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Yohji Yamamoto’s Dream

One of the fashion industry’s most quiet and most humble superstars does not hail from what we all know a fashion capital to be.  Yohji Yamamoto is from Tokyo, and for decades, he has been the driving force behind a cultural and visceral aesthetic which only can come from the mind of this man.

For almost a decade now, Yamamoto has been collaborating with athletic super brand, Adidas, on my favorite designer sport collection simply named, Y-3.  Marrying form, function and a designer silhouette, the collection has been a cult favorite across the globe.

Now, the life of this genius has been documented in a film entitled Yohji Yamamoto: This Is My Dream, directed by Theo Stanley and produced by Chrissa Theodore.  The film follows Yamamoto over the days leading up to his Y-3 Spring/Summer 2010 collection while examining the inner workings behind the inspiration of his work.

Now if only he would cast me in his next show…



Patti Labelle + Lady Gaga Sing For Me

Last night, Lady Gaga & Patti Labelle came together last night to sing a little song for me…..and then we danced.  Once in a lifetime people.  But I’ll probably do it again tomorrow night.

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All photos courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency

There are very few moments when I step back from my world, and think “Okay…it doesn’t get better than this.”  But tonight, the pendulum swung in a different direction because Lady Gaga herself came knocking on my door, and of course I had to let her in.  Wouldn’t you?  And she didn’t come alone.  Miss Patti Labelle joined the madness for a duet with the Lady herself (check out their rad duet here).

After the CFDA Awards, everyone came down to the Boom.  It was beyond epic.  Everyone from Uma Thurman, Terence Koh, Karolina Kurkova, Nicola Formichetti and Marc Jacobs.  I could go on and on but that would be uncouth.  

I’m giving you a sneak peak now, but you know there’s always more to come, so check back in soon.  All my love always….

Stan D’aily Distraction: Just A Thought

Crankin’ Rankin

When you think of Stan D’Arde, I know you’re think of Glamour, Chicness, Paparazzi, Fame and Fortune.  Or maybe you just think of me as a faceless martini-soaked genius with REALLY great shoes.  Regardless, I would be nothing today without the inspired photographic artistry of a man by the name of Rankin.  Let me tell you why…

For the past 23 years, Rankin has explored his dynamic and intimate portraiture by shooting rock stars, politicians, supermodels and every day people and has exhibited his work across the globe in every capital of style known to man.  And yes, he is shooting my portrait, bien sur.  I personally like to think of it as the peak of his career, but I’m sure he just regards it a chore, but I digress… 

This week, starting June 1st, Rankin is coming at you twofold.  Our friends over at Milk Gallery are bringing you Rankin Open, a retrospective of over 20 years of work.  In conjunction with the exhibit, they are producing Rankin Live! which is where you come in.  Part performance art, part live exhibition and part magazine come to life, Rankin will be shooting live subjects from June 1st - 5th, while the public gets to peer in.

To get your own personal portrait, all you have to do is email Rankin a brief explanation of your intention along with a photo, and the most original applicants will be selected and invited to Milk Gallery for their own personal photo shoot.  The portraits will cost you $100 and all proceeds will go to benefit OxFam.

Milk Gallery is located at 450 West 15th Street.  (212) 645-2797.


StndAIR Takes Flight! So Does Stan D’Air!

Photos by Cheryl Dunn

It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  It’s a…WAIT!  It actually IS a plane!  I know.  I couldn’t believe it either.  You know me.  I never want for anything.  I have the Standard Hotels across the country.  Designer clothes are aplenty.  My martini is ever flowing.  I live a pretty good life, but the other day I woke up and said to myself, “Stan, you know what you need?  You need something new for the summer.  You need a seaplane!”  I bet you say that to yourself all the time too, but I digress…

So…I went out and got myself one, and I’m sharing it with YOU, my gorgeous Stan D’Aviators!

Today, our family seaplane, StndAIR, takes off, and we’re bringing you along for the ride.  This 8-seat Cessna will be flying from 23rd street and the East River with weekly scheduled flights from Thursday - Monday to East Hampton.  I know.  I didn’t think it could get any more chic either!

Hold on.  I already know what you’re thinking….”What if I don’t want to go to East Hampton?”  You don’t have to.  If you charter the entire plane with seven of your friends, you can take it anywhere you want within a 300 mile radius of Manhattan.  Pick a destination.  Nantucket?  The Vineyard?  Shelter Island?  Hawaii?  Okay, maybe not Hawaii, but you get what I’m saying.

