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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

The Sting’s The Thing At Eddie Borgo

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Eddie Borgo first made his mark with spikes and studs, but for his new collection, the New York-based jeweler has evolved his cult cool-kid aesthetic into something more intricate and grown-up. “The collection was inspired by art forms in nature,” said Borgo during his preview in a grandiose apartment at Le Palais Royale. Dressed in his signature black brimmed hat and a skinny tie, the designer thumbed through a book that, dating from the turn of the century, was filled with images of arachnids and spindly flora. This pictorial relic translated into brass necklaces, chokers and cuffs, each of which featured sculptural creepy crawlies with an architectural Art Deco edge.

“I was thinking of a dark, broody character. The themes are gothic and, upon first thought, might be a bit scary. But I wanted to find ways of making those dangerous objects in nature, that are inherently aggressive, soft and covetable,” explained the designer. And while the layered metal wasps, scorpions and praying mantises (yes, the ones that eat their mates) that hung from beads of resin, polished hematite or snowflake jasper were indeed desirable, the designer also made more feminine objects, like orchids and tiger lilies, severe with sharp lines and angular cuts. But for all the angles, there was a softness and movement, too, in lush tassels in warm autumn crimson, rust and black, and hand-dyed pheasant feathers that peeked out of ladybug earrings and a crow-motif necklace.

In addition to debuting his new collection, Borgo is the star of the 20th issue of Claudia Wu’s Me Magazine. Launched at a fete at Colette Friday evening, the new issue is a curated collection of interviews that Borgo conducted with his friends and supporters, Kate Lanphear, Giovanna Battaglia and Joseph Altuzarra among them. “These opportunities only come along once in a lifetime and I wanted to make the magazine a celebration of New York. It’s the best city in the world!” said Borgo. “The people I interviewed each had their own struggle and their own New York story. I think that’s really special and I hope we were able to articulate that in the magazine.”

Photo: Courtesy of Eddie Borgo

Are You Charmed By Snakeskin?

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It was a clash of the creatures for Spring 2011. In one corner: last season’s reigning champion, leopard. In the other, python. Thakoon Panichgul, for his part, decided snakeskin, both real and as a print on sequins, had the bigger bite. Joseph Altuzarra also saw python as the clear victor. “It feels very exotic and sensual, and has a timeless appeal,” he told Style.com. “Whether you wear a full python jacket with a simple pant, or patchwork it with other materials, it’s feminine and sexy.” Sexy, and how. Roberto Cavalli‘s fringed rock goddess gowns were plenty sultry. But those in the market for something a bit more tame can still take a nibble. Michael Kors worked the skin into a putty-colored pencil skirt, and Barbara Bui used it as an accent on a trench.

Click here for a slideshow, and let us know if snakeskin is in for spring.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com

Toasting T

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“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

From Bergdorf’s To Your Browser

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The last time we saw the Swarovski-encrusted capsule collection created by the 2010 CFDA Swarovski Award nominees, it was on display in the window of Bergdorf Goodman. The CFDAs have come and gone, but those one-off pieces can be yours—provided you’re a dab hand with the mouse. On Wednesday, items from eight of the nominated designers (Joseph Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, Simon Spurr, Richard Chai, Eddie Borgo, Alexander Wang, and Dana Lorenz) will go on sale on Gilt Groupe. Prices begin at $1,200, but the proceeds go to a good cause, the CFDA Foundation’s educational initiatives. With items like Alexander Wang’s Rocco bag (pictured)—its bottom dotted with Swarovski crystals—and only one of each on offer, we think they may just set a record for fastest online sellout ever. You had a good run, Momofuku Ko. Continue Reading “From Bergdorf’s To Your Browser” »