Photo by Byron Spencer.
Photo: Tre Henry. All images courtesy of Kravets Wehby Gallery. Without even looking at the paintings of artist Theresa Chromati—those of discombobulated women exploding with corporeal color—it’s not difficult to glean her penchant for all things graphic.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: All clothing by Adam Selman SPORT.
Coffee Table Curator is a monthly series showing—no, telling—you which art and culture books to add to your living room repertoire; your remote control and beer-stained coasters will look chic by association. Here’s what we have to recommend for the month of May
Sally Rooney has become quite the phenomenon in a certain circle of New York.
Wandering amongst the rainbow windows of this year’s Costume Institute exhibit, Camp: Notes on Fashion, I was hit by a cacophony of voices — among them a British-tinged one jubilantly, repeatedly, echoing the phrase, lifted from artist Philip Core: “Camp is Judy Garland!” As a sort of aural backdrop flooding the entire wing, Garland’s famed balled “Over the Rainbow” played on as attendees made their rounds, its melodramatic strings and desperate longing managing to overwhelm the feathers, heaps of tulle and fig leaf Beau Ideal leggings on display. While the notion of camp is a point of debate for some, or sincere confusion for others, at the Andrew Bolton-curated exhibition, it was the noise that rung campiest. Camp is an aggressively visual mode, sure, but its power can transcend kitschy playthings and assume a form so translucent, so unnerving, that it actually surrounds you.
—— The biggest party of the year already has a larger-than-life dress code, but add to it the notion of camp (whatever it may be) and this year’s Met Gala was bound to be an outsized parade of clownery, buffoonery, and fashion flexes. Exhibit 1: Our in-house Trench expert , Billy Porter, who made a gilded entrance
Photo by Ivana Kličković. For the past decade, the musician Cate Le Bon has been on the road promoting her handcrafted songs, and wherever else she can, her bounty of handcrafted wares . Besides releasing four albums, and producing Deerhunter’s latest record , t he Welsh musician spent the majority of 2017 in residence at a world-class furniture school, Waters & Acland in England, where she balanced her long days in the workshop with solitary nights at her piano.
Hat ScHoolboy Q’s own.
In service of his aristocratic clientele — from pop royalty to actual princesses — the London-based milliner Philip Treacy takes the already lofty practice of hat-making and allows it to float into a terrain so haute that it becomes extraterrestrial. His one-of-a-kind creations draw inspiration from alien landings, clerical garb, military pageantry, and often his own geometric flights of fancy. But for all their otherworldly craftsmanship, Treacy’s hats are as much about the minds they adorn