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April 21 2014

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Jeffrey Kalinsky Cares a Whole Lot

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Jeffrey KalinskyJeffrey Kalinsky cares. One need only look to his annual charity events in New York and Atlanta—which, aptly dubbed Jeffrey Fashion Cares, raise money for HIV/AIDS and breast cancer research and LGBTQ organizations—to see that. But does fashion care? Considering the stereotype that the industry’s concerns never reach beyond silhouettes, vanity, and wow! factor (thank you, Prêt-à-Porter and Zoolander), we felt this was a pertinent question. “I think it does care,” answered Kalinsky. “I mean, Michael Kors recently made a $5 million donation to God’s Love We Deliver. Diane von Furstenberg does so much good work, as does Robert Duffy from Marc Jacobs,” he reasoned. “The list goes on. You’re never going to find a profession in which everybody cares. But yes, there are a lot of people in fashion who care.” Glad we could put that debate to rest.

Kalinsky, known for his Jeffrey boutiques in downtown Manhattan and Atlanta, launched his philanthropic gala twenty-two years ago in Georgia. In 2003, after opening his New York store on 14th Street, the retailer brought his charitable evening to the Big Apple. This year’s event, scheduled for Tuesday, April 8 at the 69th Regiment Armory (get your tickets here!), will donate 80 to 90 percent of the funds raised to the Hetrick-Martin Institute, Lambda Legal, ACRIA, and the Point Foundation.

While the 2014 Jeffrey Fashion Cares board includes such bold-faced names as Prabal Gurung and Mickey Boardman, the real star of the benefit is honoree Rob Smith, a tireless gay rights activist and fashion executive. “I feel it’s important for me to honor the real volunteers out there,” said Kalinsky of his choice to highlight Smith, who recently traveled to Russia with Athlete Alley (where he currently serves on the board) to help further LGBT efforts on the ground at the Olympic Games in Sochi. “There are a lot of ‘famous people’ out there who do a lot of good, but Rob is a guy who has worked so hard for charity just because.”

We should also mention that the evening will feature an enticing auction. A trip to Paris, Maggie Smith’s Downton Abbey choker, a Suno tunic, and an Alexander Wang handbag are just a few of the carefully considered items up for grabs. You can get a head start and bid now at GavelAndGrand.com.

The impressive selection of auction pieces shouldn’t be surprising, considering the top-notch mix of wares available in Kalinsky’s stores. His latest find? LVMH Prize finalist Simon Porte Jacquemus, whose brand Kalinsky picked up for Fall. “I loved it because it didn’t seem like it was looking back—it was looking forward,” offered Kalinsky, adding that he both stocks and admires newcomers like Simone Rocha, J.W. Anderson, and Yang Li. So what does it take for a newbie to catch the retailer’s eye? “I have to see the right blend of art and commerce,” he explained. “And I just know it when I see it. I can hear the cash registers ringing.”

Photo: Courtesy Photo 

Plus-Ones: Who’ll Be Arm-In-Arm At The Met On Monday

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Last night’s model-packed dinner for Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing reminded you of what you already knew: The world is in town for Monday’s Met gala. Rousteing had flown in from Paris for the occasion, as had his fellow designer Anthony Vaccarello, also in attendance. And so, too, had some of the runway’s top models, who are fitting the gala in between their hectic shooting schedules. So who’s going with whom?

Rousteing revealed that he’s taking Joan Smalls as his date, though he couldn’t say what she’d been wearing: He made four dresses, and Joan will make her own pick. Vaccarello is taking Anja Rubik, who closed his Fall ’12 show. Constance Jablonski, who spent dinner tête-à-tête with Kasia Struss, will be with Haider Ackermann. And Karlie Kloss, fresh from shooting in Bahia, will accompany Jason Wu. “He comes up to about my waist,” the Amazonian model said with a laugh. “But it’s his own fault. He picks the shoes!”

In other Met news, Roland Mouret will bring Doutzen Kroes, and Chanel will bring Gaspard Ulliel, the French actor who is the face of its Bleu de Chanel fragrance. Nordstrom’s table, hosted by Pete Nordstrom and Jeffrey Kalinsky, will seat several of the nights heavy hitters: Alexander Wang with Azealia Banks; Erdem Moralioglu with Arizona Muse; Rachel Zoe with Karolina Kurkova and Zoe’s husband Rodger Berman; and Thakoon Panichgul with Christina Ricci.

