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July 28 2014

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6 posts tagged "Becka Diamond"

Deco Dannijo

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“We wanted to show how beautiful the pieces look in real life, not just under studio lights,” said Jodie Snyder, one half of the design duo behind Dannijo jewelry, at their Fall ’12 presentation/dinner last night.

Their latest collection, Deco Gatsby, was modeled by a host of the designers’ friends, including Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine and Becka Diamond. “I love their statement cuffs—it’s like this necklace was made for me,” gushed Vena Cava designer Lisa Mayock; one piece was named in her honor.

The gathering at Kingswood was a welcome change from fashion week’s more formal presentations, with the sibling designers mingling around the room to check on their guests. “It was actually Lisa’s idea,” admitted Jodie of the seated dinner. “Vena Cava did a similar event for their last collection and it felt so much more intimate than a show.”

The jewelry, featuring vintage mosaics, oxidized glass, and mixed crystals, spans a spectrum of styles, and as with previous collections, the designer’s eye could be seen in each piece. “Danielle and I can have quite different aesthetics, but they always coordinate in some way,” said Jodie, motioning toward a spectacular turquoise necklace. “But look at all those crystals—that one’s mostly mine!” she laughed.

Photo: David X Prutting / BFAnyc.com

Anna Dello Russo, At Large At Macy’s

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Macy’s is upping its high-fashion game of late. Karl Lagerfeld’s line for the retailer hits stores at the end of the month, and last week, the department store announced Anna Dello Russo (she of Vogue Nippon and umpteen street-style blogs) as the guest editor at large of its in-house INC line. Dello Russo styled the new campaign and stars in it alongside Karolina Kurkova (above); for Fashion’s Night Out, she and the Czech supe will greet guests at Macy’s Herald Square flagship, too. She wasn’t on hand last night—this being August and she being Italian she was, of course, on vacation—but her new project was fêted in New York all the same, and a host of downtown girls showed up to celebrate. Sky Ferreira worked the DJ booth while guests sipped bubbly and models paraded around in the collection, and Harley Viera-Newton, Chelsea Leyland, and Becka Diamond all came for a look. Solange Knowles arrived with 7-year-old son Juelz in tow, who was looking a little displeased. Was it the flashbulbs? “He’s definitely used to it,” she laughed. “He’s just upset because my iPhone ran out of batteries.”

Partygoers mused on ADR hits past and the INC hits of the present. “Of course you’ve got to love that gold cherries hat,” Ferreira said. “I remember seeing her in this red dress with long gloves and big shoulder pads,” Knowles added. “All I could think was…incredible.” While they were referring to Dello Russo’s fresh-off-the-runway looks, Diamond had her eye on a piece from the new lineup: “I’m definitely getting that fuchsia, shaggy faux fur jacket. Obsessed!” With prices starting at $30 and maxing out at $169, why not?

Photo: Courtesy of Macy’s

Day-Glo Goes Nighttime

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The Museum of Arts and Design held its annual benefit last night, and the theme this year was fluorescents. Neon art—donated by the likes of Rogan Gregory, Jen Kao, and jeweler Bliss Lau—hung on the walls and stood in the galleries, although it wasn’t all as inviting as it was bright. “One of my favorite things is the noose upstairs, ” Mad Men and Community star Alison Brie, one of the evening’s co-chairs, said. She was referring to a fluorescent-bulb hangman’s rope that dangled over the DJ booth where the evening’s entertainers, Chelsea Leyland, Sophomore’s Chrissie Miller, and Leo Fitzpatrick, played their sets (left). “I decided it might be a little too morbid for my house,” the Lela Rose-clad actress continued. “It might send the wrong message.”

The dress code was as flashy as the art—for most, at least. “I am in my basic New York black wardrobe,” co-chair Tyson Beckford admitted. “I just got off a plane from Miami and you know how that is down there—I wish I wore my neon pink Chuck Taylors.” His fellow chair, Waris Ahluwalia, was similarly restrained, though he agreed to wear the glowstick-glasses that were being handed out at the door. “I’ll take one picture in them and then these are coming off,” he said. No matter. In their vivid ensembles, Christian Cota, Becka Diamond, and Dani Stahl more than made up for any lack of highlighter hues.

Photo: Diana Eliazov/BFAnyc.com

From Montmartre To The Left Bank, Without Leaving The Building

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Here’s a basic rule for family contentment: Don’t play favorites with your kids. So when Japan’s Fast Company—the parent corporation of Uniqlo as well as the French labels Comptoir des Cotonniers (which sells sportswear basics) and Princesse Tam Tam (lingerie)—decided to throw the former a birthday bash, they threw the others into the mix, too. Uniqlo’s first Paris outpost opened a year ago, but lest its sibling brands feel left out, its first birthday party in Paris last night doubled as a 15th anniversary party for Comptoir, and a 25th for Princesse.

In a rambling hôtel particulier, each brand got its own section, decorated like a Parisian neighborhood. For Comptoir des Cotonniers, the main salon was restyled like a Montmartre apartment, where guests—like Becka Diamond, Style Bubble’s Susie Lau, and Street Peeper’s Phil Oh (pictured)—had their pictures taken and turned into real French postcards. (Stampswere provided to send them off.) Next door, Uniqlo held court in a space made up as a Paris loft in the 10th, with a line of carnival-style claw games to grab your prize (in this case, Uniqlo T-shirts, briefs, and badges tucked inside plastic canisters). But the best of all was in the hotel’s tapestry-lined library, where Princesse Tam Tam re-created a Saint-Germain Left Bank pied-à-terre. There, amid piles of PTT undies, artists sat patiently hand-painting names and other little messages for those who were willing to skip the dance floor—where André Saraiva, Irina Lazareanu, and Henry Holland were holding court—to make it to the head of the line.

Photo: Courtesy of Fast Retailing

Will.i.am Talks Taxation With Representation

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What does it take to bring LVMH North America CEO Renaud Dutreil, Robert Verdi, and Becka Diamond together? Last night, it was a good cause—a massively good one, in fact. At the launch party for MassiveGood, a new charity with Bill Clinton’s blessing, the idea was that the everywoman and man could make a difference. Will.i.am, who has written a campaign song for the organization with South Africa’s Yvonne Chaka Chaka, was on hand to explain. “Let’s say you go on a trip and buy a $500 plane ticket,” the Black Eyed Peas front man explained. “Adding $2 to that isn’t a big deal, but you know it’s going to something good. It’s like getting taxed, only you have a say in where the tax is going.” In this case, it’s going to UNITAID to treat preventable diseases, reduce child mortality, and improve maternal health in the third world.

He’s not the only high-profile star pitching in. Spike Lee directed a short promo, Masterpiece—debuting exclusively on Style.com, below—starring Mary J. Blige, Samuel L. Jackson, Susan Sarandon, and Paul Auster. And on Thursday, Clinton will introduce the charity officially to the United Nations by giving the first $2 donation. But Chaka Chaka was hoping for a little musical contribution from the former head of state, too. “You know, I performed for Bill Clinton before,” she mentioned. “I said, ‘Mr. President, now why didn’t you bring your saxophone?’”