Mr. Big Shot
Lensman Patrick Demarchelier Honored by Allure; Plus Oscar's L.A. Opening
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 Barrioand 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 soldat $1,000 a popwhile 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."