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July 12 2014

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The CFDA Sends Its Top Ten to Paris

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public schoolThe CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund has announced the ten talents that it’s sending to the Americans in Paris showroom next week, and the list is filled with many of the bold-faced up-and-comers you’d expect. New York darlings Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow of Public School made the cut, as well as Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin of Tome, Misha Nonoo, Wes Gordon, Jennifer Fisher, The Elder Statesman’s Greg Chait, Marc Alary, Richard Chai, George Esquivel, and Juan Carlos Obando. We have no doubts that these hometown up-and-comers will be able to wow the international fashion set.

Photo: Monica Feudi/Feudiguaineri.com

Albertus Swanepoel and Co. Put Their Heads Together

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Albertus Swanepoel hats on head forms by Cushnie et Ochs, Irene Neuwirth, Richard Chai, and Suno

South African-born, New York-based milliner Albertus Swanepoel has been creating hats for such brands as Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Club Monaco since 2004. So today, a few fellow CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund alums—many of whom have sent his custom toppers down their catwalks—have made a little something for him. The hatter will open his very first exhibition, A Milliner’s Story, this evening at downtown boutique Odin, and his wares will rest on bespoke hat forms by the likes of Suno (above, bottom left), Band of Outsiders, Richard Chai (above, bottom right), and more. For instance, Cushnie et Ochs designers Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs turned out a noggin made from black snakeskin (above, top left), and Irene Neuwirth created a pink face adorned with semiprecious stones (above, top right). “I didn’t really give them any direction, and I was very impressed with [the designers'] craftsmanship and technical skills,” Swanepoel told Style.com. “Those things are very important to me.” Continue Reading “Albertus Swanepoel and Co. Put Their Heads Together” »

Masked Ravers And A Summer Soiree

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Christina Ricci at the Fresh Air Fund galaIt was New York’s first sticky evening of the season last night, so guests were glad that the Fresh Air Fund gala, held at Pier Sixty’s waterside venue, offered just that. Fresh Air Fund provides inner-city children with summer experiences out in the country, and the evening’s cause had guests talking about their own summer rituals, then and now. Richard Chai had a family camp in Connecticut growing up, and whenever Thakoon Panichgul gets out of the city, he’s an avid gardener. Christina Ricci recalled, “I worked as a child, so I didn’t spend a lot of time going to camp!” Except for once—who could forget Wednesday Addams’ stint at Camp Chippewa?

A few blocks up Eleventh Avenue at the McKittrick Hotel, Leigh Blake hosted a private performance of Sleep No More to launch her charity Act V’s new initiative, EndGame: The Global Campaign to Defeat AIDS, TB, and Malaria.

After the performance, the vodka started flowing, and a rave broke out in the McKittrick great hall. The venue had everyone in a noir, voyeuristic mood, and many guests—like Simon Doonan—chose to keep their Sleep No More masks on while dancing. “It is important to wear a mask when you get to my age and you haven’t had a face-lift,” joked Doonan. Before hitting the turntables, Chelsea Leyland, too, weighed in on the party accessories. “I feel like I’m in a Stanley Kubrick film,” she said. “Makes me want to be naughty.”

Photo: Taylor Hill / Getty Images

Details’ Square Deal

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Details hosted a cocktail party at Norwood Club last night to launch its latest menswear collaboration with the CFDA: a series of limited-edition pocket squares from ten different designers. The collection features styles like an autographed Marc Jacobs square (right), Thom Browne’s signature red, white, and blue (center), a weathered American flag look by John Varvatos (left) and a black and white rose print from Richard Chai. “Mine was inspired by punk, the street,” said Chai. “And they’re all screen-printed by hand.” The small batches produced—only ten of each style—launch exclusively on Bonobos.com today. And at $100 a pop, all proceeds will benefit the CFDA Foundation. Why pocket squares? “It’s an easy place to start; you can wear one without looking too over-the-top,” Details editor Dan Peres told Style.com. Although he confessed to never having worn a pocket square in his life, CFDA CEO Steven Kolb forecasted a new trend. “Guys are into pocket squares. They’re the new skinny tie!”

Photo: Courtesy of Victoria Will/ Invision

New York Is Burning

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Anyone who has seen the seminal documentary Paris Is Burning or tried to “strike a pose” like Madonna is familiar with voguing—the gender-bending posing that flourished during the late eighties and early nineties with New York’s “ball culture.” Last night, W Hotels paid tribute to the “legendary” underground movement by putting on its own Love Hangover Ball—a voguing competition—in support of amfAR and World AIDS Day on December 1. Hosted by Kelly Osbourne, the walk-off drew a crowd of club kids and fashion fixtures, including models Karlie Kloss, Anja Rubik, Anne Vyalitsyna, and Lily Donaldson, and designers like Richard Chai, Zac Posen, and Prabal Gurung.

“I used to go to all the voguing balls back in the day,” said Simon Doonan, who judged the event alongside a panel that included Fergie, Mickey Boardman, and Jason Wu. Wearing a fur coat and a necklace constructed out of Liberace charm bracelets, Doonan reminisced about the old days. “I knew all those people and houses: the Xtravaganzas, the House of Dorian Corey, the Mizrahis. The level of style and preparation that went into the balls is beyond description. Drag queens would still be painting on their lashes at 10 p.m., and the balls would take hours and hours, going until 3 or 4 in the morning. Hopefully that won’t be the case tonight.” W‘s style director Edward Enninful was also a judge and voguing veteran. “I’m a huge fan of voguing. Growing up, it was a very important part of all our lives,” he said. “It’s a great art form. It’s glamorous. It’s fashion. I think the new generation is really inspired by what it represents.”

Speaking of the new generation, Donaldson and Kloss were just babies during the fad’s heyday, but were quickly swept up. By the end of the performance, both girls were pounding their fists on the makeshift runway, finger-wagging, and yelling, “Work!” When asked to compare her posing abilities to the divas onstage, Donaldson enthused, “These girls are on a completely different level. I wouldn’t stand a chance against them.” Perhaps Pat McGrath summed up the evening best: “Drama, drama, drama. Fierce, fierce, fierce. Realness.” Amen.