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April 20 2014

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Non-Monsoon Wedding:
Elise Øverland In India

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Elise Øverland is a frequent visitor to India, where she’s picked up no small number of friends (and a few inspirations for her collections, too). The Norway-born designer was recently on the subcontinent for the wedding of Shivraj Singh, the Prince of Jodhpur—along with Sting, Trudie Styler, Sarah Ferguson, and more.

Having spent so much time in India over the years, I always have a string of friends’ weddings in November. (Whereas the traditional wedding month in the west is June, Indians prefer November—basically, you do nothing but go to weddings, and it seems like the henna stays on from one to the next. I’ve even heard that Vogue India’s November issue is dedicated to wedding saris. Maybe it’s the weather: no monsoons in November, and it’s not too hot.) Even with all the competition out there, there was something very magical about the marriage of Shivraj Singh, the Prince of Jodhpur, to Gayatri Kumari—and not just the starry guest list. As a general rule, the dress code is pastel saris for day—absolutely no black for any occasion, which must seem unbearable to New Yorkers—and as many bangles as you can manage. (For men, the traditional Rajput outfits: a long coat called an achkan, fitted pants, colorful wrapped turbans called safas, sharp swords, and cummerbunds.) Hundreds of guests came to the lawn of Rambagh Palace in Jaipur to give their blessing, and spent the next day at the continuing events in Jodhpur, which raised the question: Who’s taking whose plane?
Above: Øverland and Kirat Young. And keep reading for more pictures from the bash. Continue Reading “Non-Monsoon Wedding:
Elise Øverland In India” »

The (World) Cup Runneth Over At Nike’s New NYC HQ

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Every fourth summer, the nations of this earth steep themselves in the sport we in the U.S. like to call soccer. (Most Americans blithely continue upon our own preferred summertime business: outdoor drinking, barbecues.) Local fütbol fans have long had to content themselves with the stray Irish pub to catch the coverage, but Nike is giving them a stadium-sized outlet for their fervor. The label is set to open its latest STADIUM outpost on the Bowery in New York City, and the multipurpose shop/community center will be airing key World Cup matches for the public. Sting and Trudie Styler were among the guests at the private opening of the space, which was designed by Rafael de Cárdenas. “I was here all night with my assistants, laying down tape,” de Cárdenas noted, referring to the graphic design on the floor in the front room, executed in various colors of gaffer tape. “I based the design on a soccer ball, and then extrapolated,” de Cárdenas added by way explanation. “Ask me how many colors gaffer tape comes in. Go ahead, ask.” Answer: lots. Conveniently, that’s also the number of uses Nike intends for the NYC STADIUM, which will remain open for a year and host exhibitions, house the duds for the company’s Bridge Runners club, and air other major sporting events once the World Cup ends.

Nike STADIUM NYC opens May 20 at 276 Bowery, NYC, www.nikestadiums.com.

Photos: Courtesy Nike

Porcelain’s Big Break

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Porcelain: so delicate and refined a material—and an aesthetic suggestion—it’s actually surprising that Olivia Ma Corwin and Kai Ma Wilson (pictured) are the first designers to name a clothing label after it. But the hard/soft duality the sisters have established with their debut womenswear collection couldn’t be a better fit for the name. “The concept of the label came from the idea of china dolls, as a reference to our Chinese background. But it also references the idea of fragility paired with a hardness,” Corwin said. Case in point: the sleek black lace minidress she herself was wearing to Porcelain’s launch party last night at Hotel Griffou. “It’s elegance with an edge,” she went on. “We strategically lined the dress in certain areas and left it exposed in others. It’s definitely for our more adventurous wearer.” That selectively daring customer should also appreciate the discreetly burlesque tone set by many of Porcelain’s other standout looks—anyone obsessed with Diane Kruger’s ensembles in Inglourious Basterds will find plenty to love. There to appreciate Porcelain’s “individually universal” approach was a dynamic crowd: Arden Wohl and Amy Sacco, designers Max Osterweis and Brian Atwood, and an impressive smattering of the young and social, along with their de facto queen, Ann Dexter-Jones. Even Sting, whose wife Trudie Styler co-hosted the event, made a surprising cameo. “They are some of our biggest supporters,” Corwin said of the couple. “Trudie already wears Porcelain all the time. A year ago, Porcelain was just a concept. Now, Sting is here celebrating with us. Not a bad way to launch a line!”

 

 

Let’s Do Brunch: Inaugural Edition

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The Creative Coalition, the entertainment industry’s nonprofit advocacy group, hosted a day-long brunch in honor of the inaugural festivities. It was the perfect spot for the famous among us to celebrate the swearing in or warm up after having done so alfresco. A bundled-up Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, and Anne Hathaway popped in for a quick bite, while Alan Cumming beelined for the martini bar. Also spotted passing through were Sting, Trudie Styler, Adrian Grenier, Kerry Washington, and Spike Lee. Not surprisingly, a rowdy and joyful cheer went up when former President Bush boarded his helicopter ride out of town. Matthew Modine mused on what the outcome of the election means for Americans. “To quote Full Metal Jacket, ‘It’s a big s–t sandwich and we’re all gonna have to take a bite,’ ” Modine said. “But the good news is, everybody’s smiling and saying, ‘OK, I’ll eat s–t.’ ” Guerlain hosted a makeup room for touchups in between the swearing in, parade, and balls. Between holding court with a gaggle of starstruck teenage girls, Josh Lucas kept popping in to get lip gloss—for himself. (If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.) Most guests headed out in the late afternoon for some downtime before tonight’s ball circuit. On his way out Tim Daly joked, “They’re not really balls. They’re more like bar mitzvahs—a bunch of dressed-up people standing around eating finger food.”

Was Sting Channeling Versace?

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So, there were a few memorable moments at last night’s Golden Globes. Among my favorites was the strange, surely unintended synchronicity of Drew Barrymore wearing gray (a gossamer Christian Dior Haute Couture) and acting slightly kooky while promoting Grey Gardens, Alec Baldwin giving bubble gum the best PR it’s had in a long time, J. Lo not even hesitating to scold a room full of A-listers, and the unexpected presence of gargantuan Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan. But did anyone happen to notice that while Angelina Jolie and January Jones were wearing Versace, Sting’s new look actually appeared to be inspired by the label’s late, great designer Gianni Versace. Let us know if you agree.

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images (Sting); Andy Warhol Foundation/Corbis (Versace)