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Chelsea Leyland Raves On

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Waris Ahluwalia and Chelsea LeylandTwenty-five is a pretty big birthday, and Chelsea Leyland had no doubts that the quarter-century mark was something she wanted to celebrate. Last night, the deejay teamed up with DKNY Jeans to throw a bash, and invited friends such as Hannah Bronfman, Dree Hemingway, Waris Ahluwalia, and Fiona Byrne to fete her special day. The girl-about-town donned a custom second-skin catsuit for the affair and transformed Studio 450 into a nineties-style rave, complete with lasers and smoke. “During my downtime, I like to go to Brooklyn raves,” she told Style.com. “So tonight I’m trying to create a more manicured, chic Brooklyn rave for Manhattan.”

And what’s a rave without great beats? Leyland (who, of course, knows a little something about music) handpicked deejays Mess Kid and Brenmar to spin, and asked her friend Kilo Kish to perform. As the night began to wind down, the singer led the crowd into “Happy Birthday,” and the rave transitioned into the expected hugs, cheers, and well-wishing. It seemed that the evening was a success—but wait a minute: Isn’t it a faux pas for a lady to reveal her age? Leyland shrugged off the old adage. “It’s not like I’m turning thirty-five,” she laughed. Although we have no doubt she’ll throw an equally impressive party for that milestone, too.

Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

Cases of Diamonds and a Pas de Deux

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Laura Morera and Bennet Gartside“I don’t think anyone says no to diamonds,” offered Liam Scarlett, the Royal Ballet’s 26-year-old choreographer-cum-wunderkind-in-residence, when asked how he came to create a unique pas de deux for Forevermark Diamonds. Last night at the National Arts Club, two of the Royal Ballet’s principal dancers, Laura Morera and Bennet Gartside, took the stage to debut the piece, which told a tale of love, passion, and promise. “I think love is easy to communicate,” said Scarlett. “But what I really wanted to do was keep the story ambiguous enough so that everyone can relate to it.”

The dance captured an intense romance and was, in fact, surprisingly relatable—not to mention poignant, and moving. Members of the audience were transfixed by Morera and Gartside as they leapt across the floor, embracing each other, then pushing away, only to embrace again. Of course, the performance can’t take all the credit: The onstage lovers were dripping in a hypnotic array of Forevermark’s ultra-rare, near-perfect stones. “They wanted to give me a really big diamond ring, but dancing is rigorous, and we were worried that it would cut Ben’s face, so we had to tone it down a bit,” said Morera post-show (her replacement rock, however, still looked like it could do some damage). “On the other hand, [this jewelry] transforms you,” she added, touching the gems wrapped around her neck. Meanwhile, Gartside, who wore a simple gold and diamond band while lifting and spinning his costar, admitted that his favorite piece was the heart-shaped stone on display in the parlor.

After the ballet, guests sipped champagne and perused cases filled with the Forevermark Exceptional Diamond Collection. Waris Ahluwalia was among those inspecting the jewels—perhaps in search of inspiration. Having collaborated with Forevermark on one large pendant last year (“It’s about a million and a half dollars—it’s just a casual piece,” he said, laughing), Ahluwalia has once again joined forces with the brand to design a full collection, which will be unveiled this fall. “I went to Africa to see the mines and the whole operation,” he said. “I like to know where things come from. I’m kind of a brat.”

