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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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