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July 31 2014

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Sex With Calvin, Tommy, Jenna, And (Of Course) Courtney Love

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After Monday’s star-studded festivities, last night’s screening of Sex and the City 2, sponsored by the Cinema Society, Swarovski, and HP (stringer Bradshaw types away on a mini HP, not the Mac of the HBO series), felt like a relaxed evening at the movies with friends—friends like Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons. Gawking fans outside the theater were warned that the stars weren’t coming, but plenty of fashion’s ruling class did. So did a full half-row of models (Karlie Kloss towering over the rest), a real housewife (Kelly Killoren Bensimon), a real newlywed (Ivanka Trump), a smattering of other reality-ites (Tinsley, Olivia Palermo), and a cadre of young and youngish designers (Prabal Gurung, Charlotte Ronson, Brian Atwood). And Courtney Love, because these days, there’s always Courtney Love. “This is better than the movie,” said a spectator, craning around to survey the audience.

As it turned out, it was. At two and a half hours long, Sex makes you long for the days of half-hour episodes, which seem delicate bonbons compared to this brick. If you want a comprehensive rundown of all of the fashions, well, there’s a book for that. (No app, yet, but presumably some savvy entrepreneur will correct this oversight shortly.) Will fans mind? The die-hards shouldn’t. (And I guess they can argue that Avatar—and, for that matter, Lawrence of Arabia—are longer.) “Heavy hitting” has never been the Sex way, after all, and with a shovelful of salt, the movie’s ultimate message of global female empowerment through fashion is one that’s generally worth approving. But as for me, I’m going to focus on the specific. It was fun to see the classic Dior newsprint dress from the series make a comeback. And the clear-plastic Calvin Klein shades that Carrie rocks in Abu Dhabi are seriously desirable—even I wanted a pair. Girl power, schmirl power. Isn’t conspicuous consumption what this whole scene is really about?

Photo: Billy Farrell / Patrick McMullan

ZZ For LV, KK For DK, Another Project Comes To An End, And More…

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It wasn’t a great night for traditional fashion books, but there were some stylish wins at the National Magazine Awards last night. New York took home four Ellies, The New Yorker and National Geographic three each, and GQ took home the award for General Excellence in the 500,000-to-1 million circulation category. [WWD]

The latest Louis Vuitton “Icons” campaign has leaked, starring footballers Zidane, Pelé, and Maradona enjoying some foosball in their downtime. Annie Leibovitz shot the campaign in Madrid. And, oh yeah, there are some pieces of LV luggage (Zidane’s monogrammed with his ZZ) lurking in the background. [Racked]

Speaking of models, Karlie Kloss and Anna Jagodzinska are the faces of Donna Karan for Fall 2010. Patrick Demarchelier shot them in New York for the label’s 25th anniversary campaign. [Fashionologie]

And another designer made it work. Seth Aaron Henderson was named the winner of the seventh season of Project Runway last night. [NYDN]

Photo: Annie Leibovitz for Louis Vuitton

Fashion’s Night Out Stages Its First-Ever Runway Show

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And you thought last year’s Fashion’s Night Out was a big production. This time around, in addition to all of the in-store activities; the designer, model, and celebrity appearances; and the spontaneous street parties on September 10, Vogue and SPEC Entertainment are producing an open-to-the-public fashion show. With 200-plus models, the September 7 extravaganza will be the biggest public fashion show New York (or at least the 1,500 guests that will fill the seats at Lincoln Center, pictured) has ever seen. The likes of Karlie Kloss, Chanel Iman, Raquel Zimmermann, and Daria Werbowy will show off key Fall trends. Tickets will go on sale this summer through the Lincoln Center box office, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the New York City AIDS Fund. In the meantime, stores interested in participating in Fashion’s Night Out can register as of today at www.fashionsnightout.com.

Photo: David Boe / AP Photo

Blasblog: The (Stylish) Spirit of St. Louis

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Last week, after two glorious days in Chicago, my love affair with America’s heartland continued this weekend. This time, I was back home in St. Louis, Missouri, for two days of fashion and art. On Friday night, I spoke at a panel discussion at Washington University’s Sam Fox School, which has the oldest four-year fashion design program in the U.S. Decades’ Cameron Silver joined me onstage alongside local fashion editors Ellen Futterman and Nicole Benoist Edgerton for a chat moderated by Professor Jeigh Singleton. I shared the heartbreaking tale of my childhood rat tail and crying when my mother cut it off. It was then that I learned just how emotionally attached we human beings can be to personal style. Even when it’s heinous.

The highlight of the weekend was Saturday night’s DADA Gala at the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis, featuring a vintage couture fashion show. Silver, who produced the show, had introduced me to two lovely local ladies, Susan Sherman and Tania Beasley-Jolly (pictured below) last year, and they promptly signed me up. Chloë Sevigny was happy to join as an honorary chair (seen in Versus, with my mom, left), as did fellow St. Louis native Karlie Kloss (pictured with two of her three sisters, above), who actually grew up only a few streets away from where I did—though I should say it was about a decade later. She was taking in her first fashion show not on the runway; the Olivier Theyskens for Rochas-clad model told me that when she’s on the catwalk, she can often hear entire conversations people are having in the front row. (Make a mental note, fellow editors.) My three good girlfriends Claire Bernard, Byrdie Bell, and Fabiola Beracasa (below, with museum director Paul Ha) may be able to confirm that. They graciously filled in for three models who weren’t able to make the show. The ladies looked smashing in the vintage couture, and were rivaled only by the vintage couture in the audience—a sea of Scaasi, Chanel, and Halston.

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April77 No More, Browne’s Baccarat, Karlie Kontinues, And More…

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Pour a little out for French denim label April77. The Paris-based line (and record label, incidentally) announced it is shuttering operations, effective immediately. [WWD]

iPad mania is the Apple craze of the moment, but Diane von Furstenberg hasn’t forgotten the iPhone. She’s just released her own hot-pink iPhone/iPod Touch case, available at her stores and emblazoned with her trademark lips. [NY Mag]

The reign of Karlie continues: Kloss (pictured, opening the Fall 2010 Dior ready-to-wear show) has been re-signed as the face of Dior for Fall 2010. [Fashionologie]

WWD sits down with Thom Browne for a chat on moving his show to Paris. Most intriguing: He lets slip that he’s working on a collection of limited-edition Champagne coupes with Baccarat. “It’s just a nice little project I wanted to do, even just for myself, because when I travel I always look for vintage Champagne coupes. It’s similar to how my [signature] suit came about. I decided to produce it instead of looking for it in an antique store,” Browne told the paper. For the man who has everything (except vintage Champagne coupes)! [WWD]

And the Times takes a moment to check in with Paper magazine editor in chief (and 2010 CFDA Eugenia Sheppard Award honoree) Kim Hastreiter as she hobnobs with Madonna and enthuses about all things fashion/art/culture/cool. [NYT]

Photo: Monica Feudi/GoRunway.com