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July 11 2014

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8 posts tagged "Justin Portman"

Heart To Heart

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One good turn deserves another, they say. Natalia Vodianova and Justin Portman’s Naked Heart Foundation, which benefits underprivileged children in urban Russia, is getting some love from Eva Karayiannis, the founder of the British-based label Caramel Baby & Child. The designer has produced the kid’s T-shirt featuring a hand-drawn heart that Vodianova and Portman’s three-year-old daughter Neva models above. (Yes, good looks run in the family.) The tees are about $40 and are available at www.caramel-shop.co.uk, and proceeds will go to the foundation. We’re told that a kid’s size 14 fits a “model-size” adult.

Photo: Courtesy of Naked Heart Foundation

Blasblog From Venice: And So It Begins

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Rev up the water taxis, the Biennale has officially begun. First up last night was a group show called Unconditional Love, near the Arsenale grounds. Olympia Scarry’s installation—a person laying under a sheet, feet poking out, with lights running on either side of the body—attracted the likes of Patrick Demarchelier, Natalia Vodianova and Justin Portman, Olya and Charles Thompson, Russian Vogue‘s Aliona Doletskaya, and Dasha Zhukova. Scarry’s sister Fiona and their father were there, too. “I don’t know why she didn’t ask me to lay under the sheet,” he joked. Also on display at the show was artist Dasha Fursey’s tribute to Vodianova: a sketch of the model that was illuminated and then aged, and was aptly called Dorian Gray. Across town, the English artist Steve McQueen had a show as well, which many people tried to squeeze in between dinners at Harry’s Bar (obviously), Do Forni, and Cipriani’s. But for those who really wanted to stay out late, Stefano Tonchi, David Maupin, and Brian Phillips hosted a welcome party at the Bauer Hotel, deejayed by Terence Koh. That’s where Jefferson Hack, Neville Wakefield, and Diana Widmaier Picasso eased into the Venetian lifestyle. Carine Roitfeld, Marc Jacobs, and Cecilia Dean are due to arrive tomorrow—and they said no one would come this year because of the recession. “Oh, I don’t believe that,” Yvonne Force Villareal said. “I love Venice. It’s my favorite city in the world and it’s always fun here.” She wasn’t kidding. Perhaps for the first time in my entire life, I was one of the first to leave a party—in the wee hours—as other revelers continued to file in.

Photo: Derek Blasberg

Model-Gazing At The Cooper Square Hotel

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“I feel like a different person,” said an almost unrecognizable bleached blonde Raquel Zimmermann last night. The model was taking in the impressive views from the Cooper Square Hotel’s glass-walled Penthouse at DNA’s pre-Met cocktail party alongside Lapo Elkann, Natalia Vodianova, Justin Portman, George Cortina, and a bevy of the agency’s beauties, many of whom were staying at the new boutique hotel. (We also spied Nadja Auermann and Amber Valletta having a tête-à-êtete on a lower floor.) Zimmermann will accompany Proenza Schouler’s Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough to the gala wearing their design; Edita V. told us she’s planning on Chanel; and Magdalena Frackowiak will wear Tom Binns jewelry and a dress that was literally sewn on her body by Thakoon Panichgul. “All the Vogue girls” had a shoot for the magazine on Sunday, said Zimmermann, “and all we could talk about was what we’re wearing, how we’ll wear our hair, and what time to arrive.” Drop-dead looks, it seems, don’t make you immune to Met ball fever.

Donatella’s In With the Fringe

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“When Donatella comes to town, you want to do something,” declared Vanity Fair‘s Elizabeth Saltzman Walker, by way of explaining the party for 80 she hosted Tuesday night at Tini, an “aperitivo bar” newly opened in Knightsbridge by the Princes’ favorite party throwers, Piers Adam, Nick House, and Guy Pelly. The cocktails for the night were the Donatella Delight (non-alcoholic) and the Fringetini (anything but). That’s because the party also celebrated Versace’s mentoring role in Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden, now in its fifth year and responsible for promoting new talent like Erdem Moralioglu, who arrived at Tini brimming with news of his best sales season yet. That was music to the ears of Colin McDowell, the Fringe’s ringmaster. Party faithful included Roland Mouret, Jonathan Saunders, Patrick Cox, Claudia Schiffer, and the Portmans—Natalia and Justin were headed home to the kids after a board meeting of her Naked Heart Foundation. Twenty-three playgrounds created in 23 Russian cities—that meant negotiations with 23 local authorities. They deserved a night in. Meanwhile, Donatella, a vision in white, shimmered off to the Dorchester to host a dinner at the Grill Room.

Photo: Nick Harvey

Blasblog: Magnus Berger And Tenzin Wild’s Crowded House

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Most would agree that this isn’t the best time to launch a new fashion rag. But if the backers behind The Last Magazine, a new oversize biannual, are anywhere near as excited as the glossy’s devoted followers, there’s no need to worry about its future. At Thursday’s Radar Entertainment-hosted bash celebrating Last‘s second issue, Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim, Zoe Kravitz, and a flurry of models packed themselves into a crowded private residence in Tribeca. Body grinding and moshing ensued.

“This is like a Bret Easton Ellis novel come to life,” observed Justin Portman. Last co-founder Tenzin Wild was similarly taken aback by the turnout. “I had no idea we were this popular,” he said. “Had we known, perhaps we would’ve gotten a venue with more than one bathroom.” Turns out the space was an apartment loaned to Magnus Berger, Wild’s partner in the venture, under the guise of a “little house party.” So how did the owner feel when this crowd poured in? “He wasn’t happy at first,” Berger explained. “But when I pointed out how many pretty ladies
were in his house, he seemed a little less mad. A little.”