The Art Set Toasts Duro Olowu-------
Just who is the customer for Duro Olowu’s intensely arty, vibrant patchwork dresses (this season inspired by Picasso)? Who else but intensely arty, vibrant women? At a lunch today on the sixth floor of Barneys, in addition to co-hosts Amanda Brooks and Olowu’s wife, Thelma Golden, the director of the Studio Museum of Harlem, there was Nicola Vassell, a director at Deitch Projects; the gallerist Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn; the textile designer and art collector Olya Thompson; and the artist (and Thakoon Panichgul and Peter Jensen collaborator) Laurie Simmons. The lattermost was fresh off a plane from the South by Southwest Festival, where, as she put it, her daughter Lena Dunham’s film Tiny Furniture “just cleaned up.” Simmons co-starred in the movie with her other daughter, so she was still “flying.” She wasn’t the only one. Olowu’s color-block dresses (pictured), sweaters, and two-tone trench were flying off the trunk sale racks.
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