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Blasblog: The It Crowd

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I spend a lot of time in mixed company, but I can safely say that the crowd last night was the most diverse I’ve ever encountered. Everyone was there. To my left was Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis; to my right, China Chow and Amanda Brooks. Six rows down were Daphne Guinness and Steven Klein. In front of me, Rosie Perez; behind, Ice-T and his charming (if rather indiscreetly dressed) wife, Coco. Fashion royalty, hip-hop royalty, and actual royalty? Only the late, great Michael Jackson could bring them all together in one room. Such was the New York premiere of This Is It, the MJ doc that Kenny Ortega, who was to produce the King of Pop’s ill-fated London performances, put together with B-roll from concert rehearsals. (The film was broadcast simultaneously in cities around the world; it will be in theaters for a limited, two-week run, then released on DVD in March.)

The reaction? Von Thurn und Taxis, who had met him during her days of eighties excess—and stayed in touch during her days of nineties domesticity—thought the film portrayed him in a normal, approachable, even endearing light. Ice-T reckoned it reaffirmed his iconic status as a musical genius. Guinness liked his outfits. There were many to be dazzled by, including several Balmain jackets. (My favorite was a pair of skinny orange jeans worn with penny loafers and a shiny silver double-breasted jacket.) But the real takeaway is that Jackson was a consummate showman, dancing, singing, and, yes, dressing the pants off everyone around him. As diverse a crowd as it was, everyone agreed on that.

Photo: tk

Wu Goes West

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Jason Wu is on a roll. Just this year, he won Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award and made it to the top ten in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards. Then last night, MySpace Fashion and Lucy Liu hosted a trunk show and sneak preview of his Spring 2009 collection at Satine in Los Angeles. “My favorite look is the citron embroidered dot dress,” said Liu, clad in an ivory organza Wu frock with French knots and Swarovski crystal bursts. An enviable coterie of fans like January Jones, China Chow (pictured here with the designer), Rachel Zoe, Amanda Goldberg, Cameron Silver, and Kate Mara all showed up to support the designer, who himself was snappily turned out for the occasion in a high-low mix of Jil Sander and Topshop. “This year has been surreal,” said Wu, whose very first visit to Los Angeles was April of this year. “It’s so beautiful and sunny, I’ve thought about moving here, but the only drawback is I don’t know how to drive, which is a bit of a problem.” Satine will be the only Los Angeles boutique to stock Wu’s collection, and come fall there will be some exclusive designs for the store. “It is beyond an honor,” gushed co-owner Jeannie Lee, in a Jason Wu top and a pair of shoes straight off the runway. “They’re a little too big, but who cares!”

Photo: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images