200 reasons to see Sam Haskins' retrospective

Take it from Tommy: "Sam has a refreshing sense of fun in his photography, and manages to capture the balance of a woman's inner and outer beauty." Both types of beauty (especially the outer kind) are on view in Fashion Etcetera, Sam Haskins' Hilfiger-sponsored, 200-piece retrospective at NYC's Milk Gallery, but especially the outer kind. The designer has been an admirer since the sixties, when Haskins' artful, irreverent nudes—like the sly-eyed Gill from Five Girls (above), or the iconic Cowboy Kate, which featured the titular (heh) Wild West-styled Kate often naked but for her gun holster and accompanying pony—brought the South African photographer to fame. The 200-piece exhibition, which is accompanied by a special-edition hardcover sold in Tommy stores, strikes a nice balance between his more recent fashion work (for the likes of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar) and the swinging-sixties cheesecake stuff (call it the etcetera). And it's a show that almost wasn't: Haskins, 82, suffered a stroke just hours before the opening, but we're happy to report he's recovering nicely and hasn't let a minor setback like that keep him from attending to the details. "Even in the emergency room, he was issuing instructions about the lighting in the gallery," his son Ludwig reports.
Sam Haskins: Fashion Etcetera runs through October 26 at Milk Gallery, 450 W. 15th St., NYC, (212) 645-2797, milkstudios.com; special-edition hardcover catalog, $100, available at Tommy Hilfiger stores and tommy.com

Photos: Sam Haskins

A Soiree worth attending


Fashion week's over (you can head over to our coverage for the complete details), and, to be honest, we're a little sad to see it go. As a fond farewell, here's one last show we didn't review: Soiree, Agent Provocateur's new line of "couture" lingerie.

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Photo: Courtesy of Agent Provocateur

From paparazzi shots to art, in just 40 years


Don't get us wrong: Brigitte Bardot has done some fine work as an animal-rights activist since leaving the acting game. Still, we'd like to remember her as the French femme fatale from And God Created Women and Manina—and apparently we're not alone. Savile Row's James Hyman Gallery is celebrating BB's upcoming 75th birthday (on September 28) with an exhibition of 75 vintage prints snapped by the famed first-gen pack of paparazzi who followed her around in the sixties. Most of the prints are one-of-a-kind and priced between $800 and $4,000, but if your collection's in a holding pattern these days, there's an eminently clickable online slideshow. Feeling flush and getting an early start on the weekend in London? The opening's tonight.
Brigitte Bardot and the Original Paparazzi: An Exhibition of Rare Original Vintage Photographs, through October 3 at James Hyman Gallery, 5 Savile Row, London, jameshymangallery.com

Photo: Courtesy of James Hyman Gallery
Tags: Art, Women

One More Thing...

The internet security company McAfee released its annual report on the most dangerous celebrities to search for in cyberspace, the ones most associated with spyware and malware. Top of the list? Jessica Biel, no doubt for her, ahem, revealing performance in Powder Blue. We've bravely risked our own PCs to protect yours. Here's what you're looking for.

Photo: Spirit Dance Entertainment

One More Thing...

Vice does what Vice does best, and asks the hard-hitting (i.e., dirty) questions. Recently, the magazine turned its gaze to supertall girls to find out how Amazonian proportions affect life, love, and lust. Sample exchange: "How easy is it to look under your skirt?" "It depends how attractive you are." Hey, ladies...

Photo: Kurt Prinz/viceland.com
Tags: Vices, Women

One More Thing...

Kate Moss

Photographer Corinne Day—who counts Kate Moss among the fashion models her shots have ushered to fame—needs urgent surgery to remove a brain tumor. That's the bad news. The good news: She's selling prints of never-before-published shots of Miss Moss (like the one pictured) to raise money. We'd be glad to chip in—a good deed is its own reward, but a naked Kate Moss is a better one.
To purchase, e-mail emily@premiermodelmanagement.com

[via Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Corinne Day/vogue.co.uk
Tags: Art, Vices, Women

Plain wrap not included

A few years back, we noticed an appealing trend: the dirty magazine evolving from something you hide under the mattress to something you display on the coffee table. Chalk it up to production values, name-brand models (Lily Cole, Eva Herzigova), or whatever sociological theory you like best—we'll just call it a good time. It's been a while since we last checked in with the filthy likes of S, Paradis, and, of course, Purple Sexe, so we're glad to see that the crew at The Pipeline has rounded up some of the best of the recent issues, including a fine new addition to the genre, the airbrush-averse Jacques. Their findings are well worth a lunchtime perusal, though the usual NSFW disclaimers apply. But should your boss happen by, no sweat—after all, with contributions from John Currin, Damien Hirst, and Juergen Teller, these aren't smut, they're art.

Photo: S Magazine
Tags: Art, Media, Vices, Women

Good news for ugly rich guys


Women are getting more beautiful all the time. A new study from the University of Helsinki analyzing decades of data finds that gorgeous women have 16 percent more children than nongorgeous women, and are also 26 percent more likely to have daughters than sons (pictured: case in point). Do the math, and you get a survival-of-the-hottest evolutionary strategy. When it comes to men, though, a different Darwinian standard applies: It's not the more handsome men who have more children; it's the more successful ones. In other words: Cliches become cliches for a reason! Vide Mr. and the current Mrs. Donald Trump—though, for the record, they had a boy.

Photo: Getty Images
Tags: Women

One More Thing...

God bless the Swiss: All those timepieces, and now a series of naked-supermodel skate decks to boot.
About $92 each, available at doodah.ch

[via NY Mag]

Photo: doodah.ch
Tags: Gear, Vices, Women

One More Thing...

You may have read about the fateful night at the Gramercy Park Hotel's Rose Bar when the A/C went down and the tops came off. You may even have seen a PG-13 video of it posted (briefly) on YouTube. In another great moment for service journalism, here's the first and only version to show everything, courtesy of noted documentarian Douglas Keeve, who just happened to be on the premises, camera in hand.

Tags: Vices, Women
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