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Helena Christensen’s Visions of Peru


Helena Christensen

The thing about being Helena Christensen is that everybody expects to see you in front of the camera. Turns out, the supermodel has some skills behind one, too. Christensen has been a photographer since her teens, and part of why she decided to enter professional modeling was to advance her photography skills. “Being on both sides of the camera is hugely beneficial,” Christensen told “You learn so much about psychology, emotions, capturing the moment, the technical side of things—and as a model when you step behind the camera, you know what it’s like to be in front of it.”

With that in mind, it made sense that, when The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts named her a Global Explorer, her first creative endeavor would be a photo expedition to some faraway destination. Last night, Christensen’s Visual Journey, Peru was revealed at an intimate party at the Bleecker Street Arts Club, drawing in the likes of Michael Stipe, Liv Tyler, and Rob Thomas.

The images, currently up for auction through Gavel&Grand, depict an excursion a little less glamorous than one might associate with a supermodel (there are lots of llamas), but the trip was a return to Christensen’s roots—more specifically, her Peruvian mother’s roots. That’s why she brought her mom along for the trip. “It was her first time back to Peru in seventeen years,” Christensen offered. “It was great to observe the intense, emotional experience she had after being gone for so long.”

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With Help from Grandma, Liv Tyler Minds Her Modern Manners


Dorothea Johnson, Liv TylerRules were meant to be broken. At least they were last night at Liv Tyler and her grandmother Dorothea Johnson’s holiday fete at Stella McCartney’s New York flagship, where they celebrated their new book on manners. “This blasts through any etiquette whatsoever!” exclaimed Tyler, pointing to her own late arrival and last-minute primping as the ultimate party “don’t.” However, handling life’s hiccups with grace is one tip offered in Modern Manners: Tools to Take You to the Top, which Johnson, etiquette expert extraordinaire, aptly called “a pick up and put down book.”

Holiday revelers including Alexandra Richards, Craig McDean, and Charlotte Ronson turned out to toast the tome. Noticeably absent was McCartney herself. (She’s in London gearing up for her annual Christmas lighting this evening.) But given the designer’s “impeccable manners,” attested Tyler, and the pair’s long-standing friendship, the choice in venue was not a surprising one.

On hand were delightful butternut squash bites and vodka rosemary cocktails, served by waiters in reindeer antlers and flashing Santa pins. Singing a range of holiday classics, an a cappella group later serenaded Tyler with “I Only Have Eyes for You,” only to have the McCartney-clad star join in.

Hoping to sample some cotton candy from the “Dos and Don’ts” sweets table at the back of the store was Hanneli Mustaparta. “I can’t reach; my skirt’s too short!” she exclaimed while leaning over some “Don’t raise your voice” cookies. While keeping her thigh-grazing frock modestly at bay, the rule breaker eventually managed to pluck some cotton candy from the jar.

Modern Manners: Tools to Take You to the Top is published by Random House and available at select bookstores as well as at Stella McCartney’s Greene Street store.


Feel-Good Food—and Shoes—With Tabitha x Toms


Tabitha Simmons and Blake MycoskieIt was warm and toasty inside the Fat Radish last night at the Tabitha Simmons x Toms dinner, but goose bumps came up on more than one occasion. That’s what happens when people talk about the giving trips that Toms founder Blake Mycoskie organizes to disadvantaged parts of the world. Giving needy kids new shoes—over 10 million pairs and counting in just seven years—feels so good, they say, you get goose bumps. Fresh off one such trip, to Honduras, Simmons was still feeling the afterglow. “I didn’t realize how diligent Toms is, where they measure each child’s foot and make sure that they fit, and then they go back in six months and regift them shoes, so it’s not just a dump-and-leave, which I found was really special.” A celebration of the new collaboration between Simmons and the one-for-one company, the party drew friends of the brands such as Liv Tyler and Hilary Rhoda. Mycoskie never stays anyplace long. His twenty-four hours in New York was sandwiched between a boys’ weekend at his home in Austin and a quick trip to London for another dinner for TabiToms, followed by a visit to Amsterdam, where he’ll get better acquainted with the Toms team there. “I do about three giving trips a year,” he said, “They’re a good reset.” Next up: India in April.

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Liv For Acting, Not Givenchy


Liv Tyler will not attend the Givenchy Spring 2013 show in Paris later this month—she has enough on her plate between filming a new movie in L.A. and taking her son Milo to school. So it was a rare appearance for the working mom last night as she stepped out to Exchange Alley for a Vs. Magazine dinner launching the fall issue. Tyler appears on the cover and is featured in a spread shot by Helena Christensen. “I’ve known Helena since I was 15 years old. She shot me years ago for the first-ever cover of Nylon!” Things have changed since their last shoot—this time, the two brought their children. “We planned the whole shoot around our sons. The boys were together and catching snakes while we were outside in the woods frolicking and taking pictures.”

The dinner was a smaller affair, limited to a few of Tyler’s friends and Vs. staffers. Erin Fetherston and beau Gabe Saporta came to support Tyler, and Helena Christensen cozied up for a chat in the back of the East Village eatery with Michael Stipe and performance artist Colette Lumiere. Tyler was particularly delighted to see Josh Hartnett turn up. “Joshy! Where have you been?” asked Tyler. He replied, “Been living in Europe mostly. Italy and France.”

Tyler, still a face of Givenchy cosmetics and friend of Riccardo Tisci, thinks that he will understand her absence from the show. “I’ve been very fashion loyal for a few years now,” she confided. “I miss acting.”

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Hamptons Liv-ing


In between a weekend packed with events, not to mention the kick-off of London’s Olympic Games, partygoers in the Hamptons made it out Friday night for the Cinema Society and’s beachside screening of director Jake Schreier’s latest effort, Robot & Frank. After dinner by Gabby Karan and Gianpaolo de Felice’s Tutto il Giorno restaurant, the guests and the film’s stars, Susan Sarandon, Frank Langella, Liv Tyler, and James Marsden cozied up on the white couches and blankets by the pool to watch the film, about an ex-jewel thief (Langella) who gets a robot companion (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard), who eventually becomes his heist-mate. “It was very low budget—we were all in that house and there was a 110-degree heat wave and we had no air conditioning and no trailers,” Tyler told “That poor robot was baking in the heat,” Sarandon added before the movie got underway. “I found the robot to be easier than some of the people I have worked with.”

While the crowd watched the film outside to the sounds of waves crashing on the beach, Barbara Walters and a few other curious guests snuck inside Jerry and Judy Della Femina’s East Hampton home to get a glimpse of the Opening Ceremony. “I don’t have a television so I have to make an effort to see the Olympics,” Sarandon admitted once the screening ended. “There are always so many beautiful stories though. My son-in-law Kyle Martino is actually calling the soccer for MSNBC, and I don’t know how much Ping-Pong they will show, but I know some of the team that is from the U.S., so I am curious to see that.” (Sarandon is one of the celebrity world’s biggest supporters of table tennis, as a part owner of New York’s Spin Ping-Pong club.)

Saturday would see the annual Super Saturday yard sale and fundraiser for ovarian cancer in Water Mill, but Liv Tyler wasn’t up to face the crowds. “I’m having Super Saturday at my house,” she joked. “I’m renting a farm house here this summer and I like to push wheelbarrows around and ride my pickup truck. That’s my favorite thing—driving all around town in my pickup truck, listening to music from the tape player. With everyone else driving around in their Range Rovers, it’s pretty funny.”

Photos: Billy Farrell /