August 23 2014

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21 posts tagged "Hilary Rhoda"

Custom Chai For A Cause


On a casual Thursday afternoon, Richard Chai (pictured, right) and Hilary Rhoda (pictured, left) were reminiscing over their nearly ten-year-long friendship (which dates back to before the supermodel got her big break as the Spring ’06 Balenciaga exclusive, according to Chai). The designer put finishing touches on a custom gown Rhoda will debut at a cocktail party hosted by EFFEN Vodka in honor of Chai tonight at the Dream Downtown. “Hilary is super easy to fit, we just have to take it in a bit. Look at how in-shape she is,” he said, gesturing to Rhoda’s tennis-toned biceps before adding a few more pins to the bust of the hand-pleated, crinkled chiffon number, which will be auctioned off to benefit Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS following the event. This marks the second time Chai has partnered with EFFEN and DIFFA (as part of an ongoing collaboration with the spirits label), having created a bar-lounge installation for the Dining by Design tour back in March. It also represents a recent push on Chai’s part to re-enter the eveningwear arena after having focused on his contemporary Love line for the past few years. He has since been filling special requests for his black-tie fare, like the custom tuxedo Nick Jonas wore to the Met ball. Keep your eyes peeled for starlets wearing custom Chai looks on the red carpets leading up to the Fall ’13 launch of his eveningwear capsule.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Fifteen And Fendi


Tonight in New York, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Byrdie Bell, and Hilary Rhoda are hosting a bash at Fendi’s Fifth Avenue outpost to fête the 15th anniversary of the Fendi Baguette. To celebrate the iconic bag, a longtime celebrity favorite, the label has at last unveiled its 250-plus-page book, Fendi Baguette, as a tribute today, along with six vintage re-editions (starting at $2,170). Here, has an exclusive first look at one of the vintage bags featured in the tome.

Photo: Courtesy of Fendi

Off The Runway And Into The Orphanage


When Behati Prinsloo and Coco Rocha go traveling together, the same thing tends to happen: “We always goof around,” Prinsloo told last night at Milk Studios, “and there’s always some video that ends up on YouTube, and I’m like: ‘Nooooo!’”

Today, true to form, Rocha posted a YouTube video of their latest trip—but this time, Prinsloo is all for it. The 23-minute film, by Rocha’s husband, James Conran, and viewable here, documents the visit the two models recently paid to Haiti. It was an effort to spread the word about the deprivation that remains there almost two years after the country’s catastrophic earthquake, and to spread love, too: Rocha arrived at an orphanage bearing soccer balls, art supplies, and letters from Canadian and American students that she’d collected and painstakingly translated herself. “I mean, I know French, but I don’t know if it was perfect French. I did it with help from Google,” Rocha said.

The film screened at Milk Gallery last night, to a crowd that included Zac Posen, Hilary Rhoda, and Karlie Kloss; black-and-white photos taken by Prinsloo (who said she’s plenty busy at the moment with Victoria’s Secret work) were up for silent auction, with proceeds going toward the orphan nonprofit LakayPAM. “What really stuck out was how kids never stop smiling,” the Namibian-born model said. “Even though there’s disaster around them and they’re orphans, they are still just light and happiness.”

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Iman, Christy, And Other Top Models: Beautiful On The Inside, Too


Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Hilary Rhoda, Coco Rocha, Ataui Deng—with all of these top catwalkers in the same room just hours before the shows at Lincoln Center begin, you wouldn’t be off the mark if you thought they were at a last-minute casting call or fitting. But these girls, along with supes Christy Turlington and Doutzen Kroes, were at the Dream Downtown this morning for a reason more altruistic than peddling designer duds. They came out to support Iman, who is raising awareness for the ongoing famine in East Africa.

Iman (originally from Somalia), who was wearing her new Thakoon Masai plaid scarf, told “It’s heartbreaking to hear about mothers who have to choose which of their children to save and which to leave behind in their search for food.” The legendary model decided to take action and created a bracelet, benefiting Save the Children, with the help of Modelinia and Noir jewelry.

“The easiest way to make an impact is to use your voice,” explained Turlington (who also supports Africa with her maternal health organization Every Mother Counts). “Making yourself heard is something we have the ability to do in the U.S. that many other women around the world don’t have.” Showing off her new bracelet, Kloss promised Iman (who is a “huge fan of Karlie”), “We’ll all be wearing these backstage this week.”

Modelinia Beautiful Friends Forever bracelets are available at, $35 each.

Photo: James Conran

Studded Thongs And Boob Tape On The Bowery—Just Another Evening After Work


At first glance, the scene at the Bowery Hotel last night appeared like your average Thursday night—a low-key crowd having post-work drinks among friends. That’s essentially what it was. Jonathan Saunders and Richard Nicoll (above) were toasting to the completion of their Resort collections, with an impressive crowd of guests, including Giovanna Battaglia, Byrdie Bell, Hilary Rhoda, Jen Brill, and Terry Richardson.

It was a fashion fête with none of the fanfare that usually comes with it. Maybe that was the result of the designers’ laid-back attitudes toward Resort. “It is fun to do because it’s not as serious,” Saunders told “You get to show what you might not typically do.” Typical or not, both designers seemed to have naughty dressing on the mind. Saunders was thinking of newly-minted Fashion Icon (according to the CFDA, at least) Lady Gaga. “I really don’t know how she sat in a studded thong for so long. It must have really hurt her bum,” Saunders said of the pop queen’s ensemble at Monday night’s CFDA Awards. (Her stylist, Nicola Formichetti, was standing nearby; if he knew, he wasn’t saying.) “That was truly impressive.”

For Giovanna Battaglia, naughty was so nice she may have to do it twice. She’d shown plenty of skin in a vintage Stephen Sprouse dress at Cannes, and, she said, “I love it so much I am going to find another event to wear it for.” The downside of a barely-there gown? “I’m going to have to tape my [boobs] in—now that was a top-secret process. I can’t share the details.”

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