Art Star Jeff Koons New H&M Bag Lands On Fifth Avenue

Jeff Koons and Julio Santo Domingo

When I first heard Jeff Koons was collaborating with retailer H&M I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Maybe some mylar-effect puffer jackets? A lobster print puffer jacket? A mylar/lobster print puffer jacket? Actually, Koons collaborated with H&M on a leather handbag printed with a photo of his famous balloon dog sculpture. The real sculpture will cost you over $50 million, but the bag costs just under $50. A real steal, and also a great solution for someone like me that can’t fit all my giant balloon dog sculptures in my tiny apartment. 

The launch party last night was held at H&M’s new 5th Avenue flagship. The crowd of guests included movie stars like Olivia Wilde and Ashley Benson along with art stars like Tim Barber and Jeanette Hayes. I tried to get a quote from Koons and Ashley, but when the time came I was quickly elbowed past by fashion writers more eager than myself, and suddenly not fast enough to reach them before fans bombarded them with requests for selfies. I gave up on the press pit and headed into the party a little disappointed that I didn’t get to ask Koons why he wasn’t carrying his own Koons bag like all the popular girls. I saw people buying as many as five of the purses, presumably to put the extras on eBay when they inevitably sell out, like H&M’s collabs in the past.

Beyond the chaos of the red carpet was a fun party with tiny fish tacos, a performance from teen cutie Birdy, some tipsy shopping, and crowding around Koons. While Koons sculptures have reflective surfaces that often make for a good #ARTSELFIE, the store’s mirrors provided for a new kind of #KOONSSELFIE in which the photographer/subject can now wear the Koons.

H&M x JEFF KOONS 5th Ave Flagship Event
Birdy

H&M x JEFF KOONS 5th Ave Flagship Event
Jeff Dorsman, Eric Zindorf

H&M x JEFF KOONS 5th Ave Flagship Event
Johannes Huebl

H&M x JEFF KOONS 5th Ave Flagship Event
Timo Weiland

H&M x JEFF KOONS 5th Ave Flagship Event
Olivia Wilde

H&M x JEFF KOONS 5th Ave Flagship Event
Lorenzo Martone

H&M x JEFF KOONS 5th Ave Flagship Event
Perez Hilton

H&M x JEFF KOONS 5th Ave Flagship Event
Nicky Hilton

H&M x JEFF KOONS 5th Ave Flagship Event
Cleo Wade, Margot

H&M x JEFF KOONS 5th Ave Flagship Event
June Ambrose

H&M x JEFF KOONS 5th Ave Flagship Event
Jeff Koons, Julio Santo Domingo

H&M x JEFF KOONS 5th Ave Flagship Event
Katie Schmidt, Marybeth Schmidt

H&M x JEFF KOONS 5th Ave Flagship Event
Donna D’Cruz

H&M x JEFF KOONS 5th Ave Flagship Event
Alek Wek

H&M x JEFF KOONS 5th Ave Flagship Event
Ryan McGinness

All photos courtesy of BFA/H&M

Larry Tee On His Favorite Project Yet: New Single ‘Charlie’

You can’t talk about the "good ol’ days" of nightlife without homage to Larry Tee. However, Larry, like myself, likes to be remembered for what he has done and acknowledged for what he is doing in the "now.” Larry and I have worked together many times. Sometimes the relationship has been testy, but it is always respectful. He has constantly redefined nightlife and our culture. I was around when he coined the term “Electroclash” for a genre of music that few knew about then. He helped push artists like RuPaul, Peaches, Fischerspooner, and Scissor Sisters into our vocabulary. He talked about Williamsburg while we were still paying Manhattan rents and listening to boring disc jockeys.

His Love Machine party with his Atlanta clan RuPaul, Lahomma Van Zandt, and Lady Bunny was the precursor to so much of our fabulously forward nightlife. He was pushing Amanda Lepore when she was still sporting a push-up bra. I remember hearing him talk about Princess Superstar when she was Princess "I wanna be a” Star. Larry has always been in front of the action. He has always gone where no man has gone before. So when he says that something’s going to be the next thing… we better listen. He and I were partners in crime at Le Palace de Beaute with Michael Alig before the famous crime(s). He has made a rock star out of Perez Hilton and created W.I.T. This can go on and on but as I said up top, Larry is still making it happen in a huge way and we chatted with him about it.

