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April 23 2014

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5 posts tagged "Ed Westwick"

Surfing Into Winter

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A Sports Illustrated model turned swimsuit designer isn’t the first person you’d expect to be collaborating with Damien Hirst, but truth is stranger than fiction. Tori Praver snared the Y.B.A. for a still-unannounced project, but as for what, keep guessing. “That’s a secret!” Praver said. “I actually can’t talk about it.” What she could talk about was the silent auction she hosted with Arc New York and Barneys last night, with proceeds going to the Surfrider Foundation’s programs to keep beaches and oceans clean. And who should be included on the block but Hirst?

His piece All You Need Is Love Love Love went for $12,900, and naturally was the talk of the night. “I’m completely the underdog here,” New York-based artist Todd DiCiurcio said with a laugh. (Underdog in good company—his pal Ed Westwick was by his side.) “But see, Damien’s is a print and mine’s an original, so that must count somewhat, right?” DiCiurcio’s ink, charcoal, and fabric piece, Into the Frying Pan, a Conversation, was a new work created specifically with surfing in mind.

“Surfrider is about the ocean and growing up in Hawaii. It was always such a big part of my life,” surf buff Praver (left, with Ed Westwick) told supporters, including Petra Nemcova and Barneys’ Julie Gilhart, at the dinner following at The Fat Radish. “I don’t surf, but I love to go to the beach,” Lorenzo Martone said. No gnarly wave stories from his native Brazil? “No, no. That’s exactly it! I’m Brazilian. I like to sun and lay out and just look good on the beach!”

Photo: Bennett Raglin/WireImage

London’s On Fire

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The fire trucks were summoned to Ciano in New York City’s Flatiron district—site of last night’s cocktails, hosted by Ed Westwick and Georgia May Jagger (left) for up-and-coming London designers—by a small fire in a wood-burning oven. The firemen had it under control in a matter of moments, but they didn’t seem to want to leave. Must’ve been all the pretty young things—Hanneli Mustaparta in Todd Lynn and Byrdie Bell in Holly Fulton, included—at the party. The British Fashion Council’s co-chief executive, Caroline Rush, was even spotted posing for pictures with a ladder truck for a backdrop. But it hasn’t been all play and no work for the Londoners. From the sound of it, they’ve been selling like crazy down at the Soho Grand this week. “What makes London different is there’s such a sense of camaraderie and creative vitality amongst these designers—it gives them the confidence to do what each of them want to do, and not worry if their things are different from everybody else’s. That’s why we have such colorful originals as Meadham Kirchhoff, Louise Gray, Mary Katrantzou, and Michael van der Ham,” Vogue‘s Sarah Mower said. Thanks to the showroom appointments here and in Paris, she tells us, sales to international retailers have gone up by 50 percent over three seasons.

Photo: Jim Spellman / WireImage / Getty Images

Ed Westwick Hits Fashion Shows But Doesn’t Care What A Girl Spends On Clothes

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Fashionistas of the future converged in Chelsea on Thursday night. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Express invited a mostly teenage audience to a runway show and party hosted by Chanel Iman, Caroline Trentini, Elettra Wiedemann, and Ed Westwick, in conjunction with Vogue magazine. “They’re not messing around,” Molly Sims noted as she took a seat near 90210‘s AnnaLynne McCord. “A fashion show and a live concert? They didn’t do that when I was a teenager.”

Yes, the world’s young women seem much more fashion savvy than they once were (we can thank the Internet for that), but things haven’t changed all that much—two of the runway models were doing their social studies homework backstage. After the show and VV Brown’s performance, we caught up with Westwick to talk style. “I don’t think it matters how much a girl spends on her clothes,” he said. “It’s about the way she carries herself.”

Photo: Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan

Gossip Girl‘s Secret Staple Revealed!

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In his new book You Know You Want It, Gossip Girl costume designer Eric Daman goes boldly into some of the styling trade’s most intimate regions: “underwear and breasts and bras and things that can push and pull,” he explained last night at Henri Bendel, where Ed Westwick and Leighton Meester were co-hosting a launch party.

“It was a battle with the publisher to get the book to where I wanted it to be—very in-your-face. But that’s who I am,” Daman said, adding that at his Tyra taping earlier that day, the America’s Next Top Model girls had been all over it. What’s his secret? “The text is really big.”

Give Daman credit for practicing what he preaches—he had duct tape under his bowtie and tuxedo shirt—and for educating Jessica Szohr, among others. “I’m a girl from Wisconsin,” Szohr said. “Everything I know about fashion is because of Eric and Gossip Girl.” What she now knows—and the rest of the cast, too—may have much to do with that pushing and pulling. “Spanx are on the set every single day,” Daman dished. “Who’s wearing them, I’m not gonna tell you.”

Photo: Louis Burgis / Retna

Demarchelier Loves Penn, Wedding Photos

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Patrick Demarchelier talks shop (i.e., Vogue, Irving Penn, and famous subjects) on the occasion of an exhibition of his work at Paris’ Petit Palais museum.

How do gender roles play out in the midst of a recession? Shopping is for women, returning is for men.

What’s more surprising than the news that Nicole Richie and Rachel Zoe have gotten past the “raisin face” crisis is that the newly reconciled pals talked about “real estate and the economy”. For 20 minutes.

Gossip boy Ed Westwick puckers up for shoes. Or maybe he just saw his own reflection.

Photo: Eric Ryan/Getty Images