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True Love, Courtesy Of Tiffany’s

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Out with spring fling and in with summer romance? That was the spirit at the Tiffany’s-hosted dinner at Il Buco last night. The fête, attended by a mix of fashion and media types including stylist Kate Young, Teen Vogue‘s Amy Astley, and LX TV’s Sara Gore, kicked off the jewelry company’s newly launched Web site, Whatmakeslovetrue.com. If the URL didn’t give away the theme, then there was a short film by Edward Burns to do the talking. The actor-cum-filmmaker pieced together several real-life When Harry Met Sally vignettes.

“We wanted to find couples where New York City figured in their engagement stories or romance,” Burns explained. “There’s been movies about New York City love stories since the twenties and thirties. It’s a city of endless possibility. You can go out any night and there’s this wild promise that tonight’s the night you can meet somebody.”

The city may be an ideal backdrop for lovers, but a little blue box can do wonders for the next step. “I think they should just sell the blue boxes to dudes,” Josh Radin, who flew in from L.A. to sing a couple love songs, suggested over the mic. For lesser materialists, balmy weather played its part. “Well, I just met a boy the other day, so summer must have something to do with it,” designer Victor Glemaud said with a laugh. To which Burns added, “Everybody’s in a better mood. People around the parks, they’re laying out in the sun. Especially in New York, we just came out of a brutal winter. Nice weather always helps.”

Photo: Leandro Justen / PatrickMcMullan.com

Teen Vogue Wants To Give You Your Big Break

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“Are you sure this world is for you? And are you sure you are the right person to survive in this world—the world of fashion—a world with no rules, no laws? Answer that question honestly for yourself. Are you ready to accept injustice? The idea of the fashion industry may look better from the outside. It can look like the world of dream jobs—for a very happy few.”

Trust Karl Lagerfeld to tell it like it is. The designer is one of many high-profile fashion types offering advice on breaking into the industry in editor in chief Amy Astley’s new The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion. “Insider” is the operative word. Astley recruited designers like Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney, photographers like Patrick Demarchelier and Mario Testino, and models Chanel Iman and Caroline Trentini, along with a slew of top stylists, beauty gurus, and editors to participate—and happily, not all of them are quite so blunt as the Kaiser. Astley’s former boss at Vogue, Anna Wintour, counsels, “Don’t go too fast. Because of reality television and all these celebrities thinking they can be designers, everyone imagines that they can just become a designer, photographer, or model, but that’s not the way things work. People have to go to school, learn their craft, and build a brand—that’s the right, healthy way to do things.” Astley calls the book a no-brainer. “Not a day goes by when I’m not replying to e-mails from young girls asking how to get started in fashion,” she says. Her most important tip? “I tell our interns to network as much as they can. And don’t impress me, impress the person they’re reporting to.” But people firmly ensconced in the business will enjoy this photo-packed volume, too. A compendium of the almost seven-year-old magazine’s greatest hits, it is, as Astley calls it, “a love letter to our contributors.” The book will be released on October 5.

Good Will Painting

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Ross Bleckner will be appointed a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador next month for his work rehabilitating former child soldiers and abducted children from Uganda with art therapy. So it was only fitting that Moschino’s cocktail party in the painter’s honor last night was a family affair. Teen Vogue‘s Amy Astley had her two adorable daughters and husband in tow. Sisters Claiborne Swanson and Veronica Swanson Beard dropped into the Meatpacking District store. And Sandra Bernhard came with partner Sara Switzer of Vanity Fair and lamented her lack of a Bleckner painting. “I’ve been trying to get him to get me a good deal on a painting for years,” said the comedian. No word on whether Bleckner plans to pony up, but his Welcome to Gulu exhibition, which features 200 paintings by the Ugandan children along with Bleckner’s portraits, will be up at the United Nations next month.

Photo: Chance Yeh / PatrickMcMullan.com