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July 22 2014

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6 posts tagged "Olivia Chantecaille"

Frick Fête

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Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting made for a fitting backdrop at last night’s Belle Epoque Ball, hosted by the Young Fellows of the Frick Collection. Photographers dashed from gallery to gallery setting up portraits of the fête’s upwardly mobile twenty- and thirtysomethings in front of grand-scale paintings of upwardly mobile Parisians circa the 1880′s. With a fin de siècle dress code, there were as many bustles in the crowd as there were on the walls. Instead of Renoir’s ubiquitous parasols, the party girls clutched cell phones and snapped pictures of themselves when the guards weren’t looking. Donna Karan sponsored the event, and she was well represented by the evening’s chairmen Olivia Chantecaille, Lydia Fenet, Claiborne Swanson Frank, Clare McKeon, Sloan Overstrom, and Joann Pailey (pictured, above). Rule breakers in the crowd wore short Proenza Schouler and Prabal Gurung. I was part of the Oscar de la Renta contingent, in a pre-fall dress modeled after John Singer Sargent’s famous Madame X. Bill Cunningham took particular notice of OscarPRGirl Erika Bearman’s (pictured, below) yellow poppy gown from Spring. Which was fitting: Oscar and Annette de la Renta, along with SJP and others, are chairing the Carnegie Hall Medal of Excellence gala honoring the legendary photographer next month.

Photo: Shaun Mader / PatrickMcMullan.com

Muses Make The Men

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Not even the rain in New York this week stopped a divine crowd from gathering to celebrate the tenth anniversary of jewelry label Faraone Mennella. Divine being just the right word here. Designers Amedeo Scognamiglio and Roberto Faraone Mennella were inspired by Greek mythology for their recent collections, and to spotlight them, picked nine women to be photographed by Lorenzo Bringheli as the nine muses in their creations—one for each year in business (the tenth muse, they said, was New York itself). Giovanna Battaglia, Linda Fargo, Patricia Field, Olivia Chantecaille, Ann Caruso, Kimberly Jones, Nina Griscom, Carol Alt, and Pamela Fiori took on the roles. At the event, Chantecaille looked especially Olympian in a form-fitting beaded dress from Ferragamo. “I’ve been friends with Amedeo for years and I always tell him what I’m looking for my jewelry,” the beauty entrepreneur said. “Of course I was very flattered when he asked me to be part of this project.”

Photo: Lorenzo Bringheli / Courtesy of Faraone Mennella

Fun In The Sun With Peter Pilotto?
We’ll Have To Wait And See

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London’s Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos threw a little dinner party at the James here in New York last night before heading home today to prep their first-ever Resort collection for the brand. In advance of a round of appointments with editors and buyers earlier this week, the designing duo spent a few days in Miami soaking up the sun, and reports about their trip had the crowd in the new hotel’s penthouse, which included Hanneli Mustaparta (wearing the label, left), Kate Young, and Olivia Chantecaille, clamoring for one thing: bathing suits. Pilotto and De Vos promised they’ll be back in New York to show Resort, but as to whether or not they’ll come armed with bikinis in their signature digital prints, we’ll just have to wait until June.

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

Alber Elbaz, Dress Whisperer

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None of the looks from Lanvin‘s Fall collection that Alber Elbaz showed to the likes of Anh Duong, Lauren Remington Platt, and Olivia Chantecaille at a private Upper East Side club on Thursday night would break the organization’s strictly enforced dress code—each of them whispered elegance. “This was the closest I’ve come to Paris in New York,” one observer dreamily mused after taking in the mini-show, which was hosted by Bergdorf Goodman. That was exactly the point of the exercise: to showcase Lanvin’s personal and Parisian touch—as well as “to bring back the pleasure of shopping.” Gotham was the second and final stop on Elbaz’s “tour”; he touched down in London last week for the opening of Lanvin’s new boutique there. “We want to show not just the what, but the how and why of what we do,” the designer said.

Illustration: Alber Elbaz / Courtesy of Lanvin

Jason Wu Remembers His Carefree Days

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Carolina Herrera, Peter Som, Olivia Chantecaille, and 600 other dinner guests did their part for New York fashion last night, at a Fashion Institute of Technology benefit at Cipriani honoring Saks CEO Stephen Sadove. Acknowledging that the industry keeps 175,000 or so of his constituents employed, Mayor Bloomberg presented the award and at least one trademark quip: “This is an evening I like to call Saks in the City.” These are tough times for retailers, but Sadove took it a step further at the podium. “We’re in an environment where it’s chic to bash luxury,” he said. No doubt the $700,000 the event raised for scholarships and student services will help Michael Kors and Calvin Klein’s alma mater continue to inject talent into the industry. But all the talk about money made recent Parsons grad Jason Wu, for one, a wee bit nostalgic for his student years. “I could just design something and not have to worry about it—not have to market it, sell it, just create,” he sighed. “Carefree days.”

Photo: Jimi Celeste / PatrickMcMullan.com