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July 30 2014

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3 posts tagged "Art of Elysium"

An Award to Honor L’Wren Scott

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L'Wren ScottTributes to L’Wren Scott continue to pour out from the fashion community. After her tragic suicide on March 17, our own Tim Blanks remembered her as both a “brilliant” designer and friend, Cathy Horyn’s personal story in the New York Times went viral, and countless other publications filled their pages with pictures of Scott and her greatest hits. Today, WWD reports that the late designer now has an award named in her memory: The Los Angeles-based nonprofit The Art of Elysium, which uses art, fashion design, and music to help children with serious illnesses, has introduced the L’Wren Scott Amber Award. The honor, which is also named for Amber, one of the first children to enroll in the program’s fashion workshop, will be given to up-and-coming fashion designers. Winners will spend time volunteering in children’s hospitals and will design small lines of clothing sold at TheArtOfElysium.org to benefit the Elysium Collections.

According to a spokesman of the company, Scott’s family requested that donations be made to The Art of Elysium in L’Wren’s memory.

Photo: Getty ImagesĀ 

The Heavenly Host (Committee)

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Fresh from his Malibu event to reveal an Angel—that’d be Gisele Bündchen—as his new campaign face, David Yurman headed for Heaven. Yurman joined the Art of Elysium’s Jennifer Howell last night at the L.A. home of artist and musician Mark Mothersbaugh (famously of Devo, to say nothing of many Wes Anderson soundtracks) to toast the host committee of the nonprofit’s 2013 Heaven Gala. Justin Bartha, Abigail Spencer (pictured, right), and Amy Smart were among the Young Hollywood-ites who turned out for the evening, but it was Amber Heard (pictured, left) who elicited singling out from Howell. “Did you know she’s bilingual?” she asked the crowd. The actress makes use of her two languages in her work for the L.A.-based organization, which encourages artists, actors, and musicians to donate their time and talent to seriously ill children. “She’s in the hospital with the kids—and talking to them—every chance she gets.”

The evening presented itself as an opportunity for David Yurman, in town for a mini tour that includes the reopening of his expanded Rodeo Drive flagship, to lend his support and champion the charity that has become a cause célèbre for celebs. “We want to find some way to give back,” he said, and Art of Elysium is “heroic, and unbelievably charitable.” Heroico, as Heard might say.

Photo: Stefanie Keenan

How To Wear The Nina Ricci High-Low Dress

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We are fashion people and therefore adore most of what Olivier Theyskens has, does, and will design—rumors of replacements be damned. But even we have to admit that the beautiful high-low hem dresses from his Spring 2009 show have played somewhat awkwardly off the runway. Witness, Kate Bosworth at the Art of Elysium Gala a few weeks ago. Maybe it’s the tightly scraped-back hair or the witchy-goth choice of black with long sleeves. Whatever the case, Kate’s look wasn’t quite doing it for us. That’s why we were overjoyed to see Diane Kruger rock the Ricci at last night’s Sidaction party looking happy, pretty, and irrefutably chic. We put it down to the fresh but not too sweet floral and the girlish but not too infantile bobby-pinned hair. Agreed or not?

Photo: left, Jeff Vespa/Wireimage; right, Frederic Nebinger/ABACAPRESS.COM