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July 22 2014

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Rebecca Taylor, Version 2.0

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“I wanted the clothes to really do the talking,” explained Rebecca Taylor about her new flagship boutique in the Meatpacking District. Hence the pared-down aesthetic of the new shop, more streamlined and modern than her seven-year-old Nolita boutique. The brand is celebrating its 15-year anniversary, and Taylor wanted to reboot and refresh her sensibility—starting with the location. “I feel like [present-day Meatpacking District] must be a bit like Soho in the eighties,” Taylor said. “This is like my generation’s Soho, and I wanted to be part of the rejuvenation of the neighborhood.”

Taylor’s seventies-inspired Spring collection stood out against the pastel walls of the flower-filled store. In addition to her standard offerings, the shop will also carry Taylor’s upcoming collaborations and favorite trinkets, such as candles and candy, imported from her native New Zealand. A parade of young starlets and models, like Selita Ebanks (left, with Taylor), Michelle Trachtenberg, and Katrina Bowden, all were on hand last night to check out the opening, but the store, Taylor promises, will have something even for the guys. In the crescent-shaped section in the rear—the designer’s favorite part of the boutique—dressing rooms and clothing displays abut a few big, comfy chairs. “Boyfriends can hang out in the back,” she said with a laugh.

Photo: Courtesy of Rebecca Taylor

A Walk To Remember

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Arguably, the opportunity to be in a room with Alec Baldwin is, in this day and age, enough to coax anyone out on a rainy night. Now add to that a good cause (New York’s Coalition for the Homeless) and an auction that includes works by Francesco Clemente, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons, James Rosenquist, and Silvia Venturini Fendi. Yes, you read that last one correctly. Artwalk 2010—hosted by Baldwin, Richard Gere, and Carey Lowell, and honoring Rosenquist—does primarily draw from visual artists for its annual for-charity auction, but since Fendi has signed on as this year’s sponsor, the house matriarch (and accessories designer) has ponied up, too. Hitting the block will be a made-to-order Selleria Peekaboo bag (pictured), customizable from the leather or skin down to the stitching and lining, in 37 color variations. No wonder Isabella Rossellini, Selita Ebanks, Heather Marks, and Olympia Scarry are all expected at tonight’s event. Want to join them? Tickets are still available at www.artwalkny.org, where you can also bid on auction items.

Photo: Courtesy of Fendi

A Model Moment At David Yurman

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There was so very much to ogle at last night’s party on the roof deck of David Yurman’s Tribeca headquarters. First, the panoramic views of the Hudson, doused in end-of-day sunlight, and second, Yurman’s signature bling, glinting on guests and arrayed in display cases. (In case the glare from either view was too bright, an assistant was on hand with loaner shades.) Third, a gaggle of models, including Hilary Rhoda, who was camped out on a white banquette in the corner; Selita Ebanks; and Du Juan, the face of Yurman’s Fall 2008 campaign. (That’s not even mentioning PYTs Byrdie Bell and Leigh Lezark.) The jeweler’s next poseur, Dominican stunner Arlenis Sosa, glowing in coral pink Hervé Léger and plenty of gratis gems, was all business, staying on message for her new employer. “I think this one’s my favorite,” she said, picking out a particularly shiny bangle from the stack on her wrist. Sosa, who follows the likes of Kate Moss and Natalia Vodianova as David Yurman’s new face, eyed current campaign girl Anna Selezneva’s larger-than-life Yurman ads. “Anna’s pictures look so pretty,” she gushed. “But mine will be better. I love Anna, so I can say that.”

Photo: Billy Farrell / Patrick McMullan