Blasblog: The Caviar Countdown To DVF’s Russian Bash
I won’t lie: The notion of giving up Mariah Carey and the beaches of Rio, where I was for Fashion Rocks earlier this week, for the subzero temperatures of Moscow was a hard one to swallow. But not long after arriving here for the events surrounding Diane von Furstenberg’s exhibition opening, I found some things that really helped it go down: vodka and black caviar. DVF’s festivities in the Russian capital began last night with a cocktail party in her store on Kuzneckiy Most Street, followed by a dinner at the decadent and quintessentially Russian Pushkin Café hosted by Moscow’s reigning retail queen, Landau Fashion Group’s Aizel Trudel.
Tonight sees the opening of the two-part DVF retrospective—a series of dresses designed by von Furstenberg, and a selection of art she has commissioned—but at dinner, the ladies got a chance to relax and blow off steam. (There had been some stress in the preparations: Apparently getting art into the country is as hard as sneaking Soviet relics out.) But everyone was in a good mood after a few buckets of the good stuff. Von Furstenberg told a story about an enthusiastic masseur who announced, “I like to give pleasure”—only in regard to his massage prowess, surely, but she stayed on her iPhone for much of the session, just in case.
Husband Barry Diller, meanwhile, revealed that he’s a big deal in Russia because he has a nice boat, which he explained wasn’t a bad reason, all things considered. (Others are notorious in the country for far worse.) In fact, the only scary point for the guest of honor was when Trudel announced the guest list for tonight’s event: 6,000 are confirmed. “That many people are coming to see pictures of me?” von Furstenberg blushed. Today I bumped into three familiar faces—Naomi Campbell, Natalia Vodianova (who was literally swarmed on the street), and Kate Bosworth—who will be among them. Check back on Monday for my report on the remaining 5,997.
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