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The Doors Of Studio 54 Reopen, Grace Kelly The Barbie, Oprah And Ralph Lauren Join Forces Again, And More…

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The wild nights at Studio 54 are long over, but a new show hosted by Marc Benecke, who manned the door, and Myra Scheer, a former assistant to Steve Rubell, will bring the club to life once more. The show, which makes its debut Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Channel 15, will host guests who frequented Studio 54, including Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera, Pat Cleveland, and Stephen Burrows. [WWD]

Barbie is paying tribute to Hollywood starlet-turned-princess Grace Kelly with three collectible dolls as part of the Barbie Collector series. The dolls come with some of Kelly’s most iconic looks, including the blue gown she wore in Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief, her wedding dress, and a floral black dress she wore at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955. [Vogue U.K.]

The fashion world went nuts when Oprah scored an on-camera interview with Ralph Lauren (the designer’s first in decades) during the final days of her show. As it turns out, that was just a warm-up. On October 24, the two will take the stage at Lincoln Center for a benefit gala, which Oprah will host and lead a conversation about Lauren’s life and career. [WWD]

Spin dedicated its September issue to artists and style, featuring St. Vincent front woman Annie Clark on the cover. To preview her new album, Spin will host a soldout August 25 show on the roof of the Met—the first concert to ever be held on the museum’s rooftop. [Spin]

Lights Up—Again—At The Bryant Park Tents

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When the lights at New York fashion week’s Bryant Park tents were set to go out in February 2010, a light in filmmaker James Belzer’s head went on. Since the Tents were pitched in 1993, they had become a launch pad for New York designers and a symbol of American fashion. They also served as the setting for some of the most memorable (some groundbreaking, some horrifying) shows the industry had ever witnessed. As the designers and editors prepared to make a bittersweet departure for Lincoln Center, Belzer went to work documenting the legacy of the Bryant Park era with the help of several prominent industry figures, including Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Suzy Menkes, and Isaac Mizrahi.

Last month, Belzer screened his documentary The Tents for the first time at New York’s NewFest, in what he hopes will be a prequel to its debut during New York fashion week this September at Lincoln Center. (Belzer and his sales company are still searching for a backer and distributors.) “Fashion is just like any other art, and it needs to be preserved,” says the filmmaker, who is now working on another documentary, about the preservation of New York’s Garment District. “That’s what I’m trying to do with my film—tell 18 years of fashion history in just 72 minutes.” Here, he speaks with Style.com about his ode to the Tents.

What prompted you to make this film?
I had been in ad sales forever, with Fairchild and Harper’s Bazaar and such—I had seen the business side of the fashion and magazine industry for a really long time. When Bryant Park was coming to a close, I had already aligned myself with Marcus K. Jones, who was the fashion cinematographer for the project. After I met him, we started our first movie project and by January 2010, I had already thrown myself into this project. We started filming the second to last season at Bryant Park, while I was still at Harper’s Bazaar. We are a four-person operation—most interviews were shot on the red. It wasn’t secret by any means, but we didn’t really put the project out there until very recently.

What were some of the challenges you faced in putting this together?
The challenge we had as filmmakers was fitting all of these stories and moments into one. So many historic things happened during the times there, like September 11 (which shut the tents down), and the same with McQueen, which was during the last season at NYFW, but we wanted to handle those moments delicately without losing sight of the focus of our story we were trying to tell. We had the help, though, of so many amazing people, like Donna, Tommy, and Hal [Rubenstein].

