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The Fashion Set Fêtes Precious

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This year’s little movie that could is shaping up to be Precious, the inspirational tale of a supremely disadvantaged teenager in eighties Harlem. The curious crowd that dropped by last night’s Cinema Society screening for a preview included Donna Karan, Agyness Deyn, and Tommy Hilfiger, the evening’s sponsor.

Sure, it’s a big deal now. But before the game-changer known as Oprah, who signed on as executive producer after the indie film’s Sundance triumph, the fate of Precious was less than certain. “I didn’t know if it would just end up on Netflix, with us having the premiere at my mother’s house,” cast member Paula Patton said before the screening, which took place at the Crosby Street Hotel. She was in a buoyant mood, despite a dress that looked just about ready to pop. “It’s too tight to find out, but we’re pretty sure it’s Tadashi Shoji,” Patton joked.

Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, and (in a bravura turn that’s surprised just about everyone) Mo’Nique round out the cast. Although none of them came by last night, the film’s breakout star, Gabby Sidibe, cruised through the after-party, and Colin Powell (not exactly a regular at movie premieres) made a surprise visit. What does it mean when a little movie comes with so many big names? “It means the movie better show and prove,” offered Terrence Howard. Judging from the responsive audience last night, this one is doing both.

Photo: BILLY FARRELL/PatrickMcMullan.com

Winding Down at Tadashi Shoji

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The last show at Bryant Park’s Salon tent went to L.A.-based designer Tadashi Shoji, who sent out lots of ruffles and a strong palette inspired by one his favorite pastimes: gardening. “I have a nice big garden in L.A., and I thought of the black rose, then added more and more colors,” he said. “Most of the time, I’m doing really architectural forms, but this time it was more soft and organic.” Stylist Tina Chai was backstage after the show, rejoicing at the end of her long week, which included four shows and two presentations. “Tomorrow I’m going to sleep 14 hours, and then I have to catch up on all of my Oscar movies,” she said. “I’m going to have, like, eight hours of movies, and Benjamin Button—that will take up, like, half that time.” Not yet ready to switch gears, front-row guest Fabiola Beracasa still had her mind on the week’s sartorial offerings. “My favorite collection had to be Alexander Wang. I was getting this very Fly Girl vibe and a little Kelly Bundy,” she said. So, should we expect to see Fabiola rocking the early-nineties thing come fall? “I’ve been channeling Kelly Bundy for some time now,” she informed us. “It’s just not obvious, since I don’t look so much like her.”

Photo: Courtesy of Tadashi Shoji

tadashi shoji stays true blue

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Though Spring is generally when designers get their color on, at least one upcoming collection looks set to remain faithful to monochrome shades spliced with ever-so-subtle flashes of ultramarine and kryptonite blue: that of Los Angeles-based Tadashi Shoji, whose collection is inspired by Jean Nouvel’s architectural monument for the new Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi. “I was struck by the interplay of beauty and light and the streaming geometric shapes,” reveals the Japanese expat, whose ode to longtime influences Madame Grès and Vionnet is exemplified by draping effects with tulle, pleated silk organza, and laser-cut detailing. “It’s all very pure, but expect a lot of twists,” says stylist Tina Chai, who was hand-picked by Shoji to collaborate on the September 12 presentation in Bryant Park. “We met with seven different people for the job,” says Shoji, “but once we saw Tina, we just clicked.”

Photo: Linlee Allen