On Tuesday, the letdown of a winter storm known as Stella kept the fashion and art world snugly nestled in their homes, rather than on Manhattan’s west side at the opening of the Whitney Biennial. The 78th Biennial’s opening was postponed a day to make way for the storm, which, though forecast to snow down upwards of a foot of accumulation, left the city blanketed in a paltry four to eight inches. And instead of Tuesday, it was on Wednesday that an eclectic cross-section of art and fashion lovers descended on the Whitney Museum to take in the Biennial in its opening moments — the first time the annual showcase has been held at the museum’s new downtown location. Among the in-crowd in attendance: actress Zosia Mamet, an array of city socialites, model-musician-actress Zoë Kravitz, and musician Annie Clark, alias St. Vincent.
With buzz around a forthcoming album later this year, Clark has been a staple of the fashion circuit these past few months: She appeared, briefly, at the Fall II 2016 Opening Ceremony after party; she DJed Julia Restoin Roitfeld’s holiday pop-up in Soho; and she has also made festival rounds with her directorial debut. For the Whitney Biennial opening, she selected a matching top and skirt by Opening Ceremony, paired with bright red socks that give off just a hint of Wicked Witch of the East vibes.
Who: Annie Clark, AKA St. Vincent.
When: Wednesday, March 15.
Where: The opening of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 78th Biennial in New York, New York.
What: A black top and skirt by Opening Ceremony with black kitten heels and red socks and Tiffany HardWear jewelry.
Why: From the peplum-embellished top and skirt to the low heels paired with red socks, St. Vincent looks like she could have been plucked straight out of The Wizard of Oz. Slightly spooky, slightly scary is what the musician does best. (Right down to her directorial debut, a horror short that was part of the anthology, XX.)
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