The BlackList: Weekly Events Dec. 2-8

Gallery hopping, film screening, concert-going, and partying: like always, we have what’s coming up, and this week, we’re going to Miami.

Monday, December 2

London: Marc Jacobs celebrates Kate Moss’ Playboy cover and the magazine’s 60th anniversary at the London store, 24-25 Mount Street, at 3 p.m.

Art Drive-Thru/Miami: Today through December 8, colette Paris heads to Miami with Alchemist, setting up an old school drive through (girls on roller skates and all) on level 5 of Herzog & Meuron’s parking structure. Order up a signed and numbered print , a beach towel, or a Rolex. Just don’t expect dollar menu pricing.

Paper Dreams/Miami: The Standard commissioned Luis Pons, a Miami designer, to float a paper and bamboo boat off the spa’s Lido Dock, offering some much needed calm for fair-goers. The smooth sailing installation pushes off with a cocktail reception from 5-7 p.m., remaining open through December 8.

Tuesday, December 3

Curiouser and curiouser/NYC: Maison Kitsuné hosts Le Cabinet de Curiosités of Thomas Erber at The Avant/Garde Diaries Project Space. The event’s fourth installment showcases California brand Parabellum, and touches down in NYC after making its way from colette in Paris, Brown’s in London, and Andreas Murkudis in Berlin. After this evening’s RSVP-only cocktails to celebrate the launch, the exhibition will be open at 372 Broome St. and Kitsune (1170 Broadway) through December 23, from 12:00 – 8:30 p.m.

NYC: BAM hosts Bodycast, a theatricalization of the “artist talk” with artist Suzanne Bocanegra and actor Fances McDormand, through December 7. Tickets $20

Wednesday, December 4

Sample sale/London: A sample sale worth the airfare – Nicholas Kirkwood will be 75% off today and tomorrow at 26 South Molton Lane, London.

Invite only/Miami: MoMA’s Chief Curator at Large and MoMA PS1’s Director Klaus Biesenbach is honored tonight by MEDIUM with the Curatorial Excellence Award. 7 – 9 p.m., The Standard Spa, Miami Beach.

BlackBook at Art Basel/Miami: BlackBook is excited to co-host our Art Basel event with LACMA and React to Film at the Delano, Miami Beach. There’ll be cocktails and a showing of three artist films celebrating the work of David Hockney, John Baldessari, and Ed Ruschka. RSVP@reactofilm.com

After the party it’s the after party/Miami: Interview and OHWOW get their party on to celebrate Art Basel Miami Beach on the rooftop of the Boulan, 2000 Collins Ave. RSVP interview@oh-wow.com

Sing it/Miami: André Sariava brings The Standard East’s karaoke club to The Rec Room at The Gale in Miami, 1685 Collins Ave. Open through December 7, from 11 p.m. until late early morning.

NYC: Women in Music will host a celebration (of what other than women in music) at Le Poisson Rouge with DJs Jackie Smiley, Cherie Lily, and Shannonigans. 7 p.m. Tickets $10

NYC: Nitehawk Cinema hosts a one night only screening of a newly restored Sidewalk Stories, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15

NYC: Ozu and His Afterlives begins at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, showing films influenced by and of Yasujiro Ozu. Screenings through December 12.

NYC: Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theatre company premieres Chroma, with choreography by Wayne McGregor, and sounds of orchestrations of The White Stripes. Performances begin today through January 2.

Thursday: December 5

Shopping break/Miami: SUNO celebrates the launch of their line for Miami’s prime shopping destination The Webster, 1220 Collins Avenue, from 3-5 p.m. RSVP to suno@bpcm.com

Invite only/Miami: Spike Jonze celebrates HER with a private dinner at The Standard, Miami Beach. 9:30 p.m.

NYC: To celebrate the anniversary of the end of prohibition, The Village Voice hosts a holiday spirits tasting event from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Studio Square, 35-44 37th Street in Long Island City. Tickets from $50

Friday, December 6

Boozy brunch/invite only/Miami: Creative Time throws their second annual champagne brunch from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at The Standard Miami Beach.

