By Melissa Meyers
A Star-Studded Night of Fashion
It was wall-to-wall celebs at Fashion Group International’s “Night of Stars” benefit. Held at Cipriani Wall Street, the event drew A-listers from the worlds of fashion, beauty and entertainment to honor their peers. The plumage was on full display, starting with event emcee and Barneys’ Creative Director, Simon Doonan, sporting one of Sammy Davis, Jr.’s old shirts and a fabulous oversized Victoire de Castellane for Dior ring.
Giving Mr. Doonan a sartorial run for his money was the lovely Dita Von Teese in a vintage dress and a Stephen Jones head-piece. Von Teese also stood out among Cointreau’s expert mixologists, collaborating with them on a delicious new cocktail.
I asked the always-radiant Iman her secret to staying so gorgeous. She credited old-fashioned shut-eye, but admitted she doesn’t get nearly enough. Actress Emmy Rossum, dazzling in Donna Karan, shared her own beauty secrets: Bikram yoga and satisfying her sweet tooth with sugar-free Jello topped with fat-free Cool Whip.
Vogue‘s Creative Director, Grace Coddington—elegant in an Oscar de la Renta gown—described him as “an amazing designer” of gorgeous, intricate and versatile clothes. No wonder he received the evening’s highest honor.
The highlight of my evening was speaking with de la Renta himself. The elusive designer talked of the thrill of designing for the modern woman: “I feel privileged to be working at this particular time. . . . There has never been a woman as in control of her destiny as a woman today. And I think that . . . trying to fulfill that woman’s aspirations and dreams, that’s what the job of a designer should be.”
• Gwen Stefani
• Kenneth Cole
• Jon Bon Jovi
• Tommy Hilfiger
• Mary J. Blige
• Evan Rachel Wood
• Eva Mendes
• Aerin Lauder
Parties and More . . .
By Jennifer Wright
• The vibe was Moulin Rouge meets Studio 54 at the National Arts Club as guests capered about in sequins and tutus. The occasion? Betsey Johnson received the National Arts Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She was adorable in a bright purple tutu and neon yellow jacket and seemed positively giddy with pride, as did the rest of her family. The fabulously flamboyant Johnson revealed that some of her designs stem from her cheerleader days.
• If only the preview of Simon Hammerstein’s Purgatorio could have been half as exciting. The latest club by The Box impresario is part haunted house, part nightclub. Guests pass through a haunted house and a cheesy lounge act (Hell) and move on to Purgatory (as far as I can tell the world’s most unexciting strip club) before finally entering Heaven (a rooftop dance space adorned with twinkling lights). Maybe, given that Raven O, The Box’s scandalous MC, has left for greener pastures at Quo, Hammerstein’s magic has evaporated? Everyone seemed to agree that their preview of Purgatorio was just that.
• The launch party of Oceana, on the other hand, was downright heavenly. It all felt so decadent—models in mermaid outfits, mountains of truffles and Patrick McMullan snapping candids—that it prompted some guests to recall those golden pre-Recession days. No wonder the evening lured Tommy Hilfiger, Sam Waterston and Jeff Goldblum.
• Uma Thurman seemed to be taking the notion of Motherhood seriously at the movie’s after party at The Gates (doesn’t everything seem to be there lately?). With her mother as her guest, they lingered by the fireplace well past midnight.
• Geralyn Lucas, breast cancer survivor and author of Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy, opted to forego her signature shade of red for “Nancy,” the new lip gloss shade from Purple Lab’s Sealed With A Cure (SWAC) line. Each gloss in the new line will be named for a breast cancer victim, and a portion of the proceeds goes to fighting the disease. PurpleLab’s Karen Rabinowitz hosted the launch party at Norwood.