Last night, M Missoni—Missoni’s younger, sportier sister—threw a summertime soiree at New York’s Le Bain, celebrating not only the season but also its collaborative soundtrack, dubbed “M Missoni Is for Music,” produced in tandem with Epic Records’ L.A. Reid. The only snafu? It felt more like early fall, with temperatures dipping into the low sixties—ostensibly chilly compared to Manhattan’s extreme heat of late.
“I’m just glad it’s not boiling,” said Harley Viera-Newton, first up on the deejay roster. Jumpers and jackets were soon shed, however, as Le Bain’s terrace filled up and thawed. Guests, including Nicky Hilton, Erin Heatherton, and Jessica Hart, could be seen mingling at the bar or snow-cone machine in flirty M Missoni minis.
Naturally, it wouldn’t be a Missoni party without some zigzag action, so M Missoni placed chevron-ed dry-erase place mats and markers along tabletops, inviting partygoers to graffiti at will. “My first Missoni memory has to be my mother’s matching hat and coat,” offered Hannah Bronfman. “The hat had a fitted, bonnet-like top but a large, flat brim that fanned out like a pizza pie.”
Stepping in for Ginny Blackmore, who was slated to perform last night but wasn’t feeling well, crooner Smokey Jones (above) previewed a handful of songs from her forthcoming album. Afterward, Chelsea Leyland took the reins from Viera-Newton, spinning until security shooed everyone out. At night’s end, Dannijo’s Danielle Snyder summed it up best: “It’s funny. We were just in Saint-Tropez. Everyone wears Missoni there. It’s like a uniform—iconic summer!”
She may be busy helming her all-encompassing Alice + Olivia empire (complete with a soon-to-be-announced upcoming collab), but ask Stacey Bendet what her most important role is and she’ll tell you it’s mother, to daughter Eloise and her other impending arrival. So for the holidays, Bendet has teamed up with Baby Buggy, a New York nonprofit that provides for families in need, for a special gift drive. Through the month of December, shoppers who donate an item at A + O stores nationwide will receive 15 percent off their entire purchase. “We’re very fortunate, all of us. We have all these things that we want to give to someone and know that it’s going to mean something. Baby Buggy makes that happen,” the designer enthused. She also knows that moms sometimes need a little something for themselves, too. “We’re extending the Alice + Olivia Makeover Tour we did through the spring so we can give moms the things they really need,” she added. “To bring them the Alice + Olivia touch and make them feel good, too.”
The mob of young celebs who came to show their support at L.A.’s Soho House to kick off the initiative last night are among those who appreciate that touch. They weren’t all moms—yet—but Kourtney Kardashian, Denise Richards, 90210‘s AnnaLynne McCord (pictured, with Bendet), and Nicky Hilton all raised the profile of the evening. Certainly none are strangers to shopping. As Jillian Dempsey, Avon global ambassador and a mother of three, put it, “This is just such a wonderful cause for kids who are not as privileged as others. How hard it is to shop and contribute?”
The stars turned out yesterday for Tod’s, which introduced its limited-edition tome Italian Touch at its Beverly Hills store. Its subject: la dolce vita, Italian-style. “To be Italian is to be so full of life, joy, passion, and family and to have an exquisite aesthetic,” said hostess Debra Messing, who was channeling good taste via a zip-front Alaïa (French, but who’s counting) and chatting with guests such as Mandy Moore, Camila Alves, Nicky Hilton, and Crystal Lourd. Those looking to get a little Italian touch of their own could browse a preview of the Spring 2010 collection, but unlike the book’s celebration in Milan, this party had lemonade, cupcakes, and do-it-yourself herb gardens to keep the kiddies amused and renowned photog Roxanne Lowit on hand to snap attendees’ portraits for take-home souvenirs, see above. An on-site paparazza? Well, call it the L.A. touch.