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The Influence of Peter Berlin



“I always say ‘Who in the hell knows Peter Berlin?’”
The man himself was tucked in the back of L’Chalet, the lower level club space at L’Avenue at Saks Fifth Avenue, where, nearing 10 p.m. on Thursday night, he was the man of honor at his second event of the night. As it would turn out, many people not only know who the hell Mr. Berlin is, but care quite deeply — as sensed by Damiani, which has published a new book of Berlin’s photographs, “Peter Berlin: Icon, Artist, Photosexual.”
After a book signing at Bookmarc, Berlin was celebrated with an after party, in partnership with Silvia Prada and Michael Bullock, at L’Chalet, where he discussed his life’s work with passing admirers, many of them younger New Yorkers. (“I jumped generations without doing anything,” Berlin said of his shock that young people care about him.)
“It’s a real celebration of queer sexuality,” said Thomas Cawson, creative director of Helmut Lang, of Berlin’s influence. “Celebrating a totally queer language of what streetwear looks like. Everything we do at Helmut, there’s always that undercurrent of referencing those iconic, underground moments. Especially when there is that beautiful queer twist to it.”
Berlin, who turns 77 next month,

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