August 20 2014

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Blasblog: Tea With the Mulleavys


In the world of fashion, Katherine Ross, the PR honcho for all of LVMH, definitely has some pull. But who knew she also had an in with Mother Nature? “I saw that it was about to rain, so I made some calls,” she jested, poolside at the Chateau Marmont where she and Alex de Batek were hosting a sunset poolside tea party for Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy. While you could see some drops in the light of the projection screen showing Tuesday’s Rodarte show, which was being beamed over the pool, they dissipated soon enough for the likes of Francesco Clemente, André Balasz, Vincent Gallo, and Tracee Ellis Ross. In the middle of the party, when the tea was flowing like wine and decapitated gingerbread men littered the deck, Alex de Batek got on the mic to sing “Happy Birthday” to Kate. “Yes, this was all a clever ruse to throw me a birthday,” she teased. “I wanted everyone to think I had this many friends.” Not that she was fooling anyone with her deprecation: many had come not for the dresses or the herbal refreshments, but the girls themselves. “I’ve been dying to get to know these girls better,” Natalia Vodianova said. “I love what they do.”

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