July 30 2014

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Blasblog: Volkswagen And ASmallWorld Celebrate Designers


The bartender of Bobo, the West Village eatery that played host to ASmallMagazine (that’s ASmallWorld’s online zine) and Volkswagen’s celebration of Alice Temperley, Maria Cornejo, Antony Todd, and Andy Spade last night, seemed a bit flustered with the fashion crowd. At one point he shoved a bottle of vodka and a bottle of OJ in front of Poppy Delevingne and Sophia Hesketh and told them to make their own drinks. Hey, fashion people are constantly on the move—places to go and people to talk to. “Yes, always on the go, always on the go,” Björk, who came with the Threeasfour crew, said of her fashion friends. “More than me.” (Although it did seem that the Icelandic music icon had places to go; 30 minutes into dinner she dashed off and into a taxi.) Indeed, talk at dinner revolved around travel plans. Temperley was mentally packing for her trip to Jamaica the next day. “This is my maternity leave,” said the designer, who gave birth to Fox six months ago. “My [Spring] show was days before my due date, so I never really took time off—until now.” Bill Powers and Cynthia Rowley were heading to D.C. today, the former for an event for Leo Villareal at the National Gallery of Art and the latter to meet with Mrs. O’s social secretary, Desirée Rogers. “The last time Cynthia was there was when [President] Clinton was there,” Powers remembered. “He told her that he really liked her stockings; they were fishnet.” The longest journey was the one Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and Byrdie Bell were planning—to Moscow for a David Lynch and Christian Louboutin opening at Dasha Zhukova’s Garage gallery. But it wasn’t all frequent-flier miles and five-star hotels. Volkswagen’s Laura Soave was quick to explain that the world depends on good designers, like the four her team chose to celebrate. “These are the people with new designs and new ideas, and we wanted to bring them all together,” she explained. “If you get a good designer and a good engineer together, you can change the world.”



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