10 Nov 2011

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Central Park Standoff

Emma Stone, Kristen Wiig, Andrew Garfield, and Steve Martin descended on the American Museum of Natural History for its annual fall gala last night. "We're all going to get together and listen to Coldplay and sit under the whale," Jimmy Fallon told Style.com. Creatures of both the sea and the land were among the evening's hot topics. "We once took our nieces and nephews to see the butterfly exhibit," Fallon continued. "But they just started crying, and we thought we ruined their whole lives." Blythe Danner, who came out to support son-in-law Chris Martin, said, "I think the dinosaurs are my favorite, because my grandson likes them so much. I call myself a Grandma Groupie, because whatever he likes to do, I like to do."

Meanwhile, across the park at the French Embassy, Carine Roitfeld groupies including Olivier Theyskens, Natasha Poly, and the evening's host, W magazine editor in chief Stefano Tonchi, had gathered to toast her latest project-an "haute couture documentary" by Loïc Prigent and Fabien Constant. In The Client, Roitfeld visits the ateliers of Azzedine Alaïa and Jean Paul Gaultier. "I feel like an Alaïa Barbie," she tells Azzedine in a scene in which he's fitting her in one of his pieces. "An Alaïa Barbie, it's the best kind of Barbie you can be, no?" said Roitfeld after the screening. "It was a dream, you go to couture and see all those pieces, but getting to put them all on is a whole other thing."


-Kristin Studeman

10 Nov 2011 5:00am GMT

"Picturing Marilyn"

The images of Marilyn Monroe on display at Milk Gallery last night were moving, in both senses of the word. Taken from the archives at Staley-Wise Gallery, the 50-some photographs on the wall amount to a portrait of the blond bombshell that's every bit as ample as her famous curves. And yet, as Andrea Riseborough pointed out, the big picture is "incomplete, in the sense that she had such a tragic end." Riseborough plays Wallis Simpson in W.E., Madonna's upcoming biopic of the American socialite who controversially became the Duchess of Windsor. It's a Harvey Weinstein movie, as is My Week with Marilyn, a sneak preview of which was the second part of the Dior-sponsored evening.

Calvin Klein, Coco Rocha, and Dominic Cooper (who co-stars in Marilyn, alongside Michelle Williams, who plays Monroe) were among those touring the exhibit, which runs through November 13. Few people have had as privileged a view of the movie, which hits theaters later this month, as Weinstein's wife, Georgina Chapman. "I've seen it at home, many times and at many stages," she told Style.com. Naturally, Chapman keeps any potential spoilers to herself. "She's good-she'll never reveal anything," said her Marchesa co-designer, Keren Craig.

You couldn't exactly say the same of Monroe, as Christie Brinkley pointed out. "She projects so much more beyond the makeup-there's a presence, a vulnerability, an emotional response that you get from her," the former supermodel mused. "But as available and open as she was, she still maintained a lot of mystery."

One of the show's blockbuster images is the iconic one of Monroe from her so-called "Last Sitting" with photographer Bert Stern in 1962, in a backless Dior gown. Dree Hemingway was making the rounds in a faithful reproduction of the voluminous dress, and Stern, for one, seemed bewitched-he whipped out a pocket camera for some close-ups. Hemingway didn't stay for the screening. She was having dinner with Weinstein. And besides, she said, "I'd need 12 seats!"


-Darrell Hartman

10 Nov 2011 5:00am GMT

09 Nov 2011

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Tommy's Angels

09 Nov 2011 5:00am GMT

The Illusionists


-Brittany Adams

09 Nov 2011 5:00am GMT

Lee Radziwill

09 Nov 2011 5:00am GMT

Go for Launch

As you may have heard, Style.com has gone to paper. To celebrate the launch of Style.com/Print, our editor in chief, Dirk Standen, hosted a dinner party at fashion's favorite canteen, Indochine, last night. He brought in a bunch of people who made the inaugural issue happen, spiked the room with some sociable style types, and soon enough, Jack McCollough was sharing a giggle with Jessica Stam, Prabal Gurung was down to his T-shirt, and Tim Blanks was regaling Thom Browne and Johan Lindeberg. In other words, the universe we love and document was in full turn. "One of our goals with the magazine was to take our readers inside the fashion world," Standen said. "It's often portrayed as this two-dimensional place, but it's a lot richer, more complex and intriguing than that."

Looking just as good off the page was cover girl Lindsey Wixson, the subject of a two-part photo series by Theo Wenner. She'd been photographed in Paris before, of course, but in her hometown of Wichita? No, that was a first, the 17-year-old catwalk star said. Wenner, who was joined later on in the evening by Liv Tyler, captured Wixson off duty, visiting the dentist, doing laundry, firing off some revolver rounds at the local shooting range-from fashion shoot to fashion shoot-out. "When people meet me, they've never been to Kansas, so it's hard to bring that experience to a magazine," Wixson said. "But Theo really put the whole moment into photos. He uses sort of a documentary approach, and I think there's a beauty in something that's not completely perfect."

