It Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon
A Designer-Studded 30th Birthday Party for Julia Restoin-Roitfeld
You only turn 30 once, so why not take over Indochine and have an A-list designer make you a dress for the occasion? That's what Julia Restoin-Roitfeld did in New York on Friday night. When you're fashion royalty, you can pull some strings—like those of Pucci creative director Peter Dundas. "He was the first one I asked, and he said yes right away," the birthday girl explained, as the initial round of Belvedere shots (it was that kind of party) was poured. "I said, I want red and I want lace, and I want it very short—the rest, do whatever you want."
Dundas, who reckoned he'd never designed a custom birthday dress before, turned up and stayed a while. "To me, a woman in red is the only woman," he said, moments before Sophia Hesketh waltzed over and snatched his glasses off his face. The Euro-flavored crowd was feeling mischievous—at one point later in the evening, Joseph Altuzarra lost his shirt.
A cheer went up as the clock struck midnight, and waiters sought takers for chocolate cake. In addition to Restoin-Roitfeld's brother, Vladimir, and mom Carine and dad Christian, an impressive crowd of well-wishers turned up from various corners of the fashion world—including Caroline Sieber, Helena Christensen, Giovanna Battaglia, and erstwhile Pop editor Dasha Zhukova.
The celebration lasted well into the night, and it isn't over. "My boyfriend [Robert Konjic] is taking me away on Monday; I don't even know where," Restoin-Roitfeld said. Had he been aware of that, jewelry designer Eddie Borgo might have brought her a vacation-worthy bauble: "It said on the invite, no presents!"