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At Pratt, an Award for Thom Browne, and a Stage for New Talents


Little-known fact: Pratt Institute boasts America’s longest-running fashion-education program. With alums such as Betsey Johnson and Jeremy Scott, Pratt reps a unique vanguard in the world of design—and last night, at its 114th annual senior fashion show, some talented new names were added to its stable.

Pratt headlines its yearly runways with the bestowal of its Visionary Award—an accolade honoring fashion-world luminaries, who needn’t be directly linked to the school. Last night’s recipient? The singular Thom Browne. “It’s overwhelming,” Browne told, “when you get to do what you do, and have an important institution, with such a strong reputation in the world of design, recognize it, it’s…it’s humbling.” Presenting the award, Hamish Bowles teased his friend. Referring to Browne’s growth over the aughts, he said, “Thom became something of a performance piece himself, a one-man Gilbert & George, in his stiff, tailored buttoned-up suits with the odd proportions.” Expect to see the designer in exactly this silhouette at the Costume Institute’s upcoming Met Ball—though likely with a punk twist. “I’m going with Taylor Tomasi Hill,” Browne revealed with a smile.

After the ceremony, it was on to the show, where front-rowers, including Fern Mallis, Bill Cunningham, and Bibhu Mohapatra, were treated to a lineup heavy on digital prints, washed-out pastels, a lot of white, and ultra-long silhouettes. Two designers stood out in particular: Raya Kassisieh (above, left), with her sometimes soft, sometimes sharp Brave New World brides (“It’s kind of like nouveau Mugler,” whispered Patrick McMullan), and Madeline Gruen (above, right), with her indigo colonial toile prints and glittering embroideries that blended humor with notes of Alexander McQueen and Liberace. Gruen won the night’s other big prize—a $25,000 grant funded by the Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Foundation.

Photos: Patrick McMullan

Stella Comes To The Strip, Another Royal Engagement, Moss’ Model U, And More…


Stella McCartney is set to open her first store in Las Vegas, a 2,900-square-foot space at the Crystals at CityCenter (in rendering, above). She designed the shop with APA, the firm that worked on her boutiques in Milan and Paris, and created an exclusive “Welcome to Stella McCartney Las Vegas” T-shirt for the opening. [WWD]

Something in the (royal) water? Just a few weeks after Prince William announced his engagement to Kate Middleton, his cousin, Zara Phillips, has announced her own, to longtime beau Mike Tindall. [Vogue U.K.]

Kate Moss knows a thing or two about modeling—she’s been on top of the game for the better part of 20 years. So it makes perfect sense that she’s mulling opening a modeling school, as she recently told Company magazine. Here’s hoping she turns out to be as quippy a professor of the art as Tyra. [Telegraph]

And speaking of branching out, legendary party photog Patrick McMullan is, too. The lensman tweeted this morning about his forthcoming online magazine, PMC Mag. [@PatrickMcMullan]

Photo: Courtesy of Stella McCartney

A Few Words With Fashion’s Saint Patrick, Dior Gets Law-Abiding, And More…


Paparazzi: Take a lesson from Patrick McMullan (pictured, right), godfather of party photogs: stop taking pictures of Lindsay Lohan passed out in the backseat of a car. [NYT]

Suave overload: Guy Ritchie is shooting Jude Law for a Dior Homme fragrance ad. We’re a little concerned so much roguishness in one place may throw the earth off its orbit, but it’s a risk worth taking. [WWD]

And speaking of models, rumor has it that Lara Stone is to be the new face of both Calvin Klein Collection and Calvin Klein jeans—a tribute, perhaps, to her high-fashion chops and her sexy (and much-remarked-upon) curves. CK is keeping mum, but if we were Eva Mendes, we’d be hitting the audition circuit a little harder right now. [WWD]

And since it’s been almost a full week without an Alice in Wonderland update, here’s your fix: Mad jeweler Tom Binns talks tea parties and smashing baubles in this new video interview. [Youtube]

Photo: Patrick McMullan

The Return Of The Long Lunch


If man-about-town and international I-banker weren’t hyphenates enough, Euan Rellie is intent on adding salon director to his résumé. At least that was the impression one had at the inaugural luncheon yesterday at Manhattan’s East Side Social Club for his new irregular dining society, The Atlanticists, named in tribute to those New Yorkers who, according to the invite, “know where Europe is, and who enjoy both places.” “I wanted a mixture of bankers, It girls, artists, and writers who might provoke and stimulate each other,” Rellie told us. “All these people have really busy evening schedules, so I thought, let’s do lunch.”

Though the host himself arrived a fashionable 15 minutes late, he feverishly table-hopped his way around the midtown eatery, attending to each of his 30-odd guests as they supped on pancetta-wrapped filet mignon, house-smoked trout, and butterscotch pudding. Among them were Michael Musto, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Marisa Brown, and ESSC partner Patrick McMullan. (The last was “here in body, not in spirit,” the groggy photog admitted.) Table chatter ranged from emerging young artists (Natasha Law) and nicknames (Kick was a favorite) to the history of Wall Street (it was an actual wall that defended New Amsterdam against attack until the end of the seventeenth century) and the lost art of the long lunch. “Who does lunch in the middle of the day anymore?” asked a film financier. “It’s so louche.” When asked for his opinion, Rellie, who said his early straw poll suggested he’d be hosting another “irregular” lunch or dinner soon-ish, replied, “Of course it’s louche. We love louche.” Then, as if on cue, he announced: “I’ve had a martini, and two glasses of wine, and now I have to go back to my M&A deal.”

Photo: Thomas Cantley/Patrick McMullan

Patrick McMullan Misses Studio 54, But That’s Not Stopping Him From Going Out


Snap, snap, snap. If you’ve made the New York City party scene at any point in the last 30 years, chances are you’ve had your picture taken by Patrick McMullan. Now a fixture of the media-industrial complex, with a key photo agency bearing his name, six books to his credit, and several standing magazine gigs, McMullan has come a long way from his days as a social gadfly who toted his camera around every night because it gave him an excuse to be out. That was back when being out meant being around the likes of Andy Warhol and being at places like Studio 54, so who could blame McMullan for wanting to capture as much of Manhattan’s good old bad days as he could? Details—then a local nightlife rag—gave McMullan his first regular job covering the party circuit, but it was Interview that made McMullan’s reputation as the go-to guy for shots of movers and shakers out on the town. This month, Interview celebrates the 20th anniversary of McMullan’s photo column in the magazine with a special insert dedicated to its archives, and tonight, they’re throwing the man with the golden camera a star-studded party at Elaine’s. Hosts, to name only a few, include Marisa Berenson, Mary Boone, Cornelia Guest, Iman, Debbie Harry, and Liza Minnelli. Here, McMullan gives the lowdown on two decades of late nights.

How did you wind up with a column in Interview?
Well, it’s funny, because now Glenn [O’ Brien] is back at Interview, and he was the one who got me the job. I knew everyone over there—I’d been doing this and that for the magazine for a few years⏼but in ’88, the guy who had the nightlife column decided to quit. Glenn was working at Interview back then and he recommended me for the job.

I imagine that must have been a pretty taxing gig, at first. Was it hard to adjust your schedule?
Well, I’d been doing a similar thing for Details, and anyway, the whole reason I got into shooting at parties was because I wanted to go to them. My friends would invite me places and I’d bring my camera, and then, I had this kind of illness for a while that kept me cooped up, and when I got better, I was even hungrier to be out of the house.

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