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Customizable Classics, Courtesy of Ferragamo


It’s hard to find something more classic than Ferragamo’s Vara—the box-toed shoe garnished with a golden plaque and a grosgrain bow. This year, the mid-heeled wares (whose “sister” shoe, the Varina ballet flat, was introduced in 2007) turn 35. And to celebrate the anniversary, the house is launching L’Icona—an online project in collaboration with photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank. The virtual endeavor features Swanson Frank-lensed portraits of twenty-one effortlessly stylish women—Alexandra Richards, Chiara Clemente, and’s own Marina Larroudé among them—wearing customized Varas or Varinas. “When I was a child, my chic grandmother used to wear Varas in black and brown,” says Larroudé, whose personalized kicks are pictured above. “I wanted a simple black patent shoe, because patent lasts forever, and I wanted to be able to wear mine every day, in the summer or winter, with or without tights.” will launch May 1, and the site will, for the first time, offer women the opportunity to customize their own pair of Varas (or Varinas—whichever you prefer). A video starring the twenty-one trendsetters (and their new shoes) will also screen on the site. Take a peek at the trailer for the Justin Wu-lensed short, which debuts exclusively below.

Frick Fête


Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting made for a fitting backdrop at last night’s Belle Epoque Ball, hosted by the Young Fellows of the Frick Collection. Photographers dashed from gallery to gallery setting up portraits of the fête’s upwardly mobile twenty- and thirtysomethings in front of grand-scale paintings of upwardly mobile Parisians circa the 1880′s. With a fin de siècle dress code, there were as many bustles in the crowd as there were on the walls. Instead of Renoir’s ubiquitous parasols, the party girls clutched cell phones and snapped pictures of themselves when the guards weren’t looking. Donna Karan sponsored the event, and she was well represented by the evening’s chairmen Olivia Chantecaille, Lydia Fenet, Claiborne Swanson Frank, Clare McKeon, Sloan Overstrom, and Joann Pailey (pictured, above). Rule breakers in the crowd wore short Proenza Schouler and Prabal Gurung. I was part of the Oscar de la Renta contingent, in a pre-fall dress modeled after John Singer Sargent’s famous Madame X. Bill Cunningham took particular notice of OscarPRGirl Erika Bearman’s (pictured, below) yellow poppy gown from Spring. Which was fitting: Oscar and Annette de la Renta, along with SJP and others, are chairing the Carnegie Hall Medal of Excellence gala honoring the legendary photographer next month.

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