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Home Is Where The Runway Is


It only seems appropriate that Daphne Guinness’ New York apartment sports a 80-foot-long hallway. “It’s like her second runway,” Architectural Digest contributing editor Bronson Van Wyck said with a laugh. The daring, silver-streaked style icon missed the Ralph Lauren-hosted cocktails for the magazine’s March issue and its new editor in chief, Margaret Russell, last night, but the multi-page spread of her art-bedecked apartment was the talk of the night. “You know she’s really quite surprising,” Russell said of her subject. “Before the shoot, I’ve met Daphne before at events around town. You see her for her style and then you discover she has these very strong opinions that she’s not afraid to voice. That’s a quality I’ve always admired in people.”

The Guinness touch aside, there were, aptly, plenty of New Yorkers on hand to celebrate with to-die-for apartments of their own. David Lauren (left, with Russell) and Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer both stopped by, while Dr. Lisa Airan mused on wallpaper versus grass cloth and that perennial NYC favorite, closet space. Reed Krakoff and his interior designer wife, Delphine, made the rounds, too. “Of course, for the business side of things, I make the decisions,” Delphine said. “But when it comes to the house, we share the design duties 50/50.” To which Krakoff quipped, “That’s the secret to a happy marriage, you know. It’s all about sharing.”

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Michelle Obama: The Model Years


Yesterday, over plates of halibut and pomegranate salad at Bergdorf Goodman’s BG, some of fashion’s most powerful women gathered in honor of perhaps the industry’s most hotly debated topic of late: Michelle Obama. Tod’s and Tina Brown hosted the icon-studded group, which included Iman, Veronica Webb, Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, Tory Burch, and Michelle Obama favorites Isabel and Ruben Toledo and Sophie Théallet. The catalyst for the serene occasion (an ideal respite from the chaos taking place at NYFW outposts around the city) was the launch of Kate Betts’ book Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style.

While many might contend that the subject of the First Lady’s wardrobe has become its own “dead horse,” yesterday’s luncheon revealed that a few Michelle Obama style stones had been left unturned. For one, her effect on “big girls,” as The Daily Beast’s Tina Brown (left, with Betts) put it. “She’s made big girls comfortable. I love her unabashed big girl-ness. I like that about her: Her imperfections are what make her so appealing.” As for whether or not the First Lady should stick to American designers? “I think she should wear whatever the hell she likes.”

“I don’t think anyone has really looked at her style in the context of First Lady style,” Betts added. “We always compare her to Jackie, but I wanted to go all the way back to the beginning and see why style matters for first ladies. I also wanted to look at her style in a broader cultural context. And to look at why her style mattered to her in her trajectory from the South Side of Chicago, to Princeton, to Harvard, to a Chicago law firm, to the White House, and why her style became a sort of talisman for her—something that she held onto for herself in places that were places that were not necessarily the most friendly places for somebody like her.” And that includes moonlighting as a model. Betts discovered that the First Lady worked as a mannequin for three friends (also aspiring fashion designers) during her days at Princeton. And, how does Michelle feel about her former modeling days and style history being brought to light? “The response was very positive,” Betts said, smiling.

Photo: Courtesy of Tod’s

Blasblog: The Interim Beatrice Inn


The enormous hole left agape in New York’s downtown lounge circuit when the Beatrice Inn was closed for a laundry list of violations a few months ago has been partially filled by the Tribeca bar 77 Warren, conveniently opened by Beatrice regular (and sometime New York Ranger) Sean Avery, Smith & Mills co-owner Chris Miller, and Beatrice Inn co-founder Matt Abramcyk. Although the chic nightspot—which somehow blends posh wood paneling and Diane Arbus artwork with hockey jerseys and flat-screen TVs that, yes, occasionally showcase sporting events (but only the trendy ones, like Lakers games)—has been open a few weeks now. Thursday night tested the new place’s staying power when it hosted the unofficial Burberry after-party. It passed. Kelly Klein and Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer were holding court with Catherine Keener and Brendan Shanahan at the booth nearest the door; next to them were Jen Brill, Byrdie Bell, Hilary Rhoda, and Bonnie Morrison having a late-night dinner; and bringing up the rear were Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Sophia Hesketh, Magnus Berger, and Brooke Geahan. Not bad for a soft opening. “The best part about this place is the food,” said Brill. She wasn’t kidding: At her table was a roast chicken, a house salad, grilled cheese, and, according to Avery himself, the best mac and cheese in New York City.

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horsing around at hermes


Kelly Klein took a break from signing copies of her new book, Horse, last night at the Hermès store on Madison Avenue to flex her fingers. She had on a pair of fingerless, knitted woolen hand warmers, reminiscent of the gloves jockeys wear. “I wore the gloves because I thought they were kind of a sexy, horsey addition to my outfit, to my Hermès dress,” she said. The book, a collection of fashion images and vintage photography, is of equine proportions—so massive, in fact, that some guests had to have their copies carried up the stairs and out to the car for them. “I said, ‘You know, Kelly, I really think the size is so spectacular, let’s use that space in the design,’” said the book’s creative director, Sam Shahid. “You really feel like you’re riding that horse.”

Well-wishers included Tory Burch and Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer. “I always went to the Hampton Classic,” said the latter. “And I rode for a very, very short period of time, but not the way Kelly does!” Calvin Klein reminded us that at one time he himself had joined Kelly in her equestrian pastime, but suffered that terrible fall. “I was in a cast for about seven months on my back,” he recalled. “I just gave up riding. I thought, ‘I’m not going to push my luck.’ So that was that.”

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