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Sasha Pivovarova Kicks Off Dior Spring 2018 Collection With NYFW Gallery Party

Sasha Pivovarova Kicks Off Dior Spring 2018 Collection With NYFW Gallery Party
From WWD - February 7, 2018

I feel like its a birthday party, exclaimed Sasha Pivovarova. Ive been an artist all my life, but nobody would come to celebrate. Finally, today people are coming.

For nearly 15 years, the Russian-born Pivovarova has been known primarily for her looks, modeling for a bevy of high fashion brands, but all the while quietly expressing herself through her visual arts from painting to sculpture and collage. On Tuesday night, she was finally able to display her talents with an interactive installation of her work at a cocktail party celebrating the launch of Diors spring 2018 womens ready-to-wear collection.

As guests including Sophie Auster, Olivia Culpo, Leigh Lezark, Mia Moretti and Johannes Huebl floated into the 14th Street Garage in Manhattan, they were greeted by Pivovarovas multimedia installation of mostly hauntingly expressionless women. The exhibition also included a projected video of the artist on Monday afternoon painting similar faces in black ink onto a white cube constructed on an upper level of the spacethe perfect spot for a social media photo op.

I saw the video on the wall and I didnt realized at first that Sasha did it [all], remarked musician Jon Batiste, who wore a sleek black lambskin jacket from Dior Homme for the occasion. My mind is blown.

While some are excited for New York Fashion Weeks seemingly endless string of parties, Batiste asserted that hes mostly interested in the clothes. You get to see what somebodys worked on for that entire year, said Batiste, who is in the process of writing a musical and later this year will release an album with legendary producer T Bone Burnett. The parties are cool, but Im here for the fashion. The parties are just icing on the cake for me.

Although the official start of New York Fashion Week is still two days off, Hailey Baldwin is already mapping out her plan for stamina. The 21-year-old model admitted she opts out of certain parties in an effort to maintain her health during the marathon week. I take lots of vitamins and I try to sleep. Sometimes you have to sacrifice the parties for your sleep. Id rather have a night at home than wake up sick the next day.

Baldwin, who said she will be walking in a couple of shows here and there this season, gushed about Pivovarovas installation and Dior artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuris latest collection, which was largely inspired by a series of photographs from the late artist Niki de Saint Phalle. Im blown away by all of it, exclaimed Baldwin, who admitted to an absurd shoe collection with lots of boots from Dior and too many sneakers.

Having her art featured alongside Diors latest collection was particularly special for Pivovarova, who first modeled for the French company in 2005. Its a big emotional moment for me. I feel like Im going to go back home, and Ill draw all night because thats how I need to express my emotion. You see Im crying.

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