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A Hero With A New York State of Mind


“I have known Candy since before there was AIDS,” Diane von Furstenberg told about her longtime friend and colleague Candy Pratts Price at last night’s My Hero gala. Robert Duffy chimed in, “I’ve known her that long as well—even though she’s only 42.”

Aid for AIDS, which donates HIV/AIDS medicines to communities in Latin America, recognized the philanthropy of the editor extraordinaire last night with its My Hero award. “It’s a very intimate organization, yet global at the same time,” said von Furstenberg as she presented Price with the award. “And Candy is very much that. She is very compassionate, very intimate. It seems very right.” Narciso Rodriguez and Duffy, representing his business partner, Marc Jacobs (Jacobs himself could not attend, as he was shooting next season’s lookbook) turned out last night to support Price as a thank-you for all the support she has given them over the years. “She’s a very important part of Marc’s success,” said Duffy. “And a very important part of us getting our accessories business. I can’t thank her enough for what she does for young designers, charities, and this city.”

“You know, I’m a great New York girl. I was born and bred in Manhattan, so I own this town as far as I’m concerned,” said Pratts Price as she got up from dinner to join other guests for a lively round of salsa dancing. And how does she keep her signature sense of aplomb, despite all the challenges New York faces as a city, or fashion as an industry, or Aid for AIDS as a charity? “What I’m interested in seeing is how fabulously New York bounces back. We are at a party, OK? That is New York for you!”

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AmfAR Inspiration Gala Honorees Announced, Calvin Klein Debuts Its Macy’s Capsule Collection, And More…


At the upcoming New York amfAR Inspiration Gala on June 7, Robert Duffy, Marc Jacobs International, and Fergie will all be honored. WWD reports that the event will also include “an Olympic-themed men’s runway show.” [WWD]

Calvin Klein has just announced the limited-edition release of a capsule collection by Francisco Costa for Macy’s. The Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein selection of dresses will be unveiled May 15 as part of the retailer’s A Magical Journey to Brasil campaign. [Calvin Klein]

Since leaving his namesake label, Simon Spurr has not discussed his plans for the future. However, the designer recently told British Vogue, “[I'm] looking forward with great hope and excitement toward my future within the industry as a men’s fashion designer.” As for his CFDA Award nomination this year, he said, “If they don’t vote for me this year, they’re not going to next year. It’s now or never.” [Vogue U.K.]

To show off her new line of intimates (not to mention her taut body), Bar Refaeli hit the tennis courts with her racquet in hand for a short film. In the video, Refaeli runs around in just a bra and underwear. [Telegraph]

Photo: Courtesy of Calvin Klein, Inc.

Robert Duffy The Hero


Running the business side of Marc Jacobs is a full-time job, but Robert Duffy, the man who does it, has managed to squeeze in at least one side project lately: supporting Aid for AIDS International, which honored him at its My Hero Gala last night.

“He certainly gets things done, that goes without saying. He’s very paternal, he’s very nurturing,” explained Jacobs, who was there to see Duffy accept his jack-shaped award. “He cares about being charitable, and not being praised for it, but just doing it, which I think is the way to go.”

Duffy had to endure a little praise, of course, much of it coming from Winona Ryder, who’d flown in from L.A. on the redeye to officially present the award. On the carpet, Ryder declared herself a “deer in headlights” and revealed she’d just jotted down notes for her speech on the car ride over. “I think it’s almost a better thing to be a little bit unprepared, because it’s just more natural and heartfelt that way. I have never, ever done anything in front of a mirror,” she said.

Judging from her performance, the technique seemed to pay off. Duffy shared the stage with his husband, Alex Cespedes, who introduced him to the foundation—a joining of forces that has yielded, among other things, two batches of Marc Jacobs T-shirts for Aid for AIDS, one that sold out last summer and another that’s being sold now.

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Marc Jacobs Heads Uptown, Lady Gaga’s Shooter Specs, L.A. Fashion Week Gets Put On Hold, And More…


Marc Jacobs, uptown boy? Brand president Robert Duffy is fresh from his honeymoon and back to work, confirming today that the label will open a store on New York’s Madison Avenue, and has plans for a bookstore/retail shop in Hong Kong in the works. [WWD]

Speaking of Jacobs, his contract is coming up for renewal at Vuitton (where Duffy, incidentally, says he and Jacobs are both very happy and hoping to stay). And according to LVMH’s Bernard Arnault, Vuitton is where he’s meant to be. The businessman spoke to Asian Tatler about his selection of Jacobs for Vuitton and John Galliano for Dior: “Take Marc Jacobs, he has been a fantastic success at Vuitton and he has a proximity to the Vuitton spirit, but I don’t think it would have been a success with Jacobs at Dior and the other way around, if I had asked John [Galliano] to do Vuitton, it would not have worked.” [The Cut]

Lady Gaga, woman of many hats, is the creative director of Polaroid. It was in this capacity that she hit the Consumer Electronics Fair in Las Vegas yesterday to debut her and the brand’s new creation: the GL20 Camera Glasses, a pair of shades that can capture and play video and images. [CNET]

Waiting for Los Angeles fashion week? You’ll have to wait a bit longer. In the hopes of raising more money, Fashion Los Angeles, the group dedicated to reviving the California-based week, has announced it will postpone its inaugural run of shows, which was originally scheduled for this February. [L.A. Times via Daily Front Row]

Is it model-engagement week? First Anja Rubik and Sasha Knezevic announced their impending nuptials; now Petra Nemcova is affianced to her boyfriend of eight months, actor Jamie Belman. [Modelinia]

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Freja Channels Patti, Ten Years Of Marc By Marc, Iman’s Man, And More…


The reign of Patti Smith rages on. The eternally cool rocker-poet is up for the National Book Award tomorrow night—Just Kids, her memoir of her early years with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, is a finalist for the nonfiction category—and she’s the inspiration for yet another editorial in the new issue of VMan, on stands November 11. Freja Beha Erichsen takes the role of Patti (left) and Christian Brylle does a fairly convincing Mapplethorpe—all the more convincing because he actually shot the spreads himself. [VMan]

Turning ten is almost on trend these days! First there was, then 10, then SHOWstudio, and now Marc by Marc Jacobs is celebrating a decade in the business. WWD checks in with Marc Jacobs international president Robert Duffy—the mastermind behind MMJ—who reminisces on the early years, the inspiration behind it, and why he’s never going to spend $300 for a pair of jeans. In honor of the anniversary, a capsule collection of the best Marc by Marc pieces from the past ten years hits the floor this spring. [WWD]

Words of wisdom from her diva-ness, Iman: “Alexander Wang is one of my favorites. But he is like my daughter. He is like 12.” [Harper’s Bazaar via Racked]

Words of wisdom from her other diva-ness, Vogue Italia‘s Franca Sozzani: “I personally think that TV shows about fashion are generally boring.” [Styleite]

And in sad news: Fashion favorite Rachel Weisz and her partner of nine years, Darren Aronofsky, are splitting up. Apparently, they’ve been separated for months and some sources say that Weisz is currently dating Daniel Craig. [TMZ]

Photo: Christian Brylle/Courtesy of VMAN