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September 2 2014

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12 posts tagged "Visionaire"

Blasblog: The Queens of Holiday Cheer

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For many, this has been a most depressing holiday season. With unemployment rates skyrocketing and the economy in the can, it might be easy to just saddle up to happy hour and drink these next few days away until the new year rolls around. But that’s not what Stephen Gan had in store for his friends and family. Explaining that he felt an obligation to put a smile on the faces of us downtrodden fashion folk (How hard has it been to look at all these Dress for Less recession guides when all you want is a new Givenchy tote?), he decided that epic tranny ball at the Box would be his gift to loved ones and assorted Visionaire staff. Linda Evangelista co-hosted the festivities, which featured appearances by Lady Bunny, Sweetie, Flotilla de Barge and Lypsinka. Joining in all the sequined, fake eyelashed and bewigged glamour were Lady Amanda Harlech and her daughter Tallulah, Peaches Geldof, Diane von Furstenberg, Jen Brill, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Francisco Costa and The Kills’ Alison Mosshart. While I would never deign to name a highlight—I learned early in life to never, ever rank trannies—André Leon Talley did tell me had a soft spot for Lypsinka’s performance. “She is a very, very talented human being,” he said of her amusing rendition of Old Hollywood movie scenes before dramatically diving into the downstairs dressing rooms. “She dove into the steps like Michael Phelps in a crimson crinoline.”

Photo: JD Ferguson

Blasblog: Visionaire Pops Up, Bubbles Over

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Theory: Visionaire might just have the best parties in fashiondom. Exhibit A: Last night was perhaps one of the best fêtes yet: a celebration of the über-mag’s collaboration with Krug on its 55th edition. (This time it’s a series of pop-up books designed by the likes of Steven Klein and Steven Meisel.) The Champagne powerhouse took over Tom Sachs’ Soho studio, stocking it full of Champagne and caviar. (Editor’s note: That’s the kind of home invasion we’d fully welcome.) The party drew Diane von Furstenberg, Margherita Missoni, Vito Schnabel, Stavros Niarchos, and Luke Grimes, but what kept them was a surprise performance by the Harlem Gospel Choir, who barreled into the studio singing Beyoncé′s “Put a Ring on It.” Mario Testino, front and center with Visionaire‘s Stephen Gan, shouted for a “dance-off” at one point, with Tiana, the lead singer of that particular tune. With the champers running like water, there was one potential danger: the millions of dollars of artwork lining the walls. “I’m so nervous I’m going to touch something I’m not supposed to,” sighed Lily Donaldson, who came with her boyfriend, Vladimir Roitfeld. “Like over there it says ashtray. But is it really? Am I going to burn down a million-dollar piece of art?” She didn’t, but only because Natalia Vodianova showed up and sequestered her crew to a corner. “I’m only here for one night,” she said. “So I have to catch up with everyone right now.”