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“The Most Strong and Beautiful Thing”: Valentino, Alicia Keys, and More Turn Out for NYCB’s Gala Evening

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ValentinoBetween the Met ball, Dior’s Cruise show, the kickoff of the Frieze Art Fair, and a slew of other charity galas, this week’s social calendar has been a demanding one to say the least. But that didn’t keep the social set from turning out for New York City Ballet’s Spring Gala last night, celebrating the company’s fiftieth year at Lincoln Center.

As guests, including Alicia Keys, Catherine Malandrino, and Gilles Mendel, made their way inside the David H. Koch Theater, they were handed a mini bottle of vodka and a shot glass along with the evening’s program. “Well, I guess we are really going to have a party now,” said one surprised attendee. “Do you think we get refills?”

Minutes later, ballet master in chief Peter Martins took the stage to lead the crowd in a toast—a company tradition started by its co-founder George Balanchine. That was followed by a series of tributes to opening night in 1964, including a song from the musical Carousel, which was performed by Kristen Bell and Aaron Lazar, and a classic Balanchine number. “I am immensely biased, but the New York City Ballet dancers are the best in the world,” said Martins.

The audience seemed to agree—everyone in the theater was on their feet for an extended standing ovation after the conclusion of NYCB soloist and choreographer Justin Peck’s world premiere of Everywhere We Go, featuring music by Sufjan Stevens and costumes by former NYCB dancer Janie Taylor. “Exceptional—I think it was the most strong and beautiful thing,” Valentino Garavani told Style.com before dinner. And how were the dancers going to let loose after the black-tie affair? “We will probably just go to a dive bar and get a few drinks; we all have to be at work tomorrow, so we can’t get too crazy,” said Peck. The evening raised more than $3.15 million for the ballet.

Photo: Getty ImagesĀ 

The Split-Second Preview: J. Mendel

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The Fall ’14 Ready-to-Wear collections are under way in New York, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Fall ’14 previews is available here.

J. Mendel

WHO: J. Mendel, designed by Gilles Mendel

WHERE: New York

WHEN: Thursday, February 13

WHAT: “I was interested in color play and controlled asymmetry. Plaid echoes throughout the collection, informing the furs and the ready-to-wear.” —Gilles Mendel. The designer sent us a detail shot of one of his Fall furs, above.

Photo: Courtesy of J. Mendel

Trading His Furs For Fouettés

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With just hours before the curtain rises at the David H. Koch theater for the New York City Ballet’s Spring Gala tonight, J. Mendel’s Gilles Mendel is busy making the finishing touches on the costumes he’s designed for mater in chief Peter Martins’ new work, titled Mes Oiseaux. “I have been running back and forth to Lincoln Center with my scissors for two days now,” he told Style.com before heading back to the theater today. “It’s like doing a haircut—just a little more on this side and on that side until it’s perfect. It’s so surreal, here I am standing on the stage at Lincoln Center having the dancers of the New York City ballet do pirouettes for me so we can see that everything looks just right.”

It’s not the French designer’s first spin in the dance world. Back in 2010 he created the costumes for NYCB’s performance of Melissa Barak’s original ballet, Call Me Ben, which also provided inspiration for his Spring 2011 collection. “I like my clothes to be very precise because in fashion you want to look at them up close,” he said. “But from that experience, I learned to let go and stand 20 feet away from the dancer—things have to look good from a distance on the stage.”

For his second act, the designer brought the same femininity that’s linked to the J. Mendel aesthetic using tulle, stretch georgette, and muslin. But, he warns, “I think people will be quite surprised—it’s very graphic. The ballet is about three women and their relationship with a man. Peter and I wanted to give to the public a moment of discovery, so you wouldn’t know immediately that one woman is good, one is bad.” He designed a series of mostly-black costumes for the number, which only show the dancer’s true colors—figuratively and literally—when they move. An exclusive sketch of one of Mendel’s costumes is above.

Mes Oiseaux will be performed tonight alongside the Balanchine classic Symphony in C, with costumes by Marc Happel, and the latest work (titled Two Hearts) by former NYCB principal dancer and husband to Natalie Portman, Benjamin Millepied, with costumes by Rodarte. And check back tomorrow in People & Parties for our full report on the gala, hosted by honorary chairman Natalie Portman.

Illustration: Courtesy of J. Mendel

Visionaire-y McQueen, Aggy’s Sister Act, And More…

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The newest McQueen tribute comes courtesy of the Dean-Gan-Kaliardos trifecta, who are dedicating the next issue of Visionaire—out in June, with a preview on www.visionaireworld.com today—to the late designer. Expect real wildflowers, a case designed by the McQueen studio, and a roll call of fashion’s best and brightest contributors: Klein, Sorrenti, Meisel, Inez and Vinoodh, Sims, Testino, and (of course) Gaga. [WWD]

After a brief (and, according to Google, accidental) shutdown yesterday, Tavi Gevinson’s blog is up and running once again. Thank goodness for that—without it, what reason would her legions of pre-teen admirers have to cut gym class? [Fashionista]

Meet nutria, the giant, Louisiana-based water rat whose fur is showing up in designer collections from Billy Reid to Gilles Mendel. Or, if you’ve got a sensitive stomach, don’t. [VF]

Aggy Deyn’s little sister designs tees (pictured); Aggy wears tees; tees cause minor sensation; Uniqlo to sell tees. It’s just about the oldest story in the fashion world. [Catwalk Queen]

Photo: Ellen von Unwerth