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April 19 2014

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Tony Talk

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Chances are, Cyndi Lauper’s gonna have fun at the 2013 Tony Awards. Today, it was announced that the pop star’s musical, Kinky Boots, racked up a whopping thirteen nominations, Best Original Score and Best Musical among them. Matilda the Musical, however, is a close competitor, with twelve nominations, as is Pippin, which received ten nods.

On the costume front, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Nance, Golden Boy, and period drama The Heiress (which starred Jessica Chastain), were all nominated in the play category. Meanwhile, the best-dressed musicals include Kinky Boots, Matilda, Pippin, and Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella—the enchanted wares for which William Ivey Long designed. Style.com sat down with Long to discuss his fairy-tale looks back in January. Read our Q&A to learn the secrets behind Cinderella’s wardrobe, and tune in to CBS on June 9 to see who takes home top honors.

Photo: John Lamparski/WireImage via Getty Images

TenThousandThings Pays It Forward

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After twenty years in the jewelry biz, TenThousandThings’ David Rees and Ron Anderson have a lot to be thankful for. The pair got their big break in 1993, when Kate Moss donned their signature cross pearl earrings in her now-iconic Calvin Klein ads. (Not a bad start, eh?) Since, the designers have racked up a seriously star-studded clientele that includes Julianne Moore, Cyndi Lauper, Christy Turlington, and Susan Sarandon. And they’re using their twentieth anniversary to show their patrons some gratitude.

Over the past two years, Rees and Anderson have worked on a multifaceted project they call Love & Adorn, for which they crafted a collection of one-of-a-kind precious and semiprecious wares inspired by their favorite customers. Inez & Vinoodh photographed sixteen of TTT’s clients, such as Freja Beha Erichsen, Kristen Stewart, Olivier Theyskens, and ballerina Heather Watts, wearing the anniversary range, which is up for auction on CharityBuzz.com through February 27. One hundred percent of the proceeds from each piece will be donated to the wearer’s charity of choice (the True Colors Fund, Doctors Without Borders, and Every Mother Counts among them). “The people who have supported us throughout the years are very important to us. Our way of celebrating our twentieth was to honor their patronage by supporting something they really care about,” said Rees. As for how Inez & Vinoodh got on board, Rees admits it was all Ms. Moore’s idea. “Julianne was the first person I spoke to who absolutely wanted to be involved, and when I asked her who she wanted to be photographed by, she said, ‘Inez & Vinoodh!’ I just thought, Oh God, how am I going to get them?” Lo and behold, Rees’ friend Lisa Immordino Vreeland introduced them at a dinner party. “They said yes in a second, because they’re cool and incredibly generous.” Continue Reading “TenThousandThings Pays It Forward” »

Out And About On Fashion’s Night Out

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As the first day of shows at Lincoln Center was coming to a close, the FNO festivities uptown were already in full swing. Michael Kors put on his own version of American Idol, turning his Madison Avenue store into a karaoke parlor for amateur contestants and bringing in Kate Upton, Nikki Reed, and Debra Messing to judge. Of FNO, Kors said, “It’s a new holiday. It’s Halloween, it’s New Year’s, and it’s all about style.”

Not far away, a more seasoned performer was taking the stage at Manolo Blahnik: Cyndi Lauper. “It’s kinky boot night!” Lauper said. (Kinky Boots is the name of the new musical she’s developing, about a drag queen and a shoemaker, which will head to Broadway next year; Lauper was wearing a red suede pair by Blahnik for the occasion.) “I love fashion, I’m sorry, I do. I like to give it a twist here and there, a little tug and a pull, deconstruct it a little. I don’t want to look in a magazine and see a 12-year-old in something I’m being pitched to wear.”

At the Calvin Klein store, Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat was signing copies of his new book A Father First, while models including Karen Elson, Hanne Gaby Odiele, and Kasia Struss, fluttered about. “I always like to push the envelope a little bit,” Wade told Style.com as Ryan Lochte walked by. “With athletes the door is open for us in fashion, and we’re getting into it and enjoying it.” One block over at Bergdorf Goodman, Aerin Lauder (who was celebrating the launch of her eponymous cosmetics line) kick-started the retailer’s 111th birthday celebrations, which later in the night included visits from a host of boldface names like Thakoon Panchigul, Bobbi Brown, and Victoria Beckham and various festivities on the different floors. The scene at Saks was also a multi-story party, ranging from Oscar de la Renta signing fragrance bottles to manicures with Rebecca Minkoff to ping-pong with Susan Sarandon. Before her performance on the eighth floor, songstress Vanessa Carlton admitted, “I’ve never played a shoe floor—there’s some really nice shoes here. And, I’ve never played Saks before.”