Producing a magazine while feeding the hungry beast that is the Web required us to burn some serious midnight oil, so now we're all about getting the word out-and are gratified to hear that it reached Thakoon Panichgul, for one, when he was thousands of miles away. "I was in Tokyo, and I was seeing on Twitter that everyone was like, 'You've got to collect this magazine,' so I had my assistant put it on my desk for me for when I returned," the designer told us. Richard Chai, on the other hand, got his first flip-through at a Soho newsstand. "You guys captured exactly what you do online," he said as he headed out the door for round two at Le Bain. "And then added another layer to it."


-Darrell Hartman

09 Nov 2011 5:00am GMT

Backstage at Versace for H&M


-Celia Ellenberg

09 Nov 2011 5:00am GMT

08 Nov 2011

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Versace on the Hudson

If you thought H&M went all out for its high-low collaboration with Lanvin last year, you ain't seen nothing yet. Tonight's Versace for H&M extravaganza at an utterly transformed Pier 57 on Manhattan's West Side Highway included an F-word-laced set by Nicki Minaj and a performance by no less a superstar than Prince, who seemed determined to play more unknown songs than hits. It wasn't until 12:13 a.m., after he sang the last note of the, OK, instantly recognizable "Purple Rain," that the curtains to the shopping area were finally pulled back and a throng of bloggers and editors headed for the racks. Many of the women in the crowd made beelines for the collection's men's clothes.

The evening began several hours earlier with a runway show that synthesized with tremendous verve the house of Versace's signatures-chain-mail minidresses, black leather sheaths picked out with gold studs, and a green palm-tree print that symbolized for Donatella her late brother Gianni at the height of his powers-with highlights from her own recent collections. Close observers will recognize fitted eyelet dresses with asymmetric necklines as dead ringers for numbers from her Spring 2011 show, and long strapless numbers with the same military influence as her collection for last Fall. What the collection lacked in terms of Versace's famous second-skin fit, it made up for in color and energy and accessories. Even the models' ankle socks were embroidered with the house's trademark Greek key motif.

Taking it all in was a crowd that included celebrities (Blake Lively, Jessica Alba, Uma Thurman), New York's young fashion designers (Joseph Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez), and the supermodels (Linda Evangelista) and super-photographers (Bruce Weber) who worked with Gianni Versace in the eighties and nineties. "I grew up looking at Versus catalogs in the nineties," Bryanboy blogger Bryan Grey-Yambao said. "For me, this is about memories, and about making a childhood dream accessible."

For Donatella herself, the collaboration is as much about the future as it is the past. Asked backstage before the show if the experience with H&M sparked any ideas about a collection less expensive than the company's diffusion line, Versus, she said, "It's right to think about that, but I want to enjoy this and see how the young are going to react."


-Nicole Phelps

08 Nov 2011 5:00am GMT

Uncommon Threads

Mexico has a special place in the fashion lexicon-just head to Tulum come the end of December-so it was no surprise that so many savvy young industry players pitched in at Project Paz's second annual Project Art fundraiser. The nonprofit, which supports peace in Ciudad Juárez, raised $140,000 for the cause. Photographer Sophie Elgort, daughter of Arthur, arrived promptly at 9 p.m. to set up her digital photo booth. Portrait prints went for a cool $100, with proceeds going to the charity. "There's so many cute dresses here," she admired. "I'm taking notes."

Speaking of dresses, Rag & Bone, Yigal Azrouël, and Peter Som, among others, designed one-of-a-kind frocks made of traditional Mexican textiles for the occasion; they were available for sale via stationed iPads at ShopLatitude.com. Phillip Lim opted for a less conventional approach, splicing the patterned fabric into a much-admired motorcycle jacket. The designer was on the receiving end of the evening's do-gooding, too. Lim's business partner, Wen Zhou, had successfully bid on two photographs by Patti Smith. Later, at an impromptu dinner, she presented the duo to the designer as a gift.


-Bee-Shyuan Chang

08 Nov 2011 5:00am GMT

Competitive Dressing


-Marina Larroude

08 Nov 2011 5:00am GMT

07 Nov 2011

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Getting Misty

Just days shy of his new movie's November 9 release date, J. Edgar star Leonardo DiCaprio hosted LACMA's inaugural Art + Film Gala on Saturday night, honoring the film's director, Clint Eastwood, along with the conceptual artist John Baldessari. Presented by Gucci and co-hosted by Eva Chow, the night brought out the city's highest-wattage stars, among them Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Kate Hudson, and Reese Witherspoon.

