The Power of Three
On the west side of Crosby Street in Soho, the new Superga shop—lined floor to just about ceiling with the Italian-made plimsolls in every color of the rainbow, plus a few not glimpsed therein—threw open its doors for the first time. Across the street, the entrance of the Crosby Street Hotel was more tightly guarded. The reason: Superga's creative directors, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, were in the house, celebrating the new shop surrounded by Steve Madden, Superga's distributor in the States, and a slew of friends. At the center of the scrum were the sisters themselves—Ebony and Ivory, at least as far as their Supergas were concerned. With the full color wheel at their disposal, did they always go black and white? "I always go for black," Mary-Kate confirmed, while her sister professed, "I always like navy, white, and black, but then I also like the textured versions, like the cashmere." (Those in cashmere are special The Row for Superga editions, in a case of their own in store.) Madden, meanwhile, said that the brand is selling briskly and explained the uncomplicated logic behind his involvement. "Basically, Ashley asked me to get it for her, so I got it for her," he said. "It was a present."
Uptown at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Lauren Bush Lauren was fêting five years of her ground-breaking FEED Projects with a Million Meals concert sponsored by Clarins. "You all came," Lauren said, looking out on the audience, where Jason Wu, Joseph Altuzarra, Donna Karan, and Cynthia Rowley were helping her raise money for over a million school meals for underprivileged children across the globe. The packed house had gathered to pay tribute to Lauren's "simple idea in a burlap bag" and to take in the vocal stylings of John Legend, Natasha Bedingfield, and the PS22 choir, as well as one Bill Clinton. The former president didn't break out his saxophone for the occasion, but he did speak of his own work toward ending childhood obesity and malnutrition. "I'm not trying to be a downer, but this is a really big problem," he said. "This is a very worthy thing Lauren's doing. A very young woman has done a very big thing and it will only get bigger if we can get more people to hook into it."
Back downtown, Poppy Delevingne, Hanneli Mustaparta, and Elin Kling, among others, gathered on the 21st-floor Glasshouse of the Chelsea Arts Tower to fête Cartier's new Tank Anglaise watch collection. "I'm a bit of a magpie—I like anything that sparkles," said Delevingne, who flew in from London for the event. As the crowd enjoyed an English feast prepared by April Bloomfield, Cartier's Emmanuel Perrin said, "I love this lady and I hate this lady. I hate her because now I can't brag about how superior the French cuisine is." On that note, Delevingne admitted she goes to New York's Balthazar, of all places, to get her English food fix: "The duck shepherd's pie is the best in the world. I have eaten two and a half on my own before—I'm obsessed."