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Carla Bruni Serenades New York

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Carla Bruni performs in New York

Carla Bruni’s new album might be titled Little French Songs, but there was nothing little about her performance at Manhattan’s Royalton Hotel last night. Produced and sponsored by The New York Observer and Absolut Elyx, the event served to celebrate Bruni’s just-dropped fourth release and was, in fact, her first show in the Big Apple.

Little French Songs is a mix between the melancholy, the romantic, and maybe…a bit of fun—a little ticklish sometimes,” Bruni told Style.com. “But, you know, the fun songs are not so simple to write. It’s easy to write about nostalgie, lost love, or something you never get, but writing about fun is harder.”

Taking the stage in a vintage Yves Saint Laurent blazer (“I like the new Saint Laurent, too,” she quipped. “Hedi’s first two collections were great.”) and Zara jeans, Bruni played to a crowd that included André Balazs, Dorothea Barth Jorgensen, Ivanka Trump, and Richard Phillips.

Not only did the session mark Bruni’s debut Gotham gig but also her one and only American show this year. “Just to play in New York is so rare for a French artist,” she said. “The U.S. has so many great musicians—to have a chance to perform here is awesome.” Fans, take note: Bruni revealed that she’ll be returning in April 2014, for a U.S. tour. She’s promised to work on some English verses, though we’d be perfectly happy with a little more French.

Photo:Owen Hoffmann/ PatrickMcMullan.com

Ivanka Trumps The Runway

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With a fine jewelry collection, a shoe line, and a handful of endorsements under her belt (last night’s was a skinny metallic one), Ivanka Trump has proven herself a capable businesswoman. But judging by the bustling crowd that packed the fifth floor of Lord & Taylor last night (dad Donald and mom Ivana included), she also knows what it takes to fill a room. The occasion: the new mom’s first-ever ready-to-wear collection and runway show, hosted by Lord & Taylor president Bonnie Brooks. Trump, dressed in a bright orange top and white riding pants from her collection, told the front row that her goal was “to create a high-quality product at an affordable price, for the chic, modern, working woman.” What followed was a set of 37 predominantly neutral looks—with the occasional pop of cobalt, pink, and red—to be worn from day to night. There were work-appropriate suits and cocktail dresses, weekend-ready embroidered tunics, and tailored shorts paired with fedoras and straw wedges also of Trump’s design. Also shown were a variety of trenchcoats, some with eyelet detailing, bright coral wrap dresses, and paisley separates that are likely to appeal to an older customer. Ready-to-wear can be daunting, but Brooks proudly revealed that her new designer should have no reason to fear. She said that the line, which hovers in the $50 to $225 price range and is already on the sales floor (the collection launched exclusively at Lord & Taylor and is currently available at other retailers, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Ivanka’s own online boutique), has been selling briskly. Brooks also reported that Ivanka is “the number one designer search on Lordandtaylor.com.” Those are the kind of credentials—plus, of course, regular TV appearances on Dad’s program for a little message-spreading—that demand future ventures. After the show, Trump hinted at upcoming forays into fragrance, eyewear, and perhaps a children’s clothing line.

 

 

Photo: Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images

 

Donatella Versace On Her Gift-Giving Strategy, Marc Fisher Responds To Derek Lam, And More…

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“Sometimes I cheat and give friends some of my favorite pieces from my current collection. Whatever I give, though, is chosen with that person’s taste very much in mind,” says Donatella Versace on what she’ll be giving this Christmas. Versace, along with a host of other designers and actors, told WWD what they will be giving, what’s on their wish list, what they will be eating, and more. [WWD]

Stylist Marina Mñnoz is hitting the Park City slopes this holiday season and she suggested a few pieces that will keep you warm and chic. What to wear: Moncler’s retro parkas, Celine loafers, Jil Sander’s ski-luxe sweaters, and Illesteva reflective glasses. [T]

