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Designers Celebrate Christmas In July With eBay


“I’m a total eBay-phile,” said Chris Benz (pictured) at last night’s midtown cocktail party to fête the behemoth retailer’s latest buzzy collaboration, the eBay Holiday Collective. Benz, along with Billy Reid, Jonathan Adler, Steven Alan, Fallon’s Dana Lorenz, Ruffian’s Brian Wolk and Claude Morais, and Tibi’s Amy Smilovic, were on hand to present their limited-edition capsule collections for the megabrand, which ranges from silk twill pajamas to canvas travel accessories. “I wanted to give the eBay customer a real sense of what I do,” said Lorenz, who used crystals and gold-plated pyramids to recreate her signature chunky necklaces. “It’s a punk-princess look.”

Although the seven designers turned out to tout their own lines, each admitted to routinely trolling the site for vintage duds and mid-century finds. “I have a serious paint-by-numbers collection,” revealed Wolk, whose Spring 2009 print was informed by the kitschy tableaux of the forties and fifties. Some even scour the site for transportation vehicles. (Reid recently acquired a 24-foot pontoon boat from the e-tailer, which he docks at his Florence, Alabama, home.)

“I went through a serious eBay addiction, so I’m happy to get a few shekels back,” quipped Adler, who created silver studded frames for the collection. The interior design magnate’s tip to scoring big online? “Misspelling. If you’re in the market for Bulgari, spell it with a ‘v.’ It’s amazing what you’ll find.” The Holiday Collective, which ranges from $50 to $100, will be available on eBay starting November 12.

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A Match Made In Needlepoint


Jonathan Adler has been a Lacoste lover all his life, so when the label knocked on his door, he jumped at the opportunity. “I was literally like a kid who hears the ice cream truck,” the interiors guru said. Adler grew up wearing Lacoste polos and Levi’s cords in every color and, in a self-described “bizarre case of arrested development,” he’s stuck to his childhood uniform. To celebrate his designs for the 2011 edition of the label’s annual holiday collector’s series (previous collaborators have included Tom Dixon and Brazil’s Campana brothers), the French brand staged a bash on Friday night at Paris’ Petit Palais after a long hot day of menswear shows. The Palais is, incidentally, one of the only places in town—the other being Bercy, the indoor sports arena—where you can stage a noisy fête without a permit. This evening’s decibels were provided by French electro singer Yelle and her Safari Disco Club band mates. Adler’s husband, Simon Doonan, and his mom were seen pogoing at the front of the stage into the wee hours.

As for the collaboration, Adler thought immediately of needlepoint, one of his favorite mediums. “That’s because to me needlepoint is a kind of country club chic thing and that’s what Lacoste is as well,” he explained. There are three polos for the series: The Special Edition gives the croc a needlepoint look in a puff print. The Limited Edition (there’s 1,212 each for men and women) is a tweaked version of the Lacoste 12.12 style, featuring a hand-stitched croc that comes packaged in a bargello embroidered tennis racket cover. Then there’s the Super Limited Edition. At press time, all the Lacoste team in Paris had to show was a grainy blow-up of Gisele, a nun in an undisclosed convent located somewhere near the French town of Lyons. She appeared to be hard at work at her needles. “We had a hard time finding anyone to needlepoint for us in France,” Lacoste’s John Storey said. The convent has taken on the task of stitching 12 allover needlepoint polos, and since each one takes 400 hours to complete (and because the nuns’ days are dictated by a heavy schedule of prayer), they are running a bit late on delivery. But Adler does have the packaging (large croc-shape boxes in his signature white ceramic and brass) all ready. “The Super Limited Edition is for lunatics. And there are lot of them around,” he laughed.