I know you have a lot of strong relationships within the industry, but how did you compel so many great people to get involved?
We pitched the key designers, most of whom entertained or granted us access. Going into this, I knew I needed a mix of designers, backstage people, editors, PR people, and all of the people that made fashion week what it was back then. We wanted to include what we called “The Trifecta”: Calvin, Ralph, and Donna—the people who put New York fashion on the map. It was pretty exciting because you know you have really arrived when Donna agrees to do something. She was very candid and we got an amazing interview. Also, Tommy Hilfiger closed the top of his flagship store for a shoot with us. It was the most amazing moment for me. When that interview was done, I went out on the balcony and thought, “How did this happen?”
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A Baby At Last For Natalie And Benjamin, A Cover For Beyoncé, H&M Thinks Of The Little Guys, And More…

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The stork finally delivered. After what feels like a year and then some, Natalie Portman had a baby boy. (Dad is dancer Benjamin Millepied.) What we want to know is, what designer scent will he be the face of? [Page Six]

Think kink: Beyoncé covers the new issue of W in Marc Jacobs’ fetish-y Fall ’11 collection for Louis Vuitton. [W]

Swedish retail giant H&M is thinking small. The company has announced it will launch a collection of childrenswear in October to benefit its All for Children initiative with UNICEF. [WWD]

Carolina Herrera found inspiration close to home for her latest ad campaign. Patrick Demarchelier, who shot Sigrid Agren for the label’s Fall 2011 ads, referenced a 1970 portrait of the designer by Norman Parkinson. [Huffington Post]

And Aggy Deyn returns! The pixie-haired supe, who’s kept a low profile of late, has re-signed with her original agency, Select, and is back in action with a Tim Walker shoot in the May issue of British Vogue. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Dan MacMedan / WireImage

Calvin, Carolina, Narciso, And More Celebrate Fashion’s New Class

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It’s that time of year when the fashion world pauses to honor the great established designers of our time, like McQueen at Monday’s Met gala and Marc Jacobs at the upcoming CFDA Awards ceremony. It’s also the season that provides a glimpse into the industry’s future. Graduating fashion design students of Pratt Institute showed their collections last week, and Wednesday night, the students of the Fashion Institute of Technology had their time to shine in front of Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Narciso Rodriguez, and Norma Kamali, all of whom are serving as mentors to the program.

“There was a lot of very strong talent here tonight,” said Klein, an FIT alumnus. “I especially loved the knitwear, the lingerie, and the sportswear.” Klein and his fellow mentors pitched in to help judge the evening’s awards: Klein and Rodriguez for sportswear (Calvin chose Hwayoung [Jo] Cho’s black cocoon dress and charcoal leather pants; Narciso selected a scuba body dress by Juliette Kim, left, with the designer), Herrera for evening looks (a silk gauze gown dotted with Swarovski crystals by Tatiana Baibabaeva). “Sometimes, they can be bit over-the-top but then I tell them to calm down, it takes time,” Herrera said of the advice she gives to students. “If you’re going into the fashion business, it has to be for real people and fantasy—and if you don’t do that, you go nowhere.”

Going somewhere, perhaps: a few of the kiddie models who walked in the childrenswear presentation. “How adorable were those little kids?” Klein said. “Some of them really knew how to walk.”

Photo: Matthew Septimus

From Venessa Arizaga, Couture-Crafted Jewels

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Minimalist, this is not. Launched last season at Opening Ceremony, Venessa Arizaga’s jewelry has a winning everything-but-the-kitchen-sink quality, what with the multicolored stones, thread, piled chains, and handfuls of charms that adorn her pieces. Her second collection, for Spring ’11, may be even more eye-popping. “There’s a different twist to the color,” Arizaga says. “And rhinestones, so there’s a bit more shine.” It’s a far cry from the ladylike looks the Parsons grad created as a member of the ready-to-wear design teams at Tuleh, Carolina Herrera, and Zac Posen.

But, as Arizaga explains, it was her experience as a creator of luxe garments that allowed her to develop her jewelry’s signature construction, which relies on couture sewing techniques. “I was doing the jewelry as a hobby, and at one point, when I was on vacation in Puerto Rico, I decided to incorporate some shells I found on the beach,” Arizaga recalls. “But I didn’t want to use traditional hardware closures, so I started threading things together.” Many bits and bobs later, Arizaga is making jewelry full-time, and finding a ready audience for her wares: Net-a-Porter just picked up the line for spring. For now, visit www.venessaarizaga.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Venessa Arizaga