Fashion, Supermodels, Celebs, and Collectors Love Jeff Koons

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He’s made a name for himself becoming one of the most successful living American artist, selling his shiny works for millions of dollars, and is a discussion for bitter art students and fashion lovers alike. Jeff Koons has had collaboration with H&M — something that is regularly reserved for fashion houses like Alexander Wang or superstars like David Beckham. Jeff sealed the deal when he caught the attention of Lady Gaga’s lil’ monsters after designing her album cover for ArtPop.

The artist’s name is becoming omnipresent in pop culture, so it only makes sense that Koons is nearly a celeb himself. See below to further explore the phenomenon.

1. Jeff with supermodel Naomi Campbell Joe-SchildhornPhoto: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

2. Jeff with fashion designer Stella McCartney Joe-SPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

3. Jeff with movie star Drew Barrymore and supermodel Natalia Vodianova AN EVENING HONORING STELLA McCARTNEY PRESENTED BY AMERICAN EXPRESSPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

4. Jeff with supermodel Stephanie Seymour JEFFPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

5. Jeff With his wife Justine, actor Taylor Kinney and mega star Lady Gaga The Worldwide Editors of HARPER'S BAZAAR Celebrate ICONS by CARINE ROITFELDPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

6. Jeff with director Sofia Coppola and supermodel Naomi Campbell PROJECT PERPETUAL Inaugural Dinner & AuctionPhoto: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

7. Jeff with actress Ashley Benson H&M x JEFF KOONS 5th Ave Flagship EventPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

8. Jeff with American icon Tommy Hilfiger and wife Dee 2014 HIGH LINE ART DINNER sponsored by TOMMY HILFIGER HOMEPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

9. Jeff with journalist and publishing powerhouse Arianna Huffington JEFFPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

10. Jeff with his wife Justine and the legendary Sir Paul McCartney Joe-Schildhorn-3Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

The Most Stylish Party Goers of the Week

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The temperatures may be dropping in New York City but the party circuit is still hot. Valentino showed couture stateside and it brought about a bundle of stylish avid Valentino wearers. Stephanie Seymour proves she’s the definition of elegance and Carey Mulligan has a major red moment in Switzerland. Who gets your vote for best dressed?

1. Carey Mulligan at Gstaad’s 10th Anniversary Winter Weekend Gala in Gstaad, SwitzerlandMatteo-PrandoniPhoto: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

2. Stephanie Seymour at Children of Armenia Fund Holiday Gala CHILDREN OF ARMENIA FUND 11th Annual Holiday GalaPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

3. Lindsey Calla at WWD 10 of Tomorrow Event WWD x THE SEAPORT DISTRICT Host 10 of Tomorrow EventPhoto: Aria Isadora/BFAnyc.com

4. Coco Rocha at WWD 10 of Tomorrow Event WWD x THE SEAPORT DISTRICT Host 10 of Tomorrow EventPhoto: Aria Isadora/BFAnyc.com

5. Harley Viera-Newton at Valentino Sala Bianca 945 at The Whitney Museum VALENTINO SALA BIANCA 945Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

6. Olivia Palermo at Valentino Sala Bianca 945 at The Whitney MuseumBF-2Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

7. Emma Roberts at Valentino Sala Bianca 945 at The Whitney MuseumBF-3Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com 

8. Padma Lakshmi at Valentino Sala Bianca 945 at The Whitney MuseumVALENTINO SALA BIANCA 945Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

9. Franca Sozzani at Valentino Sala Bianca 945 at The Whitney MuseumVALENTINO SALA BIANCA 945Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com 

10. Katie Holmes at Valentino Sala Bianca 945 at The Whitney MuseumBF-6Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Visual Xanax: Red Hot When The Temps Drop

Try not to think about how cold it is, and if you must leave the comfort of the tea-serving cashmere fort you’ve made (no, not you too?) then consider a hit of what Naomi Campbell and Stephanie Seymour have to offer.

All the bluster in the world couldn’t knock down supers wearing a red like that. Stick it to the wind and forget about impending snow – you’ve got a set of sticks a mile long and a bright red topper to see you through – even if it’s just in your head. Isn’t that what (visual) Xanax is for?

Naomi and Stephanie in Vogue, 1987.

