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April 20 2014

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Tommy Ton Gets Some Bloglovin

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We already knew that Tommy Ton is the king of street-style photography, but last night, he was given the official crown at the annual Bloglovin’ Awards. While Tommy’s JakAndJil blog won for best street style at the event, organized by blog update alert site Bloglovin’, he was joined in the winners circle by the likes of ManRepeller’s Leandra Medine (who took home Blogger of the Year) and Olivia Palermo (named Newcomer of the Year). Congrats to Tommy Ton!

Photo: Phil Taylor / Courtesy of Tommy Ton

His Lips Are Sealed

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Recognize those lips on Markus Lupfer’s Fall ’11 sweater?

“They are Lara Stone’s; I was going for the gap-tooth look,” Lupfer says of his latest take on his now-infamous “laughing lips” sweater—the designer’s leitmotif. The lips (as well as his other merino jumpers with cheeky slogans like “Sunday Best” and “Oh, You Pretty Young Thing”) are mainstays of the German designer’s collections. They make for a cool-girl look that’s won him legions of fans, including Gwen Stefani, Rihanna, and Lily Allen. Fellow appreciators Olivia Palermo, Edie Campbell, and Amanda Harlech’s daughter, Tallulah Ormsby-Gore, showed up to take in the scene at his Champagne tea party-turned-presentation, one that had Lanvin model Jono and Mary Charteris at the decks.

Models lounged around in Fall’s key pieces, including a fox-print silk dress juxtaposed with an edgy anthracite tailored jacket (“Country mouse meets city mouse,” Lupfer says). The carrot-leg silk trouser with the tweed waist detail looked effortless with a chestnut shearling jacket. A granddad knit cardigan worked well with a sharply tailored lace skirt, all complemented by tulle underpinnings and spotted-and-striped tights. The designer, who has collaborated with Topshop in the past, has a new partnership coming up, this time with a very famous artist. He’s keeping mum on the details for now.

But forget famous collaborators for the moment—Lupfer is doing plenty well all on his own. Hong Kong and Chinese sales are surging, and Lane Crawford recently dedicated a space for him in their online shop. And this year Claudia Schiffer was snapped by the paps wearing one of Lupfer’s camo-print sweaters. “She didn’t call us—she just bought the pieces retail,” Lupfer says happily of his countrywoman. “How great is that?”

Photo: Courtesy of Markus Lupfer

Shoe In

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According to reports, Blake Lively walked away from a Christian Louboutin sample sale recently with 40 pairs in tow. She came clean at last night’s 24th Annual Footwear News Achievement Awards. “Like any addict, the first step is admitting the problem,” Lively, in Prabal Gurung and black and white Louboutin booties, said. “I’ve ordered so many pairs that I should be institutionalized!” That being the case, who better to present the designer with this year’s Person of the Year award? (And why Person of the Year versus Designer of the Year, an award which went to Brian Atwood? Louboutin himself wasn’t entirely sure. “I was in the car today actually thinking about [it],” he said. “I had to think deeply, which rarely happens to me.” Person or designer, when it comes to process, Louboutin keeps it simple. “For me, it always starts with a pen and a piece of paper.” It ends, if last night was any indication, with red soles clacking everywhere.)

Among the Louboutin-clad army last night was Jessica Alba, on hand to present Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes with the Brand of the Year award. (She deemed her studded black CL pumps “hardcore.”) Her footwear fixation, she revealed, seems to run in the family. “She is obsessed with shoes,” Alba, in a natty D&G suit, said of her daughter, Honor. “It’s a little bit of a problem. She tries to wear her plastic high heels out and we’re like, ‘No.’ She can wear them in the house and that’s it.”

Honor would have been in like-minded company last night. There wasn’t a pair of kitten heels, much less flats, in the house, all of which suited Atwood just fine. “I do try and make it comfortable, but I like them high,” Atwood, who celebrated afterward with an intimate fête at Jimmy at the James Hotel, said. “Everything is lifted and it puts a little strut in your step,” he explained. Olivia Palermo, who accompanied Emerging Talent Award winner Charlotte Dellal (and was wearing her shoes), was in the same camp. “The higher the better!”

Photo: A. Scott/BFAnyc.com

Minnie’s Getting Major

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If you’ll recall, SoCal-via-U.E.S. socialite Minnie Mortimer Gaghan started her label quite organically by running up a few things that she (and soon her friends) wanted to wear and couldn’t find. Her second full collection for Spring 2010 has preserved that guiding principle, thus explaining a first foray into evening. “I have four weddings next year,” she said last night at a dinner in her honor hosted by Olivia Palermo and half-brother Peter Davis at the as-yet-unopened East Side Social Club. (It’s the new venture from Employees Only and Macao Trading Company restaurateur Billy Gilroy, with Patrick McMullan as a partner.) Still, the gown in question—a bright one-shoulder column—is cut in a jersey that Mortimer Gaghan says can be thrown in the bottom of a suitcase and worn with the ease of one of her printed T-shirt dresses. “I want black-tie that costs less than $500,” she proclaimed. Mortimer Gaghan’s progress from informal provider of clothing to her chic coterie of pals to full-fledged designer appears to be moving steadily forward. In addition to creating her own patterns and original prints, she’s considering showing during New York fashion week in February—emphasis on considering. “I’m designing the collection as if I’m showing, but we’ll see,” she said. Still, we did distinctly hear the words “Bryant Park” tossed around. Amid guests like Carlos de Souza and Ali Wise, Mortimer Gaghan’s fellow young designer Timo Weiland reported that he and partner Allen Eckstein will likely be showing their menswear in Paris this January. And aspiring designer Ally Hilfiger cautiously mentioned her plans for the capsule Fall 2010 debut of her label Alexandria. We couldn’t help flashing back to our obsession with Hilfiger’s addictive reality show Rich Girls, which now (particularly in the presence of Palermo) seems cannily prescient. Would she ever consider another? “No way,” she said, underlining the sentiment with a vigorous shake of the head.

Photo: Billy Farrell / Patrick McMullan