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Blasblog: More Cocktails Than Collectibles At Elie Tahari


The annual Winter Antiques Show is one of my favorite events in Manhattan. It’s not because I’m decorating my apartment and looking for that perfect Louis XIV chifforobe (how many dressers does a girl really need these days?), but because I just love looking at old stuff. And every once in a while, you’ll find something great and affordable. Last year, for instance, I bought an issue of Look magazine from the early sixties with Elizabeth Taylor on the cover. The tagline: “Elizabeth Taylor Talks About Herself.” Oh, how I long for the days when cover lines were as blunt as a lead pipe. I still read that article every few months, by the way. Hearing Dame Liz say that she doesn’t think she’s particularly attractive does wonders for my self-esteem. But I digress. This year’s antiques show kicked off last night at the Elie Tahari store in Soho with a party for Young Collectors, drawing fellow fans of old stuff like Vogue‘s Meredith Melling Burke, Kipton Cronkite, and interiors guru Thom Filicia. But sadly, apart from those three, it seemed that most of the revelers, a crew composed of your basic store-party vixens, were more concerned with the cocktails of last night’s fête than the celebration of home decor of yesteryears. Mr. Tahari (whose lovely wife Rory is pictured here) held court in the middle of the filled-to-the brim store, quite possibly the most popular man in the room. “Don’t get me wrong, I love an old lamp as much as the next person,” sighed one guest, cocktail in hand. “But now is not the time to be investing in pieces to decorate my studio apartment in midtown.” Then, after a sip, he added: “We’re in a recession—I’m just here for the open bar.”

Photo: Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan

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