The fashion week invitation inundation persists, but some continue to stand out. Obedient Sons apparently sent its invite from a far-off desert isle: It arrived inside a wax-sealed glass bottle. We know not to expect anything run-of-the-mill from cartwheeling Betsey Johnson, and her prom-themed invite—complete with yearbook photos of the designer as a young prom "princess"—didn’t disappoint. On the party end, Calvin Klein announced the launch of its latest line, Steel, on an invitation made of metal. Subtle. But the envelope that made the biggest impression on us wasn’t flashy or full of swag. It was the handwritten one we received to the presentation of Chloë Sevigny’s debut line at Opening Ceremony. And by handwritten we mean by Chloë, and the envelope, too. Yes, we’ll be there.
So often with dresses, the visual details are all in the front. We’re happy designers like Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz, who showed shifts with ruffles and frills down their backs on his Fall runway, have chosen to highlight the oft-neglected rear view. Witness this layered Prada creation Rosamund Pike donned for yesterday’s Venice premiere of Atonement. A dress that looks just as good going as it does coming is something we can really get behind.
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Botswana is absolutely beautiful! The daily adventures into the bush are fascinating—it’s a different experience each time. We saw the Big Five: a lion, a leopard, an elephant, a buffalo, and a rhino. The various tented camps each have their own charm. Mombo has the best game viewing in Botswana. Abu is an elephant-back safari—we rode elephants for three days and had a truly elegant dinner in the bush (complete with hyenas to clean up). Vumbura has the most luxurious tents—they give the illusion that you’re sleeping outside. At Jack’s Camp we went quad biking in the Kalahari Desert. North Island (in the Seychelles) is a private island in the Indian Ocean with the most beautiful unspoiled white beaches. We had a honeymoon dinner on the sand, where we were surrounded by torches set into hearts made of sand. Africa has captured my imagination. We’re already planning Namibia for 2008!
Photo: Dr. Lisa Airan
Ferebee Bishop opened the doors to her Soho loft last night for a party in honor of newbie handbag designer Sarah Heary. The 25-year-old, who formerly worked in accessories at Cole Haan with the socialite’s sister-in-law, Annie Taube, had an array of clutches and satchels made from exotic skins on display. Currently selling at Takashimaya, Heary’s goods run from $375 for a Japanese fan evening bag to $7,000 for a large ostrich and alligator carry all. Don’t be surprised if you see some of the attendees—including Zani Gugelmann and Alexis Bryan—toting the new label come next week.—Sarah Cristobal
One thing about being named the new face of Coco Mademoiselle perfume: You’re not going to have to worry about what to wear. Keira Knightley, who now has a closetful of Chanel frocks from which to choose, opted for a resort collection gown for the Atonement photo call at the Venice Film Festival today. The actress replaced Kate Moss as the face of the brand, and rumors are flying as to whether she’ll play the legend herself, Coco Chanel, in an upcoming biopic. As for tonight’s premiere, we hear she’s selected something from the haute couture collection.
Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com
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