No one is asking who they are anymore. The tall, blonde French beauties, the Courtin-Clarins sisters—Claire and Virginie, frequently seen in Vuitton, and their cousins, Jenna and Prisca—who were spotted perched front-row during the Fall 2011 shows in New York and Paris, have a new seat of honor: on Vanity Fair‘s International Best-Dressed List, released today. (They’re in the “siblings” category alongside the Delevingne sisters, Cara, Chloe, and Poppy.) Other new additions to this year’s list: Michelle and Barack Obama (who have appeared separately before but are named together for the first time as a Best-Dressed Couple); Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; Shala Monroque; Justin Timberlake; and “Fashion Original” Janelle Monáe. The full list is here.
This Fall, New York’s Museum of Arts and Design celebrates its second anniversary. The traditional gift for such an occasion, as any bride can tell you, is metal, so that’s what the museum’s well-wishers are offering: All manner of metal art, jewelry, clothes, and craft, which will be sold at its annual gala on October 18th to raise money for its educational programs. Arts and design being top of mind for the fashion set as well as fine artists, plenty of style-world types are involved: The host committee for the Metal Ball includes Chris Benz, Duckie Brown‘s Steven Cox and Daniel Silver, Pamela Love, Mandy Coon, and (full disclosure) yours truly. The list of artists donating is even more impressive. Richard Meier, Michael Stipe, Rogan Gregory, and Robert Lee Morris have all donated metal items for the cause; I’ve got my eye on the enormous metal urn (left), contributed by designer-cum-interiors-guru Rick Owens. It’ll go perfectly with that one-ton Owens alabaster bed I’ve had my eye on. For tickets and more information, visit www.themetalball.com.