Diversity was the theme at the Saturday-evening opening for the third California Design Biennial at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. The exhibit, which explores functionality and design, features everything from cars and cooking tongs to printed skateboards and fashion by Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Jasmin Shokrian, and Resurrection co-owner Katy Rodriguez. “This one is called the Sienna dress, and it’s probably my favorite,” said Rodriguez, pointing to a black silk baby-doll creation with a décolletage lace panel. “It was originally made for a friend’s birthday and ended up influencing the shape and volume for my upcoming collection.” Rodriguez has enlisted Arianne Phillips to style the “high-energy, high-fun assortment of cocktail dresses, eveningwear, and daywear” that she’s unveiling during New York fashion week next month. Until then, the designer is patiently awaiting the arrival of another big date. “My boyfriend [skating legend Tony Alva] and I share the same birthday in September, and this year he’s turning 50, so we’re going all out and really celebrating!”—Linlee Allen
Photo: Linlee Allen
Actress Becki Newton was looking very much the rising fashion insider that she plays on ABC’s Ugly Betty at the Hot in Hollywood AIDS benefit this weekend. She paired her plum silk Jay Godfrey dress with nude sandals and turquoise earrings, exhibiting the kind of offbeat style that her fashion-assistant character loves. Though she later doffed this look to don a Barbra Streisand costume (co-star America Ferrera dressed as Neil Diamond, and the pair performed a duet for guests), we’re still going to keep an eye on her.
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We hear that the list of 300 founding members of Manhattan private club Norwood House is now final, meaning that some New York socials are feeling left out in the cold. Meanwhile, the club will not open officially until late September/early October.
The 11,000 municipal bicycles that hit the streets of Paris on Bastille Day have proven a hit with natives and tourists alike (surly Parisian drivers, however, are not so pleased). The now ubiquitous “Vélibs”—another 10,000 are on the way—are available to rent at kiosks around the city. With just a quick swipe of your Métro pass or credit card, you’re on your way—24/7. Guests at the Murano Urban Resort hotel, however, need not sully their seats on government-issue bikes. The Murano has raised the (handle) bar, style-wise, by commissioning super-bike company Electra to create a fleet of customized cruisers. Painted with flames, polka dots, or leopard spots and sporting the Murano logo, they’re the eco-chic way to get around town.—Gentry Lane
Photo: Gentry Lane
You have to hand it to Beyoncé—the woman knows what she likes. She sticks to a uniform of sleek, curve-hugging dresses, and if the look is a tad predictable, who cares? The idea is to look like a Star. For an appearance yesterday at Macy’s Herald Square, the singer showed up in this strapless Emporio Armani number, which is certainly the most glamour Herald Square has seen in some time.
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