Morning Links: Britney Spears Is a Rip-Off Artist, James Bond Is Back

● Worried that Britney Spears’ record-breaking new single, “Hold It Against Me,” sounds familiar? You’re not alone. Country duo the Bellamy Brothers are claiming that she copied their song “If I said You Had A Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me.” This is probably good for everybody’s iTunes sales. [TMZ] ● Ice-T’s wife, Coco, took to Twitter to discuss her new apparel line: “I wear this around the house to clean in,” she wrote of her see-through cat suit. [HuffPo] ● Tia Mowry, one half of Sister, Sister and star of BET’s popular The Game, is expecting. She and husband Cory Hardrict will document the pregnancy on the Style Network later this year, because why not? [US]

● Peter Brant II responded to photos of him frolicking on the beach with his mother, supermodel Stephanie Seymour, by noting that “any mother in the world does the same.” Also, that he’s openly gay. Context, guys! [Gawker] ● The envy of women everywhere, Katie Holmes has signed on as the new face of Ann Taylor. [NYPost] ● After almost a year in suspension due to financial troubles at MGM, Bond 23 has been sent into production with a November 2012 release date. [HuffPo]

Supermodels Boycott “Muse” Gala

imageLast night’s Vogue-sponsored Costume Gala at the Met Museum wasn’t without its fair share of controversy. And, no, I’m not talking about Madonna’s thigh-high boots and bunny ears, nor am I referring to Helena Christensen’s frock fit for figure skating, which was outfitted with crystals spelling out the aforementioned magazine’s moniker. In fact the tempest in question instead had to do with the supermodels that didn’t show up at all last night — the result of Anna Wintour snubbing a particularly revered (not to mention Michelle Obama-approved) Parisian designer.

The Met’s “Model as Muse” exhibition, the opening of which was being celebrated last night, fails to include any representation of famed French fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa’s work (an omission for which the designer blames Wintour, according to this piece in the New York Times). In protest of his having been excluded, Alaïa pulled designs of his, which were to be worn by seven different models to last night’s gala. Supermodels Stephanie Seymour, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell decided to forgo last night’s festivities; in the case of Seymour and Campbell, it was officially out of protest. Of her decision, a spokesperson for Campbell told the New York Times, ““As Naomi has been the muse of Azzedine Alaïa for 23 years, she feels she doesn’t want to attend unless she can represent his work.” While the exhibit’s overlooking of such an influential designer is no doubt condemnable, the omission has other implications as well. Campbell is one of only a handful of non-white models who have ever achieved supermodel status. So, to exclude the designer with which such a revolutionary model has had a long, influential relationship seems in especially poor taste given the exhibit’s intention of paying homage to “the model.”

Invasion of the Supermodels

This spring marks the invasion of the supermodel. Just as “new nostalgia” is affecting fashion trends from the red carpet to clothing racks at Topshop (not to mention TV dinner trays at Target), the recession has likewise sparked a resurgence of interest in the seasoned supe. Take one look at high-fashion advertising campaigns for SS09 and the trend is clear: “Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista for Dsquared2, Gisele Bundchen and Kate Moss for Versace, Stephanie Seymour for Valentino, Claudia Schiffer for Yves Saint Laurent, and now, Amber Valletta in a stunning campaign for Loewe,” says Fashionologie. And fashion rags are following suit.

For its February issue, Vogue Canada has featured none other than icon Iman on its cover. Same with designer look books — think Missy Rayder making a comeback via Alexander Wang’s SS09 look book. Considering all of the aforementioned models have perhaps passed their heyday and still look flawless, the trend is infinitely inspiring. That is, objectively speaking. Realizing you’ll never have that figure and face — no matter what age you are — is another story entirely.

Gaultier in Paris: “Chic Pocahontas”

It’s sorta funny when cultures clash like, say, a Japanese cowboy (thanks Ween!). That’s why I wasn’t sure whether Sunday’s Hermes show in Paris, loaded with a Western-wear theme, was another Bruno stunt. Turns out it was just designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, who rarely disappoints. “Jean-Paul loves women and dresses us in a feminine and very sensual way,” Stephanie Seymour told Reuters. “I thought it was like a chic Pocahontas.”

That is to say, the show was full of Stetsons, studded leather belts, and dresses that made models look like dusty saloon Jezebels. Naomi Campbell took the runway in a red dress and bikini bottoms. Surrounded by sand, cacti, and cattle-rustlin’ music, Campbell pleased the crowd by throwing her cowboy hat to the crowd. So, how exactly did Gaultier create his cowboy chic collection? “I did not go to Santa Fe,” he assures us. “It was only in my head.”