13 posts tagged "Olympia Scarry"
I am finding this out the hard way: Venice is a late-night city. So late, in fact, that I’m having a hard time keeping up. (I’m blaming jet lag, but—heaven forbid—I hope this doesn’t mean I’m getting old.) Take Thursday night, for example: After François Pinault’s museum opening, an Interview magazine cocktail party on the island of Giudecca, and a decadent Missoni dinner on a boat in the Arsenale district of town, I was dragged to—get this—the Lido airport for a Danish and Nordic pavilions-sponsored dance party on an actual plane runway. I was the only one worried that this might violate some sort of FAA regulation: Neville Wakefield, Eugenie Niarchos, Olympia Scarry, and Alexia Niedzielski all ambushed the DJ booth, threw down their purses and man bags, and started a few dance-offs with the local revelers. It was surreal, and if that wasn’t enough, post-runway rave it was back to the Bauer Hotel terrace, where we all were last night, for more drinks. (Though, I must divulge, even the chicest of European girls had moved on to beer at this point, hoping to fill their stomachs.) Here the likes of Viscount Dan Macmillan congregated with Giambattista Valli and Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis. At that hour—and that blood alcohol level—Venice really worked its charm: Look here, I even spotted Antonio Berardi having a little moment with 10magazine‘s Sophia Neophitou, until Margherita Missoni came and broke it up.
When we say that André has the lock on Paris nightlife, we make no exaggeration. Last night I logged in time at three of his clubs: Régine’s, Le Baron, and Le Montana. That last one is his newest edition and last night, André revealed the site’s storied history (Purple magazine’s blowout being the latest notch in its bedpost). Before it was a sixties and seventies hotspot, Le Montana served as a thirties-era communist hangout; and before transforming into its latest bejeweled iteration, it was a loud-and-proud gay club in the eighties. As André scanned the crowd—which included Olympia Scarry, Angela Lindvall, and Milla Jovovich with their adoring male best friends—he smiled. “Some things never change,” he said. “But we could use more communists.”
According to Alice Temperley, the two big pros to having a party in your Soho loft and showroom are that, for one, you can stay as long as you’d like, and two, there’s enough room to have a real dance floor. While I can’t attest to the former (it’s called beauty sleep), I did receive word this morning that the revelry continued past a typical nightclub’s closing time. I did, however, take advantage of that dance floor, joining the likes of Milla Jovovich, Olympia Scarry, Michael Stipe, and Barbara Bush in enjoying the musical stylings of the evening’s DJ, Jefferson Hack. The party was a celebration of the brand’s newest presentation mode—this season’s collection was seen via video. “It’s an exciting time,” Lars von Bennigsen, Temperley’s husband and business partner, said. “We’re thrilled to try new things.” Not that all talk was devoted to futuristic fashion presentations. When Jovovich came in, Temperley was eager to compare notes on Ever Gabo (Jovovich’s little girl) and Fox (Temperley’s 17-month-old son). “And I thought having a fashion company was hard work,” teased Temperley.
Remember back when we were little, that group of cool girls that would show up in homeroom all dressed alike? Maybe it was an I.O.U. turtleneck sweatshirt (or were those only big in Missouri?), or maybe it was a fancy pair of stonewashed jeans with a zipper at the bottom—which, strangely, is very Balmain Spring 2009, now that I think about it. Not that it was limited to the ladies. I can remember coordinating my fuchsia Umbro shorts with friends on more than one occasion. Well, this weekend in Moscow, three of London’s coolest broads brought back this dress-alike trend, albeit raising the bar on the chic factor. Instead of Z. Cavariccis, they were all in different variations of a Gareth Pugh Fall 2008 print. That’s jewelry designer Eugenie Niarchos in a minidress that has a smaller version of the black and white optical illusion pattern, artist Olympia Scarry in a larger version in leggings form, and Harrods brand ambassador Camilla Al Fayed in the same larger print, but cut into a minidress. Scarry mixed hers with a pair of Chloé boots, to which she seems awfully partial. Niarchos went minimal with a tiny belt. And Al Fayed blinged hers up with an oversize chain-link necklace covered in pavé diamonds. “We are the same, but very, very different, too,” Niarchos smiled, adding that they all picked up traditional Russian fur hats while they were in Moscow. So maybe the triplet look won’t end here.
While the rest of the fashion troops made it back to their respective homes this weekend—finally—Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen continued on to London, where they debuted their secondary line, Elizabeth & James, at Selfridges. “I love this town,” Mary-Kate said. “The street style here is fantastic.” Both girls had been in Paris the week before, handling sales for E&J, as they call it, as well as their more upscale collection The Row; M-K’s European experience stretched all the way back to Milan, however, where she attended a few of the art openings that coincided with fashion week before hitting Aaron Young’s most recent motorcycle spectacle in Naples. “We did really well with sales, especially considering what’s going on in the financial world right now,” said Ashley, a woman always acutely aware of the business bigger picture. Joining the sisters were London’s coolest kids, including Dasha Zhukova, Olympia Scarry, Pixie Geldof, and Henry Holland. “I totally get this stuff,” Geldof said. “Can we buy it now?”
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