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Where They Hang Their Hat
(After They’ve Designed It)


Want to see the villa the Seven Easy Pieces built? Until you’re invited for a weekend away at Donna Karan’s Zen manse in Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos (above), at least there’s American Fashion Designers at Home, the CFDA and Assouline’s new coffee-table tome dedicated to the world of fashion designers’ interiors. The book offers a peek behind the lintels of 115 designers, including (in addition to Karan’s Caribbean getaway) Oscar de la Renta’s Connecticut estate; Ralph Lauren’s RRL Ranch in Telluride, Colorado; and Jenna Lyons’ Park Slope, Brooklyn brownstone. Francisco Costa (arm-in-arm with Bianca Jagger), Peter Som, Robert Geller, and Yigal Azrouël all came to take a look and raise a glass at the book’s launch party at the St. Regis last night. What’s the appeal of such voyeurism? “You get to see their creativity on a different level,” said CFDA executive director Steven Kolb, whose favorite shot is the Polaroid Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg took of troll dolls lined up along a ledge in his L.A. apartment. (It was the book’s author, Rima Suqi’s pick, too.) Costa, discussing his own minimalist Murray Hill, NYC flat, agreed. “The thing about decorating is it’s livable art,” he said. “Clothes are so temporary, and the home is a different approach. You’re very selective about finding that one thing you love that will last.”

Photo: Courtesy of Assouline

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