Lupita Nyong’o has a growing awards collection (including an Oscar), but she “never dreamed” she would be named People magazine’s Most Beautiful Person. The 12 Years a Slave star and Lancôme spokeswoman appears on this month’s cover with her trademark cropped hair, a sparkly necklace, and her perpetual smile. “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen,” she told People. Growing up, her idea of beauty was “light skin and long, flowing, straight hair…Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.” Now her natural beauty is not only celebrated but further enhanced by her innate elegance, humility, and originality. Nyong’o joins an impressive roster of past winners including Julia Roberts, Beyoncé, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, and Angelina Jolie.
Around midnight last night, guests gathered at The Top of The Standard for a private reception for Boy George, who had just wrapped a one-night-only performance at Irving Plaza. “It’s like the eighties in here,” Victoria Bartlett told us as she walked in. And perhaps it was the eighties all over again: A rare stateside visit from Boy George means that companions from the glory days of nightlife will come out of the woodwork. Sandra Long wore a signature white fur coat and feathered headpiece, and hosts Miss Guy and Erich Long greeted guests from their banquette near the front.
“I remember getting dressed up with my sisters as kids and dancing in front of the mirror to Boy George, pretending we were grown women!” Ladyfag told us, her thick eyeliner no doubt a tribute to “Karma Chameleon.” The evening drew in a range of Boy George fans young and old, including the likes of Peter Brant Jr., Julia Restoin Roitfeld, and Rachel Chandler. On the dance floor, husband-wife duo Catherine Martin and Baz Luhrmann danced up a storm until late into the night. You’re welcome in New York whenever you like, Boy George—it seems like your fan base has only grown.
More pseudo-news—sartorial and otherwise—unfolds as the Royals continue their Australian tour. Today, Kate Middleton joined the ranks of social butterflies-cum-music mavens like Chelsea Leyland, Hannah Bronfman, Harley Viera-Newton, and Mia Moretti after being taught how to DJ at an Australian youth center. Naturally, this all happened while she was donning a baby pink McQueen suit. Maybe The Misshapes will ring the Palace if they’re looking to turn their trendy trio into a titled quartet. Then again, maybe they won’t.
EXCLUSIVE: AmfAR to Honor Calvin Klein Collection, HBO, and H.R.H. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway-------
When it comes to spring soirees, the amfAR fete is one of the hottest tickets in town. For its fifth annual Inspiration Gala celebrating men’s style, the world’s top menswear designers will create custom-made looks for a print-focused runway show at The Plaza’s Palm Court. The evening, which is scheduled for June 10, will also serve to honor a few standup groups and individuals: H.R.H. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, HBO, and Calvin Klein Collection. Michael Lombardo will accept the award on behalf of HBO (Sarah Jessica Parker, a longtime amfAR supporter, will present the award to him), while Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli will accept on behalf of Calvin Klein Collection. The benefit, presented by MAC Viva Glam, will also include a rare performance by New Order, as well as a live auction of luxury goods. Since its inception in 2010, the Inspiration event series has raised $15 million for amfAR. Event chairs include Thom Browne, Thakoon Panichgul, James Franco, Simon Doonan, and Jennifer Lopez.
Nostalgic Parsons designers rubbed elbows among alumni old and new at Milk Studios last night in celebration of the design school’s first book. One would think that all those featured in The School of Fashion: 30 Parsons Designers were star pupils, but Anna Sui wasn’t one of them. Inside the crowded room, the designer confessed to her less-than-scholarly ways. “Being 18 and living in New York City with no parental guidance, I wasn’t a good student,” confessed Sui. But it was a fun time, she admitted.
Working her way around the room, Behnaz Sarafpour correctly named all of the designers whose sketches hung along the walls—including her own, drawn on a cocktail napkin. Sarafpour later reunited with fellow alum Reed Krakoff who, like her, once interned with Narciso Rodriguez. The two stood in front of a wall of black-and-white portraits opposite Proust questionnaires that asked designers Alexander Wang, Derek Lam, and Jason Wu the following: “What fictional character do you most identify with?” and “Who are your heroes in real life?” For Chris Benz, who was in attendance, the answers included Tom Sawyer and Martha Stewart, respectively.
“When I realized there hadn’t been a book written, I figured it’d be crazy not to,” said Simon Collins, the school’s dean of fashion, who hosted the event along with Milk’s Mazdack Rassi. The new tome includes thirty designer-dedicated chapters with a host of vibrant illustrations, photographs, and introspective quotes taken from exclusive interviews conducted over the past year. Part of the proceeds from sales will benefit scholarships for Parsons students.
While upping the school’s fashion cred ranks high on Collins’ to-do list, the dean was quick to boast that crafting the book was good for all involved. “I mean, the designers loved it,” offered Collins. “They can show their mums.”
The School of Fashion: 30 Parsons Designers is published by Assouline. Available at select bookstores or online at assouline.com.
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