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Martin Greenfield Blazes Into Womenswear

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What do Paul Newman, Colin Powell, Mayor Bloomberg, and Jimmy Fallon have in common? They all entrust the same man to make their suits: Martin Greenfield. The designer has been in the bespoke business since he mended an SS officer’s shirt in a concentration camp during WWII. Flash-forward 60-something years, and this tailoring veteran is still at it, working the floor of his family-operated factory in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn (let’s call him the “original Bushwick hipster”), making made-to-measure pieces for cool labels including Band of Outsiders and Rag & Bone. “I need to touch every piece and make sure everything—the buttonholes, the lapels, the shoulders—is perfect,” Greenfield told Style.com at a dinner in New York earlier this week, celebrating the launch of his latest womenswear collaboration with Edition 01, an online boutique that curates limited-edition capsule collections.

Though womenswear is completely uncharted territory for Greenfield, he dove right into the project. “Women don’t have the opportunity to buy quality clothing like they did before everything was done by machine,” he said. “Men only have a few pieces, a few silhouettes. So there tends to be more attention to detail and fabric.” Greenfield turned his exacting eye to crafting four jackets, each of which was named after a different muse. Two of the most eye-catching styles are the crisp, white Emmanuelle [Alt] (pictured)—an ultra-slim jacket with one button, and the Sofia [Coppola] in heathered gray, which has a slightly slouchier fit. The blazers ($850 to $1,000) premiere today on Edition 01 and Lyst.com.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

The Seats Of Honor At This Year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Henry Holland And Aggy Deyn On The Run, A Kardashian Kloset, And More…

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The other event of the season? No, not the Met ball—the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Every year, the magazines and networks jockey to see who can score the biggest celebrity gets for their tables. The frontrunners so far this year: The New Yorker, with Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt, and the Coen brothers; and Tina Brown and Newsweek, with Colin and Alma Powell, True Blood‘s Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, SNL‘s Jason Sudeikis, Michael Kors, and Diane von Furstenberg. Our crack team of experts has put together the face-off rendering above. [WWD]

Our Sunday plan: lounge on the couch, sip coffee, and generally laze. Aggy Deyn and Henry Holland’s plan? Run the London marathon to benefit Oxfam. Oh sure, guys, go ahead and make us feel bad, why don’t you? [Vogue U.K.]

Speaking of feeling bad: Should one be appalled or amazed by Khloe Kardashian’s floor-to-ceiling closet of stripper-ready Louboutins? The visual evidence awaits; feel free to weigh in. [Elle]

Jessica Simpson—who, against the odds, has emerged as a remarkably successful fashion brand (we can’t quite bring ourselves to say designer)—is set to be wed before the end of the year. She’ll be contributing to the design of her dress, naturally. [Extra]

Photos: Getty Images

The Fashion Set Fêtes Precious

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This year’s little movie that could is shaping up to be Precious, the inspirational tale of a supremely disadvantaged teenager in eighties Harlem. The curious crowd that dropped by last night’s Cinema Society screening for a preview included Donna Karan, Agyness Deyn, and Tommy Hilfiger, the evening’s sponsor.

Sure, it’s a big deal now. But before the game-changer known as Oprah, who signed on as executive producer after the indie film’s Sundance triumph, the fate of Precious was less than certain. “I didn’t know if it would just end up on Netflix, with us having the premiere at my mother’s house,” cast member Paula Patton said before the screening, which took place at the Crosby Street Hotel. She was in a buoyant mood, despite a dress that looked just about ready to pop. “It’s too tight to find out, but we’re pretty sure it’s Tadashi Shoji,” Patton joked.

Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, and (in a bravura turn that’s surprised just about everyone) Mo’Nique round out the cast. Although none of them came by last night, the film’s breakout star, Gabby Sidibe, cruised through the after-party, and Colin Powell (not exactly a regular at movie premieres) made a surprise visit. What does it mean when a little movie comes with so many big names? “It means the movie better show and prove,” offered Terrence Howard. Judging from the responsive audience last night, this one is doing both.

Photo: BILLY FARRELL/PatrickMcMullan.com