8 posts tagged "Elizabeth Saltzman Walker"
To put it mildly, my Thursday night plans were ambitious. For Fashion’s Night Out (or F-NO! as some of us were calling it), my pit stops would be the following: Theory, Rag & Bone, Intermix, Burberry, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Prada, Miu Miu, Armani, Oscar de la Renta, Missoni, the Vogue Alumni House, Opening Ceremony, and the dance party at the Jane Hotel. Now, looking back on the night, making 10 out of 13 ain’t bad. The night consisted of highs (a beer handed to me by Miss Jessica Stam at Rag & Bone; a private concert by none other than de la Renta himself), and lows (Lily Donaldson kissed me on the cheek from her DJ booth at the Soho Burberry store and commented on my profuse sweating; I tripped down the stairs at Miu Miu right after Alexa Chung dedicated a song to me during her DJ set). But the overall consensus was that the night’s objective—making shopping fun again—was achieved. I even caught Lim and his co-host, Irina Lazareanu, skipping their party to support the Opening Ceremony fête down the road, as evidenced by this picture. However, on the retail front, my biggest shout-out has to go to my first stop, Theory—and not just because they asked me to style a mannequin and put my name really big on the window. While some labels blew the bank on flying in celebs, Theory decided to woo its biggest shoppers, who would be lured into purchasing by endorsements from fashion professionals. Fashion folk from Kate Young to Elizabeth Saltzman Walker were asked to style their looks, as if to create, as Young put it, “The Sartorialist come to life.” The result was big sales at the Meatpacking District store. “We invited our best costumers from all over the city, and even the suburbs,” Theory’s Andrew Rosen explained. “Long Island, New Jersey—we shipped in all the customers we appreciate the most.” Melissa Weiss Gellman, his head of PR, chimed in: “Yep, we sent cars for my mom’s entire bridge club in Jersey. They’re all coming in for the shopping.” I wrapped up my night with dinner at the Bowery Hotel. “I haven’t seen the streets like this since the eighties,” Terry Richardson said. Let’s just hope between cocktails the kids remembered to buy stuff.
“When Donatella comes to town, you want to do something,” declared Vanity Fair‘s Elizabeth Saltzman Walker, by way of explaining the party for 80 she hosted Tuesday night at Tini, an “aperitivo bar” newly opened in Knightsbridge by the Princes’ favorite party throwers, Piers Adam, Nick House, and Guy Pelly. The cocktails for the night were the Donatella Delight (non-alcoholic) and the Fringetini (anything but). That’s because the party also celebrated Versace’s mentoring role in Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden, now in its fifth year and responsible for promoting new talent like Erdem Moralioglu, who arrived at Tini brimming with news of his best sales season yet. That was music to the ears of Colin McDowell, the Fringe’s ringmaster. Party faithful included Roland Mouret, Jonathan Saunders, Patrick Cox, Claudia Schiffer, and the Portmans—Natalia and Justin were headed home to the kids after a board meeting of her Naked Heart Foundation. Twenty-three playgrounds created in 23 Russian cities—that meant negotiations with 23 local authorities. They deserved a night in. Meanwhile, Donatella, a vision in white, shimmered off to the Dorchester to host a dinner at the Grill Room.
Essentially, Saturday night’s Brazilian dance fest was a party to celebrate another party. “But that is reason enough, no?” Carlos Souza asked in the foyer of Donata Meirelles and Nizan Guanaes’ swanky pad on the Quay d’Orsay. “We Brazilians know how to do that perfectly well.” He wasn’t exaggerating either; just ask Camilla Al Fayed, Eugenie Niarchos, Elizabeth Saltzman Walker, and Astrid Muñoz, all of whom were propped on a couch, being wined and dined by the former Valentino PR guru-turned-accessories designer and unofficial Brazilian fashion ambassador. (“He’s gooood,” Mñu;oz crooned.) Truth be told, this fête wasn’t just for the upcoming South American swimsuit festivities, called Claro Rio Summer, taking place for the first time in November—can you imagine how sexy a Rio-based swimwear fashion event is going to be?—but also a celebration of Daslu, one of the poshest shops in the world in São Paolo, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. As one guest put it, “It’s like the Harrods of South America.”
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