There’s one last thing…it wouldn’t be Stan’s seaplane if I didn’t throw you for a loop.  My friends and I have created the StndAIR Flight Board, which essentially is a little game of risk for all you thrill seekers.  

What you have to do is start a board and try to fill it up with seven of your friends.  The beauty is that the first seat to EastHampton on the plane is only $30!!!!  The second seat is $95.  The third seat is $145, and it slowly goes up from there.  If you’re the first to fill up your board in your chosen destination and time slot, your charter flight is only $1720!  That’s over $1200 off the normal price of a charter!  But you have to fight for it, and if you’re not fast enough, you might not win!

So, who’s in?  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and you never know when I’ll be sitting in the pilot seat.  

Flight attendants….We are approaching our final descent.  Please prepare the cabin for landing.

To book your seat or to charter the plane, please visit StndAIR or call 855-STND-AIR (786-3247) or email


Stan D’aily Distraction: Freak Dancing

This is so annoying!  Freak dancing is all I know how to do!!!


The Whitney Breaks Ground

Sketch of The Whitney by Renzo Piano

I like to think that I’m a work of art.  Sometimes, I’ll stand naked on my sprawling terrace trying to recreate the genius that is Michaelangelo’s David, but it never seems to work for one, um, pretty big reason.  Art in all its forms is my drug.  From the paintings of The Masters to the Damien Hirst’s spin art, it’s all genius forms of self-expression, but I digress…

Today, I’m beside myself with the news I’m bringing you.  This Tuesday, The Whitney Museum breaks ground on it’s 200,000 square foot downtown behemoth designed by Renzo Piano.  And what’s best?  It’s right next door to The Standard, New York!  My head is reeling in anticipation.

The meatpacking district is already buzzing with all the events happening from now until Tuesday.  Last night, the museum hosted a dinner on the future site for the city’s most powerful.  On Saturday, we, being the good neighbors that we are, are helping out with The Whitney’s Community Day featuring performances in the plaza of The Standard, New York as well as Kate Gilmore’s projection on our super column.  The Groundbreakers will also be hosting an art party auction preview.

There is just too much going on to fill you all in here, so visit Whitney Groundbreaking for all the information you’ll need from right now through next week.  And make sure to look for me.  I’ll be the one with the shovel digging a big hole in the ground.  


artnet Auctions

Marilyn as Jacqueline Kennedy by Bert Stern, (…From “The Lost Sitting”, 1962)

When it comes to design and art, I just get weak in the knees.  You can only imagine what it’s like for me when I walk the halls of The Standards.  Today, I received wind of the most GENIUS new online auction sale brought to you by the only name in all the finer aesthetic things in life….artnet auctions.

Today, they are launching a new 20th and 21st century design department headed by one of my favorite men in the industry, Brent Lewis, former gallery director at Moss.  The new department will focus on all movements from the two centuries including American mid-century design and Italian modernism.  DYING!  The international roster of designers highlights historical works by Marcel Breuer, Ed Wormley, Hans Wegner, Pierre Jeanneret, Gio Ponti, and Ettore Sottsass and contemporary works by Ron Arad, Gaetano Pesce, Maria Pergay, and Tokujin Yoshioka.  Just died again.

To give you a taste of the inaugural auctions to come, see below…

Ron Arad, Before Summer, Est. USD 130,000–160,000

Gio Ponti and Paolo di Poli, Enameled Swan, Est. USD 1,800–2,200

Gaetano Pesce, Monumental Resin Bowl, Est. USD 8,000–10,000

Tokujin Yoshioka, Honey Pop Chair, Est. USD 7,000–9,000

Ettore Sottsass,Totem Rangoon, Est. USD 16,000–18,000

Gio Ponti,Pair of Armchairs, Est. USD 3,000–4,000

If you don’t know what any of the above, just click here and figure it out.  It’s in your best interest, otherwise, I wouldn’t be bringing it to you.  


Stan D’aily Distraction: Bjorkness

I woke up this morning in a weird Bjorky Big Time Sensuality kind of mood.  Honestly, if I could ride around Manhattan on a flatbed just dancing around, you know I would.  

Bjork’s a freak and I love her for it.  So I’m sharing my fave photo of her looking like a screaming monkey, hugged by a polar bear.  MONKEYBEARHUG!  Okay.  I’m done.  Just had to get that out of my system.