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August 29 2014

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Runway to Red Carpet: Arty Parties and High-Glamour Mesh

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Karl Lagerfeld and Tilda SwintonWhile fashion and art have always gone hand in hand, the Spring ’14 runways were influenced by art more than ever. The creative cross-pollination continued this week with several designer-sponsored museum galas, which brought a bevy of well-dressed power players to the red carpet. New York City’s Museum of Modern Art’s tribute to Tilda Swinton, co-chaired by Karl Lagerfeld, had many stars donning Chanel’s recent runway wares on Tuesday evening. Jessica Biel, Lupita Nyong’o, and, of course, the lady of honor, Swinton, all turned up in Karl’s latest looks to celebrate. Later in the week, the Dior-sponsored Guggenheim International gala and pre-party in New York saw screen sirens like Elizabeth Olsen, Natalie Portman, Leelee Sobieski, and Cobie Smulders posing on the red carpet in a host of Raf Simons’ takes on the LBD. On Saturday, Gucci presented the Los Angeles County Museum of Art 2013 Art + Film gala, which was studded with A-listers in showstopping Gucci gowns. Salma Hayek in particular stood out in an embellished beige Gucci Première halter dress with a sparkling belted waist.

While mesh is not the first thing that comes to mind for black-tie affairs, strategically placed mesh has been making its way onto the red carpet, thanks to its starring role on many Spring ’14 runways. Zoe Saldana attended the LACMA 2013 Art + Film gala in a figure-hugging black Gucci gown with strips of mesh panels down the sides, which subtly made the otherwise conservative dress sexy. The following evening, Jaimie Alexander took the trend up several notches at the Thor: The Dark World premiere in L.A. The actress chose a floor-length, long-sleeve, high-neck Azzaro Spring ’14 dress that showed about as much skin as it covered.

Here, more of this week’s red-carpet highlights.

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

The Daily‘s Night

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The Daily Front Row First Annual Fashion Media Awards sponsored by Samsung

Friday evening, underneath the massive crystal chandeliers and amid the rococo decor of the Upper East Side’s Harlow restaurant, fashion’s boldfaced names gathered to dole out The Daily Front Row‘s first annual Fashion Media Awards. The vibe was touchingly familiar, with Tim Gunn introducing TV Personality of the Year Heidi Klum (“I met Heidi nine years ago, and I was a trembling, nervous, sweating, sputtering battling wreck—and I sustained that same demeanor for many, many seasons of Project Runway,” he recalled), Marc Jacobs speaking for the Editor in Chief of the Year winner, Grazia UK‘s Jane Bruton (“She’s the perfect combination of smart, bubbly, and fun—and from what I hear, sometimes a little too much fun,” he joked), and Lady Gaga, in a frenetic finale, presenting Stephen Gan with his Fashion Magazine of the Year award.

Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele introduced Model of the Year, Social Media, Karlie Kloss, and reminisced about their first shoot together with Steven Meisel, while Jessica Biel and Elle‘s Joe Zee (winner of the Creative Director of the Year) joked about their “first time” (i.e., first cover) together in 2007, and the discovery of Zee’s “sick hip-hop dance” moves in the years that followed. Later, Bruce Weber came to the stage to speak for longtime friend and Fashion Scoop of the Year winner Ingrid Sischy, who was recognized for her John Galliano feature in Vanity Fair. He was quick to emphasize the significance of the fact that—in the age of insta-everything—her story took two years to complete.

“I think it’s actually a great thing to do a Fashion Media Awards, because fashion media really are a part of the business of fashion—and really help in shaping and creating the image of fashion,” said Jay Manuel between texts to DVF (“Looking forward to that show!”). “The people who go behind the scenes typically need to have the spotlight shot on them, so people know who is behind the images.”