It was a night of many firsts. At Bottega Veneta, creative director Tomas Maier was enjoying his first-ever FNO in New York, and over at Ferragamo, Miroslava Duma, Elena Perminova, and Anya Ziourova were hosting their first fête at Ferragamo, in honor of the Italian label’s Russian-themed Fall collection. “At first I thought it would be very overwhelming because I’ve never hosted a night before, but now I think it’s amazing,” Ziourova told Style.com while she clutched her Fabergé egg bag. As waiters passed out latkes, borscht tartar, and plenty of vodka, Duma said, “You know, Russians really love toasts. Sometimes there are people in Russia that, when they’re drunk, they’ll go on toasting for 20 or 30 minutes without reason. But tonight we’ll toast by saying good luck to the fashion industry.” A few guests at the Fivestory party, hosted by Olympia Le-Tan, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, and Arielle de Pinto, could have used that luck for the cut-throat game of Pictionary that was taking place. “I lost,” Le-Tan reported. “The first theme was ‘fashion people’ and I drew Donatella Versace. I think I did a good job but then someone on my team had to draw Mad Men and it was terrible so we lost.”

Downtown in Soho, the streets were so packed you could barely move. But the DKNY store, conveniently spacious and air-conditioned, offered some relief. That is, except where model-of-the-moment Karlie Kloss, who just signed with IMG, was standing. A crowd gathered around Kloss, who was holding a tray of Karlie’s Kookies (get the recipe here) made in collaboration with Momofuku Milk Bar. “They are fashion-week approved,” she told Style.com (translation: “There is no butter and no sugar”). And better yet, she swears she eats them. “I have been eating them all day, I just came from the bakery.” There to support a different kind of FEED was Lauren Bush Lauren, hawking her do-gooder bags.

Over on the west side at Balenciaga, the line wrapped around the store for an audience with Grace Coddington, Vogue‘s longtime creative director. She couldn’t take all the credit. Some went to Pumpkin, her beloved tabby, whom she’d illustrated wearing several seasons’ worth of Balenciaga looks for a Steidl book some years back. Her friend Nicolas Ghesquière was so taken with them that the label printed them on limited-edition bags and scarves, which Coddington happily signed for fans at Balenciaga’s West Chelsea store for FNO. What does Pumpkin think of her newfound fame? “She loves it!” Coddington reported, though, a more press-shy starlet than her owner, Pumpkin wasn’t in attendance last night. A few blocks away, black was the color of the evening—as in BLACK, Comme des Garçons’ popup-turned-permanent store on 17th Street. Only a few shoppers at a time could fit into the minuscule store space, but many more made an impromptu block party outside, fueled by ice cream from a Brooklyn churner. Near nine o’clock, the designated cutoff time, there seemed no signs of dispersal—perhaps because the plastic snap-band watches CDG offered gratis as FNO gifts were all showing Japanese time. Diane von Furstenberg, however, was running on Democratic National Convention time last night. “Let’s all meditate,” she commanded at her Meatpacking District space. “Today is a little crazy so I’m going to go upstairs to watch the President.” Cue loud cheers. “I see this is not a Republican crowd,” she quipped. “Good, we have that in common.”

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Blasblog: A Busy Weekend In Manhattan

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For many New Yorkers, myself included, weekends are sacred, a time to catch up on TiVo, devour mozzarella sticks, and, most of all, sleep. But this Saturday night left little time for social detoxing. First up was the Lady Gaga concert at Terminal 5 on 56th Street, which drew the likes of Steven Klein, Zac Posen, Cyndi Lauper—and, wait for it, Madonna. (I actually saw Madge pull up in the back—in a three-SUV caravan, by the way—with Lourdes in tow.) I can’t say I was a Gaga fan before, but when the girl came out blowing bubbles while wearing a dress made of bubbles to sit at a clear glass piano filled with bubbles and seriously belted out some musical numbers, I can say with some certainty I started to get the obsession. From there it was a race to Webster Hall to see the Kills concert. By the time I arrived, both Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince were half covered in sweat. Afterward, I stuck around backstage—I’m not gonna lie here—to smoke cigarettes with Winona Ryder, Jessica Stam, and Alexa Chung, the last of whom explained that she had chopped her hair into a bob because she worried that if she moved to America she’d be tempted to get blow-outs for her MTV show, which debuts next month. Then it was on to Harry Josh and Nur Khan’s Spring Fling party at the Gramercy Park, which was a tabloid magazine come to life: Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Elizabeth Banks, Kate Bosworth, etc. (Check back later for a party report.) And then, finally, I huffed it down to Tribeca to Stuart Parr’s marble palace for a party Carlos Mota was throwing for Giambattista Valli—I got there just in time to give an exiting Giamba my taxi. Still, I went in for one last cocktail with Margherita Missoni, Jen Brill, Adam Lippes, and Lauren Santo Domingo. Sean Avery came over at the last minute—but just to see the indoor swimming pool in the marble basement. Hey, a Valli dress might be impressive, but a swimming pool in Manhattan can make a girl swoon.

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