Photo: Courtesy of Lacoste

At Home With Simon Doonan And Jonathan Adler


The fashion party circuit was hopping last night, but I couldn’t linger too long at the B Brian Atwood bash or toast Lacoste’s Felipe Oliveira Baptista—I’d gotten an invitation too good to refuse. Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan (left) opened their home last night to a handful of journalists and a lucky few AmEx Platinum cardholders, and we all arrived for dinner, mesmerized by one of the grooviest apartments in town. (To be fair, two apartments combined.) Doonan made his name decorating Barneys’ storied windows, so I was especially surprised to hear that he’d left decor duties entirely to his interiors-guru husband. “Wouldn’t you love to have your house all decorated by Jonathan?” he asked me over cocktails. Of course, I admitted. “Well, me too!” he laughed. “So I let him do it all.”

The house was stocked to the gills with Adler’s whimsical pottery, pillows, and furniture. “Please don’t steal anything; we have cameras everywhere!” Doonan joked during dinner. But Adler took the salesman’s approach. “Everything is for sale,” he corrected. “Everything has a price tag.” The American Express guests looked like they were furnishing their apartments in their heads. And as for me, I had my eye on the gorgeous, boxy Lampert sofa (from $2,950, more information at

Photo: Courtesy of American Express

Olfactory Verve


In a way, it was their sense of smell that brought Christiane Amanpour, Thom Browne, Derek Lam, and WSJ.‘s Deborah Needleman together last night. British fragrance house Jo Malone organized an intimate dinner party at Peels for fans of the brand that turned out to be a stimulating potpourri of editors, thread-makers, and interior designers—the sort of affair that had J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons sitting next to Malcolm Gladwell.

The upstairs room at Taavo Somer’s new East Village outpost didn’t smell like anything in particular. If it were Chris Benz’s studio, we learned, there would have been strong notes of mint and basil. “I have millions of scented candles,” the designer explained, “and I drive people crazy because I’m always like, ‘why aren’t the candles lit?’” Philip Crangi did him one better: “I have patchouli and sandalwood from this one incense factory in India that’s been making incense for, like, 800 years,” he said.

Just before tucking into his swordfish steak, Jonathan Adler (pictured, center, with Philip Crangi and Simon Doonan) mentioned that he’d written the bulk of his two upcoming books in rooms redolent of fresh tomato. The home-design maestro knows whereof he speaks, of course. “I’m a purveyor, and a member of the decorative fragrance community. We’re a very private community,” Adler deadpanned. “We gather and sniff.”

Photo: Mimi Ritzen Crawford / Courtesy of Jo Malone

Toasting T


“Second only to Diane von Furstenberg, Sally Singer is my favorite woman in fashion,” Mickey Boardman said last night. “Wherever she is, I’ll be there with bells on.”

Last night, “there” was the Spotted Pig, and Boardman was indeed on hand-draped in bling if not in bells. He’d turned up, like Charlie Rose, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Adler, and Jason Wu (left, with Singer), to toast Singer’s new gig as the editor in chief of T. The editor herself was in a forward-looking mood (if a little exhausted, like most of those on hand, from a week-plus of fashion shows). But she’s as well known for her wide-ranging non-fashion interests-design, literature, culture, art, and so on-as for her taste for clothes. And at T, that’s a requisite. “I think [the interconnectedness] is indelible to T and the Times, where we have the best newsroom in the world-the best newsrooms all over the world.” Asked if she felt pressure to institute bold changes, she demurred. “Not at all,” she said. “I think Stefano [Tonchi] did an incredible job. I inherited an incredible magazine. I don’t have to change anything. A magazine just naturally takes on the personality of its editor.”

The Spotted Pig, meanwhile, had taken on the personality of the magazine for the night. Giant bouquets of roses scented the second floor room, and scattered around were giant versions of T‘s gothic-script logo constructed out of hay. It may have been the tail end of a long fashion week, but the designers came to pay their respects, too. Joseph Altuzarra, fielding compliments and praise for his show, spoke for many when he said, “Sally was one of my earliest supporters. I’m so happy for her.” And Wu put the capper on it: “What’s not to celebrate? Sally’s amazing.”

Photo: Chance Yeh/Patrick McMullan