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August 20 2014

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Moore, Shields, Lam: Viva Italia!

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Seeing that tomorrow marks the start of Milan fashion week, it was fitting to hear all present last night at the Tod’s U.S. launch of limited-edition book Italian Touch wax eloquent about the wonders of the sole boot-shaped member of the E.U. Julianne Moore, for starters, was still in a Mediterranean state of mind, having just returned from Venice, where her film (and Tom Ford’s directorial debut!) A Single Man debuted. “I was so struck by how natural everybody is and all the beautiful families,” said Moore, who made up for the absence of the real Tuscan sun in a dazzling gold Derek Lam frock topped with a black blazer. “It’s just so unforced and lovely and simple.” While Brooke Shields, who set off her body-skimming black dress with a pair of strappy Tod’s sandals and a purple clutch, was quick to claim her Italian heritage. “What comes out of Italy is the passion. Whatever they do, it really kind of comes from the gut,” said Shields, who recently traveled to Rome to trace her family’s genealogy. “That’s my dad’s side. But I’ve got Newark on the other side. Newark and Rome!” Tod’s creative director Derek Lam kept his praise pithy for both the country and the book’s lavish collection of images that capture the elegant ease with which Italians do just about everything. Remarked Lam, “It’s all about sensuality.”

Photo: Neil Rasmus/Patrick McMullan

Fashion’s Night Out, Italian Style

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All of the action isn’t in New York on September 10 (that’d be Fashion’s Night Out, for those of you not paying attention). Carla Sozzani of Milan’s celebrated 10 Corso Como store and art gallery is hosting a block party, celebrating an exhibition of the photographs found in the new picture book Italian Touch, commissioned by Tod’s and published by Skira. You can bet that Anna Della Russo will be there. She was photographed at her Milan home; that’s a super-enlarged still from Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard on the wall behind her and Tod’s pebble-soled moccasins next to her bare feet. Diego Della Valle of Tod’s, meanwhile, will be joined by models at the brand’s New York store that night, where artisans will be on hand to personalize purchases. The book will be available to order there, and sold at Barnes & Noble and Borders stores nationwide.

Photo: Staff

Blasblog: Shopping For A Good Cause At Tod’s

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A couple of weeks back, I mentioned that the new scene in the Hamptons was Soul Cycle’s spinning classes. Little did I know the class rapport went well beyond physical fitness. For Allure editor in chief and avid biker Linda Wells, the 9:30 a.m. weekend classes were how she got involved with the R.E.S.T. Initiative, which brings massage therapies into chemotherapy treatment rooms. “One of the instructors was suffering and realized that one element was missing from the healing, the power of human touch,” explained Wells, who hosted cocktails and a shopping party with Derek Lam at Tod’s Madison Avenue boutique last night to benefit the organization. Speaking of hands on, Tod’s tan leather D-Bag was the evening’s most sought-after item.

Photo: Courtesy of Tod’s

On The Lam

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Fresh off a plane from L.A., where he was the man of the hour at a Tod’s luncheon to benefit Couture Cares last week, Derek Lam co-hosted a ladies’ lunch at Christie’s today. After perusing casefuls of jewels to be auctioned off later this spring, Lydia Fenet, BJ Topol-Blum, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, and other uptown types adjourned to a second-floor boardroom to watch an abridged version of Lam’s Fall collection, accessorized with yet more baubles from the upcoming sale. We sat next to the designer’s partner, Jan Hendrik-Schlottmann, who gave us an update on Lam’s new store, which, contrary to the taxi ads you might’ve spotted around town, is not yet open. The delay, he explained, is due to pods—designed by Sanaa, the Japanese firm behind the New Museum, and built in Las Vegas—that are the main architectural feature of the store. Believe it or not, the weather has been too awful to ship them across the country. As if those giant pods aren’t temptation enough to make the trek down to Crosby Street (the store is adjacent to Jil Sander and across the street from the still-under-construction Mondrian Hotel), he also said that they’ve hired the sales staff from Linda Dresner, the fabulous Madison Avenue boutique that closed its doors earlier this year. We’ll be expecting some special one-on-one attention when we use the generous gift card we were delighted to find next to our place card.

Photo: Courtesy of Derek Lam

getting animated with tod’s

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When Tod’s screens Pashmy Dream, the short film directed by Diego Della Valle pal Dennis Hopper and featuring the campaign star, Gwyneth Paltrow, at a dinner in Milan tonight, the crowd will be strictly friends-of-the-brand. But come tomorrow, the six-minute movie will be available for download on the brand’s Web site along with, among other things, the installation by art director Felice Limosani that greeted editors and retailers at the label’s presentation. The first part of Horsing Around looks like a movie itself, but it’s actually an animation of many hundreds of drawings, 24 per second to be precise. Why animate a horse? Tod’s Claudio Castiglione explained, “First, there are the saddlery details in the new collection; then there’s the fact that the drawings are all handmade, like our products; finally, it’s a reflection of how modern the brand is. We could’ve photographed a horse, but instead we used technology to animate it.” Got that? In other news, the company has added sterling silver and leather jewelry to its lineup.

Photo: Courtesy of Tod’s