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July 12 2014

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Design, Tailor, Walk

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It’s anyone’s guess whether Ozwald Boateng knew, when he booked the Odeon in Leicester Square for his London fashion week-closing 25th anniversary show and film extravaganza, that he’d be facing off with Julia Roberts. The London premiere of Eat, Pray, Love took place at the same time and at the same theater.

It was hard to say whether the celebs wandering around the square were there for Ozwald or Julia. In the tailor’s corner were 1,600 of us, celebrating the man who began as a journeyman 25 years ago and broke through barriers to become one of the world’s most respected outfitters (no small feat in the olden days, when race was a hotter issue than it is today). He now suits up Brad Pitt, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jamie Foxx, Jude Law, and Bryan Ferry, among others. In the film A Man’s Story, which screened after the catwalk show, a number of famous friends—Will Smith, Spike Lee, Paul Bettany, and Laurence Fishburne among them—sang his praises. So did billionaire Richard Branson: “If someone can get me into a suit, it must mean he is really good.”

Twenty-five years is long enough to see a new generation come in, and fittingly, Boateng called upon some of the new class to walk his show: Sam Branson (son of Richard) and Tyler Wood (son of Ronnie and Jo) hit the runway, with their proud parents beaming from the front row. Joining them there were Piers Morgan, heavyweight world champion David Haye, Nick Rhodes, and Michelle Williams—it seemed the only one missing, in fact, was Julia, though you could say she made her presence felt in the deafening roar that fell over the show when she hit the red carpet next door. It may have been a theater, but it was Boateng’s latest scent wafting in the air, rather than popcorn, and half bottles of Moët in the cupholders, rather than pop. And when the whole thing was done, the models formed a procession and walked back to the designer’s Savile Row HQ, with a few overeager fans joining in the fray.

Photo: Courtesy of Ozwald Boateng

Will.i.am Talks Taxation With Representation

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What does it take to bring LVMH North America CEO Renaud Dutreil, Robert Verdi, and Becka Diamond together? Last night, it was a good cause—a massively good one, in fact. At the launch party for MassiveGood, a new charity with Bill Clinton’s blessing, the idea was that the everywoman and man could make a difference. Will.i.am, who has written a campaign song for the organization with South Africa’s Yvonne Chaka Chaka, was on hand to explain. “Let’s say you go on a trip and buy a $500 plane ticket,” the Black Eyed Peas front man explained. “Adding $2 to that isn’t a big deal, but you know it’s going to something good. It’s like getting taxed, only you have a say in where the tax is going.” In this case, it’s going to UNITAID to treat preventable diseases, reduce child mortality, and improve maternal health in the third world.

He’s not the only high-profile star pitching in. Spike Lee directed a short promo, Masterpiece—debuting exclusively on Style.com, below—starring Mary J. Blige, Samuel L. Jackson, Susan Sarandon, and Paul Auster. And on Thursday, Clinton will introduce the charity officially to the United Nations by giving the first $2 donation. But Chaka Chaka was hoping for a little musical contribution from the former head of state, too. “You know, I performed for Bill Clinton before,” she mentioned. “I said, ‘Mr. President, now why didn’t you bring your saxophone?’”

Post Recession Spending, Paltrow’s New Pad, Irina For Spike, And More…

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Introducing “the new normal,” a post-recession shopping world in which everyone is poor. Sigh. [WWD]

Rumors that Puig Fashion Group president Mario Grauso may leave his post—which includes running Carolina Herrera—have sparked speculation that loyal CH fans like Renée Zellweger and Amy Adams will stop wearing Herrera’s clothes after he leaves. We’re pretty sure they’re in it for the refined glam, not the business acumen. [NY Post]

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have bought the house next door to their already sizable London home. Plans for a 33-room mansion are in the works. GOOP readers can anticipate a DIY home remodeling guide. Step 1: Be insanely wealthy. [Daily Mail]

Spike Lee: fashion guru? Word is the director approached Irina Lazareanu for a role in his next film. She said yes. [Grazia]

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris / Wire Image

Party Politics: Navigating The Inaugural Scene

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Inaugurations are often a painful cocktail of mother-of-the-bride gowns and cash bars. But Obama-mania has Washington, D.C., poised for what may be the biggest party there since, well, ever. BET kicks things off on Saturday night honoring Mary J. Blige and Magic Johnson, among others at a gala at the Warner Theatre. The balls get started in earnest on Sunday with a fête honoring The Washington Post‘s African-American-focused Web site The Root, which is expected to draw Spike Lee, Sarah Jessica Parker, and possibly Oprah—though her inaugural plans have been more closely guarded than Obama himself. Mayor Adrian Fenty will be keeping things more low-key at the Embassy of Kuwait, mixing a who’s who of famous Washington wonks (Bob Woodward, Arianna Huffington), deep-pocketed potential donors (Mort Zuckerman, Ronald Lauder), and Hollywood heavyweights (George Lucas) with maybe a Tory Burch and an Elisabeth Shue thrown in for good measure. Meanwhile Shepard Fairey ups the cool quotient with a preview of his new exhibit Manifest Hope, where Santogold, Moby and De La Soul will perform. Continue Reading “Party Politics: Navigating The Inaugural Scene” »