The first directly owned Vionnet boutique, set to officially open during Milan fashion week in February, “pays tribute to Madeleine Vionnet’s staples—geometric shapes contrasting with soft and more rounded ones and the designer’s masterful use of draping,”WWD reports. Another key feature is the use of brass, which was the key element on the designer’s first perfume bottle, throughout the store. [WWD]

Yesterday, Derek Lam sent a cease-and-desist letter to Ivanka Trump Footwear, claiming that they copied his Ayami wedge sandal. Today, Marc Fisher, the producer of Ivanka Trump Footwear, is saying that is not the case, and the design is too popular to stake a claim to it. [WWD]

Photo: David X. Prutting / BFAnyc.com

Clinton’s Way

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While Paris’ week of défilés and fashion fêtes finally drew to an end, a coterie of New York and Hollywood power brokers, including Bill Clinton, Ivanka Trump, and Wyclef Jean, convened at the School of Visual Arts Theater in Chelsea last night for the premiere of The Way, benefiting the Walkabout Foundation. The heartwarming film stars Golden Globe-winning actor Martin Sheen as a father who loses his son and treks through El Camino de Santiago.

The film had Donna Karan thinking about her own travels—the designer is gearing up for her Eat, Pray, Love odyssey to Haiti, Australia, and Bali. “I love to travel,” Karan told Style.com, sporting her quintessential urban warrior look, including an African mask necklace she found in Senegal and recycled horn cuffs from Haiti. “I’ve always been obsessed with anything handcrafted and artisanal; it’s the story of my life,” Karan said. Never one to shy away from steroidal bling, honorary chair Ivanka Trump reveled in her eponymous diamond line and in her new role as mom. “It’s been unreal,” gushed Trump about her 3-month-old daughter Arabella. Still, she admits, “it’s good not to be nine and a half months pregnant.”

But the real showstopper, before the crowd defected to the after-party at the Mondrian Soho, was when host President Bill Clinton took to the podium, causing the audience to erupt into a standing ovation. Ever the media darling, Clinton started directing shots while posing for a phalanx of photographers, prompting his daughter, Chelsea, to quip to a nearby handler, “He’s always a stage manager.”

Photo: Cindy Ord / Getty Images

Sex With Calvin, Tommy, Jenna, And (Of Course) Courtney Love

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After Monday’s star-studded festivities, last night’s screening of Sex and the City 2, sponsored by the Cinema Society, Swarovski, and HP (stringer Bradshaw types away on a mini HP, not the Mac of the HBO series), felt like a relaxed evening at the movies with friends—friends like Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons. Gawking fans outside the theater were warned that the stars weren’t coming, but plenty of fashion’s ruling class did. So did a full half-row of models (Karlie Kloss towering over the rest), a real housewife (Kelly Killoren Bensimon), a real newlywed (Ivanka Trump), a smattering of other reality-ites (Tinsley, Olivia Palermo), and a cadre of young and youngish designers (Prabal Gurung, Charlotte Ronson, Brian Atwood). And Courtney Love, because these days, there’s always Courtney Love. “This is better than the movie,” said a spectator, craning around to survey the audience.

As it turned out, it was. At two and a half hours long, Sex makes you long for the days of half-hour episodes, which seem delicate bonbons compared to this brick. If you want a comprehensive rundown of all of the fashions, well, there’s a book for that. (No app, yet, but presumably some savvy entrepreneur will correct this oversight shortly.) Will fans mind? The die-hards shouldn’t. (And I guess they can argue that Avatar—and, for that matter, Lawrence of Arabia—are longer.) “Heavy hitting” has never been the Sex way, after all, and with a shovelful of salt, the movie’s ultimate message of global female empowerment through fashion is one that’s generally worth approving. But as for me, I’m going to focus on the specific. It was fun to see the classic Dior newsprint dress from the series make a comeback. And the clear-plastic Calvin Klein shades that Carrie rocks in Abu Dhabi are seriously desirable—even I wanted a pair. Girl power, schmirl power. Isn’t conspicuous consumption what this whole scene is really about?

Photo: Billy Farrell / Patrick McMullan