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Charles James Then and Now: An Artistic Interpretation

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Modern Day Charles James
Eight models wearing Charles James gowns, in French & Company's eighteenth century French paneled room

Not everyone at last night’s Met Gala knew the story of Charles James—not by a long shot. “He’s a new person for me,” admitted Hailee Steinfeld, who was utterly adorable in Prabal Gurung. “He’s someone I don’t know. I’m 25!” laughed a Michael Kors-clad Ming Xi when quizzed on the couturier. The evening’s DJ, Diplo, referred to Charles James: Beyond Fashion as “Fashion and the Thingamajig.” And when we asked Katie Couric about James, she jokingly replied, “I think he’s from the forties, isn’t he? Don’t ask me any more hard questions!” However, while not everyone was familiar with the details of James’ career, most everyone had seen the iconic 1948 Cecil Beaton photo, which features eight women in pastel James gowns. Or, as Hedwig and the Angry Inch‘s Lena Hall called it, “that Cecile photograph.” She made up for the slip with her charm, and by looking divine in a Jamesian Zac Posen number. “I’ve seen that photograph a lot. In fact, I think my mother has it on her wall. So when I saw that, I was like, ‘Oh, I guess I know more about him than I thought.’”

Gala chair Aerin Lauder had an even more personal story about the famed snap. “I own the Cecil Beaton photograph, but I didn’t know much about [James] before working on the event for a year.” It would seem many a starlet and socialite looked to said image for sartorial inspiration—so much so that we were able to re-create the photograph with some of the ladies from yesterday evening’s red carpet. Here, for your viewing pleasure, we give you a modern-day mockup of Beaton’s photo, starring TV chef and girlfriend to Governor Andrew Cuomo Sandra Lee’s gargantuan dress (a questionable blend of a James ball gown and his Butterfly design), Hall, Amy Adams, Katie Holmes, Liu Wen, Sarah Silverman, and more. You’re welcome.

Photos: Getty Images; Cecil Beaton, courtesy of the Met

Rowdy With A Chance Of Meatballs

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Never one to shy away from a spectacle, Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg decided it was time to go camp—and back to camp. Together with his new retail partners Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter, the designer hosted a screening of the legendary cult classic Meatballs under the stars at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. “We really wanted to do something that was indicative of summer. And what’s more L.A.—and what’s more us—than summer camp, and meatballs, and dead people six feet under?” the designer deadpanned. “As always, we’re amused by the notion of a fashion party with a meatball theme. And the cool thing about these guys is they are too.” Thick in the throes of designing Fall ’12, the moonlit screening was the perfect reprieve pre-fashion week, where Sternberg will be presenting his womenswear collection for Boy and Girl underneath the High Line.

Soon-to-be Spider-man Andrew Garfield (left, with Sternberg) arrived stealthily on a moped and blended well in the hipster-heavy crowd, including Wren’s Melissa Coker, Sarah Silverman, and Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis. Chatting with Net-a-Porter’s Holli Rogers and Tracy Taylor, Nicole Richie mused that though it was her first time meeting the Band designer, her inclination to menswear made them fast friends. “Joel wears Band of Outsiders all the time,” Richie said of her husband (and date for the night), “and I constantly find myself borrowing his stuff.” The end result? “I just started buying the line now on my own and I have to say I’ve been a huge fan ever since.”

Photo: Courtesy of Net-A-Porter

Blasblog: Fighting The Green Fight—Loudly

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To celebrate the brand’s fifth series of luxury hybrid vehicles, the suits at Lexus had a fabulous idea: host a party in New York City for eco-conscious celebrities (including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kyra Sedgwick, and Kevin Bacon) and conduct a little debate on whether or not this whole global warming thing is as big of a deal as some people make it out to be. Eco advocate Amanda Little took the pro side, while filmmaker Phelim McAleer argued con, but the most sparks came courtesy of the evening’s moderator, Sarah Silverman, who, admittedly, occasionally strayed off topic in the service of a joke. Little cited the job creation associated with climate change, and McAleer said something about the pope and corporate lies—it was hard to hear over the talking, cell phone conversations, and general party atmosphere. Well, Silverman wasn’t having that: “Shut the F up” and “I hate you guys right now” were battle cries from the night’s MC, though she did also have some good points, like that her father could assist with natural gas (har har har), and my favorite line, “The finger-pointers of global warming are often standing on a pile of shit.” Gretchen Mol, Emmy Rossum, and Matthew Settle tried to get close enough to participate, but by the time they worked their way beyond the bar they gave up; Zach Braff gave up, too, and started heckling a few of Jon Stewart’s correspondents from The Daily Show. All’s fair in love and the environment, I guess. And then, at the end of the night, Paul Sevigny and the MisShapes took the decks, the hipsters hit the dance floor, and it was back to parties as usual.

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris / WireImage / Getty Images