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April 24 2014

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The Absentees

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It was the Great Party That Was™—but who, dare we ask, wasn’t? Seats were going fast at last night’s Costume Institute Gala, but a few frequently seen faces on the party scene didn’t make an appearance. Where were they?

Gwyneth Paltrow has been making the New York party rounds lately, lending her support to Chopard’s 150th anniversary and to children’s yoga programs but the Iron Man blonde was a no-show. Ditto her co-star Scarlett Johansson. Neither Mary-Kate nor Ashley Olsen came, nor did their pals the Traina girls. Models were everywhere, but not Lara Stone or Georgia Jagger—the latter of whom, admittedly, has been studying rather than partying these last few weeks. And Chanel beauty ambassador Leigh Lezark was nowhere to be seen—at the party, that is. She’s not one to miss an after-party, and true to form, she hit the decks with her fellow MisShapes at the Standard later on (pictured).

Who else would you have liked to see at the Met?

Photo: Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan

Milan Vukmirovic: “Fashion’s Like The Titanic”

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On Tuesday, the troika behind the Webster in Miami—Frederic Dechnik, Laure Heriard Dubreuil, and Milan Vukmirovic (pictured)—took over the private salons of the Maison Baccarat to introduce selected friends to the Louis XIII Rare Cask by Rémy Martin. Dressed in a plunging, lace-up black dress by Joseph Altuzarra, Dubreuil noted that despite the fashionable guest list—which included Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, Pierre Hardy, Charlotte Dellal, Pamela Golbin, the Traina sisters, and Gabriele Corto Moltedo—this was really just a family affair. (After all, Dubreuil’s family owns Rémy Martin.)

Through dinner, the talk turned to art and architecture. Dellal, the designer behind Charlotte Olympia shoes, described the restoration process on the ironwork in her new London boutique, set to open in early May. “It’s a nineteenth-century shop, so I am restoring it to what I think it must have been then, by way of the forties,” she said. Dubreuil’s boyfriend, artist Aaron Young, regaled guests with tales of his as-yet-untitled work in progress, a gold-plated modern chariot to be impaled atop one of Augustus’ columns at Rome’s Teatro di Marcello at the end of May, around the opening of his solo show at the city’s MACRO museum. That takes care of the high art; a few attendees were as invested in what’s coming up from below. “Fashion’s like the Titanic,” observed the multitasking creative director Vukmirovic, who also designs Trussardi 1911. “The band plays on, but the era of big designer egos is over. Ready-to-wear is becoming what couture used to be. Fashion is direct and the future reality is that everyone is a star, whether or not they have a fashion culture or even means [to buy it]. The only question that matters is, do they like it?” Some like the booze, at least-reports indicate that the Louis XIII, a few bottles of which will make their way to the U.S. in May, has almost entirely pre-sold at €10,000 a pop.

Photo: Stephane Feugère

Blasblog: Proenza Party At The Pyramid

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“It’s all about the Pyramid Club right now,” Proenza Schouler’s Lazaro Hernandez said outside the venerable East Village night spot. “It’s major.” Well, the Pyramid Club might have been major a few decades ago, when Debbie Harry dropped by and club kids in giant shoulder pads danced all night, but since then it’s kind of been in a lull. Leave it to Hernandez and design partner Jack McCollough to snap the club right back into relevance. Schouler fans like Mary-Kate Olsen, Victoria and Vanessa Traina, Nicole Richie, and Olivier Zahm stormed down Avenue A to celebrate the boys’—can we still call them boys? They’re both over 30—triumphant show earlier Wednesday night. “We figured we wanted to dance, and we wanted room. Besides, we’re tired of Beatrice,” McCollough explained as he stomped into the darkened, strobe-lit dance floor.

Good Bag Hunting

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You can’t keep (the price of) a good bag down. At last night’s Hunting Season trunk show at Edon Manor, designers Danielle Corona, a Valentino alum, and her partner Jason Salstein, a former VBH-er, proved just that. Hunting Season specializes in bags so instantly classic it seems churlish to interrogate the designers about prices. (The ones pictured here range from $1530 for the weekender to $1995 for the python fan clutch, if you’re being a stickler about such pedestrian matters.) After all, has any precious fashion heirloom ever come cheap? Nevertheless, as trunk show attendees including Charlotte Ronson, Victoria Traina, Bonnie Morrison, Ferebee Bishop Taube, and budding stylist Sean Avery browsed Hunting Season’s Spring 2009 wares, Corona and Salstein took a cheerful swat at the (inevitable) recession questions. “We are getting more requests from stores for leather, as opposed to alligator or python,” admitted Salstein. “But on the other hand, the alligator and the other special skins are what they like to show off, and it sells. I mean, I guess that customer is still there.” Salstein pointed out that the Hunting Season bags are multitaskers. “That compact got pulled for a celebrity recently,” he said, “and she—I won’t say who—was saying it would make for a pretty good weapon, too.” Hunting season, indeed.

blasblog: joseph altuzarra’s very good week

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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