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Waris And Co. Send Their Love

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“That’s my favorite thing, to be inappropriate. That’s my MO for 2010. I’m starting now,” Waris Ahluwalia told us last night at the party for his new book To India With Love. And, yes, he’d just told two lovely young admirers—officers of an organization that promotes South Asian women in business—that he loves South Asian women. But that revelation aside, there were few improprieties. Fans and friends were gathered to celebrate the Assouline-published book (the proceeds of which go to the victims of the brutal November 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks) at a tony ballroom at the Pierre, after all.

The book grew out of an idea Ahluwalia and co-editors Tina Bhojwani and Mortimer Singer had to support Mumbai’s victims of terrorism as they felt they’d been supported, as New Yorkers, following 9/11. A few well-placed phone calls to friends filled out the contributors list, which includes Wes Anderson, Natalie Portman, and Rachel Roy. It was, to hear him tell it, a no-brainer. “From my end, it wasn’t so much a request as a demand,” Ahluwalia says of his outreach. “I’ve been to India with a lot of these people. I said, ‘I know you were there. I’ve got photos of you—want me to use those? No, you don’t want me to use those.’ ” The strategy worked. Submissions—photos, drawings, reminiscences—came pouring in, including his favorite, a shot of Cynthia Rowley and Bill Powers in front of the Taj Mahal just minutes after Powers had proposed.

It also happened to be the guy’s birthday. Any big plans? “Just this,” Ahluwalia promised, “and an intimate dinner.” Sounds like the scene of some improprieties, but no: “My mom will be there. She’s the inspiration behind everything I do. She’s a fabulous, strong, incredible woman—she’s who I make my jewelry for.” Honoring thy mother? Looks like the 2010 MO can wait just one more night.

Photo: CARRIE SHALTZ/PatrickMcMullan.com

Waris Conquers All

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At Phillips de Pury last night, Waris Ahluwalia debuted the second iteration of the avian-inspired Omnia Vincit Amor (“Love Conquers All”) collection from his House of Waris jewelry line. The new series is less literal than the first, with fewer birds on display. (The exception is a colorful batch of limited-edition enamel pendants inspired by photos of winged creatures by his friend Andrew Zuckerman, which retail at lower price points.)

But the mainline pieces—fit for an exotic queen, or perhaps an arty maharani—are more abstract, a continuation of what the designer calls his “love story.” This love is wild. A filigreed emerald pendant “feels like snakeskin,” while two bracelets (one white diamond, the other black diamond) look like feathers or licks of flame. They appeared ready to claw themselves to a wrist, but Waris prefers to let people decide for themselves. “Whatever my stories are,” he said, “it has to translate into a piece that’s going to work on your body. Hopefully your naked body.”

For all the fantasy, the collection is a result of collaborations with an international network of craftsmen: enamellers in India, a computer-design whiz in New York, Bangkok’s pavé-diamond masters. Waris added that he’ll be working more with Roman artisans in the future. Their forte? “Charging a lot.” But when you love the pieces—and it’s not hard to—omnia vincit amor at the register, too.

Photo: SHAUN MADER/ PatrickMcMullan.com

Blasblog: From Fashion Week To Food Weekend

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Full disclosure: I like to eat almost as much as I like to judge what people are wearing. (Almost.) So when an invite came my way to a dinner that Veuve Clicquot (wait, I feel like I should add here that I like drinking Champagne while eating and judging) was hosting for the French food fair Le Fooding, I thought it would be a nice change of pace from my trudge through two fashion weeks so far. The event this weekend at P.S.1 in Long Island City is the culinary organization’s first time stateside. (Their press materials flatter our fair city’s gourmet chops, stating, “The reality of the ingredients comes first. The greatest chefs happily rustle up a simple sausage.”

Interestingly enough, last night my table was a mix of fashion-world foodies. Waris promised me he was very important in the European culinary world. I thought he was kidding till the president of Veuve asked him to make a speech. (Though he lost some credibility and class points when he tried to start a food fight.) Meanwhile, Katie Lee helped me by pointing out who everyone was. Apparently seeing Daniel Boulud is a big deal. (“It’d be like having Karl Lagerfeld at one of your parties,” she explained.) Vena Cava’s Sophie Buhai provided the most surprising culinary tidbit. Turns out the designer, who was there with Maroon 5′s James Valentine, is proud member of the Bacon of the Month Club. Membership gets you a new regional pork product delivered 12 times a year. Le Fooding-New York will be held tonight and tomorrow at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $25. For more information on the festivities of food and love, go to www.lefoodingamour.com

Where Waris Will Be On Fashion’s Night Out

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Birds of a feather flock together, so why not fans of birds, too? CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist Waris Ahluwalia has taken inspiration for his forthcoming Omnia Vincit Amor (“Love Conquers All”) collection (see a making-of video here) from the photographs of birds in his friend Andrew Zuckerman’s forthcoming book, BIRD, and for Fashion’s Night Out, both Ahluwalia and Zuckerman will be at Barneys New York to give shoppers a preview of their avian artworks. “For the collaboration, I chose seven birds from Andrew’s book and made a limited-edition collection of seven pieces in enamel on silver,” explains Ahluwalia (who—not so coincidentally—also makes a cameo appearance in Zuckerman’s Sundance-screened short High Falls). Zuckerman will be signing copies of his book at Barneys, and the first 150 folks to show up at the event will receive limited-edition House of Waris pins; fans of the Omnia Vincit Amor pieces will have to wait until November to get their hands on them, however. In the meantime, Fashion’s Night Outers taking wing to the Meatpacking District can get their urban bird watch on at the High Line, where Zuckerman, in conjunction with Friends of the High Line, will be projecting video shot in tandem with his BIRD snaps. Word is that a major New York City designer helped organize the installation, and that the same designer will be using images from BIRD in a collection TBD. (As the saying goes, a little birdie told us.)

Photo: Courtesy of Waris Ahluwalia

Waris: “The Fashion Gods Were On My Side”

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Fashion week notes from the actor and House of Waris jewelry designer.

Photo: Getty Images