August 28 2014

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Muses Make The Men


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

Blanket Statements


I had my own personal Project Runway moment last night at Louis Vuitton and Parsons’ Reconstruction 2.0. The French luxury brand and the New York school partnered up for the second year in a row for a design contest. Six teams of four students each created travel blankets-cum-art pieces from press samples from Vuitton’s men’s and women’s Spring and Fall 2010 collections, and I was tasked with determining which was the best in terms of originality, creativity, and technical ability. No easy job, so thank goodness it wasn’t all up to me. Vuitton’s Geoffroy van Raemdonck and Patricia Field of Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada fame were the other judges. The students spent an entire day working on their projects, and with a free trip to Paris as the prize for the winning foursome, you can bet they put their all into it. Geoffroy, Patricia, and I each had favorites, but the Time Travel team of Emily Hudson, Willie Norris, Janelle Abbott, and Zach Clark came out on top. The reverse-appliqué techniques they used in their black, red, and blue blanket reminded me of what Natalie Chanin and her Alabama quilters do for Project Alabama. Speaking of designers, Norris is particularly impressed with the work of a certain Parisian. “I hope we run into Alaïa when we get there,” he told me.

Photo: Courtesy of Parsons

Fresh From The Feed

-------’s Fashion Feed brings you the best of the news around the Web and on Twitter, and ranks the most-discussed designers, labels, models, and celebrities. In our weekly series, we call out the top five designers of the previous week (with our handy gloss on the hows and whys).

1. Marc Jacobs (pictured; last week: N/A)

One word: Bang. OK, a few more words: Marc Jacobs, naked (again), posing in the ad campaign for his upcoming men’s fragrance, Bang.

2. Jason Wu (last week: N/A)
Jason’s expanded eyewear collection—inspired by heroines from Joan Jett (hmm, sounds familiar) to Jane Eyre—kept the MObama favorite in the limelight.

3. Karl Lagerfeld (last week: N/A)
Following on the strong Cruise collection for Chanel, the Kaiser unveiled his latest campaign, starring Georgia May Jagger and Baptiste Giabiconi.

4. Jil Sander (last week: N/A)
The debut of Navy, the ultrachic lower-priced Jil line, set tongues wagging about the Raf Simons-helmed label that still bears Sander’s name.

5. Patricia Field (last week: N/A)
Why Pat? Beats us. It can’t have anything to do with a certain Field-costumed movie coming out May 27, could it?

Photo: Courtesy of Marc Jacobs

AmfAR Fêtes Patricia Field


Last night’s amfAR Honoring With Pride tenth anniversary celebration at Edison Ballroom fêted Patricia Field, Lady Bunny, and AIDS Quilt founder and activist Cleve Jones for their lifelong efforts in raising HIV/AIDS awareness. Accepting her Award of Courage from a silver platform-and-orange minidress-clad Debbie Harry, Field emphasized the importance of being brave. “I do what I wanna do. Fear is not part of my act.” Of course, that also means putting your money where your mouth is, hence her winning bid on a ten-person Alaskan adventure cruise later in the evening. “I heard it was fabulous,” Field said of the Last Frontier State. “And now I’m going!” The evening’s event raised over $200,000 for amfAR.

Photo: Jonathan Ziegler / Patrick McMullan

destination SATC


“The clothes look beautiful,” Patricia Field admitted at Saturday night’s launch of Destination Style New York, a one-off collection she created with designer David Dalrymple. “I’m so proud, I’m so happy, oh my God. ‘Cause you know, stuff comes back and it’s a bunch of crap and you’re like, ‘My name on is this crap.’ ” (We’ll attest to the fact that the clothing is indeed pretty fabulous.) Composed of over 70 pieces—mainly bold, colorful dresses and accessories that purposely recall a certain cultural behemoth of a television show—the line will be sold exclusively on HSN here in the U.S. and at Marks & Spencer stores in Europe and the Middle East. “I’d imagine the customer is the woman who watches Sex and the City,” Field says. “Those are women all over the world. It’s a mentality. And it’s a big, big mentality.” Of course, that distinctly Fieldsian attitude was reflected in the designers’ runway presentation, which featured a bevy of slick, grinding models and an impromptu pre-show performance from Lady Bunny. Snapping away furiously, our seasoned seatmate Patrick McMullan finally took a breather and confessed, laughing, “This is as wild as it gets.”

Photo: Jennifer Graylock