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August 29 2014

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Who, What, Where, And When At Art Basel

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We’re at that time of year when the party winds blow south—to Art Basel Miami Beach. Two of the week’s busiest spots are starting things off tonight: At The Webster, the Brazilian footwear company Melissa is throwing a dinner in honor of Italian designer and architect Gaetano Pesce; meanwhile, at brand-spanking-new Soho Beach House, Jay Jopling’s big-time gallery, White Cube, will be tippling until 3 a.m.

This time around, erstwhile gallerist Jeffrey Deitch will be at Miami Basel as director of L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art. As usual, though, he’s hosting a big backyard party at the Raleigh (whose famous pool is pictured, above) on Wednesday, and this year he’s booked LCD Soundsystem. Other Wednesday night options include cocktails with The Last Magazine at The Webster and a party in a car park designed by Herzog & de Meuron—home of the new boutique The Alchemist, which has partnered with the art-world Web site Art Ruby for its inaugural Basel party.

But the real circus night is shaping up to be Thursday. Naturally, both Schnabel men are involved. Papa is doing a star-studded screening of his latest film, Mistral, in collaboration with Maybach and J/P HRO, Sean Penn’s Haiti charity; son Vito, meanwhile, is hosting a late-night bash at Wall with pals Stavros Niarchos and Alex Dellal. In between, there are fashion-heavy dinners for W and Interview magazines (at Cecconi’s and the Delano’s Solarium, respectively), not to mention one at The Webster hosted by La Mer. Across the bay, Bally is celebrating its pop-up shop and collaboration with Swiss artist Philippe Decrauzat. (While we’re on the subject, two other pop-ups to keep an eye on are the eyewear brand Illesteva’s, at Soho Beach House, and the OHWOW shop at the Standard Spa.) Continue Reading “Who, What, Where, And When At Art Basel” »

Naomi, Net-A-Porter Partner To Help Haiti

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First Naomi Campbell staged runway shows to benefit Haitian relief efforts during New York and London fashion weeks, complete with celebrity catwalkers including Estelle, Kelly Osbourne, and Shirley Bassey. Now she’s joining forces with Net-A-Porter to go one better: Beginning today, the online retailer is hosting a two-week sale of pieces from the shows. From a one-shoulder Lanvin minidress to a gorgeous L’Wren Scott brocade cocktail frock, proceeds will all go to the White Ribbon Alliance, helping to save the lives of mothers and babies in Haiti.
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DVF Throws A Ladies’ Night For International Women’s Day

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“It’s women’s day, women’s week, women’s month, and women’s year. But it’s not that we don’t like men, we love men!” Diane von Furstenberg enthused at her Meatpacking studio. For DVF, every day may be ladies’ day, but for the U.N.-approved International Women’s Day yesterday, the ageless designer—effervescent in purple sequins despite just deplaning a flight from L.A.—launched a specially dedicated CD. “We do something every year, and it was my staff that came up with the idea,” von Furstenberg explained. The girl-power music compilation—thankfully, with nary a Spice Girl in sight—features tracks from Tegan and Sara, Bebel Gilberto, Joss Stone, and Estelle, among others. Proceeds from sales of the CD and an International Women’s Day DVF tote will go to benefit Vital Voices, a charity focused on investing in disadvantaged women worldwide. For her part, Estelle was flattered to have her single “Shine” included. “Anything I can do to help,” the singer told us. “But you know Diane, she’s amazing. It’s not often in our industries that you meet a woman like that. She does the work, you know?” Von Furstenberg was indeed doing a bit of work—the designer was giving a test run to a lovely floral perfume she’s perfecting—but don’t call her a role model. She deadpanned: “You only start being called a role model when you get old.”

Photo: Amber De Vos/PatricMcMullan.com

Hands-On Learning

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For one night, at least, fashion did not compute. “The students, they’re on their computers now if they’re designing. But for this, they used their hands!” dean Simon Collins remarked happily at the LVMH/Parsons “The Art of Craftsmanship Revisited” presentation at Milk Studios last night. The two organizations tapped 23 student teams to design a unique look each, using techniques more often left for the old hands in Paris ateliers. The results, while sometimes uneven, were decidedly unconventional. A zany, clear “bubble” shrug made LVMH chairman Renaud Dutreil ask, “What is that made of?” And a gorgeous hand-knit, oversize sweater would have done the Mulleavy sisters proud.

“If the students are taught the skills, they can see fashion in a whole new way. We could have a whole new generation of designers who know craft,” Dutreil remarked. The Frenchman may be on to something. The handiwork drew quite the crowd—along with Parsons alum Veronica Webb and Fabiola Beracasa, Estelle (pictured) stopped by, but she was quick to deny any ambitions for a line of her own. “Oh, I’m not crafty. I like to see a thing here or there and I know what I like, but I’ll leave the work to the designers,” the singer said with laugh. “But hey, I am up for wearing something crafted!” Hear that, students?

Photo: Clint Spaulding / Patrick McMullan

Live From New York: Estelle

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