Michèle Lamy

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Michèle Lamy
Michele Lamy Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2019.jpg
Lamy at Paris Fashion Week A/W 2019
Born
Michèle Lamy

(1944-04-20) April 20, 1944 (age 75)
Jura, France
OccupationDesigner, performer, restaurateur
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)
  • Richard Newton
    (m. 1990; div. 2003)
  • Rick Owens (m. 2006)
Children1

Michèle Lamy is a French culture and fashion figure of Algerian origin. She is best known as wife, muse and creative accomplice of fashion designer Rick Owens, but she has been a clothing designer, performer, film producer, and restaurateur.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Michèle Lamy was born in 1944 in Jura, France, into a family with a background in the fashion industry. Her grandfather made accessories for one of France's most famous couturiers, Paul Poiret.[3][4]

During the 60s and 70s, Lamy worked as a defence lawyer, while studying with the postmodern philosopher Gilles Deleuze.[5] She was involved in the May, 1968 protests in Paris. She then worked as a cabaret dancer and toured France before moving to America in 1979.[6]

Career[edit]

Lamy settled in New York and then Los Angeles, where she set up a fashion line and ran two cult restaurants/nightclubs – Café des Artistes and Les Deux Cafés in 1996 with her first husband, an experimental filmmaker Richard Newton.[7][8][9] With her tattooed fingers and gold-plated teeth, she was an emblematic figure of nightlife in Los Angeles in the middle of 90s.[10] Her tattoos were inspired by the Berbers, during her first trip to North Africa when she was around 17 or 18 years old.[11]

In 1990, Lamy created a clothing line called Lamy. She hired Rick Owens, who later became her business partner and, then, her companion and husband. In 2003, Lamy and Owens left Los Angeles to settle in Paris and got married in 2006.[12]

A muse and collaborator, Lamy shares responsibility for the expansion of Owens brand, as well as that of her protégé: Gareth Pugh.[13] Lamy also produces the furniture that bears the Owens name. She also designs jewelry with Loree Rodkin, makes music with her band LAVASCAR, and has appeared in FKA twigs and Black Asteroid music videos.[14][15]

In November 2010, Lamy posed for a shoot for Vogue Paris with the photographer Steven Klein.[16][17] In 2013, Lamy was featured in Forbes with her daughter from her first marriage, artist Scarlett Rouge.[18]

In 2015, Lamy was featured in one of the videos for the EP M3LL155X by FKA Twigs.[19] Lamy appeared in the first clip; Figure 8, wearing a headpiece with a luminous bulb imitating an anglerfish.[20]

At the 2016 Venice Biennale, Lamy transformed an old container ship into a floating saloon. The same year, she recorded songs with her good friend, rapper A$AP Rocky. Rocky said about Lamy, "Hardly anyone knows how important you have been behind the scenes for my career. You did not just design my album covers, you took me to art fairs and showed me the art world."[21]

In 2017, Lamy and Rick Owens were featured in Lou Stoppard's book about fashion’s most important and iconic duos, titled Fashion Together: Fashion’s Most Extraordinary Duos on the Art of Collaboration. In the book, Owens said that Lamy was more his "mate" than "muse." And, "I don’t think anyone would ever think of Michèle as a passive muse. I think that’s why she sparks people’s interest—because she doesn’t fit the typical role of a muse." [22]

Lamy has practiced boxing for 35 years.[23] In 2018, she set up her own boxing gym "Lamyland" in Selfridges, London. The space previously was home to A$AP Rocky’s AWGE Bodega. It is now reinvented every few months.[24] In October 2018, Lamy curated a performance series featuring a tour of "Outsider Art Fair Paris" by British performance artist David Hoyle.[25]

In January 2019, Lamy held an installation art "Genius You" in collaboration with Dutch photographer Paul Kooiker, taking place all around Selfridges, London.[26] From May to November 2019, her boxing installation: "What Are We Fighting For?", is shown in Venice Biennale.[27]

