59 posts tagged "Natalia Vodianova"
Even though I did my part when it came to last week’s groundbreaking Democratic process back in America (I voted absentee from Missouri before I headed south, and even canvased for Barack in the swing state of Pennsylvania), I never anticipated that left-out feeling when it came to last week’s historical moment. It was like not being invited to Popular Johnny’s house party in school, times ten. At any rate, a few of us huddled together in the Hotel Fasano to watch the results, including Byrdie Bell, Natalia Vodianova, and Justin Portman—certainly not the most unattractive posse with whom to witness history. And as Rio went on, it turns out we weren’t the only ones excited about what happened on the other side of the equator, even if were weren’t there for it. Alice Dellal opened the 284 show in a shirt that read “Barack Rocks,” which, as the owner of the company, Luciana Tranchesi, told me, had been printed weeks ago (“We didn’t have any doubt,” she said). Also, in a scheduling coincidence, I bumped into the Maroon 5 boys on Saturday night. They too had been out of the country on the South American leg of their tour on election night. “We were bummed about that,” said lead singer Adam Levine (seen here with Bell and lead guitar James Valentine). “But then, it was kind of cool to be onstage when it was announced, and to be able to tell everyone in the stands.” Chimed in Valentine, “Now that was a historical moment for us.”
To the untrained ear it could have been any old mother hollering at an overactive child. But that coquettish voice was familiar, and I vaguely recognized the name Lucas Portman. Turn the corner, and what do I find? An impossibly blond and impossibly lovely (perhaps impossibly perfect?) family in the shape of Natalia Vodianova, her husband, Justin, and the three-child Portman brood. (Lucas is the eldest. He’ll be seven years old next month. That’s daughter Neva on her hip and baby son Viktor in the pram.) They were heading to the beach, loaded with all the toys and goodies that the Hotel Fasano had stuffed into their corner suites. The Portman plan was quite simply sun and fun, of which they had gotten a preview the week before at the property on the Uruguay coast where they’ve been building a summer home. “I’m not going to lie,” Natalia teased over a giant coconut. “Traveling with these three—actually, four!—can be pretty tiring.” But oh, she makes it look so good. Soon joining us on the beach were the likes of Astrid Muñoz and Byrdie Bell, all in town for the Claro Rio Summer fashion festivities that start later tonight.
Nicky Haslam wasn’t the only one celebrating a birthday in London last night. British model Jacquetta Wheeler rang in another year, too, but instead of asking friends to hightail it to the southern outskirts of the city (you might as well have been in Surrey, Nicky!), Wheeler invited pals like Natalia Vodianova and Camilla Al Fayed to Momo’s off Regent Street for a spirited night of dancing. Turns out this isn’t just a birthday for Wheeler, who’s keeping the celebration going this weekend at the pile of bricks her parents own in the Kentish countryside. On Tuesday, the catwalker will head to Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, to do some Obama stumping in the swing state. “My little sister Charlotte has been there for six weeks already, and says they need all the help they can get,” Wheeler said in a moment when she wasn’t on the dance floor. “If Obama wins—no, when Obama wins and changes the world for the better, I’ll be able to say I had a part in that.”
It wasn’t easy finding Riccardo Tisci at his party at Régine’s on Thursday night. First you had to get into the club—no easy feat, considering that there were more French hipsters than you could shake a baguette at outside, all moaning to the doorman. Once inside the club, you would have had to work your way around the crush of people at the bar, which in this case was a gaggle of editors making googoo eyes at the Japanese soccer star Hide. Past that, on the way to the dance floor, there remained the task of navigating around Mary-Kate Olsen‘s crew, which had merged with the Euro social crew of Tatiana Santo Domingo, Camilla Al Fayed, and Fiona Scarry. Once you had attained the far side of the dance area, your quarry was finally in sight, sitting at a table with a few well-deserved bottles of Champagne, behind Astrid Muñoz and flanked by Natalia Vodianova and Mariacarla Boscono. “I’m having fun now,” Tisci said. “At last.” Everyone was having fun—Boscono and Vodianova even had an impromptu dance-off, during which the Russian beauty lost the gold bow that topped her black Givenchy look. “Ah, don’t worry,” the designer begged her as she searched the dance floor for the renegade accessory. “I think I can find you another one.”
If one were to measure the success of a fashion show by the number of people who crush into the backstage area after it’s over—which, in my opinion, anyway, is a fairly accurate barometer—it’s a safe bet that Riccardo Tisci’s show for Givenchy was the hottest ticket yet this week. After all, the likes of Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Margherita Missoni, and Vanessa Traina don’t normally wait in long, pushy queues. Once backstage, the crowd of well-wishers and merrymakers continued. Restoin-Roitfeld went hunting for the black patent leather Mickey Mouse-esque headbands that had just debuted on the runway; Mariacarla Boscono, a friend of Tisci’s for years, chatted with her parents until the designer finished attending to his merrymakers; and Natalia Vodianova passed around pictures of her three kids—she told me she hasn’t decided if she’s having any more—while she had her extensions removed. In another indication of Tisci’s sway with fashion folk, the models weren’t eager to leave at all, and were even willing to chat to journalists about their love of the collection. “I came here just for this show,” Frankie Rayder said, adding that she hadn’t done a show in four years and so had the occasional nervous attack on her way to Paris. “I was going to go home tomorrow, but Riccardo told me he’s doing a party. Which I guess I have to stay for. He’s amazing.”
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