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High Times With DVF, Chelsea Clinton, and Ethan Hawke

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Chelsea Clinton, Robert Hammond, and Diane von Furstenberg at the Highline Spring Benefit

 

The Friends of the High Line’s spring benefit drew a colorful mélange of donors and supporters to Hudson River Park’s cavernous—but intimately candlelit—Pier 57 last night.

 

The evening celebrated the community-fueled organization that has overseen the transformation of an abandoned rail line into an immensely popular elevated urban park. Cofounders Robert Hammond and Joshua David traded hearty hugs and handshakes over gin gimlets and champagne before the crowd was ushered into a dining hall, which boasted garlands of snapshots from the High Line’s history.

 

As guests nibbled on green-market-fresh fare, presenters Diane von Furstenberg, Amanda Burden, and Chelsea Clinton heaped praise on the 1.4-mile stretch of greenery nestled high above Manhattan’s streets. “Wherever I go in the world, people talk to me about the High Line,” said von Furstenberg, who together with husband Barry Diller—also in attendance—has contributed more than $35 million to Friends of the High Line. “And why did the High Line happen? Because the dreamers wanted it.” One such dreamer is Ethan Hawke—a former Chelsea resident (he recently decamped to Brooklyn) and one of the evening’s honorees. “It’s always fascinating when someone makes something beautiful when they don’t have to,” he said. “They could have easily torn the High Line down, and instead, they made something wonderful for the city.”

Photo: Patrick McMullan 

Ladies’ Night

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“I have turned the U.N. into a nightclub for the evening,” Diane von Furstenberg told Style.com at the second annual DVF Awards on Friday, held in celebration of International Women’s Day.

The U.N. did look pretty glam—it was dressed up with bold-print DVF couches and multicolored mood lights, complete with girl-power songs like La Roux’s “Bulletproof” blasting from the speakers. But as the music quieted and DVF took to the stage, along with an impressive group of presenters and honorees including Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, Laura Linney, Diane Sawyer, and Iman, it was quite clear that we weren’t in the Meatpacking District anymore.

“I often wonder what makes us different than men, because, after all, we are completely different animals,” von Furstenberg said to the audience. “I think the difference is that we give life.” So the powerhouse designer paid tribute to the woman who had given her life—her mother, a Holocaust survivor—before another daughter took to the podium.

“Every day my mother gives me another reason to be proud,” Chelsea Clinton said as she presented her mom with the evening’s Inspiration Award. The Secretary of State (above, with Tina Brown and DVF), who nearly tumbled to the ground on her way to the stage, responded, “You literally knocked me off my feet.”

The stories that followed from Clinton’s fellow award winners, like Elizabeth Smart, were heady, too. But von Furstenberg left everyone smiling with her closing message: “Be proud to be a woman and if you’re not a woman, be proud anyways.”

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

Weigh In On The Wedding Of The Weekend

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She came, she saw, she married. After weeks of harried speculation—on everything from the dress to the guest list—Chelsea Clinton married Marc Mezvinsky in Rhinebeck, New York, this weekend. And despite early rumors of a dress by Oscar de la Renta (it was Hillary, the mother of the bride, who went the ODLR route), Clinton walked down the aisle in a strapless, full-skirted silk tulle and laser-cut organza gown by Vera Wang, with a blusher veil and open-toed shoes. (Marc, father of the bride Bill, and the groomsmen wore tuxes designed by Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, also a wedding guest.) Numerologists can debate the details—astrologer Susan Miller indulged in some planetary hand-wringing via Twitter, and pop culturites noted that another famous daughter, Lisa Simpson, was to be the weekend’s other bride—but we’ll confine ourselves to that dress. Ask us, and it was a pretty, proper, elegant choice—very Chelsea, in other words. What do you think? Did you like the look, or would you prefer something more unexpected?

Photo: Genevieve de Manio / Getty Images

Chelsea Switches It Up (Maybe),
Russian Vogue Fills A Slot, And More…

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Clinton wedding shakeup shocker: Chelsea to wear Vera Wang, not Oscar de la Renta, as previously reported?! WWD has its crack investigative team on the case. [WWD]

In less controversial news, Tommy Hilfiger is celebrating his label’s 25th anniversary with a retrospective scrapbook, chronicling his personal and professional life over the past two-plus decades. It will go on sale in Hilfiger stores next month—for a whopping $550. OK, maybe a little controversial, then. [WWD]

After yesterday’s surprise resignation from Vogue Russia editor in chief Aliona Doletskaya, her successor is already in place: former Tatler Russia editor in chief Victoria Davydova (left). Muscovites, as you were. [Daily Front Row]

Accessory designer Jérôme Dreyfuss has unveiled the first art installation in his recently opened Soho shop: a canopy of masking-tape flora and fauna created by artist Julien Gardair and inspired by Palm Springs (which also inspired Dreyfuss’ collection). [Coutorture via Racked]

And back to the controversy: Essence magazine, which caters to a largely African-American audience and celebrates black beauty and design, has hired a white fashion director, Elliana Placas. As you might imagine, some editors—including former Essence fashion director Michaela Angela Davis, who took to Facebook to air her grievances—are not pleased. [NY Post]

Photo: Victor Boyko / WireImage / Getty Images

Ghesquière’s A Star, Jacobs’ Excellent New Store, The Supes Vs. La Gaga, And More…

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Welcome to the constellation, Nicolas Ghesquière: The Balenciaga designer will be honored with the Fashion Group International’s Superstar award this October. [WWD]

Speaking of awards, the newest Marc Jacobs store has already won one, and it’s not even open yet! The new MJ Collection flagship building in Tokyo’s Aoyama (rendering pictured at left), designed by Stephan Jaklitsch Architects, has earned an Award of Excellence from the American Institute of Architects. Its opening is planned for the fall. [WWD]

Calvin may have been key to the whole waif trend, but just ask current Calvin Klein Collection creative director Francisco Costa: It’s over. “She is very current, very beautiful, and very womanly,” he says of Lara Stone, who will helm all of the Klein universe’s Fall advertising. “It’s time for that persona and for that body. She’s divine, gorgeous, and we will support her in that.” [Vogue U.K.]

Diva throwdown: Kate and Naomi refuse to pose with Lady Gaga for the cover of i-D! [Racked]

And speculation is already rampant about the who’s, what’s, where’s, when’s, and why’s of Chelsea Clinton’s upcoming nuptials. It’s the ticket to get (one of about 400, to be exact) for the Washington season—Michaele Salahi, we expect you’re already all over this one. [NYT]

Photo: Courtesy Photo