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Partying With the Ruffians, Araks Yeramyan, and the Warby Parker Boys

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Before nails became a compulsory part of any well-rounded backstage beauty moment, Ruffian's Brian Wolk and Claude Morais were hip to tips. "The first thing we always do is design our nails for the show. Then our makeup and our shoes, and then we do the collection," Wolk said last night at a dinner at Acme celebrating the duo's new cosmetics collection with MAC. The line includes three lipsticks and three sets of prestige press-on nails bearing Ruffian's signature moon manicure. Pointing out that models were always taking their nails with them post-show, Wolk said, "It just seemed like the only way we can offer what we do to everyone." The occasion, which featured the vocal stylings of Niia ("we love a little dinner theater," Wolk joked), also heralded the return of Ruffian Red, the crimson lipstick that Wolk and Morais created with MAC for their Fall 2009 show. "Schiaparelli had pink," said Morais. "We're happy to have red."

A few blocks east at Edi & the Wolf, Araks Yeramyan was toasting her latest lookbook with some of her collaborators—Tenzin Wild, Creatures of the Wind's Shane Gabier, and Michelle Williams included. Yeramyan was seeing red, too. "I just met with my mom's feng shui expert and she said I need more red energy in my life. I have too much earth and water and not enough fire." The scarlet underthings she's planning to make should take care of that situation. After all, more than one girl in the room said the designer's lingerie was their good luck charm.

Meanwhile, the Warby Parker boys had decamped to the Payne Whitney Mansion to fête the launch of their new Auteur eyewear capsule collection. "This does feel a bit strange; we're above 14th Street and I'm in a suit, but you don't find beautiful spaces like this downtown," said co-founder Neil Blumenthal. "And we love to travel, so…" Before screening the short film Le Chat Cambrioleur, which they made with frequent collaborators Anthony Sperduti and Andy Spade, Blumenthal told Style.com, "It was inspired by the late fifties and the early sixties, which was very much a time that influenced our namesakes"—two early Jack Kerouac characters. He added, "The dialogue is mostly in French, but the relationship between the male and female protagonists is pretty unspoken. The funny thing is that he's ranting and raving about tennis the whole time and she's completely ignoring him."

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