Photo:Kristina Bumphrey/Starpix

Haider Ackermann, Colombia’s Favorite Son, Brings His Show to Medellín

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A look by Haider Ackermann, from his show at Colombiamoda
There was a full moon over Medellín last week when Colombia’s favorite son, Haider Ackermann, came home. He offered a spectacular career overview to inaugurate the trade show Colombiamoda 2013 and mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of Inexmoda, an organization that tirelessly promotes the country’s fashion industry. Ackermann was barely months old when he left the country in the arms of his adoptive parents, but his return was clearly the biggest fashion event in Colombia’s history. I mean, 1,300 people turned out to hear him talk at a panel discussion on fashion entrepreneurship the day after his event. And why on earth not? How many satellite fashion entities around the world wish they could lay claim to that kind of connection, especially when Ackermann gave his gorgeous all on the catwalk? The show itself played like chapters in an autobiography, each group of clothes tellingly matched to a different snatch of music, from the spectral pulse of Ackermann’s most recent Paris presentation to Leonard Cohen’s “A Thousand Kisses Deep” from his epochal Fall 2011 offering to sounds that merged into one long, sensual fugue as the hands of time ticked further back. The designer parachuted in a platoon of familiar faces, among them Saskia de Brauw, Kati Nescher, Alana Zimmer, and Daiane Conterato, for assistance. There was also a baker’s dozen of his nearest and dearest—from his pal Jerry Stafford to his frequent traveling companion Waris Ahluwalia—for moral support. You still need friends when you’re sightseeing in Medellín.

A look by Haider AckermannThat full moon was a reminder that the city looks best by night. Medellín is smeared across a bowl between mountain ranges, a geographic fact that becomes spectacularly clear when darkness falls and the almost vertical steepness of the settlements climbing up the enclosing walls is illuminated. Otherwise, this visitor’s most vivid impression was of a city racing to remodel itself after years of designation as the world’s most dangerous destination. Just how dangerous was made tragically, poignantly clear as almost everyone we met told stories about their own losses. It was much worse than what the journalists, who dared to descend into the hell that Pablo Escobar and his cartel cohorts created, ever detailed.

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Wild ’n’ Out: Gisele Goes Guerrilla for BLK DNM

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Gisele Bundchen by Johan Lindeberg 

At this very moment, cult sub-Fourteenth Street denim label BLK DNM is plastering downtown Manhattan with its newest “Wild” poster campaign—the company’s only form of advertising since its inception in 2011. Lensed by the brand’s founder and creative director, Johan Lindeberg, the sixth installment of the guerrilla promos feature none other than genetic Powerball winner Gisele Bündchen. But this isn’t your standard Gisele fare—in fact, all that’s shown is the model’s mile-long legs and covetable Brazilian posterior in a pair of second-skin jeans as she’s inspecting the engine of a vintage automobile.

 

Gisele's Wild Poster“We drove together in that car to Brooklyn for the shoot,” Lindeberg laughed. “It’s an ’85 Mercedes!” The designer and model celebrated their collaboration last night at BLK DNM’s Lafayette Street store, where guests such as Marina Abramovic, Theophilus London, and Waris Ahluwalia perused an expansive series of Lindeberg x Bündchen imagery. In darkened gray scale, the arguably austere shots depict Bündchen in various states of undress and undulation. “Maybe it’s a little bit the dark winters [in Sweden], and both my grandparents were priests,” said Lindeberg, addressing his style. “I like that kind of deeper expression, somehow.”

 

Bündchen, perhaps, paraphrased the Lindeberg aesthetic best. “He sees women as real—or, he has a very real idea of women. There’s no retouching. There’s a rawness that’s just kind of who you are, you know?”

 

An exhibition of Lindeberg’s Gisele portraits will be on view at BLK DNM’s 237 Lafayette Street boutique for the next month.

Big Party, Small World

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Invite-only social-networking site ASMALLWORLD is basically Facebook for well-connected frequent fliers. So for the platform’s party celebrating its relaunch as a travel and lifestyle club last weekend, the site and its CEO Sabine Heller flew a slew of jet-setters—such as Dianna Agron, Mamie Gummer, and Olivia Wilde—to party in Marrakech. New York deejay Chelsea Leyland was among the guests, and here she chronicles the Moroccan getaway via personal snaps with pals such as Lily Kwong, Theophilus London, Waris Ahluwalia, Ben Pundole, a couple of camels, and more.

I snapped this upon my arrival. Believe it or not, this was my bed for the weekend. INCREDIBLE!

Waris Ahluwalia and my boy Ben Pundole having what looks like a very important conversation in the swimming pool at the Taj Palace in Marrakech, which is probably one of the most amazing pools I’ve ever seen.

Theophilus London and myself having a little hug. Theo bought this outfit that morning and was pretty proud of it. I think his exact words were, “Doesn’t this look like it could be some Rick Owens shit?” Continue Reading “Big Party, Small World” »