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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

Blasblog: Theyskens, Picture Perfect

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The fashion industry loves to wring its hands over poor Olivier Theyskens, the talented Belgian designer who has spent the past decade bouncing between his own namesake label and the French brands Rochas and Nina Ricci. But by the look of a smiling Theyskens at Barneys New York on Thursday night for the release of his book The Other Side of the Picture (Assouline), he’s doing just fine, thanks. His trademark flowing locks snipped—too much time on the beaches of Brazil, he explained; “the wind and the sea kill the ends, so I had to cut off the bottom”—he was looking tan and happy. The reason? A little time to work on his long-delayed book project and, perhaps, a few things in the works. “I’ve had the materials ready for two years, but now I’ve had the time and the energy to really put together the project,” Theyskens said of The Other Side. The photos of Theyskens and his work, by Julien Claessens, go back to the nineties.

As for the what’s-next rumors—my favorite has him heading to Lanvin, following Karl Lagerfeld’s retirement at Chanel and Alber Elbaz’s assumption of the reins at Rue Cambon—Theyskens remained mum. Leigh Lezark, Dr. Lisa Airan, and Fabiola Beracasa—the last wearing an original Theyskens (pictured with the designer, above)—were lobbying for him to move to New York to set up shop, but no, he retorted, he was going back to Paris the next day. Take it for what you will, I noticed that Christopher Burch, who reportedly has been in talks with the designer on a new retail venture, was in just as jovial a mood as the celebrated guest.

Photo: Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

Blasblog: Four Peas, Two Pods

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The ladies I spent Wednesday night with, Fabiola Beracasa and Joan Rivers, might not seem to have much in common. But they do: a love of wigs, great senses of humor, and even greater taste in jewelry. My night started at Beracasa’s West Village penthouse, where she was hosting a trunk show for Eddie Borgo. “It’s the shape of a triangle! How perfect is that?” Borgo said of her modernist, all-glass dining room with stunning views of downtown Manhattan (his line is inspired by such geometric shapes). Recession or not, his wares were selling like hotcakes, which made Beracasa curious: “Does the management get a cut of the profits?” She noted that the centerpieces—votive candles arranged with stuffed birds and moss—were bought the day before on a budget. “All that for only $20! I’m getting very business-savvy over here.”

At the West Bank Café in midtown, the conversation also turned to gems and cost-cutting. “What? You don’t like this Chanel knockoff?” Joan Rivers screamed at an audience member about her QVC jewelry collection. “Well, you should: I’m giving people jobs over here. Underage kids do the setting—little fingers set little stones—and then all my old friends with the shakes polish ‘em up.” Her references to style—she kills her own furs, she streaks her own hair—were of particular interest to the rest of my group: Interview‘s Christopher Bollen, Lazaro Hernandez, and Jen Brill, the last of whom we brought for her birthday. For her present, she got a little gift from Rivers herself: a heckling. “Did you get a good one?” Rivers snapped in the middle of her act, when Jen made the mistake of taking a camera-phone picture. She added a touching smile—and a racial slur.

Photo: Courtesy of Derek Blasberg

Are You Prepared To Go Bare?

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Bras, corsets, tap pants, and briefs were exposed all over the Spring runways, with unexpected designers like Akris‘ Albert Kriemler joining lingerie lovers such as Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano at the panty party. No doubt about it, innerwear as outerwear is one of the season’s top trends. But does the look work off the catwalk? Can you really show up to a meeting dressed as Madonna in her Like a Virgin phrase? We asked the experts.


“Naturally, I’m not hoping to see a lot of inappropriate bare skin and literal lingerie showing in the workplace,” says Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo. “I’m foreseeing a spike in lace-edge slips emerging from hemlines and sheer, pretty hosiery again.” However, if you are thinking literal, “the best way to wear lingerie is to take it out of context,” explains Fabiola Beracasa, who’s been known to rock a black corset over a white tee. “And make sure it’s delicate and expensive-looking, not trashy,” says stylist Kate Young. Her Spring pick? Stella McCartney‘s plunge-front nude lace halter. A couple of hard and fast rules: Exposed elastic bra straps are a no-no, only silk will do (Jean Yu); and if you do experiment with transparency, don’t leave home without a jacket (Kelly Cutrone). And, finally, this from a master of the seductive arts, Domenico Dolce: “Don’t be too audacious. Save something for the imagination.”


Click for a slideshow, then share your thoughts on the etiquette of exposed lingerie below.

Photo: Monica Feudi / GoRunway.com

From Russia With Airbrushing And Masks

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“With this and then Allison Sarofim’s annual [pre-Halloween] costume party, I might as well call it a night on Halloween,” joked Fabiola Beracasa, who hosted last night’s Russian Masquerade-themed affair in a jewel-encrusted, floor-length gown, fur muffler, and hat.

The two-part masquerade started with a girl-bonding makeup session at Milk Studios, where a team from MAC was ready with airbrushing tricks and colored gems. Genevieve Jones showed up in all black, explaining, “I thought a blank palette was best for the makeup artists to do their tricks.” Sophia Lamar’s frilly Giambattista Valli dress and Minnie Mouse mask didn’t exactly say Moscow, but she carried the look with considerable panache. Wren designer Melissa Coker, in town from L.A. showing her line to buyers and editors, opted to go sans mask. “I’m wearing leather and lace, though,” Coker said, pointing out her outfit and the night’s drink of choice, Stoli’s Leather and Lace martini.

While it usually doesn’t take much convincing to motivate the fashion set to play dress-up, the full-on costumes at SL for part deux of the masked affair were impressively equal parts Doctor Zhivago and Eyes Wide Shut. Guests, including amazing gender-bendy model Martin Cohn (pictured above with Beracasa) and beauty blogger Sarah Howard, packed the two-month-old former Lotus space. Naturally, with the free-flowing vodka, the fancy-dress fête soon turned to a dance party atop the banquettes. Until next year, das vadanya.

Photo: Chance Yeh/PatrickMcMullan.com