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April 16 2014

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Red Hook For Democracy

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“Man, this is really where it’s at, this is the hot spot for art right now,” one man told his friend as they stood outside of Dustin Yellin’s The Intercourse art space in Red Hook, Brooklyn, last night. But it wasn’t the art that drew the crowd to last night’s party—the likes of Glenn O’Brien, artist Charlotte Kidd (pictured, in Reformation), musician Adam Green, and Yellin were there in support of Downtown for Democracy (D4D), an alliance of arts and creative media professionals (founded in 2003) dedicated to using its cultural capital for political power.

“People need to be aware of these things. That’s what D4D does; it makes people aware of the bigger picture and the politics in our country,” said Yellin as he made his way out to the backyard garden, where chefs from the who’s who of Brooklyn restaurants (including Frankies 457, The Good Fork, and Fort Defiance) were grilling up a storm and guests were sitting cross-legged on the lawn sipping beers from Brooklyn Brewery. “People need to get their voice and need to get involved.”

Though political talk might have been trumped by art chatter (and ice cream from Vinegar Hill House), D4D board member Audrey Gelman, who is Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s press secretary as well as Terry Richardson’s better half, took a moment to address the crowd. “We are taking on Tea Party 10 this year, so thanks, everyone, for not being in the Hamptons and being here instead,” said Gelman of the night’s fundraising efforts. (The Tea Party 10 is the name given to the ten most extreme Tea Party-affiliated members in the House of Representatives.) To close out the night, Green performed his quirky ballads, including one of his better-known hits, “Jessica,” about Jessica Simpson. “I wrote this song before Jessica Simpson was fat—just saying,” he said. At that, guests went searching for a cab (or their bikes) to find their way home from Red Hook.

Photo: Angela Pham / BFAnyc.com

What Does Savannah Miller Have Up Her Sleeve? Plus, Jessica Simpson’s Heels Under Fire, Decades TV, And More…

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Sienna Miller and her sister Savannah said back in February they were stepping down from their Twenty8Twelve label. But that’s not the last of the Millers in fashion. Sienna recently revealed to British Vogue that Savannah is hard at work on a new label. [Vogue U.K.]

Poet, actor, and performance artist Taylor Mead is one of the last of Andy Warhol’s remaining Superstars. Tomorrow night in New York, he’s set to make a rare public appearance at Anthology Film Archives to introduce the premiere of a recent restoration of the 1961 film Passion in a Seaside Slum. [Hint]

Jessica Simpson could be in trouble for stepping on another designer’s toes. Internet wags have noticed that the Evangel style from Simpson’s namesake footwear collection looks almost identical to Christian Louboutin’s Staratata heels. [Huff Po]

Decades co-owners Christos Garkinos and Cameron Silver are the subjects of a new Bravo show. Though details are still being finalized, Garkinos tells WWD, “The show will focus on shining the light on the rarefied and very specific part of fashion that we live in. We are curators and fashion arbiters.” [WWD]

Photo: PA Photos / Vogue U.K.

The Seats Of Honor At This Year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Henry Holland And Aggy Deyn On The Run, A Kardashian Kloset, And More…

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The other event of the season? No, not the Met ball—the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Every year, the magazines and networks jockey to see who can score the biggest celebrity gets for their tables. The frontrunners so far this year: The New Yorker, with Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt, and the Coen brothers; and Tina Brown and Newsweek, with Colin and Alma Powell, True Blood‘s Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, SNL‘s Jason Sudeikis, Michael Kors, and Diane von Furstenberg. Our crack team of experts has put together the face-off rendering above. [WWD]

Our Sunday plan: lounge on the couch, sip coffee, and generally laze. Aggy Deyn and Henry Holland’s plan? Run the London marathon to benefit Oxfam. Oh sure, guys, go ahead and make us feel bad, why don’t you? [Vogue U.K.]

Speaking of feeling bad: Should one be appalled or amazed by Khloe Kardashian’s floor-to-ceiling closet of stripper-ready Louboutins? The visual evidence awaits; feel free to weigh in. [Elle]

Jessica Simpson—who, against the odds, has emerged as a remarkably successful fashion brand (we can’t quite bring ourselves to say designer)—is set to be wed before the end of the year. She’ll be contributing to the design of her dress, naturally. [Extra]

Photos: Getty Images

Devi Kroell’s Madison Avenue Dream Comes True

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Devi Kroell made her first metallic python hobo bag five years ago. It wound up on the arm of Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and just about every fashion editor in town, and Kroell hasn’t looked back since. The Austrian-born, New York-based designer introduced footwear, including a very early take on the now omnipresent over-the-knee boot, in 2006, and her Swarovski Award for Accessories Design came that same year. A ready-to-wear collection followed in 2008. Today, Kroell is still in her early thirties and opening a 3,000-square-foot, two-floor boutique in a landmark building at 717 Madison Avenue designed by Space 4 Architecture, the same firm that worked on the Jil Sander store on Crosby Street. Jewelry and sunglasses are in the works; beauty and fragrance may not be far behind. We sat down with Kroell in her new boutique to discuss the virtues of Las Vegas, working with men, and the power of python.

How does it feel to be celebrating your fifth year as a brand?
Opening this store is exactly what I wanted; it’s a dream come true. And having made it this far in times like this is a big feat, I think. So I’m very proud of that.

It must be a difficult time to be opening a store. How are you responding to the challenges of the new economy?
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Decarnin Does Bags, Kurkova Does Maternity, And More…

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Balmain gets baggage. The studded and sparkly line from Christophe Decarnin has added bags to its lineup. And while we know It bags are out, we’re sure these well be topping a few wish lists. [WWD]

Attention, ne’er-do-wells: Longtime Page Six scribe Paula Froelich is leaving the Post, giving you a few weeks to get up to trouble while no one is looking. [Gawker]

Karolina Kurkova is pregnant, and has been for six months. Yes, she’s one of those pregnant women. [Page Six]

On the eve of her 29th birthday and a Barbie-and-Ken-themed bash, Jessica Simpson found herself Ken-less. The singer and her footballer boyfriend, Tony Romo, broke up last week, which means she and Nick Lachey are both looking for a rebound. [Us Weekly]

Photo:Marcio Madeira