiful Latin bridge and Cafe became a true treasure of many people’s lives, including my own.

Tell me about the party, the DJ’s and who is attending. The year 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of AIDS WALK, the 25th anniversary of Hispanic AIDS Forum and the 25th anniversary of Keith Haring’s Party of Life. I felt compelled to put this party together just based on the auspicious fact that these three anniversaries were all falling on the same year. I really did not have the time or the confidence having been out of the day to day night club scene for so long. Two weeks ago, I realized that the party was really taking on momentum. I started realizing I was having to answer questions about Keith and thought I should brush up on biographical information online. I put aside some time one night after my boyfriend went to sleep. I had known the first Party of Life was in 1984, but I did not know the exact date. I searched Keith Haring Party of Life 1984 and the date May 16 was in the results. I clicked on the website and saw the t-shirt invitation with the date on it May 16th 1984. Goose bumps just filled my body and I walked outside my house to get some air. The artist Alvaro called me and I told him what was going on and the tremendous amount of pressure I now felt on my entire life. He asked me why I was outside, I told him I did not want to wake up anyone while dealing with all this. I never told him I was outside. He said “There are not many stars in the sky are there?'” I said, “No there were only a few.” He said “That star you are staring at is Keith. That’s Keith twinkling at you.” Though spiritual, I am a very pragmatic person and don’t like omens, but I did come to realize it was Keith throwing the party, not me. Keith throwing a party exactly 25 years later to the exact date that he gave of his life in throwing the first Party of Life on May 16th 1984.

The DJs? Keith had an enormous effect on Junior Vasquez, so of course he will be closing the night. Junior Vasquez and Christina Visca have definitely been the keepers of the torch of house music that Keith personified. All the Cafe DJs will be there with all the music Keith loved and would have loved and showing their appreciation for his continual inspiration. Attendees? We are inviting anyone that was influenced by Keith Haring, including Madonna. Franklin Fuentes is changing the words for his performance at this event to “If Madonna calls, we are here!” Everyone is leaving their differences at the door. Keith wants us all to enjoy and focus on causes bigger than ourselves. Based on Keith’s quote, “Art is for the People,” this party is a “donate what you can” event—even if it’s not money—perhaps an artistic expression of some kind showing gratitude towards his gift to us of the “Radiant Baby” and the “Barking Dog.”

Respect to Keith Haring

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the passing of Keith Haring. I first noticed Keith drawing on the black, unused ad spaces on subways. I’d see him work once in a while. One day I got off to chat with him and spent the next dozen or so years admiring his work and the man. He was always available, positive, helpful, involved. One of the missing components of Manhattan club life has been the lack of art superstars. The Beatrice, the Jane and a lot of the Brooklyn joints have these types, and those who appreciate them, integrated into the scene Most ‘city” joints thinks a B-level athlete is a celebrity. In the ‘80s, Basquiat, Haring, Kenny Scharf and Warhol helped define what cool really was. Previous club generations embraced the artist and writers as well as VIPs. Artists were not featured during this past, bottle-service-defined decade, unless they found themselves painting Absolut bottles or writing graffiti for the trust fund hip hop crews. Lately there seems to be more of a synergy between the art crowd and the club crowd. Art openings often start the night. Clubs that embrace this crowd and figure out how to pay the rent will key this decade’s future. A hotel club with lower overhead and less financial expectations will surely embrace this set.

In 1988 I was running a joint called The World, on 2nd Street, and watched Keith Haring do his doodly cool thing on the men’s room stalls. It was a surreal potty party and word quickly spread that there was something cool happening. When the night was done, one of the owners of the place ordered the cleaning crew to remove the entire stall wall and transport it to his E. 3rd Street penthouse. I don’t know what happened to them after that. I do know that we didn’t have stalls around the toilets for a few days.

Designer/philanthropist Malcolm Harris is in Paris trying to make the world a better place. My old friend is staying close with everyone by facebooking. He posted this: ”Keith Haring died twenty years ago to this very day and his influences can still be felt all over the globe. Rihanna’s Rude Boy video is a perfect example of how Keith’s influences still live on.” He’s right check it out.

I caught up with Jon Gabel, who handles New Year’s Eve for half the town. His company joonbug.com was where I first started to write this column and I have a deep affection for the crew over there. I threw him a few softballs about his fashion week gala

This was Joonbug.com’s First Annual Fashion Week Gala. How was this event different from New Year’s Eve? This was definitely a more press heavy event. We had tons of fashion press RSVP to cover this and more photographers than we knew what to do with. Unlike other Fashion Week events, ours was open to the public. People were rubbing elbows with designers such as Amy Claire and Walter Baker, the Editor-In-Chief of Elle, and cast members from Ugly Betty. Celebrities showed up who we didn’t even know were coming!

Were you nervous about diving into something new? This wasn’t just a first for us. This was the official kick-off party for STYLE 360. This was Fabolous’ first time performing at a Fashion Week event. It was the New York debut of Charles Hamilton and Josh Madden’s performance. We had O’Neal Mcknight premiere his new single “Fashion Week,” Claudine Desola DJed her very first event. It was the launch party for the Prasperity bracelets. The list goes on! It was a great opportunity to work with all of these incredible people and put on an awesome event.

How did you get the idea to throw a Fashion Week party? What were your expectations for the event?

We really want people to get to know Joonbug.com as a nightlife and lifestyle guide. We want to provide more content and more variety for our guests and subscribers. This was an event for them more so than it was for us. We wanted to give them an insider’s view of Fashion Week and bring the party to them. Our Fashion Week Gala definitely exceeded any expectations that we had.

Who ended up coming? Everybody showed up to our event! We knew that Ugly Betty cast members like Vanessa Williams and Ana Ortiz were coming but it was great to see Ralph Macchio, The Karate Kid!

How did you select the performers? Fabolous was a no brainer, he makes hit after hit, and he was really excited about getting involved in Fashion Week. He completely changed around his plans to be here for our event. With Pras, everybody knows him from The Fugees, but what they may not know is that he founded the non-profit organization, Prasperity Project. The celebrities who attended our event walked the red carpet with the Prasperity bracelets on their wrists to raise awareness and help generate funds for Haiti relief efforts. We were thrilled to get behind that. O’Neal Mcknight and Josh Madden have performed for us before and we’ll continue to invite them back, they know how to entertain a crowd!

What was the designer committee? How did you recruit their support for the event? How were they involved? We had a great designer committee made up of Caravan, Emu Australia, What Goes Around Comes Around, Walter, E.Vil, Amy Claire, Twinkle, Prairie, Boy Meets Girl, Rewash Jeans, Gunnar Optiks and Raffone Luggage. They lent their names to our event and stood behind us to make us an official Fashion Week event. Claudine Desola, from Caravan and THINK PR, DJed a special “Inspiration Played” set featuring music that inspired these designers when creating their Fall 2010 collections. That playlist is available here.

I’m off to Miami on design business. I haven’t been there in a year and have no idea what to expect. Miami always reminds me of Vegas. They try real hard to get it real right and sometimes they really succeed. However, there’s a sexy seediness that lies in wait. A whiff of sex, vice and unsavory characters. Its a land of old money and new. Of the very clean and the very dirty. I’ve had some serious problems there back in the day and some unbelievable adventure. Maybe I’ll tell you something tomorrow.