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A “1, 2 Step” Makeover

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Most like to keep a facelift a secret. Not Lord & Taylor. The oldest department store in New York City celebrated its $25 million makeover last night, with Mayor Mike Bloomberg (who declared it Lord & Taylor Day), Gossip Girl‘s Jessica Szohr, and Denise Richards all in attendance. “It was 35 years in the making, so we are thrilled to have been able to renovate the store in such a current format and yet be respectful of our great tradition,” said CEO Brendan Hoffman of the yearlong remodel that updated the first level and the men’s floor, and a new home section.

Designers like Anna Sui and Elie Tahari roamed the party—spanning ten floors—to check out aerial dancers, sounds from a 20-piece Latin jazz band, a beer garden, and Swarovski crystal tattoos. The entire evening benefited VH1′s Save the Music Foundation, which promotes musical education in schools. It’s a cause close to the heart of the evening’s entertainment, Ciara (left). “Without music, we have nothing,” she said. “It means a lot to be able to help young kids from all over the world express themselves through music.” Having done her part, the singer was ready to head home, kick off her Alaia leopard-print platforms, and watch basketball. “I am missing the Miami Heat game tonight—that’s the team for me,” she said. Careful what you say in New York, Ciara.

Photo: Chance Yeh/PatrickMcMullan.com

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