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August 1 2014

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Nearly 25 years after launching Paper magazine from her Greenwich Village apartment, Kim Hastreiter continues to wield major influence on the New York scene, and her knack for sussing out talent shows little sign of waning. But that first fan missive from a certain big-name designer was a little disconcerting. “Geoffrey Beene wrote us a letter saying ‘Oh, I love your magazine,’” Hastreiter recalled at last night’s party celebrating the publication of her new book, Geoffrey Beene: An American Fashion Rebel, at Diane von Furstenberg‘s Meatpacking District boutique. “Meanwhile, he was a famous guy and we were doing it out of my house for no money, it was a black and white foldout, and he just kept writing me letters, deciding he loved Paper for some reason.” After being introduced, Hastreiter and Beene became fast friends, with a standing monthly lunch date for the next 20 years. “He was a very eccentric, odd man while he was alive and he was a genius designer whom we all bowed down to and admired and loved,” Hastreiter said in between non-stop book-signing duties. Judging by the evening’s turnout—Doo-Ri Chung, Erin Fetherston, Narciso Rodriguez, and the Threeasfour crew all attended—a few people clearly like Hastreiter, too.

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