12 posts tagged "Eugenie Niarchos"
I am finding this out the hard way: Venice is a late-night city. So late, in fact, that I’m having a hard time keeping up. (I’m blaming jet lag, but—heaven forbid—I hope this doesn’t mean I’m getting old.) Take Thursday night, for example: After François Pinault’s museum opening, an Interview magazine cocktail party on the island of Giudecca, and a decadent Missoni dinner on a boat in the Arsenale district of town, I was dragged to—get this—the Lido airport for a Danish and Nordic pavilions-sponsored dance party on an actual plane runway. I was the only one worried that this might violate some sort of FAA regulation: Neville Wakefield, Eugenie Niarchos, Olympia Scarry, and Alexia Niedzielski all ambushed the DJ booth, threw down their purses and man bags, and started a few dance-offs with the local revelers. It was surreal, and if that wasn’t enough, post-runway rave it was back to the Bauer Hotel terrace, where we all were last night, for more drinks. (Though, I must divulge, even the chicest of European girls had moved on to beer at this point, hoping to fill their stomachs.) Here the likes of Viscount Dan Macmillan congregated with Giambattista Valli and Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis. At that hour—and that blood alcohol level—Venice really worked its charm: Look here, I even spotted Antonio Berardi having a little moment with 10magazine‘s Sophia Neophitou, until Margherita Missoni came and broke it up.
“I was thinking of my friend Queen Rania when I designed the dresses, especially the little cream number,” said Jemima Khan, crammed into a corner at the Azzaro pop-up store in Mayfair, where she was fielding congrats from London’s polished set. Khan had just completed a stint as the brand’s guest designer, and friends had amassed to see her collection on display. “I e-mailed and sent over a few designs, asked her what she thought, and she liked it. So in terms of confidence-boosting, it was up there,” Khan said about her design process with Azzaro’s creative director, Vanessa Seward. As for Seward, she was still in confidence-boosting mode. “So many designers think about clothes too much, intellectualize it, and wind up looking, well, ridiculous. When I was looking for a guest designer I looked outside of the fashion world—someone not mired in it, but with a really great, elegant sense of style, who had a full life. Jemima kept coming to mind. Of course, we were delighted that she said yes.” Azzaro seems to have a thing for billionaire heiress guest designers. Jeweler Eugenie Niarchos (of shipping dynasty fame) experimented with clothes for Azzaro a few seasons back, too. Seward’s take on the client-as-designer trend? “It’s a perfect marriage,” she said.
Remember back when we were little, that group of cool girls that would show up in homeroom all dressed alike? Maybe it was an I.O.U. turtleneck sweatshirt (or were those only big in Missouri?), or maybe it was a fancy pair of stonewashed jeans with a zipper at the bottom—which, strangely, is very Balmain Spring 2009, now that I think about it. Not that it was limited to the ladies. I can remember coordinating my fuchsia Umbro shorts with friends on more than one occasion. Well, this weekend in Moscow, three of London’s coolest broads brought back this dress-alike trend, albeit raising the bar on the chic factor. Instead of Z. Cavariccis, they were all in different variations of a Gareth Pugh Fall 2008 print. That’s jewelry designer Eugenie Niarchos in a minidress that has a smaller version of the black and white optical illusion pattern, artist Olympia Scarry in a larger version in leggings form, and Harrods brand ambassador Camilla Al Fayed in the same larger print, but cut into a minidress. Scarry mixed hers with a pair of Chloé boots, to which she seems awfully partial. Niarchos went minimal with a tiny belt. And Al Fayed blinged hers up with an oversize chain-link necklace covered in pavé diamonds. “We are the same, but very, very different, too,” Niarchos smiled, adding that they all picked up traditional Russian fur hats while they were in Moscow. So maybe the triplet look won’t end here.
I’ve been to Moscow a few times now—about three times in as many months, in fact. With every visit I realize more and more just how important vodka is to the local culture. It’s like there are two responses to a crisis: vodka, or no vodka. At least that was how Alex Kiselev, the owner of the London-based fashion label Kisa, explained it to me on Friday night. Over lots of vodka. The night was supposed to have been Kisa’s big Russian launch: Julia Restoin-Roitfeld had done the invites, of which Kiselev, who is called Kisa by his friends, still has a thousand of in his office; Julia’s brother Vladimir had already art-directed a giant fashion show and gala dinner; Naomi Campbell was booked to open the show, as she did the Fall show in London; and all of Europe’s chicest ladies—Eugenie Niarchos, Camilla Al Fayed, Tatiana Santo Domingo, and Olympia Scarry—were in town to celebrate. However, things took a nasty turn when the Russian stock market took a tumble a few weeks ago, prompting some of the event’s backers to pull out. “It is very sad, and we were very disappointed, but this helps,” explained Kiselev, vodka in hand. “And so do my friends.” Despite the cancellation, a few pals, including Campbell, Al Fayed, and Dasha Zhukova, seen here, made good on their promise to come to Moscow for some Kisa love. And Kiselev made good on his promise to chaperone them around the city. The first stop was the restaurant Pavilion, located on a skating pond in Moscow’s center. Then, Campbell insisted that the crew, which now included some local Russian socials, plus Scarry, Niarchos, and Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, swing by Shatush, an eatery that’s billed as Asian but somehow also incorporates scantily clad dancers on bars and hookah smoking. (Most in the group participated in one or the other.) “I love showing people around Moscow, especially these people,” laughed Kiselev, adding optimistically that the big show wasn’t canceled, but merely postponed till this time next year. “So this is more of a tease,” he said.
Starting last week, there has been talk about which London haunt would be the unofficial go-to destination for Frieze. Would it be Amy Sacco‘s Bungalow 8? (It could be, as Sacco is in town, often on the arm of Eva Mendes.) Would it be somewhere in East London, where all the cool kids hang out? Or, hell, would it be the Shadow Lounge, a sparkly jewel of a gay club in Soho? Well, if Wednesday night was any indication, it might just be the restaurant-by-day/super Euro-social dance haunt-by-night Automat on Dover Street in Mayfair. Dan Macmillan, Alexia Niedzielski, Tyrone Wood, Dan May, Eugenie Niarchos, Dasha Zhukova, and Barbara Wilhelm filed down into its wood-and-leather basement to engage in activities that I probably shouldn’t describe if I want to be allowed back (they ain’t legal, guys). I’m sure by tomorrow night a few things will change—there wasn’t a doorman or a secret knock last night, so any old Tom, Dick, or Gagosian could walk in, and some of the furniture will need to be replaced since someone, presumably accidentally, stomped a stiletto through one of the glass tables—but it still seems that Automat is winning for hottest nightspot right now. But don’t worry that you’ll miss out on new developments: I’m following this story closely.
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