32 posts tagged "Simon Doonan"
Last year, Christie’s brought in $1.36 million with its annual Bid to Save the Earth live auction in New York, where attendees bid on airplane rides with Harrison Ford and a day with Bill Clinton. The auction house has equally exciting items and experiences lined up for this year’s April 11 gala (Anna and Graydon Carter, Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault, and Susan and David Rockefeller are among the co-chairs), but ahead of the big event, Christie’s launches an online auction this morning, powered by Charitybuzz. Tea with model Elettra Wiedemann, a limited-edition reissued vintage Fendi Baguette handbag, and an afternoon of shopping with Simon Doonan (along with $2,500 to spend at Barneys) are all in the loot, but Style.com has its eye on the six bespoke Stella McCartney bags going up for auction today. McCartney, a dedicated green activist, teamed up with five artists to create one-of-a-kind bags for the auction. Style.com has the exclusive first look at the bags, featuring art by the likes of Mr. Brainwash (pictured, above), Bunta Inoue (pictured, below), and Peter Tunney, here. The bags will be for sale this morning through April 19 on Charitybuzz.com.
Jeweler Aurélie Bidermann’s Gallic chic has a new, American counterpart: Bidermann, her new collection exclusively for Barneys. At a dinner in her honor at New York’s Il Buco Alimentari and Vineria last night, she looked every bit the Parisienne, surrounded by a cadre of Frenchwomen, including hostess Garance Doré and the Webster’s Laure Heriard Dubreuil, and decked head to toe in Alaïa—which, she revealed to an envious group of U.S. editors—is her usual. (An aunt in the fashion industry has been supplying it to her since she was a teenager.) She was also wearing, of course, a few key pieces from her new collection, which traipses between girlish clovers and pansies (pictured) to gladiatorial cuffs and collars, in brass and enamel. So were several of her dinner guests, like Rachel Chandler Guinness. Between platters of beets and ricotta, roast chicken, and gelato, Bidermann proclaimed herself “very, very excited” about her first-ever capsule collection. So are her new partners at Barneys. The store’s creative ambassador at large, Simon Doonan, gave dinner’s kickoff toast, proclaiming his great affection for the woman and her wares. Then he situated a Frenchy evening firmly on American soil: “Welcome to Arby’s,” he joked.
Bidermann is now available at barneys.com.
This week, Barneys’ Simon Doonan kicks off his book tour for his latest tome, “geared towards anyone mesmerized by fabulosity”: Gay Men Don’t Get Fat. Don’t, however, be misguided by the name: Gay men do eat crumble and “gay men do get fat,” Doonan, now on his fifth book, tells Style.com. “They are called ‘bears’ and I have a whole chapter about them in there.”
Also in the book: chapters about hokey hookers, Ke$ha and the prissy queens, why macarons are so gay, and the most important word in the history of style. Doonan says these chapters came to him when he got an impulse to share the gay wisdom with the world. “To liberate everybody, women especially, and show them how to live life with the stylish bravado of us homos. Being a girl has never been more complicated—women are expected to look like Gisele, work like Bill Gates, and have a million kids like the old woman in the shoe,” says Doonan. So, what’s his secret to life? Never feel bad, about eating macarons or anything else.
“Don’t feel guilty about buying millions of pairs of Louboutins,” says Doonan. “Just shut up and buy them.”
In between his life coach advice, Doonan also offered up his thoughts on red-carpet dressing for awards season. “I have basically lost interest in awards,” he says. “Watching perfectly groomed people clutching awards has lost any fascination, but I will get interested again when someone shows up in something interesting—they are all gun-shy now.” Fodder for his next book? Perhaps. Doonan wants to let his latest one marinate for a bit before he’s ready to go forth.