Light a Spark

Screening Miu Miu's Women's Tales and celebrating a Rodarte birthday


Giovanna Battaglia and Anna Dello Russo   
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Last night Miu Miu threw a party for Spark and Light, the latest in its series of Women's Tales short films. The happening was at Diamond Horseshoe, a famous nightclub in the basement of the Paramount Hotel, which had its heyday in the 1940s and even hosted friends and family after Andy Warhol's funeral in 1987. "I haven't been here in twenty-five years, but I remember Halston was sitting right over there…" said one seasoned partygoer. Sarah Paulson, Anna Kendrick, and Hailee Steinfeld all turned up. "It's a fashion face-off!" said Anna Dello Russo of the matching face-print Prada dresses she and Giovanna Battaglia were sporting. But who wore it better? "Me, of course!" Then Battaglia chimed in: "No way—mine has earrings." She had added two bejeweled brooches to her hips, over the print's "ears."

The real stars of the evening, though, were the emerging talents featured in the film, director So Yong Kim and actress Riley Keough. Keough stars as a girl who dozes off while waiting for a tow truck to remove her car from a snowbank, and dreams of a cozy sojourn to a house decorated with Miu Miu fabrics. Working with the brand was a seamless affair, Keough told, except for one minor snag: The shoot was in Iceland, and in forgetting her own winter boots, the actress had to borrow the director's. "Unfortunately, Miu Miu doesn't make snow boots!"

Downtown at Acme, the talk at the Rodarte party was about the Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, and Yoda prints the Mulleavy sisters had shown earlier that day. Said Laura: "It's definitely the most literal reference we've ever done. We just wanted to do something intensely personal, and there really was no other option when we thought about it." Personal it was: The show and after-party coincided with Kate's birthday, so there were lightsaber toys all around, and Kate blew out the candles on her cake to the Star Wars theme song.

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