We met many years ago and worked together often. I have always looked at you as an innovator. Electronic music, RuPaul… talk to me about the things and people you helped push into the public view.
I have always been lucky to befriend people who have big talents, from my friends in Georgia like Michael Stipe and RuPaul, to the Scissor Sisters and Afrojack more recently. I have always loved other peoples’ big ideas and have tried to push them into the spotlight too since it’s exciting to watch. My whole Electroclash period of festivals and touring groups like Peaches, Chicks on Speed, Fischerpooner, etc., was all based around my love of outrageous and often political shows. And lately my work has been hi-jacked by more mainstream stars like Santigold, Shontelle, Steve Aoki, and Princess Superstar with my song "Licky" and Afrojack, MDPC and Roxy Cottontail with my "Let’s Make Nasty" track. As ‘crazy’ gets more mainstream with Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga, my brand has been dragged into the mainstream too, thankfully.

Your single comes out today! Tell me about it and how it started.
The song is called “Charlie” and features 15 dogs in wigs dressed as contemporary artists like Chihuahua Del Rey and Stinky Minaj, designed by Lady Gaga’s hair couture genius, Charlie Le Mindu.

How do you get 100 million views on YouTube? That was the question when I decided to make a video with Charlie Le Mindu. Google-image him for sure. After some research, we realized that if you didn’t have Justin Bieber, Rihanna, or Eminem in your video, you better have children or animals. The song “Charlie” is a collage of sound effects, mad pianos, electro-synth riffs, a 60-year-old subway singer, and hyper-percussion bongo breaks, and so we needed something equally madcap to make the video pop.

So we got Charlie to make wigs for 15 dogs. When we were finished shooting, people kept saying that this dog looked like Lana Del Rey or this one looked like Amy Winehouse so we took the idea further and gave the dogs fake celebrity names like “Chihuahua Del Rey” and “Madogga.” It was one of the most satisfying projects in my life, I tell you.

Do you still DJ? What else do you do with your time now spent in London? Why did you abandon us?
Since I have had so many breakouts on the dance floor and in movies these last couple years, it’s led to a DJ residency at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas which is amazing. I was arm wrestling with Pete Wendt from Fall Out Boy at the pool party I did there last week. In London, Super Techno Party Machine at East Bloc is my residency every Friday/ I have guests like Rolf from the 2 Bears, Severino from Horse Meat Disco, Rueben Wu from Ladytron, Chicks on Speed, supermodel Luke Worrall, Richard Mortimer from Ponystep Magzine, and Carmen Xtravaganza from the house of Xtravagnza. What do these guys have in common? Nothing except if I wanted to put on an amazing party, I would want to have lots of diverse guests and sounds! And some fabulousness! And I still consider New York to be my spiritual home, but it was becoming like Groundhog Day where every day seemed like the one before…London has inspired me to make new things and experiment with new sounds, so I’m super happy.

While we are on the subject…what’s great in London club-wise, for people with…er… different perspectives?
London always has new hot spots popping up that are worth a try. Destroy Cluture raves are amazing featuring the Boy London DJ Team, Alis Pelleschi, the post-rave fashion goddess, and Sean Bass, the graphics genius behind the DISNEY bastardizations. Hot Boy Dancing Spot is just what you would expect: BUTT magazine come to life.

 

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Vans, Perez, More: 4 Fashiony Events to Hit During SXSW

Heading to South by Southwest and looking for cool shit to do? If you can’t be bothered with anything less than stylish, here’s a roundup of four parties, lounges and gigs that are sure to be action-packed and sprinkled with sartorial eye candy. 

· House of Vans at the Mohawk: On Wednesday, March 13th, famed footwear and lifestyle brand Vans is hosted a rager that will include performances by Ghostface Killah, The Specials, Iggy and the Stooges, Japandroids, Middle Class Rut, Sky Ferreira, Baths, WHY?, Young Fathers, Daedelus, Kenny Dennis, D33J and Anticon DJs. It’s a must stop. 912 Red River Street (at 10th Ave). Doors open at 6:30pm. See the complete lineup here.

· Bollare Joins The Neighborhood: As the official press partner for the inaugural launch of The Neighborhood at 2nd Street District at SXSW, cool-kid PR agency Bollare is hosting a Relax & Recharge Lounge. Enjoy drinks, get your hair did and peruse swag from LA-based brands like WILDFOX, Boostcase, BluePrint Cleanse and Bangstyle. It’s all going down March 11th through 14th from 12pm to 8pm daily.

· Roar Takes Over: From March 8th through 17th, Roar Clothing will be holding court at South By to host a cocktail hour at Lustre Pearl, 97 Rainey Street Austin, TX 78701.

·Perez Hilton’s Does Austin: On Saturday, March 16th, gossip king Perez Hilton will return to SXSW with the sixth installment of his musical showcase, Perez Hilton’s "One Night In Austin." Although the official line-up as yet to be released, past performers include stylish peeps like Katy Perry, Kimbra, Courtney Love, Lady Gaga and Kanye West. This year’s bash is taking place at the Austin Music Hall from 6pm to 2am.

