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4 posts tagged "Malin Akerman"

Vena Cava: One Part L.A., One Part New York

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Though a bout with the stomach flu kept her partner Lisa Mayock sidelined, Vena Cava’s Sophie Buhai (pictured, left) was delighted to celebrate her own return home to Los Angeles last night among friends and muses. Hosted by GenArt, the party marked the launch of their Fall collection at Barneys and their strong ongoing working relationship with the retailer. “We really see Vena Cava as being half L.A. and half NY; it’s part of the brand DNA,” Buhai explained of the design duo’s new dynamic now that she lives in Los Angeles and Mayock remains in New York. “We’ve been exposed to different environments, and when we come together to design, they come together and meld in an interesting way.”

Set against the backdrop of Chateau Marmont’s Bungalow 1, a subtle reference to the designer’s neo-noir-inspired Fall collection, guests including Malin Akerman, Into the Gloss’ Emily Weiss, Cher Coulter, and Sophia Bush caught a poolside performance from St. Vincent’s Annie Clark (pictured, right), for which Vena Cava designed an exclusive T-shirt. And while there was an exciting emphasis on the brand’s SoCal heritage (both Buhai and Mayock are L.A. natives), Busy Philipps reflected that their resonance is a result of their ability to draw from both coasts. “I have this older Vena Cava LBD that is very simple but has some great detail that sets it apart, which is the reason I keep going back to it again and again,” Phillips said. “It’s the only dress that my friend Michelle [Williams], who lives in Brooklyn, and I both own and both wear.”

Photo: John Sciulli /WireImage

Yea, Nay, Or Eh? Malin Loves Miu Miu

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Looks like somebody’s campaigning to be Miuccia’s next silver-screen campaign star. Malin Akerman has hit the red carpet twice in less than a week decked out in Miu Miu: first, in a sequined peach shift to the premiere of her film Happythankyoumoreplease, and then, last night, in a navy silk top and pleated skirt to the premiere of Elektra Luxx. She even did her hair in a version of the loose side pony Guido Palau famously styled at Miu Miu’s Spring 2010 show. As actresses go, we always thought of Akerman as more sugar-and-spice than Prada’s edgy sister collection, but we’ve got to admit she makes the line look good. What do you think? Is Akerman fit to follow fellow thesps Kirsten Dunst, Katie Holmes, and Vanessa Paradis into the collection (and just maybe into its next campaign)?

Photo: Everett Collection / Rex USA; Amanda Schwab / Startraks Photo

Young Hollywood Takes A New Spot: Behind The Camera

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With the Tribeca Film Festival still two weeks away, the Gen Art Film Festival (which kicked off last night) arrived as a sort of youth-oriented preamble. One notable thing about this year’s edition is the number of familiar names turning up in the same unfamiliar place: behind the camera. Consider it a spring coming-out party for directorial debuts. Among the debutantes: Tatiana von Furstenberg, fashion photographer Patrick Hoelck, and Adrian Grenier, whose documentary Teenage Paparazzo explores America’s obsession with celebrities.

The main event last night, which had Malin Akerman and Richie Rich walking the carpet at the Ziegfeld, was Happythankyoumoreplease. Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Josh Radnor (pictured), star of the popular sitcom How I Met Your Mother, it’s a Manhattan ensemble dramedy starring, among others, Akerman, Kate Mara, and Zoe Kazan, who made time for last night’s premiere between performances of A Behanding in Spokane, the play she’s in alongside Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell. “Josh is really writing from an honest place. He put a lot of true stories—his stories, other people’s stories—into the background of the movie,” she explained. “It was very easy to act, because so many of those conversations I’ve actually had.” The coming week will give Radnor’s fellow first-timers a chance to show the world (or, at least, New York) whether their efforts ring as true.

Photo: Eugene Mim/PatrickMcMullan.com

L.A. Gets Odd

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Odd Molly co-founder Per Holknekt named his handmade and organic women’s label after a skater girl he met while living in California in the eighties. So it makes sense that the Swedish label’s first U.S. store debuts in the Golden State (L.A.’s Robertson Boulevard to be exact), where it all started. Friday night’s opening soirée, hosted by Helena Christensen, drew Heidi Klum, Kelly Osbourne, Kate Mara, Lake Bell, Mena Suvari, Tara Subkoff, Lydia Hearst, and Malin Akerman, among others, who sipped Champagne while Little Joy’s Fabrizio Moretti and Binki Shapiro manned the decks. “I love the way they mix fabrics, colors, and patterns—I like when it’s loose,” mused Christensen (pictured, with Holknekt and Klum). She knows what she’s talking about: For three years, she was the face of the line. Now she’s their photographer: She just shot Daisy Lowe for the label at the Chelsea Hotel.

The flagship boutique, which features indoor chain-link fencing, an antique chandelier, and clothing suspended from the ceiling, lives up to its odd moniker, but the fabulous attendees found plenty to love. “I’ve already ordered a piece,” said Heidi Klum, pointing to a denim jumpsuit on the wall. “The line reminds me of clothes you’d love as a kid,” added designer Tara Subkoff, who’s preparing to relaunch her own Imitation of Christ line. “It’s a little bohemian and fun.” Odd Molly’s got a launch in the works, too: its first menswear collection, which Holknekt says will be “nothing too extravagant, just good-looking clothing for guys who don’t want to look like they tried.”

Photo: WireImage/Courtesy of Odd Molly