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August 20 2014

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Aussies Do It Better

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“I’m an honorary Aussie,” Jason Wu told Style.com last night at the annual Australians in New York Fashion Foundation cocktail party. “I have worked with so many Australian models, have lots of friends from there, and Mardi Gras there is so insane.” Last night’s soirée in the penthouse of the High Line’s new HL23 building didn’t quite reach that level, but as one Australian grabbing a drink from the bartender sporting an “Aussies Do It Better” shirt reminded us, “Watch out—when you get a bunch of Australians together, you never know what’s going to happen.”

Burgers, musical serenades, and an auction are what happened. Both honorary and native Australians, including Italo Zucchelli (center, with Lorenzo Martone and Quin Aluni), Karlie Kloss, Ajak Deng, and Julie Anne Quay, enjoyed the surrounding views of the city before a short performance by the divas from Broadway’s Priscilla Queen of the Desert performed “I Say a Little Prayer.” Aspiring designer Laura Wade and fashion journalist Mitchell Oakley Smith had their prayers answered this past year, when the foundation announced them as grant winner (Wade) and runner-up (Smith). To raise money to support these young antipodean talents, the foundation auctioned off images by Australian photographers, such as Daniela Federici and Jason Kibbler.

“I like photos, but I don’t ever take them. It’s weird,” said Zucchelli, as he looked on at an image of Anna Nicole Smith by Federici. “It’s better to live in the moment, you know?”

Photo: A SCOTT / BFAnyc.com

Mindy Tweets, Karlie Strips, And
Naomi Tells Us What She Really Thinks…

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The Office actress and writer Mindy Kaling is one of our favorite writers—and Twitterers. The fashion-world tweets she cooked up for Harper’s Bazaar are fictional, the mag cautions—but we’re willing to believe there’s a grain of truth buried in there somewhere. If not truth, at least wisdom. To wit: “At Betsey Johnson, in a tutu and fauxhawk. Have decided Helena Bonham Carter should play Betsey in The Betsey Johnson Story. #NYFW 4 hours ago.” Why didn’t we think of that? [Bazaar]

Cathy Horyn takes to the Times to discuss Mugler and the cult of Nicola Formichetti—and comes out with a fairly spirited defense of the collaboration. It’s worth a read this afternoon. [NYT]

Models—they grow up so fast! Just a minute ago, it feels like, Karlie Kloss was a 16-year-old newbie. She’s still all of about 18 years old, but she’s looking rather adult posing in the buff with pal Jourdan Dunn for i-D‘s Exhibitionist Issue. [Fashionologie]

And speaking of top models, they (and the rest of the rich and famous) have got a powerful new ally in British businessman and magnate Sir David Tang. He’s created a new Web site, ICorrect that allows high-profile members to publicly refute anything written about them (or purportedly written by them) in the press. Kate Moss paid the thousand-pound fee to clarify that she has no Twitter account, despite many claiming to be her; and Naomi Campbell wants you to know that she is not glad that Russia won the right to host the 2018 World Cup over England. (For what it’s worth: “”I have never ever expressed any opinion either way about whether FIFA made the right choice for where the 2018 World Cup should be held—I wouldn’t do that, not least because I don’t know enough about the technicalities or process.”) [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Andreas Branch / Patrick McMullan

A Peek Backstage At Viktor & Rolf

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On the runway, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren’s ultra-theatrical clothes take center stage, which makes it easy to overlook that the show usually has a strong cast of catwalkers. You’ve got Andrew Weir and Marques Nolan of ACW Worldwide to thank for that. The two were backstage before the V&R show, where Lindsey, Karlie, Abbey, Valerija, and the rest were getting ready. They sent back a few exclusive pics of the work in gorgeous progress.

Photos: Andrew Weir and Marques Nolan / Courtesy of ACW Worldwide

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