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August 29 2014

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Girls’ Night Out

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“Every woman in the fashion business has a girl crush on DVF,” Tina Brown said of her co-host Friday night at the United Nations, where she and the designer were holding the third annual DVF Awards honoring extraordinary women. “I even thought I would rename myself Tina von Brown for a while,” she said jokingly to the audience.

But the night was not about DVF or Brown (though both are extraordinary), so Brown turned the mic over to the award presenters, including actresses Debra Winger and Jessica Alba, who were handing off the Anh Duong–designed statues to the likes of Oprah and Jaycee Dugard. “I think there’s a lot of social movements out there, but very few are effective,” Alba, who was presenting to Rio-based “grafiteira” Pamela Castro, told Style.com before the ceremony got started. “She [Castro] has found a way to really touch people. She educates women through her art—it’s very sexy and provocative, but also heartbreaking.”

The evening came to a grand crescendo when Oprah took the stage. “No matter how many margaritas I’ve had, I always make to at least one knee to pray every single day,” she told the audience, attributing her great philanthropic work to higher powers. “Everything that comes from me comes from something that’s bigger than me.” Before handing the inspiration award to Dugard, she said, “When I saw Jaycee’s interview with Diane Sawyer, I kept thinking of myself at 11 years old, on the way to school, and abducted, snatched, taken, and held prisoner for 18 years. Just take that in for a moment.” By the time Oprah closed out her speech, a good portion of the audience was in tears. “It’s my honor tonight to present the inspiration award, and I don’t even know if inspiration is a big enough word to encompass what Jaycee means to me and so many other victims of sexual violence, but she is exceptional as a woman and as a human being.”

Photo: Joe Schildhorn / BFAnyc.com

Rebecca Taylor Hearts L.A.

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To celebrate her first West Coast flagship store on Robertson Boulevard (officially opening Thursday), designer Rebecca Taylor enlisted the help of her celebrity clients, including Jessica Alba, Kristen Bell, Rashida Jones, and Selena Gomez, to create one-of-a-kind tote bags for the occasion. Each of them was given creative license with a canvas tote that says “RT Hearts LA,” and the results range from Alba’s leopard-print number to Bell’s ultra-feminine pink, lace, and floral motif. Of her bronze and snakeskin bag, Jones tells Style.com, “I wanted to keep the bag simple so that it’s easy to wear, but I also wanted it to be consistent with Rebecca’s aesthetic, so I added small patched details and rope trim to give it that RT touch.” The bags, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Dress for Success Worldwide West, go up for auction at the store’s opening party December 7 and will run for a week. Bidding starts at $100.

Rebecca Taylor, 107 South Robertson Boulevard, L.A., (310)-734-0599.

Photo: Courtesy of Rebecca Taylor

Who’s In Who For Tomorrow’s Royal Wedding, Why The Supes Are Super, And More…

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You know, I know, and given the media saturation, even extraterrestrial life probably knows: Tomorrow’s the Royal Wedding. But who’s wearing what? Details are starting to trickle in: David Beckham will be in Ralph Lauren; Princesses Tatiana of Greece and Denmark and Matilde of Belgium in Armani Privé; Anya Hindmarch in Emilia Wickstead; and Prince Harry’s date (and on-again/off-again girlfriend) Chelsy Davy will wear two custom-made dresses by Alberta Ferretti (a sketch, left). [Vogue U.K.]

And the princess-to-be? London bookies are probably cursing right now: The front-runner for Kate’s dress, Bruce Oldfield, has come forward to confess that he’s not doing the honors. So who will Cinderella’s fairy god-tailor be? [WWD]

The IHT‘s Jessica Michault considers the continued reign of the early-nineties supe, like Kate, Naomi, and Christy, and wonders what it takes to stay on the runway. [Jessica Michault]

And Jessica Alba is the new face of Piaget. The timeless beauty jokes write themselves! [Racked]

Photo: Courtesy of Alberta Ferretti

Diane Von Furstenberg, China Girl

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The wrap dresses were on full display Saturday night as Diane von Furstenberg opened her Journey of a Dress exhibition at the Pace Gallery in Beijing’s 798 art district this weekend.

Guests including Jessica Alba (above), Natalia Vodianova (top, with von Furstenberg), and Charlie Rose mingled amid a paean to the designer’s trademark glamour and independent spirit (vintage magazine covers; DVF portraits by Warhol, Clemente, and Testino; maybe a wrap dress or 30), rubbing elbows with Chinese VIPs ranging from model Du Juan to artists Yi Zhou and Li Songsong. (The latter two contributed DVF-inspired works of their own). “Diane is someone who has lived life to the fullest,” said Hung Huang, who—as a cultural icon, television personality and publisher of the lifestyle magazine iLook—also knows something about living life to the fullest. “Chinese women have been gaining in position over the past 30 years, and Diane can be an inspiration.”

First shown in Moscow and São Paulo, the exhibition follows up on a lavish Red Ball thrown in Shanghai last Thursday—all part of von Furstenberg’s concerted effort to make a splash in the booming Chinese market. “It was like a red dream, a movie,” von Furstenberg said of the Shanghai event, which featured performances, masked attendants, and who-knows-how-many red lanterns at artist Zhang Huan’s sprawling studio compound. And what of the difference between the two cities? “Beijing is power,” she said.

Photos: Courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg

Young Hollywood—And Its Stylists—Celebrate WhoWhatWear

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“I thought Oscar night was going to be my last outing, but Katherine is one of my best friends, so I said, ‘Pending I’m not in labor, I’ll be there,’” said a very pregnant Rachel Zoe at Thursday’s dinner celebrating the latest tome from WhoWhatWear’s Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power (above, with Zoe and Jessica Alba). And Zoe was in good company, sitting among fellow L.A.-based stylists Nicole Chavez (in Spring 2011 Prada), Emily Current of Current/Elliot, and Simone Harouche. The duo’s second book, What to Wear, Where, takes a look at exactly that, and includes a foreword from longtime friend Nicole Richie. “We get so many questions from our readers every day asking for styling advice that this book just seemed like the perfect follow-up for us,” Power explained. “And we’ve just received so much support from our friends in Hollywood who really appreciate that we just focus on the clothes and that we only show outfits that we really love and really celebrate,” Kerr added. Those friends include the likes of Gwen Stefani, who is set to guest edit the online magazine next month.

And celebrate they did with a little dose of Young Hollywood in tow, including The Hills co-stars Whitney Port and Lauren Conrad, Zelda Williams, and Kelly Osbourne, the latest face of Madonna’s Material Girl line. Also pregnant and Proenza-clad Jessica Alba was taking her new and changing look in stride, reflecting on the just-wrapped Fall 2011 shows—Lanvin, Prada, and DVF among her favorites. “Looking at all the shows and pictures I think it’s less about what I’d actually wear and more about the drama and the story the hair and makeup all tell.” Asked if she’s embracing her new curves, she just shrugged in delight. “I guess I have to.”

Photo: Michael Buckner / WireImage