Mr. Big Shot

Lensman Patrick Demarchelier Honored by Allure; Plus Oscar's L.A. Opening


Patrick Demarchelier and Linda Wells, at the Private Roof Club of the Gramercy Park Hotel.
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Carolina Herrera and Robert Lee Morris, at the Carolina Herrera boutique.
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Jennifer Garner and Angie Harmon, at the Oscar de la Renta boutique.
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"Patrick will always be in fashion," declared Linda Wells, Allure's editor in chief, at the cocktail party she hosted in honor of Patrick Demarchelier at the Gramercy Park Hotel's Roof Club on Wednesday night. "It's because he immediately gets the beauty of whomever he shoots." One of the French photographer's subjects, Tracee Ellis Ross, was quick to agree. "Even being around Patrick I feel more luminous," said the L.A.-based actress, who was first photographed by the famed snapper in a family portrait when she was 16. "That's a good thing, because the New York fashion crowd makes me feel a little nervous, even though I always bring my best duds out here." But even as Sam Rockwell, Calvin Klein, and Diane von Furstenberg toasted his work, Demarchelier, who will receive the CFDA's Eleanor Lambert Award in June, remained modest about his skills. "I always have good models," he said with a shrug.

Uptown at Carolina Herrera's Madison Avenue boutique, Robert Lee Morris, Dennis Basso, and Fabiola Beracasa were among an international crowd that gathered to ogle masks made to benefit El Museo del Barrio—and its May 24 masked ball. Herrera, who will serve as the evening's honorary chairwoman, didn't make a mask for the occasion, but Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, Angel Sanchez, and some 50-odd other designers did. Sixteen of them were sold—at $1,000 a pop—while the rest will be auctioned off through the museum's Web site.

In L.A., meanwhile, fashion fans like Amanda Peet, Gretchen Mol, Kristin Davis, and Amber Valletta turned out to celebrate the opening of Oscar de la Renta's 4,000-square-foot West Coast flagship. The designer is helping to turn tree-lined Melrose Place, where neighbors include Marc Jacobs, Marni, Mulberry, and the aforementioned Carolina Herrera, into a bona fide luxury row. "It's really like a mini Rodeo Drive now, and Oscar just ups the ante," said Jamie Tisch, who shared hosting duties with de la Renta's stepdaughter Eliza Reed Bolen and actress Jennifer Garner. "This dress is comfy, so I don't feel like I have to suck it in," said the latter, who had selected a bejeweled black number with pockets. "I find myself picking his clothes over and over."

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