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August 20 2014

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When Saving The Earth, Every Last Dollar Counts

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“I have never bought anything at an auction before,” Glenn Close admitted to Style.com last night at Christie’s third annual Green Auction: BID to Save the Earth. She had, however, been auctioned off. “I was a part of one once. I’m supposed to go with Bobby Kennedy and a bunch of people to Mongolia and hunt with eagles, on horseback, but we haven’t done it yet. Hunting with eagles, on horseback, in Mongolia. I would say that’s pretty exotic.”

Though the actress was not on offer as part of last night’s auction (co-hosted by Susan and David Rockefeller, Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault, Anna and Graydon Carter, and James R. Hedges IV), there were several exotic experiences and celebrity names on the bill. “All of the trips are amazing, but I’m honestly a scuba diver, so that trip sounds the coolest to me,” said Christie’s master auctioneer Lydia Fenet (pictured, right). “Although, I don’t think I’m nearly as adventurous as the ladies leading the trip who dive with kidney warmers.” When Fenet finally took her place at the podium, she was quick to announce to the crowd, “Last year, I was standing up here with Seth Meyers from SNL, who made all these promises to save the world, and he didn’t, so we didn’t invite him back. Tonight, I’m going to take every last dollar you have.”

And she did a pretty good job at that—during the live auction of a seven-day chartered voyage on the largest catamaran in the world (which went for $150,000) and various other once-in-a-lifetime experiences, she helped rake in $600,000 for various charities, including Oceana, Conservation International, the National Defense Council, and the Central Park Conservancy. After that, Grace Potter (pictured, left) of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals closed out the night with a very different performance from last year’s surprise guest, Nicki Minaj. “Creatively, I think the difference in performers shows the diversity of what this auction is all about,” Potter said before the show. “But no, I’m not going to be rapping tonight.” On that note, she stayed true to her word.

Photo: Jonathon Ziegler / PatrickMcMullan.com

Choppers A La Kaiser, PETA Vs. Kanye, A Newly Neutral Nicki, And More…

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Karl Lagerfeld’s newest addition to his ever growing résumé? VIP helicopter designer. The Anglo-Italian company AgustaWestland has asked the designer to focus on its AW139 twin-turbine helicopter and to create a “new, limited-edition, customized solution” for its expanding group of customers. Do these helicopters include quilted leather seats? [WWD]

PETA is not pleased with Kanye West and the new single (“Theraflu”) he released this week. In it, West brags, “Someone tell PETA my mink is draggin’ on the floor.” “What’s draggin’ on the floor is Kanye’s reputation as a man with no empathy for animals or human beings,” responded the organization’s senior vice president, Dan Matthews, in a statement. [Spin]

Nicki Minaj—thinking pink no more? The outrageously attired pop star and rapper told Matt Lauer on the Today show that’s she’s taking a new tack and has issued her stylist an unexpected order: “Just get me black.” [Huff Po]

Chloe Green, daughter of billionaire Sir Philip Green, is set to launch a new capsule collection of shoes for Topshop next month. Her green-soled shoes are soon to be unveiled to press at Dover Street Arts Club in central London. [Telegraph]

Photo: Kevin Kane / Getty Images

Fausto Puglisi’s Cheerleading Squad Expands

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When Style.com’s editors walked into Milanese designer Fausto Puglisi’s showroom this morning, they arrived to a room full of buyers, editors, and stylists (very different compared to our visit last season, when it was just us). Let’s call it the Super Bowl effect. Puglisi, if you recall, is the man behind M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj’s Super Bowl halftime wardrobes, and based on today’s turnout, it looks like he scored some big points with the fashion set in the process. Luckily for him, his turn as designer to the pop divas was also the starting point for his new collection, which he describes as “Helmut Newton, New Pagan emperor” with “neoclassical influences.”

“The development of this collection was born with B. Akerlund while working on Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and M.I.A’s Super Bowl show,” the designer tells Style.com. That would explain the fetish leather pieces, embellished with crystal starbursts, gold thread, and metals—it was a look quite similar to the Super Bowl outfits. “I pushed to play not only with black plonge leather; there is a gladiator Hellenic American College print and peroxide blond leopard print. It’s unusual to see these prints on leather.” He did more of his now signature Grecian-Roman cheerleader dresses (and did them well), but there’s also structured menswear-inspired jackets, “rock star” biker pants, cashmere twinsets, and eveningwear in the mix. Overall, it was another strong outing for the designer. As for what’s on the horizon, he tells us, “the goal, for sure, is a first shop in the U.S.”

Photos: Courtesy of Fausto Puglisi

Touchdown For Puglisi

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Remember those colorful wool crepe minidresses Anna Dello Russo was spotted wearing at the Couture shows this past summer and then again during New York fashion week in September? As it turns out, ADR isn’t the only one who took a liking to Milanese designer Fausto Puglisi‘s Grecian cheerleader dresses—Madonna enlisted the designer to create Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.’s wardrobes for their Super Bowl halftime show yesterday.

“This was the most incredible and extreme experience ever,” the designer tells Style.com of the dresses, which were embellished with crystals, spikes, and embroidery. “It’s Madonna—to work with her is an honor.” Puglisi began working on the dresses last November when he got the call from B. Akerlund, who oversaw the show’s costume design. “The Roman Empire history and the emperor power is part of my DNA—I’m obsessed with Caligula and Caesar and Roman tradition and I always loved to mix this with American sportswear touches,” says Puglisi. Check out the designer’s sketches of the costumes, which he shared exclusively with Style.com.

Sketches: Courtesy of Fausto Puglisi

Prince And Minaj To Perform At Versace For H&M Show, Ford And Bond, And More…

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Next week, the Versace for H&M runway show is set to go off in New York. It was already going to be a grand affair, but WWD reports today that it’s got even more star power than we thought—Prince and Nicki Minaj are both performing after the show. In the spirit of collaborations, maybe they will do a duet? [WWD]

Once again, Tom Ford is designing the costumes for the next Bond flick, Skyfall. “James Bond epitomizes the Tom Ford man in his elegance, style, and love of luxury,” Ford says. [Telegraph]

Roland Mouret has decided to close his menswear label. Instead, he plans to focus on three new womenswear categories (footwear, bridalwear, and cocktail) he’s set to launch in 2012. [Vogue U.K.]

The designer behind Earnest Sewn, Scott Morrison, has a new venture called 3×1. The goal is to “offer the ultimate denim experience, from bespoke made-to-measure tailoring (with over 135 different stocks) to limited-edition runs of prêt-a-porter styles.” [Nowness]

Photo: Joe Schildhorn / BFAnyc.com