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July 29 2014

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4 posts tagged "Michael Bloomberg"

DvF: Fashion’s Fairy Princess

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Camilla Morton’s new book Diane von Furstenberg and the Tale of the Empress’ New Clothes landed on our desk today, a holiday gift from von Furstenberg herself. And what a tale it is! Morton is well practiced at translating fashionable lives into fairy tales—she’s already done it with Manolo Blahnik and the Tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker and Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty—but von Furstenberg’s fairy story needs less fictionalizing than most. Consider the evidence:

The heroine’s royal pedigree: von Furstenberg is actually a princess, thanks to her previous marriage, to Prince Egon of Furstenberg.

The heroine’s trial and triumph: She did, as a young woman, consider and then reject a rival suitor: Fidel Castro. (“I didn’t,” she insisted at a talk this fall at the 92nd Street Y, “have an affair with him. I had this incredible idealistic image of him. And he was quite good looking. But after two days I must say I was very disappointed.”)

The happy ending: von Furstenberg has earned not only the keys to the kingdom—at least the kingdoms of New York and fashion, as the president of the CFDA and a friend of Mayor Michael Bloomberg—but also the crown jewels: She revealed at the 92nd Street Y talk that husband Barry Diller proposed with 26 diamond wedding bands—one for each year they weren’t married.

She also exhibits fairy-princess generosity: “Whenever a friend of mine is sad, I give her one,” she said.

Photo: Jenny Kawa/BFAnyc.com

Long Read For Friday P.M.: Martin Greenfield, From Auschwitz To The White House

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The legendary Martin Greenfield is basically America’s tailor of record. It’s the reason that designers including Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg, Rag & Bone’s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright, and Paul Marlow of Loden Dager turn to him (and now, his sons and business partners) when they need quality work for their labels. It’s also the reason that menswear journalists and editors start calling—in my experience, at least, the man doesn’t email—whenever a story on tailoring beckons. So many have that I felt reasonably certain that I would never need another Greenfield profile—until I read Ned Martel’s in the Washington Post this week. It offers up some fun new details, including that Greenfield and his sons-turned-business-partners made a few visits to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue during President Obama’s tenure. (Greenfield doesn’t name names who don’t name him first, but he has made suits for several past presidents, Mayor Bloomberg, and more.) But it also goes deeper than any Greenfield homage I’ve read about his life before WWII, his experience in the concentration camps, and how he eventually became an open secret in Washington among legions of ill-suited politicos. And on this matter, there appears to be that rarest thing of all: bipartisan agreement.

Photo: Joseph Victor Stefanchik for The Washington Post

Thom Takes Off, Kate Moss Finishes Strong, Veruschka’s Venom, And More…

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Thom Browne’s foray into womenswear is one of the most eagerly anticipated debuts of the upcoming season. Style.com contributor Tommy Ton got a sneak peek at the natty goods. [JakandJil]

Kate Moss was in London last night to debut her last collection for her Topshop line. Moss and Topshop’s Sir Philip Green both say their collaboration will be going strong again in the future. Until then, the final collection will include some past-season best sellers, as well as new product like fur-trimmed dresses, feather stoles, sequined jackets, and tons of florals. [WWD]

Veruschka doesn’t have too many kind words for the Giles Spring ’11 show that she walked in this past London season (left). “I didn’t like the makeup in the show, and didn’t think much of the dress,” the sixties super told the Daily Mail. The shoes didn’t tickle her much, either. “In the sixties, fashion was about liberation. It was about setting women free; it wasn’t about being unable to walk.” [Huffington Post]

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled a six-point plan to stimulate the fashion industry today, including programs to aid up-and-coming designers, fund pop-up shops, and provide training, networking, and financial skills for burgeoning businesses. The guy’s bucking to become the patron saint of New York fashion. How long till we see a hizzoner menswear collection in tribute? [Daily Front Row]

Photo: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com

A “1, 2 Step” Makeover

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Most like to keep a facelift a secret. Not Lord & Taylor. The oldest department store in New York City celebrated its $25 million makeover last night, with Mayor Mike Bloomberg (who declared it Lord & Taylor Day), Gossip Girl‘s Jessica Szohr, and Denise Richards all in attendance. “It was 35 years in the making, so we are thrilled to have been able to renovate the store in such a current format and yet be respectful of our great tradition,” said CEO Brendan Hoffman of the yearlong remodel that updated the first level and the men’s floor, and a new home section.

Designers like Anna Sui and Elie Tahari roamed the party—spanning ten floors—to check out aerial dancers, sounds from a 20-piece Latin jazz band, a beer garden, and Swarovski crystal tattoos. The entire evening benefited VH1′s Save the Music Foundation, which promotes musical education in schools. It’s a cause close to the heart of the evening’s entertainment, Ciara (left). “Without music, we have nothing,” she said. “It means a lot to be able to help young kids from all over the world express themselves through music.” Having done her part, the singer was ready to head home, kick off her Alaia leopard-print platforms, and watch basketball. “I am missing the Miami Heat game tonight—that’s the team for me,” she said. Careful what you say in New York, Ciara.

Photo: Chance Yeh/PatrickMcMullan.com