While Mad Men's Jon Hamm admitted to eagerly anticipating the Eastwood/DiCaprio collaboration, it was the evening's setting that had him most excited. "One of the first shows I saw when I moved out to L.A. was an exhibition at LACMA, actually, a retrospective of John Baldessari. So it's just cool to be here." Drew Barrymore, on the other hand, was eager to talk Eastwood. "I love Play Misty for Me," she said. "There are so many films that nod and tip their hat to that movie."


-Alexis Brunswick

07 Nov 2011 5:00am GMT

Flash Forward

07 Nov 2011 5:00am GMT

Duets

Slated to perform an opening act with Debbie Harry, Theophilus London had music on his mind as he arrived at the 21st annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards. "Insane," was how the rapper-cum-DJ described the situation before he took the stage at Carnegie Hall with Blondie. "She reached out to me because she's a big fan of mine, which blows my mind." Nearby, Tory Burch walked the red carpet with her presenter, Jessica Alba. "We met through friends," the actress said, already svelte after giving birth to her second baby in August. The two bonded from their experiences as moms. "It's a bi-coastal relationship," Burch joked.

And good things came in twos all night long. Donatella Versace gave Jennifer Lopez an orbit-shaped statuette for going from superstar to superbrand, while Marc Jacobs presented Cindy Sherman with a prize of her own for her nuanced self-portraits. Taking the stage in a short-in-front, long-in-back black gown, Jennifer Aniston confessed she was "madly in love" with award-winner Chelsea Handler. She was kidding, of course (her beau, Justin Theroux, was never far from her side), and went on to add: "I only went on her show so she wouldn't talk sh-t about me." But leave it to honoree Arianna Huffington to have the best one-liner of all. After spending time in London as a young woman with a man who wasn't ready to commit, the media entrepreneur up and moved to New York. "See," she said, "all this happened because a man wouldn't marry me."


-Bee-Shyuan Chang

07 Nov 2011 5:00am GMT

Awards Points

"I have a confession-I love, love, love jewelry," admitted Cynthia Nixon at last night's 15th annual ACE Awards, where the Accessories Council honored some of fashion's most influential people. "I think I'm not the only one in this room."

That was for sure. Nixon, who presented Temple St. Clair with the organization's Hall of Fame Award, was in good company, with design legends like Christian Louboutin and Philip Treacy taking home prizes alongside the likes of Nicole Richie and Marchesa's Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman. Diane von Furstenberg, who gave Frank Fialkoff of Haskell Jewels his Business Visionary Award nod, took the liberty of defining the evening's subject matter: "When people ask me what I think accessories are, I usually tell them they're like punctuation in a sentence."

The award winners, for their part, went on to explain how accessories have punctuated their lives. Richie, who was named Influencer of the Year, told Style.com that sunglasses are her favorite extra. "I started wearing them because I don't wear makeup, and the more of your face you can cover, the better." As for Rebecca Minkoff, her handbag business was a life-changer. "It was only six years ago today that I was thinking about giving up the fashion industry and becoming a bartender," she said, accepting her Breakthrough Award. "I thought, 'They make great money, I should do it.'" Not quite as good as accessory designers; Minkoff has plans to open her first store in Tokyo next spring.


-Kristin Studeman

07 Nov 2011 5:00am GMT

04 Nov 2011

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"From a Cult to a Culture"

"We had no idea what we were doing!" says Jefferson Hack of launching Dazed & Confused with Rankin back in 1991. But what began as a black-and-white printout has, over the last 20 years, become a defining force in fashion, music, art, and beyond. And last night in London, a crowd that included Kate Moss, Sarah Burton, and former Dazed cover boy Michael Stipe gathered to fête the magazine's two-decade milestone along with its new book published by Rizzoli, Making It Up as We Go Along. "The title of the book is really appropriate," said Katie Grand, who launched her career as the first fashion director of the publication. "I've always been hugely respectful of what we achieved together with no money and zero experience. I think that's what was so refreshing for people when they saw it."

To mark the occasion, Hack and Another Magazine's Emma Reeves curated an exhibition commemorating Dazed's most memorable moments. Featured on the walls of Somerset House were Juergen Teller's 1991 portrait of Yves Saint Laurent, the "fake" Michael Jackson cover from 2001, and a 1996 spread with Iggy Pop. A full room was dedicated to the magazine's 1998 collaboration with Alexander McQueen, for which Nick Knight and Katy England photographed and styled a portfolio depicting people with disabilities. "McQueen's memory is obviously very dear to my heart," noted Hack. "That collaboration was the moment when we grew up from being young punks to being a bit more sensitive. We grew from being a cult to a culture."


-Katharine K. Zarrella

04 Nov 2011 4:00am GMT