July 29 2014

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4 posts tagged "Becca Cason Thrash"

Where To Live Like Zac (Zac Portrait Not Included)


“It’s for the Sex and the City girl,” said a mesh cardigan-clad Zac Posen. “Or a Renaissance man.” The overlapping spot on the Venn diagram he was proposing—maybe the only one—was an 11th floor duplex at 16W21, a new condominium building in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, and the first to boast Posen-designed interiors. (Appropriately enough, it stands within the Ladies’ Mile historic district, onetime home to Lord & Taylor, B. Altman, and Bergdorf Goodman.) Posen worked with the architects and designers of the entire condo building to add his gilded touch (in the form of inlaid gold piping that snakes around walls and ceiling, specialty moldings, a high-gloss kitchen with inlaid Miele appliances and espresso machine) to a few exorbitantly expensive properties. But one duplex in particular got even more attention. Chez Zac was fully decorated by Posen top to bottom, and is available for sale—sans the pieces from Posen’s personal art collection, which currently cover much of the wall space—furnished as such. The Posen-designed furniture pieces (interlocking, geometric coffee tables; gleaming chrome bar seats) and vintage acquisitions (custom reupholstered chairs, ornate glass lamps) can be yours. As for the nude photo of Courtney Love (inscribed “Par Christopher” to Posen’s boyfriend, French stylist Christopher Niquet) in the living room, or the large-format Polaroid of Posen himself in swim cap and dangling Cartier pendant, a Met ball loaner—well, you’ll have to bring your own.

But the wallpapered, walk-in liquor closet, and the wall-to-wall mirrored, even larger walk-in wardrobe closet, are yours to keep. Likewise the smoky gray padded banisters (a nice touch) and the vintage wallpapers, courtesy of Second Hand Rose. The color schemes (Palm Beach pink in the living room; lavender in one bedroom; Posen’s own Pantone shade of gray for the hall) are familiar from his collections, as are the Rosson Crow paintings that hang throughout. (Posen collaborated with Crow on a line of print dresses in his Spring ’10 collection.) And love or hate the design, there’s no questioning the guy’s commitment to the project—while we toured, Posen supervised a contractor painting gold accents on a molded pink wall. (“Much better!”) Earlier this week, he threw a party in the space to show it to friends (and potential buyers?) like Becca Cason Thrash and Nina Freudenberger. Want to get in yourself? Take a number. According to the real estate watchers at Curbed, the waiting list to show the place is currently 500 people long. Shah’s daughters and titanesses of industry to the front of the line, please.

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Everything’s Bigger In Texas, Even The Deconstructed Disco Ball


Decades‘ Cameron Silver knows a thing or two about wealthy women in fabulous dresses. The vintage couturier was in the thick of them last night at the tenth anniversary bash of Dallas’ designer mecca Forty Five Ten. He reports from the front lines, below.

The traditional tenth anniversary gift is tin or aluminum. For the tenth anniversary of their Dallas store Forty Five Ten, Brian Bolke and Shelly Musselman (pictured) kept to the glittery spirit, if not the letter, of the law. Bolke and Musselman hosted the gala in a gold lamé tux jacket from Dsquared², and a mirrored Margiela gown, respectively. Musselman said what we were all thinking: “In our heart of hearts, don’t we all really want to be a deconstructed disco ball at the end of day?” Well, maybe what some of us were thinking. She paused and added oracularly: “It sees everything.” As for Bolke, he let his Moschino tee do the talking: “Shop.”

But shop they did, of high-end European labels and exclusive tenth anniversary items by attendees Doo-Ri Chung, Narciso Rodriguez, and Koi Suwannagate. (Carry a designer for a decade or so and you’re bound to rack up a few favors.) DJ Lucy Wrubel’s silver Moschino mini, embossed with the phrase “Fashion Must Go On,” certainly inspired the hundreds of loyal clients to drop their Centurion cards, at least when they weren’t juggling flutes of Dom Pérignon or pork hors d’oeuvres three ways (taco, tempura, and slider—this may be fashion, but it’s still Texas).

At 10 p.m., Raven Kauffman (in vintage Mila Schön), Suzanne Wilson (in DVF), and I headed to Kenny Goss and George Michael’s Highland Park home for more Champagne and a viewing of their amazing British art collection, including works by Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, and an amazing Angus Fairhurst gorilla displayed by the pool. The party continued, and close to midnight, the last guest arrived: the pizza boy. The famished crowd went wild. McQueen-clad Houston social Becca Cason Thrash confessed, “It’s Domino’s, and it’s divine!”

Photo: Daniel Driensky

Blasblog: Dennis Basso Goes To London


Dennis Basso knows high-low. To wit, the luxury furrier sells to some of the richest women in America and then courts the other 99 percent with his QVC wares. It’s also how Basso spends his time abroad. Take his week in London, which started with a midnight television appearance on Today’s Special Value (the U.K.’s version of QVC) and ended last night with a swanky ‘do at Claridge’s hosted by social swans Tamara Beckwith and Rena Sindi. The formal dinner was originally planned for the café but then moved to the grand ballroom. “We started with 45 people and a little DJ music,” explained Basso. “Then it was 80 people, then 150. Now it’s 230 people, seated dinner, with a dance floor in the middle of the room. I guess this is kind of like my London wedding.” With the likes of Tamara Mellon, Becca Cason Thrash, and Saffron Aldridge in attendance, not to mention Basso’s dance partner Marie-Chantal of Greece, it would be have been a chic wedding by any standard. Sindi certainly gushed about the designer like a blushing bride. “I am so lucky to have Dennis in my heart and in my life,” she said. “And, most importantly, in my wardrobe.”

Photo: Courtesy of Dennis Basso

Blasblog From Paris: The Hardy Way


John Hardy is a truly international organization: The creative department is in Bali, the financial in Hong Kong, and the marketing and PR in New York City. So what were they doing in Paris on the eve of the haute couture? “This is the best place for cocktails,” announced Hardy creative director Guy Bedarida (pictured here with couture client Becca Cason Thrash). “Which we take just as seriously.” He wasn’t kidding. His friend Marie Moatti provided her digs—a swanky original fifties Art Deco Seine-side pad with a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower—to the jewelry company to kick off this fashion week and present Bedarida’s couture collection. At the end of the night, the bijoux were headed to their own suite at the Hotel Georges V to be perused by buyers—that is assuming, of course, the diamonds made it out of there. Between one fashion publicist openly offering swapsies of her own house’s luxury goods for a cocktail ring or two and Rebecca Carcelle, wife of LVMH’s Yves Carcelle, who had earrings in hand ready to pick up her next bout of bling, it looked like the jewelry was already moving.



Photo: Courtesy of John Hardy