Lamy said about her approach to fashion and design, “I like to really be with a lot of people and exchange ideas and the best way to be is to do something together, so I’m easily seduced… And when it’s the idea or I want to lead a bunch of people somewhere and do something together, I think that’s generous.”[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fisher, Alice (2018-02-11). "Michèle Lamy, the style queen who packs a punch". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  2. ^ "Michèle Lamy: Inside The Modern Polymath's Extraordinary Universe". Highsnobiety. 2018-10-16. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  3. ^ Rabkin, Eugene (9 October 2018). "Inside the Extraordinary Universe of Michèle Lamy". Highsnobiety.
  4. ^ Kaprièlian, Nelly (18 August 2014). "Les égéries de la mode : Michèle Lamy, muse du créateur Rick Owens". Les Inrockuptibles (in French).
  5. ^ Fisher, Alice (2018-02-11). "Michèle Lamy, the style queen who packs a punch". The Guardian.
  6. ^ Annalisa P. Cignitti (May 23, 2012). "Michèle Lamy". Rocaille.
  7. ^ Virbilla, S. Irene (26 April 1998). "Les Deux Cafes'Inside Story". Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ Robinson, Gayle (16 May 1990). "FASHION : Michele Lamy Somehow Knits It All Together". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ "How to Live Beautifully With Michele Lamy". Dazed Digital. 26 November 2018.
  10. ^ P. Cignitti, Annalisa (23 May 2012). "Michèle Lamy". Rocaille.
  11. ^ Motwary, Filep (2018). "THEOREM[A]: MICHELE LAMY: An interview with the wife and business partner to Rick Owens". Polimoda.
  12. ^ Maria Cappelletti, Gloria (21 November 2018). "open-hearted (and underwater) with michèle lamy". i-D.
  13. ^ Lang, Cady (26 January 2016). "Five Reasons Why Michèle Lamy Is The Coolest Sexagenerian Ever". Style Caster.
  14. ^ Rabkin, Eugene (9 October 2018). "Inside the Extraordinary Universe of Michèle Lamy". Highsnobiety.
  15. ^ Osei, Sarah (May 3, 2019). "PEOPLE: MICHÈLE LAMY". Interview Germany. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  16. ^ "Nils Butle and Michele Lamy for Vogue". F.Y!. 12 November 2010.
  17. ^ "Michèle Lamy: è lei la musa ispiratrice di Rick Owens". MAM-e (in French). 12 November 2010.
  18. ^ Elliot, Hannah (18 December 2013). "At Home With Michele Lamy: The Woman Behind Rick Owens". Forbes.
  19. ^ "Michele Lamy spills on working with FKA twigs". Dazed Digital. 13 November 2015.
  20. ^ Hyland, Veronique (10 November 2015). "The Jeweler With a Shaman Dentist and a Boxing Habit". The Cut.
  21. ^ Fentloh, Fray (September 18, 2018). "MICHÈLE LAMY AND ASAP ROCKY". Interview Germany (in German).
  22. ^ Stanley, Jack (October 5, 2017). "Rick Owens and Michèle Lamy Discuss Collaboration & Their Relationship". Hypebeast.
  23. ^ Cappelletti, Gloria Maria (November 21, 2018). "open-hearted (and underwater) with michèle lamy". i-D.
  24. ^ "Michele Lamy is setting up her own boxing gym in Selfridges". Dazed Digital. 4 January 2018.
  25. ^ Sayej, Nadja (October 23, 2018). "Michèle Lamy resurrects the zine in the name of outsider art". Document Journal.
  26. ^ Diallo, Habi (January 10, 2019). "Michele Lamy wants to cast you in her new project". Dazed Digital. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  27. ^ Seth, Radhika (May 8, 2019). "Artist Michèle Lamy's Boxing Installation Packs A Visual Punch In Venice". Vogue UK. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  28. ^ HB Team (January 31, 2019). "Michele Lamy wants to cast you in her new project". Hypebeast. Retrieved April 1, 2019.