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July 29 2014

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4 posts tagged "Barbara Bush"

Blasblog: Sean Avery, Revisited

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This blog has done its part to document sometime New York Ranger Sean Avery’s dalliances in the fashion world (about which the Times delved into on Sunday). But what few people have noticed is that while Avery has dabbled in our world (a Vogue internship, presenting an award to his new buddy Vera Wang), more than a few stylish girls have crossed into his universe, too. This was clear at Monday night’s hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Bear with me, as I’m not too up-to-date on the hockey stats, but this was apparently a big game, as the Rangers were playing the New Jersey Devils, and the handsome Brendan Shanahan, a former Ranger, was on the opposing team. The crowd in the VIP lounge looked like the front row at a Marc Jacobs show (pre-recession, I mean): Justin Bateman, Chloë Sevigny, Barbara Bush, Selita Ebanks, Will Arnett, Amy Sacco, and Catherine Keener were all in attendance, the last of whom had just gotten off a plane from L.A.—”I’m not gonna miss a Rangers game,” Keener enthused. It’s fitting that diehard fashion fan Sevigny (that’s her on the right, with Jen Brill, Carrie Imberman, and V magazine’s Karin Nelson) would be equally diehard for Avery. In the third period, when the Rangers were up 3-0 (which was the final score) and the hockey hothead was put in the penalty box for roughhousing, she led her section in a round of boos. Meanwhile, when the young designer Prabal Gurung shouted, “He had better work!” after the Rangers scored a goal, the rest of the crowd seemed confused by the lingo but pleased by the spirit.

 

 

Photo: Derek Blasberg

 

Blasblog: Temperley’s In-Store Dance Party

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According to Alice Temperley, the two big pros to having a party in your Soho loft and showroom are that, for one, you can stay as long as you’d like, and two, there’s enough room to have a real dance floor. While I can’t attest to the former (it’s called beauty sleep), I did receive word this morning that the revelry continued past a typical nightclub’s closing time. I did, however, take advantage of that dance floor, joining the likes of Milla Jovovich, Olympia Scarry, Michael Stipe, and Barbara Bush in enjoying the musical stylings of the evening’s DJ, Jefferson Hack. The party was a celebration of the brand’s newest presentation mode—this season’s collection was seen via video. “It’s an exciting time,” Lars von Bennigsen, Temperley’s husband and business partner, said. “We’re thrilled to try new things.” Not that all talk was devoted to futuristic fashion presentations. When Jovovich came in, Temperley was eager to compare notes on Ever Gabo (Jovovich’s little girl) and Fox (Temperley’s 17-month-old son). “And I thought having a fashion company was hard work,” teased Temperley.

Photo: Clint Spaulding / PatrickMcMullan.com

blasblog from paris: colette gets arty

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Sarah Lerfel, the daughter of a lady named Colette, who has a certain shop on the Rue Saint-Honoré that you might have heard of, was manning her party/installation alone on Monday night. The shop closed up early to get ready for an art show curated by Jen Brill and Aaron Bondaroff, featuring works from the likes of Jack Pierson, Nate Lowman, Terence Koh, and Dan Colen. “They are coming, they are coming,” Lerfel said, blaming the hectic Parisian traffic and the late-running Martin Margiela show for the lack of a crowd. When guests like Barbara Bush, Margherita Missoni, and fledgling art-world favorite Dasha Zhukova did start to arrive, they were impressed. Zhukova, in particular, put her money where her mouth is. “I like the one with the poodle,” she said of a Dash Snow piece that was one in a series of three. “Do you think it’s for sale?” It was, and she got it.

Photo: Derek Blasberg

you can’t escape fashion, not even at the u.s. open

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Although the opening ceremonies of the U.S. Open, which took place last night at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, included a performance by Earth, Wind & Fire, a speech on the history of tennis from Forest Whitaker, an appearance from Mayor Bloomberg, and a few of the Broadway hits from the cast of “Jersey Boys,” there was one attendant in Eddie Trump’s box who couldn’t help but compare the festivities to another opening ceremony. “It’s not my fault,” First Daughter Barbara Bush, who had traveled to Beijing for the Olympics with her father, sighed. “That experience is ingrained in my mind. But those were just so out of control; these are much more intimate, and plus you go straight into the matches.” Indeed, while the Olympic festivities were hours long and you had to wait a whole day for the gold medals to start rolling out, this ceremony segued quickly into Jelena Jankovic’s defeat of Coco Vandeweghe in two sets, and James Blake’s defeat of Donald Young in an exciting five sets. Joining Bush in Trump’s box were several fashion folks, including a few of the pretty faces from Elite Model Management (which Trump owns) and Neal Hamil, the director of Elite North America; the CFDA’s Steven Colb; designers David Neville and Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone, Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai of Vena Cava, and Sari Gueron; Lydia Hearst; and Gucci Westman. While most eyes were always on the court—Trump’s box had quite the view (and a bar)—not all the conversation revolved around aces and backhands. Side discussions included dish on Trump himself (although he was rumored to be the Donald’s brother, we found out this Trump is from South Africa); whether or not Anna Wintour would stand and clap when Roger Federer was announced in the ceremony with other past U.S. Open winners (she did); and, of course, the upcoming collections. That last topic proved a dangerous one. “Great, now I have fashion guilt,” Gueron sighed. “My pattern maker is watching my dog, and I really should get back to work.” Buhai quickly felt the same way—”it’s so decadent to be here right now,” she said—and suddenly, as Rag & Bone left too, the box was designer-less.

Photo: Derek Blasberg