August 31 2014

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Oscar’s Night


“With Spain, we think of bullfighters and flamenco dancers, but there is so much more,” Oscar de la Renta said last night at a private viewing of the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute’s Joaquin Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress exhibition. The designer (who conceived the exhibit) and André Leon Talley (who curated it) gathered at the museum on Park Avenue to discuss the
Valencian artist’s influence on Iberian style to a small crowd, which included his wife, Annette de la Renta, Steven Kolb, and Trina Turk.

The exhibition is a feast for the eyes, displaying several Sorolla paintings alongside over 30 original costumes from the period, including lace bridal
gowns from Toledo, boiled wool sheepherder capes, and a pirate’s trove of silver filigree jewelry, all of which were lent from Sorolla’s archives in Madrid. The multi-floor display also includes Catalan-influenced contemporary fashions by Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, Stefano Pilati, and Cristobal Balenciaga (the similarities between the latter’s cocoon cape and a Basque fisherman’s tunic are uncanny).

As for de la Renta, if his recent pre-fall collection of embroidered coats and bolero jackets is any indication, he too is feeling his roots. “Spain has always been an influence in my work,” he tells “Sometimes things seep in unconsciously.” His favorite Spanish hallmark? “I have always loved ruffles. They are the essence of femininity.”

Joaquin Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress runs through March 10, Queen Sofía Spanish Institute, 684 Park Ave., NYC.

Photos: Joe Schildhorn /

A New Parent For Proenza, When Marc Met Diddy, V For Victory (And Vodianova), And More…


Is Proenza getting a new parent? Rumor has it Theory president Andrew Rosen—who, in addition to controlling Theory and Helmut Lang, has invested in Rag & Bone, Alice + Olivia and Gryphon—is mulling a stake in the New York label. Pemira, which owns 45% of the business is looking to sell its share; designers Jack McCollough, Lazaro Hernadez, and CEO Shirley Cook will keep their 55%. [WWD]

It’s battle of the newspaper glossies this weekend when the first Sally Singer-edited issue of T and the first Deborah Needleman-edited issue of WSJ. hit stands. A hundred lucky people got a sneak preview today, though: T put 100 copies near their offices on 40th Street, which, according to Twitter, were gone within 2 hours. [@themoment]

Is Diddy elbowing in on Kanye territory? The rapper is certainly courting the fashion world at the moment: His next album, Last Train to Paris, features spoken-word cameos from Marc Jacobs, Isaac Mizrahi, Tommy Hilfiger, and André Leon Talley. [Huffington Post]

And Natalia Vodianova (left) must have had her Jock Jams blasting lately. The gorgeous model has been repping her home country of Russia on two separate athletic fronts lately: As the official Ambassador of the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, and as part of a delegation to secure the 2018 World Cup for Russia. [Modelinia]

Photo: Luca Cannonieri /

With A Little Help From Halston’s Friends


Whitney Sudler-Smith’s documentary Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston teases out the complexities of an enigmatic figure by communing with those who knew him best—think My Architect by way of Studio 54). But getting the late designer’s nearest and dearest to reminisce on camera was no easy feat. “At first no one was really willing to talk,” the director said at the film’s West Coast premiere at LACMA last night. “I think they were afraid I was going to go the salacious route.” Sudler-Smith spent four years charming his way into the foyers of New York’s fashion and society elite, but he credits Liza Minnelli, arguably the closest of Halston’s many close pals (she’s pictured with the designer, left), with helping him initially get his foot in the door. “She was my first interview, and I think after she came on board, people realized I was legit.” Indeed, after his Minnelli coup, Sudler-Smith was able to score interviews with everyone from Billy Joel (who is seen regaling the camera crew with an organ rendition of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”) to Vogue‘s André Leon Talley (who playfully scolds Sudler-Smith for interrupting him). But it was a Champagne-fueled chat with former Halston protégé Naeem Khan that the director cites as his most memorable experience in making the film. “I think I wound up passing out in a pile of cardboard boxes after that interview,” he admitted. “It was very decadent. Very Halston.”

Photo: Tom Wargacki / Getty Images

Tie-Dyeing: It’s A Good Thing; DVF Flies South; And More…


Do not adjust your set—that really is Jack and Lazaro of Proenza Schouler teaching Martha how to tie-dye on The Martha Stewart Show today. (But if you’d rather leave the DIY to the professionals, you’ll be glad to know that PS is offering a tie-dyed racer-back tank, pictured, for a limited time on its Web site.) [Martha Stewart]

The surest sign that spring is here: The shirts are off outside of Hollister. [Racked]

From their parlor to yours: Parlor showroom—which reps lines like Timo Weiland, Rachel Antonoff, and Samantha Pleet—is taking its show on the road, driving an RV cross-country to sell Fall 2010 directly to consumers. Well, when retail’s down… [Fashionista]

And DVF adds a new continent to her worldwide empire. The designer opened her first South American store in Brasília’s new Iguatemí Mall, and André Leon Talley curated an exhibition of Diane-iana (but of course) for the occasion. [WWD]

Photo: Courtesy of Proenza Schouler

Isaac Mizrahi, Curator


Does Isaac Mizrahi sleep? It hardly seems likely. Not only is Mizrahi prepping Spring ’10 collections for both his own label and Liz Claiborne, where he came on board as creative director last year, but he plays a starring part in Bravo’s new series The Fashion Show, he blogs, and he hosts his own weekly fashion klatch on his Web site, and frankly, God knows what else he’s up to, but certainly something. Nevertheless, Mizrahi has managed to carve out some spare time over the past six months to jump into a new role as curator: His first exhibition, Summer Pictures, opens at the Julie Saul Gallery in Chelsea this Thursday night and features work by artists such as Maira Kalman, Adrianne Lobel, Lisa Sanditz, Julia Sherman, and Wayne Thiebaud. Here, Mizrahi talks to about color, cupcakes, and more color.

What made you decide that you wanted to curate an art show?
Oh, gosh. Let’s see…Well, my friend Julie Saul has a gallery, and not too long ago she became the gallerist for my very dear friend Maira Kalman, and then we started talking. She—Julie—was telling me that the gallery is usually pretty slow in the summertime, and I mentioned that I’d love to put together a small show of work by artists that I really love, and then, you know, it was just one of those things.

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