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25 posts tagged "Vanessa Traina"

blasblog from paris: the backstage brouhaha for riccardo tisci


If one were to measure the success of a fashion show by the number of people who crush into the backstage area after it’s over—which, in my opinion, anyway, is a fairly accurate barometer—it’s a safe bet that Riccardo Tisci’s show for Givenchy was the hottest ticket yet this week. After all, the likes of Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Margherita Missoni, and Vanessa Traina don’t normally wait in long, pushy queues. Once backstage, the crowd of well-wishers and merrymakers continued. Restoin-Roitfeld went hunting for the black patent leather Mickey Mouse-esque headbands that had just debuted on the runway; Mariacarla Boscono, a friend of Tisci’s for years, chatted with her parents until the designer finished attending to his merrymakers; and Natalia Vodianova passed around pictures of her three kids—she told me she hasn’t decided if she’s having any more—while she had her extensions removed. In another indication of Tisci’s sway with fashion folk, the models weren’t eager to leave at all, and were even willing to chat to journalists about their love of the collection. “I came here just for this show,” Frankie Rayder said, adding that she hadn’t done a show in four years and so had the occasional nervous attack on her way to Paris. “I was going to go home tomorrow, but Riccardo told me he’s doing a party. Which I guess I have to stay for. He’s amazing.”


Photo: Alessandro Lucioni


blasblog: joseph altuzarra’s very good week


Ask the stylish buddies of Joseph Altuzarra, the young designer who refined his craft at Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, and Givenchy before launching his own collection this season, what he was celebrating on Thursday night, and you got a good answer. As his friend, lookbook model, and sort-of-muse Vanessa Traina, put it, “We’re celebrating it all: editorially, commercially, and personally. The right magazines came to see his stuff, the right stores want to buy it—which means, personally, it’s been a pretty good week for the guy.” All three of the fashion-weeking Traina sisters were at the low-key shindig at Altuzarra’s Chelsea pad (where a giant print of Nessie in one of his creations is propped over the mantel, originally just for the party, “but maybe she’ll stay there now”). “I met Vanessa when I was working at Givenchy,” said Altuzarra, who will be spending the next few days deciding which stores to offer exclusives to (not a bad choice to have to make). “She was wearing a studded Givenchy jacket that I helped work on.” Interjected Vanessa, “It was love at first sight.” Victoria Traina, meanwhile, was doing a little hopping herself. “I want to wear this one,” she said of a python-trimmed sheath dress. “And this one. And this one. Actually, I want all the dresses.”


Photo: Derek Blasberg


blasblog: ponying up at boucheron


Fashion folks can be a difficult breed: We want our nighttime entertainment brief, free, and fashionably late. That’s why, at the beginning of the Boucheron party Monday night, many people were left pondering why exactly the legendary French jewelry house would choose the South Street Seaport’s Spiegelworld hour-and-a-half circus, which started promptly at 8 p.m. (sorry if you wanted to see Marc Jacobs), to celebrate their 150th anniversary, and, adding insult to injury, had a cash-only bar. After Shoshanna Gruss and a few friends paid their $100 drinks tab, she reasoned that the latter was because “it isn’t cheap to find a trapeze artist nowadays.” Vanessa Traina, who hosted the party with Vladimir Roitfeld, didn’t seem to mind, either. “We’re outside and we’re looking at diamonds,” she said. “Which is all I was looking forward to.” Later in the evening, when DJ Julio Santo Domingo (that’s Tatiana’s brother and Lauren Santo Domingo’s nephew, for anyone doing a Manhattan socials family tree) got behind the decks, the Euroclass (think Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Lily Donaldson, and Andrea Casiraghi) and Americanas (Tinsley Mortimer, Nicole Richie, Dylan McDermott) got the party started, stopping only to gawk at Boucheron’s specialty Désir collection on display nearby. “How much do you think that ruby frog ring costs?” Tara Subkoff asked. “No, don’t tell me. ‘Cause then I’ll feel ridiculous complaining about the three dollars I just spent on a pineapple and soda.”

Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

one to watch: joseph altuzarra


One of this season’s most anticipated newcomers is Paris-born, New York-based Joseph Altuzarra, who’s showing his first collection at New York fashion week. First off, there’s his background: Prior to striking out on his own, he worked for Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, and Givenchy. Then there are his friends: Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, who’s also his art director, and Vanessa Traina, who serves as his muse and stars in his lookbook. “I’m really thankful for the fashion experiences I’ve had,” says the 25-year-old designer. “I’ve been exposed to different ways of looking at fashion. That’s why, despite the line being based in New York, I wanted it to retain a French quality.” As for inspiration, the architecture of Santiago Calatrava—which is noted for its emphasis on structural engineering—has been a major influence for Altuzarra, who is particularly interested in tailoring and construction. Says Traina, “I definitely think that Joseph’s collection caters to the young, forward-thinking modern woman. The aesthetic is very classic in its tailoring, yet the folding and the python piping lend an interesting and modern edge.”

Photo: Courtesy of Altuzarra

Vanessa Traina Walking New York Shows? Maybe


Show packages are piling up at our desks, and as we begin to sort through them, one unexpected face jumped out at us: Vanessa Traina. The Elite model and girl-about-town has been with the agency for a while, but with the exception of a sultry Paris Vogue shoot, has little to her portfolio. So will we see her on the New York catwalks? We hear from her agent it’s still unconfirmed, but she’s definitely into the idea—if it’s with the right designer.

Photo: Courtesy of Elite