30 posts tagged "Hanne Gaby Odiele"
If there was any doubt about it before, there isn’t now: Summer is here and in full swing. Ford Models celebrated the occasion last night with a model-packed barbecue at its 57th Street offices, attended by Hanne Gaby Odiele (below left), Ming Xi (left), Linda Vojtova, and Sigrid Agren, as well as a few designers and editors winding down over watermelon margaritas.
Most guests regretfully admitted they hadn’t been lying poolside or attending many barbecues as of late, due to their grinding work schedules. “I haven’t had much of a summer yet—I have been locked in my studio,” Richard Chai told Style.com. “I’m hoping to go on vacation at the end of July.” Model Catherine McNeil (below right) had been working too, but for her, New York was the vacation. “It has been so long since I have been in New York because I have been working, but I’m hoping to have time to play some volleyball along the West Side Highway before heading to Europe again,” she said.
It was the eve of fellow model Kate Moss’ nuptials, but that fact apparently hadn’t made much of an impact on the model community.
“Kate Moss—she’s getting married?” asked McNeil. “When’s the wedding?” Xi added.
It was only the latest of the many Japan relief benefits that have sprung up around New York and around the world since the earthquake and tsunami, but this one was distinguished in at least one way—it was a lot taller. Blame it on the hostesses, two of the most in-demand catwalkers working: Britt Maren (back to blonde, after a season as a brunette) and Alana Zimmer (left). “We saw the news and were just devastated,” said Zimmer at Saturday’s Brunch Happening, proceeds from which went to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. Zimmer, in fact, had tried to put together a similar event over a year ago for Haiti, but her work and travel schedule proved too much at the time. This time, she solicited the help of pal Maren—and Maren’s boyfriend, a sous chef at the Lower East Side restaurant the Fat Radish, which played host for the afternoon. (“I’m not a Fat Radish,” read the T-shirts on sale. “I’m just big-boned.”)
With the location and food squared away, the girls got Orlo salon, MAC Cosmetics, and Fallon jewelry to donate prizes for a silent auction. They also brought in an acoustic guitar player and graffiti artists to tag canvases. But for model-watchers, the real attraction was the guest list: Hanne Gaby Odiele, Jana Knauerova, Sheila Marquez, and Ashley Smith all stopped by, as did industry folk like Richard Chai and casting bigwig Russell Marsh.