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Stall of Fame: CBGB Bathroom Recreated Inside Metropolitan Museum of Art

Toilets and urinals aren’t typical fodder for red-carpet conversation, but stall talk dominated on Monday evening as galagoers ascended the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in ensembles that ranged from clownish to sublime. Guests were buzzing about the recreated CBGB bathroom (pictured) that is among the first things visitors encounter in the museum’s “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” exhibition, which opens to the public tomorrow. The cave-like space, scrawled with circa-1975 graffiti, is adjacent to monitors playing a looped selection of films and footage–of Blondie, the Ramones, Patti Smith, and Television–selected by Nick Knight and edited by Ruth Hogben.

“We’ve had great [design] moments in punk, but I’ve very excited about the urinal–a urinal at the Met!” said André Leon Talley at Monday’s gala. “According to Patti Smith, punk began in a urinal downtown somewhere that I never went to, so I’m excited to see that.” The Vogue veteran was dressed in an elaborately embroidered cape–think Joseph’s technicolor dreamcoat meets MacKenzie-Childs–designed for him by Tom Ford. “I love this coat and I don’t consider it punk. I just consider it appropriate for this occasion,” said Talley with a chuckle. “I said to Anna [Wintour], I didn’t do punk. I skipped punk and went straight to couture.”

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In Brief: Meet Mike Friton, Pinterest Raises $200 Million, IMG for Sale, Adieu ALT

• Nike veteran Mike Friton gets his close-up in “The Innovator” (above), a video portrait by Portland-based Cineastas.

• Elsewhere in visually astute videos, Scott “The Sartorialist” Schumann paused in his prowling the streets for stylish sportcoats to interview Magnum photographer Steve McCurry. Click here to watch part one of the five-part chat.

• Pinterest has raised a new $200 million round of funding. The cash infusion brings the virtual scrapbooking company’s valuation up to $2.5 billion.

• Look for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week parent company IMG to change hands. Private equity firm Forstmann Little & Co. is planning to sell the sports and modeling talent agency.

Adieu, Mondays with André. Vogue‘s very own caped crusader, André Leon Talley, is leaving the magazine.
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