9 posts tagged "Mickey Boardman"
In an industry that revolves around opinion, don’t be surprised to hear an earful from a fashion-packed panel. Following Fashion Group International’s thorough distillation of Fall 2011 clothing, accessories, and beauty trends yesterday, Bridget Foley of Women’s Wear Daily tackled other, more controversial industry matters. Foley moderated a panel—composed of Neiman Marcus’ Ken Downing, Kirna Zabête co-founder Beth Buccini, Paper magazine’s Mickey Boardman, and Marie Claire beauty director Ying Chu—that discussed everything from John Galliano’s scandal to Tom Ford’s showmanship.
On the theory that inhuman amounts of stress was at fault for the recent departures of John Galliano and Christophe Decarnin (left), the panel was unflinching. “We all have stresses,” Buccini stated. “Buck up or don’t play.” “Manage yourself,” Downing agreed.
Dichotomies such as intimate runways versus inclusive spectacles drew more mixed results. The Neiman Marcus fashion director raved about Tom Ford’s private London showing this past February. Boardman preferred cozy settings as well, although with a caveat. “I like shows as small as possible, but large enough to have me invited,” the editor said with a laugh. Buccini, meanwhile, added a realist bent. “You can only get away with something so small if you’re Tom Ford,” she said.
Of course, there were more frothy and fun topics, too, including the royal wedding. Panel members shared their wedding gown wishes for the soon-to-be princess. “I just hope it’s a slender cut,” Downing said of the buzzed-about dress. “Leave the meringue for the cake!” With the nuptials a couple weeks way, there’s still plenty of time for some last minute decision-making. At least Buccini will be rising early to watch. “My mom woke me up to watch the Princess Di wedding,” she told Style.com after the discussion. “And now I’m going to watch with my two daughters. It’s like a tradition now.”
“Second only to Diane von Furstenberg, Sally Singer is my favorite woman in fashion,” Mickey Boardman said last night. “Wherever she is, I’ll be there with bells on.”
Last night, “there” was the Spotted Pig, and Boardman was indeed on hand-draped in bling if not in bells. He’d turned up, like Charlie Rose, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Adler, and Jason Wu (left, with Singer), to toast Singer’s new gig as the editor in chief of T. The editor herself was in a forward-looking mood (if a little exhausted, like most of those on hand, from a week-plus of fashion shows). But she’s as well known for her wide-ranging non-fashion interests-design, literature, culture, art, and so on-as for her taste for clothes. And at T, that’s a requisite. “I think [the interconnectedness] is indelible to T and the Times, where we have the best newsroom in the world-the best newsrooms all over the world.” Asked if she felt pressure to institute bold changes, she demurred. “Not at all,” she said. “I think Stefano [Tonchi] did an incredible job. I inherited an incredible magazine. I don’t have to change anything. A magazine just naturally takes on the personality of its editor.”
The Spotted Pig, meanwhile, had taken on the personality of the magazine for the night. Giant bouquets of roses scented the second floor room, and scattered around were giant versions of T‘s gothic-script logo constructed out of hay. It may have been the tail end of a long fashion week, but the designers came to pay their respects, too. Joseph Altuzarra, fielding compliments and praise for his show, spoke for many when he said, “Sally was one of my earliest supporters. I’m so happy for her.” And Wu put the capper on it: “What’s not to celebrate? Sally’s amazing.”
The list of hosts was a mile long: David Byrne, Parker Posey, Prabal Gurung, Paper‘s Mickey Boardman, Bonnie Morrison. And is that Matthew Modine? Yes it is, over there in the baseball cap.
The occasion, as these occasions often are, was goodwill. The above (and several more) were pulling their weight at the Tribeca Grand last night, raising funds to build a women’s health center in Rajasthan, India. And despite the early-in-the-week Tuesday night, the party was packed with well-wishers (and open-bar frequenters) all evening long. More than a few bleary-eyed designers even left the work room for a rare night out—despite being now officially in the frantic run-up to New York fashion week. (Buzz among the editors centered on the season’s first NYFW save-the-dates, which began arriving yesterday afternoon.) Host Gurung and Fenton/Fallon jeweler Dana Lorenz both had work left to do—the latter even planned, post a single cocktail, to head back to the studio—but the cause was too good to miss. Why? Chalk it up the charms of the subcontinent. “I went to India, and people either love it or hate it,” Boardman (left, with Posey), dressed in a vintage leopard-print blazer, explained. “The minute I stepped off the plane, I thought, baby’s home!” Baby was in good company.
When the crowd includes Vanessa Traina, Richie Rich, Victoria Bartlett, and Maroon 5′s Mickey Madden among its diverse lot, you might be worried that fur would fly—but last night’s annual Cool vs. Cruel benefit, thrown by the Humane Society of the U.S. to support animal-friendly designers, was the rare fashion party where that wasn’t a concern. All were gathered to toast this year’s Compassion in Fashion Award winners, designer Charlotte Ronson and Paper magazine editorial director Mickey Boardman. “Fur was just something that I made a decision not to touch on,” Ronson said simply about her design ethics, and accepted her honor sans speech. Boardman, on the other hand, joked onstage that he would pull an “Adrien Brody and Halle Berry” acceptance kiss on Humane Society presenter Pierre Grzybowski. (He got away with a peck on the cheek.) Art Institute of Vancouver student Ingrid Bergström-Kendrick took home the Cool vs. Cruel design competition grand prize, a five-day internship with staunch anti-fur advocate Victoria Bartlett during New York fashion week. Her winning dress, in gray felt, emulated the volume of fur with a built-up shoulder. ANTM judge Nigel Barker was enthusiastic about adding young designers to the anti-fur list. “I’ve been campaigning against the seal hunt since I was seven years old in England,” the photographer and budding documentary filmmaker said. “Being humane isn’t just about being in vogue; it’s a way of life.”
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