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Splash (And Splurge) for Sandy Relief


Nothing like a little charity to show you where you stand on fashion’s food chain. As part of the CFDA and Vogue‘s new auction for Hurricane Sandy relief, a date with Ryan Lochte (well, a swimming lesson and lunch, but who’s to say where that’ll lead), runs an estimated $20K; a day with Bryanboy is a comparative bargain at $1,000.

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Out And About On Fashion’s Night Out


As the first day of shows at Lincoln Center was coming to a close, the FNO festivities uptown were already in full swing. Michael Kors put on his own version of American Idol, turning his Madison Avenue store into a karaoke parlor for amateur contestants and bringing in Kate Upton, Nikki Reed, and Debra Messing to judge. Of FNO, Kors said, “It’s a new holiday. It’s Halloween, it’s New Year’s, and it’s all about style.”

Not far away, a more seasoned performer was taking the stage at Manolo Blahnik: Cyndi Lauper. “It’s kinky boot night!” Lauper said. (Kinky Boots is the name of the new musical she’s developing, about a drag queen and a shoemaker, which will head to Broadway next year; Lauper was wearing a red suede pair by Blahnik for the occasion.) “I love fashion, I’m sorry, I do. I like to give it a twist here and there, a little tug and a pull, deconstruct it a little. I don’t want to look in a magazine and see a 12-year-old in something I’m being pitched to wear.”

At the Calvin Klein store, Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat was signing copies of his new book A Father First, while models including Karen Elson, Hanne Gaby Odiele, and Kasia Struss, fluttered about. “I always like to push the envelope a little bit,” Wade told as Ryan Lochte walked by. “With athletes the door is open for us in fashion, and we’re getting into it and enjoying it.” One block over at Bergdorf Goodman, Aerin Lauder (who was celebrating the launch of her eponymous cosmetics line) kick-started the retailer’s 111th birthday celebrations, which later in the night included visits from a host of boldface names like Thakoon Panchigul, Bobbi Brown, and Victoria Beckham and various festivities on the different floors. The scene at Saks was also a multi-story party, ranging from Oscar de la Renta signing fragrance bottles to manicures with Rebecca Minkoff to ping-pong with Susan Sarandon. Before her performance on the eighth floor, songstress Vanessa Carlton admitted, “I’ve never played a shoe floor—there’s some really nice shoes here. And, I’ve never played Saks before.”

It was a night of many firsts. At Bottega Veneta, creative director Tomas Maier was enjoying his first-ever FNO in New York, and over at Ferragamo, Miroslava Duma, Elena Perminova, and Anya Ziourova were hosting their first fête at Ferragamo, in honor of the Italian label’s Russian-themed Fall collection. “At first I thought it would be very overwhelming because I’ve never hosted a night before, but now I think it’s amazing,” Ziourova told while she clutched her Fabergé egg bag. As waiters passed out latkes, borscht tartar, and plenty of vodka, Duma said, “You know, Russians really love toasts. Sometimes there are people in Russia that, when they’re drunk, they’ll go on toasting for 20 or 30 minutes without reason. But tonight we’ll toast by saying good luck to the fashion industry.” A few guests at the Fivestory party, hosted by Olympia Le-Tan, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, and Arielle de Pinto, could have used that luck for the cut-throat game of Pictionary that was taking place. “I lost,” Le-Tan reported. “The first theme was ‘fashion people’ and I drew Donatella Versace. I think I did a good job but then someone on my team had to draw Mad Men and it was terrible so we lost.”

Downtown in Soho, the streets were so packed you could barely move. But the DKNY store, conveniently spacious and air-conditioned, offered some relief. That is, except where model-of-the-moment Karlie Kloss, who just signed with IMG, was standing. A crowd gathered around Kloss, who was holding a tray of Karlie’s Kookies (get the recipe here) made in collaboration with Momofuku Milk Bar. “They are fashion-week approved,” she told (translation: “There is no butter and no sugar”). And better yet, she swears she eats them. “I have been eating them all day, I just came from the bakery.” There to support a different kind of FEED was Lauren Bush Lauren, hawking her do-gooder bags.

