The sixth annual Grey Goose Winter Ball for the Elton John Aids Foundation was held at the Battersea Power Station in London last Saturday 10 November 2012. The big names of film, fashion, art and music came together. Liz Hurley, Emile Sandé and Gareth Pugh were amongst a whole host of big names to attend, but sadly the host himself couldn’t make it. Elton John replaced George Michael, who had suddenly fallen ill, at the new opera house in Perth, Australia, so Kevin Spacey filled Elton John’s spot raising over one million dollars for the foundation.
Several celebrities were asked to contribute to this event in advance by designing different things which were then auctioned off for charity.
One of the auction contributors was Ellen von Unwerth, who was asked to design a cocktail bar. Inspired by Berlin, Cabaret and the 1920’s, the bar was decked out in sumptuous golden and orange shades, and adorned with heavy red velvet curtains and two scantily clad angel figures. Her efforts paid off. The portable bar drew the highest bid of the evening at $79,335.
Ellen was also the inspiration behind a very special cocktail, “Golden Angel,” with a distinctive twist with a rare Pyrenean herb liqueur and a sprinkling of gold leaf.
Here the magical recipe of GREY GOOSE GOLDEN ANGEL INSPIRED BY ELLEN VON UNWERTH
- 35ml GREY GOOSE L’Orange
- 5ml Green Chartreuse
- 15ml French liqueur de coscoll
- 25ml pink grapefruit juice
- 60ml French apricot juice
Method: Shake and strain over cubed ice
Garnish: A gold straw and fresh apricot sprinkled with gold dust
Ellen von Unwerth now does all sorts of charity work, alongside filmmaking and books but she still remembers how her career started. Modelling was her introduction to the fashion world but after 10 years she switched from in front of the lens to the back. Her career was jump-started by her first ad campaign for Katherine Hamnett and she is credited by many with the discovery of the lovely Claudia Schiffer. The rest is history, as we know. This December she will launch her 8th book called “The story of Olga”. Her success definitely lies in her spontaneity and her ability to really capture the moment
The clip for the Grey Goose Winter Ball “defining moments” takes us on a journey through Ellen’s life and work and also reveals her inspiration as a photographer.
With her seductively sexual and consistently charismatic images adorning the pages of magazines the world over, Schöns! very own cover photographer, Ellen Von Unwerth, is set to unveil a brand new body of work later this month.
On display at the coveted Michael Hoppen Gallery in London this new series, set against the alluring backdrop of The Madonna Inn, LA, is steeped in Ellen’s quintessentially rich and vibrant style.
“Do Not Disturb!” a highly stylised and colourful range of work, features a series of women from the devilish dominatrix to the Park Avenue princess. Complimented by the luxurious setting of this renowned hotel the images create a seductive narrative of wild fantasy and eroticism, alluding to the idea of a naughty weekend away.
Having been voted as one of Time Magazine’s top 100 Fashion Icons, Ellen Von Unwerth has a reputation like no other. Shooting everyone from models and movie stars to music icons such as Rihanna and Christina Aguilera, Ellen remains at the top of her game.
Running from the 21st June to the 21st July, “Do Not Disturb!” is sure to set your heart racing.
Private view: Wednesday 20th June, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
All work exhibited will be available to buy as limited edition prints
For more information visit www.michaelhoppengallery.com
The creative contestants are eagerly waiting, ready to unleash their talents onto the pages of the exemplary issue 17 of Schön! Magazine. We have a splendid line-up for you, including our transformative cover model Crystal Renn shot by the riveting photographer Ellen von Unwerth. Contributing fashion editor, Laurent Dombrowicz lends us his exceptional eye for fashion in not one but three fashion editorials for this issue including teaming up with discerning photographer, Greg Lotus to produce a steaming hot editorial ‘Waterfalls.’
Canadian model Meghan Collison will have you doing a double take as she sheds her distinguishing long brown locks for an edgier blonde do. We are thrilled to present you with an intimate look at the creative’s behind the revolutionary sportswear brand, UVU; Will Forrester and Hayder Tuaima where we discover the extreme importance of the clothing they create. And there you have it, the competition has come to a close; everyone has been declared a winner in their own right, each deserving of the gold. So go ahead and indulge in our fascinating issue and let us show you why,
We Are The Champions!
Performance artist Angeleno Lauren Avery best known for her alter ego ‘Meg Ryan’ makes lounging around the house look anything but boring in ‘Eat Me’ photographed by the talented Ellen Von Unwerth.
Draped in glamorous jewels and pearls from Glynneth B along with Avery’s pink and purple cotton candy floss coloured hair adds a bit of playfulness to the Victorian vibe of this story. So feel free to unwrap this luscious fashion narrative and eat up all its sweet sultry goodness.