Confessional/Miami: Glenn O’Brien celebrates the release of Penance, his latest book, with a live confessional at The Newsstand at The Standard Spa, Miami. From 5-7 p.m.

Win, Lose, or Draw/Miami: Let Ryan McGinness teach you how to draw. On the heels of his new sketchbook, the artist is hosting a drawing class at the Lido Lounge at the Standard Miami Beach.

Saturday, December 7

NYC: Nitehawk Cinema gets its Old West brunch on with an 11:30 a.m. screening of McCabe & Mrs. Miller, introduced with a live performance by Julie Christie and Warren Beatty. Tickets $16

NYC: Hop over to Milk Gallery for a book signing of Richard Corman’s Madonna from 4-6 p.m. 450 West 15th Street. RSVP here.

Sunday, December 8

NYC: The Museum of the Moving Image hosts a screening of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford with an introduction by the book’s author Ron Hansen. 7 p.m. Tickets $15

‘Romanticise’ Your Summer With Maison Kitsuné’s Gildas Loaec

Keep telling yourself that summer’s not quite over yet. There’s still a little time left to throw a killer pool party, and there’s no better way to soundtrack it than with Kitsuné Soleil Mix 2, a mixtape presented by the super chic Paris-based record label/clothing line. Assembled by company co-founder Gildas Loaec and London producer Jerry Bouthier, the second annual soundtrack highlights Kitsuné mainstay artists like Two Door Cinema Club, Is Tropical, and Jupiter along with outside talent such as Goldroom and Charli XCX.

At the end of the month, Kitsuné will be bringing the party to New York. On August 29, artists including Classixx, Digitalism, and Plastic Plates will be hitting Brooklyn club Output for the Kitsuné Club Night series. Even if you’re not in town, you can still be inspired by Loaec’s style–we checked in with the Parisian tastemaker to get his essentials for a sunny holiday.
 
 
  • A pair of Kitsuné swimming trunks, pink with a little fox embroidered. What else do you really need?

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  • If it’s really hot, I can still put on my pair of Roberta Settels sandals! They’re handmade in Stockholm by a lady with an extremely strong personality, we love her.
     

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What I’m listening to:
 
 
Gildas & Jerry Soleil Mix 2, the ultimate summer soundtrack
 
 
HEARTSREVOLUTION, Ride Or Die EP
 
 
Chela’s "Romanticise," which embodies perfectly the summery spirit! (Out Monday August 26)
 

Maison Kitsuné Kicks Off 10 Year Anniversary With Capsule Collection

To capture and maintain the attention of both underground and mainstream audiences is a difficult feat for most designers, but Maison Kitsuné has done just that. Founded in 2002 by Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki, the compelling French record label and fashion house has remained a capsule of cool for an impressive 10 years, thanks to its equally engaging focus on beats and threads. In honor of Maison Kitsuné’s first decade (and other firsts, including their debut stateside boutique inside the NoMad Hotel), Loaëc and Kuroki have launched an exclusive range of limited-edition goodies to thank their many diehard fans. 

Housed on a super-new celebration site that includes a decade’s worth of brand highlights, the anniversary capsule collection features limited-edition tees, polos, totes and keychains graced with Kitsuné’s signature fox. Top picks include this tee with a silk-screened fox on the chest and back ($64), this adorable sticker sheet ($3.81), this rad tote bag with a colored fox ($19). There’s also a flossy keychain (complete with a chic fabric pouch) that looks to be out of stock until November 16th.

A touchstone birthday and a new boutique aren’t the only events worth celebrating about: WWD recently revealed that Maison Kitsuné has been named guest designer of Pitti W, with Kenzo also participating as the designers for Pitti Uomo. Big moves.