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

Intrepid Explorers

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For the crowd sitting front-row at the Jeffrey Fashion Cares runway show last night, something seemed not quite right. It wasn’t the event (the annual fundraiser for AIDS charities) or the venue (the U.S.S. Intrepid battleship). It was just that, with Jason Wu (left, with JFC founder and Jeffrey New York owner Jeffrey Kalinsky), Joseph Altuzarra, Crystal Renn, and Hanne Gabby Odiele all in attendance, the backstage had come out front. Altuzarra articulated the sentiment for everyone. “It’s weird to be sitting at the show and not doing one,” he said. “Is this what it feels like?”

Yes and no was the answer. Sure, there was the runway and the stylish crowd, but the casting skewed toward the nontraditional. “Males in Speedos, I heard?” Sky Ferreira posited before the show. “Hey, I hope so—that’s why I’m here,” Odiele joked.

They were not disappointed. After hosts Nate Berkus and Tash Perrin of Christie’s rallied the crowd to empty their pockets (to add to the $4 million dollars that Jeffrey Fashion Cares has already raised) for the live auction items, such as trips to Switzerland and Paris fashion week, a handsome group of male models, in tiny swimsuits accessorized by the occasional pair of Lanvin shorts or Gucci sunglasses, began strutting the runway to the sound of Britney Spears. Loving every minute of her night off from the runway, Odiele yelped and offered high-fives to her friends as they swaggered past her. “I have never actually seen a male runway show before,” Renn added afterward. “It was definitely a change.”

It was an evening of firsts all around—many guests had never visited the Intrepid. “I haven’t been here, ever, and I love that one airplane with the folded wings,” said Adam Lippes. But even in new surroundings, tastes stay the same. “But I was also interested in the Hermès suede coat.”

Photo: D Dipasupil / FilmMagic

St.-Trop. To MePa, Copping Chez Coco, Versace Keeps Up With The Jones, And More…

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It never goes far out of style, but Saint-Tropez enjoyed a renewed moment in the sun this past Resort season, when Karl Lagerfeld led the troops there for his collection presentation. Didn’t make it? Neither did Jeffrey Kalinsky, owner of New York and Atlanta’s Jeffrey boutiques—so Chanel is setting up a six-week pop-up shop modeled on St.-Trop’s Café Sénéquier at his Meatpacking District store. Cheaper than a flight! (But with what you’re likely to spend there, maybe not by much.) [WWD]

Like Coco Rocha’s New York apartment? It can be yours. The model’s pad is on the market—it was recently dropped to a mere $1.59 million—so she and new husband James Conran can move to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. [NYT]

Get a sneak peek of Valentino’s capsule collection for the Gap, created to celebrate the American retailer’s debut in Italy. But if you want it, get ready to travel—it will be available only in Milan, Paris, and London. [Telegraph]

The new face of Versace: Betty Draper—uh, we mean January Jones. Donatella Versace has tapped the Mad Men star for her latest campaign. Close watchers shouldn’t be too surprised: Jones has favored Versace dresses for months now, and showed up at the label’s Spring ’11 show in Milan (left, with Allegra Versace). [WWD]

Lanvin x H&M hit stores this weekend, and the crowds, predictably, went wild. Reports are coming in from all over of endless lines and pre-dawn queuing-up: By 6 a.m., there were reportedly already 100 people waiting outside a San Diego H&M. [Racked]

And Thanksgiving is this week, which means Black Friday—the discount-shopping day that occasionally leads to sprees—is just five days away. Saturday Night Live offered a parodic take on discount mania starring a Four Loko-addled Anne Hathaway; here’s hoping it remains a cautionary fable, rather than a reality. [Hulu]

Photo: Alice Bensi / GoRunway.com

Patent Appeal

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When he’s not selling some of NYC’s most expensive clothing—his shop’s a go-to for runway pieces from Balmain, Celine, and Balenciaga—Jeffrey Kalinsky is lending his touch to heritage brands, the unlikelier the better. He’s put his spin on exclusive items from Lacoste and Gant, and his latest is with the classic Keds lace-up, which he’s commissioned in four colors of patent leather. At $110, they may be the most affordable item currently on sale at his namesake NYC and Atlanta boutiques.

Photo: Courtesy of Keds