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“I’ll never forget, I was doing this concert—this is years and years and years ago—called Live Earth, and when I got there, I was struck by all the people who were just so into the cause and what it really meant,” said Pharrell Williams at the launch of G-Star Raw and Bionic (of which Williams is the creative director) denim at the American Museum of Natural History Saturday night. “And I was with it—I thought it was interesting and I thought it was something I could learn from.” The hip-hop mogul and producer, who wore his now favorite Vivienne Westwood hat while addressing the crowd, started looking at his own consumption and experienced a post-concert television takedown of his supposed rock-star lifestyle (“’cause I make rap, I guess,” he speculated) as a personal challenge to create environmental change. Bionic Yarn, his eco-conscious clothing developer, was the result.
Saturday Evening’s event represented a new collaboration between Bionic and G-Star Raw. “We really had to go to the very raw material that makes our jeans,” explained G-Star strategy director Thecla Schaeffer, of the team’s innovative development of denim made from recycled plastic. “For G-Star, denim is almost like a work of art—the weight, the weave, the way the denim fades. We had to be sure that Bionic denim would do the same thing.”
A diverse crowd of supporters—activists, scientists, Joe Jonas (who sat in the back row and provided continuous commentary—”that was intense” and “cool speech”—throughout the press conference), Dorian Grinspan, Tyson Beckford, and Charlotte Ronson—turned out to support the cause, taking in serious ecological talk and an all-vegetarian menu of hors d’oeuvres in turn. “We can commit to radically changing our actions, our way of thinking,” said David LaChapelle, one of the original supporters of the endeavor. “Let’s not give into apathy.”
The Museum of Arts and Design held its annual benefit last night, and the theme this year was fluorescents. Neon art—donated by the likes of Rogan Gregory, Jen Kao, and jeweler Bliss Lau—hung on the walls and stood in the galleries, although it wasn’t all as inviting as it was bright. “One of my favorite things is the noose upstairs, ” Mad Men and Community star Alison Brie, one of the evening’s co-chairs, said. She was referring to a fluorescent-bulb hangman’s rope that dangled over the DJ booth where the evening’s entertainers, Chelsea Leyland, Sophomore’s Chrissie Miller, and Leo Fitzpatrick, played their sets (left). “I decided it might be a little too morbid for my house,” the Lela Rose-clad actress continued. “It might send the wrong message.”
The dress code was as flashy as the art—for most, at least. “I am in my basic New York black wardrobe,” co-chair Tyson Beckford admitted. “I just got off a plane from Miami and you know how that is down there—I wish I wore my neon pink Chuck Taylors.” His fellow chair, Waris Ahluwalia, was similarly restrained, though he agreed to wear the glowstick-glasses that were being handed out at the door. “I’ll take one picture in them and then these are coming off,” he said. No matter. In their vivid ensembles, Christian Cota, Becka Diamond, and Dani Stahl more than made up for any lack of highlighter hues.
Art and design go hand in hand with fashion, so no surprise to find plenty of style-world names on the invitation to next week’s Museum of Arts & Design gala and auction. Waris Ahluwalia, Tyson Beckford, and Mazdack Rassi (founder and creative director of Milk Studios) are a few of the evening’s co-chairs, and Mandy Coon, Kevork Kiledjian, Kate Lanphear, and Robert Geller all among the host committee members. This year is the Fluorescent Ball, where all things eye-popping are in, from the artworks in the silent auction (like a neon-bright surfboard by Rogan Gregory to Dan Flavin-esque fluorescent-tube art pieces by Julian Lwin, Tapp Francke, and Lite Brite Neon) to the dress code for the night.
Also lighting up the scene: the just-announced celebrity co-chair of the evening, Community and Mad Men actress Alison Brie (left, with an appropriately fluoro-clad Estelle, at Diane von Furstenberg’s Spring ’11 show). Arts education—the beneficiary of the gala’s proceeds—is close to Brie’s heart. “I’ve always been a fan of arts education—my mother works in education, and that’s always been a big priority in my family,” Brie told Style.com from the set of Five-Year Engagement, the romantic comedy she’s filming with Emily Blunt. (Plus, of course: “Tyson Beckford’s gonna be there so you know it’s going to be a fun time.”) As for her fluorescent outfit for the evening? “The dress I was thinking of wearing is a Lela Rose bright orange one. Her use of color is fantastic,” she says, describing the shade as “neon-ish.” “I’ve definitely been to some neon after-hours parties in L.A. where I’ve really gone all-out. I don’t know if I’m going to go quite as…uh, whimsical.”
For tickets and more information, visit www.thefluorescentball.com.
Last night, Manhattan’s social set was on a sugar high. Blame Dylan Lauren: the fashion heiress was throwing a party to celebrate the expansion of Dylan’s Candy Bar, now the world’s largest sweet shop at 15,000 square feet. Ivanka Trump, Karen Duffy, and Tyson Beckford dropped by to indulge their sweet tooth, while Rachel Roy and Woody Allen treated their respective little ones to chocolate fondue. “A bunch of celebrities thought it was for kids,” Lauren noted. Which was fine by her, as long as they stayed away from the candy cocktails.
White chocolate skulls and plush teddy bears with jack-o’-lantern caps were among the holiday specials, but Lauren insisted the store’s reopening just before Halloween was incidental: “Candy is every day for us,” she said. Lauren Bush, though, recalled getting a bit greedy during trick-or-treat season growing up in Houston: “It was all about the bite-size Snickers.” Gummy bears, not so much. “I don’t like their gumminess,” she said. “I love Milk Duds,” Jason Biggs offered. “But they give me a toothache, a headache, and jaw ache. I don’t know why I continue to eat them.” Candy habits die hard, it seems. Just ask Andrew Lauren, who was rubbing his tummy as he prepared to head out. What was up? “I just had an overdose of cotton candy,” he said.
As we head into the final stretch of the London shows, here’s what everyone’s chatting about: Prime Minister Gordon Brown is in emergency talks to save a bunch of big banks before they collapse, but fashion types are having a giggle over shots of his wife, Sarah, checking out Tyson Beckford’s assets at the Fashion for Relief show organized by Naomi Campbell. Meanwhile, the future Queen of England, Kate Middleton, did her best impression of Roller Girl, only to fall flat in a fit of giggles.
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