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August 30 2014

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3 posts tagged "Kelly Rutherford"

Trotting in Time

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Last night’s celebration of Hermès’ new Dressage Chrono timepieces was an exercise in precision. Things kicked off at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, where Time in Motion—a ballet created specifically for Hermès—was performed by choreographer David Drouard and dancer Sandra Savin. The pas de deux played with concepts of time—the dancers would speed up and slow down, and their movements were accentuated by digital projections of the new watches. Afterward, guests such as Shala Monroque and Kelly Rutherford weren’t too keen on walking through the rain to dinner, which was a block away. But as they stepped out of the theater, partygoers were instantly greeted by a troop of handsome gents armed with huge Hermès orange umbrellas—talk about good timing.

At dinner, the exquisite watch display was rivaled by cheval projections in the elevator, a live watchmaker tinkering in the middle of the cocktail area, and curio tablescapes inspired by the house’s equestrian heritage. “The dance was incredible, and tonight was really seamless,” Waris Ahluwalia told Style.com. “As a designer, you always need something to look up to. Hermès has always been, for me, the barometer of craft and quality.”

Photo: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

VERA: Changing the World, One Corset at a Time

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Corsets, cell phones, fashion, and microfinance might seem like they’d make for strange bedfellows, but those things are all coming together for a good cause at tonight’s launch event for VERA, a new phone application (created by mobile-intelligence firm Validas) that targets wireless waste (unused minutes and data on your cellular bill) and donates that money to the Seven Bar Foundation—a group that aims to empower women in need around the globe with targeted business investments. Sounds complicated, but basically it’s an innovative way to give back and become a mini-philanthropist, if you will. In the past, Seven Bar has raised funds and awareness for its mission with unique lingerie runway shows. And tonight—at the United Nations, of all places—the organization will be hosting one such extravaganza. “If we’re going to launch this, we’re going to do it in true Seven Bar style,” the foundation’s founder, Renata Black, told Style.com.

Black and the team behind VERA recruited several fashion designers—Erin Fetherston, Zang Toi, Guy Laroche artistic director Marcel Marongiu, and Sarah Shotton of Agent Provocateur—to create corsets for the occasion. (Mary Alice Stephenson is the master of ceremonies, and Tennessee Thomas, Hannah Bronfman, Kelly Rutherford, and Jennifer Creel are among the expected attendees.) Why corsets? you might ask. “They’re traditionally associated with restriction, but we’ve asked the designers to reimagine them as inner armor for outer empowerment,” Black explained. The designers gave Style.com an exclusive sneak peek at the custom corsets that will parade down this evening’s runway. “I’m known for my feminine aesthetic and that comes through in the draped chiffon, embellishments, and sweet bow gathering in the back. It’s romantic and modern,” said Fetherston. Meanwhile, Toi looked to Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture for corset inspiration, and Shotton did a quintessentially Agent Provocateur (read: sexy) take on the undergarment. To top it all off, Imitation of Christ designer Tara Subkoff will give a live performance at tonight’s event. Known to dabble in all forms of film and theatrics, Subkoff will make her own corset on the spot, and promises that the result will be imaginative. Corsets for change—why not?

Photo: Jonathan Alpeyrie

Katy Perry, (Bag) Lady Who Lunches

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“I’ve always wanted to be a lady who lunched,” Katy Perry joked on Friday afternoon. The occasionally incandescent poster was co-hosting the seventh annual P.S. Arts Bag Lunch with event founders and stylists Elizabeth Stewart and George Kotsiopoulos, where, yes, both lunch and bags were offered—within a safe distance of one another. Held at Kristen Buckingham’s Brentwood estate, the fundraiser included a picnic, a DJ, and dozens of designer handbags sold to benefit the L.A.-based arts nonprofit, starting at 60 percent off retail. That led to some crises of a predictable variety. “I can’t decide between this Stella McCartney or Chloé,” lamented Sophia Bush. “Maybe I’ll just give them my credit card and call it a day.” Kelly Rutherford, Lori Loughlin, and Jenna Elfman all stopped by to check out bags from designers such as Lanvin, Dior, and Chanel. Stewart, whose clients include Cate Blanchett and Kristin Davis, was modest about her part in the event: “The designers make this event happen,” she said. But organizing has its perks. “There’s a Givenchy that didn’t make the FedEx and is arriving late, so I may have to snap up that one.”

Photo: Donato Sardella / WireImage