Over on the west side at Balenciaga, the line wrapped around the store for an audience with Grace Coddington, Vogue‘s longtime creative director. She couldn’t take all the credit. Some went to Pumpkin, her beloved tabby, whom she’d illustrated wearing several seasons’ worth of Balenciaga looks for a Steidl book some years back. Her friend Nicolas Ghesquière was so taken with them that the label printed them on limited-edition bags and scarves, which Coddington happily signed for fans at Balenciaga’s West Chelsea store for FNO. What does Pumpkin think of her newfound fame? “She loves it!” Coddington reported, though, a more press-shy starlet than her owner, Pumpkin wasn’t in attendance last night. A few blocks away, black was the color of the evening—as in BLACK, Comme des Garçons’ popup-turned-permanent store on 17th Street. Only a few shoppers at a time could fit into the minuscule store space, but many more made an impromptu block party outside, fueled by ice cream from a Brooklyn churner. Near nine o’clock, the designated cutoff time, there seemed no signs of dispersal—perhaps because the plastic snap-band watches CDG offered gratis as FNO gifts were all showing Japanese time. Diane von Furstenberg, however, was running on Democratic National Convention time last night. “Let’s all meditate,” she commanded at her Meatpacking District space. “Today is a little crazy so I’m going to go upstairs to watch the President.” Cue loud cheers. “I see this is not a Republican crowd,” she quipped. “Good, we have that in common.”

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The Lowdown On Lochte


We knew the closing ceremony wouldn’t be the last we would see of Ryan Lochte for a while—the Olympic gold medalist and designer hopeful has turned up at New York fashion week (surprise, surprise). The swimmer wasted no time getting his week started and made an appearance at Brian Atwood’s Four Seasons bash last night. In between posing for photos with the Hilton sisters and Kim Kardashian, he told about his plans for the week and gave us the lowdown on his clothing line we’ve heard mention of. “I am the correspondent for E! tomorrow and the next day—that will be different because usually I get asked the questions, but now I’m asking them,” he said. “I get to interview Anna Wintour, yeah.” Does he have questions prepped for her? “I have a couple lined up. The main one I really want to ask her: How did you come up with Fashion’s Night Out?”

But what we really wanted to know was what this Lochte clothing line is going to look like. “I am talking with a design team and hopefully we will get things running in the next year. It will be men’s apparel and accessories,” he announced. “One of my sponsors is Ralph Lauren so I have been working with them—they know something about fashion for sure. I definitely want to go for the clean, slick look. I want to put a little edge to it.” Will there be a lady Lochte line to follow? “Maybe women’s down the line, after I get a better grasp of men’s.” Until then, expect to see him at runway shows and parties during the next few days—he’s here until Saturday.

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The Closing Ceremony Bright Spots: Supes And Spice


Throughout the London Olympics, fashion statements came in the form of gold and diamond grills (thank you, Ryan Lochte), patriotic nail art, and envelope-pushing jewelry, but it was last night’s Closing Ceremony that won the gold medal by a long shot in the Games’ fashion competition. After Nick Knight-lensed billboards featuring Brit supermodels including Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Stella Tennant, Lily Cole, Georgia May Jagger, and David Gandy made their way into the stadium, the supes hit the Union Jack-shaped catwalk wearing one-of-a-kind gold numbers by top London labels like Alexander McQueen, Erdem, Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, and Christopher Kane, to David Bowie’s “Fashion.” They were followed by performers wearing gold helmets, who created a giant gold skull formation as a tribute to the late Lee Alexander McQueen. The segment, put together by Closing Ceremony creative director Kim Gavin along with British Vogue and the British Fashion Council, was reportedly a year in the making. But perhaps the even bigger highlight of the night was watching Victoria Beckham shed her icy persona and step back into her Posh Spice role when she took the stage for the big finale with the rest of the Spice Girls. The designer, who wore a strapless black dress by Giles Deacon for the show, tweeted: “I was a pop star for the night! I love you [girls]! We did it!”

Photos: Jeff J. Mitchell (Moss); Jamie Squire / Getty Images

Ryan Lochte: Swimmer, Sex Symbol, and Fashion Designer? And More of Today’s Top Stories


Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte (pictured) might spend the majority of his day in nothing more than a Speedo, but the breakout Olympic superstar says he’s got dreams of becoming a clothing designer. “I want to be different, and fashion gives me that outlet to do that,” the hunky swimmer tells The New York Times. [NYT]

Adam Kimmel’s taking a hiatus. The New York-based menswear designer has announced that he will be taking a yearlong sabbatical following shipments of his Fall 2012 collection. Kimmel plans to use his time off to spend time with family and explore his creative arenas. [WWD]

Christian Louboutin’s battle to keep red soles his unique signature rages on. A French court has given Zara the right to emboss their shoes with a similar red sole. This court ruling ends a case that began back in 2008 between the mass retailer and Mr. Louboutin, who has also had disputes with Yves Saint Laurent over use of the red. [Grazia Daily]

Maison Martin Margiela is said to be the next designer label to collaborate with H&M. WWD reports that the will be a one-off collection by the avant-garde clothing brand will soon be officially announced. [WWD]




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