New York Openings: Safira, Kitsune

For whatever the NoMad/Dream/Ace in-hotel boutique trend is worth, it’s ruining my screenplay. The idea was for the airline to misplace Ben Stiller’s luggage, thus leaving him stranded in New York without the proper outfit for his big presentation. But with a designer shop in his hotel’s lobby, there goes our inciting incident. 

Of course, these boutiques share limited-to-no aesthetic kinship with the brothers Brooks. Safira, inside the Dream Downtown, is equal parts clothing and mirrors, with an international, Near Eastern vibe. Camilla caftans for her and suits to fit by tailor Alexander Nash make up the shop’s hallmarks, but looks from PRISM London, Fenton, and Dita eyewear are also notable. Hotelier and former Bollywood playboy Vikram Chatwal, whose daughter is the boutique’s namesake, offers both accommodation and accouterment for those who care to party. (For the sake of continuity, note that Chatwal also played a minor role in Stiller’s own Zoolander.)
 
Meanwhile, Parisian/Japanese fusion label Maison Kitsuné has opened a flagship boutique of sorts inside the mansard-roofed NoMad Hotel. Kitsuné’s own ironic prep styles for ladies and gentlemen are draw enough, but expect additional stockings of labels like WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie and Aesop. Kitsuné-only pebbled loafers, courtesy of J.M. Weston, might be the closest thing our protagonist will find to boardroom appropriate—damn his 22-year-old secretary for booking him at a trendy hotel.
 
And just around the corner at the now-establishment Ace Hotel is Opening Ceremony’s boutique, complete not only with a smattering of their own goods, but pickings for Ben’s entertainment and personal furnishings—the latest McSweeney’s, select Criterion discs, Haribo gummies, O.C. luggage by Tumi. 
Alas, our hero may be forced to give a presentation on metrics wearing a Comme des Garçons Play t-shirt. But hey, it’s wild enough to get the disillusioned Kirsten Dunst character to look up from her BlackBerry and smirk. And that is what those in the biz call a “meet cute.”

A User’s Guide to Maison Kitsuné in New York City

Background:
Parisian style stalkers, rejoice. Maison Kitsuné has finally opened its first-ever stateside capsule of cool within the NoMad Hotel, and it’s filled to the brim with superior French swag. Conceptualized by the cult-adored label’s co-founder Masaya Kuroki, the airy 1,000-square-foot space was constructed by internationally acclaimed architect Jacques Garcia and features French Renaissance architecture. "I used the same approach to design this store as I did when I designed my apartment in Paris: very intimate, classic Left Bank style, with touches of bourgeois elements throughout," notes Kuroki. "While custom made furnishings give the boutique a modern edge, the overall concept is very much that of an elegant, classic Parisian atmosphere."

As for the goods, the emporium promises artfully sensual footwear by Michel Vivien, bags by WANT Les Essentiels De La Vie, skincare by Aesop, Maison Kitsuné men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, and more. For beat junkies, the label’s signature music compilations are available for purchase in both CD and vinyl formats.

Three Things To Buy: 

 

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Michel Vivien Mesnil Sandal: This sex-on-a-sandal by covet-worthy footwear purveyor Michel Vivien features red-hot suede, a multi-strap front, a gold-tone buckle fastening, a curved wedge, and a leather sole.

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WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie O’Hare Shopper Tote: The end-all and be-all of men’s carryalls, this roomy bestseller features an organic cotton canvas body with tan leather trim and a removable shoulder strap.

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J.M. Weston x Maison Kitsuné New York Loafer: A contemporary twist on J.M. Weston’s signature 180 loafer, this shoe was made exclusively for Maison Kitsuné New York and is flying off the shelves for its blend of shiny and pebble grain leathers, all-black finishings and Blake stitching.

Cheat Sheet
Opened: April 18, 2012
Pronunciation: May-zohn Kit-soo-nay
Founders: Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki
Aesthetic: Parisian prep with modern swagger.
Address: 1170 Broadway (at Broadway and 28th Street)
Locations: Two standalone stores worldwide in Paris and New York. Plans to open a boutique in Japan in 2013.