Azealia Banks Calls Perez Hilton A Faggot, Janet Mock Jumps In, Shitshow Ensues

Last week the Internet rolled its eyes at rappers Azealia Banks and Angel Haze and their sparring diss tracks. Kids today! In short order, Perez Hilton interjected himself into the debate and Banks lashed out, calling the openly gay blogger a "faggot" and asking him "does your butthole whistle?"

It seems like Banks was simply provoked by some finger-wagging posts published on Perez Hilton which chastised the two women for their "bickering" and "beef." 

Banks responded with tweets — which looks like it has been deleted:

@PerezHilton does your butthole whistle? Like is your butthole so stretched and raggedy the air whistles when you move?"

And then:

"omg u should just kill yourself… Like for real. lol what a messy f–got you are."

When other Twitter users rightly freaked out on Banks for her use of gay slurs, she got defensive and bullshitty, claiming that "faggot" isn’t really a gay slur. It’s a slightly-more-okay-somehow sexist slur!  She tweeted:  

She eventually apologized … sort of … but not really:

That could have been the end of it, maybe, save for more tweets for Banks licking her wounds.

But then Janet Mock, a former editor at People and a trans woman, jumped in with her own critique which made really good points yet stirred the pot even more (for some Twitter users, at least):

Mock also retweeted a fellow black feminist who agreed with her:

But she got a lot of pushback on Twitter from users accusing her of condoning Banks’ homophobia and misogyny by seemingly defending her and blaming Hilton, the victim in this scenario:

That all happened this morning. Thankfully it’s died down for now, most likely because everyone’s agents are screaming "FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, PLEASE STOP." 

Alas, recapping the continued bigotry in our popular culture probably never will die down …

Contact the author of this post at Jessica.Wakeman@Gmail.com. Follow me on Twitter.

Perez Hilton Starring as Prince Harry in Off-Broadway ‘NEWSical’

First of all, I apologize for what I’m about to do to your eyeballs. Second of all, there’s an off-Brodway musical revue called NEWSical the Musical, which is a musical send-up of timely gossip items, the title of which features handy caps-locking in case you can’t decipher subtle puns like "newsical" when they’re all correctly capitalized. And who better to step into the role of recent famous nudist Prince Harry than gossip blogger / talented musical theater actor Perez Hilton? 

Did I mention nudity? Because Perez Hilton is nude in this show. I’m sorry. I’m really sorry. No one has apologized to me, and I certainly didn’t make this casting decision, but I feel really bad about paying this forward and ruining your afternoon. Here are some images below, courtesy of Broadway World. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to pour bleach on my face to make these images go away.

Contact the author of this post at tcoates@bbook.com and follow him on Twitter.

Liz Phair Premieres New Video With Help From Perez Hilton

Sometimes it’s tough being a Liz Phair fan. I’m one of those who normally believe she can do no wrong despite all of her career missteps—the self-titled pop-rock album from 2003 the one most universally acknowledged as a confusing mess. I even hung out with her for a few hours a couple of years ago in her own stomping grounds of Wicker Park in Chicago where she wrote and recorded her seminal album, Exile in Guyville. When she self-released her most recent album, Funstyle, I, like many others, was confused at the decision to infuse a couple of her songs with some weird M.I.A.-lite rapping. But still, I kept on listening, because the woman certainly writes lyrics that speak to me in a deeply personal way. Which is, of course, why I’m a little bummed that the site that got the exclusive premiere of her new video was Perez Hilton, the bilious gossip website that so often attacks famous women for their professional (and personal) choices. 

Let’s just agree that I’m not linking to the site (while I usually am generous with my links here, I refuse to contribute to his page views). You can take a look at the video below. It’s for the song "And He Slayed Her" from Funstyle (which, if you’re keeping up, was released nearly two years ago). Phair looks great, per usual, and the song harkens back to her older indie sensibility and incorporates that made Liz Phair Liz Phair: the slightly out-of-tune singing, the imperfect guitar playing, the choppy production. It’s also a call-out to a famous man who has spurned her (just like in her Guyville days), this time Columbia Records executive Andy Slater ("And He Slayed Her," get it?), who dumped Phair from the label after the lukewarm response to 2005’s Somebody’s Miracle. It’s still a great tune and indicative of the personal and, let’s face it, cleverly idiosyncratic songwriting that Phair’s known for. One wishes (well, hell, I wish) she had chosen a better route to publicize it! 

