Wes Anderson couldn’t make it, but the charming mise-en-scènes Waris Ahluwalia created to show off his new jewelry collection Wednesday night had his director friend’s upper-crust quirk all over them. The vignettes were staged in a two-story suite at the Plaza (with a terrace, obviously) and, if you didn’t already, they kind of made you wish you were spending the night. There were models in the parlor playing chess, models in the bathtub (splashing and playing like little girls), and models in the bedroom playing cards. Throw in a tub full of vodka bottles, and, hey, who needs a jewelry collection? Still, the avian-inspired gems for the House of Waris garnered their own share of attention, decorating the rooms like mini artworks. The intimate group of guests varied from the expected (Arden Wohl, Hope Atherton) to the less expected (Malcolm Gladwell) to the head-turning, represented by Anthony Edwards. (“Why is Goose here?” one guest asked.) The collection was inspired by another hotel, this time in Paris, where Ahluwalia was taken by a bird motif in the tiles of his bathroom. The hand-enameled pendants and earrings are individually named—Raphael, Virgil, Spero, etc.—and the collection goes by the classical moniker Omnia Vincit Amor, or Love Conquers All. Another partygoer not normally in these parts was the designer’s mom. Easily the chicest woman in the suite in a slim, saffron-hued sari, she proudly displayed her own House of Waris pieces. “Of course I think they are great,” she said, and showed off her ears, beaming.
Arden Wohl, Richie Rich, and Charlotte Ronson came out to celebrate a night of fur-free fashion at the Humane Society of the United States’ Cool vs. Cruel Awards. The event at the Bowery Hotel featured the fur-free designs of Art Institutes students. By evening’s end, Gohar Rajabzadeh was announced as the winner for her shaggy faux fur coat made of acrylic yarn and cotton. “I’m a big fan of Cool vs. Cruel,” said Ronson, who judged the event last year, resulting in the Humane Society sponsorship for her show. Wohl agreed. “Now I think we have the technology to not use fur,” she said. “It pushes designers to be as creative as they can using alternative materials,” she said. In addition to Rich, the event’s designer contingent included Maria Cornejo and Libertine’s Cindy Greene. “We have put fur on the runway, but it’s always been vintage,” Rich explained. “I don’t know if I would use real fur right now. I care about how they get the fur. That freaks me out.” Agyness Deyn, who deejayed the event with boyfriend Albert Hammond, Jr., urged people to at least be aware of the alternatives. “Comme des Garçons uses all fake furs and I have fur-looking coats that aren’t really fur,” said the model. “They use such good fakes nowadays that you don’t need to buy the real thing.”
Used to be, the best way to give your spanking-new jeans some character was to klutz out and hope for an artful snag or two. James Jeans, however, has concocted a more genteel solution: Last night, the brand fêted its new capsule collection of organic, eco-friendly jeans by inviting partygoers to take home a pair customized with rips and tears. Arden Wohl and Genevieve Jones were among the guests at the Emmanuelle Chriqui-hosted event to create their dream jeans, selecting one of three styles, specifying wash and hardware, and sketching in their damage requests on an order form. The pair worn by James founder Seun Lim, however, had come by its character more, ahem, organically. “We’re doing a limited edition from a special selvedge I got in Australia,” Lim explained. “A friend of mine found these bolts of denim at a flea market, and he bought them before asking and then told me I had to fly down to Australia to check the stuff out.” Turned out, once she’d peeled away a few layers of rot, Lim had stumbled upon a trove of denim many decades old. “It’s the kind of denim you don’t really find anymore—it’s just cotton, and the weave is a little flawed,” she noted. “But it’s also the type where, when you put in the wash, it just naturally gets that really great fade.”