Barneys and Todd Oldham Fête Alexander Girard

Monday, December 12, 2011

Barneys Chelsea Passage—located on the 9th floor of the store—has been re-imagined and in recent months has become the go-to place for interior design, as well as a literary destination of sorts. The reinvigorated space boasts a carefully curated collection of tomes, and not surprisingly has played host to a number of book launches over the past few months.

Most recently, Todd Oldham, along with writer Kiera Coffee, celebrated the publication of their massive, 15 pound, monograph on architect and textile designer Alexander Girard. “People know him best for his textiles,” Oldham told AVENUEinsider, “but I felt that my purpose was to give people insight into his lesser known work.” To that end, Oldham went through the whole of Girard’s archives to discover hereto unforeseen works from the designer’s brilliantly eclectic career.  He was, after all, the man who famously re-branded Braniff International Airways in the 1960s, complete with Pucci-clad stewardesses.

The event attracted a chic yet diverse group of revelers and well-wishers, including hostess Wendy Goodman; Anna Sui; Oldham’s longtime partner and collaborator Tony Longoria; and the irrepressible John Waters, who quipped, “this book weighs as much as I do.”


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