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Ladies who Lunch

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“I’m literally here for a few hours,” said shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood, who flew to New York from London for a luncheon at Bergdorf Goodman yesterday. The occasion? The arrival of his new Spring collection, which, featuring pearl-soled pumps and swirling metallic sandals, was on display in the center of the department store’s famed shoe floor. “It’s nice to meet the customers and have lunch with some New York ladies,” laughed Kirkwood, who revealed that he’s opening a new store in the Wynn Las Vegas this June and hopes to launch handbags in the next year.

Indeed, he attracted quite a set of ladies—from New York and elsewhere. The likes of Shala Monroque, Suno’s Erin Beatty, Hannah Bronfman, and Julie Gilhart joined hosts Cecilia Dean and Leslie Fremar to fete Kirkwood. A five-months-pregnant Margherita Missoni took a break from renovating her and her husband’s New York pad to dine with the designer. “I have a harder time wearing very, very high heels now,” conceded Missoni, who’s working on a book to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of her family’s house. “I’m loving wedges, so I bought three pairs to wear over the summer. And I’m so over platforms.” If the Spring trend reports are any indication, she’s not alone. “I’ve been trying to do single soles since 2009,” said Kirkwood. “I would have been happy if they went out, like, two years ago.”

Valerie Steele, who included Kirkwood’s shoes in FIT’s Shoe Obsession exhibition and lauded him as one of the “emerging superstars of shoe design,” was skeptical. “There are a lot of people who have practiced very hard to wear their platforms, and who love the extra height it gives, so I think they’re going to remain an option,” she said. “And, of course, just because it’s swinging toward single sole now doesn’t mean that in eighteen months it won’t swing back.”

Photo: BFAnyc.com/Matteo Prandoni

Trotting in Time

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Last night’s celebration of Hermès’ new Dressage Chrono timepieces was an exercise in precision. Things kicked off at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, where Time in Motion—a ballet created specifically for Hermès—was performed by choreographer David Drouard and dancer Sandra Savin. The pas de deux played with concepts of time—the dancers would speed up and slow down, and their movements were accentuated by digital projections of the new watches. Afterward, guests such as Shala Monroque and Kelly Rutherford weren’t too keen on walking through the rain to dinner, which was a block away. But as they stepped out of the theater, partygoers were instantly greeted by a troop of handsome gents armed with huge Hermès orange umbrellas—talk about good timing.

At dinner, the exquisite watch display was rivaled by cheval projections in the elevator, a live watchmaker tinkering in the middle of the cocktail area, and curio tablescapes inspired by the house’s equestrian heritage. “The dance was incredible, and tonight was really seamless,” Waris Ahluwalia told Style.com. “As a designer, you always need something to look up to. Hermès has always been, for me, the barometer of craft and quality.”

Photo: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

Have Prism, Will Travel

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The weather in Paris this Saturday night was not exactly tropical. But over in Montmartre, Prism London impresario Anna Laub generated a bit of a heatwave. To celebrate the launch of Prism’s new range of bags, Laub decided to throw a house party, replete with tacos on demand, beaucoup des cocktails, an Instagram photo booth, an attic dance party, and, for some reason, a bowler hat suspended from the ceiling near the bar. Tacos in Paris is a surreal enough concept; was this an offhand tribute to Magritte? “Oh god, the bowler hat…,” said Laub, who co-hosted the fete with Garage magazinesters Chloe Kerman and Shala Monroque. “Don’t even get me involved with the bowler hat. I have no idea. It was pretty much improvised party lighting.” It was also a stroke of genius, given that the party’s un-stated theme was, essentially, the randomness of modern jet-set life. “You know, the bags are designed to make travel more functional,” Laub noted, “and I was thinking about the fact that we’re all traveling so much these days, and it’s kind of a crazy thing, that people have friends all over the world, and these lives where they’re in Tokyo one day and then Paris the next.” Yes, it’s all a bit of a glam mishmash. Very tacos in Paris, you might say.

Photo: Courtesy of Prism

A Clear Forecast For Fall Accessories

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With the exception of Cinderella, Lucite and Perspex shoes used to be associated with exotic dancers. But in the past few seasons, clear accessories have lost their lowbrow associations. During NYFW, we noticed oversize vinyl clutches at 3.1 Phillip Lim and were transfixed by Rodarte‘s footwear with sand art stripes decorating the Plexiglas platforms. Karl Lagerfeld, too, is lately making a case for the transparent trend. At the Chanel Cruise presentation earlier this week in Versailles, he styled his models with plastic cross-body bags and matching cuff bracelets, while on the Chanel Fall runway, every look came paired with geode-inspired d’Orsay pumps featuring see-through cylinder heels. And PVC isn’t just for the runways. Charlotte Dellal is frequently spotted carrying one of her crystalline clutches, and during the shows, Tommy Ton snapped Shala Monroque dodging the rain in an embellished Prada bucket hat from Spring 2010.

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Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

Tommy Ton’s Best-Dressed Of 2011

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Tommy Ton picked out his favorite people and off-runway fashion statements to photograph this year. Check out Tommy Ton’s year in photos here and see our breakdown of who’s who, below.

Ursina Gysi (Most Sought-After Subject): Stylist.

Ulyana Sergeenko (Best Runway-to-Reality Moment): Designer of her namesake clothing line and haute couture customer.

Natalie Joos (Best Signature Pose): Casting director, girl-about-town, and the blogger behind TalesofEndearment.com. See her ongoing collaboration with Style.com here.

Kate Lanphear (Most Lethal Accessories): Elle style director.

Elena Perminova (Most Lethal Accessories): Model and It-girl.

Hanneli Mustaparta (Best Reason to Hit The Gym): Blogger and model.

Lauren Santo Domingo (Best Post-Baby Comeback): Moda Operandi co-founder and Vogue contributing editor.

Hanne Gabby Odiele (Best-Dressed Model-Off-Duty): Model.

Elisa Nalin (Best Sense of Color): Stylist and designer.

Liz Cabral (The One to Watch): Flare fashion director.

Shala Monroque (Most Worth Waiting For): Fashion and art party fixture, dating Larry Gagosian, close friend of Miuccia Prada’s, and creative director at Garage magazine.

Photo: Tommy Ton