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July 25 2014

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Charles James Then and Now: An Artistic Interpretation

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Modern Day Charles James
Eight models wearing Charles James gowns, in French & Company's eighteenth century French paneled room

Not everyone at last night’s Met Gala knew the story of Charles James—not by a long shot. “He’s a new person for me,” admitted Hailee Steinfeld, who was utterly adorable in Prabal Gurung. “He’s someone I don’t know. I’m 25!” laughed a Michael Kors-clad Ming Xi when quizzed on the couturier. The evening’s DJ, Diplo, referred to Charles James: Beyond Fashion as “Fashion and the Thingamajig.” And when we asked Katie Couric about James, she jokingly replied, “I think he’s from the forties, isn’t he? Don’t ask me any more hard questions!” However, while not everyone was familiar with the details of James’ career, most everyone had seen the iconic 1948 Cecil Beaton photo, which features eight women in pastel James gowns. Or, as Hedwig and the Angry Inch‘s Lena Hall called it, “that Cecile photograph.” She made up for the slip with her charm, and by looking divine in a Jamesian Zac Posen number. “I’ve seen that photograph a lot. In fact, I think my mother has it on her wall. So when I saw that, I was like, ‘Oh, I guess I know more about him than I thought.’”

Gala chair Aerin Lauder had an even more personal story about the famed snap. “I own the Cecil Beaton photograph, but I didn’t know much about [James] before working on the event for a year.” It would seem many a starlet and socialite looked to said image for sartorial inspiration—so much so that we were able to re-create the photograph with some of the ladies from yesterday evening’s red carpet. Here, for your viewing pleasure, we give you a modern-day mockup of Beaton’s photo, starring TV chef and girlfriend to Governor Andrew Cuomo Sandra Lee’s gargantuan dress (a questionable blend of a James ball gown and his Butterfly design), Hall, Amy Adams, Katie Holmes, Liu Wen, Sarah Silverman, and more. You’re welcome.

Photos: Getty Images; Cecil Beaton, courtesy of the Met

Prada Lists, Franco Quits, The CFDA Visits, And More…

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The rumors are ramping up: The long awaited Prada initial public offering may happen, sources say, as early as July. The Italian megabrand is reportedly eyeing the Hong Kong stock exchange for its first listing. [Vogue U.K.]

The CFDA and Assouline want to help you travel in style. CFDA designers including Francisco Costa, Tommy Hilfiger, and Donna Karan are among the many American designers who have contributed favorite global hot spots and vacation mementos to American Fashion Travel: Designers on the Go, the latest volume in the CFDA’s ongoing coffee-table book series. [WWD]

R.I.P. James Franco’s Twitter. [Entertainment Weekly]

Aerin Lauder—the next Tory Burch? Page Six reports that Estée’s granddaughter is leaving the family business to found her own fashion and lifestyle company. [Page Six]

Photo: Gianni Pucci / GoRunway.com

Midtown or downtown, Carter has them covered

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Robert De Niro, Kanye West, Bono, Edie Falco, and Debra Messing may have been downtown last night at Vanity Fair‘s Eighth Annual Tribeca Film Festival party, but there were plenty of boldface table-hoppers at Graydon Carter’s newly reopened Monkey Bar in midtown. We spotted Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, Dr. Lisa Airan, Billy Norwich, Lady Liliana Cavendish, and Michael Gross, whose upcoming book Rogues’ Gallery: The Secret History of the Moguls and the Money that Made the Metropolitan Museum, has all of New York talking.

 

Photo: BILLY FARRELL/PatrickMcMullan.com