 

Update: Liz Phair reached out to me via Twitter. She writes, "Andy Slater didn’t ‘dump’ me from Capitol, I had to fight tooth and nail to get off. He actually prevented me from leaving and I had to wait till he got fired. My anger about being ‘retained’ is what song is all about." Noted and appreciated! Here’s a good example of people mostly missing the mark with it comes to Liz Phair’s career (even, regretably, some of her biggest fans). 

Lady Gaga Is Sorry for Saying ‘Retarded’

Lady Gaga has finally buckled to the pressures of the unseen, puritanical hordes and said ‘I’m sorry.’ In a statement sent directly to cleanser-of-sins Perez Hilton, Gaga took back her use of the word ‘retarded’ in a confrontational interview with Brit music bible NME.

Gaga used the word to describe allegations that she ripped off Madonna’s “Express Yourself” and turned it into her hit, “Born This Way.” The original quote goes something like this. “That’s retarded. If you put the songs next to each other, side by side, the only similarities are the chord progression. It’s the same one that’s been in disco music for the last 50 years.” She has a point, doesn’t she? That’s pretty retarded. Here’s her statement:

“I consider it part of my life’s work and music to push the boundaries of love and acceptance.

My apologies for not speaking thoughtfully. To anyone that was hurt, please know that it was furiously unintentional.

An honest mistake, requires honesty to make.

“Whether life’s disabilities, left you outcast bullied or teased, rejoice and love yourself today.” – Lady GaGa

Welcome, #furiouslyunintentional.

Morning Links: Miley Cyrus Unimpressed by Rebecca Black, Lil Wayne Hasn’t Listened to Nicki’s Album

● Perez Hilton is hoping to win a fresh new audience with his latest project, a kid’s book called The Boy with Pink Hair. Assuming the x-rated doodles don’t make the final edit, could this child-friendly celebration of “individuality and self-acceptance” mean Perez is growing up? [GalleyCat] ● George Clooney has been named a witness by Silvio Berlusconi’s defense lawyers for the “bunga-bunga” Prime Minister’s upcoming prostitution trial. Clooney maintains that his relations with the PM are strictly business: “I’ve only met Berlusconi once and that was in an attempt to get aid into Darfur.” [ABC/AP] ● Miley Cyrus, like everyone else on the planet, has some thoughts about Rebecca Black: “It should be harder to be an artist,” she told The Daily Telegram. “You shouldn’t just be able to put a song on YouTube and go out on tour.” [NYDN]

● Lil Wayne is Lil Wayne’s Number One, Number Two, and probably Number 400 priority, but what does that mean for his top-brass Young Money henchman? “I never heard Drake’s album. I never heard Nicki’s album,” he told Hot 97’s Angie Martinez. “I swear to god. I work too hard.” Best of luck to low-hangers T-Streets and Gudda Gudda hoping to get a listen. [NahRight] ● Nobody called to tell Courtney Love that her ex Edward Norton got engaged, but she found out anyway. “Wow, it’s about time. He’s 41,” she said. “He needs to have babies.” [PageSix] ● The 4chan hacker at the center of Hollywood’s nude photo pandemonium, the man who hacked his way into the private accounts of Vanessa Hudgens, Scarlett Johansson, and almost 50 others, says he’s not afraid of going to jail. [The Daily]

Amy Ryan Revealed Details of Her Appearance on Steve Carell’s Final ‘Office’ Episode Weeks Ago

A couple of days ago, TV news guru Michael Ausiello posted a story on his website touting a big spoiler alert regarding Steve Carell’s final episode on The Office, set for late next month. The website, TV Line, had previously speculated that Amy Ryan, who plays Carell’s love interest, Holly Flax, might not appear on the April 28th episode. Ausiello thought otherwise.

Paul Feig, who directed the episode, told Ausiello, “All I’ll say is she actually is in the episode in a way, [Holly] is involved,” which left the journalist wondering about specifics. Holly’s involvement in the episode became such a cause for concern that Perez Hilton picked up Ausiello’s spoiler, adding fuel to the fire.

All of this speculation leads us to believe that neither Ausiello or Perez Hilton bothered to read our interview with Amy Ryan from almost two weeks ago, where she reveals the exact capacity in which Holly appears in the episode:

I heard that this is Steve’s last week. Today’s Monday? Yeah, Friday [today] will be his last day at work. I’m involved in the episode, but it’s just a phone call. I did a conference call table read last week, and it was very emotional well after it was done just to hear the room, and it was not easy. There was a lot of high emotion going on. People are going to be very sad to see him go.

So there you have it, folks. Holly Flax will appear via telephone, which probably means that Michael will leave Dunder Mifflin to join her in Nashua.