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Mélanie Laurent Screens The Adopted

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Mélanie Laurent was struggling to calm her nerves Wednesday night: “I had one glass of Champagne, but it’s not enough,” she told the crowd assembled at the Tribeca Grand Hotel for the Cinema Society’s screening of The Adopted. Laurent wrote, directed, and acted in this tale of an unconventional family unit dealing with sudden tragedy—in short, it’s her baby (and her first outing directing a feature-length film). Luckily for the Inglourious Basterds actress, she had a handful of cast mates from the thriller (Now You See Me) she’s been shooting in New Orleans—including Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, and Isla Fisher—present at Wednesday night’s event, co-sponsored by Dior Beauty, to help her send it out into the world.

“It was really interesting to write something that’s so far away from me,” said Laurent, who turned up wearing head-to-toe Dior. (The Adopted centers on two sisters, for example, whereas she has only a brother.) “I had that freedom of great distance, where you’re free to write anything you want.” The touching drama had more than a few audience members running to the bathroom to fix their makeup before the after-party at the Soho Grand. Laurent stayed late, drinking celebratory Champagne and eating macarons. She’ll be back in town for the next film she directs, she told Style.com—”a story of a life,” set in the eighties, that requires some New York scenes. In the meantime, though, she’s got a few acting roles to fulfill. “Give me one year,” she promised.

Photo: Matteo Prandoni / BFAnyc.com

Boy Meets Girl

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The news at Band of Outsiders of late has been the birth of Girl—that is, Scott Sternberg’s new, lower-priced line of womenswear, the counterpart to his designer women’s collection, Boy. (Still following? The men’s is simply called Band of Outsiders, for the record.) “It has more of an antiqued, heirloom quality to it than Boy does,” Sternberg explained at a Dewar’s-fueled dinner last night at his new studio in Hollywood. “There was just this whole other part of womenswear that Boy wasn’t hitting and I wanted Boy just to be what it is, which is a really focused concept line. People didn’t think Girl was going to be pretty, but it works well, because there’s nothing in Boy that’s in Girl and vice versa.”

Sternberg is the outfitter of choice for young Hollywood these days, and there were plenty of boys and girls on hand to toast the new space and the new line. Band of Outsiders has made special inroads among the young, cool, indie guy—the funny sideman lurking in your favorite TV show or movie—and they all turned out to cheer. Parks and Recreation‘s Aziz Ansari (who performs his standup act in a Band of Outsiders tux), Community‘s Donald Glover (a past BOO campaign star), Andrew Garfield (your next Spider-Man, ladies and gentlemen), Glee‘s Kevin McHale, and Dave Franco (James’ little bro) were all on hand. On the girl side were Marisa Tomei, Erin Wasson, Samantha Traina, and Sternberg’s longtime collaborator, stylist Tina Chai. Tomei did her time in front of the lens in Boy for the label’s Fall ’09 campaign, but according to Sternberg, he’s looking for something a little different for next time around. “I’m trying to find a bob, a really good bob,” he said. “We’ll see if I succeed.”


From top: Andrew Garfield and Aziz Ansari; Dave Franco and Scott Sternberg; atmosphere at Band of Outsiders’ L.A. dinner.


Photos: Courtesy of Band of Outsiders

They’re On A Boat

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Name that designer: “I thought it would be kind of hilarious to pair a cougar with two younger dudes and see what kind of story would come out of it.”

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