Photo: Courtesy Photo

A Mad-Off At The Met Ball, Sex‘s Secrets, And More

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News about the Met ball continues to pour in: It’ll be a battle of the Mad women, when Stefano Pilati brings January Jones and Tommy Hilfiger brings Christina Hendricks. The redhead will be in good company; Hilfiger is also said to have Mick Jagger and L’Wren Scott, John Currin, Zoe Kazan, Peter Som, and Jimmy Fallon at his table. Michael Kors goes for the catwalkers, hosting Carolyn Murphy, Natasha Poly, Chanel Iman, and former model/actresses Brooke Shields and Diane Lane, and Ralph Lauren will sit with Taylor Swift, Jessica Biel, and Justin Timberlake. [WWD]

Chez YSL—Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé’s apartment, that is—is on the market. $31.4 million buys you a library, a music room, a gym, and plenty of mirrors. [Hint Mag]

The latest addition to Louis Vuitton’s stable of “Icons” for its heritage ad campaign? If the rumors are to be believed, Bono. Coincidentally (or not), Vuitton parent LVMH recently acquired Bono and wife Ali Hewson’s eco-friendly Edun label. [WWD]

More from the Sex and the City 2 front: For her first appearance onscreen, SJP wears (gasp!) Halston. Costume designer Pat Field also had to contend with the Middle Eastern prohibition on exposed shoulders when working on the Abu Dhabi-set film. [L.A. Times via Racked]

And speaking of SATC2, its stars have signed multimillion-dollar contracts not to reveal plot secrets. “I’ve signed my life away to say I won’t tell. I thought: ‘You have got to be kidding! This isn’t state secrets, it’s the f****** script for a movie!” said Samantha, er, Kim Cattrall. (Throw in a couple f******s and it can be hard to tell the difference.) [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Tucker’s Gaby Basora Dreams Of Sexy Scientists

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“My ideal woman?” says Tucker’s Gaby Basora (pictured). “Brainy: a doctor, or a woman researching chemistry, or microbiology, who takes off their lab coat at the end of an 18-hour day, only to be wearing a Tucker piece underneath.” Give Basora—the former stylist for Lauryn Hill and her Miseducation tour—credit for an original inspiration. Whatever her ideal, the reality is that her young line is already beloved by Jessica Biel, Liv Tyler, Cameron Diaz, and Jessica Simpson—none lab-coat wearers, but not a bad fan base nonetheless. “Liv Tyler called our office herself, asking for specific pieces. Our assistant was totally flummoxed and turned a dozen shades of red before she finally settled at a purple when talking to her on the phone. You have to understand, we are a really small operation. For our staff, it’s a big deal talking to these high-profile stars.”

Basora is in London for a week to shoot her new ad campaign, and had just enough time to squeeze in a private dinner at the hottest new eatery in East London, Leila’s Shop, with a gaggle of London’s top editors, who have embraced her easy-breeze aesthetic, one that effortlessly combines function and form. “Can you really wear leather peaked-shoulder jackets to work and be comfortable and serious during long days?” asks the designer. Hence, no structured cupola shoulders or leather leggings here, just light, ethereal separates that are now carried in more than a hundred stockists worldwide. “The thing about my pieces is that they are easy to mix up,” said Basora, in a jersey jumpsuit and knitted chevron jacket. “Our clients are clever and play with pieces. A lot of my customers wear certain items with the edgier designers—in fact, in our London showroom, we are shown alongside guys like Marios Schwab and Peter Pilotto, so totally different from what people think our aesthetic is.” A Pilotto-mixing mad scientist? That’s a tall order. So what about a dreamed-for real-life customer? “A combo of brainy and beautiful does it for us, so Michelle Obama would be perfect. Don’t you think?”

Photo: Courtesy of Tucker

The Danger Of Jessica Biel, MObama’s Shorts, And More…

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In “a bid to find real-life hipsters” to star in the campaign for his new, lower-priced diffusion line JCDC, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is working with Dazed & Confused in London and Jalouse in Paris to scout for the skinnies. What, no Brooklyn Vegan? [WWD]

Ladies, do the gentleman in your life a favor and tell him not to Google Jessica Biel. He’ll thank you later. [People]

Market gossip: DKNY is vaguely rumored to be for sale. Could LVMH be looking to get rid of the “pizza to [Donna Karan] Collection’s caviar?” [Fashionista]

The Washington Post‘s Robin Givhan gives First Lady Michelle Obama’s shorts a dressing down: “She gets the fancy jet. She has to dress for the ride.” Ouch. [Washington Post]

Photo: Dana Felthauser / AP Images