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15 posts tagged "Inauguration"

Blasblog: An Attemped Escape From Obama-rama

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This might sound a tad unpatriotic, but last night I was really hoping to do something—if even for a second—that didn’t have anything to do with the inauguration. Not because I’m not as excited about Barack and Michelle as the next guy (Because I am! I love Obama! Remember I’m the one that campaigned for him with a supermodel?), but because it was becoming so oversaturated and commercial that I feared I would lose my own personal excitement about the next four years. That’s why I headed up to 77th Street for the Gagosian Gallery’s opening of a collection of Warhol works from the Sonnabend Collection. (A little history: Ileana Sonnabend was a Warhol contemporary and one of his earliest patrons, and the artist was one of her strongest supporters.) The art talk supplanted discussion of the historic day for a few minutes. Everyone was impressed by so many Jackie O silk screens in one room—which now that I think about it qualifies as tangential political reference—as well as the Calders and Princes on the other floors. And there was a juicy tidbit of gossip going around about the artist who anonymously bought his own work at auction to save face. Continue Reading “Blasblog: An Attemped Escape From Obama-rama” »

Move Over Michelle? Not So Fast

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In D.C. this weekend, the Mall and Balls didn’t have a complete monopoly on the action. Shutterbug Elizabeth Lippman snapped young Washington at hot spots like the Black Cat, Saint Ex, and L2 looking not unlike, well, wannabe Williamsburg hipsters, with an Upper East Sider or two in the mix. “It seemed every girl in town dragged out her nanna’s old fur to wear as their fancy-dress favorite, with varying degrees of success,” she said. Hey, if they kept themselves warm in the frigid conditions, that’s success enough. When it comes to Beltway fashion, after all, it’s all about the Obamas.

Photo: Elizabeth Lippman

Mass-Meets-Class McQueen: The First Look

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There will be leather. McQ Alexander McQueen for Target’s lookbook looks like another faithful dilution.

The era of first lady-as- rectangle had ended,” declares The Washington Post‘s Robin Givhan of Michelle Obama’s form-fitting inaugural looks, while The New York Times‘ Cathy Horyn calls the First Lady “not your average fashionista.” Prepare yourself for four (or more) years of fashion punditry.

Yesterday’s populist beauty product giveaway turned out not to be so much for the people, because when it comes to moisturizers, the people are kinda snobby.

Hang on to your plaid; Opening Ceremony has deemed it cool for another season with a collection from old-school Americana peddlers Pendleton, launching this fall.

In the now requisite bad news of the day: Yohji Yamamoto is closing its New York press office, after 13 years.

Too awed by Aretha Franklin’s Swarovski-studded ribbon hat to pay attention to the swearing-in yesterday? Can’t blame you. Such finery is available in Detroit, a city that could use a little brotherly love if you’re in the market for millinery.

Kate Moss continues to muse .

Michelle Watch: Jason Wu Wins The Big Night

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We just got word that Michelle Obama’s ivory, one-shoulder gown was made for her by young New York designer and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist Jason Wu. The one-of-a-kind silk chiffon dress is embellished all over with Swarovski crystals, floaty bits of organza and silver thread embroidery and was custom made by Wu. According to WWD, the designer is just as surprised as we were. So what’s the verdict? It’s a lovely, fresh color for Mrs. Obama and the embellishment is quite pretty, but the full skirt could have been slightly more flattering and seemed to give her a little trouble while navigating a dance at the Home States Ball. Let us know what you think. Yea or nay?

Let’s Do Brunch: Inaugural Edition

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The Creative Coalition, the entertainment industry’s nonprofit advocacy group, hosted a day-long brunch in honor of the inaugural festivities. It was the perfect spot for the famous among us to celebrate the swearing in or warm up after having done so alfresco. A bundled-up Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, and Anne Hathaway popped in for a quick bite, while Alan Cumming beelined for the martini bar. Also spotted passing through were Sting, Trudie Styler, Adrian Grenier, Kerry Washington, and Spike Lee. Not surprisingly, a rowdy and joyful cheer went up when former President Bush boarded his helicopter ride out of town. Matthew Modine mused on what the outcome of the election means for Americans. “To quote Full Metal Jacket, ‘It’s a big s–t sandwich and we’re all gonna have to take a bite,’ ” Modine said. “But the good news is, everybody’s smiling and saying, ‘OK, I’ll eat s–t.’ ” Guerlain hosted a makeup room for touchups in between the swearing in, parade, and balls. Between holding court with a gaggle of starstruck teenage girls, Josh Lucas kept popping in to get lip gloss—for himself. (If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.) Most guests headed out in the late afternoon for some downtime before tonight’s ball circuit. On his way out Tim Daly joked, “They’re not really balls. They’re more like bar mitzvahs—a bunch of dressed-up people standing around eating finger food.”