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August 20 2014

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Rebecca Taylor, Version 2.0

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“I wanted the clothes to really do the talking,” explained Rebecca Taylor about her new flagship boutique in the Meatpacking District. Hence the pared-down aesthetic of the new shop, more streamlined and modern than her seven-year-old Nolita boutique. The brand is celebrating its 15-year anniversary, and Taylor wanted to reboot and refresh her sensibility—starting with the location. “I feel like [present-day Meatpacking District] must be a bit like Soho in the eighties,” Taylor said. “This is like my generation’s Soho, and I wanted to be part of the rejuvenation of the neighborhood.”

Taylor’s seventies-inspired Spring collection stood out against the pastel walls of the flower-filled store. In addition to her standard offerings, the shop will also carry Taylor’s upcoming collaborations and favorite trinkets, such as candles and candy, imported from her native New Zealand. A parade of young starlets and models, like Selita Ebanks (left, with Taylor), Michelle Trachtenberg, and Katrina Bowden, all were on hand last night to check out the opening, but the store, Taylor promises, will have something even for the guys. In the crescent-shaped section in the rear—the designer’s favorite part of the boutique—dressing rooms and clothing displays abut a few big, comfy chairs. “Boyfriends can hang out in the back,” she said with a laugh.

Photo: Courtesy of Rebecca Taylor

On The Hunt For Steals (And Sleeves)

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“I hate the crazy women—you know the ones at samples sales,” Rebecca Minkoff said. “If it’s a sale in a civilized environment, then I will go.” And despite the lure of a discounted Vena Cava wool cape or a Nicholas K leather jacket, shoppers at Lucky‘s Lucky Shops VIP preview last night remained relatively calm. (Though one of the busiest boutiques was Minkoff’s own, where ladies were getting pretty animated about studded leather satchels.) A crew of browsers, including Hilary Duff and Nate Berkus (pictured), Michelle Trachtenberg, and Twiggy browsed the heavily-discounted racks, some with more urgent shopping missions than others. Duff picked up a few pieces from the sister-act jewelry line Dannijo, but what she really needed was something a little warmer than the Diane von Furstenberg L.B.D. she was wearing. “I didn’t bring a coat to New York this time, which was stupid because I am freezing,” she admitted. Then off to outerwear she went.

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com / Courtesy of Lucky Shops

Entering The World Of Walker

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Three hundred yellow canaries were used in Tim Walker’s first short film, The Lost Explorer, but for Harry Potter fans anxiously awaiting installment seven, the real draw may have been Lord Voldemort. “He’s my neighbor,” Walker told us last night about actor Richard Bremmer. “I saw him walking outside and I thought, ‘There’s my lost explorer.’ ” The photographer-turned-director was in town for a special screening of the short hosted by Mulberry and Stefano Tonchi at Soho House, and an appreciative crowd of friends and colleagues, including Audrey Marnay, the French actress who’s the new face of Longchamp, and her fellow ginger Grace Coddington, turned out on the chilly Monday night.

Using a story by Patrick McGrath as backbone, the 20-minute film revolves around a young girl (played by Olympia Campbell, in her acting debut) and her coming of age—one that quickly goes from fantastical to macabre. There’s a tent, a mysterious lost explorer (Bremmer) within, and some talk of the African bird trade—hence the canaries. Those birds didn’t get the invite to the dinner Stefano Tonchi hosted for Walker afterward, but the tent did, complete with traveler’s trunks, utilitarian mugs, and campside forks and knives. “This is the closest I’ll ever get to camping,” Michelle Trachtenberg joked.

No rest for the budding filmmaker, though—he’s already planning his next flick. “We’re working on a feature length now,” Walker said. “We haven’t found our script yet, but we’re looking and it’s going to be the same team. The cinematographer, Robbie Ryan, he’s amazing. He gets the vision. He gets my world.”

Photo: Tim Walker

David Yurman Lightens Up

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“I feel like I’m having my bar mitzvah all over again,” jewelry designer David Yurman joked last night at the grand opening party of his new Madison Avenue flagship, the Townhouse. “Almost everyone here is a friend who has watched me grow through the past 30 years.” A bevy of Southern belles even came north for the occasion, effervescent in their post-Derby afterglow. Between kissing cheeks and talking shop, Yurman revealed he’s a proud horse owner himself, brandishing photos of two of his thoroughbreds, Big Iron and I’m a Man in Command.

“It’s a townhouse—it has the feeling of long and narrow. The challenge was, how do we open it up?” Yurman said of the new space. Architect Michael Gabellini’s answer was to let the light in: A skylight above and behind the boutique’s back winding staircase organically illuminates each floor. But Yurman’s own favorite feature of the new location is a window display that features lights, mirrors, plants—and no jewelry. “Michael and I looked at 19 different window options,” he explains. “My favorite was the one with mounds of dirt and a wall of plants and without a necklace in sight. Nature is its own art form.”

Of course, so are jewels. Emmy Rossum, a vintage jewelry fiend, was making her first Yurman purchase—a pair of garnet drop earrings—that night, while Michelle Trachtenberg made a beeline for the diamonds. “I’ve been looking at colored gemstones and this amazing pair of diamond-encrusted hoops,” she said. “Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend.” And, it should go without saying this weekend, a mom’s, too.

Photo: Courtesy of David Yurman

Gwyneth Paltrow: The Next Celebrity Designer?

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Valentino Garavani’s “farewell tour” has been as epic as anything Barbra Streisand could dream up, and judging by last night’s DVD signing of Valentino: The Last Emperor, the retired designer is still pulling in the crowds. Daphne Guinness, Molly Sims, Michelle Trachtenberg, Zac Posen, and Anja Rubik all turned out to see Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti at a party hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow and accessories designer Bruce Hoeksema at the latter’s posh VBH digs on Madison Avenue.

In a immaculate pinstripe suit, Valentino seemed to enjoy catching up with the fashion set, but now that he’s had a taste of film, could a director’s move be on the horizon? The tanned fashion icon waved off the idea of going behind the camera. “I just enjoy my life now. I love walking my dogs. I took a walk with them today. For every step I take, they take two!” As for Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary, Paltrow and Hoeksema agreed that it was spot-on. “It really shows the love, the complication and fire, and also creativity,” the actress said. The evening raised $4,270 from sales of the autographed DVDs for the Robin Hood Foundation, where she is a board member. Paltrow is fresh off a collaboration with Zoe Tee’s for another charitable cause, so perhaps it’ll be she who takes up a new career and tries the designer reins? “Maybe,” the actress said. “I never say never.”

Photo: JOE SCHILDHORN/PatrickMcMullan.com